Hidden Gems for Your Upcoming Vail Vacation

By Caitlin Row | Monday, August 12, 2019

Want to explore Vail like a local? Here's your chance. Check out these fun tips for activities in Vail.

Hike to Lionshead Rock

A hike up to Lionshead Rock (the namesake for Lionshead Village) is a must-do during summer! This out-and-back hike near Minturn, Colorado, is moderate, with steep ups and beautiful views. I love all the butterflies flitting along the path. To learn more, visit alltrails.com.

Sip Coffee at Hygge Life

Hygge Life's shop cafe (41149 U.S. Highway 6, EagleVail) is certainly off the beaten path and well worth the visit. Seek it out to enjoy quality espresso that will satisfy and energize (I opt for half-caff lattes; otherwise my hands shake!). Johnny, the Hygge Life barista, is a true coffee artist. Shop for Scandinavian home goods while you're there. To learn more, visit hyggelife.com.

Support our Independent Bookstore

The Bookworm of Edwards is an independent bookstore and cafe that hosts a variety of book-signing events, educational workshops and storytimes for kids. They have a variety of fun, non-book gift ideas as well. Every town needs an independent bookstore as good as The Bookworm, and, unfortunately, not all towns have such a gem. Whether you're a local or a visitor, support this shop (295 Main Street in the Riverwalk shopping center). To learn more, visit bookwormofedwards.com.

Go Glamping

Piney River Ranch is open in summers. Located at the edge of Piney Lake, a well-loved destination for locals and visitors, this full-service outdoor destination is fabulous. Glamping tent sites – including one queen bed and two twin beds per tent, along with linens/pillows and a wood-burning stove – are available. Pets are welcome! To learn more and to book, visit pineyriverranch.com/lodging.

And with that ...

We'll see you in Vail!

Photo (above): Glamping at Piney River Ranch!

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.