Dine out and play: Vail Valley weather is cooler, but still pleasant

By Caitlin Row

Chilly, wet weather will give way to a sunny weekend, according to predictions. This Saturday and Sunday will be considerably cooler than last week's more than 70 degree temperature spike, however, when sunscreen was an absolute necessity. I have the burn lines to prove it. At the time of this writing, the upcoming weekend's high was listed as 57 degrees. 

This kind of weather fluctuation is typical of springtime in Colorado's Rocky Mountain region. That's why I keep my winter clothes accessible year round. I suggest dressing in layers should you decide to head outside for a hike or a bike ride. With predictions pointing to rain (and maybe snow) tapering off on Friday, there still should be plenty of opportunity to play outside. Mostly sunshine on Sunday will give everyone ample time to get their weekly dose of vitamin D.

Even so, it may also be nice to plan indoor activities as well. With that in mind, here are my picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: By Caitlin Row, Everything Vail Valley; location, EagleVail Golf Club

Dine Out

Off-season dining deals around the Vail area persist, at least until Memorial Day.

Terra Bistro in Vail Mountain Lodge is offering 50% off all entrees.

Fiesta's New Mexican Cafe in Edwards is currently offering a locals' appreciation deal: a free dessert or 28¢ margarita with purchase of an entree.

East Asian Restaurant & Bar, also in Edwards, is giving 50% off sushi.

Sundae, an ice cream shop with locations in Vail Village and Edwards, is hosting $2 Tuesdays.

NorthSide Kitchen in Avon is doing a three-course dinner for $29.95. I'm also happy to report that NorthSide recently added waitstaff to its breakfast and lunch services. While I enjoy self-serve brunch at Northside regardless, having added service made the experience quite enjoyable.

To view other Vail dining deals, click here.

Photo: Terra Bistro, Vail Mountain Lodge

Play Outside

Last weekend, I spent a few hours walking from Lionshead Village to Vail Village and back. It was a fun, rather meandering walk filled with window shopping, Gore Creek gazing and relaxation. Some shops and restaurants remain open, especially in Vail Village, so it's a nice way to pair exercise with entertainment.

Nottingham Park in Avon continues to be a favorite spot of mine for dog walking, jogging and general lounging, especially on sunny days. It offers a disc golf course and running loop along with playing fields. Dog owners, please remember to keep your dog or dogs on leash unless otherwise directed by signage.

EagleVail Golf Club is additionally open. It looks green and good, folks.

Plus, hiking trails abound all over the valley. Click here for off-season hiking tips.

Photo: By Barry Eckhaus, Everything Vail Valley; location, Edwards looking down valley 

Vail Things To Do

Like samples? Boone's Wine and Spirits in Eagle is hosting regular tasting events. For example, this Thursday, May 18, the shop will host a Sierra Nevada Beer Tasting. Click here to view Boone's upcoming event calendar.

Gleewood is performing live music at Eagle's Bonfire Brewing on Friday, May 19. 

Rocky Mountain Silver and Bead in Edwards continues to offer jewelry-making classes through the month of May. Click here to see upcoming events. Learn to make a bracelet on a loom on Saturday, May 20.

Barre and Brews, a yoga and beer event, is planned for Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards on Sunday, May 21.

Eagle County Special Olympics Colorado athletes will be celebrated on Sunday with a torch run. Click here for more information.

Photo: Sierra Nevada Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin Row 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.