The last few mornings around the Vail Valley have been deliciously cool, with temperatures hovering in the 50s while I start my day. To me, this is perfect weather to cuddle up with a coffee and a blanket as I read the morning news.
Temperatures are indeed trending down this week with highs only predicted in the 70s. After a summer of remarkably hot mountain weather, I'm happy to see daily patterns trending toward autumn crispness. Don't get me wrong – I wouldn't dare suggest it's fall already in Vail. Summer is still in full swing, after all. But, if we're lucky, fall color is just around the corner.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Edwards open space
Live Performances This Week
Summer Friday Afternoon Club at Maya Restaurant in Avon will offer live music by the Peter Ganley Band. This Friday, August 11, will offer food and drink deals from 6-9 p.m.
Funky Fridays at Edwards Riverwalk Backyard will offer live music by The Sessh with Joey Porter of The Motet this Friday, August 11. Entrance to the free show begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Beer and food are available for purchase at the event.
Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek will host comedian David Spade on Friday, August 11. The show is from 8-11 p.m.
Vail Dance Festival performances continue through Saturday, August 12.
Jazzy Mondays at Maya Restaurant in Avon runs from 5-7 p.m. on the patio. Live jazz music will be performed by Tony Gulizia and Brian Loftus.
Photo: David Spade Facebook
Activities for the Whole Family
Chefs in the Gardens is a culinary demonstration at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. Cost is $5. The event is Thursday, August 10, from noon to 1 p.m.
The Town of Avon will host the Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, August 12, at 10 a.m. This free event is planned for Nottingham Lake. The Parade of Boats is at 11 a.m., and races begin at noon.
Minturn Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 12. The farmers market will run in Minturn through September 9. Vail Farmers Market and Art Show is Sunday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will run Sundays through October 1.
Alpine Arts Center, located in Edwards, offers art classes as well. The schedule can be viewed here.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads bracelets
New Vail Valley Restaurant
The Craftsman recently opened in Edwards in the commercial area across the street from Riverwalk shopping center. I heard it was a new venture connected to another fine Vail restaurant, Sweet Basil, so we made an effort to experience it.
We went over last Saturday for an early dinner, and I really enjoyed the casual ambiance. The restaurant is an order-at-the-counter sandwich shop with a selection of beer, bourbon and whiskey. My sandwich, the No. 2, offered house-made sauerkraut and Gruyere with mushrooms on a gluten-free bun. My friends ordered BLTs with pork belly. We all sipped on craft beer in colorful cans and sat outside (mine was a gluten-reduced variety with good flavor). Everyone liked what they ordered, and the evening was a success. Our group arrived early with a kid in tow and had no problem finding seating, but around 6 p.m. the line to order grew pretty long. It's something to consider if time is of the essence.
Head to Everything Vail Valley for more information on shopping, events and dining.
Photo: The Craftsman Facebook