For me, Taste of Vail – this year April 3 through 6 – marks the true arrival of spring in our beautiful mountain town. It means walking around outside without full winter padding, people watching and hopefully tasting some seriously delicious food. Some of the same visitors come year after year for this event, while many are new!
If you're planning your upcoming culinary adventure, be sure to spend some time outside working off those extra calories. With spring ski conditions still pretty darn good, a day on the slopes is a must. At least strap on some snowshoes and tromp around a local trail, like dog-friendly Meadow Mountain near Minturn. Most, if not all, area rental outfitters offer snowshoe rentals for little cost.
A quick jaunt to explore some of the area's lesser-known locales might be fun. Minturn is our historic railroad town, and Edwards offers some great shopping and dining. Looking for a scenic drive? Consider heading up to Leadville along the US-24 scenic byway.
Here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
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Vail Events On Tap
This Saturday, March 30, is the Town of Avon's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Colorado. The fun begins at 11 a.m. at Nottingham Park.
Kory Montgomery will perform funky blues/jazz fusion at Shakedown Bar in Vail Village on Saturday, March 30, and Tuesday, April 2. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. for all the nights scheduled.
Taste of Vail's Debut of Rose 2019 is Wednesday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Arrabelle Grand Ballroom in Lionshead. The American Lamb Cook-Off & Après Ski Tasting, another Taste of Vail signature event, is Thursday, April 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Vail Village. The Mountain Top Tasting 2019 is Friday, April 5, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the top of Eagle Bahn in Lionshead. The Grand Tasting and Auction 2019 is planned for Saturday, April 6, at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort; it will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and is a true culinary spectacle. Get your tickets while they last!
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More Things To Do
Want to upgrade your summer look? Eye Pieces of Vail is hosting three trunk shows in April, plus it carries a variety of brand-name frames and sunglasses. Enjoy Krewe Eyewear, Barton Perreira frames and sunglasses, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Orgreen and much more.
Need to work remotely during your next trip to the Vail? Two Arrows Coffee in Vail Village offers free WiFi for customers and is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location is cozy, and the coffee is delicious. Plus, it's run by a local woman, Lindsea Stowe. I love supporting small, local businesses!
Looking for a fun après spot? Maya, a high-end Mexican-fusion restaurant located within The Westin in Avon, offers Happy Hour daily from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a $5 margarita with dining deals in the bar and lounge. They have fantastic tequila options as well, though they may not be covered by the Happy Hour special.
Photo: Courtesy Eye Pieces of Vail, Orgreen
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