It's rained almost every day for more than a week. All the fresh wetness has resulted in super-green greens and colorful wildflowers decorating Vail Valley. It's a lush and beautiful time to be here.
I was recently hiking the Eagle Vail Trail and noticed plenty of blooms dotting the path, which also hosted aspen trees and fluttering butterflies. It was truly an alpine heaven.
Thunderstorms are not predicted to let up until early next week. That means showers will continue to hydrate the region, lowering our fire risk and beautifying an already beautiful place.
With rain generally predicted for afternoons and evenings, locals and visitors alike should plan their hikes, bike rides and water activities during morning hours. A rain jacket or umbrella in the car or daypack wouldn't hurt.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, taken near Minturn Saloon's beautiful deck with views of Eagle River
Enjoy Live Music
The New York Philharmonic, one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras and America's first, will perform in Vail Friday through Friday, July 21-28. These shows begin at 6 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Bravo! Vail Music Festival plays host to the Philharmonic, as well as a variety of world-class musical performers like the Philadelphia Orchestra, which performed in Vail July 7-15. I was lucky enough to see Shaham Plays Mozart last week and it was a delight. I will certainly try to catch a Philharmonic show before they depart.
Summer Friday Afternoon Club at Maya in Avon will host Renegade Sons this week. The event is from 6-9 p.m., and live music starts right at 6.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will perform at Avon's Performance Pavilion on Sunday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $55.
Trace Adkins will perform country hits on Monday, July 24, at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Tickets are $95-$248.
More Vail Things To Do
Even with thunderstorms on the horizon, there are plenty of things to do outside. Avon will host its next 13th annual Dunk-N-Dash Aquathlon Series on Monday, July 24, from 6-8 p.m. The swim is in Nottingham Lake and the 5K run starts and ends at Avon's Performance Pavilion. Other dates coming up for this series includes August 14 and August 21. Then head to Bridge Street Ski Haus in Vail Village and rent a bike for cruising or mountain paths.
If it's raining and you like solving puzzles, Avon's Vail Valley Escape Room may be a fun option. Groups from two to eight people can solve a Colorado-themed escape room story. It's $30 per person and takes 60 minutes to complete.
Then stop into 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co. in Vail Village to try its daily whiskey flights special. A flight costs $20, and guests can keep the glass as well as receive $5 toward a merchandise purchase.
Happy Hours are plentiful around Vail Valley this time of year. Click here for the full Everything Vail Valley listing.
Photo: Vail Valley Escape Room