It's that time of year, folks.
Spring skiing is at its peak with mashed-potato snow and big, blue skies. End-of-season sales are showing up in the village, and Vail Film Festival is returning to the valley this weekend with a lot of women-centric screenings.
Vail Film Festival is quite the draw whether you're a film enthusiast or not. It runs Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 2. This year's event will honor two-time Oscar nominee Julie Delpy and Emmy nominee Christina Ricci. Delpy is a huge draw for me. I've loved her since I saw her in Before Sunrise with Ethan Hawk.
Weekend weather predictions will hover in the low 50s with rain and snow predicted. With that in mind, checking out some screenings is a great way to avoid wet weather.
Photo: Vail Film Festival
A recent visit to Maya, a restaurant serving modern Mexican-fusion cuisine, left me planning my next meal. Its tequila menu is seriously impressive (three pages to be exact) and full of high-end options. I'm a fan of Reposados and personally suggest checking out the Corralejo, which I discovered in Mexico a few years back. Found at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Maya features an expansive dining room, high ceilings, an attentive waitstaff and a cheerful vibe. What I liked best was the guacamole that was made for us right at our table. We were able to choose spice level and watch it get mixed in the bowl.
After dinner we walked around The Westin, which is in Avon near Beaver Creek Resort and offers its own gondola ride into BC village. A band was playing for a crowd of loungers and revelers, making the ambiance truly celebratory.
Photo: Maya Facebook
Vail Things to Do
If you're into basketball, then March Madness is on your radar. The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Avon is offering beer and appetizer promotions at Buffalos, its on-site restaurant, through Monday, April 3. The promotion varies based on NCAA game nights and times. Remedy Bar at The Four Seasons in Vail Village is another good place to watch sports. It has a HUGE television that's pretty much always showing the game. Remedy has many gluten-free options and a variety of deals depending on the day and time of year.
It's also a good time to dust off those hiking shoes, tune your bike and check out a Vail-area trail. I explored the Berry Creek Loop near Edwards over the weekend. It was dried out and full of hikers, bikers and dogs. Berry Creek is also a popular mountain-bike location. The trailhead is found at the intersection of Beard Creek Road and Moonridge Drive. Watch a video of the trail area here.
Live Music This Week
I recommend checking out Acoustics and Ales at Boxcar Restaurant and Bar in Avon on Thursday, March 30. Enjoy some tunes while munching on Boxcar's classic burger. Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards will host live music with Amoramora, also on Thursday. The Sweet Lillies will play at Vail Brewing Company in Vail Village on Thursday, and Flow Tribe will perform at Vail Ale House the same evening.
The Turkey Buzzards are performing at Vail Brewing Company in the village on Friday, March 31. Vail Brewing Company's EagleVail location is hosting its Second Birthday Party on Friday as well, with live music by The Burnsville Band. Random Rab with opener Cualli is playing Agave in Avon on the same night.
Crazy Mountain Brewing is featuring live music by Whitherward on Saturday, April 1. The DeadPhish Orchestra will perform at Agave, also on Saturday. Then Marco Benevento, a pianist, performs at Agave on Sunday, April 2.
Photo: The Sweet Lillies