Restaurant Week Arrives in Vail Valley Along with Start to October

By Caitlin Row

High-elevation snow in Vail brings us one step closer to ski season. It also means it's starting to truly feel like autumn around the valley. Mornings feature a distinct chill to the air and cars are starting to ice over in the night. 

Living in a ski town in autumn means I get to enjoy the energy that comes with anticipation of the coming season and what it may bring. There's nothing like the magic of the first big snow (which has yet to come). It puts everyone in the best mood.

Fall colors are vibrant right now as well. This means it's the perfect time to explore the state by car, bike and foot to enjoy nature's splendor.

With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: By Caitlin Row, autumn views while hiking in Edwards

Events This Week

Autumn is associated with feasting and the harvest. It seems only proper that the fifth annual Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week will kick off on Friday, September 29. This 10-day event will offer a variety of dining deals in Vail and Beaver Creek focused on prix fixe meal specials of $20.17. On October 5, 10 percent of all restaurant sales during Restaurant Week will be donated to Vail Valley Foundation.

This weekend will also feature Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show's last event of the season this Sunday, October 1, in Vail Village. This food and art market is possibly the best one I've attended – ever. And I think that's saying a lot because I've been to many markets over the years. 

Eagle YogaFest is kicks off Friday, September 29, and lasts through Sunday, October 1. This down-valley event focuses on relaxation, yoga, aromatherapy, lectures and much more. Everyone – beginners to those with advanced skill levels – is invited to join.

Photo: Eagle YogaFest Facebook

More Things To Do

Live! in Minturn, a live-music event at Minturn Saloon, is planned for Thursday, September 28. Tony Gulizia and Brian Loftus will perform.

A Women's Wellness Weekend is being offered at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon Friday through Sunday, September 29 through October 1. This will feature yoga, hiking, spa treatments and more.

Vail Valley Theatre Company will host four performances of Sweet Charity, a play focused on the theme of finding love. This is planned for Battle Mountain High School the next two weekends. See event listings here.

Bird Talker will perform live music at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Tuesday, October 3. This is part of the Underground Sound Series and tickets are on sale.

Photo: Vail Valley Theatre Company Facebook

Get Happy

A quieter time of year means less crowds, along with dining and drink deals. October is a good time to enjoy Vail Valley's restaurant and nightlife scene. Here are some of my top Happy Hour picks.

Minturn Saloon's Happy Hour runs daily until 6 p.m. This includes $4 craft-beer pints at the historic bar located in, you guessed it, Minturn.

Whiskey Flights for $20 are offered daily at 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co. in Vail Village.

Terra Bistro, located in Vail Village's Vail Mountain Lodge, holds a Happy Hour daily from 5 to 6 p.m. Specials span wine, beer and cocktails, along with a bar menu.

Gore Range Brewery in Edwards, Colorado, offers a daily Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m.

Looking for your next favorite beer, wine or spirits purchase? West Vail Liquor Mart offers Friday tastings every week from 4 to 6 p.m.

Enjoy your week!

Photo: Vail Mountain Lodge, Terra Bistro

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.