I’m planning to write several posts about our trip to Vail, but I had to start with this one. I’ve lived in Colorado for 14 years, and while I’ve been stuck overnight in Vail due to a pass closure, I had never explored Vail properly until earlier this month. As some of you know, I was in town covering Taste of Vail, an event that should definitely be on your bucket list.
My husband, Ryan, and I stayed for three nights. I think a three night stay in any town is the appropriate amount of time to get a true sense of a place, and I was excited to get to know Vail.
I have to admit (and I’m not proud of this) – I had a few preconceived notions about Vail. Knowing a bit of Vail’s history, I knew that it had been founded as a resort. I also knew that people like Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt and Paris Hilton skied there. Being a small town girl who has only ever had one French manicure, I was a bit worried about fitting in, but as it turns out, this was a pointless fret.
Twenty-four hours into our stay I’d chatted with welcoming shop owners, bantered with local bar tenders and even been invited to a house party. On day three, we browsed high end art galleries with $200,000 paintings hanging on the walls and were treated like true art connoisseurs (which we sort of are, even though we can’t afford $200,000 paintings).
This trip smashed my stereotype of Vail as a snooty resort that caters only to the very rich. Vail is actually a friendly place, and while it is pricey to stay and dine here, we quickly discovered that you get what you pay for. Even the bathrooms and lockers at the bottom of the mountain are super nice. You can’t find a bad meal, and it seems that everywhere someone is there to cater to your needs, whether it’s a shuttle driver or a local you meet at an upscale bar who invites you to her house party that evening.
So, I owe Vail an apology. I’m sorry, Vail. You’re a pretty swell place, and we can’t wait to visit again!
I’m a reminded of a quote by Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”
Have you ever judged a destination wrongly? Feel free to leave a comment.
Watch for upcoming posts about our
experiences in Vail during Taste of Vail 2014.