Vail

Taste of Vail 2021, photo by Zach Mahone (used with permission)

If you haven’t visited Vail in the fall, it’s where summer and autumn collide in the most appealing way. Brightly colored flowers fill brimming flower boxes while pops of yellow appear on the mountain. Shadows of petals and bronze sculptures grow long as the town sashays towards ski season. Accentuated by bites of lamb, sips of wine and incredible scenery, the 2021 Taste of Vail may have been small, but

Bites of Lamb, Sips of Wine The Taste of Vail Goes On. HeidiTown (4)

Each year, I eagerly look forward to Taste of Vail. Unfortunately, the April 2020 event was cancelled and then, in 2021, it was postponed. A quieter event has emerged, and this September 16-18, guests will enjoy a combination of Taste of Fall, the Fall Food & Wine Classic, and Vail in the autumn. While the Taste of Vail has been scaled back, I am happy to announce that my favorite

The 5 Best Things in 2020 HeidiTown.com

I started writing my annual year in review post and then stopped. It was depressing, I mean, really depressing. No one wants to read that. We all know that 2020 had more than its fair share of heartaches. So I stalled a bit, thinking about a way I could present 2020 in a better light. I decided to use the five senses to describe the good things about 2020 since

Three Tips for How to Oktoberfest in the Time of Coronavirus. HeidiTown (41)

I am going to miss our usual flight of Oktoberfests. Last year, we attended Keystone Oktoberfest where Ryan walked away as the Stein Hoisting Champion. I guess he gets to keep his title for two years.  I look forward to these events with an unusual amount of excitement and love everything about Oktoberfest—the chicken dance, drinking beer from my authentic German stein, and eating a pretzel the size of my

Vail, Colorado is Open for Business Dog-Friendly Lodging. HeidiTown (5)

Colorado is a dog-friendly state. I am always reminded of that when I go out-of-state and the breweries aren’t full of dogs. This is part of why I love living in Colorado: Fritzi can go almost anywhere with me. Fritzi the German Shepherd can definitely go to Vail because it is a super dog-friendly town. At the Vail Farmers Market, held every summer Sunday, I once counted ten golden retrievers

Vail, Colorado is Open for Business The Dining Scene. HeidiTown (3)

We visited Vail last weekend and I plan to write about what we did there, but first and foremost you should 1) know that it is open and 2) know that restaurants are open. Let’s face it, I go to Vail to eat all the things. Seriously. We stayed in a one-bedroom, pet-friendly, condo at Antlers at Vail. Fritzi got to go, making this her second trip to Vail and

Liven Things Up This Winter with Food & Festival Fun. HeidiTown (3)

‘Tis the season when winter sets in, and not in a good way. Here on Colorado’s Front Range, we are experiencing a dreary day. No snow is falling and it looks like Seattle-weather (something I am all too familiar with from childhood). So what’s on tap to bring joy to this gray, wintry world?  If I am planning, I am happy. A plan means something to look forward to, and

Road Trip Tenacity Our Two Day Drive to Vail, Colorado. HeidiTown (10)

Road trips in Colorado require patience. Whether it is summer construction or winter pass closures, it takes a particular kind of composure to drive around this state. However, this road trip required tenacity. We were on our way to Revely Vail, a brand new festival that involves cooking, eating and celebrating the holiday lights in Vail. We’d been looking forward to this one, partly because we were booked at Antlers

Full-service at The Sebastian & Luxury Dining at Leonora in Vail 4. HeidiTown.com

We ate our way through Taste of Vail, but the delicious food didn’t stop at the festival. We were lucky to be staying at The Sebastian, a full-service resort property at the edge of Vail Village. The hotel offers the quintessential Vail experience with a gorgeous spa, fitness center, pool and hot tub area, ski valet, kids’ camp and more. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, and after the valet

Tasty Bites from Taste of Vail 2019 & My Thoughts on Greek Wine (10)

Taste of Vail is a whirlwind of wine and food. I ate so much that on Saturday night, after the Grand Tasting, I dreamed about eating food. This year I decided to highlight the best bites of Taste of Vail according to me. The only professionally judged portion of the event is The American Lamb Cook-off & Aprés Ski Tasting on Thursday and I will list the winners accordingly. This