Check Out These Shows at Vilar Performing Arts Center This Fall!

VPAC in Vail is becoming a hot destination for visitors due to its wide range of fall events.

If you ask a local resident where to look for fall concerts in Vail, the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) is sure to top the list. The idea of a central theater was in the minds of Beaver Creek residents since the town was founded, and the Vilar finally filled that niche in 1998. Since then, the Vilar has become a prominent cultural force, featuring a wealth of events that highlight the community's rich diversity. The Vilar hosts an eclectic choice of events throughout the year, ranging from children's stage performances to exotic, cultural musical performances. The Vilar is a state-of-the-art facility housing a 535 seat theater, two 2,200-square foot lobbies, and the May Gallery Patrons Lounge right in the heart of Beaver Creek. The design is cozy and inviting, bringing to mind the design of traditional European halls but fashioned to sit comfortably among the rural beauty of the area.

Vilar Performing Arts CenterOctober is an exciting time for events in Vail, featuring a collection of events that range from stage shows to musical performances which are targeted at both adults and children. The schedule for 2015 October events at the Vilar Performing Arts Center includes:

Doktor Kaboom! on Thursday, October 1st
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat on
Friday, October 2nd

Crystal Bowersox on Sunday, October 4th
Todo Mundo on Monday & Tuesday,
October 12th & 13th

Mnozil Brass on Tuesday, October 20th
Nagata Shachu on Sunday & Monday,
October 25th & 26th

If you're coming to Vail to visit the Vilar, we invite you to stay with us at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. We're designed as a secluded resort capturing the natural beauty and air of relaxation that's such an integral part of the Beaver Creek community.

Enjoy Autumn Adventures at the Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Celebrate the fall season with an afternoon of pumpkin picking in Colorado at Eagle Ranch.

Meet at the Brush Creek Park and Pavilion on October 10th for the most exciting fall event in Eagle, Colorado this season: the Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch. In celebration of the changing seasons, there will be a range of exciting events, including the chance to exhibit your creative skills with some fun pumpkin carving or testing the limits of your courage in the Haunted Barn. Kids will enjoy the pony rides, the bouncy castles, a haystack maze and a tricky obstacle course. There are even wagon rides across the grounds of this former working ranch that allow for appreciating the beautiful mountain views in the crisp autumn air. 

Fall-themed food choices include fresh apple cider for quenching your thirst, home-baked goods and a haystack candy grab. Seasonal games for every age group will test a variety of skills and add to the fun. Raffle prizes include the opportunity to win a gigantic pumpkin, so those interested should register immediately. There's even a chance for adults to participate in a silent auction benefiting a local preschool. Be sure to wander through the giant pumpkin patch if you're searching for the perfect pumpkin to take home.

If you're looking for a place to refresh and relax at the end of the festivities, The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera offers guests a mountain refuge. Our expansive property is less than 10 miles from the Brush Creek Park and Pavilion. Your whole family can savor the fresh air and expansive mountain views year-round with activities ranging from fly-fishing in clear mountain streams to cross-country skiing on untouched trails. Make wonderful fall memories this year with a visit to Cordillera and the seasonal festivities at the nearby Eagle Ranch.

Top Tips for Fall Weddings in Colorado!

Fall Weddings in Colorado

We know all the hottest 2015 fall wedding trends, from the best outdoor locations to seasonal bouquets.

Autumn is one of the loveliest seasons in the Rocky Mountains, and it's an ideal time for romantic nuptials. This season's trends for fall weddings in Colorado emphasize nature's bounty with fall foliage bouquets and scrumptious seasonal fare. Many brides are choosing seasonal flowers like dahlias and sunflowers for their bouquets, and planters filled with ferns and leaves are the hottest trend for table centerpieces. Couples are choosing seasonal fare for receptions that range from fall foliage wedding cakes to autumn favorites, like hot apple cider and figs dipped in spiced honey.

Outdoor weddings with a backdrop of glorious mountain scenery are another hot trend. The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera is the best mountain wedding location in Colorado. We offer three separate outdoor venues where you and your soul mate can exchange vows in front of a breathtaking mountain backdrop. We also have two reception areas: There's an indoor ballroom complete with a dance floor, or you and your guests can continue to enjoy the majestic mountain scenery with a tented reception on the Alpenglow Lawn.

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera is a great Vail, Colorado wedding venue because you and your guests can spend the entire weekend at our mountain resort. You might have the wedding rehearsal at our quaint Irish pub, The Grouse on the Green, and after the wedding, you can enjoy a quiet Sunday of rest and relaxation with your friends and family. Start with brunch at the world-class Mirador restaurant followed by a leisurely round of golf at one of our Vail Valley courses. You can finish off your stay with an intimate dinner in our wine room. Browse our website for a look at all the amenities you and your guests will enjoy at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera.


Treat Your Tastebuds During Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week!

Chefs throughout the Vail Valley have been cooking up delicious plans to make this Colorado Restaurant Week special.

Dining in Vail Village takes on a delicious twist during the fall harvest season! Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week is a chance for chefs all along the valley to show off their best new ideas for prix fixe specials. You can imagine the competition for bragging rights is getting as hot as their kitchens! 

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant WeekThis year's Dining at Altitude event will feature participating restaurants throughout Vail and Beaver Creek Villages from September 25th through Sunday, October 4th, 2015.

The participating restaurants have all agreed to set the price point of these culinary masterpieces at just $20.15. The chefs are cooking up a wide variety of specials, and this is their chance to show off their best to their peers. You and your family will find something that suits everyone’s tastes during this festive week, and you may just discover a new favorite restaurant. 

Late September and early October are breathtaking here in the valley. You can imagine the brilliant changing colors and the crisp feel of the air. It is the perfect time for hiking or just sightseeing. Once you have worked up an appetite exploring the area, Restaurant Week is here to satisfy you with culinary creations that match the majesty of Vail Valley. 

We send out our congratulations and best wishes to all of the chefs and participating restaurants in this great event. This type of community spirit is one of the special things about Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley, and we hope you and your family have a great time enjoying these fine meals. 

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera has its own great dining experiences to tempt you: the award-winning restaurant, The Mirador and our Grouse on the Green pub. We offer the chance to relax and dine with magnificent, panoramic views of the Rockies. Just imagine sipping wine at our fireside table while enjoying the gorgeous vistas in the crisp autumn air.

Get Ready for Autumn at the Vail Oktoberfest!

Celebrate Bavarian-style during the upcoming Oktoberfest in Colorado.

Considered one of the ten best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country by USA Today, the Vail Oktoberfest transforms the gorgeous mountain city of Vail, Colorado, for two full weekends in September 2015. Yodeling, alpenhorn blowing and Bavarian dancing help create the Bavarian atmosphere in the Rockies. Make plans for you and your family to join the festivities when Germany comes to Colorado!

Vail OktoberfestBeginning in Lionshead the weekend of September 11 through September 13, 2015, and then moving to Vail Village for the weekend of September 18th through the 20th, this fan-favorite Vail Valley festival includes live music, dancing, costume contests, lifting competitions and more. Many well-loved events from previous years return, offering you the chance to participate in competitions like bratwurst eating contests and a stein lifting competition. One of the most popular events is keg bowling, where you try to push an empty beer keg down a lane toward a pyramid of six empty kegs, competing for a chance to advance to the final round and win a handsome prize. Oktoberfest may be famous for beer and carousing, and there will definitely be plenty to eat and drink at this German-themed party. This festival includes family-friendly activities in the Family Zone, where you and your family will find arts, crafts, balloon animals and entertainers just for kids.

Official Oktoberfest steins and tokens are being offered as prizes for various events throughout the two weekends, so make sure you dust off your lederhosen and head out to this celebration of beer, music and the coming autumn.

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera is excited to see this seasonal favorite return to Vail. Come by to enjoy one of our heated indoor or outdoor pools, or you can work off some of those bratwurst at our fitness center.

Visit Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show on Sundays

The farmers market is the perfect way to make the most of your weekends in Vail.

Summer through autumn is one of the loveliest, and liveliest, times of the year in Central Colorado. Vail Village welcomes farmers, artists, musicians and all sorts of crafts designers to come together on Sundays at the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show.

Vail Farmers Market and Art Show
The Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show is located in the village, right on Meadow Drive. Rain or shine, each Sunday from June 21st until October 4th, 2015 you'll find over 135 tents filled with all sorts of great Colorado foods, live musical entertainment and more. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

One of the highlights of the show is coming up on August 7, 2015 as local chefs are teaming up with regional farms to put on a family-style, farm-to-table dinner. Tickets are required for attendance, and it will take place on the plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 PM. These dinners also feature samples from some the best vendors in the show. Your whole family will find plenty of choices, since the dinners offer a full range of appetizers, sides, main course entrees, beverages and desserts. Prepare to be dazzled because the chefs are looking to showcase their best farm-fresh food creations.

The perfect way to unwind after a great day at the Vail Farmers’ Market is to relax and let us here at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera work our magic. Your whole family is sure to enjoy a stay with us, and we have activities available for guests of all ages. Sundays are great days for golfing, spa treatments and admiring the mountain scenery while enjoying our award-winning cuisine at The Mirador. Visit our website to see all that our hotel has to offer. 

Labor Day Weekend in the Vail Valley is Sure to be Exciting!

Labor Day Weekend in the Vail Valley

Vail Valley's fabulous festivals are featured Labor Day events in our area.

Labor Day Weekend in the Vail Valley offers visitors a wealth of festivals to celebrate the season's last sunny days. Labor Day events in Beaver Creek are topped off by this year's 16th annual Oktoberfest.

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest
September 5th - 6th, 2015
Beaver Creek Plaza

Beaver Creek Plaza will feature live entertainment, with traditional German and Austrian musicians that will complement the vast array of cuisine and beers. A kid's fun zone makes this festival a great experience for visitors of all ages, and there are plenty activities for guests to participate in that highlight the spirit of Oktoberfest.

Vail Jazz Party
September 3rd – 7th, 2015
Vail, Colorado

Dozens of the best artists of the modern jazz scene will be performing at this grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival. A major benefit to being a pass holder is early admittance to each performance. The seating is first come, first serve.

Gourmet on Gore
September 4th - 7th, 2015
Vail Village

This event will bring your taste buds to life with open-air samples of culinary creations from Vail's top chefs as well as a tremendous range of wine, beer and spirits. All of Vail's top restaurants are determined to serve up the best dishes on the menu.

The Vail Jazz Party, the Beaver Creek Oktoberfest, and the Gourmet on Gore Festival are all conveniently located just a short distance away from The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. The beautiful towns throughout the Vail Valley all join in the holiday spirit and offer up some of Colorado's best hospitality of the year.

The September sun provides some fabulous golfing weather here at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. We look forward to celebrating Labor Day Weekend with you, where you'll enjoy comfortable lodging, luxurious amenities and outdoor activities for guests of all ages.

Gourmet on Gore is Set to Tempt the Palate!

Gourmet on Gore

This Vail food festival is set to be a smorgasbord of culinary delights and delicious adult beverages.

Four days of delectable dining are coming over Labor Day weekend in Vail when the Gourmet on Gore festival takes place. From September 4th to 7th, 2015 dining in Vail takes to the streets with restaurants offering up their delicious cuisine.

Participating restaurants will offer taste-sized portions of their specialty dishes to whet your appetite. Pair your favorite dishes with a tantalizing variety of beers, wines and any number of spirits to make for a combination that's hard to beat.

There's no cost to attend this delicious feast, which will be spread out over most of Vail Village during four fun-filled days. That's just one indication of how much the surrounding community has taken to this event. While there's no expense when it comes to being part of the festival, those who partake of the various tastings available will need to purchase Gourmet Dollars, the only type of currency accepted to buy food and drinks during the course of the festival. Even if you don't choose to partake in the participating restaurant sampling and activities, you still have the opportunity to walk around this scenic area and enjoy some live jazz music along the way.

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera is conveniently located near Vail Village. Be sure to give our AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant, The Mirador a try while you’re in town! We hope you have a wonderful time sampling some of the best bites in Colorado at the Gourmet on Gore. 

Come See the Vail International Dance Festival!

The Vail Valley Foundation offers an incredible performing arts experience in scenic Vail Valley.

Summer is a time of energy and celebration in Vail Valley, and one summer festival in Vail is bringing the experience of a lifetime to those who travel into town for the event. Vail dance enthusiasts and those who are curious about the world of dance can experience cultures from all over the world expressed through the magic of performance art. Don't miss the amazing Vail International Dance Festival, which is brought to you by the Vail Valley Foundation.

Vail International Dance FestivalThe festival is held from July 27th to August 10th, 2015 and visitors are treated to performances by some of the best dancers in the world. Past performances have featured the New York City Ballet, the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, the Harlem Dance Company and the Hamburg Ballet. Because the event is extremely popular, those who want the best seats and the lowest ticket prices are advised to reserve in advance. If you like to celebrate the arts in style, tickets are available to the event's White Party and other galas, where you can enjoy good food, good drinks and the company of fellow dance enthusiasts.

There are also a variety of free acts available, so if you want a taste of the experience before deciding to commit, feel free to sit in on a performance or two. The events are held at several venues across Vail, so you can experience more of the area in addition to enjoying world-class dancing. For festival attendees who are practicing dancers, a series of master classes in a variety of disciplines are available as well, and there are various dance challenges that allow you to test your skills in a friendly competition.

While you're in town for the festival, you can relax at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. If you're a dancer who's worn out from classes, treat yourself to some time at our award-winning spa. Our comfortable and well-appointed rooms are the perfect place to unwind in between events.

Vail Art Walks Every Wednesday During the Summer!

Free tours in Vail offer a sense of the importance of art to our community.

Every Wednesday during the summer, you have the opportunity to be a part of guided tours that are part of the Vail Art Walks. These one-hour primers on how important art is to a community focus specifically on the role it has played in the development of Vail as a haven for the artistic community.

Vail Art WalksWithin a glimpse of the Vail Village itself, you have a chance to explore the public art collection that includes many different forms of expression, which have made art the essence of the culture here. Vail Art Walks show not only the standard sculptures, murals, and paintings you’d expect to see, but also how different sites have been able to adapt their spaces into new forms of art. This even includes examples within the surroundings of a playground.

Even before that takes place, you get an introduction at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum that leads into a fascinating explanation of the history behind Vail Valley. In addition, Vail Mountain's founding leads into an explanation of how the village has come to achieve a symbiotic relationship between the skiing and artistic communities.

This is a perfect way to spend a summer Wednesday in Vail since it helps you absorb exactly what this community is truly like. This helps you appreciate the efforts that have taken place over the years to make art in Vail a true happening. 

There's so much to absorb that you’ll want to recharge at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. The summer months are filled with golf, horseback riding and fly-fishing options available to guests. Our comfortable accommodations and great location allow guests to simply relax while enjoying great views of the Rockies.