Cooling Off in Colorado

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Visiting Colorado in the summer was a treat, especially since the temps have been off the charts in Austin this year. We visited Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen and here are some of the highlights.
1- The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek – A world-class resort in the heart of the Vail Valley, with direct mountain access, renewing spa, a savory restaurant. And the tagline is quite appropriate: ‘Not Exactly Roughing It.’
2-Vail Village – Famous worldwide as North America’s top ski resort, it’s equally beautiful in the summer.
3- Restaurant Avondale –  Restaurant Avondale is the third restaurant concept from acclaimed chef/owner Thomas Salamunovich, following Vail’s popular Larkspur and Edwards’ quick-casual Larkburger. Dining on the patio while catching the sunset is the perfect ending to the day.
4- Red Lion – Located at the top of bridge street, this is the perfect place to unwind. And be sure to make time to catch performer and co-owner, Phil Long perform.
5- Spa Anjali – one of Colorado’s first eco-friendly spas – offers signature treatments inspired by the healing traditions from the mountains, specifically the Rockies, Alps and Himalayas.
6- Beano’s Cabin – Beano’s Cabin is a feast for the senses. With an open lawn and wraparound deck at the foot of towering Grouse Mountain, it is a ballroom under the stars. Getting to Beano’s Cabin is half the fun. During the summer months, warm weather offers a scenic hour-long horseback ride or wagon ride. And the menu…. to die for.
7- Montagna – Overlooking the courtyard and facing the natural beauty of Aspen Mountain you will find Montagna restaurant, The Little Nell’s elegant home to full-flavored delights courtesy of Executive Chef Robert McCormick.
8- Keen Hiking Boots – Since I am such a sucker for having the right gear, The Targhee II hiker from KEEN is ready for any off-road challenges.
9- Aspen – This small Victorian mining town began with a silver sparkle and continues to shine as one of the brightest stars in the resort world.

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