A couple weeks ago my former roommate asked me if I wanted to take a trip to Vail, Colorado for a night. I hadn’t been to Vail so I immediately said of course! I reserved a room and she found a couple more friends to join us for a girls trip. I am definitely spoiled being so close to all the cute mountain towns Colorado has to offer. And the fall is such a beautiful time to explore. The leaves were changing and the weather was perfect. Plus, you save a lot of money this time of year and there is a fraction of the people. From Denver, it was about an hour and a half drive on the Friday afternoon. We ended up leaving a little later than planned due to traffic, but we still got to our hotel around 6:15pm.
Where to stay:
We stayed smack dab in Vail Village at The Galatyn Lodge. I got our room for $192/night with a mandatory $10 fee for bottled water and resort fees… In total it was only $202 and split between 4 girls, it was about $50 each for the night, which is a good deal for Vail. The reason our room was so ‘inexpensive’ was because it is still the off season for the Colorado mountain towns. Once skiing and snowboard season is in full swing, our room easily would go for twice that a night. I did a quick search and it looks to be completely booked up! Regardless, we had a very nice stay and the front desk manager, Ann, was amazing. She made accommodations for our late check in and made sure we had a roll away bed in our room since there was 4 of us.
What to do:
Once we checked into our hotel, we got got settled and then headed to find a spot for dinner. The restaurant that my roommate had wanted to go to had an hour wait and we were all starving so we went to Pazzo’s Pizzeria instead. It is a cute pizza joint with a lot of seating and a bar. I got a cheese pizza slice and ceaser salad side. The other girls got pasta and we were all very pleased with our meal. The prices were reasonable too, which is pretty rare for restaurants in Vail Village.
It was completely dark after dinner so we couldn’t do much exploring. We ended up checking out Pepi’s Bar for live music. The crowd was all easily over 50 years old so we stayed for a drink and then headed down the road to Red Lion where the crowd was a little more our age. We wanted to do wine tasting at Root and Flower, but the restaurant is pretty small and there weren’t 4 seats together so we opted to save money and find more live music. We left Red Lion and headed back to our room around 10:30pm because we were all pretty tired #partyanimals. I slept in the roll away bed and ended up falling alseep while the other girls watched TV. We got up around 8:15 and got ready for the day as our check -out was at 10am. The Galatyn Lodge let us continue to park our car in the garage after we checked out, which was so nice of them. I am sure during the winter once you check out you have to get out so the next guests can arrive.
After we checked out we headed to Big Bear Bistro for breakfast. I got a breakfast sandwich and we ate on the patio, which was so pretty. All the colors in Vail are so pretty at this time of the year. Plus, by 10am we didn’t even need our heavy jackets because it was the perfect weather. After breakfast we explored a little more and the girls seriously wanted to take pictures every couple of feet… it was actually quite humorous. After we made our rounds in Vail Village we got in the car and headed back to Denver.
My breakfast from Big Bear Bistro
Overall, it was a fun night in Vail! I definitely recommend checking out the town if you are ever in the area. We realized it is more of a swanky mountain town than places like Breckenridge, but nevertheless we had a great girls trip!