When it’s your shared sense of adventure that brought you together, Vail is the perfect honeymoon destination. While it’s famous for winter sports, with legendary ski slopes, Vail is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts whatever the season. There’s plenty to discover year-round in this little corner of the Colorado Rockies. You can explore European style pedestrians-only villages full of old-world charm, take summer hikes or horse rides through flower-filled meadows, check out the music, film and dance festivals, and take in the truly spectacular fall colors.
A honeymoon trip to Vail will create unforgettable memories. The spectacular mountain scenery provides a backdrop to your outdoors adventures – skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and more. Scenic gondola rides, sleigh rides, nature walks, and meditation and yoga sessions for the quieter moments round out the Vail experience.
There’s a wide range of accommodations to choose from, so you can be sure of finding something that fits your style, from luxurious resorts and hotels to cozy B&Bs, alpine chalets and rustic cabins.
Vail is also a world-famous culinary destination, with many restaurants pioneering the move towards organic and farm-to-table meals. Relaxing spas are perfect for soothing away the aches from a day on the slopes. In keeping with the Alpine vibe, Vail is famous for the active apres ski and nightlife scene.
At a Glance
- Vail is named for Charles Vail, the engineer who designed the route for US Highway 6 which runs through the Eagle Valley. Highway 6 later became Interstate 70.
- Vail is the second largest ski area in the US with diverse terrain including the seven famous Back Bowls, as well as challenging bump runs, cross country skiing and even several beginner zones.
- Vail is actually several interconnected villages and neighborhoods clustered around the Gore Creek as it winds its way through town. The streets are heated in the winter and closed to cars, which makes them perfect for strolling, shopping and bar-hopping late into the night.
- With a long list of famous visitors, Vail is also a foodie destination.
- In the summer, outdoor activities include hiking, horse riding, fly fishing, and ranch visits.
- From June through August, there’s music in the air. The Bravo! Vail music festival brings classical, jazz and pop music concerts to town.
- The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the Vail Nature Center introduce you to natural beauty of the region.
- The White River National Forest surrounds the town of Vail and offers plenty of trails as well as campsites in the summer. It is the most-visited national forest in the US because of its proximity to the Colorado ski areas, but it is a true wilderness and must be treated with respect.
- Getting to Vail: The easiest way is to fly to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), which is 30 miles away, or to Denver International Airport (DEN), which is 100 miles from Vail, then drove down I-70. Car rentals, shuttles and car services are available at both airports.
- Go Car-free: Once you get there, you can park your car and walk around the pedestrians-only villages or use the free public transportation that connects the villages to each other and the ski lifts.
- Plan a Sleigh Ride: A sleigh ride down the village street, with horse bells, hot chocolate and warm blankets is an essential part of the ultimate Vail honeymoon experience.
- Set Aside Time for a Special Meal: Or several special meals. Vail is a world class food destination, with a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, brew pubs and farm to table dinners. There are also food festivals throughout the year showcasing the region’s culinary diversity, craft beers and wines.
- Visit a Museum: The Colorado Snowsports Museum tells the story of the town of Vail as well as the 10th Mountain Division, which trained in the area during World War II. The Vail Ski Resort was founded by a veteran from the 10th Mountain Division. The Museum is also home to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.