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Romantic Getaways in Vail and Beaver Creek Dec 07

When most people think of Vail or Beaver Creek they think of world class skiing.  However, you will find that Vail has a lot to offer couples looking for a romantic getaway anytime of year.

Romance is in the air you breathe whether you are taking moonlight walks underneath the stars in the mountains of Vail or roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate with your loved ones in the square at Beaver Creek.  Being in Vail and Beaver Creek for a romantic retreat is a moment in time you’ll treasure forever.

One of our favorite places to stay in Vail is the Vail Mountain Resort and Spa Marriott.  Many rooms have a crackling fireplace and a view of the splendid mountains.  There concierge is superb especially Adam Friedman.  He gave us great recommendations for romantic excursions.  There are great hiking trails within walking distance from the resort.

My husband and I recently celebrated our 11th anniversary in Vail and truly had an anniversary to remember.  To begin the day we had a scrumptious hot breakfast buffet at the Marriott, which was included in the price of our stay.  Later that afternoon for a romantic retreat we took a scenic drive to Beaver Creek Resort, a neighboring community.  In the middle of the square you can find an ice skating ring where couples can feel like kids again by strapping on those ice skating shoes and sharing laughter and memories that will last a lifetime.  To warm up afterwards you don’t have to go far.  There are several gas fireplaces with huge comfortable chairs to relax in while reminiscing with hot chocolate from the many cafes in the square.  Take a stroll around the square and you’re sure to find that special gift in the many quaint shops around. 

For a romantic dinner take a shuttle to Splendido at the Chateau.  Chef David Walford will tease your palette with fine contemporary American cuisine with French and Italian influences.  If you go in the Fall time they have great specials.  The ambience is exquisite from the moment you walk in with a grand piano, and a magnificent wood burning fireplace.  It reminds me of a chateau you would find in France.  The décor of the restaurant is made for romance from the white table clothes, candlelight, spectacular view of the mountains, and waitstaff that anticipate every need you might want.  Did I mention you can stay here?  How romantic would that be? 

After a romantic dinner you should take a shuttle ride to the Ritz Carlton lodge.  Enjoy an evening cocktail at Spago’s, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. But for romance take your cocktail outside to the wood burning fire pit outside and cuddle up with your loved one for an evening under the stars roasting marshmallows.  Take a stroll around the grounds under a full moon.  It’s very romantic.  If you can afford to stay here, this is a very romantic atmosphere.  It’s very different from a normal Ritz Carlton.  The superb service and elegance is still there, but if you love the outdoors you’ll love the Ritz, It’s designed as a rustic lodge with beautiful fireplaces in every room.  You will definitely not be roughing it here, but you’ll still get that loving nature ambience. And for pet lovers, you can take The Ritz Carlton dog on your hiking trips with you.   

When we returned to the Marriott, our evening of perfection ended on a high note when we returned to our room to find chilled champagne and strawberries dipped in chocolate from our concierge!