Rocky Tops

BY Stephanie Davis Smith | October 22, 2018 | Feature Features National

After a decade at the base of Vail Mountain, The Arrabelle at Vail Square still climbs the list of where to spend the holidays.
The Arrabelle's architecture is reminiscent of grand European ski resorts.

Winter gets all the love in Vail, and, now, summer is touted as the new boom season for the Colorado ski town. But, what about fall?

Autumn is the most underrated season in this tony enclave two hours west of Denver. While the aspen leaves start to turn in September, you may be fortuitous enough to catch a glimpse of the fall foliage into November—if the snow doesn’t come early.

Fall can be sleepy in a resort town, making it the ideal time to unplug and reconnect with nature and family. Whether you want to go hiking, backcountry fishing or on a mountain-biking excursion with Paragon Guides, or chill in one of The Arrabelle at Vail Square’s 28 one- to five-bedroom private residences, there’s nothing quite as peaceful as this time of year.

Fresh off its 10th anniversary, the AAA Four Diamond Award Arrabelle never seems to age and forever resembles an Alpine grande dame sitting regally at the base of Vail Mountain. The wraparound views of the mountains from its larger residences’ rival that of their multiple amber-glowing fireplaces. While the hotel has 96 guest rooms that are the epitome of luxury, the residences feel like a home away from home for multigenerational broods. Indoorsy types can book a day of pampering at the Spa at The Arrabelle, a cooking class at Larkspur restaurant, or lounge around the heated rooftop pool and Jacuzzi. The active set can sign up for one of several 5K turkey trots around town. When it’s adult time, vetted Vail Sitters come to the rescue to watch the little ones. However, be sure to bring them along for a delicious meal Nov. 22 at either The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch or the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail (advance reservations recommended). You’ll find fall in Vail has plenty for which to be thankful. Suite rates from $485 per night, one-bedroom residence from $499 per night, two-bedroom residence from $605 per night

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