While you might be skiing in Beaver Creek, you may make the decision to stay in a nearby town.
Each town in the Rocky Mountains has its own unique character and charm, and several of them offer easy access to Beaver Creek and Vail.
Here are a few of the hamlets near Beaver Creek and Vail, plus a little bit more about each.
Read on and decide which is the best fit for your family.
History: Avon hasn’t always been the gateway to Beaver Creek. It was founded to support the nearby mining community. Then, in the early 1900s, the primary crop became head lettuce.
Throughout the years, Avon has produced hay, cattle, potatoes, lettuce, peas, oats and sheep.
It became more synonymous with the ski industry in the late 1970s. Since then, Avon has been a thriving part of many a skier’s winter vacation.
Lodging: There’s always a place to stay in Avon, no matter your budget. From the luxurious Bachelor Springs Townhomes to the convenient Brookside 203, Avon can accommodate your lodging needs.
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Activities: If you’re looking for some time off the mountain, there are plenty of things to do in Avon. Stop into the Avon Rec Center for indoor swimming, a gym and fitness classes.
If you’re looking for some time off the mountain, there are plenty of things to do in Avon. Stop into the Avon Rec Center for indoor swimming, a gym and fitness classes.
If you’re looking for something a bit more exhilarating, pay a visit to APEX Mountain School, where they lead rock climbing, rappelling, ice climbing and backcountry skiing tours.
Dining: Good food is a priority in ski towns, so there’s always a place to dine in Avon. Notable eateries include:
- Mirabelle: Just inside the main gates at Beaver Creek, this Belgian-inspired restaurant is located in a turn-of-the-century ranch house.
- Gondola Pizza: For a quick bite or a pie to go, stop by Gondola Pizza. Their lunch buffet is sure to satisfy the appetite of even the most ravenous of skiers.
- Bob’s Place: This sports bar is the perfect way to end your day (or start it, since they do offer breakfast and lunch) with a pint in one hand and some après ski snacks in the other.
Eagle County has so much to offer! The quaint towns in between are what make it such an unforgettable experience.
History: What was once a sleepy farming and ranch community has gained recent notoriety in the Beaver Creek area for its quirky boutiques and the “Riverwalk” pedestrian mall near the Snake River.
Lodging: When looking for places to stay in Edwards, our property locator can help you find the right property in the right location for your family.
Stay in the heart of the town at the Inn at Riverwalk or enjoy some quiet seclusion at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.
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Dining: Mountain air tends to create healthy appetites, and Edwards has no shortage of wonderful restaurants to choose from. These are some of our top picks:
- Juniper Restaurant: Modern touches to mountain décor make this a perfect spot to try some New American Cuisine in Edwards.
- Belmont Deli: A favorite in the town, this kosher sandwich shop makes authentic New York favorites that are perfect for a midday pit stop.
- Zino Ristorante: In the mood for Italian? Then make it a point to stop into Zino to sample their contemporary Italian cuisine.
History: Located about 20 minutes from Beaver Creek by car, this quiet, friendly mountain town also has its roots in the mining and farming communities.
Folks who choose to stay in Eagle are in for a relaxing retreat. This is where you can truly escape.
Lodging: To really take your vacation to the next level, rent a room in The Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast and wake up to a hot, home-cooked breakfast every morning.
For a slightly more modern room, book your stay at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham.
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Activities: While the town of Edwards may seem relaxed enough, don’t rule out adrenaline-inducing activities.
Take a hot air balloon ride or sign up for a zip line tour of the mountain. Plus, explore any number of the spectacular bike trails all over the backcountry.
Dining: For hungry guests staying in Edwards, there are more than enough restaurant options to satisfy any diet.
- The Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon: As locals tell it, your stay would not be complete without a meal and a drink at The Dusty Boot.
- Bonfire Brewing: If you prefer to taste craft beer (or root beer!), head over to Bonfire taproom and see what they have brewing this season.
- Baboune’s Omelets, Burritos & More: Nothing starts your morning right like a nice big burrito or omelet. You can ski for hours with the energy you get from a hefty mountain breakfast like they serve.
History:Located between Vail and Beaver Creek, Minturn is a funky little town that used to be on the rail line during the mining boom in the area.
It was incorporated in 1904, making it one of the oldest towns in Eagle County.
Lodging: If you want fun, quirky and quaint, Minturn is the right town for you!
Check out local hotels such as the Minturn Inn and Hotel Minturn.
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Activities: Minturn really comes alive in the summer, with a huge farmers’ market and some fantastic fishing on the Eagle River. There are also several parks in the city limits, so you and the family can get out and play in the mountain air.
Dining: Get your appetite ready for Minturn’s wide variety of quaint local restaurants including:
- Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar: Who doesn’t want a little ‘que after a day on the mountain? There’s nothing quite as satisfying as digging into a plate of ribs after an epic day of riding.
- Magustos: A traditional pizza and burger pub, this is a great spot for après ski outside of Vail or Beaver Creek.
- Sticky Fingers Café & Bakery: Fuel up for your day by grabbing breakfast or lunch at this cute mountain eatery.