Getting to and Around Vail

Located 100 miles West of Denver and 30 Miles East of Eagle, Vail is very easy to get to. If you are coming from Denver International Airport, take Peña Blvd to Interstate 70 west and travel for about 120 miles to exit #176, which will take you to the heart of Vail. If you are traveling from Eagle County Airport, take Cooley Mesa Road to US Highway 6 and take a right, which will take you east. Follow the signs and proceed onto I-70 to exit #176. 

Vail also has one of the largest free public transportation services in the nation and it makes it easy to get around town. Keep in mind that the bus schedule in the summer months are on a reduced schedule from the winter months' schedule. The bus is a great resource to easily get to the slopes or any other destination you desire in Vail.

Here is a PDF of the Vail Bus Map for your convenience: Vail Bus Map

West Vail

West Vail is split in two by I-70.  North Vail sits on the opposite side of Vail Mountain offering an abundance of sunshine and spectacular mountain views. West Vail South is on the same side as Vail Mountain and is situated along Gore Creek.  Whether you choose North or South, West Vail is your ski vacation made easy.  West Vail offers a free shuttle into and out of Vail Village, ample choices in more affordable dining, two grocery stores and even a Starbucks. If you are traveling to Vail without a car and would prefer easier access to the shops, West Vail North is your best bet.  However, a car makes all of these locations easily accessible.  Cascade Village which has it’s own chairlift access is in West Vail and sits about 1 mile west of Lionshead Village.  LOCAL SECRET: Get off the bus at Cascade Village and get on the chairlift.  There is never a line and gets you skiing faster.  West Vail also offers a lot of larger homes making group travel an affordable yet luxurious option.  In addition to close accessibility to the mountain, West Vail is close to several parks and provides a lot of family friendly options.  West Vail also boasts Donovan Pavillion which is a great venue for weddings. 

Cascade Village

Cascade Village is a hidden gem in the Vail Valley.  It is a mere 2 minute shuttle ride to Lionshead Village and sits on Gore Creek. Love the sound of the river flowing? Cascade Village is a wonderful choice. Cascade Village also has it’s own award winning restaurant in Atwater on Gore Creek, as well as its own ski and bike rental shop. In the winter, Cascade Village is a great option. Chairlift access, while being a short ride away from Vail Village. In the summer, Cascade Village offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities. There is a bike path that runs from along gore creek and takes you right into town. It is a 10 minute walk and absolutely beautiful.  

Lionshead

Lionshead Village has gone through a renaissance over the past few years.  Now home to an ice-skating rink, upscale shops including Patagonia, North Face, Salomon, Arriesgado and so many more. Additionally, Lionshead has restaurant options for everyone. From Garfinkles and Bart & Yetis (two of Lionshead iconic locales) to Tavern on the Square foodies of all kinds will find places to eat in Lionshead. Blue Moose Pizza caters to kids, while The Chophouse offers a free champagne toast at 3PM everyday during ski season.  Plus, Lionshead is only 1-mile away from Vail Village making it a short walk and an even shorter ride on the free in-town shuttle.  

Golf Course

Far enough away yet close enough to play.  The Vail Golf Course homes are unique in that they offer larger options for groups or large families, but are within a mile and a half of Vail Village.  For the adventurous walkers, the Golf Course is close.  Follow the bike path in and out of Vail Village and you are a 20 minute walk away.  Not recommended in ski boots, but definitely fun for apres.  The Vail Golf Course offers miles of nordic/snowshoe trails in the winter as well.  Tucked in to the Gore Valley, the golf course is accessible by the free town shuttle and is a short ride to everything.

Vail Village

Well, really what is there to say about Vail Village?  It is an iconic town that has grown from a small skiing pioneer town to a venerable hot bed of top restaurateurs, World Class events and sits at the base of one of America’s top ski resorts.  Vail Village offers lively entertainment, an ice skating rink, bowling alley and modern cinema flair in CineBistro. Vail Village offers something for everyone. From legendary like The Red Lion to truly upscale like Matsuhisa or Sweet Basil, Vail Village will not disappoint. Staying in-town does come at a price. As the adage goes, “Location, location, location..” The price is being steps to everything; the World Class slopes, the famous restaurants, the amazing shopping and the legendary nightlife. 

Potato Patch

So you like mountain views?  Then Potato Patch is your spot.  Situated on the North side of the highway, not only do you get great sun, but the vistas are spectacular.  Out every window you will see something incredible.  Whether it is views of Vail Mountain or the Gore Range, Potato Patch is a perfect spot for a tranquil vacation.  Away from the hubbub yet a short drive from restaurants, grocery stores, shopping and Vail Village, Potato Patch offers great lodging options.

East Vail

From winter wonderland to spectacular summer, East Vail provides the best value in lodging.  Most of the homes in East Vail are on the free shuttle route, and can offer everything from budget to luxury.  Although the summers are shorter in East Vail, most locals feel like it is the truest mountain feel.  Tucked into the White River National Forest, and situated close to many well known hiking trails like Booth Creek Falls, East Vail is beauty personified.