A Walk in the Woods of Vail Mountain

October 25, 2016

Location: Vail Ski Resort - Eagle's Nest

Outfit Details: Cardigan Sweater (here); Sweater Dress (here); Floppy Hat (On Sale! here); and Turquoise Necklace (here)

Accommodations: The Austria Haus Hotel


While we were at Vail for my cousin's wedding, we made sure to pack in lots of activities during our stay. The day of the wedding, it was actually snowing that morning. Just 2 days earlier it was beautiful and 75 degrees! It's a good thing I packed a few sweaters (like my favorite NEW cardigan from Morning Lavender - the softest, coziest one I own) ...but I was definitely not prepared for an early snow! Since we didn't have proper cold wear gear - we decided to take a walk through Vail Village along the Gore Creek. Then we hopped on the Eagle Bahn Gondola for a breathtaking "bird's eye" view of the beautiful fall foliage and recent snow-capped mountains at the top of Eagle's Nest. We got lunch at the top - they were cooking burgers outside but it was too cold for alfresco dining, so we made our way into the bar and enjoyed a delicious meal and some cocoa. After lunch, we were ready to hit the trails. There are so many trails to choose from and all of them look beautiful. We opted for a leisurely 30 min trail called Fireweed (1 mile) that took us from the top of Eagle's Nest on Vail Mountain through the woods to Gondola 1 that would take us right back to the Austria Haus Hotel. Then we pulled up a seat to 10th Mountain Whiskey to "warm" up and try some local spirits. They have a delicious cordial called "Alpenglow" you can get (here) and one of the best Manhattans I've ever had. You can shop along further down the post, I got some great items. I hope you will take a virutal walk with us and enjoy the views! 


This dress is so cute and comfortable. It's sweater material on the front, lined with faux leather piping and the back and sides is a boho flowy cotton print. 

 The Gore River - that runs through Vail Village and Vail Mountain. 


Check out the adorable covered bridge in the distance - Vail Village has several of them and I simply adore them!


 The Eagle's Nest Gondola - totally worth it during the fall.  

 See what I mean?

 This necklace was so "on point" for a wild west themed walk in the woods. And very affordable. 

 You can see the snow on the mountains - the crazy thing is there was no snow there just the day before!


 "Make sure you get a picture of me with the Aspens" - my husband is a patient man :)

 That's the face of someone in total awe and feeling so blessed to have been able to experience the beauty of God. 

 Right about here, I started contemplating building a tree house in the Aspens. 

 Lance, my husband, loaded up on some Patagonia gear to face the cold. Looking good, if I do say so myself :)

 Lunch at the top of Eagle's Nest. 

 The start of our trail, Fireweed. 


 Obligatory Mountain Backdrop Photo.

 aaaaand another one :) 


Entering the woods - I quickly jumped from Autumn Vibes to Christmas Vibes. I found several trees that would have just been perfect for the holidays! And there is nothing like fresh pine in the mountains. 

 I would also like to live in the forest......


 It's SNOW! and a really cute angle of my dress :)

 Ready to come back to Vail and hit the slopes - the mere thought of that had me very giddy.

 My mountain man - off to explore.  


So cool to see the ski trails during the off season, this one is one of our favorites during ski season. 

 It's appropriately called "Cold Feet" yep - that's the feeling you get when you're looking down the mountain. 



 Made it to Gondola 1. It's on the Vail Village side, whereas Eagle's Nest Gondola is in Lion's Village. Time to make our way back down. 

 Just kicking it. 

 A walk around the Village and then we headed over to 10th Mountain Whiskey to warm up!



 Be sure to visit 10th Mountain Whiskey while in Vail. Not only do they have a totally cool bar and really good whiskey, you can shop to your heart's content. I came away with these rocks glasses (here), some copper mules (here), and an amazing candle (here). 


 A few of my favorites below to wrap this post up! I hope you enjoyed and be sure to head to Vail for the fall season. Unbe-leafable scenery!
















































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