Things to do in Vail/Eagle County

Located in beautiful Colorado, Vail is one of the most famous ski spots in the world. From beautiful snow-capped vistas to a wonderfully cultivated local arts community, Vail and Eagle County are a wonderful to visit no matter the season. Vinnie Van GO has curated a list of his favorite things to do and places to visit while he’s in town. Enjoy!

Vail Annual Events

Vail Opening Day

Every November, join huge crowds of ski bums in celebrating the first day Vail Mountains opens for the ski season – it’s a tradition!

Pink Vail

Each March brings around another major local ski celebration. Pink Vail is the biggest sky day dedicated to conquering cancer in the world. This uplifting event sees a day of live music, costume contests, parties, and more.

Taste of Vail

Every April, discover the Vail lifestyle by checking out the best of the local community’s culinary scene. With tastings, awards, cook offs, picnics, and more, you don’t need to be a foodie to participate.

John A. Dobson Ice Arena

John A. Dobson Ice Arena

This indoor ski arena is a favorite place amongst locals to spend the day. Get your family and friends together for indoor ice skating and amateur hockey games!

321 E Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81658

Vail Valley

Vail Valley

This is the heart of Vail, and holds most of the area’s best restaurants, shops, and other attractions. This charming city center may be where all the tourists go, but you’d be remiss to not spend some time walking around.

Piney River Ranch

Just because Vail is famous for its skiing, doesn’t mean it’s dead in summertime. If you happen to be around in the summer months, this mountain ranch offers activities from hiking and canoeing to horseback riding and lodging.

700 Red Sandstone Road
Vail, CO 81658

Camp Hale

Built in 1942 as a WWII army force training camp, this site is now a gorgeous monument, and one of the most-visited historic sites in Eagle County.

Vail Village Food and Walking Tour

Don’t miss out on the local culinary scene with the Vail Village Food and Walking Tour – perfect for groups! If you’re looking for something more adult, check out the Palisade Wine Tour from Vail, which will take you on a scenic excursion of the local vineyards and wineries. For outdoor adventure, try the Vail Fly Fishing Float Trip, which everyone from novice to experienced anglers will enjoy!

Vail Restaurants

Sweet Basil

For an elegant dining experience with five-star atmosphere and an incredible menu, check out Sweet Basil. Try the Alaskan king crab – it’s Vinnie’s favorite.

E Meadow
Vail, CO 81657


Who knew some of the best Japanese food around could be found in Vail? Matsuhisa has been drawing foodies for years with its top notch seafood, sushi, and sashimi.

141 E Meadow Drive
Vail, CO 81657


For another great option for business dinners or romantic dates, PENDULUM is the modern restaurant you’ve been looking for. It’s Latin-American inspired menu won’t disappoint!

232 Bridge Street
Vail, CO 81657

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