Sophisticated palates gravitate to Vail.
Vail’s culture has as much to do with its shopping as it does with its activities. Vail Village, Beaver Creek and Edwards are the primary shopping areas that contribute to a European style. Most of the high-end local retailers import goods rarely found in other parts of the United States, and the clothes from Italy and Austria have deep roots in the look of Vail’s locals and visitors alike. Tyrolian short-collar jackets and Norwegian sweaters can be seen all over town.
Bavarian dining is a signature part of the Vail experience. The Sonnenalp’s Swiss Chalet’s fondue, the Gramshammer’s Antler's Room’s wild game and the Alpenrose’s scrumptious pastries are not to be missed. Be sure to plan ahead and have a large party at one or more of these great restaurants.
Vail is a mecca for food and wine lovers from all over the world. Certain restaurants ensure the freshest produce by owning and operating private greenhouses 30 minutes west of Vail. Organic meats, such as Colorado lamb, free range chicken, and fish flown in daily from both coasts, are staples on most of the fine dining menus. Sweet Basil, Larkspur, Terra Bistro and La Tour are some of the great restaurants in Vail Village, while Beaver Creek boasts Splendido, Grouse Mountain Grill and Mirabelle. Zach’s Cabin is a wonderful snow-cat ride up Bachelor Gulch. Sato Sushi, Ray’s and Juniper in Edwards are also culinary highlights.