This week in Colorado, I stayed in Vail, CO. This place reminds me of a European village because everything is scrunched together and has a community feel.
My first day I spent hiking. Hiking is a great activity to see nature and breathe in the mountain air. The trail I took was called Berry Picker; a windy steep trail that curls up the mountain. The first mile was a little tough. I had to get used to the altitude and less oxygen. When I focused on my breathe and the flowers around me, everything balanced out.
During the hike, a beautiful stream fell down the mountain. Because of the massive amount of snow from this winter, the stream was flowing fast. I could hear the splashing all throughout the hike.The water was also cold, which was very refreshing in the warm weather.
There were also tons of flowers all over the place. It was gorgeous!
Once I reached the top, the view was stunning! The mountain Mount of the Holy Cross, the snow was still sticking to the peak and I was able to see the cross. (It’s the highest peak, kinda hard to see here)
Another day I played indoor tennis with my mom and sister at the Aria Athletic Club and Spa in the Cascade Village. The courts were clean and we had access to a lot of balls.
That afternoon I also took a walk in the village and spent some time at the library and ice rink. I would definitely recommend the free skate; it wasn’t crowded and we got the rink for an hour and a half. It is also affordable, about $9 including skate rentals.
The library is a great place to relax, use the computer, and browse the books. They have tons of options to choose from. I took some time to read and chill here.
On the last day before I left, an art festival spread throughout the village. The pieces were so pretty! I got to see pottery, paintings, and photography. Here are some pictures I snagged.
This piece is called “Sunrise Before the Storm”
This was photographed by Jason Pavaloni.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Vail, CO to anyone in the area. It is a wonderful mountain village that I can’t wait to come back to. Let me know your experiences there and what you love about Vail!