The Dog Lover’s Epic Guide to Vail

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For the adrenaline ­junkie in me, there’s nothing quite like pointing down a mountain with a plank bound to your boots! Luckily, Vail powder is soft stuff in which to take a spill. My day one wipeout count was a healthy five. Afterward, it’s easy to slip into the groove, capping off a robust day on the slopes with an indulgent evening routine: champagne and canapés at the hotel’s Tavern on the Square restaurant. Be sure to try the Ahi Tuna Poke, by far the standout of the appetizers. They also do a killer artisanal cheese plate, with every element in the proper ratio for my liking. The menu has carnivores covered with a two pound Tomahawk Bone-­in Ribeye seared to perfection. Ice cream lovers will be in dairy heaven as their selection is off the charts. After a meal fit for Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White, swagger off to slumber in the most decadent beds imaginable.

The Pines Lodge, A RockResort

For the ultimate package to incite major tail wagging, book into The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, and treat your pooch to the Pines Pup Bucket List. This is the ultimate pup-­cation; the dog-­friendly hotel provides over­ the­ top offerings for furry friends from doggie GoPro loans to spa menus! First off, there’s Tails on Trails – Pup parents receive maps of the top dog-­friendly hiking routes in the summer months. Next, dog spa treatments complete with doggie massages, a bath and a blow­out.

Our favorite feature of the Pines Pup Bucket List is such a clever one – Pup POV – guests check out a complimentary GoPro and four­-legged harness to capture their mountain adventures and post bragging rights on social media. We also love the Booze Hounds bit – The Pines Lodge is located close to restaurants where doggies can bust out their best opening lines at their very own “yappy hour.” To top off a rugged day in the woods, Pup Pillow Service is a nightly rawhide bone turndown service, along with a plush doggie bed and leash to use during the stay.

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The Pines Lodge bucket list also includes in­-room Doggie Dining – they get food and water bowls to enjoy their meals in style. And if you are the kind of pet parent who oohs and aws over your dogs’ cute and distinctive paws, four­-legged guests leave their paw print in the doggie guest book! A Polaroid camera is on hand to capture the fur-­filled moment, naturally.

The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort

Luscious Liver dog treats? While you may find such a cookie unappealing, we assure you, this is your dog’s version of food porn. You can find them at The Lodge at Vail. The lodge has tapped the Enchanted Biscuit Company to keep Fido happy with fun, playful treats. There are an array of amenities available – toys, balls, bones and local nibbles like all-­natural treats from local fave Crazy Mountain Brewery to boot! Zoe and Guido’s Pet Boutique is within The Lodge at Vail, stocked with all the goodies your feisty friend could want!

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At The Lodge at Vail, limited hotel rooms and condos are pet-friendly. There are even a few units on the ground floor with direct access outside, making it easier than ever to bring Fido along!

When the property knows a dog will be staying at The Lodge at Vail, sherpa-­lined dog beds as well as dog bowls are placed in the room prior to arrival. Like The Pines Lodge, the concierge can provide guests with trail maps that have dog-­friendly walks highlighted. It’s not uncommon to see staff taking dogs for a brief walk upon request; they are always happy to help.

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