A Day in Vail for $25 :: Colorado

The Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is offering what may be one of the best ski resort deals out there right now.

To celebrate the hotel’s 25th anniversary, Vail Cascade is featuring a third night’s stay for just $25 when you purchase two nights of lodging, which start as low as $129 right now. With Colorado’s resorts starting their ski seasons, and a good chance of fresh snow predicted in the long-range forecasts, it’s a steal for ski-in/ski-out lodging at a AAA Four-Diamond resort.

The deal is available through Dec. 20 — a nice time before the holiday crowds arrive — and all guests who take advantage of the special are eligible to win one of 25 weekend getaways to the Vail Cascade. Every room category is eligible for the promotional price, including hotel rooms, suites and condos.

Vail Cascade’s Aria Spa shouldn’t be misssed. It’s a delicious, luxurious, relaxing place for a girls weekend, a spa day or just a one-hour massage. My favorite offerings at Aria are the massages, and of them my top packages are the Mountain Cures — massage and soak /scrub combinations for relaxing, revitalizing or renewing. Of those $190, 80-minute treatments, my favorite is the renewal program that works wonders on my tired, aging muscles and dry skin. It includes an exfoliating body, hand and foot scrub, a calming soak and a full-body massage that turns my limbs to noodles.

The 10,000-square-foot spa includes 14 treatment rooms, a couple’s spa suite, a waiting area warmed by a big fireplace, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a heated outdoor pool and aromatherapy steam rooms.

Vail Cascade is tucked into the base of Vail Mountain, along the banks of Gore Creek and within walking distance of plenty of shops and restaurants. Vail, the ski resort, and Vail, the town, were created from scratch more than four decades ago in a narrow mountain valley with an interstate highway running through it.

There isn’t much land in Vail that isn’t vertical and what can be developed is usually done so with a fairly high density. You don’t feel isolated or out in the country when you’re at Vail. Developable land is so limited that parking isn’t considered a best-use. Thus, it’s expensive compared to other Colorado resorts. Plan on spending about $20 per day to park. Only valet parking is offered at Vail Cascade in winter, but the shuttle service is efficient and walking around the town in snow is invigorating.

To get the most of your Vail Cascade stay, ask for one of the corner rooms, which generally are larger.

For details about the Vail Cascade, Aria Spa and the 25th anniversary specials, go to www.vailcascade.com.

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