Vail Valley Getaway | Four Seasons
Good food, good rest, pretty views and some qt with my guy... a dream. I can't believe how long it's been since we had a chance to sit and do nothing. Also, we would have never sat and done nothing previous to parenthood because my 7 self wouldn't allow that. Even if Justin sat... I'd go do something. I love movement and it kills me when we're just sitting, however, this weekender created the perfect space to just be.
I curated this weekend so intentionally as I knew it HAD to be great or else I'd cancel it last minute to stay home with Ames. I cannot believe how hard it is to separate from a little one for the first overnighter. Heart-break! But we did it and everyone survived and I can't wait to encourage the next mama on her way out of the door for an overnighter as so many of you encouraged me. So back to the trip...
Our first stop was obviously, Hygge Life. Alexandra and Koan warmly welcomed us with their sweet hugs, kind smiles, and freshly sliced watermelon. I was in Heaven. I was so torn between standing and talking (which I could do for hours) and walking around their well put together shop oohing and awing over each item that they've chosen to sell. It's so good, friends. Make the stop and buy the goodies. Your home will thank you for its new #hyggelife vibes.
We pulled into the Four Seasons in Vail. It's reputation precedes itself, and rightfully so. The service is top-notch, they remember your face and your name, their food is divine, the drinks are heaven and the views. The views. Honestly, it made just sitting, productive. It made doing "nothing" feel like I was on a hike. It is nestled into the base of the Valley and the Summer views on my top ten. It's as though the mountains are hugging you, when you're on the patio attached to The Remedy. Laying beside their pool, with veuve in hand for a post-breakfast in bed treat, the cottonwoods were making spring look like a winter snowfall and the fireplaces strategically placed in the best spots was music to my hygge loving heart.
Good food is music to my soul. We grew up hearing about food and the industry for what feels like every day of our lives. My paternal grandpa owned and operated restaurants for the extent of his career, my maternal grandmother was a wizard in the kitchen, my parents both worked in the industry as well as owned a restaurant on Platte in the 80's ironically named, Broncos. I digress, it was ingrained in me that we try all types of food at least once, that flavor is everything and that butter and salt are the bread of life. Many of my happiest memories of my childhood are around a table. I love food and sharing meals with the ones I hold dear.
For dinner we ventured away from the resort, landed at The Rose, in Edwards and it did not disappoint the palette I've been blessed to develop over the years. It cannot. If you're ever in, or near, kind of maybe in the vicinity of Edwards, Co, you must stop. Bryan, the co-owner and chef, served us each course of the meal. Justin and I ate our hearts out. Just was so full he could hardly eat breakfast the next day. Thank God for a fast metabolism, I was able to eat both meals. I'm not kidding when I say that I could eat the hamachi dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The fried chicken, I've actually never had better, the beet salad - Amos would've been tickled pink. The PB&J macaroon at the end has appeared in my dreams since and everything else we had is mouthwateringly delicious. I've been trying to justify hopping in the car for 2.5 hours one way for the last week, just so I can eat more. And the aesthetic of this place? I want to take it home.
When Justin and I were dating, breakfast in bed at a hotel was my actual favorite treat. Not much has changed.... When we book a trip, I secretly hope for and look forward to the moment where he says, "let's just have breakfast delivered." It's MUSIC to my ears. I get an entire pot of hot coffee to myself, without moving. ALL of the fruit, delicious orange juice, toast WITH butter, eggs, potatoes, you guys, I'm not exaggerating when I say, I love breakfast in bed. And this sweet stay allowed for the occasion, and I enjoyed all of it hot- the coffee, the toast. Oh, and it came with a view.
To top off our stay we hit the Four Season's heated pool in the AM, and I can't lie post breakfast I had Veuve. Okay, we shared. This bubbly always makes me think of our wedding and that always makes it feel like an extra special treat. It paired perfectly with their wonderfully tempered pool water and structure that made us feel like we were in a German village, we couldn't complain. The next chance we get, we'll be staying with #FSVail, for sure.
And then, Hovey & Harrison. I've posted about this lovely stop a few times on IG and it makes sense. It's basically everything I'd love for our home to be but literally cannot. I'm so thankful for business who are built around dreams.... the ones of those who are running them all of the while supporting others around them. Hovey & Harrison is owned by two women, Gretchen and Molly, who are supporting local farms and changing the menu regularly to accommodate whats in season, as we all should be doing. They've curated an adorable market, an area to pull games from and enjoy the company your with, the cutest bar for delicious drink consumption and an adorable patio, of course, boasting a view to die for. The visitors as well as the staff offer warm welcomes to one another and with only the good food toting the incredible work accomplished here, the sense of humility and home are just as embracing as the meals are delectable. I'm so thankful to have gotten to explore the kitchen, photograph fresh greens and taste the pastries. And the coffee mugs I snagged while I was in are for sure my new favorites.
I'm so thankful for all of you who read along about our adventures and projects. I hope that you're able to try these places for yourself. They're so good and so worth it. If you've been I'd love to hear what your highlights are. I'd also love to know where you think we should take off to next! Touring around sharing the good stuff is some of my favorite work. xx-k and j