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SEP-OCT 2017

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Living room in a private residence at e Arrabelle RockResorts Spa Living room in a slopeside private residence at e Arrabelle Guest Suite at e Arrabelle 56 ere is no shortage of lodging options for the discerning traveler in Vail, but the place I return to again and again is e Arrabelle at Vail Square (rooms from $335; arrabelle.rockresorts. com). Graced with a prime location in the heart of Lionshead, the luxury resort hotel, designed to mimic the timelessness of storied resorts that dot the European Alps, perfectly encapsulates a high- end mountain town vacation. Ranging in size from 550 to more than 2,500 square-feet, the 81 guest rooms and condominiums are supremely comfortable and impeccably maintained. Add to this an outstanding list of creature comforts and attentive service, and you have the recipe for a perfect stay. From the balcony of our guest room, we enjoyed watching intrepid skaters as they made loops around one of Vail's three ice rinks, and just down the hall, a complimentary indulgent afternoon hot chocolate bar appeared each afternoon to satiate our sweet tooth. For a fitness enthusiast like me, The Arrabelle's fully equipped gym was a dream. To remedy the inevitable muscle soreness resulting from so much physical activity, I made full use of the treatments and amenities available at the 10,000-square- foot RockResorts Spa. Equally restorative was lounging in e Arrabelle's rooftop pool and hot tub while gazing over the storybook setting of the village to the mountains beyond. Beginning with a hearty buffet breakfast through a day-ending nightcap, The Arrabelle's Tavern on the Square restaurant is a constant hub of activity. e restaurant's outdoor patio at the base of the mountain is ideal for savoring a bacon-infused vodka Bloody Mary, while inside fireside is an ideal place to indulge in chef Paul Wade's recently revamped menu that puts his unique spin in familiar favorites like Lamb Shank Pot Pie and Bone-in Veal Schnitzel. On each of our ski days we took a break for a sit-down lunch at Bistro Fourteen, a popular spot located at the top of the Eagle Bahn gondola. e high-ceilinged dining room boasts ample windows to take advantage of the views from on high. eir hearty salads proved to be the perfect mid-day

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