If you're dreaming of a romantic European getaway for your honeymoon, but time and money are getting in the way, say "I do" to a Rocky Mountain escape instead. Spending your honeymoon in the romantic and Alpine-inspired villages of Vail, Colorado is the perfect way to celebrate your first vacation as newlyweds. Honeymooners will love the villages, reminiscent of the villages of Switzerland, Austria and Germany, with their framed chalets, cobbled footpaths and healthy assortment of village bistros and wine bars.
How to get there
Although there are no direct flights into Vail, honeymooners can fly into Denver International Airport with hundreds of daily direct flights around the U.S., and then make the two hour drive through Colorado's scenic I-70 route. If you're looking for a closer flight and shorter drive time, Eagle County Regional Airport is only 40 minutes from Vail and offers non-stop service from most major cities.
Where to stay
Photo: The Arrabelle at Vail Square
If you're looking to spend your honeymoon in true luxury with Old-World charm and word-class services, look no further than the Lodge at Vail. The Lodge at Vail is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning lodge located just steps from Gondola One. The lodge was the first hotel in Vail, and features two exceptional restaurants, Elways and Cucina, the luxurious RockResorts spa, outdoor pool with surrounding hot tubs and fire pits, piano bar and ski rental and storage. Don a plush complimentary robe with your sweetheart and lounge fireside, whilst soaking up the ambiance of mood lighting, rich mahogany and marble accents.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square also offers exceptional luxury services and amenities, perfect for honeymooners who are looking to be pampered. The Arrabelle's Tyrolean-inspired atmosphere provides guests with the Alpine charm they've been dreaming of, while also offering ski in ski out access from Lionshead Village. Couples will love the rooftop hot tubs, complimentary GoPros to document their experiences and snuggling up at night with their in-room fireplace. Newlyweds looking to completely seclude themselves will love the Game Creek Chalet. Chalet guests will receive the same concierge services from the Arrabelle while enjoying this private, off-site residence nestled in the glades of the Game Creek Bowl at 10,500 feet.
What to do
Vail, Colorado is an exciting mountain destination during all months of year. For adventurous couples who want to turn their honeymoon into a ski adventure, Vail Ski Resort will please every level of skier or snowboarder with their diverse terrain. Other outdoor winter activities include snow tubing or fat biking at Adventure Ridge, snowshoeing through the beautiful White River National Forest or taking a romantic carriage ride on a horse-drawn sleigh.
For newlyweds more keen on relaxing during their honeymoon, Vail boasts several world-class spas, many of which are located in Vail's wide assortment of lodging accommodations. The Arrabelle's RockResorts Spa® provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains along with world-class luxury, relaxation and rejuvenation.
Photo: The RockResorts Spa® at the Arrabelle
Honeymooners experiencing Vail during the summer will want to take advantage of the refreshing mountain air and stunning outdoor views. Spend the day exploring Vail's villages where you will find world-class shopping, farmer's markets, street fairs and an inviting atmosphere. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the "g's" offered by the resort's downhill mountain biking or cruising down the Gore Valley trail through town, while those looking for a romantic view discover Vail's many hiking trails. White-water rafting, fishing, zip lining and golfing are just a few other activities newlywed couples can enjoy during the summer in Vail.
Where to eat
Photo: Game Creek Lodge
Fine and unique dining is almost a requirement for honeymooners, so hop on the gondola from Lionshead Village to the acclaimed, five-star Game Creek Restaurant. Situated upon snow-covered slopes with breathtaking views of Vail Mountain, Game Creek Restaurant provides excellent service, impressive American cuisine and an award-wining wine list.
Other ritzy, and equally delicious, restaurants on the honeymooner bucket list include Matsuhisa, where Iron Cheff Nobu Matsuhisa infuses traditional Japanese cuisine with South American and Western flavors, the prime cuts and tasty surf and turf of Vail Chophouse and Mountain Standard, an off-shoot restaurant that offers creek-side dining and beautiful views of all the Christmas lights during the holidays.