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Four Seasons Resort, Vail, Colorado: Elegant luxury, dining

Written By | Jun 18, 2017

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VAIL, Colorado, June 18, 2017 – Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail offers Alpine modern elegance in a four-star luxury hotel that features surprising palate-tempting culinary fare.

All within a two-hour drive of Denver.

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As you might expect, service is king at the Four Seasons, from the minute you pull into the park and throughout your visit. The exceptionally well-trained staff greets you with a smile and is genuinely concerned about your comfort and needs.

This, coupled with the hotel’s amenities and their rooms, pool, spa, and restaurants is probably the reason the property is rated second among all hotels in Vail on TripAdvisor.

The rooms are well appointed with views of the mountains, pool, and garden. The beds are plush with an abundance of pillows, and flat screen high definition televisions, complimentary basic WiFi, and marble baths all part of the luxury guest experience.

The environment features things money can’t buy –  fresh mountain air, the sunshine, and local activities that will have you working up an appetite. Executive Chef Marcus Stewart has put time and effort into the resort’s culinary program.  Stewart grew up learning his craft from his grandmother in Andrews, South Carolina.

Today, his farm-to-table philosophy is molded from his childhood experiences. He explains,

“Just like the vegetables and herbs grown on my grandparents’ organic farm, my passion for cooking is deeply rooted in my Southern upbringing and nostalgic memories, creating Sunday brunches alongside my grandmother.”

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Remedy Bar- Munchie Brunchie

Guests who spend the weekend at the resort should head to the Remedy Bar where you can enjoy the Munchie Brunchie. The room’s ambiance is bright and open with floor to ceiling windows and a view of the mountains making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy Chef Stewart’s creations.

Choose from the smoked salmon tater tot waffle with caviar, shaved egg, tomato, red onion, capers, and crème frâiche ($16) or an acai bowl made with quinoa, banana, kiwi, apple, and berries ($12). The most popular, however, is the French Countryman Benedict prepared with poached eggs, country ham, MouCo brie, and red-eye hollandaise ($14).

Of course, no brunch would be complete without adult beverages, and they offer a bottomless special mix Bloody Mary bar featuring Buffalo Trace Wheatley Craft Vodka. Toppings include pickled okra, peppers, seared Spam (I know just try it!), and shrimp ($25).

Flame- Classic Steakhouse

With vaulted ceilings, dark wood accents, and leather seating, Flame, the hotel’s steakhouse, is where you can enjoy what they describe as family-style “fun dining” in a beautiful setting, again with views of Vail Mountain.

Many of the portions here are large and meant to be shared so everyone can try a little bit of everything.

Start with a cocktail and then sample either a hot or cold appetizer such as the Guajillo Pepper Jelly Glazed Pork Belly ($16) or one of their longstanding house favorites, Rocky Mountain Elk Corn Dogs with grainy mustard sauce and smoked tomato ketchup ($15).

The hardest part of choosing a steak is which one? Flame offers quite a choice — from grass-fed 7x Cattle Company’s Wagyu beef, a dry-aged 24 ounce T-bone or a grain-fed cut. Your choices don’t stop there, and you can then select from six house-created rubs and sauces, including their own version of A1 Steak Sauce, F-1.

Part of the fun is the presentation showmanship: Your steak comes via a trolley, and they carve your meat table side on a butcher block, which also serves as your plate. They have a large assortment of sides such as the parmesan creamed spinach ($12) or crispy Brussels sprouts with kimchi ($12).

One thing’s for certain is that you won’t leave hungry, but do save room for dessert  the “You Only Live Once Chocolate Soufflé” ($18) to the new “Pina Colada Bananas Foster”($18).

For the ultimate in decadence and possibly a chocoholic’s best friend, go for their signature Haute Chocolate made with melted Swiss chocolate. They present this to you in a china cup with a lattice of chocolate and a house-made marshmallow and Chantilly cream.

Steaming liquid cocoa is then poured over the top, and the whole thing deconstructs and combines into a decadent and rich drink for you to savor ($16 for one; $28 for two).

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Poolside Dining- Drinks, Sandwiches, and Snacks

With views of the mountains laden with Aspen trees, the hotel’s pool bar is a cool respite to enjoy the heated water and food and drinks. They have a selection of cocktails, local craft brews, lagers, and wines as well as ciders and hot chocolate.

Menu selections include everything from chips and salsa ($10) to fish tacos featuring ancho rubbed mahi-mahi ($21) to their Remedy Burger made with 7x Farms Wagyu beef ($14/ $16).

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The Four Seasons Resort and Residences are located just a short walking distance to Vail Village where you can shop and explore this charming town at any time of the year.

The staff at this property does everything they can to ensure that you have a wonderful stay, including incorporating technology into the guest experience. Their convenient app lets you make dining or spa reservations, view resort activities, access concierge services, and even customize your sleeping experience.

FTC Disclosure:  This was a sponsored visit, however, all opinions herein are the authors.


Ron Stern

Ron Stern aka "The Global Gumshoe," I am a travel photojournalist and the author of hundreds of international and domestic travel articles. I am the Denver City Guide Editor for The Daily Meal, and a staff writer for Communities Digital News. My articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sun Sentinel, Yahoo News, MSN, and others. Magazines include Shape, Cruise, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. My contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and my photography/ videography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms.