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02/14/2011

Spring & Summer 2011 - Destination News, Deals & Insider Tips with RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality


TRAVEL TO… Beaver Creek, Colo.
 
STAY ATThe Pines Lodge, A RockResort and The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort this summer and book the “Buckaroo” package, which includes VIP tickets to the Beaver Creek Rodeo, lodging and a mountaintop picnic lunch for a family of four. Rates start at $555 per family of four for a two-night stay. 866-614-ROCK (7625)
 
FREEBIE TIP: The Chef Demonstration series in Beaver Creek takes place in June, July, August and September in the Bon Appétit tent and gives visitors the opportunity to sample some of the finest local culinary delights for free!
 
DON’T MISS EVENTS: Visit Beaver Creek during the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival May 28-29, 2011 for delicious food, local brews and live music. Test your endurance (or watch that of others!) at the Tough Mudder competition June 25-26, 2011. The 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. If not looking for that level of intensity, unwind with the Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival August 18-20.
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Keystone, Colo.
 
STAY AT: Keystone, Colorado and save up to 25 percent on Keystone lodging! Buy three nights and get the fourth night free at all Keystone lodging operations.
 
DON’T MISS EVENTS: Kidtopia Kids Fest, June 25; July 16, 30; Aug 13, (Saturdays at 11am)
It’s time to have some fun! Bring your family and get back into some good old family times. Enjoy gold panning, petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painter, balloon artist, midway games, spin art, kids’ show, bounce houses and much, much more!
 
Keystone Kidtopia Music Festival, June 25 & 26, 2011 - Come to a festival designed just for kids! Keystone Kidtopia comes back for the summer season featuring family friendly music. This summer, River Run at Keystone is bringing back Kidtopia for the summer months; live music, an international marketplace, artwork, and delicious cuisine and cold beverages.
 
23rd Annual Taste of Keystone Sept. 4
Bring a hearty appetite and prepare your taste buds for the best culinary event of the summer! The Taste of Keystone is a perfect opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisine from Keystone's best restaurants including: Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, and The Bighorn Steakhouse. Top it all off with the finest sweet treats from acclaimed pastry chef Ned Archibald.
 
FREEBIE TIP: With the Adventure Passport (free to all guests at Keystone), guests have access to beginner mountain bike clinics, wildlife and history walks, fly-fishing clinics, golf clinics and fudge-making demonstrations.
 
FREEBIE TIP: Juniors golf free! Golfers 17 and under golf for free in the evenings when accompanied by a paying adult.
 
Call 800.354.4FUN (4386)
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Breckenridge, Colo.
 
STAY AT: One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort. This resort opened in June 2010, setting a new standard for luxury in Breckenridge. Located at the Base of Peak 8, One Ski Hill Place has immediate access to mountain activities such as hiking, biking, the new Alpine Coaster the “Gold Runner” and the seasonally-operated Peak 8 Fun Park. Plus, the resort is just steps away from the BreckConnect Gondola that connects One Ski Hill Place with the historic mountain town of Breckenridge and to additional trails. Residences at One Ski Hill Place range from studios to four-bedroom condominiums and feature the highest quality finishes and décor. Resort amenities include two indoor pools, a hot tub and outdoor fireplace, as well as two media rooms, a game room, a two-lane bowling alley the “Mine Shaft”, state-of-the-art fitness facility, The Rejuvenation Center for massages, The Living Room restaurant for fine dining, Ski Hill Grill for casual mountain fare, the lively T-Bar for drinks and appetizers, meeting space and much more.
 
WHAT’S NEW:  Attention thrill seekers! Summer visitors will be able to race down the mountain on the new Gold Runner Coaster located at the base of Peak 8. A 2,500 foot elevated track loops through the forest giving you the best views at super speed. Length of the ride varies as riders control their own speed. Each car can accommodate 1-2 people. Single rides start at $7 for children age 3-7 joined by an adult to $24 for an unlimited day pass for children. Other ticket options are available. For more information, please visit www.breckenridge.com.
DON’T MISS: Rocky Mountain fun when the Peak 8 Fun Park opens June 17. Scenic chairlift rides, rock wall climbing, mini-golf, gemstone panning, biking and much more.
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Vail, Colo.
 
STAY AT… Come discover summer in the Rockies and all that the Vail Valley has to offer at a value-priced cost. Rates atThe Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort start at just $199 per night, and rates at The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort start at just $149 per night.
 
FREEBIE TIP: Vail is full of free events in the summertime! Below find a list of just some of the activities you can enjoy for free in Vail.
·       Hot Summer Nights Tuesday Free Concert Series
·       Thursday jazz concerts outside the Arrabelle at Vail Square and Sunday jazz concerts at the Vail Farmer’s Market
·       Gondola rides for kids
·       Activities at Adventure Ridge, including volleyball, bocce, horseshoes and more
·       Guided nature hikes of Vail Mountain
·       Tennis matches at Golden Peak Tennis Courts
·       Fly Fishing clinics
·       Kayak demonstrations
·       Admission to the Colorado Ski Museum
·       Even parking in Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures is free in the summer
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
STAY AT… La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & SpaStay at Santa Fe’s art hotel with rates starting at just $284 per night for a three-night stay. Take a guided tour of La Posada’s own art gallery from Curator Sara Eyestone and marvel at works of art from over 20 notable artists including Susan Contreras and John Farnsworth. Just a short walk from Santa Fe’s historic Plaza and the art galleries of Canyon Road, staying at La Posada puts guests in a prime location to experience the best of what Santa Fe has to offer.
 
FREEBIE TIP: Every Monday, take part in “Margarita Mondays” at the Staab House Lounge, where bartenders educate guests about the best types of tequilas for mixing and tasting for free.
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Aspen, Colo.
 
STAY AT… Hotel Jerome, A RockResort is more than a place to stay; it’s a place to experience. Located in the heart of Aspen, Hotel Jerome offers an elegant and relaxed ambiance, impeccable service, unsurpassed accommodations and exquisite dining in three award-winning restaurants. Favorites of locals and guests alike, the celebrated J-Bar offers lively spots for mingling. Each of the 94 richly appointed guestrooms and spacious suites provide a haven of comfort and sophistication. The hotel embodies the philosophy of Aspen – a balance of body, mind and spirit.  It is often said, “If you haven’t been to the Jerome, you haven’t been to Aspen.”  
For more information visit www.RockResorts.com / 866-614-ROCK (7625)
 
DON’T MISS EVENT: The annual Food & Wine Classic, from June 17-19, 2011, is one of the nations most prestigious epicurean events.  Culinary stars jet to Aspen to show their passion for food, wine and entertaining.  More than 300 Vintners pour premium wines complimented by specialty foods from around the world.  Join leading chefs including Mario Batali, Jacques Pépin, and noted wine authorities such as Joshua Wesson for three inspiring days of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and more.
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Jackson Hole, Wyoming
 
STAY AT… Snake River Lodge & Spa, A RockResort. Book the “1-2-3 Spa” package and savor relaxation at the resort’s Avanyu Spa, one of the largest and most luxurious spas in Wyoming. Guests receive three nights of lodging, a custom “Chef’s Choice” welcome amenity and two 50-minute custom treatments at the Avanyu Spa. For more information, visit www.RockResorts.com / 866-614-ROCK (7625)
 
THIS SUMMER… For those looking for a true National Park adventure, book a stay at one of Grand Teton Lodge Company’s accommodations. Jackson Lake Lodge is ideal for families and groups, Jenny Lake Lodge provides comfortable luxury and is perfect for couples and Colter Bay Village brings rustic authenticity with reclaimed Dude Ranch cabins and tents. For more information on summer 2011 packages visit www.gtlc.com / 800-628-9988
 
DON’T MISS EVENT: The Jackson Hole Art Fair is back July 15-17 and August 19-21. For just $3 per day, enjoy over 170 international, national and local artists, live music, food booths and hands-on art activities. For more information visit www.jhartfair.org
 
FREEBIE TIP: Learn about art and history and specifically the famous Carol Roters murals commissioned by John D. Rockefeller for Jackson Lake Lodge. Mary McKinney, Grand Teton Lodge Company’s resident historian leads a walking tour of the artwork and Native American artifacts on display at the Lodge. Tours meet in the lobby of Jackson Lake Lodge every Sunday at 5:00pm.
 
 
TRAVEL TO… St. Lucia, West Indies
 
STAY AT… The Landings St. Lucia, A RockResort is the most luxurious full-service resort of its size on the island, spanning 19 acres and nearly 800 feet of St. Lucia's most stunning beachfront. The Landings offers 122 one-, two-, and three-bedroom spacious villa suites, each boasting a fully-equipped kitchen and two large balconies or landscaped terrace, many with heated, jetted plunge pools. The resort offers two restaurants, a private yacht harbor, two tennis courts, three pools and a 7,000 square-foot RockResorts Spa. For more information, visit www.RockResorts.com / 866-614-ROCK (7625)
 
DON’T MISS EVENT: The month of July marks St Lucia’s most extravagant event of the year…Carnival! Each year, people flock to the streets of Castries in colorful costumes to celebrate with the latest calypso hits. The island’s premier performers pit their lyrical and musical abilities in attempt to win the coveted Calypso Monarch title.
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Miami, Florida
 
STAY AT… Tempo Miami, A RockResort. Situated across from the new Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts—at the crossroads of Miami Beach and the colorful Arts and Entertainment District—Tempo Miami, A RockResort, is located in the soaring 67-story Marquis Residences. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the resort offers 56 luxurious guest rooms and spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. Gourmet restaurant, Amuse, provides a sleek and fashionable daytime setting for those seeking flavorful, innovative cuisine, and an enticing option for evening entertainment. Guests can also take advantage of an 8,000-square-foot RockResorts Spa®, a rooftop infinity-edge sunrise swim spa and lagoon-style swimming pool, personal concierge services and more. Now through May 5, guests can book the “iPad Luxury” package, including an Apple iPad (with Wi-Fi and 3G), three-nights accommodations, a daily $50 resort credit and breakfast daily at Amuse. Rates start from $659 per night, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit www.RockResorts.com / 866-614-ROCK (7625)
 
DON’T MISS EVENT: Miami Spice is a mouth-watering summer restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine. During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals (lunch and dinner) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. To learn more, visit http://www.ilovemiamispice.com/ 
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
 
STAY AT…. Balcones del Atlántico, A RockResort, will open in 2011 in the small fishing village of Las Terrenas on the Samaná Peninsula of the Dominican Republic. This beachfront resort blends simple luxury with unspoiled natural beauty and is ideally situated along the sparkling waters of nearly a mile of white sand beaches. It will feature two pools with a swim-up bar and gourmet restaurant, Porto. With 86 two- and three-bedroom villa suites, Balcones del Atlántico will offer an elegant and comfortable design with a strong emphasis on the outdoor spaces within each villa. In keeping with the RockResorts tradition, the area around the hotel is known for its eco-tourism and whale watching. Samaná is home to one of the largest and best breeding grounds in the world for humpback whales. Between January 15 and March 25 each year, thousands of whales from the North Atlantic population migrate to the region. Guests can also visit El Limón Falls by foot or by horseback. Los Haitises National Park offers adventure tours through Taino caves, subtropical rainforests and archeological wonders. Conveniently, Balcones del Atlántico is within driving distance of three major international airports. For more information, visit www.RockResorts.com / 866-614-ROCK (7625)
 
 
TRAVEL TO… Montego Bay, Jamaica
 
STAY AT… Half Moon, A RockResort is a 400-acre luxury resort located on Jamaica’s North Coast. The 56-year-old resort features two miles of private, white-sand beach with 197 spacious rooms and suites. Additionally, the AAA Four-Diamond resort offers 33 expansive four-, five-, six- and seven-bedroom villas all with private pools and personal staff of butler, cook and housekeeper. In addition to spacious accommodations, Half Moon also offers guests a wide variety of amenities and activities including the multi-award winning Fern Tree, A RockResorts Spa®, a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, Half Moon Golf Academy, Spinning® studio, 13 lit tennis courts, equestrian centre, fitness centre, 54 swimming pools, a teen activity centre, the colorful Anancy Children’s Village, water sports, dolphin lagoon, shopping village, including 24-hour medical center and more. Visit www.halfmoon.rockresorts.com or contact the resort’s on-site call-centre at 1-888-830-5974.
 
THIS SUMMER… Take advantage of the Summer Break. Stay a minimum of 4 nights and receive $150 resort credit per room, full breakfast daily and roundtrip airport transfers in Montego Bay. Plus, children under 12 stay free with breakfast daily when sharing a room with two adults. Rates start at $250 per night based on double occupancy. For more information visit www.halfmoon.rockresorts.com or call 1-888-830-5974.
 
DON’T MISS… Reggae Sumfest, the greatest reggae show on earth, scheduled for July 21 – 23 in Montego Bay. Past acts included top reggae artists such as Damion “Junior Gong” Marley, Tarrus Riley, Etana as well as international superstars such as Usher, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys and others. Travelers from around the world make the pilgrimage to Montego Bay annually to celebrate the three-day tribute to reggae.
 
 
ROCKRESORTS AND VAIL RESORTS HOSPITALITY NEWS AND OFFERS
 
WHAT’S NEWRockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality announced the launch of Iconic Weddings in summer 2010. This new program and online resource is the latest wedding planning program and tool for bridal couples, wedding planners, friends and family to find everything in just one stop – and a few clicks. As one of the first hospitality companies to collectively create a wedding planning program with a comprehensive site that offers destination comparison information, tools and contacts in one space, Vail Resorts and RockResorts, are making it easy for couples to plan a personalized destination wedding – from the Caribbean to Colorado to Lake Tahoe and Santa Fe. Visit www.iconicweddings.com for more information or call 877-318-SoUs (7687).
 
WHAT’S NEW…Known as an environmental leader in the industry, RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality tapped into a new program in March 2010, “Water on the Rocks,” which eliminates nearly all plastic water bottles in guest operations. RockResorts properties from Vail to St. Lucia and Vail Resorts Hospitality properties in all four Colorado mountain resorts - Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Beaver Creek - are expecting to save an estimated 640,000 plastic water bottles from the waste stream thanks to the “Water on the Rocks” program, which eliminates plastic water bottles from guest rooms and offers hotel guests reusable water bottles with refilling stations.
 
CELEBRATE SPRING BREAK “ON US” THIS YEAR…RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality extend FREE night of lodging
Get a jump on spring break without breaking the bank! RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality are offering the “Spring Break on Us” package including a FREE night to guests visiting its properties in the most exciting destinations worldwide, from the snowy slopes of the Rockies to the Caribbean Sea. In addition to the twelve participating RockResort properties – including the newest addition Half Moon, Jamaica this package is available at all of Vail Resorts Hospitality accommodations in Colorado, including Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone. Skiers can take advantage of the Easter holiday falling later than ever before – April 24, 2011 – with the slopes open for spring skiing a week longer than last year!
 
Package is valid for travel from February 1 through April 30, 2011. Nightly rates vary per property, and start from $75/night in Keystone and Breckenridge, Colorado. Package must be booked by April 15, 2011 and is based on availability. Blackout dates apply. *Minimum length-of-stay restrictions apply and vary per property. For more information, visit WWW.SPRINGBREAKONUS.COM or call 1-866-614-ROCK (7625). Follow RockResorts and Vail Resorts on Twitter: @RockResorts, @RockResortsNEWS and @VailResortsNEWS or Facebook: www.facebook.com/RockResorts
 
“1-2-3 SPA” PACKAGE…Available at seven RockResort Spa® locations
Relax! A spa vacation is now as easy as counting to one, two, three.  RockResorts is now offering a 1-2-3 Spa package that makes arithmetic and aromatherapy an inviting combination. Available at seven participating RockResort properties – including the newest addition, Half Moon Jamaica and the award winning Fern Tree, A RockResorts Spa®  – this offer includes ONE spa welcome amenity, TWO spa treatments, and THREE nights of lodging.
 1-2-3 Spa is available seven RockResorts iconic locations, including:
  • The Arrabelle at Vail Square - Vail, Colorado
  • The Lodge at Vail - Vail, Colorado
  • Tempo Miami - Miami, Florida
  • La Posada de Santa Fe - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Snake River Lodge & Spa - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Half Moon - Rose Hall, Jamaica
  • The Landings St. Lucia - Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
The 1-2-3 Spa package is valid for travel through December 2011*. Three-night minimum stay required. Nightly rates vary per property. Additional nights available at same rate. Spa appointments subject to availability and require advanced appointment. Offer valid for new reservations only and may not be combined with any other offer. Additional fees and taxes apply. *Varies per RockResort location. WWW.ROCKRESORTS.COM/123SPA / 1-866-614-ROCK (7625).
 
“GIVE AND GETAWAY”
For the fifth consecutive year, RockResorts is offering its voluntourism package “Give and Getaway,” which has been expanded throughout the company’s eleven resorts, including the new properties in Miami and Breckenridge. Unique projects offered as part of the Give & Getaway package are centered on contributions to the surrounding community and based in natural resource conservation and preservation. “Give & Getaway” opportunities include recreational trail restoration, working with sustainable local farmers, forest health and supporting local stream and river ecosystems. Full day, half-day and multi-day projects are available. Guests have the option to choose their accommodations from family style to high-end lodging in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons, Miami, St. Lucia, (the Dominican Republic) and Aspen. Participants are not required to pay for these volunteer experiences, and instead receive a discounted lodging rate and value-added amenities. Full details of each volunteer opportunity can be found on www.giveandgetaway.com.
 
 


About RockResorts®
RockResorts®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resorts that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo.; and Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica.  www.rockresorts.com
 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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