A year-round hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts, Vail offers more than just epic peaks and spectacular skiing. For those who prefer to be adventurous in a culinary sense rather than test their grit on the mountain, Vail offers up a wide range of superb dining opportunities. While traditional apres-ski fare tends to highlight hearty helpings of comfort food, Vail’s restaurant scene is more in line with European traditions and influences. Here is our Vail Dining Guide to ensure outstanding culinary adventures while you get away to beautiful Vail, Colorado:

Kelly Liken: Featuring local ingredients and an ever changing menu to highlight the current season’s best offerings, Kelly Liken is a perennial favorite for diners. Named for the accomplished chef who has appeared on Iron Chef, the Today Show, and has been a guest at the White House, Liken’s approach to food is enlightening in spirit and delightful to experience. Wine lovers will swoon over the extensive wine list that has been applauded by Wine Spectator and the cocktail menu is an inspired collection of whimsical pairings. Do yourself a favor, and make Kelly Liken part of your Vail experience.

Matsuhisa: Sushi? In the mountains? Once a far-fetched concept, Matsuhisa changed the sushi game in this landlocked location. Part of the famed Nobu concept found in cosmopolitan locations and frequented by celebrities, you know the seafood is fresh and the preparation impeccable. Following the Nobu tradtion of infusing classic Japanese dishes with ingredients from Peru and Argentina, Matsuhisa is a feast for both the eyes and the stomach. What sets this location apart from the rest of the Nobu family? The breathtaking mountain views from the dining room and the vibrant bar scene.

Game Creek: More than just exceptional food, Game Creek is an experience. The stunning location is only reachable by gondola and snow cat in the winter and horseback or 4×4 shuttle in the summer. Nestled in Game Creek Bowl on the backside of Vail Mountain, there is no better place to take in the alpine views and serene beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The scenery alone is worth the trip, but the menu, with a variety of choices ranging from elk to tofu, puts it over the top. Whether you choose one of the Prix Fixe menus or the Chef’s tasting menu, you won’t be disappointed.

Our complimentary Concierge is happy to assist you with reservations at any of these fine dining establishments. Contact Time & Place to start planning your next vacation and stay in stunning luxury vacation home in Vail, CO.

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