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Light My Fire in Vail

Warm Glow from Firepits at Vail Cascade Ignites Romance with the Light My Fire Package

VAIL, Colo. – The Vail Cascade is setting the mood for romance with its special Light My Fire package. The resort just completed a $30 million renovation which included three slopeside and streamside firepits along picturesque Gore Creek. Light My Fire takes advantage of this idyllic setting by inviting couples to cozy up for an evening of romance.


Inn of the Month: September 2008

Stowe Mountain Lodge, VT

It took a while, but Vermont's oldest major ski resort finally has its first slopeside lodging: Guests can now get from the Stowe Mountain Lodge, which opened in June, to the Over Easy Transfer Gondola connecting Spruce Peak to Mt. Mansfield without ever setting boot to snow.

Arapahoe Basin, CO

Travel

With the highest summit elevation in North America, A-Basin has an "end of the earth" feel without the attitude.

Lodging: St. Anton, Austria

When Europe calls, this Tyrolean outpost lays out the welcome mat.

Perhaps Europe is on your life list. Or maybe you've never even considered it. You should. St. Anton, whose residents know how to host a vacationing skier, won't disappoint. A stay here promises a slice of the good life — ski large, relax deeply, eat like a gourmand, sleep like a baby, repeat — with a globetrotter's gold standard of comforts and its own unique sense of place. The challenge is deciding where to stay. With 9,500 guest beds, the choice is rivaled only by where to ski amidst the area's 273 square miles of terrain. Here are our picks.

Lodging: Telluride, CO

Travel

If scenery were the measure by which all ski vacations are judged, then Telluride would be tops every time. Stashed in a dramatic box canyon at the end of a winding mountain road in the San Juan Mountains, this former silver-mining town emits that "last best place vibe that's increasingly rare in ski villages today. With a 1,700-acre mountain that cascades down to its doorstep, Telluride offers a holy trinity of terrific skiing, good restaurants and a lodging scene that won't disappoint. Here are Telluride's best beds.

Lodging: Okemo, VT

A new base area ups the luxury quotient at one of ski country's favorite resorts.

Okemo has long epitomized the classic, family-friendly Vermont resort—a low-key alternative to the bustle of Stratton and the frenetic pace of Killington. Credit owners Tim and Diane Mueller, who have focused on exceptional service and kept a steady hand on growth and expansion. Okemo is still friendly and low-key, but it's finally hitting that sweet spot where "comfortable merges with "upscale. The new Okemo is a sleek, efficient machine capable of handling the weekend influx from southern New England and greater New York City.

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