This Colorado resort's ever-growing restaurant scene makes return visits worthwhile—and delicious.
Leonora, Vail Village
The space may look the same, but the menu, and more importantly, the experience, is vastly different. Reopening in December in what used to be Block 16 inside Vail’s Sebastian Hotel, Leonora, name after artist Leonora Carrington who created many of original sculptures found throughout the hotel, is a wonderful surprise.
Vail's Matsuhisa flys in sushi straight from the Pacific.
Everyone wants to be served the freshest food for dinner, but Matsuhisa Vail takes the standard to new heights. “Sometimes a dish will come out with the shrimp or scallops still wiggling on the plate,” says Matsuhisa executive chef Brian Busker.
How, you ask, can they pull this off three states away from the nearest ocean? “We have great relationships with our purveyors,” Busker explains. “They send me photos in the morning of fish that’s just been caught, and I can have that fish in my hands the next day.”
Jackson updates the hill with two new lifts and—gasp—grooming.
The Horn Dog. Like I’m not gonna order that. I’m standing in line at Headwall Pizza and Dog House at the top of the Bridger gondola, watching the guy behind the counter load up a Kobe-beef hot dog, wrapped in a homemade pretzel bun, with green chile and sour cream. Leave it to Jackson Hole to elevate a lowbrow ski-bum staple into…awesomeness.