Summer Tips for Vail Adventures

Originally from the Czech Republic, Iva Delorey has lived in the Vail Valley for more than eight years where she enjoys exploring the various outdoor adventures, taking in concerts and festivals, and dining at the sensational restaurants and cafes around the village and surrounding enclaves. As Guest Services Manager at The Sebastian, Iva’s always on the lookout for family-friendly activities; creative outings; and the latest, greatest places to recommend to Owners and guests. With summer being her all-time favorite season, she shares suggestions on what not to miss:

Vail Pass Bike Tour – The Sebastian partnered with Venture Sports this summer, offering a great selection of all types of bicycles through Base Camp at The Sebastian. Venture Sports provides all the gear – bike, water bottle, map and transportation. The Vail Pass Bike Tour is a great outing taking a van ride with Venture Sports to the top then riding downhill on your bike! Don’t forget to bring a camera. From the pass you can see towards Summit County and snap pictures of the gorgeous Gore Range Mountains. You can ride alone or go on a guided tour - the stories told by the friendly guides about the area and its history will add a lot of color to every adventure.


Booth Creek Falls – This four-mile intermediate hike is one of the most popular in the area. I highly recommend hiking in the early summer season when the water is high and the 60-foot waterfall at the end is at its best. You may encounter snow as you get closer to the falls - especially after the winter we had this year!


Farmers Market & Art Show - Every Sunday from June 19 till September 18 throughout the Village, one of the largest markets offers unique local products from beautiful clothing and jewelry to homemade items to summer salads and more. Starting mid-summer you can purchase locally grown organic produce – cherries and peaches or the pastries filled with them are a big hit for me! Be sure to visit The Sebastian’s booth on Meadow Drive across from the International Bridge for beignets and other sweet treats each Sunday!

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens At 8,200 feet these alpine gardens sit in the shadow of the Gore Range. An assortment of perennial beds, rock gardens and waterfalls dramatically display an astonishing array of high elevation plants. The gardens are open from dawn to dusk and their location right next to the Ford Amphitheater makes them a superb stop before or after enjoying an outdoor concert.

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival – From June 26 till August 3, four resident orchestras and guest soloists from around the world bring classical music to the mountains. I love packing a little picnic and blanket and biking over to the grounds. Enjoy a glass of wine as you listen to the mix of classical music and birds chirping at Ford Amphitheater. The concierge team is happy to coordinate tickets to concerts and picnic baskets from MARKET to take with you.

Sunday Poolside BBQs at The Sebastian – From 11 am – 4 pm, head over to the pool terrace for a traditional BBQ with delectable grilled goods.  Served with all the accoutrements one would need to have an excellent afternoon lunch in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Gondola Ride & Adventure Ridge – Ride the gondola to the top of Vail Mountain and experience one of many Adventure Ridge summer activities – the climbing wall, rebound trampoline, bocce ball, horseshoes and many more or explore Vail Mountain on horseback or by Jeep. Every Friday evening during the summer local bands perform at 10,000 feet!

Sushi Oka and Hibachi - As one of the newest restaurants in town, this hip hot spot has a great location and a large patio ideal for mild summer nights. Their bento boxes are only $10 and the Chilean sea bass I had recently was outstanding.

For more information or personal recommendations, contact Iva or the concierge team at The Sebastian via email at [email protected] or by calling 970.477.8020. Click here to view The Sebastian's online calendar - a great resource for events on property and around Vail.