Fondue Party at the Antlers at Vail

Chef Angelee Aurillo

Hello everyone it is Angelee, the Chef at the Antlers at Vail! Lent is coming to an end for those of you who have been dedicated over these last 40 days.  And, we have  a reward for all of you who gave up chocolate, or those that just want a fun time to spend with your friends and family this Easter Week.

We are offering to all of our guests a Fondue evening Thursday night & Easter Sunday!  Dark and white chocolate fondue served with delicious dipping options:  Strawberries, Bananas, Rice Krispy Treats, Marshmallows, M&M’s, Pound Cake, Colored Sprinkles, Cookies, Pretzels and Vanilla Wafers!

Thursday Night Fondue has been a great success with children and adults, alike…Usually we have the fondue party on Thursday evenings (from 7-9pm), but I thought it would be a great idea to offer it twice this week.  What better way to celebrate!!  The cost is $10/person and includes milk and coffee.  We also sell red wine (a natural partner to chocolate) for $5/glass (cash only, please.)

If you and your family will be attending an evening Mass on Sunday night and cannot make it at the time offered, don’t worry, we can deliver it to your room for when you return!  All you have to do is (gently) re-heat the chocolates; all of the dippers will be there!  Just let Katie know how many people are in your party and that you would like it delivered to your room also on what night your party will be attending…You can reach her at:  970.476.2471 or at: [email protected].  She will respond with all of the details.  Come one night or both nights, we would love to have you!!  Please reserve your place as soon as possible; we fill up pretty quickly. We look forward to seeing you and your family!!

Colorado Destination Weddings- 5 Most Asked Questions

Mountain and Meadows Wedding

JoAnn Moore-Mountain and Meadows Wedding

Destination Weddings- 5 Most Asked Questions


JoAnn Moore, CWC from Mountains and Meadows Weddings is a very good friend of the Antlers at Vail.  She wrote this article about destination weddings, we would love to share it with you!  We hope this information helps you with your wedding plans.

” Couples are choosing Destination Weddings for the reason of wanting a spectacular location, but also a different location than their hometown, to minimize their guest list and to give their family and friends an adventure – not just a wedding. As a Certified Professional Wedding Consultant I am often asked:

1. Is it more expensive to have a destination wedding?

Destination weddings can help couples decrease their overall cost through a subsequent reduction in the guest list Up to two-thirds of their guests won’t be able to travel for various reasons. A lower guest count can reflect a decrease in cost. Destination resort areas such as the Colorado Mountains have an array of venues to choose from, including spectacular outside ceremony locations and beautiful banquet facilities for the reception. Having such a huge selection of venues means you can shop around for a location that fits both your vision and budget.

2. Should I hire local vendors or bring my vendors with me to a destination location?

Definitely hire local vendors. They are wise to the changes in weather and they know secret locations for both venues and photo opportunities. They have experience working with the other vendors in the area, making for a great team. Local vendors also save you money by requiring little or no travel or accommodation fees.

3. Outside ceremonies, do I really need a back up plan?

Yes you do! The Colorado weather is very unpredictable and can change within minutes. You need to be able to take care of your guests in the event of lightning; having a back up plan is a must. You will be glad you didn’t scramble at the last minute to make a decision of where to go. Your back up plan location should be easily accessible from the original ceremony site and be ready to walk into for as little of a delay in your ceremony time line as possible.

4. Colorado Marriage Licenses, what do I need to know?

It’s not difficult to obtain a marriage license in Colorado. You may obtain the license from most County offices in Colorado. You will both need to be present with photo identifications; both of you will need to sign the license. You must be at lease eighteen years of age and if either of you have been married previously, you will need to provide the county with a copy of the divorce decree with the date and county court the divorce was finalized. Any ordained minister, judge or rabbi may perform your ceremony. A couple may choose to solemnize their vows without an officiant, but no other person may perform the ceremony and sign the marriage license. Once the license is obtained, your marriage must occur within 30 days of issue. There is a fee which various from county to county ranging from $30 to $80. Following the wedding the license must be mailed back to the county where it was obtained to be recorded. A blood test is not required.

5. Should I hire a Wedding Planner?

Absolutely! You will appreciate a wedding planner familiar with the venues and their expertise in finding the best vendors for you and your budget.  A local wedding planner is also experienced dealing with the Colorado weather and is someone who takes the stress off of you so that your special day runs smoothly, allowing you to enjoy every moment. Your wedding planner is your destination point person when you can’t be at your venues. Your wedding planner can assist you with your budget and negotiate fees with vendors and venues. Your wedding planner works behind the scenes as the team leader to give all vendors their timeline and troubleshoots any and all problems that may come up. Your wedding planner is the go to person that resolves any last minute changes and vendor issues. They oversee set up and break down of the venues, keep track of all your personal items you brought, pack up your gifts and cards and assist the guests with any thing they may need. Wedding Planners are detailed, multi-taskers, creative and resourceful. You absolutely will want the assistance of a professional Wedding Planner with any destination wedding!”

Contributor: JoAnn Moore, CWC

JoAnn Moore, CWC is the owner and founder of Mountains and Meadows Weddings based in Vail, Colorado. JoAnn’s 30 years in the Vail Valley gives her an unsurpassed knowledge of the local landscape which brings her clients a wide range of design options for either indoor or outdoor venues. JoAnn is currently the only Certified Professional Wedding Consultant in the state of Colorado, a member of ACPWC and ABC. To find out more about JoAnn and her work, visit

Valentines Day Movie Night

Dinner and a Movie

Join the Antlers at Vail this Sunday February 14, 2010 for a special Valentines Day “Dinner and a Movie” We will be featuring “Enchanted” a Disney Movie about a Fairy Tale princess that falls in love with her prince Charming and banished to “Evil” Manhattan and into the life of a single father and cynic on true love.
Come enjoy a special dinner prepared by Chef Angelee
Caesar Salad
Spaghetti and Meat Balls
Garlic Bread
Key Lime Pie!

Where: Caribou/Pronghorn room on the 1st floor across
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Movie is free!
$20.00 for Adults
$13.00 for Children under 12

Please RSVP by Contacting the Front Desk:
From your room dial 0
Or Call 970-476-2471
Email: [email protected]
Come join us with your family, your significant other and have a Great Valentines Day!

10 Reasons why I would stay at the Antlers at Vail

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A while ago, I asked my co workers to answer that question, and for us it’s not an easy answer.   Why would we lodge in the place where we work IF we would ever consider doing it? I got very good answers.  Here are 10 good reasons why we would stay at the Antlers at Vail:

1.  Feeling a part of the village yet away from it; being close to restaurants and shops then coming back and seeing the mountain around me,

2.  Being able to sometimes have a choice of units; each unit conveys a different character,

3.  All units have a balcony and fireplace,

4.  Units have fully equipped kitchens,

5.  It is located 150 yards from the “gondy”,

6.  Marshmallows for hot chocolate in the lobby,

7. Maid service EVERYDAY,

8.  Awesome Catering Company

9.  Free rides around town (when staff is available),

My answer? I would stay at the Antlers simply because this place has a heart and a soul, and I can truly feel both every time I need help from anybody in our staff.

You can also tell us some of the reasons why you stay at the Antlers, thanks for being a part of our family! (If you have never stayed with us, I invite you to… it will be an awesome experience!)

What’s new at the Antlers?

Antlers Yoga Instructor

For some people, it’s easy to say, “We are great, we do such a good job; we are the best!”  It is hard to accept when we do something wrong or to acknowledge mistakes that we have made in the past (or we are still doing now).

For the Antlers neither case applies… We are a team of people who really are customer service oriented and we feel humbly proud that people notice it. Many guests have said to us that one of the reasons they come once, again, and again is because they feel at home with the warmth of kind people who make it possible for their stay to be relaxed, happy, and seamless. This is not just coincidence.

There is a team wondering before you arrive, “What can we do to make our guests’ stay the best experience ever?  In these meetings, we found some answers that we hope you enjoy:

Complimentary Yoga Classes– What a great way to finish a day of skiing! You don’t have to be an expert or practice it regularly.  We want to offer you the opportunity to relax, stretch, and enjoy it with other guests. A quiet time where you find yourself stress free and ready for the next ski day.  Again, these classes are free for our guests and are held every Tuesday and Thursday in our conference space.  Tracy Long, an experienced instructor, will walk you through the ancient practice of meditation to the best practices of yoga postures according with your experience.

Wine and Cheese Party- Every Monday during the winter you can join our General Manager to celebrate your stay with us. You and your family will be our special guest! We have light hors D’oeuvres and a very good wine selection for you to enjoy.

Cooking Classes- If you come to Vail, and would like to do something else besides skiing we have an option for you: Learn how to prepare a delicious yet simple menu that will make you look great in front of your friends and family.  These classes are being scheduled now.  As soon as we have the calendar, you will know about it.

Movie night- When we have lots of families in house, we plan a movie night for everyone to enjoy.  Again, this event is complimentary for our guests. It is a fun experience to do something with your children and interact with other guests.

Are we doing a good job or our ideas are wrong? We don’t know that yet but we do know that we are doing our best to make your stay wonderful, and that makes us happy. We know that we can do more, but… one step at the time. Please, always feel free to give us any feedback or suggestions.  We are here for you.  Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you!

Vail Resorts International Alliance Trade Show

I generally like to attend and participate in trade shows, I love to explain to people why the Antlers is the best place to stay in the Vail Valley, and it is also a challenge to invite people to come to our booth; However, I particularly enjoy to be a part of the Vail Resorts International Alliance trade show, which this year was held in the Evergreen Lodge (they did a great job!) on Monday, December 7, 2010.

It is so much fun listening to people speaking in so many languages; discover what their motivation is and what their markets are looking for.  International travel agents open our eyes, and help us to understand our very own international guests.

I am always amazed at how much people love our foam antlers, our bags and everything we put out. One guest told me: “I will take one of your Antlers foam, to my son in Spain, and I will send you a picture of him” Isn’t that awesome? We truly feel thankful and appreciative for all the Vail Resorts international work! We couldn’t reach those markets without their dedicated work.

I was delighted to see some of my friends from Rio and Sao Paulo. The ones I visited last September and those that I had just met via phone. Thank you guys, for all your business and your interest in our property!

Whether you are looking for a property to assist you in making reservations in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, The Antlers at Vail has it all! And if we cannot assist you at once, please be patient. We will grab our dictionaries and will make your reservation experience the easiest possible for you!