The Best Hotels For An Unforgettable Stay In Vail, Colorado

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Vail, Colorado is known the world over as one of the best destinations for skiing. However, travelers should not count out this beautiful mountain town during the warmer months. Even once the snow has melted, Vail Mountain has plenty of activities for adventure seekers. Hike Booth Falls Trail or try your hand at fly fishing. At night, Vail Valley has a wide variety of fine dining and entertainment options to choose from. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, here are a few boutique hotels to consider for a memorable stay in Vail .

Tivoli Lodge

From the premium bedding to the Turkish bath robes hanging in the closet, luxury awaits you at every corner at the Tivoli Lodge. Your room also includes a coffee maker, mini fridge and flat screen TV to help you feel right at home during your stay. After enjoying a complimentary breakfast, skiers can hit the slopes, conveniently located just a block away. After a morning of taking on the double diamonds, take a dip in one of the outdoor hot tubs overlooking the mountains. If you want to explore Vail, the Tivoli Lodge makes it easy with a free shuttle to and from town.

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa – Destination Hotels & Resorts

The Vail Cascade Resort & Spa has all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay in Vail. Rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs and wireless internet to help you stay connected during your stay. Available childcare means that that parents will have plenty of time to enjoy the hotel’s many amentities including an athletic club, full service spa and infinity edge pool.

Lionshead Inn

The Lionshead Inn is a great option for families. This hotel is a great value and has all the essentials your family needs for a fun holiday in Vail. The in-room kitchenette is perfect for nights when you want to prepare your own meals rather than going to out for dinner. Just grab some groceries in town or at the Lionhead’s convenience store. Kids will love the on-site game room and arcade.

Eagle Point Resort

The Eagle Point Resort is another great boutique hotel for families. These large suites are like staying in a fully-furnished apartment with separate sleeping, dining and sitting areas as well as large kitchens. You can check an Xbox out at the from desk for the kids to play some games or watch their favorite DVDs.

Evergreen Lodge

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel that’s a great value, consider the Evergreen Lodge. Premium linens and comfy pillow-top mattresses ensure that you will be well rested for a day of skiing. Once you return from the slopes, take a dip in your room’s spa tub to loosen up your tired muscles. During summer months, Vail is a popular destination for cyclists who will be happy to know that this hotel offers bicycle lockers. Concierge service is available 24 hours a day so there is always friendly staff member standing by if you need anything.

How to Avoid Getting Sick on Your Next Flight

Syndicated post in partnership with Hipmunk. This post was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on January 22, 2016. 

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Forget snakes on a plane. Worry about the germs. Research shows that air travelers are at a higher risk for infection than people going about their daily lives.

Just how are illnesses spread on a plane? It comes down to two main factors: Airborne germs that are easily inhaled by people sitting in close quarters, or contact with germ-riddled surfaces on the plane. These factors are exacerbated by the dry conditions typical of airplanes, because viruses prefer low-humidity environments.

The good news is that, for the most part, airplanes’ air filtration systems function well enough that you’re unlikely to contract more serious illnesses. Instead, your greatest risk is contracting the common cold or a classic case of the flu.

While that’s all well and good, it may be little comfort to people who don’t particularly want to have a cold or the flu while trying to enjoy their vacation. Luckily, it is possible to decrease your risk of infection from germs on a plane. Here’s how to maximize the chances of disembarking the plane as healthy as you boarded it.

Don’t travel if you’re already sick.

If you know that you’re suffering from a contagious illness, do your immune system (and your fellow passengers) a favor and don’t expose yourself to any more germs by boarding a plane. In particular, the CDC advises that people avoid plane travel if you’re more than 36 weeks pregnant, have recently had surgery, have had a recent (serious) injury, or have a fever. In each of these cases, you’ll be traveling with a compromised immune system, which increases your risk of catching a contagious infection. Some airlines may be lenient with rescheduling fees if you can prove that you’re sick; contact the airline to discuss your options.

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Ask to switch seats.

If you find yourself beside someone who’s hacking or sniffling, it’s okay (really!) to ask a flight attendant if it’s possible to switch seats. Even moving just a few rows away can help protect you from a sick person’s germs. If there are no other seats on the plane, donning a face mask might help.

Wipe down germy surfaces.

Tray tables, armrests, and seat-back pockets are consistently found to be some of thegermiest parts of a plane. Minimize contact with these germs by using wet wipes to disinfect tray tables, armrests, and seat-back pockets and/or using hand sanitizer after touching any of these surfaces.

Wash your hands (a lot).

For the most part, your hands are your body’s primary point of contact with germy surfaces. Those germs (including cold and flu viruses) can survive on your skin for hours. The simple fix? Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or (in a pinch) with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Keep air vents open.

Circulating air is key to preventing the spread of illness on a plane, so keep the air vent above you open. And don’t worry—the air pumping through the vent is filtered and safe to breathe.

Bring your own blanket and pillow.

A Wall Street Journal investigation found that airlines tend to wash their blankets and pillows only every 5 to 30 days. (Yes, you read that right.) This means that when you borrow a blanket from the airline, you’re sharing a whole lot of germs. Avoid the issue entirely by bringing along your own travel blanket and pillow.

Close the toilet seat before you flush.

The spray that accompanies flushing spreads germs throughout the airplane bathroom; closing the lid before you flush will help you avoid contact with these nasty microorganisms. The flusher itself is also a hotbed of germs, so put a paper towel in between your hand and the flusher whenever you flush. And of course, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using the loo.

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Stay hydrated.

The high elevations and low humidity typical of airplane travel have a dehydrating effect, which can provoke headaches, stomach problems, cramps, and fatigue, and diminish your immune system’s ability to fight off infections. The simple solution? Stay hydrated by regularly sipping water before, during, and after your flight. It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can contribute to dehydration.

There are a few caveats to this point, however. It’s best to avoid drinking the tap water available on airplanes, because airplane tap water has consistently been found to contain levels of bacteria well above U.S. government limits. Opt for bottled water instead. For a similar reason, be sure to ask for drinks sans ice—since many planes refill their ice tanks at foreign airports, the water standards may not be up to par with what you’re used to.

Moisturize your nasal membranes.

Cabin air tends to dry out our nasal membranes, which are the immune system’s main line of defense against incoming germs. Keep your immune system functioning at optimal capacity by using a nasal mist or saline nasal spray during the flight.

While all the immune-boosting strategies in the world can’t guarantee your health with absolute certainty, practicing these behaviors on every flight will give you the best chance of making it through a plane ride with your immune system unscathed.

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