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A luxury spin on the classic mountain lodge.
by Alain Gayot
Inspired by the architecture of some of the nation's grand lodges and National Parks, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Colorado sits alone at the foot of Beaver Creek Mountain. This standout resort constructed from a variety of indigenous natural materials is renowned as a top winter vacation getaway.
With its dedicated express chair lift just feet from the resort's mountainside terrace, it's easy to see why this is a premier ski-in, ski-out resort. Situated between Beaver Creek Village and Arrowhead Mountain, there's a plethora of skiing opportunities for all, and best of all ski valets will carry all your equipment from your locker to the chair-lift. You won't have to lift a finger. If you don't want to ski all the time, there are plenty of other winter sports on offer. There are sleigh rides, snowshoeing, ice climbing, snowmobiling and dog sledding to keep you busy.
Don't forget, this resort is prized not only for its great winter sports but for its summer sports, too. With the area's pure mountain air, people flock to this area in the summer for hiking, golfing, nature walks, whitewater rafting, gondola rides and hot air ballooning. Families are also attracted by nearby Vail's numerous dance, music and food festivals.
The 180 guest rooms feature feather beds with duvets, 400-thread count Frette linens and separate shower and marble bathtubs, as well as fax and high-speed Internet hook-ups. The Residential Suites come complete with fully functional state-of-the-art kitchens with stainless steel appliances.
There's also plenty of opportunity to relax at the resort's 21,000 square-foot spa with separate men's and women's relaxation lounges, a co-ed grotto with hot tub as well as use of the private sauna, steam rooms and the outdoor heated outdoor swimming pool.
A hard day's work and play deserves a hearty meal, and a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch would not be complete without dining at WYLD serving up dishes incorporating locally sourced ingredients. The other on-site restaurant, Buffalo's, presents American cuisine that showcases ingredients found in the Rocky Mountain region.
No matter the time of year, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is your perfect home away from home nestled in the mountains.
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