Even short getaways do wonders for my energy level. That is, getting out of Dodge for quick trips is such a great way to rest, recharge and return home ready to tackle “real life” again. For me, Vail is that preferred destination for mini vacations; the mountain resort is just 90 minutes from my Colorado home, but it definitely signals “vacation” to me — even if I’m there for just 24 hours. I’ve recently spent an overnight in Vail with my daughter and niece, as well as a couples’ getaway with my husband. My latest short sojourn: 24 hours in Vail with a best girlfriend at The Sebastian.
What prompted our Sunday/Monday getaway was a spa voucher we’d gotten via TravelZoo Local Deals — 50% off the price of a massage and glass of wine at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, near Edwards, Colorado. We weren’t that keen on overnighting at the sleepy, remote resort, and I was eager to check out The Sebastian (which had gotten nice reviews from blogging friend Kristin Luna), that we decided to stay at this boutique property in an enviable location smack dab in the middle of Vail Village — great for strolling and shopping.
Our visit was short, but we sure enjoyed our stay at The Sebastian. Here’s why:
Bloom Spa: Now, as I noted, we had spa treatments booked elsewhere, so we didn’t indulge on still more services at The Sebastian’s Bloom Spa. We did, however, spend a bunch of time browsing its small boutique, and we blissed out in its uber-hot steam room. AlpenGlow is the spa’s signature scent, and it’s divine; you can smell the subtle fragrance on approach to the spa from a hallway off the lobby.
Accommodations: My girlfriend and I shared a Deluxe Plaza Room with two queen beds, which offered plenty of space for the two of us. I loved my comfy bed with quality linens. The room featured complimentary wi-fi (bonus!), a Nespresso machine (appreciated, though ours didn’t work so we bought big cups of morning coffee from the on-site Market cafe), and bath products in large reusable containers — much more eco-friendly than the tiny little bottles found in so many hotel rooms. Also appreciated: a mini-fridge and humidifier in the room.
If you’re looking for even more space for a gaggle of girlfriends, The Sebastian also has one- to four-bedroom suites with full kitchens. Note: On June 1, The Sebastian is instituting a $25 resort fee per night to cover some of the hotel’s amenities and services.
Frost & Block 16: No need to go off property for fun drinks and amazing food — The Sebastian has both. Frost is the “ice-themed” bar that offers a creative cocktail menu and cozy lounge space. Block 16 is The Sebastian’s signature dining room features an impressive cylindrical tower filled with wine bottles in the middle of the restaurant. The wine list is indeed vast, so it makes sense that the name of the restaurant comes from the term used for the fruit that comes from a specific vineyard or tract (“block”), as well as the hotel address of 16 Vail Road.
At Block 16, my friend and I dined off of a small, but excellent dinner menu, which changes seasonally and focuses on local produce and the freshest of ingredients. When we visited, the menu included ruby red shrimp, tender cobia, grass-fed lamb and some of the most divine black-truffle risotto I’ve ever tasted. The desserts were equally inspired!
Other nice amenities and services at The Sebastian include an outdoor pool and three hot tubs, a free DVD-lending kiosk, a classy library gathering place, a fitness center above the spa and next to the pool deck, and a slopeside “Base Camp” for convenient storage of ski gear in the winter.
Summer rates at The Sebastian start at about 40% off winter rates — consider $325/night in a Deluxe Plaza Room in June, versus $605 in February. (These rates can decrease, too, depending on demand and length of stay.) If you’re considering a spring or summer visit to The Sebastian, there are a host of special deals and packages, too.
Thanks to The Sebastian for hosting my girlfriend getaway!