After a fantastic complimentary breakfast in Flame Restaurant thanks to Virtuoso (complete with some of the best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had – my go-to vacation breakfast if Nutella Crepes are not available), we were picked up by a representative from Sage Outdoor Adventures, an excellent company recommended by one of the helpful concierges at the Four Seasons. The drive to Sage’s 6,000 acres of private land took about half an hour uphill, which means the ride grew increasingly colder. By the time we reached Sage’s headquarters, I could see my breath while in the van, which was not a good sign for the outside temperature.
We bundled up in our own gear, along with some that Sage provided, like ski bibs, which, 12 hours ago, was a clothing item that I didn’t even know existed. We then followed our guide onto these little ATV-like things called rzrs (pronounced just like the onetime most popular phone ever, the Motorola Razr).
Here’s the thing: I had no idea they were not snowmobiles. The last time I went snowmobiling, they looked much more like waverunners, but I thought maybe they had been improved over the years. Improved with four seats and four wheels and…well, that just proves how little I know about winter activities.
Once in our not-so-snowmobile, I realized our seatwarmers must have been broken because I was freezing. I was covered from head to toe in clothing – mittens, helmet, beanie, glasses, ski mask made for burglars, two layers of shirts, two layers of pants, jackets, ski bib, boot socks and boots. Still, it was bitterly cold.
About ten minutes into the drive, our guide stopped and told us about the dangers of hypothermia. We were to alert him if any of our body parts began feeling numb.
Excuse me, I wanted to say, but my entire body already feels numb. What do you mean “if”?
Like a trooper (not), I bit my frozen tongue and gave a thumbs up, which is virtually impossible if you’re wearing mittens. Try it next time.
By the time we reached the actual snowmobiles (and yes, I was that girl who said, not too loudly, “Wait…you mean we haven’t been on snowmobiles this entire time?”), I was frozen solid. I was so cold that I was envious of icicles. For some reason, that envy made sense at the time in my frostbitten mind.
Because I had no desire to regain motor skills in my fingers in order to operate a snowmobile, I rode with our guide. And because he was cute. But mainly because of the frozen fingers thing. To my surprise, this was actually a blast and, somehow, not nearly as cold as the little ATVs.
Between the ATV’s and the snowmobiles, we spent a total of two hours in the great outdoors of Colorado, which wasn’t really that bad. I only thought I was going to die for an hour and a half of the time.
After our morning at Sage, we ventured into Beaver Creek for lunch and I did a site inspection of the Ritz Bachelor Gulch (see, this is a work trip!), which I’ll discuss in further detail later this week. All you need to know for the storyline is that my parents sat in the lounge and fell asleep on the couches.
By the time we reached a place more socially acceptable to sleep (our hotel room), we were wiped OUT. Luckily, we weren’t too tired to enjoy the amazing birthday gift of chocolate covered strawberries for mi madre! She has been in heaven on this trip – we all have, really, between the postcard-perfect scenery and fantastic hotel. Vail is quickly becoming one of our new favorite places!
We love that the Four Seasons is within walking distance of nearly everything in Vail (and, if there’s anything out of reach, they provide complimentary town car transportation within the town). We hopped right across the street to La Bottega, which was offering 25% off of their food items because it’s not officially high season. I’d highly recommend this fantastic little Italian restaurant – delicious truffle gnocchi, bruschetta, and great service! Tomorrow we might try something that’s not actually Italian.
Speaking of things that are right across the street from the Four Seasons, I can see the Sebastian, another Virtuoso property, from my room window. Since it’s so close, I decided to do a quick site inspection before dinner. It’s a smaller property – only 100 rooms – and has a very modern feel. Obviously, if it’s within walking distance to the Four Seasons, it’s also within walking distance to Vail Village – so it’s a fantastic location.
I loved the lobby and lounge area, which have a very social atmosphere thanks to the resort’s specials and activities that bring guests out of their rooms and mingling with one another. For example, on Friday nights, the Sebastian is known for its “Sparkle and Pop,” where they serve Prosecco and white chocolate covered popcorn. Too bad I’m leaving on a Thursday…
The property’s ski valet takes clients’ equipment to and from their private base camp (complete with a beignet stand, which I will be trying before I leave), so guests of the Sebastian don’t have to worry about lugging their equipment back and forth. Guests can also order their rentals ahead of time if they’d prefer, making the ski valet an excellent on-property amenity.
I would highly recommend the property for a more boutique feel and, as with every Virtuoso property – I’m able to get clients exclusive amenities. For The Sebastian, booking through me will score you daily complimentary breakfast, a $100 resort credit, and an upgrade if available!