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When in Vail: Eating My Way Around Town

I recently enjoyed a fantastic sponsored trip to Vail (which you might’ve followed along with on Instagram at @fitbottomedeats!). Yes, it’s summer, but that’s exactly the point — Vail might be best known as a mecca for skiers, but it’s an incredible wellness destination in the warmer months, too. (And, no, I’m not required or being paid to say that. I just really, really liked it.)

vail river path

Upon waking up, I stepped outside to check out my surroundings and found this pretty little path right behind my hotel and immediately made plans to run it later.

Sometimes, while traveling, it’s tough to eat well, but each day started off on the right foot because of my lodging: I stayed at Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa, which is also home to Terra Bistro, a fabulous restaurant (with a hoppin’ happy hour, btw) that uses high quality natural, organic and — when possible — local ingredients. And when you stay there, you have access to their delightful breakfast buffet, which I took full advantage of every morning.

egg breakfast

Terra Bistro’s buffet included scrambled eggs with veggies, fresh fruit, yogurt … it was all so good. And you’ve gotta love it when you don’t even have to ask for the *good* hot sauce — it was right on the table! (Plus, I hear their bacon was the best EVER, if you’re into that.)

I never shied away from loading up my plate, because each day was packed with activity — yoga, Pilates, barre and hiking. My god, the hiking. Even during scheduled downtime, I found myself running or walking up or around Vail Mountain. I just couldn’t stay away!

hiking in vail

It’s not hard to burn off a big breakfast when you’ve got this in your backyard.

While Vail has a plethora of amazing sit-down restaurants, there aren’t a ton in the way of grab-and-go places, so I was happy to stumble upon a smoothie (upgraded to use Greek yogurt instead of sorbet for $1!) at Loaded Joe’s so I could make my working lunch a walking lunch and explore Vail Village.

vail lunch

Now, you know I’m not going to mention amazing restaurants and not share more details, right? In addition to a fab dinner at Terra Bistro, we also dined at local favorites Sweet Basil and Matsuhisa. Yes, as in Matsuhisa Nobu, and we all know how I feel about Chef Nobu.

Sweet Basil treated us like total VIPs, bringing out sides as appetizers when requested and even putting together a dessert sampler. And they were awesome about making gluten-free accommodations when needed, swapping out sides and even deconstructing a dessert so the g-free among us could sample parts and the rest of us could still indulge.

sweet basil meal

Wine, halibut and Sweet Basil’s famous Hot Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake.

Matsuhisa was also an incredible experience, both because of the food (some of my favorites from Nobu, plus a few new ones!) and the view.

matsuhisa meal

Family style with a big group is definitely the way to go here. We tried a bit of everything and still had room for the shave ice!

Within a day of setting foot in Vail, I was already making plans to go back. With meals and activities like this, can you blame me?

Keep an eye out for a Fit Bottomed Tour of the town on Fit Bottomed Girls soon, and in the meantime, who else has been to Vail? What were your favorite things to do and places to eat? —Kristen


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