A Local's Guide to Avon
Collected by Nathan Ferguson, AFAR Local Expert
Like most ski towns, Avon has a dual personality. In winter, it's bustling with activity and there's excitement over the next powder storm. In summer, it's laid back and people take time to appreciate the wildflowers. Avon also has a well planned community and access to endless adventures.
Avon, CO, USA
Spring runoff is the wild time for freestyle kayakers at Avon’s Whitewater Park as the Eagle River surges. Visitors can sit on flat boulders or watch from a bridge or viewing terrace. When the water level is low in the fall, it’s a pleasant place...
90 Lake St, Avon, CO 81620, USA
The Avon Recreation Center is a modern fitness facility with 40,000 square feet of family fun and is open seven days a week. Lift weights, swim, do yoga, take kayaking lessons. Tourists can buy punch cards while local receive special deals on...
414 W Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Harry A. Nottingham Park is a beautiful 48-acre open space with walking trails and tennis courts. Adding to ambience is the lake, which is presently undergoing major repair work. In the summer you can rent paddle boats and in the winter go ice...
106 North Main Street, Minturn, CO 81645, USA
Developing a good cast is one thing and figuring out what the fish are biting on is another. Fill your head with crucial local knowledge at this fly-fishing shop. They also offer private instruction and guided tours, including helicopter...
146 Main St, Minturn, CO 81645, USA
The Minturn Saloon was once honored for producing the “Best Margarita in the Rockies,” and says it offers some of the best tequila north of the border—and who are we to doubt them? The saloon benefits from a great setting, right by the Eagle...
72 Beaver Creek Pl, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Get a taste of high-altitude coffee. Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. says that when you roast coffee beans at high altitude, they caramelize at a lower temperature, which makes the coffee less acidic and gives it a smoother taste. The company uses...
127 W 2nd St, Eagle, CO 81631, USA
It began in a garage, but now Bonfire Brewing is a proper small brewery and taproom. The variety of beers (roughly 10 on tap—check out their website to see which beers are currently on offer) are available in pints, samples, and growlers, and the...
82 E Beaver Creek Blvd #104, Avon, CO 81620, USA
By day, Loaded Joe's is a gourmet café that serves artisanal coffee by Seattle-based Rococo Coffee Roasting company and hearty breakfasts and lunches made with local, sustainable produce. By evening, the relaxed space becomes an entertainment...
48 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Vail Valley locals always rate Vin48 highly—after all, the Executive Chef, Charles Hayes, is a local himself. It has great wine, food, and atmosphere in the heart of Avon, as well as a constantly changing menu, using organic produce grown in the...
131 Main St, Minturn, CO 81645, USA
No, it’s not anywhere near a golf course—it's actually in an old mining town along a river. If you’re looking for grain-fed beef, this might be the place. They are cooked on a lava rock grill. In addition to the restaurant, Minturn also has a...
48 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Depending on where you sit, it can either be a romantic or family experience thanks to the elaborate decor. You can find plenty of healthy options on the menu. Fondue is served at dinner, though there are separate happy hour and lunch menus.
151 Main St, Minturn, CO 81645, USA
It may not sound like a Greek fast food place, but Nicky’s Quickie certainly delivers some tasty and healthy food. You can dine in or do takeout. The menu is huge, but the Nicky’s Chickie is especially good after a grueling mountain bike ride.
The Riverwalk 27 Main Street, #101, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
My wife and I first ate here during the wintertime and were throughly impressed with the homemade pasta and sophisticated decor. In the summertime, there’s a nice patio overlooking the river. And, yes, there’s a bocce court where you can learn a...
56 Edwards Village Blvd, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
Dish is a popular happy-hour place, but it also has a great dinner menu. The food is inspired by different regions of the world, but the ingredients are sourced locally. Check out the five-course tasting menu, with wine pairings.
55 Village Rd, Beaver Creek, CO 81620, USA
This restaurant is one of the best in Beaver Creek, and features French/Belgian cooking and fine wine. While it's a fine dining experience, it's also family friendly, with a separate children's menu. It’s located inside a charming old home.
231 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657, USA
Just off of I-70 in the town of Vail is the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. It contains artifacts from Olympians and provides the history of Vail Ski Resort. It also has a gallery dedicated to the famed ski troops of the 10th Mountain Division...
Beaver Creek, CO 81620, USA
Skiers at Beaver Creek Resort have a sweet surprise awaiting them at the top of the Strawberry Park Express Lift and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift. The Candy Cabin, which debuted for the 2014-2015 ski season, feels like an old fashioned...
100 W Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Traveling with a bike on the airlines can be difficult, but there’s a solution if you don’t want to miss out on the area’s spectacular cycling. Venture Sports rents both road and mountain bikes and offers guided tours. More than likely, you’ll see...
161 Main St, Minturn, CO 81645, USA
When traffic gets backed up in the small town of Minturn, there’s either a farmers’ market or a professional bike race going on. If you smell organic crepes, then it’s probably the former. If that’s the case, you can find ski resort jigsaw puzzles...
Avon, CO, USA
The Eagle River is 70 miles long and is one of the few remaining rivers that isn’t controlled by a dam. A great way to see it is to stroll or bike along the paved Eagle Valley Trail. It runs from Avon and through the neighboring town of Edwards.
318 Walking Mountains Ln, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Walking Mountains Science Center is a relatively new park with delightful nature walks and learning programs for children. If you’re interested in architecture, the buildings feature the latest in green technology. Surprisingly, it’s free and open...
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