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A Local's Guide to Avon

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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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146 Main St, Minturn, CO 81645, USA
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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...
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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...
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295 Main St, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
Independently owned bookstores are getting rarer these days, but The Bookworm is alive and well in Edwards. The staff can help you find good local reads. And there’s a cafe with crepes.
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500 E Lionshead Cir # 5, Vail, CO 81657, USA
It’s amazing what you can do with clogs—nothing like versatile shoes while traveling! Swedish Clog Cabin sells footwear that is made in Sweden, but hand-painted in Vail. The variety is endless!
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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...
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105 Edwards Village Blvd, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
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Looking for a family-friendly restaurant with handcrafted microbrews? Check out the Gore Range Brewery, named after a spectacular line of jagged peaks nearby. And they really do take brewing seriously.
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82 E Beaver Creek Blvd Suite 104, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Loaded Joe’s looks like a modern cafe with garage doors that open to a deck. But those doors also open to gorgeous views of Beaver Creek Resort. The cafe features local artists on the walls and has a sound stage for musicians. Top it off with a...
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48 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
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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...
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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...
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48 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
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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.
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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.
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47 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Cafe de Luna is a small eatery that can be easy to miss if you’re not looking around. But it’s known as a friendly place that serves up fresh Mexican food.
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51 Beaver Creek Pl, Avon, CO 81620, USA
The Columbine Cafe & Bakery is a European-style bakery that opens early. While there are plenty of baked goods that are almost impossible to pass up, sandwiches are also made daily.
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27 Main St, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
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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...
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56 Edwards Village Blvd, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
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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.
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55 Village Rd, Beaver Creek, CO 81620, USA
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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.
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34500 US-6, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
Freshies is a small all-organic market that makes food to go, or they can even deliver groceries to you. Check out the daily specials—the prepared items are made only with certified organic or wild ingredients.
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Avon, CO, USA
Rock climbing. Ice climbing. Desert camping. Backcountry skiing. Pretty much anything you dream up Apex Mountain School can put together. They operate throughout the Rockies and into southern Utah.
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522 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657, USA
At 8,250 feet, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens represent, perhaps, the world’s highest botanic gardens. Incredible wildflowers, rock gardens, and waterfalls make it a place you don’t want to leave.
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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...
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Beaver Creek, CO 81620, USA
Hiking in and around Avon is nothing short of spectacular. Beaver Creek Resort offers guided tours along with transportation and gear rentals. If you’re new to the area, the possibilities can be overwhelming, so professional advice might be a good...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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1060 W Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
Fly Fishing Outfitters uses boats to get you to remote parts of rivers. They operate throughout the year on various waterways. It’s up to you to land the trout.
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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...