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Celiac Chicks Gone Wild In Vail

19 Comments 07 January 2011

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[scream!] Kim and I are blogging live from The Lodge At Vail in Colorado!! We were invited to come and check out the new gluten-free menu options at the famed Wildflower restaurant, give them our feedback and share with you. And since Vail mountain is literally a few steps away from The Lodge, we’re going to check out the slopes while we’re here. I know, hard work, but see what we do for you?! 😉

Neither of us have been to Vail, Colorado before. Pictured above is Vail Village where The Lodge is nestled. Can you say gorgeous?! Feels like Europe!

Vail Carriage
Here is a photo of the outside of The Lodge. See us in the carriage? Just kidding. It’s straight out of a fairy tale, right?

The Lodge at Vail is a part of the RockResort family, luxury resorts known for impeccable service (which, so far, we can enthusiastically confirm). The ski area at Vail was founded in 1962, but the town gained real popularity when President Gerald Ford made it his “Western White House” while doing a lot of his work from The Lodge At Vail. This pretty much explains how Vail became an international destination ski resort. Interesting!

The Wildflower Restaurant
The Wildflower Restaurant where we will be dining tomorrow night. Not outside, of course! We are so excited to meet with acclaimed Chef Paul Wade.
Chef Paul Wade
Chef Paul Wade
The Lodge At Vail Room
Here is a peek inside a guest room.
The Lodge At Vail Room Balcony
No joke, this is what it looks like outside from our balcony. [pinching self]

Stay tuned for more details tomorrow, video clips included….we’re off to go hang with the aprés ski crowd and get wild, Baby!

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19 Comments so far

  1. 1

    Okay, that’s so beautiful, I could cry. lol! WOW! Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Have a great time! 😀

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    Risa Holmes says:

    Welcome to Vail! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

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    Obviously you’ll be going to Larkspur, Avondale, etc…. I’d love to get together with you while you’re here. Show you around, feed you good food, etc. Enjoy the snow!

      kelly says:

      Hey Jenny…thank you so much for the info/offer. I’m pretty sure we are going to Larkspur tonight. What’s the scoop on Avondale?
      Anywhere to get a good smoothie? Dairy free?
      Time is slipping away…so not sure about meeting up. :/ Tweet me just in case so I can contact you. Thx.


        Avondale is the same folks that run Larkspur, so it’s SMASHING good, and has great GF options including pasta. Their pizza is slipping I must admit. The atmosphere is a lot less stuffy too, and there is an amazing view of Beaver Creek. Definitely worth a visit. They also run Larkburger in Edwards (available at Market Avondale too, and if you get it at the market, they can put it on Udi’s bread or wrap in lettuce, at Larkburger lettuce is the only option). The market has cookies by Elana Amsterdam too, such a treat.

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    aleida says:

    hi! i’m also a food blogger and staying in nearby beaver creek. it is truly beautiful here. i stayed at the lodge at vail in 1997 and loved the location in the vail village. happy new year!

  5. 5
    Allie says:

    ummm…. super jealous here — looks AMAZING!!!

    have fun!!

  6. 6

    Wow, the photos are so beautiful. Colorado looks enchanting at night with the lights on and the snow.

    Happy New Year!


  7. 7

    Can’t wait to hear about your dinner at The Wildflower Restaurant!

  8. 8
    kelly says:

    O my…thanks everyone for all of your good vibes! Blogging live is hard when you are having this much fun! …working on next blog now.

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    Jenny says:

    You have to go to Up The Creek!!! I made a reservation for my 12 family members and I at a Vail restaurant that said they offer gluten-free options. While others were having appetizers at another bar I went to speak with the manager and he scoffed at me when I asked about cross-contamination during preparation and said, “[ugh] We don’t go that far.” I left and started crying because this whole family outing, a 20+ year tradition was all on me because of my ‘special’ diet and I had no idea where to go!

    The manager of Up The Creek saw me and came to talk with me. He thought it was ridiculous and welcomed my family and me in without any reservations. He assured me that all of our meals would be prepared to order and his chef would be excited for gluten free, dairy free vegetarian challenge.

    It was GREAT! The chef welcomed me into the kitchen to verify all ingredients were gluten free and watch his preparation! I have never had such an open and relaxing experience. I recommend all Celiacs in Vail go to Up the Creek and no one in your dinner party will be upset.

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    Keith says:

    Looking forward to your full follow-up of the Wildflower! 😛

    It was great meeting you guys! Hope you had a safe flight back!

  11. 11
    Kristina says:

    OMG! that’s so beautiful!!! lucky gals!

  12. 12
    Rick Rauch says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you both and spend some time on the mountain. We’ll look forward to your next visit.

  13. 13
    Stephanie W. says:

    Awesome girl!! My Uncle lives in Vail and I first learned to ski there. A beautiful, beautiful place!! And so happy to hear there is someone there doing Gluten-Free. Can’t wait to check it out next time I’m there!

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    David O. Scott says:

    I recently had a virtual tour of Vail Village: and I was amazed of its beauty. We will definitely go there next ski season.


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