Pack Up and Go: 24 Hours in Beaver Creek

I’m certainly not the first to proclaim it; we live in a beautiful place. With ski resort meccas and mystic mountain air just over our shoulders, there’s really no reason to not indulge in the opportunity of high country getaways. Pick a spot on the map, pack your bag, and with no hesitation, just go. From rustic, to ultra refined, the Colorado scape literally has something for everyone.

Taking my own advice, my somewhat “staycation” led personal travels to the picturesque and gated community of Beaver Creek. From fashion, to favorable forecasts, and of course festive food, here is how I indulged in my mountain departure.

Accommodations: Almost anything can be obtained via foot including the city center’s ice-skating rink, hotel lounges, and majority of restaurants. My stay was housed at the Osprey Hotel, which is a luxurious but approachable resort at the base of the hill. A brief jaunt just across the street leads to a slew of patios that look up onto the mountain. It’s the perfect perch for watching skiers slide in.

Fashion: Much like my resort I took a tasteful, yet upscale approach. Beaver Creek can seem intimidatingly sophisticated, but don’t be afraid to pack a pair of dark denim jeans. This balanced by a beautiful set of boots and a statement jacket will result in outfits that are easy to pack for a brief one to two night stay. In addition, I always make sure to carry favorite local jewelry pieces such as pictured necklace from Relevant Goods.

Dining: While I had an incredible amount of great food while visiting the resort town, for example, dinner at Beaver Creek Chop House and drinks in the Grand Hyatt lobby, the cherry on top was lunch at Saddle Ridge.

SaddleRidge is ski-in/snowmobile-out, or accessible by Beaver Creek’s Dial-A-Ride shuttle, which is simple and convenient. Saddle Ridge is like eating in a time capsule of American history – in fact, it’s the largest collection of Western artifacts outside of a museum. The variety of diners almost always varies. Some patrons are there for conferences, while others have quite literally just hopped off of the hill. For this particular round of noshing, I stuck with my previous pronounced beauty uniform: a printed, yet polished coat with dark jeans and turquoise jewelry. The attire couldn’t have been more spot on – relatively neutral with a nod to SaddleRidge’s heritage.

To eat, I opted for the restaurant’s namesake cocktail, The Saddle Ridge Punch (vodka, grand marnier, cranberry, orange juice, and club soda), their Heirloom Tomatoes (Wild Arugula, Pickled Red Onion, Buttermilk Blue Cheese, Olive Oil, Cracked Pepper), and the Elk and Buffalo Chili (Black Beans, Anchor Chilies, Queso Oaxaca, Hominy Cornbread). Each delicious and beautifully paired with an iconic scenery.

Fun and Fashionable Facts: The interior design, art and artifact collections for SaddleRidge were done by Naomi Leff and Associates of New York City. Naomi was selected because she had been the head designer on every award-winning project credited to Ralph Lauren for 12 years. SaddleRidge was to be the first project she took on as part of her own design company. She was given three objectives:

  • Create the largest living museum of Western artifacts outside of a museum.
  • The facility should be conducive for the highest-level executive.
  • Spend as much money as you want. At no time was Naomi ever questioned on any purchase and on a number of occasions was 
encouraged to spend more.

The results of Naomi’s expertise is that Saddle Ridge is currently one of the largest, private collections of American Western artifacts and art in the United States outside of a museum. Some of the highlights of that collection are in the Centennial Library including George Washington’s unfinished portrait was one of five proofs used in the selection process for the “athenaeum” portrait on the $1.00 bill.

Yes, it’s pretty cool. The Centennial Library proved to be an inspiring and idyllic workspace for my afternoon away. By the time I had shut down my laptop and packed up by Viva Creaturesbag, après hour had commenced. In conclusion, the entire day was completely picturesque as was my total visit to the town. Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts provided the perfect getaway for my needs. Feeling inspired? Don’t hold back. Mark it on the calendar, load up your favorite pieces, and take the time to visit our high country for final glimpses of the season.

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