The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
When you open your curtains in the morning at the opulently rustic Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch ― at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain 20 miles from Vail ― the panoramas will have you grabbing your hiking boots and running out the door.
Head out on your own or with Bachelor, the resident yellow Labrador retriever, along the Village-to-Village Trail, a wooded 6-mile trek that begins directly outside your door. Breathe in the high-altitude air, watch for roaming deer, and behold the bright-hued aspen leaves that whisper in the breeze. —Lori L. Midson