Vail is about 95 miles west of Denver, off I-70. Oktoberfest runs Sep 10-12 and 18-19 (free; outdoors on main streets). For festival or city information, visit www.visitvailvalley.com or call 970/476-1000 or 800/653-4523 (reservations).
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Dawn-dusk; free. 530 S. Frontage Rd. (in Ford Park).
Glockenspiel. Chimes every half-hour (9 a.m.-10 p.m.); plays music at 9, noon, and 3 daily. 122 E. Meadow Dr.
Gore Creek Trail. It's 1/4 mile from the covered bridge (Bridge St. at E. Meadow) to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
Gorsuch. 10-6 daily. 263 E. Gore Creek Dr.; 970/476-2294.
Menzel Wood & Iron. 10-8 daily. 201 Gore Creek; 970/471-0101.
Ludwig's Restaurant. $$$$; breakfast daily, dinner Tue-Sat. In Sonnenalp Resort, 20 Vail Rd.; 970/479-5429.
Pepi's. $$$; lunch and dinner daily. 231 E. Gore Creek; 970/476-4671.
Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer. 38 rooms, most with decks. From $105. 231 E. Gore Creek; www.pepis.com or 970/476-5626.
The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. 88 suites, 2 rooms. From $332. 20 Vail Rd.; www.sonnenalp.com, 800/654-8312, or 970/476-5656.