Alpine escape

Get a taste of the Alps in Vail, Colorado

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Bavarian basics

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 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; or 970/476-5626.

The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. 88 suites, 2 rooms. From $332. 20 Vail Rd.;, 800/654-8312, or 970/476-5656.


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