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Hotels We Love: Tucked Away in the Rocky Mountains: The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

July 16, 2015

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is truly what dreams are made of. Tucked away at an altitude of 8,000 feet, this giant log cabin caters to nearly every type of traveler. From hiking with Belle, resident Bernese Mountain dog in the summer, to hitting the slopes in the winter, or simply spending the day at the spa, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is the place to be, all year round.

The perfect welcome!
Upon arrival, I was greeted with a wonderfully hand written letter from General Manager Steven Janicek, whom I later had the pleasure of meeting. The welcome also included the most amazing ‘smore I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting! And the bag included goodies from the spa. ‘Twas a beautiful welcome, especially since I arrived at the hotel on my birthday.

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I later ordered room service and opted for the chicken and waffle sandwich which was just what I needed after a long day of traveling.

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Welcome Dinner
We were then treated to an intimate dinner in The Penthouse Suite featuring the ‘Chef at Your Service Program’ available for Suite guests. Executive Sous Chef, Ben Christopher prepared everything from beef tartare canapés, to roasted Colorado lamb over creamy risotto for the main entree and lastly, peach & vanilla French macaroons on a hollow dark and white chocolate log for dessert. Everything was simply impeccable. Oh yea, the view wasn’t too bad either 😉

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Hiking with Belle and Jackie
At this pet-friendly Ritz-Carlton, you’ll find “Bachelor,” a St. Bernard, and “Belle,” a Bernese Mountain dog. Belle is available for hikes with the resort’s incredibly knowledgeable resident naturalist, Jackie. We spent the next couple hours hiking and reveling the incredible views as well as learning compelling facts about Vail Valley’s plants and animals.

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Pictured on the left, the Colorado State Flower, the Rocky Mountain columbine.
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It’s long been said that Colorado receives 300 days of sunshine each year. Apparently, we must have missed that memo since we experienced rainy days for the majority of our stay. BUT! that didn’t stop us from enjoying our time, as there is plenty to do within the resort. And fortunately, the Ritz has the coziest great room I ever did see. A book, fireplace, hot chocolate and a cozy blanket is the perfect recipe for pure bliss.

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In case you get hungry, the grand great room is located right next to the resort’s contemporary restaurant, Buffalos. For brunch, The Market Table is a great choice for those who would like to try a bit of everything on the menu. I opted for the Huevos Rancheros which was a delightful choice. Buffalos also offers Bison Sausage which is a must-try in Colorado!

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Fire Pit
Roasting marshmallows and making ‘smores? Sign me up. The ultimate way to end an evening while winding down in the resort’s cozy rocking chairs.

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Club Level
Club Level guests enjoy the exclusive Club Lounge on the 8th floor throughout the day, featuring continental breakfast, lunch, light snack, hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails and dessert presentations by the resort’s Executive Chef. Having access to this was great and well worth it given the convenience, excellent, warm friendly service and deliciousness of the food.

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Insider tip: wake up early and be one of the first to snag one of the outdoor patio seats featuring beautiful views of the Rockies. What a way to start your day. Rain or shine, Colorado is a stunner.

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Views
Grand views of the Rockies from many of the rooms are just as stunning as the Vail Valley resort views.

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Pool
The outdoor heated pool is open year-round, fully equipped with cabanas and hot tubs.

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Spa
The spa was a special treat. I opted for the Bachelor Gulch Signature Facial. I felt cleansed, hydrated and relaxed after the wonderful 1 hour treatment and service. The calming blue and teal tones throughout the spa and spa lounges create a welcoming and warm atmosphere.

Dame Traveler Tip: spend as much time as you can in the grotto! the ultimate r&r. The stone walled sanctuary includes a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and a cold plunge.

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Fine dining at Wolfgang Puck’s renowned Spago
An unforgettable experience complete with wine and food pairings with a touch of seasonal and local ingredients to enhance each dish. The atmosphere was well light, modern, yet still cozy and the service was phenomenal.

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Kale salad with locally picked Colorado wildflowers. What more could a girl who loves flowers ask for?

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Grilled Tandoori Half Chicken with tamarind-date puree, Bengali tomato chutney and cilantro raita. The flavors in this dish popped and left me daydreaming about it the next day!

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We topped our meal off with Wolfgang Puck’s classic family recipe, a Kaiserschmarren with fresh strawberries. It was impeccable.

Bachelors Lounge
We ended the night by hanging out in Bachelors Lounge for a couple night caps with endless choices from different Vaportinis, alcohol mixes, Hookahs and cigars. An indoor/outdoor covered patio with fireplaces and cozy couches, this is a place you won’t want to leave. Oh yea! Bachelor also paid us a special visit 🙂

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Last but not least, making friends along the way always makes the journey that much more enjoyable. A wonderful group indeed!

Dame Traveler Tip: The stunning mountain ski base camp is usually a splurge in the winter months but quite affordable in the summer months when there is still plenty to do!

For more information on summer activities, rates and availability and package offerings at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

 

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