About This Listing
Vail brings you the world...Minturn brings you Colorado. Feel at home when you travel for once. Soak up rays on the deck or in the hammock in the treehouse. Gather round the fire pit for aprés. Live for now, not for hotel points.
Our home is in the historic and (self-proclaimed) funky town of Minturn, just 10 minutes from the hustle and hubbub of the world-class resort of Vail, Colorado. Get a genuine, laid-back Colorado mountain town experience without sacrificing the hoity toity of the nearby resort.
The cozy house has fenced front and back yards and is equipped for all able guests, including well-behaved, non-allergenic dogs (with prior approval). You will stay in the master bedroom with the recently remodeled master shower. The whole house is sunny and open with vaulted ceilings in the living room, dining room, and master bed and bath.
If you juuuust can't manage to pull yourself "away from it all," the office (with printer/copier/scanner) will keep you as connected as you need to be. And of course, there's free wifi.
Pack light and use the full-size washer & dryer. The gas faux wood stove cranks out plenty of warmth in the chilly months, and the home needs no air conditioning in the warm months other than open windows and the fresh mountain air.
You'll find a large TV with DVD player in the living room, but no cable or other TV service. But who needs TV with hi-speed wifi and the beautiful scenery out door and window?
Of course you can do the 10-minute drive or take a bus to Vail, but Minturn offers its own hospitality with a short walk to the cook-it-yourself Minturn Country Club, the famous Minturn Saloon at the end of the Minturn Mile (back country exit from Vail Mountain), and the locals' favorite, Kirby Cosmo's just across the street. Sticky Fingers bakery serves up breakfast and Vail Mountain Coffee, and Nicky's Quickie will lunch you up with some of the best gyros west of the Mediterranean.
Just as in our picture, we have two kids (ages 9 & 11), so be sure you're comfortable with pattering feet and the morning sounds of beginning a day.
There are also hens in the backyard. The ladies are cute and quiet, so they add a nice bit of urban farm ambiance without noise or smell.
Pets are OK, too, but due to some allergies in the family only non- or low-shedding doggies may be inside the house. We have a four-legged friend of our own; Bonnie would be thrilled to have company! Front and back yards are fenced, and there is an enclosed (but not heated) "mud room" in the back of the house where Fido can stay sheltered if need be. Of course some doggies just love the taste of fresh chickens, so restraint may be required for very strong and determined birders who could bust through a chicken fence.
If you want access to all the Vail action, restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, and skiing but still have a peaceful, comfortable, hometown stay, this is your place. Welcome home, to the House of Yess.
Guests should make themselves at home and use the kitchen, laundry, deck, fire pit, treehouse(!), dining room, and other areas of the house.
Interaction with Guests
We love meeting people through AirBnB and probably spend more time than we should socializing. But we're also not intrusive, so quiet alone time is certainly supported.
We'd love to see you again. You get 10% off every time you return to the House of Yess. Just be sure to "inquire" about dates (don't make a booking request) so we can discount the rate before AirBnB locks it in.
Minturn is an old railroad and mining town painted with a bit of a resort brush. It's a town, not a resort, with old families, homes, and a real sense of community. Being next to Vail means we also get great shopping, dining, and entertainment for things just too funky for the haute Vail scene.
The bus stop is just outside our house. The local runs mornings and late afternoon/evenings, and you transfer to the bus going into Vail or Beaver Creek. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Vail, and bus fare is always $4 each way. Search EcoTransit for schedules and more.
You can walk anywhere you need to go in Minturn, as the farthest place to venture is just 1/2 mile away.
Other Things to Note
We've got chickens in the backyard who are quiet and cute. They produce a ton of eggs in summer and a scant few in the winter. If we've got freshies, come hungry. Got a dog, too (but she hasn't laid eggs yet.)
No smoking inside (outside's OK, but please respect neighbors who might be around).
No shoes inside, and approved pets should be cleaned off before entering.
Dogs must be non/low-allergenic and pre-approved.
Make yourself at home (except don't clean so much).
Be nice to the neighbor (maybe he'll invite you to his outdoor tiki bar).
I had a wonderful time with Matt and Diana and can only join the praise in other reviews.
Their easy-going ways, rich travel experience and open mind makes for most interesting, entertaining conversations . I enjoyed being treated like part of the family, at the same time I could have all the privacy I wanted.
The guest room has a large, comfortable bed, a sliding door opens onto a terrace with afternoon sun. The adjoining bathroom has a cozy bathtub and large walk-in shower; soft towels, hair dryer, all the amenities.
Matt let me use the conservatory, a great place to chill out in after a day on the slopes; basking in the afternoon sunlight and watching the chicken in the backyard is blissful.
Matt's and Diana's intimate knowledge of all things skiing led to me to wonderful trails and slopes.
There is lots more to mention ... the folk at the local bar across the street, the latest talk of the town, s'mores over campfire ... enjoy finding out yourself :-)
Thanks Matt and Diana, say hi to the kids, I hope to see you again!
J'ai passé un excellent séjour chez les Scherr. La maison est très confortable et la famille est très accueillante. C'est certain que j'y retournerai!
Matt offers a beautiful room in a lovely mountain town, close to several ski resorts and other outdoor opportunities. The room and attached private bathroom are very nice and clean. Matt provides a delicious full breakfast and welcomed us in the evening with a few local craft brews. His family are true hosts and made us very welcome in their house. They offered useful local knowledge on town amenities, activities, and any other needed information
Unfortunately, AirBNB doesn't let you give more than five stars. I rarely have wanted to give more than five stars, but this spot deserves it.
Without the slightest of doubts in the planet, staying at Matt and Diana's amazing home has been our most memorable air bnb experience thus far... and I don't foresee anything surpassing it.
My girlfriend and I were headed to Vail as our final road trip stop to indulge in some skiing. Looking up hotels on kayak... It appeared that our cheapest option was holiday inn for a "measly" $300. Why we didn't think of airbnb right away is beyond me. But of course that is how we stumbled upon Matt and Diana's home.
You walk through the gate and the house is straight out of a movie. Look up the word cozy on Wikipedia, the fist image that should show up is this house. It is located in the charming gem of a town called Minturn which is as close as you can be to Vail without being in Vail. It takes literally 9.2 minutes to get to the heart of Lionshead from their house. To us, it couldn't be any more refreshing to escape the semi pretentious/touristy vail scene after a long day of skiing back to the inviting Minturn.
Words truly cannot express how warm and hospitable Matt and Diana were (and how cute and loving their dog Bonnie is)... but I will do my best to captivate their amazingness.
Walking into our room we found a bottle of Pinot Noir and a welcome basket with granola, water, fruits... the works. Not to mention a bathtub with a giant jar of eucalyptus infused Epsom salt for after an exhausting day on the slopes. Game over.
Each day started with a delicious home cooked breakfast. Those chorizo breakfast burritos were one for the books. The most.. legendary things... ever. Not to mention the eggs came from the 4 chickens they have in their backyard. They gave us coupons for 20% off ski rentals and food as well as brilliant advice for free parking around Vail village.
If you are looking for a world class stay at a fraction of the cost of any standard hotel in or near Vail... do yourself a favor and let Matt and Diana take care of you. Thanks again!!
Our stay at the House of Yess was simply stated GREAT.
The Scherr family was very welcoming. They accommodated our late arrival, gave us great recommendations for the area and even shared a couple of local "secrets" (e.g. where to BBQ on top of the mountain!)
The room and bathroom were immaculate and just like the rest of the house everything was very cozy and decorated with an attention to detail. The daily breakfast was delicious and gave us the energy we need for a day of skiing on the mountain. In fact, after Diana made her baked oatmeal on our second morning, I simply had to ask for the recipe .
Minturn is a great location for skiing in Vail. It's super close and after a full day of skiing we took back the "Minturn Mile" and skied essentially right back home. The Minturn downtown area had a couple of nice restaurants and bars that we actually preferred over the more touristy places in the Vail Village.
Matt and his family were probably the best AirBnb hosts I've ever had. Their hospitality and kindness was unmatched and they provided a welcoming home that was the perfect place to go back to after a long day on the slopes. The room was beautiful and clean, and the town of Minturn is a hidden gem in the mountains of Colorado and only a ten minute drive to vail and beaver creek resorts.
Even better than the room was the company and we enjoyed getting to know Matt and Diana over the course of our stay. We struggled with altitude sickness shortly after arriving and our hosts helped us through y making us fresh toast and delicious breakfasts, going above and beyond in every way.
Minturn also has all the restaurants, cafes and bars y of could want within walking distance.
Just great! We cam very late at night (1 am) due to our flight schedule and they accomodated! They left paper arrows leading our way to the discovery of our accomodation. The room was stunning with bottled water/wine/ WOW!!! In the morning, we woke up and they made us breakfast! I cannot reccomend matt and his room enough. It was excellent!
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About the Host, Matt
We are a traveling family deeply in debt at the hospitality bank. We have played guest all over the world and need to pay back the kindness and generosity we have been given.
We live in a phenomenal community in a great house, but still find we appreciate home better by leaving it occasionally. And when we're home, we'd love to bring the world to us. We recently returned from a 14-month family sabbatical in Ecuador and miss that permanent foreigness that makes us appreciate home and the possibility of the world.
The kids, ages 8 & 10, are mostly harmless and don't bite (hard). We have a wee lil' pup and a handful of chickens, so guests may bring their dog with prior approval (no dingos; there are kids in the house). We're set up for good cooking and have secret access to great wine and gourmet cheese.
Our goal is to have you leave wishing you weren't.