About this listing
8 minutes to Vail & a million metaphorical miles! Vail gives you the world...Minturn gives you Colorado. Enjoy Vail's world class vibe, then come soak up rays on the deck or in the hammock in the treehouse or gather round the fire pit for aprés.
Our home is in the historic and (self-proclaimed) funky town of Minturn, just 8 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. 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 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 8-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), Magusto's pizza and burgers, and the locals' favorite, Kirby Cosmo's, just across the street. Sticky Fingers bakery serves up breakfast and Vail Mountain Coffee (roasted in Minturn, of course), and Nicky's Quickie will lunch you up with some of the best gyros and kosher nosh west of the Mediterranean.
Just as in our picture, we have two kids (ages 10 & 12), 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 (no rooster) or smell.
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.
Make yourself at home! We'll make your breakfast, but feel free to keep food in and use the kitchen for cooking. Relax and socialize in the living room or the southside chill/jam room -- great on sunny afternoons or anytime for musicians. Summertime is for throwing open the doors and hanging out in the back yard on the sunny deck, by the fire pit, or up in the tree deck. If you're in town for 'em, check out the free Thursday summertime concerts at Little Beach amphitheater, by the river.
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.
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 have great shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings that are just too funkified 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.
You can walk anywhere you need to go in Minturn, as the farthest place to venture is just 1/2 mile away. Also, search The Minturn Mile for that adventurous backcountry exit from Vail, which drops you 1/2 mile from Minturn Saloon margaritas, then 1/2 mile more (if you're still walking straight) to our door.
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).
Shoes off at the front door, and approved pets should be cleaned off before entering.
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).
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 10 & 12, are mostly harmless and don't bite (hard). We have a wee lil' pup and a handful of chickens that make pretty good television. We're set up for good cooking and welcome you into the kitchen cook as you like.
Our goal is to have you leave wishing you weren't.