A new pet shop, Fresh Tracks, opened in Eagle-Vail over the weekend adding yet another reason why it’s great to be a dog in Vail. In addition to super cute dog photos, here is a short list of 5 things to do with your favorite dog in the Vail Valley. See the photo spread below!
1. Visit the dog park
At the local Dog Park, dogs can roam, play, sniff and play with their dog friends. Dog parks are a bit like Disney Land for a dogs. My favorites is Stephens Park in Vail. Stephen’s Park is off-leash and Gore Creek offers a natural water source. There are beautiful mountain views for you too enjoy too and possibly a chat with other dog owners.
2. Take your dog to lunch
The Alpenrose in Vail, Northside Cafe in Avon, or Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards all have outdoor dog friendly seating…and, did we mention great food! Eating out in the fresh air with man’s best friend is wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon.
3. Hiking or snowshoeing
A happy dog is a tired dog. Take Fido on your next hiking or snowshoeing adventure and he will thank you! Don’t forget their treats and some water. There are countless trail available in the Valley. FYI: Forest Service Trails require your pup to be on a leash.
4. Hang at the Westin Riverfront
This is a secret I haven’t shared with many. In the winter, the Westin has live music in their super gorgeous lobby, complete with a bar and views of Beaver Creek. I don’t really know who would be the winner here; you or Fido. Call the Westin (970) 790-6000 for details on when they have their live music.
5. Go shopping! – Vail shops are dog friendly
We can’t speak for every store, but in general Vail is super dog friendly. Most stores offer water bowls for your companion outside and often will happily allow you to bring the dog inside. Take a camera and get a quick family photo by the mountain or down by Gore Creek. Visit Zoe & Guido’s pet shop on Gore Creek Drive if your furry friend deserves a treat. (Hint: they always deserve a treat.) If you have time, stop into Gorsuch and see if their iconic Bernese Mountain dogs are around for a pet-sniff combo.
I hope you and your furry sidekick enjoy the Vail Valley as much as we do!
Photos By: Katie Fiedler Anderson Someone found the fire hydrant!