Vail can be very expensive even in the off season . I went during the last week of September which is wonderful if you don't to ski, like crowds and love sales!
- The sales: Some of the sales didn't seem like a deal because half off of $250 is still $125 for a simple sweater but you just have to shop around. I found nice winter coats for $50.00, t-shirts for $10.00, sweatshirts for $20.00. We went to Walmart for some souvenirs we found Vail sweaters and t-shirts under $20.00.
- Getting around : I wish I had Vail's transportation where I live because it is very convenient . You don't need a car because all of the bus rides within your village are free. If you want to go to other Vail villages the bus ride is $8.00 a person each way or you can go get a bus pass for a cheaper rate if you will be there for a week or more. The buses are punctual and don't look like the public transportation you are used to seeing. They look a bit nicer because a corporation owns all of the businesses in Vail even the Starbucks.
- Free things to do: Go on a hike and take in some nature ! , The Betty Ford Alpine Garden is a great place to picnic , ride the bus within your village and site see since getting around is also free.
- Where to eat: The Little Diner (temp closed until 11/18/2016) If it is opened when you go I suggest you put this on your list. The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. They have delicious Dutch pancakes. It is super tiny there is only like 20 seats so I suggest you get there early. Gondola Pizza, Bar & Grill the cheesy breadsticks are worth the trip alone! It's a cozy grill in Avon where you can great food without breaking your wallet. The Avon Bakery and Deli is where you can get a more specialized sandwich then at a Subway. I love their chicken salad sandwich ! If you are looking for something to warm you up try the Pho (Vietnamese soup) at Pho 20. They also have rice dishes and spring rolls if you are not into soup.