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Time at Talisa

I had been wanting to check out Hotel Talisa, Vail’s newest resort.  The rosé event to kick-off Taste of Vail and celebrating two friends’ birthdays were the perfect excuse!

Located on the west end of Vail, Hotel Talisa is a retreat on Gore Creek.  They have shuttles running constantly to take you to Lionshead or Vail Villages, but I really enjoyed being away from the hustle and bustle of the villages for my girls getaway.  It truly felt like a mini escape.

You had me at Veuve Hotel Talisa!  Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries – I literally squealed when I saw the special treat from the hotel in my room.  It helps when a friend does PR for the hotel! 🙂  Veuve though, took it over the top.

Let’s talk about my room.  Fabulous was an understatement.  With the blues and grays, I felt like touches of the sky were infused in my room.  The spacious suite was decorated in subdued colors with clean lines.   My favorite part of the room – the shower and tub.  It looked like something straight out of Architectural Digest.  These suites are mountain luxury done right.

After a quick freshening up from my drive, I meet a friend for a late lunch.  As we sat down in Gessner, the restaurant in Hotel Talisa, we were greeted with a hug smile and warm personality of our server Jose.  He was a ray of sunshine in my day.  I was in a celebratory mood so I had a lunch cocktail, a Matterhorn to be exact.  This refreshing cocktail is made with Leopold Bros. gin, St. Germain, grapefruit, rose water, and prosecco.  My friend said we had to try the Lobster Crostini.  Of course I’m all in on that!  The three pieces looked like culinary works of art.  As good as they looked, they tasted even better with loads of lobster, avocado, tomato, and corn drizzled with lemon terragon crème fraîche on a crostini.  This appetizer is a must at Gessner!  (Check out my Lobster Crostini blog for recipe.)  I order the Black Truffle Tagliatelle Pasta with foraged mushrooms and pecorino snow, knowing full well there was no way I was going to eat it all.  My mouth started salivating as soon as I saw the combination of black truffle, mushrooms, and pecorino.  For a little protein and crunch, I added almonds.  I could have easily ate myself into a food coma, but decided to box up half of the pasta for later since I was heading to Taste of Vail in a couple of hours.

After lunch, I retreated to my room to wait for my two friends from Breckenridge to arrive.  I sat out on the balcony of room and enjoyed the sun shining on Gore Creek and Vail Village.  It was a wonderful 30 minutes of relaxation enjoying the crisp mountain air while listening to the water flow in the creek.
When Melissa and Noreen arrived with their pups in tow (Talisa is dog friendly!), we took the hotel shuttle over to Taste of Vail for some sips of rosé and nibbles of delectable bites from local restaurants.  I quickly realized I was eating my way through 24 hours in Vail and I was completely okay with that, especially when it includes rosé and paella.
After the event we headed back to Hotel Talisa to relax and enjoy a late dinner at Gessner.  I don’t normally eat back-to-back meals at the same restaurant but I wanted Melissa and Noreen to taste the Lobster Crostini.  Yep, I had it twice!  Not wanting a whole to eat, I opted for the Classic Onion Soup with a crouton, gruyère, and gratinée.  I paired it with the Basil Sunset cocktail made with Belvedere vodka, lime, blood orange, and basil.  I had to taste a cocktail with the word sunset in it!  It was a perfect end to a fun day.

The next morning, I woke up early just so I could relax in the comfy bed sipping coffee and watching the morning news.  I also enjoyed a little time bundled up in a bathroom sitting out on the balcony listening to the quiet of early morning along Gore Creek.  It was sheer bliss in my book.  I loved the “Moments Worth Collecting” card I found in my room that morning.  I put the moment in my wallet as a reminder of why I travel.


I made it 3-in-a-row at Gessner as we dined there for breakfast.  I did go for the healthy option and order the Egg White Frittata with oven-dried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese served with toast.  I opted for gluten free since I’d over-indulged in gluten the day before.


After a delightful breakfast with mimosas of course to celebrate Melissa’s and Noreen’s birthdays (complimentary for them since it was their birthday), we had some doggone fun with the dogs, including taking some cute pics in the tub in my room.  Those pups loved their stay at Hotel Talisa, especially all the love they got from other guests.

Reluctantly we had to say goodbye to Hotel Talisa.  Of we went to enjoy a little time strolling through Vail Village before heading out.  It was a fabulous time at Talisa!

Since I already can’t wait to get back to Hotel Talisa, I asked what summer deals they were offering.  Hot off the press – here are the deals!

Two deals for Colorado residents:
Staycation Experience (for stays through 6/14) – $169/nt inclusive of a $50 experience credit for dining, apres or spa: https://www.hoteltalisa.com/staycation/

Colorado Resident Rate – 20% savings for stays through 9/30 for residents https://www.hoteltalisa.com/offers/colorado-resident-savings/

Deal for anyone:  Enjoy 4th night FREE for stays through 9/30 https://www.hoteltalisa.com/offers/4th-night-free/

Check out their summer experiences – just announced!

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