The great room was Blair Eadie’s favorite spot during her stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. “I could spend an entire day there,” she says. “The three-story stone, wood-burning fireplace is incredible, and the perfect spot for a drink and conversation.”
A Weekend Getaway to a Winter Wonderland
Article published in partnership with Departures02.06.2019
Fashion blogger Blair Eadie gets lost in the glories of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, with its American West mountain lodges and secluded setting among the Eagle River Valley and Beaver Creek Mountain.
A restorative getaway with opportunities for adventure drew Atlantic-Pacific fashion blogger Blair Eadie to The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. The resort’s sprawling views beckon visitors to get back in touch with nature, but you’re far from roughing it here. The combination of outdoorsy adventures — such as daily guided hikes and, of course, top-notch ski slopes — with the amenities and legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton makes Bachelor Gulch an unbeatable delight. “The hotel is beautiful!” says Blair. “The ambiance in the lobby, restaurants and lounges is warm, cozy, and inviting, while also feeling modern — everything you are looking for in a trip to the mountains.”
Once settled in, Blair enjoyed a private Whiskey & Wood Burning class. Her instructor demonstrated all the techniques of the craft, which consists of using a heated tool to create personalized designs on wood — in this case, either a cutting board or a set of four Colorado aspen wood coasters. Blair chose the cutting board. “It was a fun way to relax and try something new,” she says, “and a side of local whiskey made the experience even better.” She brought home her handmade mementos for family and friends.
Blair rounded out her first day with a fine-dining experience at WYLD, the hotel’s restaurant showcasing local ingredients and mountain-cooking techniques. Wood accents and a cozy fireplace helped her feel right at home, and the food didn’t disappoint, either. “Everything I ate was fantastic,” she says, “but the salmon crudo and burrata starters and main-course duck breast really stood out!”
Blair enjoyed a guided snowshoe hike the next day. It was her first snowshoe experience and, she admits, “more of a workout than I expected!” She explored the cross-country trails while learning about the surrounding area from her guide, and warmed up afterwards at Buffalos, the resort’s gastropub serving up hearty American classics. Blair warns: “The nachos were a highlight, but don’t try to eat the whole plate alone!”
Day two concluded with an unforgettable fireside dinner at Anderson’s Cabin, a 1900s cabin built by one of the original Bachelor Gulch settlers, John Anderson. “If you get the chance to experience the private Anderson’s Cabin, just steps from the hotel property, you will have a magically unique mountain experience,” says Blair. With sweeping views of Beaver Creek Mountain and Vail Valley, it’s unlike any other place in the country. Each meal is prepared onsite by the chef in the intimate cabin setting. Blair started with a cheese and charcuterie board and perfectly-paired wine, followed by salad and a main course consisting of an “outstanding” bone-in ribeye steak with roasted carrots and crispy Brussels sprouts. To top it all off, she says, “For dessert, we were treated to a lovely apple crumble, and then s'mores by the outside fire!”
The highlight of Blair’s third day was her full afternoon on the slopes, accessed by the ski lift just a few hundred feet from the resort. “It had just snowed the night before,” she says, “so we had fresh tracks all morning — tough to beat!” It was her first ski outing of the season, so she welcomed the pointers from her talented guide: “He was so patient, and the tips he gave me got me back up to speed in no time.”
Blair says the helpful, approachable staff at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, along with the stunning architecture and private location in Beaver Creek, made the experience truly one of a kind. “The Ladies and Gentlemen and activities made the whole weekend so memorable,” she says. “I truly felt like I was part of the hotel family, which made the experience that much richer and more enjoyable.”
In fact, Blair is already thinking about her next trip to The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. “The hotel is perfect for nearly any occasion, but I would love to return for a girls’ trip. The cozy atmosphere, iconic location, spa and variety of restaurants and activities would keep us engaged and busy for days!”