Vail budget summer vacation

Although Vail is lauded among North America’s top destinations for those seeking an upscale mountain retreat, a summer vacation to Vail on a budget is completely in the realm of possibility. Vail’s expansive—and varied—lodging inventory and plethora of restaurants make this possible.

Vail Travel’s insider tips and industry-leading deals can help you save money on your Vail summer vacation. For instance, did you know that the summertime gondola ride rates pale in comparison to the winter lift ticket rates? If you’re looking to save some dough on lodging, opt to stay in one of Vail’s spacious, reasonably priced condos so you can split the cost with family or friends and cook meals back at the unit—so you don’t have to spend extra money on dining out. Vail’s dining scene does trend towards more expensive eats, but there are plenty of affordable (and delicious) options; you just need to know where to look.

Vail's top budget-friendly summer accommodations

  • Situated just steps from the Eagle Bahn gondola, the Lion Square Lodge’s exclusive locale makes it easy to forget you’re staying at an affordable accommodation. Eagle Bahn gondola accesses all of Vail’s epic mountain biking and hiking trails. Lion Square Lodge is also adjacent to shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Guests can choose from spacious lodge rooms or 83 deluxe one-, two- and three-bedroom condos to suit the number of people in your party.
  • Antlers Lodge is also a great choice for Vail summer vacationers on a shoestring. This affordable lodge offers private balconies, fireplaces, maid service and full-size kitchens, so cooking a couple meals at home to save money is a cinch.

Vail affordable summer restaurants

One of the local hot spots is the best place to score some inexpensive and good eats in Vail. For mouth-watering New York-style pies and cheap brews, head to Vendetta’s or Pazzo’s Pizza, both in Vail Village.

For Mexican, you can’t beat La Cantina’s quality or price. Don’t be deterred by its location in the Vail Village parking structure.

You can also have a good Mexican meal for $12 at Los Amigos, situated steps from Gondola One in Vail Village. Share one of their house margarita pitchers: the price is right if you’re with a group.