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Day 4 back on the road
Let see, on this trip Mathew has decided that he’d like to live in several places other than Fort Lauderdale. His favorite was the obscure mountain town of Cloudcroft, NM with the cool weather and the pine scent infusion in the air. But going back, there were arguments for Fort Walton Beach, Florida because of the cool sand; Boerne, Texas because of our friends there, anywhere on the California coast, but ...
... be permanent.
After a good breakfast at our Glamping tent, we headed northeast four hours to Vail, Colorado. Heather had said we were staying at a nice hotel, but she could not fully prepare us for the extreme culture shock of going from RV parks and desert camping to a five star luxury hotel. When we drove up to The Arrabelle amongst Mercedes and Lexus SUV's in our rickety rental RV, I had to turn around the RV on a ...
The girls and I took a mine tour today. It was on the list of things the girls really wanted to do before we leave. We went 1,000 feet into a mine and panned for gold! Daddy and the boys met us for a picnic lunch. They wanted to ride the gondola in Breckenridge one last time. ;-) Most pictures are on my camera but here's a few from my ...
... down the mountain before we reached our goal. Still, it was breathtaking. We walked through fields of wildflowers. We noticed a few camping spots near this remote lake....maybe an adventure for next time? I need to upload photos from my camera from today. Just trying to log a summary of the day for our vacation ...
A long drive today, but the scenery was well worth it. We stopped at areas where the Indians had built their homes in huge caves, And saw spectacular scenery all day. At a spectacular bend in the river, we had champagne and nibbles. Now we are in Moab, on a Navajo Indian reservation. The view from our balcony is gorgeous, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Christie Lodge Avon
Great Value, Great Fun
Our family has stayed here numerous times. You are short ride to Beaver Creek on a free bus that stops right in front. It is a 10 minute drive to Vail or take the inexpensive shuttle. There are all kinds of dining and shopping options within walking distance. There is a Subway and an inexpensive but good Nepalese restuarant inside. Across the street are a couple of excellent restarants if you want higher end dining. Gart Sports and Walmart are close by. For boutique shopping, take the shuttle to Beaver Creek Village. There are endless options for hiking and mountain biking. Many people use this as a base for day trips to Vail, Leadville, Glennwood Springs, and even Aspen.
The units were refurbished in the last couple of years. The partial kitchen includes a half size refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink. For cooking there is a microwave and an electric skillet. I've been told that the front desk has additional items like a crock pot for free use, but I have never taken advantage of this. Most of the units are 1 bedroom. The entry to these units is into the bedroom that has a queen bed, closet, and TV. The other half has a queen sofa sleeper, kitchen, table, TV/DVD, fireplace, and a sliding door to the balcony. There is a door that separates the two halves of the unit and a common bathroom with two entrances. The small bunk beds have been replaced with a kid size day bed. For a 1 bedroom, the units are on the small side, but they are clean and comfortable. I have seen several reviews from prior to the refurbishment that complained about the conditions, but while the units are nicer now, I don't recall any significant issues from before the refurbishment.
There are several adult hot tubs and one family hot tub, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool.
I will continue staying here. If you want nice accomadations in a great location for a good price, I'd stay here anytime. I take friends here all the time and they always want to come back. If you want Marriott quality with Marriott prices, stay in Vail.
Clean and Cozy
We spent an enjoyable week at the Christie Lodge and used it as a base for many hiking and exploring trips to places like Leadville (45 min.), Vail (10 min.), Breckenridge (50 min.), and Aspen (90 min.). The lodge has an indoor mall feel to it with its three story high atrium, and one pool, the hot tubs, and the ping pong tables are situated out in the center areas between the two buildings of rooms. But it was very comfortable. The room, while small, was spotless and contained new amenities. But for two adults and one child, it was fine. Other reviewers complain about the size and the lack of air conditioning--it's obvious that they were looking for a resort to stay in all day with loads of luxurious amenities. Clearly, the Christie is for families on the go who are out seeing the area, not sitting by the pool; thus to use this as a base to see the wonderful outdoor playground that is Colorado, I recommend it heartily. Plus, we were there in late June and we did not need the air conditioning, so clearly that complaint is more about glamour and prestige than actual comfort.
Not worth the money
Rooms were small and noisy. Lots of road traffic and guest traffic. Place needs work, hot tub handle amlost came off in my hand as I was getting in.
We visited from Feb. 5, 2005 to Feb. 12, 2005 and found the accommodations to be wonderful. The management is excellent. The units are small, but have everything that a couple would need for an wonderful ski week. Housekeeping does a great job in keeping the units and common areas clean. Hot tubs and indoor pool provided evening entertainment. Several shops and a Walmart close by. Bus service right outside the door will take you to Beavercreek and Vail. We plan to return next year for 2 weeks.
For the money, it was kay
My husband and I were on an extremely brief visit to Avon/Vail, for 2 nights. We were meeting family in town who all stayed over at the Sheraton Mountain Vista. As they were booked by the time we made our reservation, we ended up at Christie Lodge.
The sleeping area of the room was a bit on the small side, but that wasn't a problem, as the living area, while small, was comfortable. There was a small refrigerator whose motor was quite loud, sounding almost like a dishwasher was running.
Water pressure in the shower was low, but not the worst I've seen.
Also, we were right next to the higway, and the noise was quite noticeable when the back screen door was opened. We did keep it open, as it was rather warm, and there was no AC. Luckily, there were two floor fans provided that kept the temp at a reasonable level.
At night, you could hear the other guests through the walls, especially people walking down the main corridor.
All in all, it wasn't too bad for a husband and wife on a quickie trip, especially for the money. If I had my choice, though, I'd cough up the extra $40, and stay just down the road at the Sheraton.
Nice Place to stay in Avon
The Christie lodge is in a great location in Avon. It has a shuttle service to the Beaver Creek and Vail. It has a family atmosphere with indoor pool and hot tub. The rooms are small but the entire hotel has been remodeled and updated. Nice place to stay for a weekend get away!
The Christie Lodge is in a perfect location to enjoy the Vail Valley and is just down the road from Beaver Creek. With its renovations, the lodge's rooms have been upgraded and have new furnishings. The common areas are open and inviting. A great place to bring the family.
Will never Stay There Again!
My family was shocked when we first opened the door to the room at The Christie Lodge. The main bed was stuck in a room called the bedroom the size of a walk-in closet with a t.v. and bedstand in it. (Nothing else could of possibly fit!) The extra beds for our teenage kids were bunk beds that were cut into the hallway wall! The screen on the deck door was hanging off and there was no way to keep the bugs out and we needed it open for air. It had the ambiance of a cheap $20 a night hotel that I have seen in movies! We walked out as soon as we inspected the room as did several other people who we met at the front desk-oh and no air conditioning!
We had a wonderful time with our entire family at the Christie Lodge!
Children feel welcome, and the open areas in the halls are great meeting places. After skiing at Beaver Creek we were just a hop, skip and a jump (on free transportation) to a cozy Lodge with amenities for all. Love the Subway being there, it gives the whole place a "Homey, fresh baked bread" aroma. All in all a terrific time!
A (for around Vail) relatively inexpensive place to spend a couple nights...2 or three adults, the bunk beds are strictly for rugrats or midgets, but the sofa sleeper in our unit was above average for comfort. Units have weird layout, lousy ventilation and interstate traffic noise. Plan to eat breakfast in shifts in the "kitchenette"