Hotel Hot List: Vail Cascade

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Vail Cascade, Vail, Colo.

The Cascade emerges well-rested from a $30 million renovation. Look for a new fine-dining restaurant, Atwater on Gore Creek, which also offers a pub-style alternative. Dine on the expanded deck overlooking the new infinity pool, hot tub and fire pits beside Gore Creek. Inside, the 319 rooms and suites saw upgrades to the bedding and linens and—for summer visitors—the addition of air conditioning. All the original attractions remain: the 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club; back-door access to the Cascade Village triple chair; on-site ticket sales and rental center. $99–$799;


Dakota Mountain Lodge, The Canyons, Utah

Hotel Hot List

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