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Condé Nast Traveler Readers Recognize the Vail Cascade Resort As One of the ‘Top 50 Ski Hotels’ in 2012

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As Vail’s only Four Diamond ski-in/ski-out hotel, guests enjoy convenient lift access mere steps from the property.

VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 29, 2012 – In the December issue of Condé Nast Traveler, a record 46,476 readers cast their vote for the Top 20 Ski Resorts and Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America. Colorado nearly swept the ski resorts list, securing eight of the 20 spots with Vail ranking No. 7 on the list. In the ski hotels list, Colorado once again dominated the list securing 24 of the 50 spots. The AAA Four Diamond Vail Cascade Resort was one of seven Vail hotels to earn this distinctive award. The Vail Cascade Resort, a premier Colorado mountain resort, placed 26 on the ‘Top 50 Ski Hotels’ list, earning its highest mark in the Activities/Facilities category for distinctive amenities like ski-in/ski-out access, creek-side infinity edge pool, complimentary shuttle service, Vail Colorado creek-side dining and Aria Club & Spa.   

For the third time this year, Condé Nast Traveler readers honored the Vail Cascade Resort offerig Vail vacation home rentals and packages with a distinguished reader’s choice award. Earlier this year, the hotel claimed the No. 18 spot on the ‘Top 40 Resorts in the West’ and its spa, Aria Spa, secured the No. 24 spot on the ‘Top 100 Resort Spas – U.S. Mainland’ list.

Since 1988, Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ have judged individual candidates according to relevant criteria for each award. For this survey, readers used a five-point scale to rank hotels on six criterions, including: rooms, service, dining/food, location, overall design, and activities/facilities. The Vail Cascade Resort earned its highest ratings for its activities/facilities (93.9) and location (92) followed by above average ratings for its design (88.3), rooms (87.6), service (86.7), and food (82.40). The 88.5 average of these six categories earned the Vail Cascade Resort the No. 26 spot on the ‘Top 50 Ski Hotels’ list.

“We are thankful for all the past guests that took the time to reward our hotel with such a prestigious accolade,” said Brett Schoenfield, general manager at  this hotel in Vail Colorado, Vail Cascade Resort. “It is very rewarding to know that guests appreciate the genuine care and consideration we put forth each day to make their stay exceptional.”

This recognition could not have come at a more perfect time as Vail prepares to kick-off its 50th Anniversary and the Vail Cascade Resort gets set to debut Vail’s newest guest room experience. Styled in contemporary mountain elegance, the new guest rooms artfully contrast nature’s sandstone palette with accents of honey gold, tangerine orange and hazelnut brown. Distressed wood furnishings, wrought iron accessories and textured fabrics add rustic cachet while luxurious beds and plush carpeting provide the pampering touch for an upscale mountain retreat.  For more information about Vail Cascade Resort, please visit www.vailcascade.com or call 800.282.4183.

Vail Cascade's ideal location and breathtaking mountain surroundings create the perfect natural playground for all-season adventure. With pleasantly warm summers and cool falls, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, strolling through the Villages and soaking up sun poolside. Frosty winter and springtime temperatures transform the hotel into a snowy wonderland with true ski-in/ski-out access.  Just like the hotel itself, dining at Vail Cascade is truly an event to be savored. Atwater on Gore Creek, the hotel's signature dining venue overlooking Gore Creek, fuses modern style with the region's natural elements. Locally inspired and delightfully enjoyed, Atwater serves creative American cuisine in a stylish yet comfortable environment for an exceptional dining experience.  A world of wellness awaits you at Vail Cascade's 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club - the largest spa and fitness facility in the Vail Valley. From the moment you arrive, you feel the inviting warmth and healthy energy of a true mountain retreat. Focusing on all-encompassing wellness, Aria Spa & Club brings mind, body and spirit into balance with pampering treatments, invigorating workouts and a focus on a healthy life.  Visit www.vailcascade.com and call 800.282.4183 for more information.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,300 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.

For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

Lupe Hirt, MindSpeak PR, 303.859.1762, lupeh@mindspeakpr.com

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