CascadePoolLocated at the base of Vail Mountain and along the banks of beautiful Gore Creek, the Vail Cascade makes it easy to enjoy a summer getaway to the mountains with the family.The Cascade is known for being one of the most family-oriented resorts in Colorado. We discovered right away just how much that was true when my five-year-old began bantering with the front desk clerks and other hotel staff, as she often likes to do. They played along cheerfully, which really made her day.

After checking into our ultra-luxurious creekside guest room (the Vail Cascade also offers condominiums and private residences) and making it down to the pool, s’mores at the hotel fire pit made her evening. And mine. I couldn’t get over just how gorgeous the pool area was by firelight, reflecting the pine trees towering around us. Vail Cascade hot tubJust leave me in the hot tub where the flicker of another fire envelops you in its’ warm scarlet glow.

Follow up the s’mores with a dive-in movie at the Cascade’s heated infinity-edge pool overlooking Gore Creek, and you have the perfect end to a sweet summer evening. It’s all part of the Cascade’s Kid Venture Program: a kid’s “camp” designed for 5-12 year-olds offering daily activities the kids will love. There are tennis lessons, Mom-daughter mani/pedis, crafts and more.

There’s nothing like returning to your room to find your beds turned down and squares of chocolate placed just so. We slept very well that night in our soft beds, crisp, clean linens and s’mores in our tummies. When we woke, we made our way to the Atwater Grill for their extensive and quite delicious breakfast buffet (kids 5 and under free) on the patio overlooking the pool area. It’s just as beautiful by daylight.

TVail Cascade guest roomhough you’re just a short, free Cascade shuttle ride to Lionshead and Vail Village, I highly recommend a leisurely walk or bike ride there on the paved path along Gore Creek. Once at Lionshead, ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola to the top of Vail mountain for amazing views, a healthy hike or bike ride back to the bottom. The kids will also enjoy Adventure Ridge where they can rock climb, ride ponies, and fly high on the bungee trampoline – our favorite.

Lionshead is alive in summer with bike riding, shopping, and general milling about. Every Saturday afternoon from July through August, Lionshead gets even more lively with the Family Fun Club. Enjoy free crafts and activities for the kids, food, beverages and music. And on Wednesday afternoons, you’ll find free art walks in Vail Village.

There is much more to Vail than just skiing. And it all happens after the snow melts.

The Vail Cascade offers seasonal Specials and Packages including Military Rates starting at $99.

All photos courtesy of the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.

Chris is a designer, WAHM and pilot’s wife living in Colorado. She writes as Standby Traveling Mom as well as at MamaBirdsBlog.com. Follow her on Twitter as @BirdBanter.

Disclosure: The Vail Cascade hosted us for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by The Vail Cascade.