The Vail Collective Retreat
What We Love
- A luxury glamping getaway in the Colorado Rockies, with breakfast, a wine tasting and moreHaving a true glamping experience on a Colorado ranch, complete with a wine tasting
- Fueling up for a day of western adventure with a complimentary breakfast
- Attending a campfire each evening, with gourmet s’mores included
- Exploring the Vail-area outdoors on zip-lining, horseback-riding or even cattle-herding excursions
What To Know
- Meals are farm-to-table fresh
- Tents have electricity, stoves and private bathrooms with running water
- Join other guests around the campfire for S'mores
Get rustic-luxe in the Rockies at the Vail Collective Retreat, set in Wolcott, 20 miles outside the namesake resort town. This glamping getaway is all about integrating you into the great outdoors, which are literally its backyard: It’s set on the 4 Eagle Ranch, overlooking 1,000 beautiful acres of Colorado pastureland. Hiking options abound nearby, and you can choose to embark on fly-fishing excursions, Jeep tours, horseback rides and even cattle roundups. Don’t forget your complimentary wine-tasting at the on-site, award-winning winery, Vines at Vail.
Start your day on the ranch with a complimentary hearty breakfast, which you can enjoy on the porch of the beautiful lodge, or privately beside your tent. For lunch and dinner, your chef-created menu includes BBQ-in-a-box meals, picnic options and even your choice of outdoor, private, farm-to-table dining. Abodes are carefully appointed tents, where you can stretch out on a plush king bed or on your own outdoor deck. Afterwards, unwind from your day as you gather around the campfire to relax – and to roast and assemble the box of gourmet s’mores that will have been delivered right to your tent.
Your tent has been carefully appointed to the same luxury standard as the rest of this sprawling glamping getaway. Find a bathroom and your very own outdoor deck, as well as a plush king bed, where you can rest up for your outdoor adventures.
Each day begins with a complimentary breakfast, a hearty multi-course affair that opens with selections like organic granola, fruit and Greek yogurt and continues with your pick of pancakes or omelettes. Pair this meal with coffee, tea or fresh-squeezed OJ, as well as fabulous views over the ranch from the outdoor area, weather permitting. Lunch can be taken in certain seasons at 4 Eagle Grill, between the Nelson Cabin and the Carriage House where you’ll check in, and may feature burgers, chicken sandwiches or chili.For lunch and dinner, you can also opt to enjoy a picnic or BBQ-in-a-box, which the Collective Retreats team will bring to your tent (and clean up when you’re finished); you can purchase local wine and beer to wash them down with. Three-course farm-to-table dinners by Chef Jason Harrison are also bookable, showcasing Colorado-raised meats and local produce.
It’s just as easy to pack your days with adventure as it is to take it easy and reconnect with nature. Should you wish, you can spend your days partaking in activities like fly fishing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and hiking on terrain like the Big Horn Creek and Notch Mountain trails, as scheduled by the dedicated concierge to your personal preferences. You can even round up cattle to the backdrop of the Sawatch Range, or embark on a Jeep tour to volcanic formations and fields of wildflowers. A Vines at Vail tasting is included with your stay and a perfect opportunity to learn about local vintner practices, as this label has won numerous awards from the Colorado Mountain Winefest Amateur Winemakers Competition.When the sun goes down, join your fellow ranch residents at a festive campfire, complete with complimentary gourmet s’mores.
How to Get There
The second day of a three day trip, our toilet broke. We couldn’t get the water to stop running and it overflowed, flooding the bathroom part of our tent, and was totally unuseable. I immediately contacted the really nice manager at breakfast. Someone came rolling over on an ATV shortly after and evaluated it. Yep, it was broken and nope, they couldn’t get that water to stop or the toilet to flush again (the septic tank had apparently filled?). We would be without a toilet (and with a slightly smelly tent) for the second half of the trip. This was a huge bummer since we paid $700/nt specifically to have a tent with a bathroom. The inconvenience of a mid-night trip to the toilet was so much worse when it requires laying on flannel, coats, thick socks, and boots, and taking a flashlight with me for a walk down the trail to the main lodge to use the public toilet. I was really disappointed that they didn’t offer to move us to another tent or offer any % off our stay.
The other major drawback for me was the noise. We flew five hours and drove another two to this remote speck in the middle of Colorado only to encounter MORE car and highway noise than we have at our apartment in the middle of Boston. I was devastated, since I was really looking for a quiet retreat. I slept with earplugs in, but it only sort of helped. I even emailed the concierge in advance to request the most quiet tent. (We stayed in one of the Summit Tents.) I suspect my request was ignored as we could see and hear the highway from our tent, but maybe that really was the most quiet one. Either way, that’s the main reason I wouldn’t go back to this site or recommend it to friends, unless highway noise really doesn’t bother you at all.
Collective Vail was picture perfect— from the photos, it looks like we had the most impeccable weekend. I definitely agree that this location is gorgeous and every detail, from the woven blankets to the jars of flowers, is thoughtful and beautiful. When I look at the photos, I really want to go back! But then I think deeper about the experience and remember the downsides that didn’t make it to my Instagram page and think again.
My wife and I stayed at Collective Retreats - Vail the first weekend of October (coincidently their last operating weekend of the season). Despite somewhat poor weather and probably some staff anticipation of shutting down after a long summer season, our experience was first class in every way. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, the staff went out of their way to make sure we were warmly welcomed, taken care of, and looked after. It was far more than I expected heading into the weekend and my wife and I were both pleasantly surprised more than once as our experience exceeded our expectations. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a unique vacation in Colorado (or any of their other locations assuming they are as top notch as this one)!
Collective Retreats Vail was more than I ever could have imagined. From the moment I booked, I could tell it was something special. The staff were attentive, engaging, knowledgeable about the local landscape and area, and willing to curate the best experiences for us. The views are breathtakingly beautiful, the food was locally-sourced and delicious, and the excursions were incredible fun. I can't say enough about this place. A must for those looking to escape the office!
I had originally booked this because it looked fun. I didn't realize how amazing the trip would actually be. We were greeted with smiles from everyone we encountered. Upon arrival, the management team immediately made us feel at home. We had a walk through of our tent, explanations of going's-on, and recommendations from the staff. We unpacked, settled in, and went to the on-site winery. We were greeted there with a walk through of the winery process and even got to taste the wine they were barreling! That night, we had beautiful views and peace and quiet. The next morning, we were greeted with tent-side service of hot coffee! This entire experience was unforgettable. We will always recommend this place and their affiliates!
We stayed 1 night at collective vail! The overall experience was awesome. The bed was comfortable and the tents were spacious. The only negative was how cold it was at night. I would definitely encourage staying before the end of September. Awesome view from the top where the journeys tents are. VERY DUSTY. The winery on site was awesome and the bbq box was delicious. Food was overpriced but it was just such s great experience