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
We stayed in a Summit Tent for 2 nights in July. The weather was very hot during the day, so the tent definitely heated up during the day. The nights were cool and we stayed warm w/ just the heated blanket and didn’t use the stove. The staff was very accommodating and super nice!! I give them 5+ stars.
The breakfast was awesome with fresh ingredients and good variety. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend the BBQ in a box or the Chef’s Dinner. For BBQ in a box, the food was already half way cooked and the directions were vague as to how (already) cooked the meat, veggies, potatoes were, so it was a challenge to finish the cooking process. The Chef’s Dinner was very fru fru for a ranch setting. The tiny lobster appetizer was wonderful and the salad was great, but the main course & dessert were over-engineered with emphasis on “unique/odd” instead of taste.
The Summit tent was fairly comfortable - a coat rack would be a nice addition to the space. The bathroom was functional, but very basic & could have been cleaner.
The views from the tent and dining tent were great, but the retreat could definitely use more shade - in front of the tents and in the dining area.
Really loved our time at Collective Vail. The place was stunning, the views were fantastic! The tent and bed was so comfortable. One of the best vacations I ever had. Perfect for 2-3 night's of retreat.
This is a tough review for me. I want to give 4 stars, because we did enjoy our time here and we were glad we stayed here. However, I just cannot quite get over the 3.5 star hump due to the price compared to value. We paid $600 a night for a summit tent at the Wolcott, CO location. In trying to be completely fair, I'm going to give my pros, cons and tips:
1. Definitely ask for one of the Summit tents that are located to the right of the lodge, which I believe are Summit 4, 5 and 6. Do not book Summit 1, 2 or 3, which are to the left of the lodge. See below for more info.
2. There was an ice chest with ice in our tent upon arrival. Had we known this we would have stopped on our way to purchase drinks and snacks.
3. We booked a private horseback ride through Triple G Outfitters, which was fantastic. Our guide took us through creeks and gully's and let us trot and run the horses. It was a beautiful ride that didn't feel like you were at an amusement park going in a circle.
1. Beautiful setting. It really was beautiful and the tents were very cute.
2. Tents and bedding were fantastic and the beds had dual electric blankets. Very nice touch.
3. Food was very good
4. Staff was very friendly
5. There was an ice chest with ice in our tent upon arrival.
1. We stayed in one of the Summit tents located to the left of the lodge, I believe these are called Summit 1, 2 and 3. These are not in a very good location as there is a dirt road that loops completely around them so that they sit in the middle of the circle. Behind the tents is a storage or supply shed of some sort that the staff access regularly. This all results in a lot of loud noise from the ATV's. It also makes the tents not very private. However, the three that are to the right of the lodge are very private and have a lot less noise.
2. While the food was very tasty, choices are limited and you must book all meals 48 hours in advance. For some this may not be a negative, but for us it definitely limited our ability to be spontaneous.
3. We paid $600 a night, which we felt was overpriced compared to what you get. There are no extras for this. They do make your bed each day, as you would get in a hotel. However, unlike other places I've stayed at that price point, they did not do any of the little extra's that make you feel better about paying so much. For example, they didn't refresh the ice when it melted or stock the ice chest with any sodas or beer. They didn't come in while you were at dinner to turn on lights, light a fire or turn on the electric blankets. They didn't leave muffins and coffee at your door (there is a coffee maker and tea pot in tent for your use) in the morning (and I believe breakfast is no longer boing to be included). They didn't book your activities, etc.. Now these are not big deals, but they are little things that make you feel better about value versus price.
4. There was some road noise, as the main road is in view of the tents. So if you are expecting to feel totally isolated with no noise, this isn't really the case. There will be noise from the highway and also from the ATV's that the staff use to go back and forth between the concierge tent at the parking lot and the lodge and storage sheds that are located up near the tents.
Would we return? Yes, we definitely would, but only to stay in Summit 4, 5 or 6. I think the tent location would make a big difference.