The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, November 4,  2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is expanding its Colorado portfolio with the addition today of Manor Vail Lodge located in historic Vail. The year ‘round resort is set in the heart of the storied village, at the foot of Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak. Manor Vail Lodge is now a part of Benchmark’s prestigious Gemstone Collection. It joins Benchmark’s Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs and Tivoli Lodge, also located in Vail.

“We are delighted to add another of Colorado’s premier resorts to Benchmark’s portfolio and to expand the number of mountain properties we operate throughout the US,” says Benchmark CEO Alex Cabañas. Benchmark now manages over a dozen mountain resorts in nine states, from New York’s legendary Catskills, Vermont’s Green Mountains and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Range to the Colorado Rockies.

In 1965, just three years after the legendary resort town of Vail was launched, the Manor Vail Lodge was built as Colorado’s first condominium resort. With 876 acres of skiable terrain, Vail grew into America’s largest ski resort and the Manor Vail Lodge emerged as a pioneer in Vail’s development as a world-class ski destination. Today, the graceful chalet is a hub of activity year around, just minutes from the charms of Vail Village and a quick lift to the slopes of Vail Mountain. A wide range of services and amenities are offered at Manor Vail Lodge, including a spa and fitness center, ski valet services and rentals, a complimentary town shuttle and access to Vail’s myriad of sightseeing, shopping and recreational activities.

Manor Vail Lodge sets the scene for superb skiing, family fun, and outdoor adventure while providing the perfect backdrop for meetings, retreats and special events. With 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and special event space, the resort offers impeccably equipped boardrooms and meeting rooms in its dedicated conference center. With flexible meeting space options, Manor Vail Lodge is the natural choice as host hotel for many of Vail’s signature events. Additional entertainment areas are found at the Fitz Bar & Restaurant and mountain flowers bloom in several outdoor event spaces in view of the stunning peaks of the Rockies. The numerous sports activities at the resort and in and around Vail are ideal for both recreation and team building. The spectacular setting and versatile event space make the Manor Vail Lodge especially popular for weddings.

The luxurious accommodations at the Manor Vail Lodge are designed to meet the diverse demands of today’s guests, from families, vacationers and skiers to corporate meeting attendees. The resort combines the privacy and convenience of a modern condominium with the amenities and personalized services of a luxury resort. Manor Vail Lodge offers 100 guest accommodations in a mix of studios, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom condominiums as well as luxury penthouses with breathtaking views. All condominiums include fireplaces and spacious, fully-equipped kitchens. Individually owned and decorated, the condominiums are tastefully furnished in classic Western style with accents of local artwork.

Colorado’s culinary riches inspire and inform the dining experience at Manor Vail Lodge. Contemporary American cuisine with a Western vibe is offered at the Fitz Bar & Restaurant and on the extensive banquet menus.  From the bountiful breakfast buffet each morning to elegantly prepared dinners, guests can enjoy fish fresh from mountain streams, Colorado beef and lamb, and popular local dishes such an Elk Chili and Colorado Mushroom Soup. The resort’s large vegetable garden is supplemented by local suppliers, enabling the Manor Vail Lodge’s kitchens to serve fresh produce at any time of the year.

Benchmark pioneered the concept of experiential travel with culinary adventures as an important part of the company’s “Wanderlust” concept of transformative travel.  The Manor Vail Lodge’s approach to food dovetails perfectly with this visionary approach with culinary education programs and events for everyone, from budding kiddie chefs to seasoned cooks. “Our culinary classes are perfect for those with an appetite for learning new skills in the kitchen and incorporating the freshest Colorado ingredients,” says Executive Chef Kenneth Butler.

Vail’s dedication to wellness and sustainability is evident in the Manor Vail Spa, noted for a wide range of distinctive treatments and green products. Facialists use organic skin care products from the Eminence Organics line. Massages and body treatments address a range of concerns from aching leg muscles to sun damaged skin. The spa also offers an Oxygen Bar to soothe altitude issues. The spa can be booked for group parties and other events. It features four hot tubs, a sauna and stream room, two heated outdoor swimming pools and a fully-equipped fitness center.