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Westin Riverfront Staycation

October 16, 2013

I spent last weekend holed up at the luxurious Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa located just 5 miles down the street in Avon, Colorado.  Why the high-end staycation, you ask?  It’s a funny story actually.

This summer, Maya, the Westin’s fabulous restaurant that I’ve reviewed previously, hosted a Rock Paper Scissors tournament with killer prizes.

After hearing that they were giving away Kenney Chesney tickets, my friends and I decided not to miss it.  So, we entered and were matched up in a bracket.  On my first round, I got knocked out.  I felt pretty dejected since I consider myself to be pretty awesome at Rock Paper Scissors (I know).  So I settled for cheering Stanley through the tournament, where he made it pretty far but didn’t win anything too exciting.

Maya Beaver Creek

Then at the end, the emcee realized that he’d forgotten to give away a gift certificate for a manicure.  He asked who wanted to square off for it, and my hand shot up while I practically jumped up and down yelling, “Me! Pick me!”  He did pick me.  I battled.  I won.  It was awesome.  Then, standing around after my glorious victory, a woman approached me and asked if I’d be willing to trade my manicure for her prize: a 1-night stay at the Westin.  Um, yes.  I still don’t know why she thought that was a good trade – I didn’t want to ask for fear of changing her mind – but I definitely came out on the winning end.

Westin Gift Certificate

The gift certificate had to be cashed in before ski season, so I decided that a quiet October weekend with nothing on the books was as good a time as any.  It’s also almost our anniversary, so we decided to call it an anniversary celebration.  I was so excited for our stay; I’ve spent plenty of time at the Westin’s various restaurants and love the overall vibe of the hotel, but I’d never gotten to actually spend the night.

Can we talk about the view that smacks you in the face the second you enter the Westin?  That's Beaver Creek mountain in the distance.  Gorgeous.

Can we talk about the view that smacks you in the face the second you enter the Westin? That’s Beaver Creek mountain in the distance. Gorgeous.

We got an early check-in and drove the 10 minutes between our house and the Westin early Saturday afternoon.  After checking in, we proceeded straight up to our Studio Suite and were totally impressed.  While not huge, the room was perfectly laid-out and spacious, with everything we could have wanted during a much longer stay.

Westin Riverfront

There was even a kitchenette area with a tiny cooktop.

Westin Riverfront studio suite

And a gas fireplace.  And a comfy couch along with one of the Westin’s supremely comfortable king-sized beds.

Westin riverfront studio suite

And looking out over the pool  to a hillside of golden aspens, the view was lovely as well.

Westin Riverfront view

After getting settled upstairs, I decided to head down for a workout in the swanky athletic center.  I haven’t had a gym membership since last winter, so I felt like a kid in a candy store as I completed a strength training workout in the Westin’s state-of-the-art facility.  Then, I met Stanley outside for some time in the pool and hot tub.

Westin Riverfront hot tub

The pool is heated to 82 degrees, so it was pleasant enough to swim even on a chilly fall day.  But the trio of infinity hot tubs overlooking the Eagle River and Beaver Creek Resort in the distance were my favorite place to hang.  We lounged around, soaking in the warm water, chatting with new friends and basking in the sun until our fingers turned pruney.

Westin Riverfront pool deck

Then it was up to the room to sip a glass of wine while getting ready for dinner.  We finally opened the bottle of Syrah that I carted home from Joyce winery on our trip to Carmel in March.  Sipping the smooth red in a soft hotel bathrobe was a truly relaxing way to ease into the evening.

Our tiny balcony overlooked the pool deck where we spent so much of our time at the Westin.

We decided there was no need to leave the property for dinner, especially since Maya was offering happy hour in their bar all night as an off-season special.  We snagged a couple of stools at the bar and prepared to take full advantage of happy hour.  Margaritas, sangria and house wine were all $5 and select beers were $4.  I went for a Fresh Fruit Margarita made with fresh mango puree.  It tasted like a sassy smoothie and I loved it.

Maya Beaver Creek

Food is part of their happy hour too, and with select tapas 2 for $6 and street tacos for $2, we shared a delicious and filling dinner for $14.  My favorites were the Smoked Brisket Nachos and Chicken Tamal (pictured below during a previous meal at Maya – I refrained from taking pictures Saturday night in the spirit of a relaxing staycation).

Maya tamal

All-night happy hour rocks my world.  We walked out of Maya after spending about $40 for a delicious, filling dinner and cocktails for two.

The next morning I woke up feeling completely refreshed from my night’s sleep in the super-comfortable bed.  I was also hungry, so we went straight down to The Lift for breakfast.  Compared to Maya, The Lift was a bit of a disappointment (and breakfast cost as much as dinner had).  It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t knock my socks off.

With my socks still on, I decided to take my workout outdoors with a run along the bike path behind the Westin.  It’s the same path that I routinely run from my house, but the section near the hotel parallels the Eagle River the whole way and was gorgeous that day, lined with golden-leaved trees.

Avon Bike Path

Post-run, it was warm enough to lay in the sun on a lounge chair by the pool, reading my book.

Westin Riverfront pool

Then after one last soak in the hot tub, we decided it was time to head home and watch football from the comfort of our own couch.

I’ve got to say, this weekend reaffirmed my love for the staycation.  While ensconced at the Westin, I really did feel like I was on a weekend getaway without any of the stress or expense involved in actually going away.  Thanks to the Westin Riverfront for donating an awesome prize for me to win, and to the lady who made an ill-advised trade – I hope she really enjoyed that manicure!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2013 2:48 pm

    Excellent trade there! I really like the ideal of taking a mini holiday near home – a good way to make yourself relax without feeling like you should be doing something useful which is what I do at home!

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