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Finding the Perfect Mountain Town Family Escape at Club Wyndham Resort at Avon

Colorado Epic Stays
by Nickolaus Hines Mar 30, 2024

Colorado’s classical radio station played from a Bose speaker in the bedroom as my wife, Heather, and year-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Margot, finally made it to our one-room presidential suite at Club Wyndham Resort at Avon. Margot’s pack ‘n play was set up in the room — one of those small things that gives me the most comfort when traveling. That extra comfort was much needed after what was supposed to be a short, clear-weather drive from Denver turned into a snowy, late-spring, traffic-filled trek on I-70 that kept us from arriving until well after dark.

Colorado’s stretch of mountain towns along I-70 is famous around the world among skiers, snowboarders, and anyone looking for high-altitude luxury. Since moving to Denver from New York City in 2020, I’ve taken my fair share of trips along the route — skiing in the winter and early spring, hiking and biking in the summer, leaf peeping in the fall. The proximity is part of the joys of living in the Mile High city, infuriating I-70 traffic (so well documented by the account @i70things) be damned.

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Club Wyndham at Avon is an all-suite resort where all-season outdoor recreation is always nearby, with both Beaver Creek and Vail ski resorts in the immediate area. Full-family relaxation can be found without leaving the property, thanks to the communal areas and spacious rooms of a size that would have immediately drawn comments like “this is bigger than my apartment, and has more bathrooms” in my NYC days.

Avon is for the most part removed from the expectations and fur-lined jackets found in Vail, a short 10 miles away (and, for similar space and quality, Avon has much more reasonable hotel prices). While Vail’s slopes are close, those at Beaver Creek ski resort are even closer and can be reached from a gondola across the street from Wyndham or via a quick free Town of Avon shuttle ride to Beaver Creek Village.

Whether you bring your own or rent from the ski shop across the street, handling gear is easy thanks to ski-valet service and storage on the property in the winter, and mountain bike storage in the summer. One Colorado family we met at Wyndham over s’mores that weekend noted that they grew up skiing in all of the nearby mountain towns, but with their kid in tow, they’ve found Avon to be the most family-friendly.

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Rooms and amenities at Club Wyndham Resort at Avon

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I stayed in a presidential one-bedroom suite. All of the rooms have a full kitchen and fridge, fireplace, washer and dryer, and other more standard amenities. Which room is right for you mostly depends on how many people you’re with, from the 1,088-square-foot one-bedroom suite (four guests, with one bath and a king bed and queen sleeper sofa) to the 1,780-square-foot three-room suite (10 guests, with three baths, two king beds, two double beds, and a queen sleeper).

Separate rooms allow for some peace from any little ones, and the private balcony, with the fireplace going behind us, was a nice place to watch the snow falling when we arrived. It’s easy to make your own space in the rooms, even in the common areas. There are reading nooks by the TV, and a corner sitting area backed by large windows.

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Mountain town dining can quickly add up, but the full kitchen gets around that problem. The kitchen set up had the basics and a little extra: a full set of well-sharpened, if heavily used, cooking knives; plenty of dishware and silverware; glasses of all types from reputable wine glass brands; and grill tools. The dishwasher showed some wear with rusty spots, but nevertheless kept the threat of cleanup from dissuading us from grabbing some groceries and cooking in on our last night.

The property’s amenities feel like an extension of the thought put into the rooms. A communal patio is lined with fireplaces for thawing out or roasting s’mores (kits are handed out for guests on Fridays). On the two grills at the end, we made bacon-wrapped steaks and cheese-filled peppers and enjoyed dinner at the tables outside, complimented by some wine and local beers bought at the well-stocked Avon Liquors one street over.

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Inside, there’s a game room with a pool table and TVs, as well as a 24-hour fitness center. This Wyndham’s hot tub is also inside, and goes beyond the standard with a sprawling design featuring two parts separated by a waterfall.

Exploring beyond Club Wyndham Resort at Avon

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If you’re in the area, there’s a good chance you’re there for the outdoors. Skiing and snowboarding (both inbound and backcountry) are the biggest draws, but there are things to do year-round. Mountain biking and hikes can follow routes with intense inclines or leisurely trails. For a change of pace, there’s fishing at Nottingham Lake or along Eagle River.

Head to the high-end stores in Beaver Creek or Vail for shopping of all kinds. You can catch live entertainment at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Avon or the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

As homey as cooking your meals on the property can be, it’s worth getting into Avon for a meal or two. The helpful concierges at Wyndham can guide you to whatever you’re in the mood for. Bob’s Place for sports and pub food, Ein Prosit for a European-style biergarten, or Loaded Joe’s for a coffeeshop during the day and beer, wine, and music at night. Pazzo’s Pizzeria is family friendly with a game room, Sauce on the Creek serves family-style Italian fare, and Agave has strong margaritas to go with house-made tortillas and live music nights.

Getting to Club Wyndham Resort at Avon

While Eagle County Regional Airport is the closest to Avon, it has limited flight options. Denver International Airport is the closest major airport. There are buses that go from Denver’s Union Station to Avon if you want to avoid driving through I-70 traffic. Otherwise, you’ll need a car to get there, though you won’t be using it much when you arrive with everything in close walking distance or near public transit. Wyndham has valet-only parking for $35 per night.

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