Best Outdoor Patio -- Rural (2001)

The Wildflower at the Lodge at Vail

When spring hits, the Wildflower opens up its gorgeous patio, known as The Terrace. Situated on the backside of Gore Creek and at the base of Vail Mountain -- which means you're protected from the wind -- the enormous wooden deck offers wildflower-framed views of the mountains, with huge yellow and white umbrellas providing shelter from the sun. This is where locals gather to nibble on the Wildflower's sublime salads and to-die-for desserts -- the strawberry-rhubarb cake with kiwi sauce is a charmer -- and sip champagne while dreaming of the ski season to come.


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