Disconnect This Weekend in the Colorado Wilds at Collective Vail

By Stephanie Davis Smith | July 12, 2018 | Lifestyle

For those who want to connect with the outdoors while still maintaining a certain sense of luxury, Collective Retreats' glamping oasis near Vail and Beaver Creek delivers.


Unplugging from the grind, getting closer to nature and eating food that comes directly from Colorado’s bountiful earth is the essence behind Collective Retreats, a new-thought hospitality offering with a handful of high-end camping properties in Texas, New York, California, Montana and, naturally, Colorado. Collective Vail was one of the first in the company’s portfolio and is opening for its fourth season this May. While typical camping puts you squarely in touch with the great outdoors—usually chatting around a fire and sleeping under the stars—at Collective Vail, they’ve wisely coupled that with warm country club-chic interiors, high-end amenities and plush linens on palatial, cozy beds inside alabaster tents that look out onto an instagrammable 1,000 acres of sweeping mountain and valley vistas. There’s electricity, running water and—for foodies—a tented restaurant with a scrumptious farm-to-table three-course dinner ($150 per person). The thoughtful cuisine changes daily at the chef’s whim (48-hour advance reservations required). While you chat with the highly skilled toque about where she sourced the night’s menu (Olathe corn from a few valleys over, rack of lamb from the ranch down the road, striped bass caught downstream), you stare out at a sky with more stars painted on it than a Neil deGrasse Tyson vest. Post-meal, grab the housemade s’mores kit and head to the fire pit, knowing you will wake up to addictive French press coffee you can sip on your private porch. The adventurous set can go ATVing, horseback riding and flyfishing, all set up by a personal concierge at 4 Eagle Ranch (4eagleranch.com). They can also organize in-tent massages and guided hikes. While they’ve increased the amount of tents, there are still only a dozen this year—and they book up months in advance. It seems connecting back to the landscape is a luxury in high demand. Open May-October, $500-$700 per night, collectiveretreats.com