Five Perfect Picnics

What better way to toast the final days of summer than with an on-mountain spread of gourmet goodies?

By Kirsten Dobroth August 22, 2017

Does that chill in the morning air already have you yearning for more summer? Extend the season with a final mountain hike, paired with one of these unforgettable meals-to-go — and not shared with Yogi.

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A custom graze, from The Grazing Fox.

The Grazing Fox

Picnic designer and The Grazing Fox founder Pamela Davis's gourmet take on packed lunch comes by way of "grazing tables" for big — and hungry — groups, to luxury lunch boxes for your pack. If you'd rather not huff it to your favorite scenic spot with your gourmet antipasto and charcuterie, Davis meets patrons with an awaiting spread anywhere the adventure takes them. From $22 per person; 303-332-2555,

Manor Vail Lodge

You don't have to be a guest at the Manor Vail to snack on one of the hotel's thoughtfully prepared goodie baskets, just provide 24-hour notice of your picnic plans. Choose between the Taste of Colorado basket — which includes gourmet sandwiches and Green Elephant juices — or a summer snack pack for lighter bites of charcuterie, fresh fruit, and lemonade to toast the surrounding scenery. $25-$40 per person, 970-476-5000,

Root & Flower

Root & Flower's picnic backpacks make for an ultra-mobile version of the basket, with the added bonus of wine to go along your cheese and salumi. The Vail Village-based wine bar lets patrons pop the cork and have a taste when picking the perfect varietal to go along with their mountain-fare — and will re-cork your chosen bottle in order to send it out the door with you due to Colorado liquor laws — then choose an assortment of snacks prepared by Chef Matt Limbaugh. $50 for a pack with no wine, $85 for a pack with wine, both serve two people; 970-763-5101,

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The Four Seasons' spread.

The Four Seasons

Guests and non-guests alike can take advantage of the luxury hotel chain's picnic services, and customize the Four Seasons' spreads for kiddie-toting families (think chicken finger wraps and cheddar Goldfish), or foodies looking to get their fix of duck confit and Palisade stone fruit salad. From $22 per person; 970-477-8610,

Vintage Vail

These gourmet baskets come fully-stocked with cheese, charcuterie, fresh baguettes, along with add-ons like sandwiches, chips, and cookies as an option for those looking for a heartier spread. Treat yourself to a side of pâté for a luxe picnic upgrade. $25-$33 per person, depending on food choices, $5 extra per person for pâté; 970-479-0175,  

  • All picnic baskets require at least 24-hour advance notice of patrons' order.


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