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There are a wide variety of shops and galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek, but this is not a place for bargain hunters. Among art galleries of note are Vail Fine Art Gallery, Vail Village Crossroads Center, 141 E. Meadow Dr. (tel. 970/476-2900), with beautiful sculptures and fine paintings. Currents Fine Jewelers, 285 Bridge St. (tel. 970/476-3322), offers original designs in platinum, gold, and silver jewelry plus fine Swiss watches. Other interesting shops include Mountain Dog, 100 E. Meadow Dr., #33 (tel. 970/479-8488), with canine accessories of all kinds; and Kitchen Collage, at Riverwalk, the Crystal Building, Edwards (tel. 970/926-0400; www.kitchencollage.com), which carries fine cookware, gourmet foods, linens, and a multitude of handy gadgets.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.