I visited both Vail and Beaver Creek on a beautiful August day. Both were full of families on vacation. I have been to both resorts several times over the years. As a planned development, there are no historic properties, but you will find some great restaurants, shopping, resorts and outside activities at both.
Vail was developed to look like a Tyrolean village. Today it was beautiful with all of the flowers and blue skies. The Village was hopping. You can park in the public garage so you can then walk easily through the pedestrian friendly Village.