102 Nelson Lane
Renovated in 2005, Vail Commons is the primary dining facility on campus serving three meals on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. The two main dining rooms seat a total of 440 people. Massive floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire northern exposure provide an idyllic view of the meadow inside Patterson Court.
The facilities are named for James D. Vail III and his family. James Vail served on the Board of Trustees from 1979-1991 and two of his sons attended Davidson: James D Vail, IV, Class of 1976 and John Vail, Class of 1983. Vail is memorialized with the Jacob’s Ladder artwork on the landing inside the commons.
Vail Commons is located at the center of campus, accessible from Nelson Lane on the west side of campus (past the Pi Kappa Alpha house) or from the east side of campus at the Laundry parking lot. Limited visitor parking is available in the lot behind Tomlinson Hall. General public parking is available in the Baker Sports Complex.