Author: Mile High Fun

Gold Lake Resort: 24-Hour Shangri-La

Sixty-hour work weeks do not promote good health or a balanced lifestyle. My husband and I were mentally weary and physically spent. We knew we needed some “me” and “we” time. Now here is the “kicker.” We only had one night for our quick getaway. How could we possibly feel relaxed and restored in one day? The solution arrived in…

On Track: Hop a Ride Into the Past

Few sounds evoke Colorado’s history more than the mournful call of a train whistle echoing through a canyon. You still can hear that sound in many of the state’s mountain towns. It was by train that many settlers came, that miners plied their trade and commerce got its foothold on the state. It was by train that schoolteachers, preachers and…

The Sweet Smell of Summer: Colorado Lavender Festival 2

The Sweet Smell of Summer: Colorado Lavender Festival

Colorado’s warm sunny days and cool summer nights are the perfect combination when it comes to growing peaches, apples, grapes — and lavender. The climate in the Grand Junction area provides excellent conditions for farming the fragrant herb, according to the Lavender Association of Western Colorado. English lavender and lavandin grow particularly well on Colorado’s Western Slope. Lavender has enjoyed…

Super Star Asian: Dim Sum and Then Some 4

Super Star Asian: Dim Sum and Then Some

It’s noon on a Sunday in the frenetic dining room of Super Star Asian. Manager David Siu, clad in black pants and a cotton polo shirt, bounces from table to table, crouching down to converse — in English and Chinese — with patrons. Near the front door, I can see the bobbing head of the hostess standing tiptoe on a…

5 Great Food Markets: From Asian to Mexican and Beyond

Wonder where to find those hard-to-find grocery items? Or are you looking for something unusual? Here are five unique markets in Denver that you won’t want to miss. H-Mart 2751 S. Parker Rd. Aurora, Colorado 80014 303-745-4592 Why we love it: Arguably one of the nation’s most spectacular Asian markets with aisles and aisles of rice cookers and rice crackers,…

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail 8

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

As in many of Colorado’s resort towns, Vail’s summer season technically kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. The Beaver Creek Rodeo is in full-swing and the Teva Mountain Games once again drew a sexy flock of world-class paddlers, climbers and cyclists. The pictures, of course, show happy people running in shorts and sports bras. What Western Slopers and Front Rangers,…

Grand Lake, Colorado: Water, Wilderness and Western Charm 10

Grand Lake, Colorado: Water, Wilderness and Western Charm

The sky blushes as the first rays of dawn creep over the Colorado mountains. Grand Lake appears glassy smooth, forest and rocks reflecting in its mirrored surface. One peak dominates. “That’s our signature mountain,” says resident Polly Lawler. “It’s called Mount Craig, but we affectionately know it as Baldy.” Covering 600 acres, Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest natural body of…

Drink Up! Take a Denver-Area Wine Tour

Denver, one of the nation’s capitals for microbrew beers, also has a burgeoning wine industry. Although most of the state’s vineyards are on the Western Slope, more than a dozen wineries operate tasting rooms in the Denver area where visitors can sample award-winning vintages. And note this: You can buy wine from wineries on Sundays, when Colorado liquor stores are…

In Grand Junction: A Lazy Main Street Sunday

You’ve hiked wickedly steep terrain through the Colorado National Monument’s remote canyons. You’ve rewarded yourself with visits to a dozen wineries, drinking enough tastes to fill a few bottles. It’s Sunday and you’re still in Grand Junction. Now what? Though many downtown businesses are closed on Sundays, Main Street can still be the perfect spot for a lazy day. Even…

Denver’s Farmers’ Markets: Family Fun

“Look, Mommy – a radish!” I beam with pride as my toddler excitedly points to the stack of pink-hued veggies on the table and correctly shouts the name. It’s Saturday morning and we’re wandering between tents at the Cherry Creek Farmers’ Market. For years I’ve enjoyed frequenting the various markets around town. I’d saunter through, comparing quality, chatting with the…