Lyons Fork: Big-City Flavor in Tiny Mountain Town

Lyons Fork: Big-City Flavor in Tiny Mountain Town 1

You can’t miss Lyons Fork when strolling through downtown Lyons, Colorado. The old-timey building, once home to historic McAllister Saloon, lures visitors with its cute exterior, but don’t be fooled. This restaurant is no tourist trap. Wayne and Debbie Anderson reopened this historic café, formerly known as Cilantro Mary’s, in 2010. The couple didn’t overhaul … Read more

Movie Mania: Hollywood Has Long History With Colorado Shoots

Movie Mania: Hollywood Has Long History With Colorado Shoots 3

Colorful Colorado has been the filming site for thousands of movies. More than 600 are listed on alone. Among them are some great movies like Robert Redford in Downhill Racer or John Wayne in True Grit. Remember Woody Allen in Sleeper or Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber? But for the true Colorado, check … Read more

Mush! Going to the Dogs in Breckenridge

The training period lasted less than two minutes, and it went something (though not entirely) like this: “Put your feet here. One foot on the brake to slow down, two feet to stop. And lean with your turn. If you don’t lean, you’re going to get real friendly with a tree. Let’s go.” Brandon Barnhorst, … Read more

Scenic Byway: Cache La Poudre-North Park

Wild waters froth as they roar through sheer-walled Poudre Canyon. Beyond a range of craggy peaks, moose nibble wetland willows and songbirds trill. Along the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic and Historic Byway, sights and sounds vary from wild to serene. The byway stretches 101 miles between Fort Collins and Walden in the north-central part … Read more

Backyard Brewpub: Golden’s Second-Largest Brewery

Backyard Brewpub: Golden’s Second-Largest Brewery 7

A hand-painted sign with an arrow pointing down the street, and with the words “2nd Largest Brewery in Golden,” led to the not-easy-to-find Golden City Brewery. It’s clearly a self-effacing, tongue-in-cheek reference to Coors Brewing Co.— the third-largest brewer in the United States and the largest brewery on a single site in the world. Nailed … Read more

Quest for Que: Lip-Smackin’ Good

Quest for Que: Lip-Smackin’ Good 9

Five years ago, while on assignment for Sunset magazine, I went hog wild and cattle crazy, prowling the plains and prairies of Colorado for the state’s best barbecue. It was a dizzying trail hunt that took me from the high altitude of Durango to the flatlands of Strasburg searching out sauces and spice rubs, meaty … Read more

River Rafting: High-Country Thrills and Spills on the Colorado River

The record snowmelt in the Colorado Rockies this summer means action-packed river rafting. And if your teenager is addicted to adventure and virtually fearless, this is the ideal time to enjoy some family togetherness on a raft in the middle of a rushing river. River rafting is ideal for families with teens — just enough … Read more

Aspen, Colorado: Culinary Dream Come True

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The international “who’s who” in food and wine gather in Aspen, Colorado, every year for the Aspen Food & Wine Classic sponsored by Food & Wine magazine. It’s a culinary dream come true to be able to taste and sip some of the best food and wine in the country. The culinary superstars of this … Read more

Dining in Telluride: Seven Don’t-Miss Restaurants

Dining in Telluride: Seven Don’t-Miss Restaurants 14

Just being in Telluride can work up your appetite. Whether exploring the San Juan Mountains in the summer or riding the snow when winter hits, good food is a must-have. And the secluded burg in southwestern Colorado doesn’t disappoint when it comes to satisfying your culinary cravings. For such a little town – population 2,500 … Read more

Kangaroo Kingdom: Mom’s Utopia

Kangaroo Kingdom: Mom’s Utopia 16

Simply utter the word “snow” to a mom with a toddler or preschooler and you are liable to be greeted with a frozen, panicked look. While the fluffy white stuff is undoubtedly festive, it may have you feeling a little crazed when faced with the reality of months of being housebound with a rambunctious child. … Read more