Category: Seasonal

A Winter Wonderland

The little sorrel mare plunges joyfully through the powdery drifts, like a carousel horse freed from its pole. Her shaggy winter coat is frosted with snow and when she pauses at the hilltop, she snorts steam and her sides heave with the effort. Yet, she pulls at the reins, seeming eager to push on. But not yet. The view from…

Outdoor Activities Make Spring Come Alive in Steamboat Springs

 When most vacationers think of Steamboat Springs, Colorado vacations, they instantly think of snow and snow sports, but this community offers numerous things to see and do once the snow melts. In fact, the vast number of outdoor activities available in the spring and summer months make this an ideal time to plan a vacation to this region. Not only…

Peaks Trail: Four Seasons of Play

  Most people traveling the nine or so miles between Breckenridge and Frisco make use of Colorado Highway 9 or the bike path that parallels it. But when powered by foot, mountain bike or ski, the Peaks Trail is by far the more scenic answer. With a trailhead in Frisco, near Miner’s Creek Road, and another in Breckenridge, off Ski…

Explore Breckenridge in Summer for Even More Outdoor Fun

Most people plan travel to Breckenridge, Colorado to enjoy the thrill of the ski slopes, but the summer is also an excellent time to visit this mountain community. Once the snow melts, the natural wonders of the mountain come to life, offering numerous opportunities for recreation. As the ice clears from the rivers and lakes, guests can try their hand…

Eating Your Way Through Paradise in Palisade

When sunny, warm days dawn on Western Colorado’s Grand Valley region, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy endless recreation options for basking in another glorious afternoon. Anyone who loves the outdoors has their pick of activities, from rugged rafting excursions along the Colorado River to sublime bike rides through Palisade’s wine country. However, one of the best ways to bask in Palisade’s scenery…

Gardening: A Four-Letter Word

My wife grew up in Nebraska where the word “garden” is a verb and crops are produced in neat and tidy rows. Her mother had a backyard garden and the neighbors did, too, and they traded seasonal fruits and vegetables among themselves, much like folks have done since woman first sat down and gnawed on an ear of corn. To…

Summit County: Colorado’s Affordable Ski Destination

It can be expensive for a family to go skiing, especially in resort-rich Colorado. Kim and Ben Amiot know that all too well. Every winter the Columbia, Mo., couple journeys to the Colorado Rockies for a week of slopes and snow. Along with their two school-age daughters, they invite parents, step-parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins – everyone but the…

The Joys of Summer: In Steamboat Springs

Too distant from Denver for a day trip, Steamboat Springs feels far removed from the bustle of Colorado’s Front Range. In the winter the resort is blessed with abundant snowfall and uncrowded slopes. But when the snow melts and summer arrives, the state’s northernmost ski town turns into one of its most delightful mountain retreats. Colorado Highway 14 from Fort…

Durango, Colorado: Out of the Way and Proud of It

It’s just before 8 on a summer morning and downtown Durango, Colorado, is barely stirring. A few tourists wander the sleepy streets with steaming cups of coffee, all heading toward a dark plume of smoke billowing over the old brick buildings. As I join them, a shrill whistle cracks the quiet. Heeding the warning, we quicken the pace and move…

Evergreen: A Place To Cool It

As Colorado summers grow increasingly hot, cool places look ever more inviting. Evergreen is a cool place to hang out on a hot summer’s day – in more ways than one. On a beastly summer day, when Front Range temperatures soar to three digits, it can be pleasantly temperate in the foothills community about 30 miles west of Denver off…