On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley

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I’ve driven this road a hundred times, but it doesn’t matter. I still strain my neck trying to take in the scenic view as my car climbs the foothills out of Denver and heads into the heart of the Rockies. I rise above the city, now just a tiny speck in my rearview mirror, and … Read more On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley

Colorado Scenic Byways: Peak to Peak Highway

For nearly a century, travelers have admired the Peak to Peak Highway’s forested slopes, snow-dusted mountains and sweeping vistas. In 1918, the state named the route its first scenic byway. When the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways program was created in 1989, the highway was selected as one of the five initial designated routes. The … Read more Colorado Scenic Byways: Peak to Peak Highway

Denver-Area Dining: 5 on the Restaurant Front

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Here are the latest front five on the Denver-area restaurant scene: Bargain Beat Pho 95 1002 S. Federal Blvd. Denver, Colorado 80219 303-936-3322 Credit Aaron Le for creating the best pho in town. At his invariably packed noodle shop on South Federal Boulevard, he glides from table to table, sometimes even sliding into one of … Read more Denver-Area Dining: 5 on the Restaurant Front

D Note: Music and More in Olde Town Arvada

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D Note, a music/restaurant hotspot in Olde Town Arvada, wouldn’t be the D Note in any other location. The uniqueness of Olde Town is what inspired the DeGraff family – Matthew, his wife Monica, Adam and Jeremy – to establish the venue eight years ago, offering live music, food, a full bar, artwork for sale … Read more D Note: Music and More in Olde Town Arvada

On the Cutting Edge: Denver Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), which has been a fixture on the Denver art scene for more than a decade, moved recently into a new, sustainable facility in LoDo. The 27,000-square-foot space is on track to be the first Gold level LEED- certified contemporary art museum in the United States (Leadership in Energy and … Read more On the Cutting Edge: Denver Museum of Contemporary Art

Carousel of Happiness: Dream Comes True in Nederland, Colorado

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The adjective “enchanting” has never come to mind in describing Nederland, Colorado, a laid-back, quirky, former mining supply town 18 miles west of Boulder. But the Carousel of Happiness, which had its grand opening May 29, 2010, changes all that. The old-fashioned merry-go-round, complete with sounds from a calliope, delights children and dredges up nostalgia … Read more Carousel of Happiness: Dream Comes True in Nederland, Colorado

Telluride Ski Resort: Worth the Drive

About a dozen skiers stood on top of Gold Hill Ridge at Telluride Ski Resort on a brisk December weekday. We stamped our feet and huffed into our mittens while gaping at the expansive scene: a series of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks set against a light azure sky. But we weren’t thinking of the view. … Read more Telluride Ski Resort: Worth the Drive

Boulder Farmers’ Market: Fresh and Locally Grown

Every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon, beginning in the spring, the Boulder Farmers’ Market transforms 13th Street in downtown Boulder into a vibrant open-air marketplace. The market brings friends and neighbors together to browse through heaping baskets of rainbow chard, mounds of deep red, gold and purple beets, piles of vine-ripened tomatoes, and now, in … Read more Boulder Farmers’ Market: Fresh and Locally Grown

Smith Fork Ranch: A Colorado Guest Ranch With Style

Vacationers seek out Colorado dude and guest ranches when they want to rough it Old West style – exploring mountain wilderness, navigating trails on horseback, fishing in Colorado’s roaring rivers and ending the day with campfire stories before retiring to a rustic, comfortable cabin. But most Colorado guest ranches also have a luxurious side, with … Read more Smith Fork Ranch: A Colorado Guest Ranch With Style

Top Places to Stay in Telluride: From Big Bucks to Budget

If you’re looking for a mountain escape, try Telluride in the southwestern corner of Colorado, nestled in the beauty of the San Juan Mountains. Whether you’re drawn for the hiking, festivals, skiing, shopping or dining in the historic town of Telluride or nearby Mountain Village, there’s enough to keep you busy for days – or … Read more Top Places to Stay in Telluride: From Big Bucks to Budget

When the Family Comes to Town

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What to do when friends or relatives come to visit? Here is where Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper takes his guests when they come to town. goColorado What is your favorite bar or night spot? John Hickenlooper The Bluebird Theatre is an opportunity to experience great music in a locally owned venue that’s in the center … Read more When the Family Comes to Town

Mountain High: Colorado Dude Ranches

The last traces of snow have disappeared here in the Rockies, replaced by blooming wildflowers, shimmering aspen and the pure, warm breezes of summer. The temperate days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for hiking along mountain streams and horseback riding across valley pastures. Though thousands of skiers flock to Colorado each winter, summertime is … Read more Mountain High: Colorado Dude Ranches

Four Seasons Hotel Denver: Finally!

When you stay at a Four Seasons hotel, you know you’re going to get luxury, quality and personal service. Well, Denver finally has one. The contemporary 45-story Four Seasons Hotel Denver opened Nov. 6, 2010, and is a prominent addition to the Denver skyline. Across from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on 14th … Read more Four Seasons Hotel Denver: Finally!

Boulder’s Folsom Slam: Taking Poetic License

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Taylor Hutchison, a tall 22-year-old in blue jeans and a flannel shirt, is reciting one of his original compositions at the microphone on a raised stage in the corner of The Folsom Street Coffee Co. in Boulder. “Maybe if I wrote in bold my ideas would be bigger.” The crowd nods, laughs or applauds as … Read more Boulder’s Folsom Slam: Taking Poetic License

Aloha Organic Fruit: A Peach of a Place

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Steven Sherer and his wife Pat moved to Colorado’s Western Slope from Hawaii in 2008 with the intention of buying a small acreage in the Palisade area so they could have a few horses. Instead, they bought a peach orchard, and now operate a nine-acre orchard with 3,600 trees. Palisade, with its favorable 182-day growing … Read more Aloha Organic Fruit: A Peach of a Place