Rocky Mountain Oysters: Try Them If You Dare

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Everyone knows there are no oysters in the Rocky Mountains. The oysters we’re talking about, for better or worse, aren’t seafood at all — they’re the family jewels from that herd grazing next to Interstate 76, and they’re a tradition of sorts in Colorado, a novelty food hanging around from the days of vast cattle … Read more Rocky Mountain Oysters: Try Them If You Dare

WaterCourse Foods: It’s a Natural

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Remember the good old days? The times before World War II, when food was natural and drive-throughs weren’t around to proffer foods pumped with trans-fats and processed sugars? I don’t. And at 41, neither does Dan Hanley, general manager of WaterCourse Foods, the Front Range’s go-to spot for vegetarian and vegan cuisine. “People my age … Read more WaterCourse Foods: It’s a Natural

Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

Chilling winds whistle as byway travelers leave the comfort of their cars to scale the final 130 vertical feet to the summit of Mount Evans. The trail zigs and zags upward. Although the distance is only a quarter-mile, muscles burn and lungs crave oxygen. Within minutes, though, climbers stand on top of the world. The … Read more Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion: An Enchanting World

Butterflies are born free and float gracefully in the Butterfly Pavilion at 6252 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster, Colorado. In my childhood, I chased butterflies and caught them with a net if I was lucky. Now, all I need do is walk through the doors of Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion to discover the enchanting world of … Read more Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion: An Enchanting World

Colorado Scenic Byways: Grand Mesa

In western Colorado, the Grand Mesa towers more than a mile above the landscape. Aspens paint thick dark forests with streaks of gold, while some 300 lakes mirror the changing sky. The Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway climbs up and over this massive plateau, cresting at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet. The … Read more Colorado Scenic Byways: Grand Mesa

Breckenridge Museum: A Rags-to-Riches Story of Barney Ford

Everyone knows Breckenridge as one of America’s top ski resorts. But not many visitors know that the town also owns a rich history of mining dating to the discovery of gold in 1859. Even fewer are aware that one of Colorado’s most important pioneers lived and worked in the small mining camp during its founding … Read more Breckenridge Museum: A Rags-to-Riches Story of Barney Ford

Opera Colorado: Helping Enhance Your Experience

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The big cushioned theatre seat engulfed me, a tiny little girl in a pink tulle-and-satin party gown. Sitting with my parents in the front row, I leaned toward my mother so I could hear her whisper the story in my ear as it unfolded on stage. I learned to love opera when I was a … Read more Opera Colorado: Helping Enhance Your Experience

Don’t Miss Denver Arts Week: Nov. 5-13

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Art lovers get ready! The fourth annual Denver Arts Week is here, and it’s time to celebrate the vibrant arts and culture scene here in the Mile High City. The eight-day festival, Nov. 5 – 13, hosts nearly 200 events, many of them free, starting with “Know Your Arts First Friday” on Nov. 5. Dozens … Read more Don’t Miss Denver Arts Week: Nov. 5-13

First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

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“Cancer, it’s just a word.” That’s a favorite saying of Vail resident Allan Goldberg, First Descents executive director and 27-year cancer survivor. He likes the phrase so much so that he had it printed on t-shirts. “It is a scary word and it deserves its reputation,” said Goldberg. “But I always thought if you went … Read more First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

Historic and Hip: Denver’s Old South Pearl Street

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More than a century ago residents of south Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood woke up to rambling trolley cars scooching along Old South Pearl Street. The area was initially incorporated in 1886 as the Town of South Denver. James Fleming, a Pennsylvania transplant and the town’s only mayor, built his stately, stone-walled estate in 1882 at … Read more Historic and Hip: Denver’s Old South Pearl Street

Burlington, Colorado: Old Town Museum Depicts Pioneer Life

  Rolling meadows, weathered barns, waving wheat and country farmhouses distinguish Colorado’s eastern plains. This area, known as Colorado’s Outback country, was home for many of the state’s first settlers who forged their existence from the earth. You can get a feel for the way they lived at the Old Town Museum in Burlington, Colorado, … Read more Burlington, Colorado: Old Town Museum Depicts Pioneer Life

Cheers! Great American Beer Festival

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Colorado is home to the Great American Beer Festival, one of the largest and most respected festivals of its kind. Think of it as the Academy Awards for the beer industry. For years now beer lovers — also known as cerevisaphiles, beer geeks and beer snobs — from around the globe flock here each fall … Read more Cheers! Great American Beer Festival

Breckenridge’s Evolution: From Snurfer to Snowboard

In 1965, Sherman Poppen bolted two skis together to make a snow-riding surfboard for his daughter. Dubbed a “Snurfer,” the design achieved instant popularity, and a manufacturer sold more than a half million of them the next year. The new winter sport it sired soon evolved into what we now call snowboarding. Early snowboards were … Read more Breckenridge’s Evolution: From Snurfer to Snowboard