Winter Park Restaurants: 10 Favorites to Try

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Whether the perfect ending to your alpine adventure is an elegant pot of Gruyere fondue or a finger-lickin’ slab of barbecue ribs, Winter Park’s restaurants have got you covered. Here are 10 town favorites to get your dinner quest headed in the right direction. Classy Cuisine Alberto’s 72287 US Hwy. 40 Winter Park, Colorado 80482 … Read more Winter Park Restaurants: 10 Favorites to Try

Chaffee County, Colorado: A Boomer Paradise

“We may not be as young as we were, but we’re still cool,” says the oh-so-mellow voice on the radio. That’s the slogan for Hippie Radio, the local station in Chaffee County, Colorado, home to Buena Vista, Salida, Poncha Springs and Monarch Mountain ski area, some three hours southwest of Denver. I smiled when I … Read more Chaffee County, Colorado: A Boomer Paradise

American Mountaineering Museum: A Gem in Golden

Do you know which two mountains are “bigger” than Mount Everest? Can you name the seven summits? What is monodoigting? The answers to these questions and more can be found at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in historical downtown Golden, Colorado. The museum, named after mountain explorer and photographic pioneer Henry Bradford Washburn Jr., … Read more American Mountaineering Museum: A Gem in Golden

Lesser-Known Festivals: Head to Colorado’s High Country

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Colorado’s high country is home to hundreds of festivals and community activities — from blues festivals to culinary celebrations — that have become signature activities on their year-round calendars of events. But we’ve found some lesser-known events at Colorado destinations to consider when making your vacation plans. So head up to the high country – … Read more Lesser-Known Festivals: Head to Colorado’s High Country

Cheers! Raise a Glass to Colorado Wineries

Two decades ago, most people never heard of Colorado wines. But in recent years, they have been holding their own in prestigious competitions, a sign that the industry is maturing. During Prohibition, the wine industry pretty much died in Colorado. In 1978, Colorado Mountain Vineyards (now Colorado Cellars) opened for business. Others followed, but slowly. … Read more Cheers! Raise a Glass to Colorado Wineries

Garden of the Gods: Made for Adventurous Mortals

All along Colorado’s Front Range, a layer of Jurassic-era sandstone dubbed the Morrison Formation plays hide and seek. About an hour south of Denver near Colorado Springs, the magnificent red rocks peek out from the earth at Garden of the Gods. The forces that created the Rocky Mountains turned this layer of rock on edge, … Read more Garden of the Gods: Made for Adventurous Mortals

High-Altitude Dining: Best Restaurants

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The economy is still somersaulting like an avalanche tumbling down a wind-swept mountain, making it difficult to even think about jaunts to faraway places. But we Coloradans know a thing or two about weathering storms — and lucky for us, we don’t have to travel far to make our spirits soar. And some of the … Read more High-Altitude Dining: Best Restaurants

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts: Durango Chef Gives the Peanut Respect

It started with a handwritten peanut recipe shared between friends. Restaurateur/chef Paul Gelose was instructing his team on how to make the delicious peanut recipe given to him by his friend and fellow chef Rick. “One asked me ‘What’s the name of the recipe?’” Gelose says. “Ricky’s Lucky Nuts” was the semi-sarcastic reply. But as … Read more Ricky’s Lucky Nuts: Durango Chef Gives the Peanut Respect

Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble

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The 1890s gold-rush boom town of Cripple Creek, on the back side of Pikes Peak, had nearly become a Colorado ghost town by the mid-20th century. Weekends, weak streams of visitors would meander up Ute Pass to the funky shops, odd little restaurants or, in summer, the melodrama. Then came the advent of limited stakes … Read more Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble

Historic Jerome Hotel: Aspen’s Social Center

“Don’t be too obvious, but take a look to your right,” my wife whispers over breakfast. “Sitting two tables away is Don Henley, lead singer of the Eagles!” I glance over, scarcely surprised by the celebrity sighting. After all, for more than a century, stars have sipped morning coffee at Aspen’s Hotel Jerome. Once a … Read more Historic Jerome Hotel: Aspen’s Social Center

CrestFest: Mystic and Music in Crestone

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Crestone is a quiet, mystical place. Surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, the small community is home to an Ashram, a Hindu temple, a monastery and other retreat centers, as well as artists, writers, healers and international spiritual and environmental leaders. Deer graze in fields, eagles soar above and a … Read more CrestFest: Mystic and Music in Crestone

Winter Wonderland: Snowshoeing the Powder Along the Poudre

The 1820s fur trappers who gave the Cache la Poudre River its name used the French phrase that translates as “hide the powder” to commemorate the large cache of gunpowder that they secreted along the river during a massive blizzard. Back then, they could not have imagined that the upper reaches of the river would … Read more Winter Wonderland: Snowshoeing the Powder Along the Poudre

Winter Fun for Families: Keystone and Snow Mountain Ranch

My 10-year-old grandson Anthony blasts right past me as I yell at him to turn. Like most kids, he likes to ski fast in the fall line, turning only when absolutely necessary. I try not to spend too much time teaching; we’re here to have fun together. Last year, I found two Colorado winter playgrounds … Read more Winter Fun for Families: Keystone and Snow Mountain Ranch

Historic Places to Dine: Along Colorado’s Front Range

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Some of Colorado’s best cuisine can be found in its historic hotels and restaurants. Many of these places have been proudly serving guests for more than 100 years. Dining in these historic places takes you back to times gone by, from the Victorian Age to the rowdy cowboy days to the Roaring ‘20s. Here are … Read more Historic Places to Dine: Along Colorado’s Front Range

Chimney Rock: National Historic Site

Look south as you drive across U.S. 160 in southern Colorado, between Pagosa Springs and Durango. What appears to be a spire of rock rises from the landscape like a sword thrust through the earth’s crust. You might glimpse a sign that informs you that the turnoff for Chimney Rock is near. Take it. The … Read more Chimney Rock: National Historic Site