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

Seeking Colorado’s Powder: Snowcat to the Rescue

Ping! My eyes spring open at 6:30 a.m. like cash registers on a sale. This is just wrong, I think, downright wrong to wake up 10 minutes before I instructed my alarm to bellow talk radio into the stony quiet of my studio apartment. I close my eyes and struggle to rightfully reclaim my 10 … Read more Seeking Colorado’s Powder: Snowcat to the Rescue

Mesa Verde: Indian Arts and Culture Festival

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One of the top 100 events in North America — so named by the American Bus Association — will take place May 27-June 5 at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. The 11th annual Mesa Verde Country Indian Arts and Culture Festival will highlight the traditions, arts and culture of the Native American tribes … Read more Mesa Verde: Indian Arts and Culture Festival

Denver’s Dining Scene: What’s Hip and Hot

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Sketch — Chef Sean Yontz and veteran restaurateur — and now hotelier — Jesse Morreale considered making Sketch, their new subterranean Cherry Creek wine bar, a swanky, suave and seductive scene-stealer, but instead, they’ve created a whimsically charming — but strikingly designed — neighborhood spot for grape gurus and American food patriots. Here, amid the … Read more Denver’s Dining Scene: What’s Hip and Hot

Curry Up! Try These Three Bang-Up Places in Boulder

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If you’re longing for delicious, authentic Thai food – especially curry – you don’t necessarily have to travel to Southeast Asia. Boulder, Colorado, has three top places where you can get delectable curry lunches for less than $10. So, as temperatures start to drop, treat yourself to a nice warm bowl of curry. Close your … Read more Curry Up! Try These Three Bang-Up Places in Boulder