Dolce Sicilia: A Slice of Italy in Wheat Ridge

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Sighs are common when customers encounter the contents of the long glass cases at Dolce Sicilia, an Italian bakery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. First they see the trays of cookies: soft amaretti pignoli, chewy chocolate-dipped Florentines, and raspberry-topped farfalletta. Their eyes widen at real cannoli, tiramisu and especially the flaky sfogliatelle. Then they smell the … Read more

Out and About in Boulder, Colorado: 5 Things for Free

Boulder is well-known as a trendy hub for culture, history, family activities and home-grown businesses, not to mention its surrounding natural beauty. While the city offers many great attractions, activities seem sweeter when they’re free. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Boulder without ever opening your wallet. Celestial Seasonings 4600 Sleepytime Dr. Boulder, Colorado … Read more

Battle of the Bug: Fighting the Pine Beetle in Colorado’s High Country

I’ve been fighting a little bug lately. Uh, no, I feel fine, thanks. The bug is the mountain pine beetle, scourge of the Colorado high country, munching through our alpine forests like Grant went through Richmond. From Canada to Mexico and California to Colorado, every single pine tree is threatened and countless millions have died. … Read more

Vega State Park: Perfect Place to Play in Winter

Colorado state parks don’t close just because it’s winter. They offer an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, no matter the season. Vega State Park, about 50 miles east of Grand Junction at the northeast edge of the Grand Mesa National Forest, is one park that serves the needs of winter enthusiasts. At 8,000 feet, the … Read more

A-Basin Goes Gourmet: Take the Lift to Lofty Culinary Heights

A-Basin Goes Gourmet: Take the Lift to Lofty Culinary Heights 6

If you ask typical Coloradans what’s changed at Arapahoe Basin in the last few seasons, a mention of the Montezuma Bowl expansion is probably the first thing to leave their mouths. But for the locals who ski the Basin regularly, they might also give a nod to Black Mountain Lodge and some of the exciting … Read more

Tarryall River Ranch: A Family Vacation of a Lifetime

The Old West – in times gone by it was full of cowboys, open frontier and adventure. Today, the lure and call of the West still beckon from Colorado’s prairies and mountains to those who hunger for a taste of a simpler time. Families can escape the bustle of today’s lifestyle at a place where … Read more

Berry Patch Farms: Pick a Peck in Brighton, Colorado

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There’s an old Zen tale of a man who, while running from a tiger, grabbed onto a vine and went over a cliff. While hanging, he looked over and saw a strawberry hanging on the vine. He plucked and ate it. It was the sweetest strawberry he’d ever tasted. Lucky for me, I’m able to … Read more

It’s a Winner: Cripple Creek Opens Heritage Center

From the window wall of the new Pikes Peak Heritage Center overlooking Cripple Creek, watch the sun cast its golden glow over the town below and Sangre de Cristo mountain range beyond. It’s the panoramic kind of view home builders would pay a fortune to secure. But this view belongs to a $3.7 million visitors’ … Read more

NCAR: Young Scientists Will Love Boulder Lab

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Kids who are interested in science will love the Mesa Lab at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR. Perched in the foothills just south of downtown Boulder, NCAR offers equal parts world-class research laboratory, science exhibit and art gallery, all wrapped up in an outstanding natural setting. Mesa Lab was built in the … Read more

Rockley Music Center: A West Colfax High Note Since 1946

Colfax Avenue – one of Denver’s main thoroughfares – once was lined with local shops and businesses during the glory days when everything was family-owned and quality was important. Colfax is now lined with pawnshops, used car lots and other establishments that have ushered in a new era to the Colfax corridor, but a few … Read more