Lights, Camera, Action! Spotlight on Boulder International Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! Spotlight on Boulder International Film Festival 1

Oscar-nominated actor James Franco and Oscar-winning producer/director and screenwriter Oliver Stone will be among Hollywood’s marquee names at the seventh annual Boulder International Film Festival Feb. 17-20, named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker magazine. More than 50 films from 25 countries will be featured at the festival, along with … Read more

Wine Bars: Toasting the Grape

Wine Bars: Toasting the Grape 3

Savvy servers are pouring wines and discussing them knowledgeably in wine bars proliferating in Colorado. Order them by the glass, by the bottle or by flight — small pours of several wines, enabling you to compare several vintages from a single vineyard or the same type of wine from different regions or produced in different … Read more

Summer Pastime: Head for These Denver-Area Restaurant Patios

Summer Pastime: Head for These Denver-Area Restaurant Patios 5

Now that Colorado’s heat wave is in full swing, you’ll encounter a raft of Denver-area restaurants with terrific al fresco dining opportunities. Whether you’re pining for creekside picnic tables or rooftop decks affording sweeping Rocky Mountains views, there’s a smorgasbord of scene-stealing scenery to last all summer long. Bear Creek Tavern Folksy, denim-clad, stubble-chinned revelers … Read more

Gold Lake Resort: 24-Hour Shangri-La

Sixty-hour work weeks do not promote good health or a balanced lifestyle. My husband and I were mentally weary and physically spent. We knew we needed some “me” and “we” time. Now here is the “kicker.” We only had one night for our quick getaway. How could we possibly feel relaxed and restored in one … Read more

Drink Up! Take a Denver-Area Wine Tour

Denver, one of the nation’s capitals for microbrew beers, also has a burgeoning wine industry. Although most of the state’s vineyards are on the Western Slope, more than a dozen wineries operate tasting rooms in the Denver area where visitors can sample award-winning vintages. And note this: You can buy wine from wineries on Sundays, … Read more

Denver’s Lucile’s: Food From the Bayou

Denver’s Lucile’s: Food From the Bayou 8

It’s mid-morning on a Tuesday when I find myself succumbing to another Lucile’s lure. A buttermilk biscuit, to be precise, coupled with an oversized mug of foamy house made Chai. I’ve been a fixture at the Creole joint for three days running, plunking myself down at the bar and making myself fat on butter, beignets, … Read more

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’s Folsom Slam: Taking Poetic License

Boulder’s Folsom Slam: Taking Poetic License 11

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

Longmont Patios: Where to Eat and Beat the Heat

Longmont Patios: Where to Eat and Beat the Heat 13

Colorado’s summer heat beats down on wilting trees, and the flowers are in full bloom. What better way to spend an easy afternoon than sitting under a shady tree or umbrella and sipping a cool beverage and munching tasty snacks. Old town Longmont is host to several patios ideal for letting the day go. Here … Read more

Colorado Lakes: Three Ways to Explore

When it comes to lakes, Colorado may not have the largest or the most, but the state can comfortably boast of having some of the loveliest high-altitude bodies of water in America. Some can be explored by car, while others require effort before their charms are revealed. With hundreds to choose from, the toughest part … Read more