The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch

The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch 1

Perched atop a sloping hillside above the town of Avon, Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch hotel melds luxury accommodations with the majestic spirit of the Rocky Mountains. Opened in 2002 with 180 rooms, The Ritz is nestled into Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain. Upon arriving, guests can cast off the winter chill in front … Read more The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch

Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

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 Have you ever considered visiting Vail, Colorado, in the summer or fall? While the mountain may feel like the primary draw, with skiing being the premier activity, there is much to see and do in the Vail Valley when the snows melt. In fact, the Valley itself is a primary attraction, with outdoor activities welcoming … Read more Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

Rocky Mountain High: Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners

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 At 5 in the morning, the Colorado mountain resort of Beaver Creek is eerily still. Windows remain dark, shops are still closed and only starry reflections dance on the skating rink ice. Even Starbucks is padlocked shut, much to the disappointment of those gathered at the Hiking Center. Four vacationing souls have cut short their … Read more Rocky Mountain High: Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

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Every time Nick Miller, manager at Krabloonik Kennels, starts to hitch up his team, they go crazy. “They love it,” Miller says. “As soon as they realize they’re going out, they get excited, even if they’ve already been out that day.” Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in many Colorado mountain towns and ski areas as … Read more Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

Races, Music, and BBQ in Beaver Creek

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Beaver Creek, Colorado may be one of your favorite destinations for skiing, but as spring turns to summer, other family activities are being planned. As luck would have it, activities in Beaver Creek have something to offer the entire family throughout the year, from cultural events to the physically challenging experience that will keep you … Read more Races, Music, and BBQ in Beaver Creek

Cima: A Culinary Foray into the Unexpected in Beaver Creek

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Start with the smoked swordfish dip with Fresno chiles and root vegetable chips. Move on to grilled Berkshire pork tenderloin carnitas with squash puree, Brussels sprouts and chipotle almonds, pickled onion and blood orange mojo, doused in veal jus. Finish off with lemongrass panna cotta with grilled pineapple sorbet and yuzu pinenut tart. Oh, and … Read more Cima: A Culinary Foray into the Unexpected in Beaver Creek

Super Bowls and Back Bowls: Watch the Action at Ski Resorts

Over the Super Bowl’s 47-year history, I’ve viewed the game from all the usual TV venues. I’ve watched it from bars, dorms, homes, motels, hotels, airports and cruise ships. I’ve seen it at a church with fans cheering the team bearing the Christian-most quarterback. I’ve endured parties where women cackled during plays and men wolf-whistled … Read more Super Bowls and Back Bowls: Watch the Action at Ski Resorts

Complement A Getaway to Beaver Creek with Fine Dining

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Many people consider the mountains when enjoying Colorado vacations in the winter and Beaver Creek is one community that thrives on winter travelers. In fact, many of the area’s attractions and dining options are only open in the winter months during this heavy travel season. Beaver Creek is renowned for the wide range of terrains … Read more Complement A Getaway to Beaver Creek with Fine Dining

One Day of Dining in Vail, Colorado

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In twenty-four hours in Vail Colorado, you have three chances to experience the best and tastiest of the local dining scene – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seize each of these opportunities to treat your taste buds to the local flavors in one of the Colorado high country’s trendiest towns. Breakfast How to start your day … Read more One Day of Dining in Vail, Colorado

A New Educational Angle for All Ages

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Opening day at the new Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon was a resounding success last August, and a steady stream of visitors continues to visit the 5-acre non-profit facility, enriching their mountain experience whether as tourists or residents. Without a home of its own for more than 13 years, the center, formerly known as … Read more A New Educational Angle for All Ages

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Classy Ski In-Ski Out Resort Hotel

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is as close as one can stay to Beaver Creek Ski Resort. In fact, the ski lift is just outside the door where the ski valet hands guests pre-warmed boots. Upon entering the 190-room hotel, guests find themselves in the Antler Hall, a large gathering place with fireplaces, … Read more Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Classy Ski In-Ski Out Resort Hotel

Antiquing: Seeking Treasures in Beaver Creek

When you’re combing the list for recreation in the Colorado Rockies, there are so many choices: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, river rafting, antiquing. Antiquing? That’s right. Not only can you revel in the natural beauty-type of treasures in Colorado, but you can find precious things of the manmade sort. And, there will … Read more Antiquing: Seeking Treasures in Beaver Creek

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

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As in many of Colorado’s resort towns, Vail’s summer season technically kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. The Beaver Creek Rodeo is in full-swing and the Teva Mountain Games once again drew a sexy flock of world-class paddlers, climbers and cyclists. The pictures, of course, show happy people running in shorts and sports bras. What … Read more Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time!

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Smile! It’s springtime in the Rockies, when snow is deep, temperatures are mild, days last longer and sun shines stronger. Best of all, you can sleep in while the snow softens to a cushy carpet and ski or ride later into the afternoon. Colorado resorts celebrate spring with an alpine version of the backyard party. … Read more Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time!

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