Bob LeMassena: Letting Off Steam at Railroad Museum

Bob LeMassena told me his age with a smile and a gleam in his eye, as if letting me in on a long-kept secret. “I’m still young,” he said. Bob is 93. And then he quoted the first line of a Samuel Ullman poem: “Youth is not a time of life, it is a state … Read more

Tabernash: What Kind of Car Would Jesus Be Driving?

The tiny community of Tabernash might not be among your first choices of Colorado vacation spots because the list of tourist amenities it does not have far outweighs the attractions it does, other than the Colorado-class views, of course. For instance, among the things the town lacks is a motel, a definite impediment for the … Read more

Burlington, Colorado: Old Town Museum Depicts Pioneer Life

  Rolling meadows, weathered barns, waving wheat and country farmhouses distinguish Colorado’s eastern plains. This area, known as Colorado’s Outback country, was home for many of the state’s first settlers who forged their existence from the earth. You can get a feel for the way they lived at the Old Town Museum in Burlington, Colorado, … Read more

Vail Oktoberfest: Head to The Hills For Some Family Fun

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“Yah, yah, yah, yah” robustly sings the lively—but not rowdy—crowd gathered around an oom pah band during Vail’s Oktoberfest. Robust smells of grilled bratwurst and spit-roasted pork blend with lively strains of Bavarian music, while visitors dance to the lively beat on the Vail streets. Vail is a famous ski destination in the winter, but … Read more

Denver Firefighters Museum: What’s With All the Dalmatians?

What’s with the Dalmatians? Here’s another one, printed on the Children’s Gallery Guide. He is a funny looking cartoon dog carrying a water hose and wearing a firefighter’s helmet. “I need one just like him,” my 3-year old exclaims, excitedly pointing at the picture. The dog’s name is “Squirt,” his 6-year old sister reads aloud, … Read more

Colorado’s Capitol: Take a Tour to Learn Its History

The shining gold dome of the Colorado Capitol in the mile-high city of Denver stands as a striking tribute to Colorado’s mining heritage and as a symbol of Denver’s victory as the heart of Colorado. Hundreds of visitors explore the Colorado Capitol each day to learn about the building’s history on free guided tours, or … Read more

Denver Roller Dolls: Hell on Wheels

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With a hard thrust from “Joe Momma’s” shoulder, Roller Doll Angela Death is knocked across the harsh concrete floor. She turns her fall into a somersault and, with barely any loss of momentum, is back on her feet and catching up to the rest of the pack. This is par for the course during a … Read more

Vail Lacrosse Shootout: A Sport for All Ages

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From professional teams to Little League, the sport of lacrosse is exploding in Colorado. Two pro teams — Colorado Mammoth and Denver Outlaws — fill the calendar back to back from January through August. Kids are learning to play as young as 5; and in the spring, both boys’ and girls’ teams dominate fields at … Read more

Kangaroo Kingdom: Mom’s Utopia

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Simply utter the word “snow” to a mom with a toddler or preschooler and you are liable to be greeted with a frozen, panicked look. While the fluffy white stuff is undoubtedly festive, it may have you feeling a little crazed when faced with the reality of months of being housebound with a rambunctious child. … Read more

The Scoop on Denver Hotspot: Little Man Ice Cream

The Scoop on Denver Hotspot: Little Man Ice Cream 16

As much as we love Denver’s nonstop sunshine, some hot summer days require a way to beat the heat. Little Man Ice Cream’s frosty ice creams, gelatos and sorbets are summertime favorites for residents of Denver’s trendy Highland neighborhood. The shop, shaped like a giant metal milk can, is tucked behind modern Mexican restaurant hotspot … Read more