Tag: northwest

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

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

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 of the lobby fireplace. The…

Full-Moon Snowshoeing 2

Full-Moon Snowshoeing

I love snowshoeing. I love the sound of nothing but aluminum crampons crunching over a packed trail, and, even better, the thumping of 25-inch tails on fresh powder. I love the solitude; the cold, high-mountain winter air and the reward of blazing new trail that I know others will follow. It wasn’t until I started snowshoeing that I felt I…

Cross Orchards Historic Farm 3

Cross Orchards Historic Farm

Cross Orchards Historic Farm, tucked into the eastern edge of Grand Junction, is a working apple farm and historic site that gives visitors a glimpse of farming life in the Grand Valley in the early 1900s. In its prime, the ranch was operated by the Red Cross Land and Fruit Company, and the orchard was one of the largest in…

Vail's Natural Beauty All Year Long 4

Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

 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 guests to take in the…

Keystone Ghost Towns 5

Keystone Ghost Towns

 Keystone’s reputation as an outstanding skiing and mountain biking region often overshadows other fun things to do in Summit County, but whether you visit during winter or summer, you’ll find plenty of recreation options besides these two popular activities. If you’re looking for a family-friendly entertainment option, exploring nearby ghost towns can be a fascinating experience for any age. Visiting…

Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake 6

Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake

 Grand Lake, Colorado is situated in the heart of the Colorado Rockies and stands as the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This historic community offers a blend of restaurants and shops lining an authentic western boardwalk, so you can feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl during your visit. One way to truly experience this western mountain vacation…

Colorado River: Paddling Through God's Country 7

Colorado River: Paddling Through God’s Country

 Colorado was built for people who love the outdoors. And what’s not to like? With almost 300 sunny days a year and some of the best scenery in the country, it’s the perfect place for adventure lovers. But there are some of us, dare I admit it, who aren’t always out there climbing fourteeners, mountain biking or hiking national parks….

The Gatherhouse-Glassblowing 8

The Gatherhouse-Glassblowing

It’s called Gatherhouse, after the glassblowing term of gathering, or collecting molten glass from the furnace. Here at this Frisco studio and gallery, the name seems to have a second meaning. Minutes ago I was helping stretch an orange and yellow gob of hot glass into 15-foot rod, no thicker than my little finger. Now that it’s been cooled and…

Rocky Mountain High: Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners 9

Rocky Mountain High: Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners

 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 sweet dreams to pursue another…

Regal Rocky Mountain Retreat at the St. Regis Aspen 11

Regal Rocky Mountain Retreat at the St. Regis Aspen

The grand manor style and luxury atmosphere is apparent at St. Regis Aspen. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain steps from world-renowned shopping and dining, the opulent property is a destination for the global citizen. From the fresh flowers in the plush lobby to the signature St. Regis Butler Service included with stays in the Suites, luxury takes on…