Alpine Loop Scenic Byway: Colorado at its Loftiest

Beyond the sleepy hamlet of Lake City, pavement ends and the forest road I follow turns to dirt. Mountains define our state and provide its identity. Within Colorado’s rectangular borders, the Rockies thrust their highest summits. Peaks form backdrops for our cities, provide venues for our recreation, control our weather, capture our water and furnish … Read more

Girls’ Getaway: Spring for the Spas

My idea of a perfect weekend escape with friends? Two nights at a nearby (but not too close) hotel, pampering spa treatments, fine dining and plenty of outdoor activity. Throw in some red wine and lots of late-night girl talk, and I return home refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle real life again. Such a … Read more

Summer in Telluride: 5 Ways to Play

Snow. Winter. Skiing. These are some of the best reasons to live in Colorado. But summer in the Colorado Rockies is even more magical. We have those few short weeks when we can don our shorts, savor the warm summer sun on our shoulders and play in the mountains to our hearts’ content. And one … Read more

Telluride Ski Resort: Worth the Drive

About a dozen skiers stood on top of Gold Hill Ridge at Telluride Ski Resort on a brisk December weekday. We stamped our feet and huffed into our mittens while gaping at the expansive scene: a series of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks set against a light azure sky. But we weren’t thinking of the view. … Read more

Top Places to Stay in Telluride: From Big Bucks to Budget

If you’re looking for a mountain escape, try Telluride in the southwestern corner of Colorado, nestled in the beauty of the San Juan Mountains. Whether you’re drawn for the hiking, festivals, skiing, shopping or dining in the historic town of Telluride or nearby Mountain Village, there’s enough to keep you busy for days – or … Read more

Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!

Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin! 6

Colorado’s mountain resorts have fine-tuned their slopes and improved guest services for the 2011-2012 ski/snowboard season. This year, it’s about technology, terrain parks and a few surprise new twists and turns. Here’s a rundown of the resorts and their opening dates: Arapahoe Basin – Open. Black Mountain Express — a new high-speed quad — … Read more

A Night Out in Telluride: Town Delivers More Than Expected

A Night Out in Telluride: Town Delivers More Than Expected 8

There was no question his birthday would be spent in Telluride this year. Our longtime friend Maguire had recently moved to the area and nothing could have kept Chad, my gracefully aging betrothed, from celebrating his birth in this Southwestern Colorado town. So, we collected our friend Heather and drove the five hours from Denver … Read more

Dining in Telluride: Seven Don’t-Miss Restaurants

Dining in Telluride: Seven Don’t-Miss Restaurants 10

Just being in Telluride can work up your appetite. Whether exploring the San Juan Mountains in the summer or riding the snow when winter hits, good food is a must-have. And the secluded burg in southwestern Colorado doesn’t disappoint when it comes to satisfying your culinary cravings. For such a little town – population 2,500 … Read more