The Stately Stanley: Estes Park’s ‘Shining’ Hotel

Perched atop a hill overlooking the stunning scenery of Estes Park, the Stanley Hotel holds court as one of Colorado’s most notable historic hotels. The sprawling, stately hotel, built in 1909, was the inspiration for Stephen King’s scary book “The Shining.” The author got the idea for his novel while staying in Room 217, where … Read more The Stately Stanley: Estes Park’s ‘Shining’ Hotel

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 Drink Up! Take a Denver-Area Wine Tour

Aloha Organic Fruit: A Peach of a Place

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Steven Sherer and his wife Pat moved to Colorado’s Western Slope from Hawaii in 2008 with the intention of buying a small acreage in the Palisade area so they could have a few horses. Instead, they bought a peach orchard, and now operate a nine-acre orchard with 3,600 trees. Palisade, with its favorable 182-day growing … Read more Aloha Organic Fruit: A Peach of a Place

Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion: An Enchanting World

Butterflies are born free and float gracefully in the Butterfly Pavilion at 6252 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster, Colorado. In my childhood, I chased butterflies and caught them with a net if I was lucky. Now, all I need do is walk through the doors of Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion to discover the enchanting world of … Read more Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion: An Enchanting World

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

Molly Brown House: Preserving Denver’s Past

Like most metropolitan cities with a vibrant downtown, Denver has a historic past still preserved. What once was a crude mining town attracting citizens with the prospect of gold, Denver quickly grew to become Colorado’s cultured capital. The movers and shakers behind this growth left their mark and sometimes even their homes as evidence of … Read more Molly Brown House: Preserving Denver’s Past

Eric Zerowin: Roping Them In

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Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Not even close. Climbing guide Eric Zerowin sets anchors high above the shores of Lake Dillon as his two guests absorb the views. The late-morning sun shines brightly in the blue sky, and it’s too early in the day for summer’s afternoon showers to begin rolling in. … Read more Eric Zerowin: Roping Them In

Wray, Colorado: Home of the Little Dance on the Prairie

They’re called greater prairie chickens for a good reason. These plump, 2-pound relatives of the grouse live in the tall-grass prairie and supposedly taste like chicken. Once hunted for food, the population of these ground-foraging birds has diminished so much, the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as “vulnerable.” Most of the … Read more Wray, Colorado: Home of the Little Dance on the Prairie

Vail Valley: It’s Affordable

Vail Valley is synonymous with multi-million-dollar mansions, exclusive alpine clubs and elegant hotels. But don’t cross it off your list as an affordable vacation spot. This area, with beautiful mountain vistas, comfortable summer and fall temperatures, world-class skiing and a wide variety of shopping, art galleries and restaurants, is a destination that really shouldn’t be … Read more Vail Valley: It’s Affordable

Out and About in Boulder, Colorado: 5 Things for Free

Boulder is well-known as a trendy hub for culture, history, family activities and home-grown businesses, not to mention its surrounding natural beauty. While the city offers many great attractions, activities seem sweeter when they’re free. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Boulder without ever opening your wallet. Celestial Seasonings 4600 Sleepytime Dr. Boulder, Colorado … Read more Out and About in Boulder, Colorado: 5 Things for Free

Gold Digger: Inside the Phoenix Gold Mine

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Deep beneath the earth, in the dim, cool tunnels of The Phoenix Gold Mine, you can still see veins of gold-streaked ore, bright metallic flecks that speckle the rock. One of the veins shimmers bright blue and green — the colors come from oxidized copper — and the bold streak across the walls of the … Read more Gold Digger: Inside the Phoenix Gold Mine

Bishop Castle: One Man’s Dream A Reality

Jim Bishop is truly a man after my own inner child. For the past 40 years, Bishop has been building a castle in the mountains outside Rye southwest of Pueblo. He’s not having a castle built for him on his property nor does his house merely look like a castle. Bishop goes to work every … Read more Bishop Castle: One Man’s Dream A Reality

Grape Delight: Colorado’s West Elks Wine Country

Hot summer nights and cool mountain air. The two are a perfect combination when it comes to growing grapes – especially when those grapes are grown in Delta County. Tucked away on the western slope 70 miles south of Glenwood Springs and 75 miles east of the vineyards of Palisade, this fertile valley is holding … Read more Grape Delight: Colorado’s West Elks Wine Country

Breck’s Wildlife Preserve: Cool As a Cucumber

You’d be forgiven for assuming that between the cozy mountain town and the snow-packed slopes, there isn’t much else in Breck. But you’d be wrong. Between the town and the mountains — more precisely, between the Gold Rush Parking Lot and Peak 8 — is one of the country’s most matchless wildlife preserves. Cucumber Gulch … Read more Breck’s Wildlife Preserve: Cool As a Cucumber

Cheers! Raise a Glass to Colorado Wineries

Two decades ago, most people never heard of Colorado wines. But in recent years, they have been holding their own in prestigious competitions, a sign that the industry is maturing. During Prohibition, the wine industry pretty much died in Colorado. In 1978, Colorado Mountain Vineyards (now Colorado Cellars) opened for business. Others followed, but slowly. … Read more Cheers! Raise a Glass to Colorado Wineries