To Greener Times

Each year, springtime reminds me to pay attention. Just as the cold, dark, snowy months seem as if they’ll last forever, we get that day—you know the one—when we walk outside and suddenly just feel that something’s different. It stops us in our tracks. The sun shines a little brighter, the wind blows a little sweeter, … Continued

Fermentation 101

Food preservation has been a part of Carla Farrand’s life since she was a kid. Growing up in Oklahoma with a mom who loved to can and a grandmother who made sauerkraut the old-fashioned way, Farrand picked up their skills nearly by osmosis. She recalls carefully observing her grandma work year after year with the abundant vegetables her grandfather grew…

A Toast to Education

Roaring Forks, Corks and Kegs is the valley’s newest annual night out, with the extra bonus of benefiting the Glenwood Springs public schools. The May 17 event takes place at the Hotel Colorado and will feature food, wine, and beer tastings from the best restaurants the valley has to offer with an all-inclusive ticket.

April 2019 Around Town

Tiffany of Redstone Filming TV Series in the Valley Craig Stifter, owner of local vintage and salvage shop Tiffany of Redstone, recently announced that local filming is underway for a public television series he developed over the course of the past year. The show, called “Picking 2 Repurpose,” is slated to air its first season on Rocky … Continued

Ascendigo Blue Aspen Autism Benefit

The Hotel Jerome was bathed in blue light on Presidents' Day weekend for Ascendigo Blue Aspen. Funds raised for the Carbondale-based nonprofit provide support and services for those living with autism. Guests enjoyed delicious food, cocktails, music by U2 tribute band Joshua Tree, a live auction, and paddle raise for camp scholarships. Photography by Ben Hunter and Hal Williams

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Growing Together

Visit the Glenwood Community Garden this month, and you’ll find many a local green thumb already at work preparing plots for the upcoming growing season.

In Service of the Land

 ‘Follow the Life,’ we say.  Follow the question, the uncarved path, the sustaining hearth, the life-force, the equilibrium, and the others who are also on the quest.  This following led me to set a spiritual home for the work of The Guest House in the Roaring Fork Valley at the foot of Sopris, the Mother Mountain. I had met more…

Welcome Basket Essentials

 The Essentials:  1. Snacks. Your guests will no doubt be hungry after a day of driving or flying (or both). Even if you're planning a special meal soon after they arrive, providing them with a small nibble to keep in their room and munch on at their own discretion is a nice touch. And who wouldn't love a bag of buttery indulgence from midvalley popcorn…

March 2019 Around Town

Habitat Seeks Basalt Vista Project Volunteers Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has partnered with Pitkin County, the Roaring Fork School District, the Town of Basalt, and local businesses to build the Net Zero 27-unit Basalt Vista Affordable Housing Community for teachers and other middle-income workers in the local workforce. Construction on the first nine … Continued

Choosing Home

What makes a house a home? First are surely the people who live in it (followed closely by their pets, of course!). But beyond the love that a home’s family brings inside its walls, it seems that the sky’s the limit when it comes to making it their own—particularly here in the lower Roaring Fork … Continued

Setting the Stage

Staging a home to sell doesn't necessarily require new furniture pieces or a steep investment in decor. Usually, a few simple fixes that utilize what's readily available in your home are enough to pay off ten-fold; you just have to know how to use them to your advantage. 

CMC Mini College Chocolate Extravaganza Fundraiser

On February 2 the Children's Mini College, an auxiliary of Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood, held its 16th annual Chocolate Extravaganza at Morgridge Commons. Attendees bid on silent auction items donated by some 130 local businesses and individuals for a successful night of fundraising accompanied by wine, sweets, and homemade savory snacks prepared by students' families. Photography … Continued

First Impressions

All items may be found through Designer Door Hardware at 7800 Hwy 82, Suite 202, in Glenwood Springs. Pricing available upon request; call 970.947.9900.

Have Blankets, Will Travel

Negative 40. Such was the sub-zero temperature when Betina Infante and her family arrived in Ulaanbaatar, the notoriously frigid capital city of Mongolia, during the dead of winter in 2007—straight from living in balmy Indonesia, no less.

Less is More

“Hideout”....from what? At the recently-founded Hideout Tiny Home Community off Midland Avenue in south Glenwood, it could mean hiding out from: clutter, huge mortgages, and hours maintaining a regular stick-built home. It was the allure of leaving all this behind him that led Beau Haines to downsize from a large home to a tiny one back in 2004, when living…

February 2019 Around Town

Valley Visual Art Show Continues In February The 39th annual Valley Visual Art Show, presented by Carbondale Arts, remains open for public viewing through February 22 at the R2 Gallery inside The Launchpad (76 S. 4th Street). Featuring 50 Roaring Fork Valley artists accepted to the exhibit on a first-come, first-served basis, the show has become a … Continued

Sunlight Skier Appreciation Day and United Way Benefit

On January 11, Sunlight Mountain Resort hosted its 34th annual Skier Appreciation event. The '80s-themed bash featured games, retro music, a costume contest, and other festivities. About 1,200 skiers and guests attended. All proceeds of some $25,000 from the day of totally rad partying benefited the local United Way Battlement to the Bells. Photography by Michael Faas and Robin Waters.

Art and the Irresistible Urge

I think Einstein was onto something when he said, “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” As someone who was raised in the rural south without much access to art education at an early age, this speaks to me. We had no art centers in town, but my school district … Continued

My Artsy Valentine

Got Valentine's Day plans? Don't even think about another movie night on the couch! Skip the boring old Netflix and instead follow Cupid's arrow to one of the plentiful mid-February events featuring the creative talents of Roaring Fork Valley musicians, teaching artists, actors, and more. Because nothings says 'romance' like a good, old-fashioned night on the town—and when it involves our local…

Art School

 (location) Glenwood Springs  Welcome back, Glenwood arts. The city-operated Glenwood Springs Community Art Center, housed at 601 East 6th Street in the same location of the former Center for the Arts, is open and ready for students to once again fill its space with creative energy. This spring, dance and martial arts classes are on offer alongside kids' art lessons, weekly…

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Mountain Family Basalt Integrated Health Center Debut

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) celebrated the grand opening of its new Basalt clinic at 123 Emma Road on January 7. With medical, dental, and behavioral health services under one roof, the center will allow MFHC to significantly increase the number of patients receiving care in the Roaring Fork Valley, from 2,200 to 3,700. Photography by … Continued

Connected Creativity

On any given day, the ARTway along Carbondale’s Rio Grande Trail pulses with people and vitality. Triptych murals, fantastic sculptures, colorful gardens, pocket parks, and a pump track speak to this turned-on mountain town.

Inspired, Modern, Functional

Some properties offer more than the sum of their parts. “Home” can mean many things, but on rare occasions a dwelling simply offers something greater: a place to rest your head, but also an inspired space in which to grow, dream, and do.

A Painted Legacy

A lot can happen in two years. This is truer than ever for Nicolette Toussaint, who retired as editor of Roaring Fork Lifestyle in 2017 to pursue her lifelong passion for art. 

Winter Wellness

‘Self-care’ has officially positioned itself as a major player in the zeitgeist. Wellness industries across the U.S. are booming, and it seems that everywhere we turn—or tap, if scrolling social media—the experts are telling us that we should be finding ways to do more for ourselves. The cultural climate that spurred the self-care revolution is … Continued

Getting From ‘Here to There’

Picture even a minor accident: Perhaps your bicycle slips on the ice. You’ve dislocated your elbow and broken your hand in the fall. You can still walk, drive an automatic car, and type at your computer left-handed. But can you pull a shirt over your head? Or floss your teeth? How will you cut vegetables at dinner, or wash the…

January 2019 Around Town

Become A Big Buddy in 2019 January is National Mentoring Month, and the Buddy Program is currently seeking new Big Buddies to serve as mentors to local kids. The Aspen-based nonprofit invites the community to attend its Mentor & Mingle event on January 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Marble Bar Aspen inside the Hyatt … Continued

A Different Path

In an age when traditional options for taking charge of your health can be overwhelming (and costly), many people find themselves wanting something different. It’s no surprise that alternative treatments, holistic practices, and nontraditional pain relief therapies have gained serious momentum in recent years—particularly here in the valley, where health care costs are high and locals’ desire for complete mind-body…

Winter Skincare

 What's the best way to keep winter skin moisturized?  Dr. Kreger: Harsh winter weather calls for extra protection. When skin gets dry and itchy in the winter, switch your moisturizer to an oil-based cream (as opposed to water-based lotions). These are more effective at replacing the moisture in our skin. Maintaining our natural skin oils is also important. This can…

You Can Do It

Smarter eating starts with smarter shopping, and this Colorado Mountain College Lifelong Learning class is a crash course in better navigation of the grocery aisles. Learn what label claims really mean, and how to locate the healthiest products. 

Songs of Sparkle

Jeannie Walla is one of the valley’s most cherished artistic luminaries. A local resident since 1974, when she moved to Aspen seeking a job with the now-shuttered Crystal Palace dinner theater, Walla is a musical chameleon and actress who has graced stages across the region. Perhaps you’ve seen her headlining a play, crooning big band tunes with Symphony in the…

New Year, New Home

Good credit scores are key to getting a home loan at a reasonable interest rate. Like anything that’s good, increasing a credit score requires responsibility, planning, and moderation.

Simple Joys

“I’ve been baking with my mom, Jan, since I was two years old,” Sarah Niebler recalls. “She says I would whine until she let me help her bake, and only then I was happy.”

December 2018 Around Town

Symphony in the Valley Celebrates Silver Anniversary Symphony in the Valley is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season, and the beloved local all-volunteer orchestra invites the community to attend its upcoming spring 2019 performances. These include the Symphony Swing 25th Anniversary Gala: On The Town at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood and Rifle’s Ute Theatre in February, … Continued

Cheers to the Year

The season of reflection is upon us. While glittering lights, gift-giving, and parties galore can entertain us this month, I think of December as a time for some good old-fashioned rumination. Despite its glitz, this month begs asking that pesky perennial question: What have you done this year? Meaning, what have you accomplished (or not)? … Continued

The Nice List

You won’t find another fly shop quite like Hookers anywhere else in the country. Glenwood’s newest retail addition, located just below the bridge on the west side of Grand Avenue, is a dream years in the making for its owners, the Davis family. And what a dream it is: The meticulously renovated shop brims with gorgeous old-fashioned charm, top-notch fishing…

Casting for Recovery in Redstone

In October, a group of breast cancer survivors gathered with Casting for Recovery at the Redstone Inn for a snowy weekend of fly fishing lessons along the Crystal River. To learn how to participate, volunteer, or support, visit CastingForRecovery.org/WCO or contact CFRMarlene@gmail.com. Applications for the 2019 weekend will open in January. Photography © Marlene Collins and Capture the … Continued

Glenwood Caverns Tram Farewell

On October 28, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrated the final run of its original Iron Mountain Tramway, which will be replaced with a new high-efficiency model over the winter season while the park closes temporarily. The old tram served Glenwood Caverns guests for more than 15 years. Photography by Mandy Gauldin

Room at the Inn

By now, you’ve probably heard about The Way Home, one of Carbondale’s most talked-about new restaurants. But, did you also know that the owners (Kade Gianinetti, Lacy Hughes, and Flip Wise) also extend their hospitality by offering two thoughtfully renovated hotel rooms on the restaurant’s second floor?

Thank You

 2018 was an exciting year.    Roaring Fork Lifestyle went through dramatic changes that allowed us to offer a new perspective on the interesting people, businesses, and organizations that make this valley the special place it is. I thank everyone for the love and support we have received. To our community, we must ask: What can we do to help you in…

Giving Back, Saying Thanks

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —President John F. Kennedy

A Grateful Journey

When they thought I had a third cancer, I immediately said to my partner Lewis, 'I’d better make a joy list.' It wasn't hard for me to imagine what was going to be on the top of that list, because it was something that we had been talking about for months. Our long-term future plans included Lewis retiring one day and…

Talk of the Table

    Cut a round hole at the top of the pumpkin, trimming the insides away and discarding all seeds.  Place your pre-soaked and trimmed foam into the pumpkin; it should rise about one inch above the hole. A small square of plastic wrap beneath it will help retain moisture.

November’s Riches

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to imagine the millions of intrepid home cooks across the nation hitting their kitchens, armed with family recipes, bravely roasting the turkeys and rolling the pie crusts and buttering the potatoes. More importantly, I love sitting down with my own family and friends to eat and reflect on the … Continued

Fiesta de Tamales

On October 6, English in Action held its eighth annual Fiesta de Tamales at Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel. Families enjoyed homemade tamales and pupusas, a performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico, piñatas, and more. All proceeds benefited the nonprofit's mission to help adults learn English and foster a more cohesive community. Photography by Deborah Shannan.

November 2018 Around Town

Sopris 100 Who Care Fundraiser In late September, the Carbondale-based women’s giving circle Sopris 100 Who Care hosted its third fundraising event at Pan & Fork. The group, formed earlier in 2018, raised $9,200 for the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools. Upcoming fundraisers will be held quarterly and new members are welcome; during each meeting, … Continued

New Life for Leftovers

Even better than Thanksgiving dinner itself, many agree, are the leftovers. What’s more fun than raiding the fridge for a cold slice of pumpkin pie the morning after, or piling turkey, mayo, and fixings between slices of crusty bread for the best sandwich of the year? Leftovers help extend the feasting through Thanksgiving weekend and beyond.

Counting Our Blessings

This month, hundreds of folks in El Jebel and Blue Lake will gather to give thanks for food, company, and the roofs over their heads. Documentary filmmaker Barry Stevenson will be among them.