Family Hoedown

The fifth annual Family Hoedown, benefitting the Aspen and Carbondale Community Schools, was held in February at Cozy Point Ranch in Snowmass Village. More than 700 attendees of all ages enjoyed live music, square dancing, roping, pony and mechanical bull rides, food, and more. Photography by Stephanie Rae Photography

April 2018 Around Town

Registration for all children ready to enter kindergarten in the Roaring Fork Schools starting August 2018 may register from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6. Children must be five years old on or before October 1 to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year. To register, parents should go to the school they plan to enroll their student in with…

Big, Green Ideas

What’s your favorite sign of spring? I can never decide between the blossoming old fruit trees across the valley, the robins that march around looking for worms in my neighborhood, or the evanescent yellow of local dandelion fields that appear and disappear in a matter of days. Too many choices.

Flower Power

No one expected their flowers to come from local soil—until now. With roots in landscape architecture, the untamed diversity of the Roaring Fork Valley landscape, and blooms from their own high country floral farm, the designers behind Mountain West Floral Company (MWFC) create botanical experiences steeped, they say, in the valley’s floral terroir.

Fabulous Florals

Pops and splashes of botanical color are nature's way of announcing the arrival of springtime. Rise to the occasion of the season with garden gear that does the same! Mix and match vibrant floral boots, gloves, hats, aprons, and other accessories for a fun and functional look. Check local garden shops across the valley first, or order fashionable finds like…

All About Green

The two hard-hatted green dinosaurs flanking the walk of the new ReStore are apt greeters. Like dinos, the new store is gargantuan, scaled in keeping with the outsized mission of Habitat for Humanity. But Habitat’s new store also harbors a secret that locals might not expect: small prices.

Taste of the Season

Mark Hardin believes that our food should not have to travel around the world to get to our plates. So, he founded catering service Field 2 Fork Kitchen to help connect locals with foods grown in our own valley by people we actually know. Here, Hardin offers two delicious spring recipes made with some of his favorite regional products.

Is Pain Limiting Your Mountain Activities?

The most common cause of muscle, nerve, and joint pain is overuse. Skiing, hiking, biking, exercise, and time at work add up. Your body can only handle so much. Gradually, your muscles build up adhesion. Adhesion acts like glue—limiting your flexibility and strength. Limited flexibility caused by adhesion is the most common and most under-diagnosed problem in the body, but…

Where the Road Ends

Everyone dreams of having a little slice of the valley to call their own. If that slice includes incredible mountain views like the ones this home has to offer, all the better.

A Place in the Sun

Not so long ago, solar energy seemed out of reach for the average consumer. Although many had the desire to adopt a green energy solution and take control of their electricity bills, the upfront cost of a solar setup was often unaffordable. Fortunately, things have changed in recent years.

A Labor of Love

I remember the first night in our house quite well. Wall-to-wall boxes were stacked high enough to cover the windows, furniture was shoved in corners, bags of clothes were tossed at the foot of the stairs. The empty pizza boxes on the kitchen counter reminded my husband and me that the friends who had helped us conquer moving day were…

Our Home Is Our Sanctuary


Roaring Fork Lifestyle strives to entertain you with local content. However, we also hope to inspire you by providing creative thoughts for your homes’ interiors, exteriors, and gardens.

March 2018 Around Town

Symphony in the Valley presents two St. Patrick's Day-themed galas at 7 p.m. on March 16 at the Ute Theater in Rifle and March 17 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center in Glenwood. The non-profit symphony, composed of 40 volunteer musicians hailing from across the region, will perform well-known tunes and be accompanied by several vocalists including Michael Schoepe, Warren Lucio, Stephanie…

A Home with Heart(h)

“We wouldn’t be here without our families and friends,” insists John Patrick. Here is up Four Mile Road in Glenwood Springs and is the second home that John and his wife, Jill (Randall) Patrick have built together. A transplant from Oklahoma, John is a builder by trade and the owner of Osage, a thriving small construction company named after the…

Iron Fly Competition

In January, the Roaring Fork Valley Fly Fishing Club and Roaring Fork Conservancy presented their third annual fly-tying competition in Basalt. Twenty youngsters from Aspen to New Castle competed in the youth division, while 14 local anglers and enthusiasts competed in the adult division. Photography by Roaring Fork Conservancy

Bunking Down in Snowmass

How do you fit big, fun-loving families into homes with limited sleeping areas? The solution, according to local designer Nancy Maison, is simple: bunk beds.

A Family Favorite

"I've been making this recipe since the early '90s," says Heather Lujan, of Heather's Savory Pies and Tapas Bar in downtown Basalt. 
"It's what my grown kids still ask for whenever they come home now."

A Life’s Work

RFL: How did you get into woodworking?
Schlein: I started creating things from an early age. I went from following around the building custodian in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY to building my own home and shop in Carbondale. I’ve had wonderful mentors along the way, receiving advice from some remarkable craftsmen. I’m motivated by the joy of problem solving and…

Shelfie

My approach to decorating a space—be it a shelf, table, or otherwise—is pretty simple. I am inspired by living things and the natural environment, so plants and organic decor play a dominant role in my vision. Pieces you choose to display should feel like they are telling a story: perhaps somewhere you have traveled, a color that speaks to you, or…

Made by Hand, with Heart

 When was the last time you created something?  Wait, that sounds a little intimidating. Let me rephrase: When was the last time you simply made something with your hands?  Chances are, it was more recent than you might give yourself credit for. Maybe it was a scratch-made meal or fresh flowers arranged in a vase, or a handwritten note to…

The “Making” of a Community

Many people think of a “maker” as someone who works with their hands: a furniture craftsman, a ceramic artist, a painter. They would not be wrong, but when I think of the word, I see our local people as the makers of the Roaring Fork Valley.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

February 2018 Around Town

Applications are now available for Mountain Fair arts vendors. To be selected you must be an artist or craftsperson exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art (not manufactured, not imported), or any community service, civic or social organization, or educational institution selling only its own works of art. Criteria for judging includes quality and uniqueness of items. For more…

#HandmadeMagic

This children's art studio in Carbondale is a must-follow account filled with colorful snaps of mini-locals who create, paint, craft, draw, and sprinkle joy.

Silver and Gold

 Mountain Elegance.  That’s how Megan DeNev Wussow, the jewelry artisan behind Carbondale-based DeNev Designs, describes the feel of her work. In a place where many locals spend their days outdoors and their nights on the town, she has nailed the aesthetic of the Roaring Fork Valley—or rather, crafted it into silver and gold.  “I want people to be able to…

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue Welcomes 2018

On New Year's Eve, the cast and crew of the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue ushered in 2018 with a bang. Theatre patrons enjoyed a sold-out performance, plenty of party favors, and a special champagne toast at midnight. Photography by Olivia Savard

Reudi Views

Joyce Occhiato had been visiting the Roaring Fork Valley since she was a child, when she vacationed in Glenwood Springs with her family. So when the Denver resident began thinking of purchasing a mountain hideaway where her family could retreat from the hustle and bustle of the front range, her memories of the valley came to mind. Soon she discovered a…

A Day in the (Creative) Life

Painter and Willits resident Jocelyn Murray thrives on the spontaneity of abstract art. "It’s an ongoing intuitive dialogue with the piece, a process with an unknown outcome," she says. "My paintings emerge from my personal experiences in design, the theatrical stage, family life, nature, and my love of spiral marks." Murray also works as the exhibitions manager at The Art…

Fresh Batch

“I’ve been dreaming up Batch since we opened up our original place,” smiles owner Aly Sanguily, marketing director and former tasting room manager for husband Chase Engel’s Roaring Fork Beer Company (RFBC). Batch is the summation of her dreams to date.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Cheers to 2018

Welcome to January. By now you’ve hopefully polished off all the leftover pie from the back of the fridge and guzzled your last mug of eggnog for at least 11 months. So long, holiday feasting—and hellooo fitness resolutions.

Try Something New This Year

The past month has brought me in closer contact with fitness gyms than I have been for the past decade. It seems like one of the requirements of working on this issue was to give me a guilt complex for the lack of effort I take in personal fitness. I will admit it: at 66, I am old (at least in…

January 2018 Around Town

The Glenwood Chamber Resort Association is seeking sponsorships for its annual gala and community awards ceremony on January 27. Sponsorships offer the opportunity to reach a target audience of over 300 local business people at the largest annual gathering of business owners and employers in the community. Sponsorships are available from $100 and offer significant marketing exposure for your business. Sponsorships at $1,000 and…

SAWliday

Carbondale's Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) hosted a holiday open house in December, when the collaborative artist space invited the community to meet its creatives and visit their studios. Photography by Rachael Gillespie

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 Article Paul Heisig, Exclusive Athletic Club  Imagine it’s thousands of years ago and there you are, finding what you need to survive, all without any modern comforts. When you finally get what you need—berries, bird, fish, deer—you must carry it all in order to keep yourself and those around you alive.  Our environment has changed to become easier today, but…

Seared Ahi Tuna with Mango Salsa

 Serves Four  + 1½ lbs center cut sashimi-grade ahi 
 tuna, tataki cut
+ 2 tbsp sesame oil
+ Sea salt
+ Freshly ground black pepper
  1 large ripe mango, diced
+ 2 tbsp chili oil
+ Juice of one lime
+ 2 tbsp red bell pepper, small dice
+ Dash sea salt and white pepper

Hello, Goodbye: Memories and Milestones

 January 27, 2018  The Hotel Colorado  5:30-11:30 p.m.

15-Minute Workout

 Trainers Parker Condit and Jennifer Mendez  The Aspen Clinic (TAC)  1460 E. Valley Road, 
Suites 100 & 221, Basalt

Home Sweet Home

Some houses instantly feel like home, and this lovely retreat tucked into the sunny south-facing hills 
opposite Glenwood’s Red Mountain is one of them.

Confessions of a Trainer

Amy Bollock has some secrets to share. As co-owner of Carbondale’s private personal training studio High Performance Physiques, she believes in a customized approach to working with clients, treating each as an individual who has a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, health concerns, and goals. Amy recently confessed to Roaring Fork Lifestyle:

Cue the Confetti!

With the season of celebration officially upon us, Roaring Fork Lifestyle is debuting the magazine’s first Readers’ Choice issue to spotlight the valley’s best and brightest in local business. In a big city this kind of round-up might not offer much of a personal connection to readers, but here in our tight-knit community this list of local favorites is filled…

Our Readers 
Have Spoken

Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently held its first-ever Readers’ Choice “Best Of the Valley” contest. You, our readers, have responded in a big way. We had 45 categories where you could offer business nominations on RoaringForkLifestyle.com, followed by a round of voting to determine winners in the various fields. This was a two-stage process that occurred during the months of August and September…

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

Taste of Basalt

The mid-valley's tastiest social event of the year was held at the Roaring Fork Club on November 4, when the Basalt Education Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser to benefit the Basalt public schools. Guests sampled food and drinks from a variety of top local restaurants. Photography by Jeremy Swanson.

UpRoot Gleaning Days

In November, local nonprofit UpRoot held two volunteer gleaning days at Eagle Springs Organic in Silt. Some 2,454 pounds of 
vegetables were harvested by 27 volunteers, and the food was taken to LIFT-UP for distribution to area food pantries and the 
Garfield County Senior Nutrition Program. Photography by Ciara Low.

Rotary Masquerade Ball

On Halloween weekend, the Glenwood Springs Noon Rotary Club hosted its third annual Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Colorado, with 
proceeds benefitting the club's scholarships, grants, and community projects. Masked revelers enjoyed silent and live auctions, food, dancing, and music from Symphony in the Valley. Photography by Carl Wright.

December 2017 Around Town

New Castle's Coal Ridge High School (CRHS) invites local professionals and business owners to join the school's new internship/work-study program to help provide students with real-world skills and experience. The program allows students with paid jobs and/or unpaid internships to prepare for the world of work while earning high school elective credit. Students are permitted to take advantage of flexible…

Best of the Valley: Food

 Fatbelly  220 Main Street, Carbondale  970.963.1569

December 2017 Our Contributors

Roaring Fork Lifestyle extends sincere thanks to the valley writers who have generously contributed their time and talents in the name of telling great local stories this year. Below are some of the magazine's frequent contributors of 2017. We are always seeking new voices in the community; if you are interested in writing for the magazine, contact editor Caitlin Causey at…

Best of the Valley: Health and Services (Continued)

 Balcomb & Green  818 Colorado Avenue, Glenwood Springs  970.945.6546