Connect and Grow

 Article Alexander Williard  Since 1976, YouthZone has educated tens of thousands of local teens and their family members, empowering them to continue making healthier choices. We understand that growing up comes with its challenges. We also believe that everyone, especially our community's youth, deserves an opportunity for structured forgiveness, along with a chance to learn from their mistakes. By guiding teens…

Happy Tails

 Article Tracey Yajko | Photography Keira Leigh Photography  Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) has helped thousands of local pets find new homes since the facility in Glenwood Springs opened its doors in 2000. Tracey Yajko, the shelter's lead canine behavior specialist and community outreach coordinator, sat down with some recent adopters to chat about the many reasons why they love their rescue pets! To learn…

Rising Voices

 Article Nicolette Toussaint | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Kit Mitchell  Erica Massender was recently asked to read her poetry to an international crowd at the Aspen Ideas Festival—a huge step for the once-shy girl who for years practiced, as she says, “keeping her lip buttoned.”  Massender, a 2018 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School who has risen to the challenge of…

Sweet Reads

 Article Caitlin Causey  Good books feed tender hearts. When it comes to the bond between kids and pets, things can get complicated—especially when the furry (or fishy, or feathery) friend must leave. With both humor and sensitivity, some of the best recent children's releases delve into the topic of what it means to have a great friend, and then lose them.…

Keepers of the Earth

 Article Suzanne W. Kirch | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Kit Mitchell  Good News: We crave it, we need it, and at the Farm Collaborative there is an abundance of it. Located at Cozy Point Ranch in Snowmass Village, the Farm Collaborative (formerly known as Aspen TREE) is a place where budding young agriculturalists and children of all ages can be inspired to…

The Great Escape

 Article Virginie Reynolds  1. Remember: you deserve to do the things you love. Caring for your body and mind isn't selfish; it's essential.   2. Stress reduction is crucial for overall wellbeing. Take an hour, a morning, a day, or a weekend to center yourself and forget about the daily grind. When you're more relaxed, others around you will be, too. 

Kid + Pet: The Truest, Sweetest Pairing

Stop. Flip back to the cover and look at that photo—really look at it, from top to bottom and inside out. Finished? Now continue with the following quote from “Dog Songs” by the great American poet Mary Oliver: What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Mountain Family Health Centers Begins Construction on Basalt Facility In its mission to meet the high demand for affordable, integrated health care services including medical, dental, and behavioral health for all Roaring Fork Valley residents, Mountain Family Health Centers has started construction on its new Basalt Integrated Medical Center. The center will provide nine medical exam and procedure … Continued

A Very Redstone 4th of July

The Redstone community celebrated Independence Day 2018 in style, welcoming hundreds of visitors to the town's main drag for a full roster of patriotic festivities. The fun included a parade, kids' activities, ducky derby, bike decorating party, pies, and plenty of small-town charm. Photography by Hunter Causey

80 Years of Garfield County Libraries

In July, the Garfield County Libraries celebrated eight decades of service to the community with a birthday party and ice cream social at each of their six locations from Carbondale to Parachute. Over 850 children and adults attended, enjoying delicious treats, games, and interactions with neighbors. Photography by Garfield County Libraries

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Breathing Archery

 Article Emily Hightower | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Kit Mitchell  He hadn’t held a bow before, but he’s not new to weapons. He aims through the scope with expert calm, arms taut with cool anticipation.  Thunk.

Good Day Sunshine

 Article Suzanne W. Kirch  How’s this for the perfect summer day? Start with early morning hiking, biking, or running on any of the incredible trails to be found in New Castle. Then, head upvalley for a well-earned tasty treat from the Carbondale Creamery and Café or a glass of ice-cold lemonade from a young entrepreneur’s stand. Finally, round out the fun by…

A Haven in the Heights

 Article Bridget Grey | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Kit Mitchell  Contact:  Coldwell Banker Mason Morse agents Roshni Slali at 970.379.6580 or Leslie Newbury at 970.379.6556 for more information, or visit MasonMorse.com.

Take It Outside

 Article Caitlin Causey  HOTEL COLORADO  526 Pine Street, Glenwood

An Artist’s Vision

 Article Caitlin Causey  After throwing her hat in the ring for Mountain Fair's annual poster and t-shirt design contest for years, Carbondale artist Bonnie Barker's hard work paid off in 2018. With the festival theme of "Love Pollinator" in mind, Barker created her design with art nouveau-inspired florals, elegant femininity, and of course, the mighty honeybee. Of her passion for art Barker says, "Since I can…

Colorado Rocky Mountain School Graduation 2018

Carbondale's Colorado Rocky Mountain School graduated 47 seniors during a commencement ceremony held the morning of Saturday, June 2. Many of the seniors hail from Roaring Fork Valley towns. Graduates plan to continue their educations at New York University, CU Boulder, Columbia, and Sarah Lawrence College, among other prestigious schools. Photography by Renee Ramge

Staying for the Summer

“Come for the winter, stay for the summer.” We’ve all heard that little gem a thousand times over, right? It’s a common refrain uttered on valley patios, picnic blankets, and river rafts throughout the season, but its ubiquity doesn’t make it any less true. For the many—many—transplants laying down roots here, the saying frames a Western … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Carbondale Chamber Director Recognized The Colorado Chambers of Commerce Executives (CCCE) convened for their annual conference and awards celebration April 29 through May 2 at the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort in Colorado Springs. During the awards celebration, Colorado Chamber leaders were recognized by their peers for best practices, noteworthy projects, and achievements made during … Continued

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Drink Up

 Article Tara Deemie | Photography Stephanie Keister  I wanted to bring a bright summer cocktail menu to Ironbridge, and I thought it was important to include my rockstar staff with their creative vision to bring some good stuff to the table. Man, did they deliver. The creation of this recipe was truly a group effort. Our signature summer cocktail is fruity, refreshing,…

Compassionate Care

 Article Bridget Grey | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Michael Hefferon  Jim Hickson loved to stay busy. He had called the Roaring Fork Valley home since moving here from Virginia with his wife Mildred in 2002, after almost four decades working as a chemical engineer with DuPont. Jim was intent on enjoying all that the mountains have to offer, and he never…

Full Body Fitness

 Article Steve Reynolds | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Cody Isaman  Short on time? Don't skip your workout or rush through some iteration of a workout you think is 'better than nothing.' Any exercise is actually better than nothing, but that doesn't mean you should settle for a mediocre or ineffective routine just because you're busy. I created this 10-minute, full body…

Hangouts and Hot Spots

 Article Bridget Grey | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Michael Hefferon  Guys need guy time, just as girls need girl time. It's a fact. Fortunately, the valley is home to a plethora of spots perfect for unwinding with buddies post-work or after a day of adventuring in the mountains. Whether the group is looking for something traditional or trendy, all of our…

Date Night Done Right

 Article Caitlin Causey  Gentlemen, we know you want to treat your special lady to a night out. Whatever she loves to do, the valley has a fabulous offering to match her interests this month.  GREAT BEER: Wild West Fermentation Fest

Let’s Hear It for the Dads

I have a new appreciation for dads this year. After all, I’ve recently had the privilege of watching my own husband become one after our daughter was born last summer. Parenthood was still an abstraction for both of us before she arrived, but even more so for my husband. I, at least, had the nine-month … Continued

Made in Colorado

 Article Tom Trowbridge, Roaring Fork Anglers  Colorado is home to multiple premier specialty fly fishing product companies: Scott Fly Rods, Ross Reels, Abel Reels, and Whiting Farms. These companies are recognized in fly fishing circles the world over as some of the finest in our sport. A few of our favorites, shown here, are available at Roaring Fork Anglers in…

June 2018 Around Town

Registration Open for Valley Cruisers Car Club Show Registration is now open for the Glenwood Springs Car Show weekend July 27-28, presented by Vicco’s Charcoal Burger Drive-In and Valley Cruisers Car Club. $20 for the first vehicle, $10 for the second, and free for the third. Save the date for the free kick-off BBQ on … Continued

TRTC Derby Day Gala

On May 5, Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) hosted its 2018 Derby Day Gala at The Orchard in Carbondale. Festivities included mint juleps from Marble Distilling Co., silent auction, derby-inspired hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Chef Jimmy Nadell, live paddle raise benefiting TRTC’s programs with a matching gift from Integrated Mountain Group, and more. Photography … Continued

What’s the Big Idea?

 Article Caitlin Causey | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Cody Isaman  Troy Casey  Few Centennial State brews have gained the international recognition or fervent cult following of those produced by Casey Brewing and Blending. Owner Troy Casey has put Glenwood Springs on the beer map by aging his product exclusively in oak wine barrels (a rare old-world method) and utilizing fresh Colorado…

Leading Ladies

 Article Caitlin Causey | Photography Cody Isaman & Kit Mitchell  The Olympian  Alice McKennis

Let’s Go!

 Article Bridget Grey | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Cody Isaman  Ah, the Crystal River Valley: close enough for a last-minute getaway, yet far enough for real adventure and relaxation. For years, the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway (aka Highway 133) has led locals into the high-country wonderland south of Carbondale and beckoned us to stay awhile. The month of May ushers…

Of Art and Architecture

 Article Olivia Emery | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Kit Mitchell  Let’s be honest: No architect likes HOA design guidelines. However, when my friend and client Marcia Weese bought a lot in a Carbondale sub-division, I knew that her aesthetic as an artist and designer meant that we would still have some fun working on it together.  

Got Child Care?

 Article Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar  Securing child care in the valley can be daunting. Where to start? The thought of leaving your little one at the mercy of strangers—during one of the most critical stages of his or her development—can feel overwhelming.  

Mother’s Day Roses

 Article Lynn Dwyer  Roses grow wild in Colorado and are well adapted to our soil and weather. Although the wild rose can be extremely invasive and is not recommended for the home gardener, cultivars grow very well here and many bloom throughout the summer. Tree roses, climbers, hardy shrubs, hybrid teas: Many of these beautiful roses are grafted onto hardy…

Extraordinary Women

What does it mean to be a woman in 2018? It’s a question that can feel like a trick, because it’s one that has multiple, often contradictory answers.   Although it’s up to each individual woman to determine her own personal truth, I believe that there are significant commonalities binding us together, even if we … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Colorado Creative Corridor Launches The Colorado Creative Corridor offers visitors to the state an invitation to pair destinations through unique arts and cultural experiences. The Corridor takes visitors some 331 miles through five Creative District destinations, traveling through several different regions that tell the story of Colorado mountain culture. The rich arts communities of Carbondale, … Continued

A Class & A Glass: Mother’s Day Edition

The Carbondale Clay Center recently teamed up with Marble Distilling Co. to offer an opportunity for locals to create giftable hand-painted ceramics for Mother’s Day. Photography by Petr Wiese

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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


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