Craveable Colorado

Buy local, eat and drink local, support local. In Colorado, the locavore movement has been in full swing for years and isn't showing signs of slowing any time soon. In fact, it's bigger and more powerful than ever: According to a recent study by the Boulder-based Brewers Association, Colorado's craft beer industry alone is now a $3 billion industry, making our per-capita economic impact…

Off the Spit at Roosters

The restaurateur and I are sitting across from each other in the secondary dining room, a space at the front of the restaurant which features an elegant floor-to-ceiling shelf. Decorated with vintage containers that you’d find in any farmhouse kitchen, it contrasts nicely with the contemporary design of Roosters’ interior. The open floor plan, featuring industrial-style lighting, exposed brick walls, and rustic…

For the Love of Dining

Gathering, preparing, and sharing food brings us together, like primal ancestors to fire. Shimmering succulence, heady aromas, beguiling textures: Mouthing a delicious morsel often gives rise to shared smiles, sighs, or an eyes-shut collective moan. The pleasure and power of food in stirring our emotions is undeniable. With lives driven by culinary passion, three area chefs share what makes food so…

October 2018 Around Town

Day of the Dead Week in Basalt October 29 through November 2, the Basalt Regional Library hosts a week of festivities in celebration of the Day of the Dead. Daily family-friendly activities and events inspired by the traditions of Mexico are free and open to the public. First up is an October 29 screening of … Continued

Bon Appétit

Food: We love it so. But why? Surely it’s not about survival alone—or even taste. (Although taste is pretty high up there on the list of explanations!) The more complex reason why we love to eat is because food connects us: to others, to the earth, or to a time and place. As the late chef and … Continued

El Jebel Volunteer Playground Build

Valley Settlement recently helped create a new space for children in El Jebel when the Carbondale-based nonprofit hosted some 173 volunteers for a playground build. The play equipment, picnic tables, benches, planters, shade structures, and more went up in just six hours. Project partners included KaBOOM!, The Colorado Health Foundation, Crawford Properties, and Eagle County. Photography by … Continued

U-Pick Paradise

If you’re not familiar with the autumn awesomeness that is “The Pumpkinator,” head to New Castle Gardens and find out. The pumpkin-launching slingshot is just one of many kid-approved activities offered daily during the full service nursery’s October harvest season. Families can also play putt-putt golf or cornhole, embark on a hayride adventure, hit the giant slide, and peruse a huge…

A Red Hill Picnic with Wilderness Workshop

Each summer, Wilderness Workshop offers a series of free, guided hikes to the public. On August 26, the bilingual Red Hill Family Hike and Picnic introduced locals and visitors alike to one of Carbondale’s most celebrated recreational hotspots. Learn more about the hike series at WildernessWorkshop.org. Photography by Justin Patrick and Alicia Zeringue

A Valley Dream

As the weather cools and the days become shorter, our attention is drawn indoors. Fall and winter are the seasons of gathering—with friends, family, neighbors, and out-of-town guests who warm our homes with joy and good company. If hospitality is high on your list of priorities, this Aspen Glen dream home checks every box for even the most discerning host…

Our Family, Caring for Yours

 Article Garry Schalla | Photography Jon Kirn  Mountain Family Health Centers' roots date to 1978 in Black Hawk, Colorado, when the area’s only physician retired. Citizens formed the Gilpin County Health Clinic, later becoming Columbine Family Health Centers, with clinics in Black Hawk and Nederland. Columbine’s success was noted by towns west of the Continental Divide who saw their own medical…

Artem by O2 Aspen

 Article Caitlin Causey | Photography Brooke Casillas  Business owner, mother of twins, fitness queen, clothing designer: Brittany Van Domelen is defined by many roles. The Basalt native and owner of the popular upvalley yoga/pilates studio O2 Aspen seems to be one of the lucky locals who’s figured out how to “have it all,” balancing life’s demands like a pro while still…

Boutique Bliss

 Article Bridget Grey  Who doesn't love fall fashion? It's simply the best—especially here in the high country, where September's swinging temperatures make layering essential for comfort but also just plain fun. Longer sleeves, tailored jackets, scarves, hats, classic denim, boots, and more make fall the official season of cozy chic. This month, stock up on cool-weather treasures from a few of our favorite…

September 2018 Around Town

Hotel Colorado and Vapor Caves Celebrate 125th Anniversary Glenwood’s historic Hotel Colorado and the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves are celebrating 125 years of high-country hospitality and relaxation this month. On Saturday, September 15, the businesses are hosting a joint birthday celebration, and the public is invited to attend a day of festivities in various downtown locations. … Continued

No Fuss Required

Trucker hats. Puffy coats. Sport sandals. Duck boots. Yoga pants. Pom beanies. Plaid. More plaid. All sound familiar? Valley style just wouldn’t be valley style without ‘em. Although locals do find plenty of reasons to clean up and don dressier apparel, our everyday street style is a mash-up of athletic gear, casual comfort, and a … Continued

Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team at Outdoor Divas

In late July, 49 ladies from the Roaring Fork Women's Triathlon Team traveled to Longmont to compete in the 11th annual Outdoor Divas Sprint race. The event marked team co-founder Nancy Reinisch's 100th triathlon to date. Photography by Matt Moore

Style with Substance

 Article Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Kit Mitchell  Like many behind bars, Sarah Uhl bides her time seeking. She pursues the answers to Big Questions, finds moments of geological ecstasy, and relishes opportunities for unadulterated joy. As an artist, she documents all of these with whimsical exaltation.  Uhl works out of the historic Carbondale jail, where she’s created…

A Cut Above

 Article Caitlin Causey | Photography EstatePhotoVideo.com - Kit Mitchell  According to Lance Diehl, individuality is the name of the hair game for men in the valley. As the owner of Lance Michael Salon in Glenwood Springs he’s spent almost two years helping locals discover what styles best suit their unique tastes and features.  “Recently there’s been a shift toward individuality.…

If the Shoe Fits

 Article Bridget Grey  As a fixture of downtown Basalt since 1993, Midland Shoe has spent the past 25 years providing valley residents with comfortable, stylish footwear and expert advice on getting the perfect fit. Most valley residents readily admit that local footwear fashion errs on the side of casual, but most still want something that meets both durability needs and a…

Scenes from the Basalt Sunday Market

Local farmers, vendors, and families have enjoyed one of the valley's best local markets throughout the summer, held in downtown Basalt every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain-or-shine market continues through September 30. Photography by C2 Photography

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…

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. 

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…

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