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…

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…

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

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…

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

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

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.  

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…

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


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.

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…

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.

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…

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

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

#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.

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…

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

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…

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.

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…

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. 

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