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…

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. 

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…

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. 

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.”

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…

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…

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…

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.

Ready, Set, Christmas

This year Thanksgiving occurs as early in the month as it’ll ever be, which means that Christmas enthusiasts have maximum time to celebrate the season in late November. Those locals whose favorite post-Thanksgiving tradition involves the rush of picking out a Christmas tree or purchasing early gifts the weekend after Turkey Day are in luck; El Jebel's Eagle Crest Nursery is…

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…

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 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…

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…

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

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…

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. 

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

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

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

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…