What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

For a frosty and unforgettable evening under the stars, bundle the kiddos and venture upvalley to see the free annual community Torchlight Parade and fireworks show in Snowmass Village. At 6 p.m., a massive procession of red flare-wielding skiers and snowboarders will make wide turns down the mountain, illuminating the snow and night sky with a warm rosy glow. Your…

12 Artists of Christmas

Forget the big scary online retailer that rhymes with Schmamazon. Are you truly looking for the perfect gift? Follow the glow of Rudolph’s nose to The Launchpad, where Carbondale Arts is once again hosting its annual Deck the Walls Artisan Market inside the R2 Gallery this month. Unique, high quality treasures abound in this tastefully curated assortment of goods made entirely…

A Holiday Tradition

For 23 Decembers, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” has delivered its special Christmas magic to valley audiences of all ages. But for the young local dance students who have themselves performed among the toys and snowflakes over the years, the ballet is more than a fleeting holiday reverie—it’s a tradition. Perhaps even more importantly, it’s an introduction…

Foundation of Success

Integrated Mountain Group has quickly become one of the valley’s most visible and successful real estate companies. But what have the years since its 2016 founding looked like from the inside? Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently caught up with founder Scott Key to find out.

Gratitude in Giving

Kayce Anderson never planned on being a social entrepreneur. Or an innovator. Or the founder of a nonprofit working to improve girls’ access to education in rural Kenya. In 2014, the Glenwood Springs resident was still deeply immersed in her research, happily spending a third of each year hitchhiking around the Ecuadorian Andes capturing insects for her lab. She’d recently…

Always More

I find myself constantly amazed and inspired by the Dalai Lama. Over the last couple of years I have read many of his books and watched countless speeches and interviews. I have done my best to incorporate many of his values and philosophies into my daily practices both personally and professionally. I work to focus my energy on kindness, intention,…

Log Cabin Cozy

What’s your idea of the perfect Colorado Thanksgiving? If it includes a roaring fire, pies and casseroles bubbling in the oven, the glint of snow atop big peaks, crisp afternoon skies, and plenty of relaxation, this Missouri Heights log home offers the stuff of holiday dreams. An impressive setting for any gathering, it takes cozy to the next level.

An Agrarian Superstar

On weekday mornings, Matt Kennedy carves the bike path on his skateboard, shirttails flapping, Ray-Bans to the sun, with two Weimaraners in tow. After dropping his daughter off at Ross Montessori School, he skates the dogs home. Kennedy then heads to Mt. Sopris Montessori Preschool where he preps wholesome lunches for toddlers. 

Liquid Assets

If it’s Friday or Saturday evening between 5-7 p.m. in Glenwood Springs, one thing you can count on is that there’ll be a small crowd gathered at Cooper Wine & Spirits for their weekly tastings.

This Calls for a Toast

The wait is over. This fall, beer aficionados from across the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond can finally sip their favorite sours (and more) at Casey Brewing and Blending’s sleek new taproom in the heart of downtown Glenwood. After a lengthy permitting process kept the company from debuting the tasting room this summer, its doors officially opened to the public…

Sip, Sample, Savor

“Presenting a meal is a work of art,” says Judy O’Donnell. “The ingredients, the preparation of the foods, and serving it all with a wine or beer is special. What we want people to experience at this event is how food and beverages can be part of ‘the art of living.’”

If These Floors Could Talk

RFL: Tell us a bit about yourself and the Elite Hardwood team.

STEM Stars

Imagine never having seen a mountain with your own eyes before. Pretty tough for us around these parts, isn’t it? Imagine, too, excelling in the toughest classes at your high school—only to wonder if you’ll ever make it out of your hometown, let alone to college someday.

Becoming the Helpers

As many of us learned from our history classes in school, this country and this very valley were built by immigrants. The reason our towns and cities are here today can be traced back to some tenacious, hardworking people who crossed Independence Pass in search of silver and opportunity. We call them settlers. And for 140 years, each wave of…

Crossroads of Knowledge

When Sheri Scruby got involved in her children’s Accelerated Reader program at Glenwood Springs Elementary back in the late 1990s, little did she know that she was embarking on a journey that would encompass the next two decades of her life.

College is for Me!

Since I was an eaglet, I knew that college is for me. I studied, trained hard, played with my friends, ate a protein-rich diet, and went to school. So when I heard Colorado Mountain College was looking for a mascot, I was ready.

Picture This

Many local parents will recognize Katie Giglio. The Carbondale resident quickly became one of the valley's top maternity, newborn, family, and high school senior portrait photographers since starting her business, Katie J. Photography, in 2017. As a mom, small business owner, and artist, Giglio is one of those gifted locals who seems to magically find a way to juggle all the demands of everyday…

Ready for Kindergarten?

No. On May 1, 2019, the Colorado state legislature passed HB19-1262 to fund full-day kindergarten. 

The Art of Scholarship

“I’ve been interested in the arts for as long as I can remember,” says Anika Chapman, an art-school bound Roaring Fork High School grad. “It is very important for me to represent a facet of myself in each piece of art I create...I am excited to pursue my passion toward a fulfilling and lengthy career where I can have a…

DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Easy Living

It’s sweet, sweet summertime—and the living is easy. As brilliant high-country days and cool, refreshing nights call us outside, we’re reminded of why we love living in the Roaring Fork Valley so much. This stunning one-of-a-kind home, complete with architectural details that welcome the outdoors in, is the perfect base for enjoying every summer delight that Mother Nature has to…

Just Peachy

Ah, Palisade peaches: The Western Slope's beloved stone fruit. As these glorious orbs of summer begin to appear in local markets later this month, many of us will find ourselves devouring them fresh over the kitchen sink before they ever make it into any home recipes. If you can manage to set a few aside, whip up a pitcher of this…

Safety First

Ice: In 2004 a friend mentioned that he was a member of the Search and Rescue team, and invited me to a training meeting. I attended and met a lot of very nice people who shared some of their experiences, which piqued my interest further.  

All in the Family

Since 1976, Murray Dental Group has served patients from across the region. Here, Dr. Robert (Bob) Murray and his son Dr. John Murray, along with new partner Dr. Tim Huson, offer insight on their Glenwood Springs practice for Roaring Fork Lifestyle.

Master of His Universe

It’s no wonder Robbie Davis holds the CrossFit title “Fittest on Earth” two-times running. Growing up in Northern California, his family was super active; team sports, the outdoors, and adventure were all catalysts for a love of fitness in his younger years. Robbie’s father had a large influence, as did his older brother, three years his senior.

Choosing Local

In today's financial world, those with an interest in investing have a wealth of appealing options. From the stock market and bond market to precious metals, real estate, and everything in between, some investors in this valley look far and wide for large returns—but what if the best investment is sitting right here in our own back yard? As brokers who…

Queen of the Downriver Divas

 TITLE: Founder & Retreat Leader  COMPANY: Downriver Divas  HOME BASE: Carbondale

Leading with Love

Momenta Recovery has joined with 4Winds Farm to provide a sacred residential healing center for women. We have combined visions to provide an unmatched spiritual space for women to feel safe to begin their intensive healing process from the moment they step foot on the grounds. Both Momenta and 4Winds believe every being is in recovery from something; to us,…

Daring Women

Like so many Roaring Fork Valley transplants, Ashley Mauldin moved here without friends already living in the area. Fresh from the front range about seven years ago, she was the new mom of a six-month-old daughter, and the new owner of her private counseling practice; life was changing dramatically. Although her husband’s family was close by to provide foundational support, Mauldin still…

Sweet and Simple

Marilyn Murphy was nervous about giving a “pitch” to Sopris 100 Who Care. She had been board president for Carbondale’s nonprofit newspaper, the Sopris Sun, for only about a year and didn’t feel all that confident about leading a fundraising effort. But the paper was in a tough spot, paying overlapping wages while replacing two of three staffers and needing…

Fermentation 101

Food preservation has been a part of Carla Farrand’s life since she was a kid. Growing up in Oklahoma with a mom who loved to can and a grandmother who made sauerkraut the old-fashioned way, Farrand picked up their skills nearly by osmosis. She recalls carefully observing her grandma work year after year with the abundant vegetables her grandfather grew…

Growing Together

Visit the Glenwood Community Garden this month, and you’ll find many a local green thumb already at work preparing plots for the upcoming growing season.

In Service of the Land

 ‘Follow the Life,’ we say.  Follow the question, the uncarved path, the sustaining hearth, the life-force, the equilibrium, and the others who are also on the quest.  This following led me to set a spiritual home for the work of The Guest House in the Roaring Fork Valley at the foot of Sopris, the Mother Mountain. I had met more…

Setting the Stage

Staging a home to sell doesn't necessarily require new furniture pieces or a steep investment in decor. Usually, a few simple fixes that utilize what's readily available in your home are enough to pay off ten-fold; you just have to know how to use them to your advantage. 

First Impressions

All items may be found through Designer Door Hardware at 7800 Hwy 82, Suite 202, in Glenwood Springs. Pricing available upon request; call 970.947.9900.

Have Blankets, Will Travel

Negative 40. Such was the sub-zero temperature when Betina Infante and her family arrived in Ulaanbaatar, the notoriously frigid capital city of Mongolia, during the dead of winter in 2007—straight from living in balmy Indonesia, no less.

Less is More

“Hideout”....from what? At the recently-founded Hideout Tiny Home Community off Midland Avenue in south Glenwood, it could mean hiding out from: clutter, huge mortgages, and hours maintaining a regular stick-built home. It was the allure of leaving all this behind him that led Beau Haines to downsize from a large home to a tiny one back in 2004, when living…

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…