My Artsy Valentine

Got Valentine's Day plans? Don't even think about another movie night on the couch! Skip the boring old Netflix and instead follow Cupid's arrow to one of the plentiful mid-February events featuring the creative talents of Roaring Fork Valley musicians, teaching artists, actors, and more. Because nothings says 'romance' like a good, old-fashioned night on the town—and when it involves our local…

Art and the Irresistible Urge

I think Einstein was onto something when he said, “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” As someone who was raised in the rural south without much access to art education at an early age, this speaks to me. We had no art centers in town, but my school district … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Valley Visual Art Show Continues In February The 39th annual Valley Visual Art Show, presented by Carbondale Arts, remains open for public viewing through February 22 at the R2 Gallery inside The Launchpad (76 S. 4th Street). Featuring 50 Roaring Fork Valley artists accepted to the exhibit on a first-come, first-served basis, the show has become a … Continued

Sunlight Skier Appreciation Day and United Way Benefit

On January 11, Sunlight Mountain Resort hosted its 34th annual Skier Appreciation event. The '80s-themed bash featured games, retro music, a costume contest, and other festivities. About 1,200 skiers and guests attended. All proceeds of some $25,000 from the day of totally rad partying benefited the local United Way Battlement to the Bells. Photography by Michael Faas and Robin Waters.

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…

Mountain Family Basalt Integrated Health Center Debut

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) celebrated the grand opening of its new Basalt clinic at 123 Emma Road on January 7. With medical, dental, and behavioral health services under one roof, the center will allow MFHC to significantly increase the number of patients receiving care in the Roaring Fork Valley, from 2,200 to 3,700. Photography by … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

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. 

Winter Wellness

‘Self-care’ has officially positioned itself as a major player in the zeitgeist. Wellness industries across the U.S. are booming, and it seems that everywhere we turn—or tap, if scrolling social media—the experts are telling us that we should be finding ways to do more for ourselves. The cultural climate that spurred the self-care revolution is … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Become A Big Buddy in 2019 January is National Mentoring Month, and the Buddy Program is currently seeking new Big Buddies to serve as mentors to local kids. The Aspen-based nonprofit invites the community to attend its Mentor & Mingle event on January 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Marble Bar Aspen inside the Hyatt … Continued

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. 

New Year, New Home

Good credit scores are key to getting a home loan at a reasonable interest rate. Like anything that’s good, increasing a credit score requires responsibility, planning, and moderation.

Songs of Sparkle

Jeannie Walla is one of the valley’s most cherished artistic luminaries. A local resident since 1974, when she moved to Aspen seeking a job with the now-shuttered Crystal Palace dinner theater, Walla is a musical chameleon and actress who has graced stages across the region. Perhaps you’ve seen her headlining a play, crooning big band tunes with Symphony in the…

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…

Cheers to the Year

The season of reflection is upon us. While glittering lights, gift-giving, and parties galore can entertain us this month, I think of December as a time for some good old-fashioned rumination. Despite its glitz, this month begs asking that pesky perennial question: What have you done this year? Meaning, what have you accomplished (or not)? … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Symphony in the Valley Celebrates Silver Anniversary Symphony in the Valley is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season, and the beloved local all-volunteer orchestra invites the community to attend its upcoming spring 2019 performances. These include the Symphony Swing 25th Anniversary Gala: On The Town at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood and Rifle’s Ute Theatre in February, … Continued

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?

Casting for Recovery in Redstone

In October, a group of breast cancer survivors gathered with Casting for Recovery at the Redstone Inn for a snowy weekend of fly fishing lessons along the Crystal River. To learn how to participate, volunteer, or support, visit CastingForRecovery.org/WCO or contact CFRMarlene@gmail.com. Applications for the 2019 weekend will open in January. Photography © Marlene Collins and Capture the … Continued

Glenwood Caverns Tram Farewell

On October 28, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrated the final run of its original Iron Mountain Tramway, which will be replaced with a new high-efficiency model over the winter season while the park closes temporarily. The old tram served Glenwood Caverns guests for more than 15 years. Photography by Mandy Gauldin

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…

Giving Back, Saying Thanks

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —President John F. Kennedy

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…

Talk of the Table

    Cut a round hole at the top of the pumpkin, trimming the insides away and discarding all seeds.  Place your pre-soaked and trimmed foam into the pumpkin; it should rise about one inch above the hole. A small square of plastic wrap beneath it will help retain moisture.

November’s Riches

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to imagine the millions of intrepid home cooks across the nation hitting their kitchens, armed with family recipes, bravely roasting the turkeys and rolling the pie crusts and buttering the potatoes. More importantly, I love sitting down with my own family and friends to eat and reflect on the … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Sopris 100 Who Care Fundraiser In late September, the Carbondale-based women’s giving circle Sopris 100 Who Care hosted its third fundraising event at Pan & Fork. The group, formed earlier in 2018, raised $9,200 for the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools. Upcoming fundraisers will be held quarterly and new members are welcome; during each meeting, … Continued

Fiesta de Tamales

On October 6, English in Action held its eighth annual Fiesta de Tamales at Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel. Families enjoyed homemade tamales and pupusas, a performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico, piñatas, and more. All proceeds benefited the nonprofit's mission to help adults learn English and foster a more cohesive community. Photography by Deborah Shannan.

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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 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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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