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

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

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…