Denver for a Day: Hot Spots to Explore

Denver, Colorado is a wonderful place. Despite living in Colorado, the capital city was a bit of a mystery to me. I grew up taking weekend trips to Denver (about a 4 hour drive from my hometown), but I didn't really get to know the area until I went to college. Then, it all changed.…

Find your peace at Avalanche Ranch

What do you get when you mix rugged mountains, quiet seclusion, eclectic lodging, family-owned charm, and tranquil hot spring pools? A stunning getaway at Avalanche Ranch. Avalanche Ranch is located near Redstone, Colorado, and is summed up perfectly as a picturesque vision of what the Rocky Mountains are, can be, and should be. The quiet…

Back to Nature at the Denver Botanic Gardens

There's something familiar about the wild. In Gunnison, where I grew up, there are more fields than parking lots. Cows outnumber people, grazing along highways and wandering through mountain roads. You can get lost in the stars almost every night, if you remember to look up. When I moved to the city for college, I…

Hanging Lake, a local natural wonder

Nearby our home, there is a high-alpine travertine lake with crystal-clear waters. A grandiose waterfall plummets as the source, and a log sits, suspended, from the shore. Maybe you've heard of it? Hanging Lake is a world-famous attraction, known as a geological wonder and top contender for bucket list musts. It's both gorgeous and amazing, and…

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10 Things to Pack for a Fall Camping Trip

In Colorado, the weather is unpredictable. It's just as likely to snow on the same day that starts out 65 degrees and sunny. You know this, I know this, we all know this. For some reason, though, my husband and I decided to try our luck at camping, during Colorado's more vulnerable and unpredictable seasons:…

Weekender Photo Spree: Local Fall Colors

I live for fall colors. While autumn often comes with its own set of baggage and emotions, it also brings a full force of beauty. Colorado's high-altitude leaves never disappoint. My husband and I have made it our mission to experience as much fall color as possible; this season is short-lived in the mountains. They…

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Hot Springs Series: Old Town Hot Springs Brings the Fun

Water has a way of bringing us together. My husband put it simply last weekend, when we spied children donning swimsuits and floaties and contagious smiles. "Man," I said, "kids really love the water." "We all do," he replied. "You can do things in the water that you can't anywhere else. It's like living a…

Brewery Hoppers: Barrels & Bottles

I'm a gal that appreciates brews. I didn't think I'd ever love beer—with a gluten sensitivity and a strictly-sweet pallet, it seemed like my fate was tied to vodka drinks and a cider here and there. My home-brewing husband was worried that I'd never find something he could make. However, I lucked out the day…