Travel Boulder Summer - Fall 2024

Page 1


Coolest Things to Do in Colorado


Frasca's 20th Anniversary


Stephanie Waddell


Destinations to Explore


Explore With Your Pup

Rings by Adel Chefridi
28th Street and Pearl, Boulder Download the Hazel’s app If You Haven’t Been To Hazel’s, You Haven’t Been To Boulder
4 SUMMER-FALL 2024 BELTS BOOTS BUCKLES JACKETS ACCESSORIES 1505 PEARL ST. BOULDER, COLORADO 720 667 4846 JOHNALLEN WOODWARD.COM HIGH ST YLE WESTERN 5 f ä n a s a r c h i t e c t u r e s p a c e / o p p o r t u n i t y 303.444.5380 architecture planning interiors

Alix of Bohemia

Alexandra Golovanoff Anemos

Another Tomorrow

Apiece Apart

Arch The ASKK NY

Avant Toi

Begg x Co

Blazé Milano

Bottega Veneta

Calleen Cordero Celine Chloé

Ciao Lucia

COG the Big Smoke

Doffer Boys

Dries van Noten Dusan

Emporio Sirenuse


Extreme Cashmere

Faliero Sarti

Flore Flore forte_forte


Gabriela Artigas

Gabriela Hearst La Collection


Laurence Dacade

Lauren Rubinski Lemaire LESET Loewe

Loulou Studio

Margery Hirschey

Maria McManus

Marie-Hélène de Taillac Marni Mother Nili Lotan

Officine Creative Peter Cohen Rabanne

Talisman Fine Jewelry

The Elder Statesman

The Row


Totême TWP



Ulla Johnson

Victoria Beckham

Wren Fine Jewelry

Zero Maria Cornejo

Zeus and Dione 6397

Helmut Lang High Sport Jaga Kallmeyer
Raquel Allegra REV Rick Owens R13 SIR.

Welcome to Lodestar Ranch, a five bedroom, seven bathroom, retreat sitting on 54.84 acres in South Boulder; a perfect opportunity to escape to nature full time without sacrificing city conveniences.

With its organic architectural style and breathtaking vistas of the Rockies, this home blends with the natural surroundings, creating a harmonious connection between the residence and the native wildlife and landscape Colorado has to offer. At Lodestar Ranch, you can rise with the sun and watch it track across the horizon as its light shines through the house from every corner, giving panoramic views which include Longs Peak and the Indian Peaks of the Continental Divide, as well as the surrounding wilderness areas, Boulder foothills and Eldorado Canyon. 7
P: 303.517.4147 E: W: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. Neither listing broker(s) nor Kentwood Real Estate shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints and shall be held totally harmless. INQUIRE FOR PRICING scan to visit the website
8 SUMMER-FALL 2024 LOCATED INSIDE HOTEL BOULDERADO AT 2115 13TH ST. | BOULDER, CO dining at Hotel Boulderado 9



In the 26 years that my wife and I have lived in Boulder, we’ve been busy. We founded and sold a national media company in 2018. However, the entrepreneurial spirit still had a hold on me so, in 2017, we created and launched After experiencing all the loving and positive responses from the Boulder community, it inspired me to expand into Denver.

I am thrilled to announce the recent launch of Like, the locally written, original content will publish twice a week and will focus on food, music, shopping, business, people of interest, art, culture, outdoors adventures and things to do in Denver.

In the meantime, welcome to this issue of Travel Boulder magazine, providing you with exciting new adventures and experiences, starting off with the summer bucket list of the coolest things to do this summer. Want to plan a trip? We also share some inspirational summer vacation destinations that are guaranteed to pique your interest.

We spoke with Stephanie Waddell, founder of Istoria Interior Design, a Boulder-based interior design company. She explains how her artistic past influences her creativity in exploring how a space can tell a story. We also dive into the history of Studio Arts, a community-focused art program with the mission to bring out the creativity in everyone. Sometimes, that experience can be life-changing.

Frasca is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has raised the bar for Boulder's fine dining scene over the last two decades. Embraced by the community, Frasca has become an institution in the restaurant industry.

It’s no secret that Boulder has become the hub for outdoor gear stores. Visit the finest gear stores in town and fill your closet for the season. You might need some new hiking boots for our next piece, which explores Colorado hikes with a little something extra—like waterfalls and natural stone arches. Get out and explore the beauty of Colorado.

Curious about pickleball, the sport that’s sweeping the nation? We’ve got some suggestions for where to play—and how to improve your skills.

The founders of Acreage, who are a couple of Michiganders like myself, bring it all together at their beautiful property in Lafayette with hard cider, wood-fired bites and can’t-miss sunset views. A great place to spend the evening.

Your dog deserves a vacation, too! So enjoy Travel Boulder’s doggie-friendly destinations in Colorado.

I appreciate all the time you spend with Travel Boulder magazine.






















On the cover: Photo courtesy of Frasca Food and Wine

Copyright 2024 by Go Visit Media Co. & Travel Boulder .

All rights reserved. Any reproduction of the material in this magazine or Travel Boulder website is strictly prohibited without publisher’s permission, including original editorial, graphics, design, photography, advertising and sponsored content. and Travel Boulder magazine are published by Go Visit Media Co., 2535 Meadow Ave, Boulder CO 80304 | Phone: 720-708-6803


Sales: boulder

10 SUMMER-FALL 2024 11
TOP: Courtesy of Aman; BOTTOM: Courtesy of Frasca Food and Wine

13 residences // 4 beds // 4 baths // 3,000 sqft // private yards // elevators

discover more // +

lynn ryan // milehimodern // 303 489 0309 // rich gribbon // RE/MAX of boulder // 303 931 6979 // 13 sanitas view — newlands
@MileHiModern All Rights Reserved
MileHiModern® is a licensed trademark An Equal Opportunity Company | Equal Housing Opportunity EHO

7 of The Coolest Things You Can Do in Colorado This Summer

Come late August, you’re probably going to be asked: "So, did you do anything fun this summer?”

Of course, Colorado has no shortage of attractions vying for a spot on that end-of-summer recap: A show at Red Rocks, a wild ride down Boulder Creek in an innertube or a night out to the ball game to watch the Rockies play.

But if you’re looking for something unique—an outing that veers from the usual script—here are some ideas to put on your summer itinerary. 15 P hoto courtesy of Museum of Illusions

Spend an Evening At Lakeside Amusement Park

Sure, there are shiny new coasters at amusement parks across the state, like the eight-seater Defiance at Glenwood Caverns or the reimagined Twister III wooden rollercoaster at Elitch Gardens. But, a visit to Lakeside Amusement Park is like cracking open a mid-century time capsule and, at night, this amusement park from yesteryear basks in the glow of neon signs and flickering marquee bulbs. The nostalgic landscape alone is worth the $5 entrance fee. Should you want to get jostled around on the Wild Chipmunk (amusement park fanatics travel for these types of “mouse track coasters”) or zoom up and down the tracks of a wooden roller coaster, ride tickets feel like they’re from another decade, too: Most attractions cost between 50 cents and $3.

Check out the Museum of Illusions

Your friends might start thinking you’re a superhero after you post photos of yourself from the Museum of Illusions. The private museum in Denver features 80 visual and educational exhibits that play tricks on the mind and dupe the camera. While you’ll learn the science behind the illusions, your gravity-defying photos scaling a brick wall or hanging upside down inside a light rail lookalike will leave others guessing. It takes most people about an hour to get through the 6,200 square-foot, self-guided museum.

Hike in Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Striped like Neapolitan ice cream, Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of the most color-rich hikes you can do in Colorful Colorado. The 750-acre park is located in Calhan, which is in the northeastern pocket of El Paso County, and it comes as a surprise since it’s surrounded by more monochromatic prairie lands.

The rich colors—bands of pinks, creams and terracottas—are the result of oxidized iron, and wind and rain helped sculpt the spires and hoodoos. Native Americans who lived in the region for more than 9,000 years collected the colored clays to pigment their paints. The park has four miles of trails for exploring, but in the summer, you can sign up for a guided hike to learn more about this unofficial world wonder, and guides will even bring out artifacts and fossils that have been found in the area. communityservices.

You couldn’t script a fairytale better than the real-life origin story of Bishop’s Castle, which is 160 feet tall and set in the San Isabel National Forest in Rye. Jim Bishop was 15 back in 1959 when he convinced his parents to invest his savings from mowing lawns and delivering newspapers into the parcel of land that’s now the site of a famous roadside attraction. The construction project began as a cottage and, over the decades, has morphed into a full-on iron and stone castle with labyrinth-like towers and a dragon head made of recycled stainless steel trays crowning the castle. It’s free to tour the castle.

Visit Bishop's Castle 17 THINGS TO DO BUCKET LIST
TOP LEFT: Photo by Brittany Anas; BOTTOM and MIDDLE LEFT: Courtesy of Museum of Illusions; ABOVE and BELOW: Courtesy of Meow Wolf

Explore Meow Wolf Convergence Station

Want to take your imagination on a vacation? Travel between dimensions at Meow Wolf Convergence Station in Denver, an artsy landscape that connects four alien worlds. Here, you can wander through the storylines and stumble upon the unexpected in these cavernous spaces —stick your head in a retro hair dryer and you might see an alien fashion show or listen to the “gremlin symphony” of instruments that play on their own and see if you pick up on any Morse codes. Convergence Station also has a trippy cocktail lounge and hosts all kinds of events. If you wanted to, you could go on a sci-fi-themed road trip, hitting up other Meow Wolf locations in Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

Take the Brewhop Trolley Around Longmont

One of the best ways to get a taste of Longmont’s booming beverage scene is by getting a ticket to board the BrewHop Trolley. Tickets for the vintage trolley are $30 and the continuous loop stops at each of the 14 venues once every hour, so you can bop between breweries, distilleries, a cidery and a wine bar. Sip a seasonal release or a classic like Dale’s Pale Ale on the patio at Oskar Blues. Enjoy a Mai Tai or other summertime cocktail with Longmont-made spirits at Abbott & Wallace Distilling. Pair a wine flight with some truffle popcorn and a build-your-own charcuterie board at Küper Wine Bar. You can tailor the trip however you like!

LEFT TOP: Courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office; ABOVE and BELOW: Courtesy of BrewHop Trolley

Hang Out in a Salt Room

Looking for a new way to relax that might come with some added health and skin benefits? Book a relaxation session in a salt cave that was built with Himalayan rock salt at in Denver. You’ll power down your cell phone, take off your shoes and feel the granular salt on the floor, and then sink into a lounger in the amber-colored room for a therapeutic halotherapy session. The wellness center also holds sound baths in the cave as well as breathwork sessions at the wellness center, and you can make a spa day out of your trip a massage afterwards. Salt has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and, while research is still limited, salt therapy has been used for centuries and across cultures to improve breathing and improve skin conditions. Standard salt sessions are $45 per person for 50 minutes.

Read More Online: 19
Mon~Sat, 10-6 • Sun 11-5 • By appointment • Online Anytime BOULDER • 303.443.2565 • 1505 PEARL STREET DENVER • 303.751.2618 • 1067 SOUTH GAYLORD THE best collection IS YOUR S view new arrivals modern ELEGANCE FEATURING Matthildur • Desigual Elliott Lauren • AG Johnny Was • Porto Daniella Lehavi Velvet • Go Silk
TOP and BOTTOM: Courtesy of VIsit Colorado Springs

Stephanie Waddell Creates Spaces That Tell a Story

Spaces where you live, eat and play matter—and their impact may be greater than you even realize. “You should love where you live,” says Stephanie Waddell, founder of Boulder-based Istoria Interior Design. “It doesn’t have to be expensive; it doesn’t have to be fancy; but space is just extremely important to well-being.”

Her design sensitivity even extends to offices and restaurants. “You can come home to your house and feel that you’re kind of in a sanctuary every day, or that when you go to the dentist that it’s relaxing, or when you go out to eat, where you choose to spend your money should be designed well,” she says.

Waddell has always followed an artistic path. After growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she studied art at Dartmouth College before moving to Chicago to work for an art gallery. Feeling restless and looking for something she could create with her hands, Waddell enrolled in sewing classes and started perusing European design

magazines that highlighted bold prints and colors. Soon, she gravitated toward designing patterned fabrics herself, launching a textile line called Agnes & Hoss to create a range of products including handbags, scarves and pillows. Waddell began to notice that interior designers were buying a lot of her pillows, and that planted the seed of her interest in changing career paths. “It was when I started thinking more about interior design, and realizing how much I loved working these materials and colors and patterns into my own home, that I sort of made the mental shift to interiors,” she says.

When she relocated with her family to Boulder in 2010, Waddell began taking classes to become an interior designer, earning an MFA in interior architecture and design, and then founding her own studio, Istoria Interior Design (3550 Frontier Ave. Ste. A2, Boulder, istoriainteriors. com). Here, Waddell shares some thoughts on designing spaces that tell a story.

TOP: Courtesy of David Lauer/Istoria Interior Design; OPPOSITE PAGE: Courtesy of Cary Jobe/Istoria Interior Design

Where does the name Istoria Interior Design come from?

It’s an Italian Renaissance art term describing a visual narrative. It’s basically the root of the word “story.” That’s kind of the way I think and design. I want you to see a narrative of a person in their spaces—their life, their travels, their family—all of that in one picture of a room.

Is there something you bring to interior design that makes your approach different from other designers?

I try to make it really personal and unique to the person, and I try to avoid trends. I do use a lot of print and color. That was what drew me to those European design magazines back when I started—this use of pattern and color instead of beige and white and neutrals. Also, just really getting to know a person.

What questions do you ask a client when you begin designing a space for them?

How do you use your space? What kind of vibe do you want to have? What are your passions? What are your hobbies? I love, love, love vintage stuff and antiques, but I do say, “How do you feel about oneof-a-kind objects?” or “How do you feel about antiques?” And I always ask people to answer the questions with their spouse, if they’re married, because people often have very different answers.

Is there a style you’re particularly known for?

I would describe it as eclectic. I can work in any style, but I’m very into layering on different styles and periods.

How do you approach color?

Because of my art background, I have a pretty good sense of how to create a composition, and how to balance color across a space. Colors are obviously challenging in interiors because they can change a lot through a day. You have to experiment with color in an interior. And there are complementary colors, opposing colors—there really is a science behind that.

What can tile add to an interior?

Beyond just the actual tile, you can really get creative with the patterns you lay them out with, or the way you combine two tiles. To me, it’s a little bit like 23 LIVING INTERIOR DESIGN
LEFT: Courtesy of Kylie Fitts/ Istoria Interior Design; TOP and BOTTOM: Courtesy of David Lauer/Istoria Interior Design

pattern--there’s almost an art or science to the way you mix patterns. You have to have a balance there.

And wallpaper?

Wallpaper has had a huge comeback in recent years. I think part of the reason why people embrace it again is that it’s started to be used more like art as opposed to covering your entire dining room in it, and so it became more accessible to people who were a little nervous about it. That’s sort of how I started using it—in powder baths, and little accents here and there, in the back of bookshelves. There are real artists that are creating these papers that are just so incredibly gorgeous.

Are there any Boulder makers or artists that you especially enjoy working with?

Two local artists that I collaborate with are Laura Anglin and Kristen Abbott. When I want to feel energized and inspired, I see a performance by The Catamounts, a local theater company that is doing absolutely groundbreaking work in immersive and innovative theater. The founder and artistic director, Amanda Berg Wilson, is a close friend and has taught me how different art forms like theater, food, design, and music can intersect with gorgeous, mind-blowing results.

TOP and BOTTOM: Courtesy of David Lauer/Istoria Interior Design
1770 13th Street, Boulder | 303-442-4993 serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & afternoon tea, seven days a week Top brands for the Colorado outdoors BOULDER’S FAVORITE EVERYTHING STORE® Proud to be locally owned & operated 2525 A R APAHOE AVENUE, UNIT D-1 BOULDE R, CO 80302 (303) 443-1822 • McGUCKIN.COM

Do you have any advice for someone who might be afraid of making a bold design move in their home?

I am a big believer that you are more likely to be bored with your choice if you play it safe. So many people tell me they are really drawn toward a green or bright blue sofa, but they’re worried they’ll get sick of it, and I think you are way more likely to get sick of it if you buy the beige sofa. Your heart is leading you to something. It’s just a matter of working it in so it feels cohesive with the rest of the space. Your home should be the one place on earth where you feel safe, and calm, or uplifted, or whatever emotions you’re going for. When you come home, it’s your space. It can be whatever you want. Just take your time to sort of curate and find what you love. Then it really speaks to you and your family, and you’ll probably have those things for a lifetime.

Read More Online:

TOP LEFT and RIGHT: Courtesy of David Lauer/Istoria Interior Design; BOTTOM RIGHT: Courtesy of Kylie Fitts/Istoria Interior Design 27


How Frasca Has Helped Elevate Boulder’s Dining Scene for 20 Years

Of course there were restaurants in Boulder before Frasca Food & Wine opened on Pearl and 18th streets in August 2004, but they weren’t Frasca. The little restaurant, opened by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, changed Boulder’s culinary landscape. It brought the duo’s fine dining pedigree—they met working at Napa’s renowned The French Laundry—to a town of less than 100,000 people. They insisted on white tablecloths, the good crystal and top-notch hospitality. The food was (and still is) crafted in the style of Friuli, Italy, a region most of us never even knew existed. And it was spectacular.

“We were very embraced by the community,” Stuckey says of opening Frasca in Boulder. “We’re a very lucky outlier that we’re able to pull this off for 20 years.”

In 2024, the beloved local eatery is celebrating its 20th anniversary. A lot has changed over the past two decades at Frasca, from the chefs (Mackinnon-Patterson turned over the cooking reigns in 2016, but not before winning a

James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest) to opening sister restaurants Pizzeria Alberico, Tavernetta and Sunday Vinyl to surviving a global pandemic and unprecedented inflation. But, remarkably, there’s a lot that hasn’t changed.

Much of the staff have been there for a decade-plus, or even close to the full 20 years, and Stuckey is still pouring vino and chatting up guests in the dining room. He says that many of the people coming through the doors each night are familiar faces, too, whether they’re from down the road, down the highway or even across the country.

“When I wrote the [Frasca] business plan, I thought it would all be Boulderites. And Boulder is a portion of our guests, but since day one, and I can’t explain it, but one-third of our guests every night and sometimes even more, we’re as much a Denver restaurant as a Boulder restaurant. We’re one-third Boulder, one-third Denver and one-third around the country,” Stuckey says of Frasca’s diners.

Clearly the formula of exceptional hospitality, perfectly

THIS PAGE: Courtesy of Frasca Food and Wine 29
Photo ourtesy of Casey Wilson

executed regional Italian dishes and a bucket list-worthy wine roster resonates with people near and far. But for the most part, restaurants like Frasca tend to only pop up in major metropolitan areas, like New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson took a chance opening a restaurant of what would become Michelin-caliber in a small-ish town 30 miles outside of a city. (They came here to be closer to Stuckey’s Golden-based father-in-law.)

The risk obviously paid off, with Frasca earning accolades like James Beard Awards, making it onto local best-of lists, being an integral part of Bon Appetit magazine naming Boulder the “Foodiest Town in America” and, most recently, that coveted Michelin star in 2023 when the guide debuted in Colorado. Of all those awards, though, surely one has to mean the most?

“I’m humbled and honored by all that, but we don’t wake up in the morning and try to collect awards,” says Stuckey. “We wake up in the morning and try to take care of guests. But as someone who moved here from San Francisco the year Michelin came to the U.S., and for 19 years watching that from afar, when Michelin came to Colorado this last year, I was so excited not for Frasca but for the state. Being one of the five restaurants that got a star, it’s far and away the most important thing not just for us, but for the state.”

Michelin coming to Colorado is a testament to how far the state’s restaurant scene has come over the past 20 years, and there’s no doubt that Frasca was an integral part of that culinary bar-raising. Over those decades, competition has become fierce, especially among the larger pool of fine dining spots. Yet Frasca—a restaurant built around an obscure region in Italy—remains top of mind for diners, both locally and beyond.

“It’s actually much harder to keep a two-decade restaurant relevant and fresh than it is to open a new one,” Stuckey says. “It’s much harder for me to get the team going and staying fresh and innovative. It’s harder for a two-decade restaurant to even get press. It’s much harder than people think. I’m so lucky for two big things: my incredible staff and the guests who’ve been with us for the journey.”

That’s what it comes down to in terms of Frasca’s staying power—the staff who create the incredible dining experience night after night, and the guests lucky enough to partake. Yes, there were plenty of great Boulder restaurants before Frasca joined the scene in 2004, but it took a Frasca to bring us the spectacular.

Read More Online:

THIS PAGE and OPPOSITE PAGE: Courtesy of Frasca Food and WIne

Summer is finally here and it’s time to hit the road. From a cruise around Iceland to a surf retreat in Costa Rica, these are our top picks for summer getaways in 2024.

Summer Getaways

Courtesy of Surf Synergy

Adventure in Jackson Hole

You already know Jackson Hole for its world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter. But this destination should also be on your radar for summer, when the Tetons come alive with colorful wildflowers and wildlife are out and about taking advantage of the season’s bounty.

Head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to hike, scale the via ferrata, mountain bike, navigate the ropes course and soak up the 360-degree views from the aerial tram. Here, you can also play disc golf, dine al fresco on The Deck, bounce around on a bungee trampoline and soar through the air while paragliding.

No matter how you choose to adventure, make Amangani your home base. This intimate, upscale hotel is perched on East Gros Ventre Butte just outside of downtown Jackson, so it’s centrally located for exploring the entire region—including Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the National Elk Refuge. And, the property itself is a stunning retreat, with Pacific redwood paneling, Oklahoma sandstone columns, floor-to-ceiling windows, tall ceilings and a large infinity pool overlooking the Snake River valley below.

The hotel also offers a wide range of summer experiences, including wildlife tours, float trips down the Snake River, photography workshops, hot air balloon rides and more. Choose between 40 spacious suites, or book one of Amangani’s three free-standing homes for even more room to spread out. After exploring all day, treat yourself to a rejuvenating

TOP LEFT: Courtesy of Aman; TOP RIGHT: Courtesy of Windstar Cruises; BOTTOM LEFT: Courtesy of Surf Synergy; BOTTOM RIGHT: Courtesy of Windstar Cruises; BOTTOM: Courtesy of Ski Portillo

spa treatment so you’ll feel refreshed and ready to do it all over again the next morning. and

Cruise Around Iceland

It’s time to start checking destinations off your bucket list—like Iceland, the ruggedly beautiful Nordic island nation situated between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Since Iceland is surrounded by water, one of the best ways to experience it is on a small ship, like Windstar’s 312-guest Star Pride.

For a comprehensive Iceland experience, book Windstar’s 7-day “Around Iceland” itinerary, which lets you circumnavigate the island in total comfort. The trip starts and ends in Reykjavik—which has daily nonstop flights from Denver—and includes stops at destinations like Surtsey Island, Seydisfjordur and Akureyri. Immerse yourself in

this otherworldly landscape while horseback riding, river rafting, hiking, ATVing, kayaking or just strolling around on a guided tour.

When you’re not out adventuring, relax in the comfort of your newly renovated suite, take a dip in the whirlpool at the ship’s bow or book a soothing treatment in the spa. And as you dine onboard the ship, you’ll get to savor the culinary creations of James Beard Foundation chefs—including Denver’s Jennifer Jasinski, who, along with other award-winning chefs, developed recipes for the cruise line.

Learn to Surf in Costa Rica

If you’ve been feeling burned out lately, take yourself on a tropical, wellness-focused getaway to Jacó, Costa Rica. Book an immersive 7-day “surf week” at Surf Synergy, which includes daily surf lessons, breathwork training, massages, nutrition, daily yoga and other offerings that are designed

to provide a transformative, holistic experience.

And you don’t need to have any previous surfing experience, either. Surf Synergy’s coaches will tailor and personalize your lessons, depending on your skill level and your goals. The resort itself is gorgeous, with six light-filled bungalows with hammocks, garden rain showers, lounge seating and lush gardens. If you’re traveling with a group, you can also book an equally stunning 11,000-square-foot villa called Casa del Cielo.

Though WiFi is available, Surf Synergy is a digital-free zone, so you won’t find any distracting TVs in your bungalow. The resort encourages guests to really unplug and disconnect, to reap the mental health benefits of being totally offline for a while. Surf Synergy is just two hours from San Jose, which has direct flights from Denver, and

the property will take care of door-to-door transfers so you don’t have to stress about logistics.

Ski the Peaks of Chile

It may be warm and sunny here in Colorado—but it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere. If you didn’t get enough skiing in this winter, extend the season by venturing to South America. For the ultimate “ski-in-summer” vacation, head to Ski Portillo, a timeless ski resort located in the Andes mountains two hours northeast of Santiago, Chile.

Ski Portillo is iconic: It was the first ski resort in South America, and the only South American resort ever to host the World Ski Championships. And this season is extra special, as it marks Ski Portillo’s 75th anniversary. To celebrate, the resort is hosting special festivities and events all season long, from wine dinners on the mountain to new stargazing experiences. Prepare to be dazzled by the views: Ski Portillo is situated on the banks of the deep-blue Lake of the Inca, which is surrounded by towering, snow-covered peaks. You won’t find crowded runs or long lift lines here because, at most, Ski Portillo hosts just 450 guests at a time. This intimate environment creates a unique social scene where you’re likely to become friends with skiers from all over the world. While day skiing is available, most people spend a full week or a four-night “mini week” here, which includes lodging, lift tickets and hotel activities. While you’re here, also enjoy Chilean wine tastings, yoga classes, heli-skiing and more.

Stargaze in Southern Idaho

Stay up late and marvel at the cosmos at Craters of the Moon National Monument, a 750,000 acre geological wonderland in southern Idaho. As the name suggests, the rocky landscape looks like something you’d find on the moon: The park was formed by more than 60 lava flows that erupted between 15,000 and 2,100 years ago. And while the park’s caves and trails are definitely worth exploring during the day, Craters of the Moon is even more magical after sundown. Thanks to the lack of light pollution here, Craters of the Moon has been an International Dark Sky Park since 2017. Book a campsite at the Lava Flow Campground, then ponder the mysteries of the universe while gazing up at the star-speckled sky.

Even more reason to visit this summer? The park is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2024, which means it’s hosting a season of celebratory events—like ranger-led full moon hikes and “star parties” hosted by astronomers. Plan a road trip from Colorado, or fly into Boise and rent a custom camper van from Wandervans.

OPPOSITE TOP LEFT, BOTTOM LEFT and TOP RIGHT: Courtesy of Surf Synergy; BOTTOM RIGHT: Courtesy of Aman; BOTTOM: Courtesy of Ski Portillo

Art is for Everyone at Studio Arts Boulder

Founded in 2009 as an outgrowth of the city of Boulder’s much-loved Pottery Lab, Studio Arts Boulder is devoted to building a community of creative collaboration while cultivating the artist in everyone. And that includes reaching people who might not otherwise have access to art lessons.

The organization’s early leaders, including Paul Heffron and students and teachers from the Pottery Lab, envisioned an arts campus with studios devoted to different media— including ceramics, wood, metal, glass and other art forms that require a large up-front investment in equipment and space, which makes them difficult for beginning artists to pursue on their own.

Aaron Winston, artistic director for Studio Arts Boulder, explains the importance of the nonprofit organization’s mission. “Everybody really discovered over the pandemic just how critical some of this work is to your mental health,”

he says. “Being able to do something with your hands, be creative, actually make a physical object—it’s really a therapeutic thing in so many ways, and also just in terms of connection and creating community.”

All ages, backgrounds and ability levels are welcomed into this diverse group of students. “The majority of the people in our studios are beginners,” Winston says. “Most of the people that we serve on a regular basis have little to no experience whatsoever, and almost everybody has an amazing experience.”

He describes the supportive environment of the classrooms, where there’s no judgment or pressure to achieve perfection. “You’re going to be in classes with people in their late teens and also people in their late 80s, early 90s and everything in between,” Winston explains. “Especially in places like Boulder, you’re going to have

Photos courtesy of Studio Arts Boulder

literal rocket scientists, stay-at-home parents, people in college, people in high school, and you’re all going to be sitting in the same space with a common interest—it creates this really interesting community space.”

Though Studio Arts Boulder is just 15 years old, part of its story goes back much further in time. In the mid-1950s, master potter Betty Woodman convinced the city to launch a recreational pottery program in historic Fire Station #2 on University Hill—one of the first such city-run programs in the nation. It became so successful that other cities used Boulder’s pottery program as a model for starting their own.

For more than 60 years, the city ran the popular pottery program. Meanwhile, in 2009, friends of the pottery program founded Studio Arts Boulder to expand into other arts forms.

When the city began looking for a non-governmental partner to take over its pottery program, it turned to Studio Arts Boulder. Under a public-private partnership agreement, Studio Arts Boulder officially took over the city’s pottery program in 2015. Clay classes are still offered at Fire Station #2, along with another facility at 3063 E. Sterling Circle.

And, in response to growing demand for its programming, Studio Arts Boulder is also building a brand new, 12,500-square-foot building at 3750 Canfield Street. With that expanded space on the horizon, the organization will be able to increase its course offerings dramatically, including doubling the size of the pottery program and adding facilities for wood, metal and glass programs. “In this new building, we’re going to be one of the largest employers for artists in the area,” Winston notes.

The building will also have a flexible space for exhibitions or conferences, and a rooftop deck that will be available to rent for events. Winston sees the facility as another way for Studio Arts to interact with area nonprofits. “Our hope is that we can really be a resource in that way for these communities,” he says.

Courses are available through a rolling registration process, with a range of clay classes (including wheel-throwing and hand-building), plus some classes on printmaking, batik, Shibori and tie-dye, and surface design for quilters and fiber lovers. Intensive workshops are also offered throughout the year on topics such as Kintsugi (the ancient Japanese art of “golden joinery”), slip casting, mold-making and more.

Youth classes and summer camps are also popular, along with multi-generational family clay sessions. Studio Arts Boulder offers all of their youth and family classes on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, with a suggested fee for those who are able to afford it.

Special classes are also woven into the calendar, including a “Friday Afternoon Club” for those with acquired/traumatic brain injuries. And, if you’re looking for a creative connection, Studio Arts Boulder offers “Saturday Date Nights” with pottery wheels for the over-18 crowd. Parties, team-building events and private classes can also be scheduled.

Partner programs represent one of the fastest growing areas for Studio Arts Boulder. Offered free of charge, or by a “pay-what-you-can” model, these art experiences are currently available at 45 locations thanks to partnerships with organizations including the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, SPARK, the Age Well Center, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, Youth Services Initiative and the Center for People with Disabilities. The Studio Arts Bus, an artfully converted school bus, rolls to community partners with portable pottery wheels as well. Fundraising events, including a chili cookoff each fall, help fund Studio Arts Boulder’s outreach programs.

“We bring all of this programming to traditionally underserved populations in the area, and people who really need this kind of creative outlet and also some therapeutic exercise,” says Winston. “It’s something that takes them in a new direction.”

The response from students shows that Studio Arts Boulder is making a difference and changing lives. In course evaluations, students comment on the healing and stress relief they’ve experienced as a result of participating in a class, with gratitude for the sense of community and renewed creativity they’ve discovered along the way. “A pretty good percentage of our folks return for at least one or two more classes, and some people have been around for years,” Winston says.

With a new building, strong community support, and a clear vision of art for everyone, Studio Arts Boulder is poised to be around for many more years to come.

Read More Online: 39

Wet & Wild

8 Places to Cool Off This Summer in Colorado

I’m a travel and lifestyle writer but, every year, around Memorial Day, I half-joke that I tighten my focus and become Colorado’s aquatics reporter. I learned how to swim before I could walk, and my love for pools and all things water runs as deep as the Mother Spring in Pagosa Springs, which, by the way, measures at 1,002 feet, making it the “World’s Deepest,” as certified by the Guinness World Records.

Yes, we’re in a landlocked state, but even without a coastline, I’d make the case that Colorado boasts some of the very best swimming holes in the country—from a pop-up pool courtesy of Mother Nature at Great Sand Dunes National Park each spring to alpine lakes, geothermal hot springs, creeks for cold plunges and top-notch water parks and pools.

Ahead, here are eight wet and wild places to cool off this summer.

Scott Carpenter Pool in Boulder

This isn’t your average municipal pool: Scott Carpenter’s fun features include a rock climbing wall that rises from the pool plus a lazy river, slides, a high dive and a lap pool. The zero-depth water play area is decidedly out of this world, with space-themed equipment and pop jets

that are a nod to astronaut Scott Carpenter, a Boulder High School graduate who was the second American to orbit Earth. 1505 30th St., Boulder; locations/scott-carpenter-pool

Great Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa

One of the best times of year to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park is late May to early June, which is when snowmelt helps orchestrate a rare phenomenon known as “surge flow.” As the water streams, underwater ridges in the sand break down every 20 seconds, which creates a gentle ripple effect at Medano Creek. The waves at the base of the dunes aren’t powerful enough to surf, but you can splash around in them, maybe pick up enough speed to move your tube, and definitely build a sandcastle on the makeshift shore and in the shadow of North America’s tallest dunes. If you miss the peak surge, no sweat: Embark on a semi-steep, 1/2-mile hike to cool off nearby at Zapata Falls, a 25-foot-tall gusher hidden in a cave. Visitor Center at 11999 State Highway 150, Mosca;

Water World in Federal Heights

With more than 50 attractions spread out over 70 acres, Water World is one of the biggest water parks in 41 THINGS TO DO WET & WILD
LEFT: Courtesy of Visit Alamosa; RIGHT: Courtesy of Sheri O'Hara

the country—and it’s just down the highway in Federal Heights. The water park has a mix of high-tech water coasters, like the hydromagnetic Mile High Flyer, as well as nostalgic rides like Voyage to the Center of the Earth, where animatronic dinos crane their necks and bear their toothy grins in dimly lit caves. Tube rides, slides, water playgrounds, a surf simulator and wave pools for both boogie boarding and wading are scattered about the park. Or, just kick back and take unlimited loops around the lazy river, detouring into the waterfalls when you need to cool down. 8801 N. Pecos St, Federal Heights;

Union Reservoir in Longmont

Carved out by glaciers, Union Reservoir (previously known as Calkins Lake) was on Colorado’s short list of natural lakes. It's technically a reservoir now because, over a century ago, Union Ditch Company drilled a tunnel to pipe water into the St. Vrain Creek. Beach-goers can go for a swim in the 736-acre watering hole, go windsurfing or

rent a paddleboard from Rocky Mountain Paddleboard. The outfitter also offers paddleboard lessons and on-thewater yoga classes. Regattas and races are also held at the reservoir, which is home to one of the state’s most active sailing clubs.

Other nearby and regional spots for “beach days” include the Boulder, Chatfield, Cherry Creek and Horsetooth reservoirs. 461 County Road 26, Longmont, CO;

The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs

The cold plunge trend is going strong and one of the most unique places to embrace it is in Pagosa Springs. The Springs Resort has more than two dozen pools that range in temperature from 83 to 114 degrees Fahrenheit, and a stay here gets you 24/7 access to the pools. But the resort also conducts a daily “Warrior Plunge” ritual that involves stepping down onto the banks of the San Juan River and submerging yourself in the chilly waters. Howling is encouraged. The river’s temp varies from ice cold in the

LEFT: Courtesy of Visit Alamosa;
RIGHT: Courtesy of Arkansas River Outfitters

high 30s during winter months to mid-60s during the summer. 323 Hot Springs Blvd.;

Box Cañon Falls in Ouray

There’s plenty of outdoorsy fun to be had during a vacation in Ouray (aka the “Switzerland of America”) from via ferrata routes to soaking in hot springs. But to get a good overview of the area, spend an afternoon exploring the Box Cañon Falls Park & Nature Center, which bills itself as Ouray’s own world wonder. A 500-foot walk into the canyon shows off the thunderous 285-foot waterfall that rushes through a narrow quartzite gorge. The observation platform is a splash zone. While in the nature center, hike up the High Bridge Trail (a half-mile round trip) that gives you a solid aerial view of this old mining town. Spot pudgy chipmunks and other local residents on the Native Plant Loop. 30 Box Canyon Road, Ouray;

St. Mary’s Glacier near Idaho Springs

When you need to beat the heat, dispatch on a day trip to St. Mary’s Glacier (which, technically speaking, is a “semi-permanent snowfield"). A moderate 1.6-mile round-trip out-and-back trail links hikers to the glacial lake. Snow clings to the surrounding terrain year-round

here, but in the summer, wildflowers sprout up and the serene blue lake set against the white speckled peaks is one for the Instagram grid. If you dare, dip your toes into these glacial waters. Bring a $20 bill for parking at the trailhead, which gets pretty busy on summer days and requires some patience while waiting for a spot to open up.

White Water Rafting on The Arkansas River

Late in the spring, Colorado’s famous sunshine melts mounds of snow up near Leadville, and the Arkansas River rumbles with whitewater and outfitters guide more than 175,000 people down the upper section of the river. You can choose your speed, from mellow float trips to navigating wild Class V rapids. Typically, the rapids are moving fastest in late spring when snowmelt is strongest, but you can raft throughout the summer. Cañon City is an adventurous summer playground, with outfitters offering full and half-day trips, with opportunities to swim in calm sections of the river.

Read More Online: 43

Outdoor Retailers Are Flocking to Boulder

Here’s Where to Shop

Boulder has long been a hub for outdoor retailers. But, coming out of the pandemic, even more brands have decided to set up brick-and-mortar shops in the shadow of the Flatirons. Today, the city is home to more than 40 outdoor retailers and counting. Many are located right on Pearl Street, which has been compared to the Fifth Avenue of gear and the Rodeo Drive of outdoor apparel.

So, the next time you need equipment or clothing for cycling, hiking, fishing, camping, climbing or some other active pursuit, head to these Boulder gear shops.

Note: Our list is not meant to be exhaustive—rather, it’s just a snapshot of some new, notable and long-standing outdoor stores in town.


Ten years ago, Dave Schaeffer and Tendi Sherpa crossed paths at the base of South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua. They forged an international friendship that eventually blossomed into HIMALI, a Boulder-based premium mountaineering brand. In October 2021, the company opened its downtown storefront, where shoppers can peruse down jackets, parkas, hardshell pants, hats and base layers. HIMALI donates 5 percent of its net proceeds to the Tendi Sherpa Foundation, which provides infrastructure and access to education in remote areas of Nepal.


Stio was born out of adventures in the Teton Mountains near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And the growing company—which expanded into Boulder in the spring of 2021—is proud of these roots: Its logo symbolizes a pinecone from the whitebark pine tree, a key part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Did you know FRANK &

is sold exclusively at Christina’s in Boulder? Come try it on. Shop Local. 45

From rain jackets and board shorts to flannel shirts and snow bibs, the company’s apparel is designed for both “epic alpine pursuits” and the “quieter moments of the mountain life.” You’ll find all these products and more at its storefront at the corner of Pearl and 15th. Keep an eye on Stio’s website and social media pages, too, as the company hosts events like film screenings, avalanche awareness nights, mountain bike rides and more.


Known for its colorful, stylish, all-seasons clothing and gear, Patagonia has been a Pearl Street staple since 2008. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel that can seamlessly go from the trailhead to the brewery—and everywhere in between. Puffy coats, sweater jackets, pullovers, base layers, duffels and packs, active accessories and anything else you need to adventure in the snow and the dirt, it’s all here.

And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in the store, you can shop online, then pick up your purchases on Pearl Street. Through the Patagonia Action Works initiative, the store also helps support several local nonprofits: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, the Cottonwood Institute and Resource Central.

Play It Again Sports

For affordable, high-quality sports equipment and fitness gear, head to Play It Again Sports. The national franchise has two Boulder County locations—one in Boulder and another in Longmont. Here, you’ll find everything from pickleball racquets to cross-country skis—and nearly everything in between.

Though many products are used, Play It Again Sports sells brand-new gear as well. You can also find apparel here, like ski pants and winter coats. And if you’ve got sports equipment gathering dust in your garage, consider


selling it to Play It Again Sports—staff are always looking to buy gently used gear, especially items for the upcoming season.


Boulder is extra special because it boasts the only Montbell store in America. Founded in Japan in 1975, the company specializes in high-quality outdoor equipment, like sleeping bags, camping gear, trekking poles and more. Montbell also makes a wide array of apparel, from insulated down jackets to alpine jackets and base layers.


Perched at the corner of Pearl and 16th, Arc’teryx’s Boulder location is one of more than 160 stores located across the globe. Arc’teryx, founded in 1989, specializes in high-performance outdoor clothing and technical outerwear for sports like climbing, skiing and trail running—though you’ll also definitely see people wearing Arc’teryx-branded gear when they’re out and about running errands. The international brand opened its Boulder store in the fall of 2022. 47
TOP LEFT: Courtesy of Black Diamond Equipment; TOP RIGHT: Courtesy of Stio

Black Diamond Equipment

Whether you prefer to adventure on snow, ice or rock, Black Diamond Equipment has got you covered. This historic Salt Lake City-based company opened its Pearl Street location in the summer of 2021, showcasing a variety of equipment and apparel made for climbing, backcountry skiing, snow safety and mountain running.

Neptune Mountaineering

This legendary store has been operating in Boulder since 1973, when climber Gary Neptune opened a little shop that re-shafted ice axes, installed edges on wooden skis, and repaired climbing and ski boots. Over the last 51 years, Neptune Mountaineering has grown and evolved to become a one-stop-shop for skis, climbing equipment, camping gear, clothing and footwear.

It’s also a community gathering hub, hosting regular events ranging from film screenings to skill clinics. The store’s cafe is also a fun place to hang out. And be sure to visit the famed Neptune Museum, home to one of the largest collections of mountaineering artifacts in the nation.


Fjällräven may have started in Sweden, but it’s established strong roots since first opening in Boulder in 2013. The Pearl Street store carries the brand’s signature sleek Scandinavian

TOP: Courtesy of Himali; MIDDLE and BOTTOM: Courtesy of Stio; OPPOSITE PAGE: Courtesy of Black Diamond Equipment

designs, with products ranging from hiking pants and parks to backpacks and sleeping bags. In addition to shopping, you can also get your Fjällräven gear repaired and tailored here. And if you have clothing made from the company’s cornerstone material, G-1000, staffers will also add a fresh layer of wax for free.

The North Face

The North Face has become an iconic outdoor gear brand, so it’s only fitting that the company chose to set up shop in one of the outdoorsiest towns in all of North America. Located on Pearl Street, the shop is ideal for stocking up on trail shoes, down jackets, hats, vests, graphic tees, fleece pullovers and more.

Read More Online: 49
Courtesy of Noah Wetzel/Steamboat Springs Chamber

HColorado Hikes With Something Extra

iking is one of the best ways to explore Colorado. But, sometimes, it can feel like you’re walking and walking and walking … with no end in sight.

One trick to make trekking more exciting? Pick routes that offer a little something extra, like a glistening lake, a historic cabin, otherworldly rock formations, magic waterfalls, sweeping panoramas or some other feature. Nothing makes a hike more memorable—or motivating.

In Colorado, there’s no shortage of routes with added flair. These are a few of our favorites.

B&B Trail to Reiling Dredge

Where: Breckenridge

Distance: 2.1 miles round trip

Elevation gain: 226 feet

Breckenridge was once a thriving mining town, where fortune-seekers toiled in search of gold, silver, zinc, lead and other valuable minerals. The remnants of Breck’s mining history are still visible in many places, including from the B&B Trail just west of town. From this scenic trail, you’ll be able to see the historic dredge that dug up the river bed along French Creek to retrieve gold, leaving huge piles of rocks in its wake.

The Reiling Dredge is one of the best preserved and most accessible historic mining dredges in all of North America—and it’s right in our backyard. You’ll find interpretive signage along the route, but for an even deeper dive

into Breck’s mining history, book a guided hiking tour with Breckenridge History. You can turn this hike into a loop by continuing on the Minnie Mine and X10U8 trails, which will take you back to the B&B Trailhead.

And if you’re looking for additional hikes with something extra while you’re in Breckenridge, the Sallie Barber Mine Trail (to a now-closed mine shaft) and the Iowa Hill Trail (to an 1870’s-era boarding house) are great options.

Fish Creek Falls

Where: Steamboat Springs

Distance: 4.2 miles roundtrip

Elevation gain: 1,480 feet

Waterfalls never fail to make a hike feel more rewarding. And, in Steamboat Springs, anyone and everyone can see the spectacular Fish Creek Falls, as the paved overlook trail from the parking area is wheelchair-accessible and less than a half-mile long.

Those who choose to continue on to the upper falls, however, are in for a rigorous but satisfying haul. After you reach the lower falls, you’ll cross a bridge and continue up a much rockier and more technical trail, which switchbacks up the granite cliffs. Shaded and enclosed by rocks and foliage, which is especially pretty in the fall when sporting every warm hue of the color wheel, the trail eventually flattens out through a thick aspen grove with occasional narrow views of the mountainous surroundings. The upper falls, while not as fast-moving or voluminous 51



as those below, are serene, spilling over the layers of dark rock ledges like an intricately built fountain. Arriving early is key for this popular hike, which tends to get busy. There’s also a $5 day-use parking fee if you’re driving your own vehicle.

Rattlesnake Canyon Arches

Where: Fruita

Distance: 15.5 miles roundtrip

Elevation: 2,600 feet

You don’t have to go all the way to Moab to see reddish-orange sandstone arches that look like something you’d find on Mars—just head to the Western Slope. This hike is a doozy, but for experienced, well-prepared hikers with plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks, there are few foot routes with better scenic rewards. Start at the Pollock Bench Trailhead, then follow the Pollock Bench trail (designated by a P1 marker). As you hike, you’ll come upon multiple forks in the trail— at 1.6 miles, 1.8 miles and 2 miles. At each one, take the right fork. At around 3 miles, you’ll arrive at the intersection with Rattlesnake Arches trail—head right again onto this trail.

Keep going and you’ll eventually find yourself immersed in the world’s second-largest concentration of natural arches (after Arches National Park). The canyon’s 35 rock formations range from white sandstone stretching atop rock towers—like a river (or rattlesnake) turned to stone—to massive red rings connected by flame-like ridges and pocked orange archways across teetering cliff towers. This is handsdown one of the most impressive (and rarely seen) landscapes in Colorado.

While the trail is marked with signs and cairns, there are some sections that involve scrambling up and down steep sections of slick rock and sandstone as well as crawling up, down and over short ledges. Along this route, you’ll also have canyon-top views of the Colorado River and the expansive high desert across the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Royal Arch

Where: Boulder

Distance: 3.2 miles roundtrip

Elevation gain: 1,153 feet

Of the bounty of trails stemming from Boulder’s Chautauqua Park, Royal Arch is the one to hit for hikers who appreciate the art of nature at its high point. Beginning on a wide, manicured path at the bottom of the park, this trail becomes progressively steeper and rockier as you move steadily upward.

Navigating a couple of narrow stream crossings and multiple, well-built stone staircases, you reach the Royal Arch near the summit. Depending on where you’re standing, the natural stone arch frames the Flatirons in the background. Beyond the arch lies a sprawling view of Boulder and the plains of northern Colorado. To ditch the crowds, skip the weekends and try to hike this one on week days instead. 53
TOP LEFT and BOTTOM LEFT: Courtesy of Visit Grand Junction; RIGHT: Photo by Shauna Farnell
54 SUMMER-FALL 2024 THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE PAGE: Courtesy of Breakenridge Tourism Office

Ouzel Falls

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park

Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip

Elevation gain: 950 feet

There’s no shortage of trails with jaw-dropping endpoints in Rocky Mountain National Park. Admittedly, this is partially why it’s one of the most crowded national parks in the country—especially in the summer. However, the Ouzel Falls Trail begins in the slightly less-frequented southeast side of the park. Not only does it bring you to a refreshing finale in the form of a blasting waterfall, but it also takes you past several tumbling cascades along the way.

Follow the well-manicured Wild Basin Trail, which runs alongside North Saint Vrain Creek—the soothing sound of rushing water accompanies you the entire way. Less than a half-mile in, Copeland Falls is the first display of the creek’s white water bursting over rocks and ledges. Slightly farther is an even broader stretch of tumbling, tree trunk-strewn creek known as Calypso Cascades.

Relatively smooth, except for a few sections of slippery roots and rock steps, the trail never gets very steep and crosses a couple of fresh log bridges, from which you can truly appreciate the hypnotizing movement of the water below. There are also numerous large boulders and rock walls along the way, including a couple balanced inexplicably one atop the other. Once you reach Ouzel Falls—if it’s a warm day—take the narrow trail alongside

the falls, where you’ll be doused in its cold mist. The roar of the water is the perfect soundtrack for a picnic before heading back.

Bighorn Creek

Where: Vail

Distance: 6.5 miles roundtrip

Elevation gain: 2,180 feet

Beginning in East Vail with a handful of other trails, Bighorn Creek is the least frequented—but arguably the most interesting—route, especially for history buffs. Beginning on a steep, loose and narrow singletrack for the first half-mile, the trail mellows and meanders through glorious tunnels of aspen trees. Wander past massive lodgepole pines and clusters of wildflowers that range, depending on the season, from glacier lilies to colorful columbines.

As the trail climbs the drainage, it takes you through a few avalanche paths marked by loose scree. It intermittently parallels the creek, including a tumbling section of Bighorn Falls. The trail ends at an old log cabin that once served as a cookshack and bunkhouse for a nearby silver mining claim dating back to the late 1800s. The cabin, surrounded by a wildflower-filled meadow, is typically unlocked and offers a fascinating glimpse of the lonely, high-elevation existence of miners in the old Wild West.

Read More Online: 55

Acreage: Craft Cider, Wood-Fired Fare and Mountain Views in Lafayette

Wispy clouds floating above Longs Peak blaze orange and pink as the sun begins to dip below the mountains. From my perch on a hillside in Lafayette, I watch this colorful spectacle unfold while sipping a glass of perfectly tart hard apple cider. All around me, kids squeal gleefully as they run and romp in the grass. Nearby, their parents lounge contentedly in Adirondack chairs facing west.

Epic sunsets aren’t technically on the menu at Acreage. But if you visit Stem Ciders’ restaurant and cider house in the evening, you’re likely to see one. Since opening in February 2018, the sprawling, 8-acre property (1380 Horizon Ave, Lafayette; has been luring diners and drinkers from across the Front Range with its nuanced ciders, elevated classic comfort foods and gorgeous mountain views.

“We strive to be a place for everyone, and we want people to feel welcome to relax, eat or play,” says Stem Ciders’ co-founder Eric Foster.

The story behind this beloved east Boulder County community hub dates back to 2013, when Foster and fellow entrepreneur Phil Kao joined forces to launch Stem Ciders, a Colorado-based craft cidery. Both Foster and Kao grew up in Michigan, then later moved to Denver, where they met in 2011. The two quickly became friends, bonding over their shared passion for Michigan football—and hard cider. Foster was an experienced homebrewer, while Kao had trained as an engineer, so they decided to combine their skillsets and start experimenting. They bought some apples and a press, and began making cider of their own. The first batch was so good they decided to go into business together.

Like many startups, Stem Ciders first launched in a garage. But, in 2014, the duo decided to set up shop in Denver’s then-burgeoning River North Arts District (RiNo). As the company’s craft ciders caught on, it didn't take long for Stem to outgrow the space. 57 REFUEL ACREAGE
All photos courtesy of Stem Ciders

“Within three years, we had already hit the max capacity of what our original cider house could handle,” says Foster.

They began looking for a new property that would help support Stem Ciders’ rapid growth. In Lafayette, they found enough room to build a 30,000-square-foot cider house that would allow them to increase production from 2,500 barrels a year to upwards of 65,000 barrels a year. But, just as importantly, they saw that the hilltop plot had the potential to become a “destination cider-drinking experience for the greater Colorado community,” says Foster.

“We immediately fell in love with the stunning views and foresaw the perfect opportunity for family and friends to gather and experience our ciders in a welcoming and relaxing environment,” he adds.

Lafayette’s central location—10 miles east of Boulder, 20 miles north of Denver and 50 miles south of Fort Collins, with numerous other communities in between—was also appealing.

The team wanted to model Acreage off a traditional cider house—like something you might find in Basque Country in northern Spain and southwest France. For help making that dream a reality, they turned to Emily Stack, the principal architect and owner of Boulder’s Daedalus Studio. Together, they designed a spacious, modern venue that’s part production facility, part restaurant and part outdoor gathering space. Acreage also has two private event spaces for weddings, parties and corporate groups.

“We knew how lucky we were to be established on such an incredible piece of land,” says Foster. “Facing west and overlooking the Boulder Flatirons, we wanted as much space for guests to enjoy the breathtaking views. Inside, a top priority was having plenty of windows to allow for natural light to shine in with views of the mountains, no matter where you sat. The outside is filled with fire pits, outdoor games, Adirondack chairs, hammocks and a playground for kids.”

For the restaurant’s food menu, they wanted to take a farm-to-table approach and use as many regional ingredients as possible. Many of Acreage’s dishes are cooked in a wood-fire oven and grill, but they also wanted to put their own spin on classic comfort foods—like their Colorado lamb burger or their duck confit poutine. Diners will also find a selection if fine-dining entrees on the menu yearround, like the New York strip steak and the seared salmon.

“We adjust ingredients and sides seasonally and run specials weekly to ensure we're providing a variety of fresh and fun dishes for our guests,” says Foster. “We appreciate simplicity, comfort and delicious healthy meals that you want to enjoy time and time again.”

As you might expect, craft cider takes centerstage on Acreage’s drink menu. Here, you’ll find Stem’s core ciders on tap, including Off-Dry, Real Dry, Raspberry, Chile Guava and Apricot Haze. Acreage also serves up special-release ciders—like Tangerine Whip (made with tangerine puree


If you’re planning to visit Acreage on a weekend, it’s best to make a reservation.

Also be sure to check out Stem Ciders’ other restaurant, Ghost Box Pizza, in downtown Lafayette.

and Madagascar vanilla beans) and Hard Mango Lemonade—as well as cocktails, craft beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

You’ll also be able to try ciders here that you can’t find anywhere else. Since the restaurant is just steps from the cidery, the team uses Acreage as a testing ground for new offerings.

“It's pretty common to find at least one or two tasting room-only, small batch releases on draft at Acreage at all times,” says Foster. “Many of our specialty releases first began as a small batch release in the Acreage tasting room. We truly value the input of our customers, and over the years, there's been no better indicator of future success than the response of our Acreage community.”

If you’re a first-time visitor to Acreage, Foster recommends starting with a flight so you can experience both the classics and more experimental ciders. (If you like what you taste, you can buy cans of many different Stem Ciders to take home—or have the bartender fill up your growler.) And though you really can’t go wrong no matter where you sit, try to snag a seat outside on an Adirondack chair or at a communal picnic table— and be sure to bring some friends or family members along with you.

“Because who doesn't want to watch the sunset over our beautiful Front Range while sipping on some cider with great company?” Foster says.

Read More Online: 59
60 SUMMER-FALL 2024 Courtesy of Visit Colorado Springs

Pet-Friendly Getaways Across Colorado

You know the expression: Dog is man’s best friend. So, what’s a vacation or day trip without your best fur friend (BFF) in tow? Thankfully, Colorado is known for being an exceptionally dog-friendly state, and there’s plenty of parks, watering holes, restaurants and hotels tailored toward humans and their canine companions.

Ahead, three Colorado destinations to sniff out this summer. 61 DOG DESTINATIONS THINGS TO DO

Colorado Springs: Hiking, Jeeping, and Top Dog Stay

While in town, you can embark on all kinds of adventures with your pup, starting with a leashed hike in Garden of the Gods to marvel at the earthy orange rock fins jutting toward the sky. Your pet can get zoomies out of the way at the off-leash dog area just outside the main entrance of the park.

Fill out a weekend itinerary with a visit to Red Rock Canyon Open Space, which has a nice off-leash dog area and book a dog-friendly outing with Colorado Jeep Tours, which offers trips that venture to some of the most scenic spots in the region including Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Red Canyon Park and the Gold Belt Scenic Highway. Your dog has a thing or two to teach you about the joys of feeling a breeze with the windows down.

Where to Stay: After all that adventure, it’s time to get a good night’s sleep. High-thread count sheets and comfy mattresses are hallmarks of a great hotel stay, and no details are spared for your pet at Kinship Landing, where junior queen suites come furnished with a luxury Mae Woven dog bed.

Breckenridge: Gondola Rides to Hiking Trails and ‘Pawtio’ Menus

Your dog is in for a treat (lots of them, actually) in Breckenridge. Show your pup the joy of a summertime ride on the dog-friendly BreckConnect Gondola, which shows off views of the Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve. The designated wildlife preserve is home to elk, beavers, moose and the state-endangered boreal toad, so pups aren’t allowed in the 77 acres of wetland.

LEFT and TOP RIGHT: Courtesy of Kinship Landing; BOTTOM RIGHT: Courtesy of Sarah McLear Breckenrigde Ski Resort Courtesy of Visit Colorado Springs

However, there are roughly 100 miles of trails in town and dogs are allowed on most of them, and they can also wander around the base of Peaks 7 and 8.

Your dog will also get a break from kibble at restaurants like Kenosha Breck, which has a dog-friendly patio and accompanying “pawtio” menu with mango-pumpkin Greek yogurt popsicles, plus a burger served with crunchy raw baby carrots and a couple of slices of bacon.

When it’s time to cut loose, head over to Carter Park, which is a four-block walk east of Main Street and is a fenced spot where you can take in the views of the Ten Mile Range while your dog meets new friends.

Where to Stay: Dogs aren’t just welcome at Gravity Haus Breckenridge, they’re part of the family. The hotel has quite possibly the cutest guest book ever, filled with portraits of puppers who have stayed at the property in the past. Rooms are stocked with dog-friendly amenities like a doggie bed, treats and bowls.

Fort Collins: Brewery Hangs, An Epic Dog Park and Yappy Hours

Is your pet treat-or toy-motivated? If it’s the former, head to Ginger and Baker’s dog-friendly patio for treats like a “pawfogato,” which is a mound of whipped cream topped with a homemade dog treat that your dog can enjoy after his main dish, something like a salmon, brown rice and blueberry bowl. However, if your dog goes nuts over a squeaky toy, head to Wagz Pet Market to pick out a new toy (or two).

When it’s play time, you’ve got to check out Spring Canyon Park in Fort Collins, which is like the Disney of dog parks. The 100-acre expanse is equipped with a pond for water-loving dogs to take a summer swim, plus a few acres for playing fetch or navigating tunnels. The park, we should mention, is great in general for traveling families, with an accessible playground, a mountain biking course, volleyball courts and plenty of picnic spots.

If you’re here for some beer, good news: Dog-friendly breweries and patios are easy to come by in Fort Collins. Some great breweries where dogs are welcome include Funkwerks, New Belgium, Horse & Dragon, Odell and many more.

Where to Stay: The Elizabeth Hotel’s “Pamper Your Pup” package comes with a little bag of treats for your dog and a branded bowl mat to bring home as a souvenir. Check out the hotel’s calendar before booking so that you can sync up your stay with one of the summertime “Yappy Hours.”

Read More Online:
MIDDLE, and BOTTOM: Courtesy of Kinship Landing 65 DATE NIGHT THINGS TO DO ABOVE: Courtesy of Dry Land Distillers; TOP RIGHT: Courtesy of S h o p pi n g ers) Dining (100+ re ing Watching H s

Pickleball Takes Off in Boulder County

By some estimates, more than 35 million people play pickleball. And a lot of them live in Boulder County.

Pickleball, created in the mid-1960s, is part tennis, part ping-pong, part badminton. It’s played on a mini tennis court between either two or four players (singles or doubles).

The game is easy to learn and play, and there are plenty of free outdoor courts and inexpensive spots for games all over the county.

Pickleball is relatively easy on the body, which has fueled interest in the game from Baby Boomers seeking fitness and fun. But it also appeals to younger generations, too.

“A lot of people seem to think this is a sport for older people, and it is a good way for older folks to get some fun exercise,” said Charlie Brennan, a 68-year-old player from Lafayette.

“But I increasingly see more and more 40-somethings, 30-somethings and younger out there. I recently found myself playing with a high school kid as my partner.”

Because the game is easygoing, it’s common for competing players to become friends beyond the court.

“Each game is like a community event,” said Boulder restauranteur Jay Elowsky. “When you play, you are mixed and matched with other players. Everyone quickly comes together. It’s a great way to meet new friends.”

From recreation centers to high-end indoor facilities, Boulder has embraced the game. Whether you’re an experienced player or you’re just curious about this fast-growing sport, here are some of the best spots in Boulder County to play (or learn how).


3550 Frontier Ave., Suite C, Boulder;

Launched in May 2023, Boulder Pickleball was the town’s first indoor facility. It offers five spacious courts with super high ceilings and PickleRoll outdoor surface courts, which tend to be easy on the body and are quieter than standard concrete courts. The space also features C&D championship nets, a large reception and viewing area, and a classroom for lessons and camps with video review, a whiteboard and more. Boulder Pickleball also has give giant garage doors for letting in fresh air.

“Pickleball has really taken off in Boulder over the past few years,’’ said co-owner and head coach Scott Fliegelman, who opened the 19,000-square-foot facility with his wife Kari. 67 PICKLEBALL THINGS TO DO
Photo courtesy of Belinda Dettman

“The community has jumped at the chance to enjoy year-round pickleball, without concern for the weather, and nearly 3,000 members have joined in the seven months since the grand opening.”


20 S Bowen St, Longmont;

3rd Shot Pickleball is a spacious new indoor facility that opened in central Longmont in November 2023. Sign up for leagues, lessons and drill classes, or simply reserve a court and start playing. If you’re looking to meet new people, consider stopping by during drop-in play hours. The center has five courts, with more in the works.

“Our facility rocks because we have top-quality courts, excellent sound control, great training programs and a CHUBurger food truck on site,” said general manager Robert Leonard. “There is also a bar and lounge.”

If you get really into the game, you can also sign up for a membership, which gives you discounts on court fees, leagues, lessons, gear in the pro shop and drop-in play, as well as early access to court reservations.

North Boulder Recreation Center 3170 Broadway, Boulder;

The North Boulder Rec Center has seven hard courts—four outdoors and three indoors. If you’re new to the game or just want to level-up your skills, you can sign up for beginner or intermediate classes taught by experienced instructors. Boulder's Parks and Recreation Department also offers a variety of pickleball leagues, organized by skill level.

Boulder Jewish Community Center 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder;

Make your way out to east Boulder to checkout the Boulder Jewish Community Center, or JCC for short, which has three indoor courts inside its spacious gymnasium. You can sign up for lessons and clinics, or play in a fun, casual environment during openplay hours.

Read More Online:

Tips for Getting Started

(According to a Pickleball Pro)

Though it’s easy to learn and fun to play, pickleball has unique rules and an endless number of strategies to succeed. It’s best to understand some of this before you play, so consider watching a YouTube tutorial or taking a lesson to help learn the ropes. (Don’t worry, though, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.)

Above all else, however, just relax, says Robert Leonard, general manager of 3rd Shot Pickleball in Longmont. Afterall, it’s just pickleball.

“Less is more,” he said. “And breathe every time you hit the ball.”

Always watch the ball and be aware of what direction your paddle is facing, he adds.

Tom Nguyen, a certified pickleball and tennis pro who teaches in Boulder, also suggests beginners focus on learning to hit consistent “dinks” in an area of the court near the net called “the kitchen.”

Dinking is an important shot if you want to advance your game, he says, and with just 14 feet separating your kitchen line to your opponent’s kitchen line, the goal is to force a pop-up ball from your opponent for a satisfying smash volley.

To improve your drinks, he recommends working on:

Stance: Your feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Keep your weight slightly forward, on the balls of your toes.

Paddle: Keep your paddle in a ready position in front of your body and use a soft grip.

Swing contact: Using a compact backswing, the proper motion involves lifting the paddle by your shoulders, making contact with the ball in front of your body and keeping the paddle face square through contact.

Focus: Use your eye movement to track the ball and keep your head still. This will keep your body in balance and result in more consistent dinking.

Practice: With a partner, see how many consecutive dinks you can make in the kitchen.



A Lodge

(See Our Ad On Page 27)

Anderson Farms

(See Our Ad On Page 47)

Art & Soul

(See Our Ad On Inside Front Cover)

Barbara & CO

(See Our Ad On Page 19)

Boulder Social

(See Our Ad On Page 49)


(See Our Ad On Page 8)

Christina's Luxuries

(See Our Ad On Page 45)

CU Presents

(See Our Ad On Page 69)

Dairy Art Center

(See Our Ad On Inside Back Cover)

Downtown Boulder

(See Our Ad On Page 65)

Fanas Architecture

(See Our Ad On Page 5)

The Greenbriar Inn

(See Our Ad On Page 27)


(See Our Ad On Page 3)

J. Albrecht Designs

(See Our Ad On Page 11)

John Allen Woodward

(See Our Ad On Page 4)

Kentwood Real Estate

(See Our Ad On Page 7)

Max Clothing

(See Our Ad On Page 6)

McGuckin Hardware

(See Our Ad On Page 25)

Re/Max of Boulder

(See Our Ad On Page 13)

3 Leaf

(See Our Ad On Page 25)

Tricia Dessel

Residential Realtor

(See Our Ad On Back Cover)

Organic Sandwich Company

(See Our Ad On Page 45)

Ride Colorado

(See Our Ad On Page 69)

Rodwin Architecture/ SkyCastle Construction

(See Our Ad On Page 9) 69


By now, most of us know that we don’t need alcohol to have a good time—or a good drink. Whether you call them mocktails, zero-proof, spirit-free or non-alcoholic cocktails, drinks without the booze can be just as interesting, complex and delicious as their more spirited counterparts.

We asked local drink pros to give us their best N/A recipes to mix up at home. For the sober and the sober curious, cheers!

Photo courtesy of OAK at Fourteenth

N/A Jungle Bird

Boulder’s resident rum bar, Jungle, knows how to bring a taste of the tropics without the alcohol. Their namesake Jungle Bird is a well-balanced mix of sweet (that pineapple syrup!), tart (fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice makes it even better) and bitter (yes, there’s N/A Campari). Shake, pour and go ahead and pretend you’re on a beach somewhere. 2018 10th St., Boulder


• 1.5 oz. Seedlip N/A Spirit

• 0.25 oz. N/A Campari

• 0.25 oz. pineapple syrup (see recipe below)

• 0.5 oz. grapefruit juice

• 0.5 oz. lime juice

• 1 oz. pineapple juice


Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled w ith ice. Shake it up and pour into a tall glass. Make it extra fun by garnishing with a pineapple wedge!

For the pineapple syrup:

1 cup pineapple juice

1 cup sugar

Pour pineapple juice and sugar into a small pot and bring to a boil. When boiling, remove from heat and allow to cool. Bottle it up and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Photo courtesy of Jungle

Monet Didn't Blush

Cocktail Caravan is a Boulder-based company that specializes in fresh-pressed cocktail and mocktail mixers, so you know their drinks are going to be packed with flavor. (They also have an adorable mobile bar named Lolita that you can rent for your next event.) This grapefruit, ginger and mint concoction—shared by the company’s founder, Crystal Sagan—is no exception. And it’s oh-so-tasty when mingled with your favorite sparkling water., various locations


• 2 oz. grapefruit juice

• 0.5 oz. lemon juice

• 2-4 slices fresh ginger

• 5-10 mint leaves

• 0.75 oz. simple syrup

• 2 oz. sparkling water

N/A Kiwi


Margaritas can be just as yummy minus the tequila. At Boulder’s popular food truck park and coworking space, Rayback Collective, beverage manager Tim Bruno mixes a mean N/A kiwi marg, and it’s fairly simple to recreate at home. Just grab and puree a kiwi, mix it up with an alcohol-free agave spirit (such as Ritual)—plus some lime juice and simple syrup— and you’ve got an easy-drinking margarita without any of the regrets. 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder


• 1.5 oz. Ritual N/A agave spirit

• 1 oz. pureed kiwi

• 1 oz. lime juice

• 0.5 oz. rich simple syrup

• Lime wedge and salt for garnish


1. Freshly squeeze the grapefruit and lemon into separate small bowls and set aside.

2. Add ginger, mint, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle.

3. Add grapefruit juice to the cocktail shaker and shake hard!

4. Find a fancy glass and add fresh ice and sparkling water. Strain the contents of the shaker into the fancy glass and give it a stir. Garnish with something special and enjoy the fruits of your labor!


Rim your glass with salt and cut a fresh lime into wedges.

Pour all ingredients into a shaker and give it a good shake to mix. Fill your glass with ice and pour the margarita in.

Garnish with that lime. 73 REFUEL NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAILS
Photo courtesy of Cocktail Caravan

Cucumber Mint Cooler

The Bitter Bar is one of Boulder’s best watering holes, whether you’re on or off the wagon. It doesn’t get much more refreshing than their Cucumber Mint Cooler, which perfectly balances the sweet and sour ingredients and then kicks it up a notch with muddled cucumber. Even better? You probably have all the ingredients you need for this one on-hand., 835 Walnut St., Boulder


• 4 slices of cucumber, plus more for garnish

• 4-6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish (optional)

• 1 oz. simple syrup

• 1 oz. lime juice

• 2 oz. water

• Sparkling water

Nao de Chai

The Nao de China was an old trade route between Mexico and China, where the Chinese would swap their porcelain, silk and spices for New World silver and goods. This cocktail—from OAK at Fourteenth’s beverage director Colin Griffith—blends ingredients from both cultures for a complexly bright, cozy sip., 1400 Pearl St., Boulder


• 1.5 oz. Cut Above non-alcoholic mezcal

• 1.5 oz. Chai Spice agave (recipe below)

• 1 oz. lime juice

• 0.5 oz. orange juice

• Star anise (garnish)


Pour all drink ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Give it a hard shake.

Pour it into a rocks glass and garnish with star anise.


Muddle cucumber and mint leaves in a short cocktail shaker. Add simple syrup, lime juice, and water, then add ice to fill the shaker.

Shake your mixture (hard!), then strain drink over fresh ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with mint sprig, lime wedge, and cucumber slice.

For the Chai Agave:

• 400 grams hot water

• 1 packet (31g) Chai Spice Mix

• 750 grams agave syrup

Combine chai spice mix with hot water. Mix well.

Add agave and mix again.

Store in the fridge until ready to use.

Proven • Trusted • Respected Compass is a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. Photos may be virtually staged or digitally enhanced and may not reflect actual property conditions. 5280 Double Black Diamond Realtor 2020, 2021, 2022 Compass Boulder Top Producing Team Member 2022 #1 Rising Star 2020 Top Notable Sale 2022 303.475.6097 | | In Boulder’s complex real estate market, who you work with matters. I am a top-producing and trusted Realtor® with a deep knowledge of the local market and known for delivering an exceptional real estate experience. The best real estate transaction is one that is curated to my client’s goals. Our relationship begins by ensuring I fully understand what you want to achieve and the lifestyle you desire. Then I put my expertise, work ethic, extensive network, and the power of Compass technology to work for you. Contact me for concierge-level service and expert guidance when buying or selling your home. Partner with me for a curated home buying or selling experience

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.