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Inside Feature LeFrench

People Colorado’s Finest Cookbook Authors


Coco Chanel: Innovator Absolute Steve Sells: Paris

Culture Parlez-moi en français s’il vous plaît (Speak French to me, please !)

Self Self-Love vs Love of Self:Knowing the Difference is Key 5 Habits to Amplify Your Magnetism

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Le French: Beaujolais Nouveau Week A Most Heavenly Treat: The Macaron


A View from Villa Belrose :St. Tropez

Health Is Core Stregth Really the Issue?


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History The Rich History of Denver

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About the Editor Trisha Ventker


Trisha Ventker is an author, photographic artist, branding expert, social media influencer, publisher of ELIFE magazine, NoCo magazine and Denver, Colorado Luxury magazine.

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have surpassed 7 million for the magazines, with the Denver, Colorado Luxury magazine being nationwide. She is best known for her first book Internet Dates From Hell which had the movie rights optioned by Paula Wagner. Trisha is also one of the first Indie Book authors to have a book optioned for the big screen. Ventker is originally from New York City, presently residing in Colorado for the last 12+ years, with her husband and son. cover image photo credit: Rachel Adams

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Michele Zang-Forsberg “Is Core Strength Really the Issue?”

Kirk M. Samuels “Self-Love vs Love of Self: Knowing the Difference is Key”

Maia Parish “Le French: Beaujolais Nouveau Week”

Michael Moore “Sparkling During the Holidays”


Michelle Mras “5 Habits to Amplify Your Magnetism ”

Karen Rowan “Parlez-moi en français s’il vous plaît (Speak French to me, please!)”

John Small “The Rich History of Denver”

Richard Carroll “Coco Chanel: Innovator Absolute” “A View from Villa Belrose: St. Tropez”



Rougui & Ami


Tell us about yourself and your background growing up in Senegal and Paris:


&A We grew-up in France in a family with a Senegalese heritage that was very open to other cultures and cuisine. Our mother was

very curious and always eager to learn how to cook dishes from her friends of different backgrounds, and our father was always excited to bring home some kind of treat for us to try and enjoy. We grew up accompanying our dad and leaving as early as 4 a.m. to farmers markets such as Ringis, the largest Farmers market in France. Our dad would bring only the freshest produce and our mom would prepare every dish from scratch. We have learned at a very young age how to appreciate great food and had already a

is issued by the President of France. I was very happy and proud to see my parents, my family at the award ceremony. I had worked hard for so many years and could finally see my family and friends who had supported me so proud and happy. I was also very happy and honored when I was awarded The Trofemina tro-

very good palate.

phy and it was a very gratifying moment.



For Rougui: Tell us a bit about your experience earning the Michelin star, Trofemina Award and the French National Medal of Honor:


The experience of working in a restaurant with a Michelin start chef was very rewarding and instructive, and it also kept us on our toes to

always do better. Working in an environment as Petrossian gave me the opportunity to be exposed to and use the best ingredients. I earned the National Medal of Honor, one the highest national award that can be bestowed upon a civilian in France, when I was working as executive chef at Petrossian Paris. The award

For Ami: Tell us about AmiCuisine:


Amicuisine was a business that catered mostly to businesses. It gave me a greater understanding of how to run a

business, prospect and find clients, and build custom tailored menus for clients. It was a great learning experience that I can now apply to the daily operation of our restaurant.


What made you both decide to work together and open Le French?


&A We have always had the dream and had promised each other to open a restaurant together. We have been successful in our own

way in the food industry. After a very challenging and enriching experience touring and cooking together in Brazil, we thought that now was the time to work together and open Le French after so many years in the industry. It was now time to check this one off the bucket list.


photo credit: Rachel Adams

What are your goals for the next 2 years?


& A We both believe that the most important thing for us is to ensure that Le French is offering the best food and service to our guests.

That is our main focus although we do sometime talk about some new ideas.


What is the most popular dish that you prepare at Le French?


& A The Gniiri, our vegan dish that originated from the northern region of Senegal, where our family is from. The dish was inspired by our

grandmother’s cooking and all the fond childhood memories we have of her. We added a twist to it, so now it really reflects who we are with our respective background and cultures.

photo credit: Rachel Adams



Colorado's Finest Cookbook Authors


n 2009, Holly Arnold Kinney – proprietress of Colorado’s iconic restaurant, The Fort – formed a publishing company, the Fur Trade Press, LLC, and in the fall of 2010, published an award-winning cookbook, Shinin’ Times at The Fort … Stories, Recipes and Celebrations at the Colorado Landmark Restaurant, which was nominated as a finalist in the Colorado Humanities Book of the Year Award.


art memoir, part cookbook – with beautiful photography from award-winning photographer, Lois Ellen Frank – Kinney shares the stories behind the recipes that have long been favorites of The Fort, which was also her family home. The book features historic recipes with a modern twist alongside anecdotes from Kinney’s childhood, growing up in the kitchen of the restaurant and exploring magical Red Rocks country with her beloved pets, Sissy Bear, a Canadian Black Bear cub, and Lobo the German Shephard.

Holly Arnold Kinney


he Colorado Cocktail Cookbook includes recipes from around the state of Colorado, 58 in all from Aspen to Denver, Colorado Springs to Ft Collins. Whether looking to try your hand at crafting a favorite cocktail or where to find a delicious concoction at a local haunt, Colorado Cocktail Cookbook has sweet and savory recipes galore.


uthor and photographer Chad Chisholm has also penned Imbibe Worldwide and Unique Eats and Eateries of Denver. His photography and writing can be found in publications such as Robb Report, AFAR, Wall St Journal, Broadmoor Magazine, Cowboys & Indians, 5280, AAA EnCompass, Conde Nast Traveler and Forbes. Growing up in Evergreen, CO, Chisholm’s knowledge of the local industry brings colorful insight to the pages of the cookbook.

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erri George, a native Floridian with 2 grown sons and 3 grandchildren, is a thirty-five year veteran in event catering. In 2005, she relocated her business and family to Denver and orchestrated her signature style of “dining on location” for businesses, professionals and socialites, through her company, Catering by George!


ntil ... 2009, when at the height of her career, Jerri was suddenly sidelined by a near death bout with Bacterial Meningitis. She spent 28 days in a coma and months in rehab but survived and thrived choosing to use this time to make a difference.

F Jerri George

rom her hospital bed she authored the best-selling, CIPA EVVY award winning book, CATERSAVVY “Secrets of the Trade Revealed”. Jerri invited 36 other caterers to be involved in the book. Each supplied a war story of being in the catering business and a recipe.


ow, recovered, Jerri has opened under the name Upper Crust Catering. With local Chef Ken Wyble they are bringing her business back to it’s former glory with a twist! Serving brides, charitable organizations, corporations and businesses throughout Denver and the front range, they donate a % of event profits to the client’s charity of choice.


n October of 2019, Jerri launched the first book in a Romance/Suspense series with a Denver catering diva as her main character. The series based in Denver will shine a spotlight on local venues and businesses. Early reviews are all five stars.


n college, Stefanie Jones was voted “Most Likely to Talk to Anyone,” a superlative that accurately predicted her future career in PR. From a very

young age she loved asking people to tell her stories and to this day, she’s known to talk to strangers in the grocery store.


ones loves working in an industry that’s constantly evolving. She started Feed Media in 2003, the same year that MySpace

launched. At that time, she says, traditional press coverage was the primary tool PR pros used. Fast forward more than a decade and her tool belt has expanded massively - social strategy, digital marketing, influencer engagement, content creation and so much more are all possible tools being wielded on behalf of Feed Media’s clients.


hen meeting with people interested in a career in public relations, Jones asks what they think PR is, and has found

there’s a misconception that publicists lead glam-

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orous lives filled with parties, openings, dinners and galas. In fact, she says, most often the publicists are the ones at the door holding the un-glamorous clipboard, checking guests in, or greeting media and escorting them over to meet their clients. Jones makes it clear that PR isn’t about parties. It’s hard work and hustle, listening carefully and crafting content expertly, switching context by the minute and juggling constantly to keep dozens of balls in the air. It’s telling the important stories that introduce people to something new.


ecause in the end, she says, it’s all about the stories.

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“Coco Chanel: Innovator Absolute” by Richard Carroll Despite being blessed with astonishing fashion in- bedspread, and often crowned with headwear that tellect and brilliance that even Einstein might have most resembled a bird’s nest imprudently plucked admired, the bewilderingly mystifying and unpre- from the wild and affixed to elaborate up-dos. dictably perplexing Coco Chanel lived with an icy awareness of apprehension throughout her life and Coco understood that fashion was an art form that was ceaselessly striving for inner peace and serenity.

was initiated on paper with a sketch, and fortunately her artistic astuteness extended to a solid grasp of the

Fashion aficionados and Chanel devotees have fre- composition and movement of the female body. With quently questioned, did she, in reality, truly recognize an absolute disregard for tradition, she was earthy, her entrancing inner self? Her individuality set her elegant, and enormously skilled and dexterous. She apart, while her astonishing imagination frequent- could sew, stitch, seam, embroider, and hem, and crely upgraded the particulars of her life in various de- ate a stylish look before lunch time with scissors that grees. She incessantly skirmished with the hands seemed to be attached permanently to her hands. of time that seemed to her to be remorselessly descending on a steep decline. For Coco, youth was an From Meager… imperative. She routinely erased her years to match Samur, where in 1883 Gabrielle Chanel was born, was her mood, even adjusting those on her passport, and an historic working town tucked between the Loire never grasped the concept that age is just a number. and Thouet rivers in western France and home to a charity hospice for the poor administered by the SisChanel’s unsurpassed fashion intellect put her at the ters of Providence. Her father, Albert, a wandering forefront of her era. She was distinguished for her street hawker, was not present at her birth. Her mothskillful observations of current French trends, the er, Jeanne, a laundry woman, died when Chanel was traditional and admired fashions of the day that she eleven while the family of seven was living in a oneshrewdly observed on the streets of France, as well room lodging in Brive-la-Gaillarde. as the attire seen within the trendy and elite society circles. Chanel was an eccentric modern woman with Her father, a regrettable and insensitive creature, a sharp wit, unique artistic complexity, and was sig- quickly went into action sending his two young sons nificantly out of step with the French fashion of her to a farm as manual workers. He then piled Chanel time; in essence, Coco was appalled.

and her three sisters into a cart and headed via a sixmile journey to the medieval village of Aubazine and

A matchless soul, extraordinarily fastidious, Chanel a Cistercian monastery and abbey that dated back to was born to revolutionize the world of fashion with 1135 where he discarded them and vanished. Chanel an optimistic and confident thrust. Coco’s stand was was an instantaneous orphan. Though in later life she impulsively original with a deliberate disregard for erroneously spoke of her father as leaving for America the long-established, heavy-handed, Victorian style in search of a better life, it is alleged that she never of the day seen in the choking corseted profile, un- saw nor heard from her father again, nor mentioned wieldy embroidery, frills, trimmings, embellishments, the word orphan. and trappings, with dress wear frequently covering

Gabrielle spent the next seven years of her childhood

She had lovers and affairs throughout her life, most

in the strict, bare-bones orphanage. It was here, dur-

of whom were womanizers, including the affluent

ing her years at Aubazine that she learned how to

Duke of Windsor, and a German officer with whom

use a needle as the nuns instructed her in the inten-

she was accused of collaborating during World War

sive skills of stitching and darning. Subsequently her

II, but with the help of friend Winston Churchill the

aunts assisted in furthering her sewing skills. At 18,

charges were dropped.

Chanel was sent from the orphanage to the Notre Dame Religious School in Moulins, arriving dirt poor,

Her work ethic was unrivaled; she was designing and

clad in

second-hand clothing. She was certainly

detailing on her latest collection the day before she

viewed by the more financially endowed students to

died, January 10, 1971. Her creativity reaching to the

be in the lowest social stratum as an orphaned char-

21st century, Chanel is recognized world-wide for her

ity student, but Gabrielle was quickly accumulating

pockets of delight.

talent as a seamstress, and enormously enjoyed the last laugh. Chanel, twenty-three, attractive and vivacious, met and lived with her first lover, Etienne Balsan, a wealthy playboy. Three years later she fell madly in love with Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel. Capel, affluent and prosperous, financed her first shop and was a huge influence during their nine-year affair, until he was killed in a car accident in 1919. She opened her foremost boutique in 1910 at rue Cambon, Paris, and her career and style blossomed, initially with straw hats and later by the brilliant simplicity of her uncomplicated and chic clothing. Chanel’s broad-based and practical look appealed to nearly every taste, and her trademark, “The Little Black Dress” with strands of pearls, the Chanel suit, a short-cut hair style, accented with hints of fragrance No. 5, remains a classic of women’s fashion today. She designed costumes for the Ballet Russes in 1924; her look was seen in Paris throughout the madness and energy of the Lost Generation, and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, while Vogue Magazine recognized her as, “The greatest couturiere of our age.”

Richard Carroll is a nationally known travel writer honored with eight international writing awards. Richard has covered all seven continents, and with family heritage dating to early Colorado.

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5 Habits to Amplify Your Magnetism

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“5 Habits to Amplify Your Magnetism” by Michelle Mras

In the song “Looking for Love” by Johnny Lee, he sings we are “looking for love in all the wrong places”. Many of us are. Whenever we seek validation from outside of ourselves. The secret to finding external validation is to discover it from within. Have you told your body and mind how grateful you are? Probably not. We take ourselves for granted. If a person talked or treated our sibling, child or best friend the way we often speak and treat ourselves, we would advise them to leave immediately. Learning to love ourselves takes intentional actions every single day. Once you appreciate who you are, external validation becomes irrelevant and as a result, your magnetism amplifies. Keeping your body agile and healthy helps engage the amplification by reducing negative thoughts. No, I’m not providing a workout or a meal plan. Anyone can add these simple selflove habits: 1) When you wake, stretch to get the blood flowing throughout your body. Once your feet touch the floor, reach for the sky and then touch your toes. Turn to the nearest wall and do push-ups against it. Mentally appreciate what your body can do. 2) While in the shower, allow a minute for the water to run down your skull. Breathe deeply and remember the calming feeling of the water. 3) Send a “Good morning” text to someone special in your life. Brightening the morning for someone else sets your mind to think positive thoughts. 4) As you prepare for your day, look in the mirror and compliment yourself as you’d compliment your best friend, “Looking sharp!”; “That color looks phenomenal on you!”; “You’re going to rock this interview!”; etc… you get the idea. 5) Whenever you feel overwhelmed or self-depreciating thoughts, recall the feeling of the water on your head, then ask yourself these four questions from The Work, by Byron Katie:


Is it true? (Yes/No. If no, move to C.)


Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or No.)


How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?


Who would you be without this thought?

Amplifying your magnetism begins with intentionally setting your mindset. Love and validate yourself to be the best version of you.

Michelle’s infectious presentations inspire her audiences to rise above negative self-talk and reclaim their inner strength to achieve life-altering transformation. She is a powerful survivor, an award winning International TEDx Speaker, Coach, Trainer and the host of the Podcast, MentalShift. Michelle co-leads a 2-Day Breakthrough Speaker Mastery Bootcamp. The Author of two published books: Eat, Drink and Be Mary: A Glimpse Into a Life Well Lived (also on Audible) and It’s Not Luck: Overcoming You. Michelle has been seen on National Public Radio, International Movie Database (IMDB), and PBS. She was awarded top coach out of 8 thousand coaches world-wide for the John Maxwell Culture Award and received the Women’s Economic Forum’s Women of Excellence Award for Inspiration.

Self-Love vs Love of Self: Knowing the Difference is Key By Kirk M. Samuels

Kirk M Samuels is “The Intimacy Incubator”. He is a gifted speaker and an award-winning member of Toastmaster’s International. At his lowest point, Kirk was ready to end his life. Then, after the most significant of breakthroughs, he created classes for men, young and old, called Free Indeed and UpliftHim MLI. His book For Your Eyes Only: The Inside Scoop About Men, Porn, and Marriage peels back the layers of addictions and relationships. Kirk is a featured radio personality on The Real Traci Rock Show and The Corner Café Radio. Kirk is a board member of Step Seven and Advisory Council of BeMen.

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“Self-Love vs Love of Self: Knowing the Difference is Key” By Kirk Samuels

It’s difficult today for most to give and receive love in ways we truly desire. Most have wounds from the past which can create a fly in the window effect. Attracted by what appears to be everywhere it wants to be, the fly buzzes around the window in a futile effort to get there. Eventually it’s dead on the sill, millimeters away from freedom. Many of us will end belly up on the sill of life, never reaching the love goals we seek. Getting past the window of Love begins in the mirror of acceptance. We must love who we see in the mirror while accepting that what we see as a work in progress. Without loving ourselves, we cannot truly love someone else. Furthermore, if someone were to love us, we’d lack capacity to receive it and will likely find a way to sabotage it. Loving yourself first is critical. In today’s culture, loving yourself can easily become its own obstacle though. Here are two viewpoints to consider in loving yourself in the healthiest ways.

Self-love This is giving yourself the grace, hope, compassion, and acceptance you most need. Only you know what you need to hear and when. Be free to express those things to yourself in the mirror on a daily or even hourly basis. Nurse your wounds until they become scars. Take a journey of healing and reflection. Through this process, you will be able to offer someone else the most complete version of you as possible.

Love of Self This is the narcissistic tendency we find in a social media culture. It’s the person who crosses the line from body-positive to self-objectification in exchange for a heart or Like button validation. This type of love posts more mirror selfies than with friends or family in the shot. Unfortunately, this type of love puts vanity and self at the center and will never survive a relationship where two people are involved. The origination and intent of loving yourself, though vital, must come from the correct heart source in order to translate and manifest in the world around us.

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Beaujolais Nouveau Week By Maia Parrish

photo credit: Rachel Adams

Maia Parish is a Nationally Published Sommelier and Wine Judge She hosts a podcast called Hungry, Tipsy, & Grown; and a live streaming show called “Tales of a Wine Mistress�. Ms. Parish owns and operates The Wine Suite LLC. She produces entertaining wine events and has an obsession with food. She lives in Denver and has one daughter. TW @thewinemistress IG @thewinemistress

The French have an expression “dîner en tête-à-tête”,

I was enthralled with the balance of the flavors of the

which means a romantic dinner. Food has always

mushrooms and foie gras. I almost licked the bowl.

been a part of the seduction and romance within

This was also the winning dish from the Beaujolais

France. It’s part of their culture. A great marriage of

and Beyond event.

these two ideals can be seen during Beaujolais Wine Week.

We eventually transitioned to the red wines. We sampled two Beaujolais’ by Maison L’Envoyé

Beaujolais is a red wine made from the Gamay grape

portfolio. The 2016 Fleurie had hints of spice and red

and produced in the Beaujolais region of France. The

berry fruit. This wine paired best with the

Nouveau wine is young and released on the third

fourth course of Salmon. I was very impressed with

Thursday of November.

this roasted salmon dish with roasted veggies and a potato puree. Magnifique!!

The French Chamber of Commerce of the Rocky

The 2016 Morgon Côte du Py had darker cherry

Mountain Region produced the 20th annual

notes with star anise and earthy undertones.

Beaujolais and Beyond event at Nativ Hotel.

The finish lingered on your tongue and paired best

Georges DeBoeuf’s ( Daddy of Beaujolais) 2019

with the Le Boeuf Bourguignon. Lovely pieces of An-

Beaujolais Nouveau was the featured wine. I was

gus beef short rib braised in red wine sauce

honored to judge this event with Chef Julien

and served with potato puree, cremini mushrooms,

Renaut of Le Belle French Bakery. One of the

and carrots.

participating chefs were from the restaurant Le French.

Le French is located in the Belleview station area of the Denver Tech Center. They specialize in

Le French is founded by Senegalese French

modern Parisian cuisine and have an in house

sisters Aminata and Rougui Dia. The day before

casual-chic French bakery.

we went to Le French for a Media day dinner. The first course was a nod to their Senegalese roots. We sampled a dish called Accara, a crispy beancake with house-made tomato salsa. The next two courses paired with a 2017 Perles De Sauvignon Blanc from Gerard Bertrand. The white wine was crisp with herbal flavors and hints of citrus. The wine paired well with the second dish called Betteraves & Lentilles. The salad had roasted beets nestled with arugula, baby spinach, pickled lentils, pine nuts, basil, and dressed with walnut-Verjus vinaigrette. The third course was a vision of Escargot & Croustillant. Escargot, mushroom, red wine with foie gras and crispy kale.

A Most Heavenly Treat:

The Macaron

You scan the pastel colored treats on display- from

Having perfected the science of baking the macaron,

vanilla and red velvet to pistachio or cookies and

Heather’s artistic side took over, and she soon start-

cream. Biting into it, the crunch of the outer shell

ed experimenting with unique flavors, colors, shapes

immediately melts into a chewy texture covering a

and designs. She even partnered with a friend in the

creamy filling. In your mind’s eye, you’re transported

liquor industry to create her signature “boozy mac”,

to a French Laduree. This classic sweet treat is the tra-

a liquor infused macaron! While her macarons are

ditional French pastry, the macaron.

baked to traditional French standards, they are anything but your common macaron.

You may have seen these delicious pastries floating around coffee shops, your local market or bakery as

Bella Macaron, although still without a storefront can

they have recently become very popular in America

be found with select local retailers such as Brew Tea

as a unique and luxury treat. Although they are be-

and Coffee Bar, Blanchard’s Family Wines and dp’s

coming more common, it is still rare to find a macaron

Sweet Life, online through her retail website https://

baked to traditional French standards. Baking a mac- or seasonally at local farmers’

aron (although made from a simple base of confec-

markets. Bella Macaron’s available flavors are chang-

tioner’s sugar, almond flour, beaten egg whites and

ing constantly!

granulated sugar) can be an extremely sensitive and finicky process unbeknownst to many. That’s where local baker and artist, Heather Carpenter, owner of Bella Macaron, comes into play. Heather started experimenting with the art of macaron baking two years ago while diving into some French literature novels. While listening to her stories, she baked dozens upon dozens of macarons until she finally perfected it as her own science. Heather gifted many of the treats to her friends. Much to her surprise, they immediately started demanding more! These were the best macarons they had ever had! Bella Macaron soon launched as a vendor at the local Westminster Farmers Market, where she took over by storm. “I’ve been to Paris and Bella Macaron has some of the best macarons I have tasted! They are beautiful and taste divine. Not too sweet and some of the most amazing flavors – banana split, cookie dough, salted caramel, blueberry pancakes, red velvet, lavender, Nutella. I have been going to the Westminster Farmers Market once or twice a month just for these. Once it ends, I’ll be placing orders regularly.” -customer review



A View from Villa Belrose by Richard Carrol Photography by Halina Kubalski Carved by the ageless whims of the natural world, the undying wind and rain, and the ceaseless rhythms of time, the Saint Tropez setting is a sweet symphony evoking a special affection like a hauntingly gorgeous gleam from the earth. The intoxicating power of the soft lingering Saint Tropez light has attracted an astonishing collection of the planet’s elite artists. With pallets in hand, Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Buffet, Pierre Bonnard, and a multitude of others have been inspired by the treasures and awe-inspiring textures of Saint Tropez and the far-reaching Cote d’ Azure. A stunning unobstructed view, noted among the best panoramas in Saint Tropez, expands to the horizon from the striking 40-room Five Star Villa Belrose which sits high on a hillside tucked among pricey homes in Gassin, 2.3 mile from city center. The landscape, a maze of green foliage tumbling downward helter-skelter, sets a dramatic backdrop for the celebrated Saint Tropez Bay, the Mediterranean mutating from turquoise to deep blue to hues of lime green etched and sliced by whitecaps. A capricious offshore breeze on a good day dapples the sea, snapping the sails of tall-masted vessels who call on the port from around the world with flags fluttering. The Villa Belrose’s mesmerizing vista stretches from Saint Tropez’s harbor on the far right to the historic SainteMaxime, a sanctuary for artists, writers and poets. In 1944, the Villa would have been a marvelous spot from which to watch the U.S. 45 Division landing on the town’s beach, defeating the Germans, and beginning the liberation of Southern France.

Lanky Robert-Jan van Straaten who checked in at Villa Belrose some 20 years ago as General Manager and Director General explained, “We do enjoy this view. It greatly emphasizes the beauty of Saint Tropez, which is a small town that opens up to the world year-after-year. Over time Saint Tropez hasn’t changed, it’s the world that’s changed. You can complain here but it’s a complaint on a high level.”

photo credit: Halina Kubalski The five-star Villa Belrose, Saint Tropez

Smiling, “In Saint Tropez there is always some one who has more money than you, so the city doesn’t alter for those with deep pockets. It levels the lifestyle. A club turned down Tom Cruise one night because it was full, but a few minutes before did have space for a young couple on a limited budget.” Sipping Rose wine and sitting near a sweeping colonnade staircase that leads to a pool, van Straaten continued, “Life is good in Saint-Tropez and an ideal base to explore nearby towns and villages,” pointing towards the bay, “such as Sainte-Maxime that is often overlooked by visitors, as is traffic-free Port-Grimaud, the Little Venice of France. Six miles south is Ramatuelle, a remarkable medieval village, and from the Citadelle, 1602-07, overlooking town there is an additional view. All are important aspects of a visit to Saint-Tropez and the pleasures of the Cote d’azur.” In Saint-Tropez, a place as magical as the bubbles in fine French champagne, the pleasures of Old Town spread inward from the harbor with two and three story shuttered 17th, 18th and 19th buildings leaning on one another like old pals, one group separated from another only by narrow pedestrian-only passageways.

photo credit: Halina Kubalski Saint Tropez Harbor

photo credit: Halina Kubalski The Villa Belrose is a five-star beauty and ranked among the top hotels along the French Riviera

Richard Carroll is a nationally known travel writer honored with eight international writing awards. Richard has covered all seven continents, and with family heritage dating to early Colorado.

The Tropezian’s with their on-going love affair with dogs are seen weaving through the passageways hanging on to their leashes as the dogs recognize fellow canines with a tail wag or growl. Though noisy motor scooters and other vehicles patiently wind their way through the city streets, some on their way to Nice or Marseille (pedestrians beware), the hefty bouquet of affluence is drifting through the town in a silver challis. Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Hermes, Pierre Cardin and others have a huge presence in the town their shadows greatly dominating, not unlike the collection of million-dollar yachts moored in the harbor, some large enough to host an 18-piece swing band with vocalists. The little town by the bay came together in 1955 when Bridget Bardot filmed El Dieu Crea la Fenme (And God Created Woman) on a nearby beach a few miles southeast of Saint-Tropez. Bardot, a long-standing resident, lives in La Madrague, a gated home overlooking the bay. She is seldom seen, but is an avid Animal Right’s advocate with her Bridget Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. Bardot unwittingly created a destination for the so-called Jet Set, international celebrities, those in search of a better world, and film personalities not eager to share an autograph. The Saint Tropez high season kicks into gear each year from April to October. The string of Pampelonne Bay beach targets, led by the internationally recognized Nikki Beach, is party time a la Cote d’Azur. The population soars and Saint-Tropez lives up to its reputation. Under a hot sun and on warm star-lit nights, it’s the place to be seen, beach wear sells off the racks, bikinis and mimosas pair happily, multiple languages mix in an agreeable clamor, the music at Nikki Beach pulses through the air, and it’s great to be young again, if only in spirit.

In town, shops and restaurants are eagerly listening for footsteps. On Rue General Allard, a narrow, one-way street stretching a long city block from Hotel Paris to the harbor, 50 or so shops and boutiques line both sides of the road, with hundreds more in the old sector and beyond. Restaurants with sidewalk tables are also lined up along the yacht-filled harbor, allowing just enough space for artists to display their artwork. Dining in Saint-Tropez can be extraordinary, Villa Belrose’s Executive Chef, Pietro Volonte, who calls Lake Como home, studied the art of inspired cuisine in Italy and has been honored with a Villa Belrose Michelin Star. Working with a large inventory of French and Italian wines, Volonte’s dishes are a “must for those who love an imaginative table”. His creative international cuisine can be enjoyed at the elegant Le Belrose Restaurant or Le Petit Belrose on the terrace with that stunning view.

photo credit: Halina Kubalski downtown Saint Tropez

“Saint Tropez will not disappoint,” Robert Jan van Straaten insists, “It’s here for one and all.” Villa Belrose is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, www.

photo credit: Halina Kubalski The House of Chanel Saint Tropez

photo credit: Halina Kubalski Saint Tropez harbor

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Is Core Strength Really the Issue? By Michele Zang Forsberg

Over the years I have had physical therapy patients come to visit me and many of them tell me that they have been told OR they have come to the conclusion on their own that what they are lacking is core strength. If they could only strengthen their core, all their problems would be solved. There was a time I must admit that I bought into that philosophy and had my patients doing plank challenges, holding their core in a sustained contraction over long periods to help them get their desired results. Through my studies though I am reminded of the things I’ve learned throughout the years; that what we really need is trunk mobility AND the ability to access and activate the proper core muscles (which include the pelvic floor) when the need arises. This means we need to train the core muscles to develop strategies designed to stabilize us in the tasks our individual bodies utilize on a regular basis. So, as much as I love a good plank challenge, in my world it doesn’t really translate into a good strategy to fit my needs. (In fact, it may have led to some restrictions from over activating the wrong muscles that were holding me back.) I like to run, to dance, and I even like martial arts/kick boxing classes, all of which require my upper body to rotate in opposition of my lower body. They also require that different muscles be activated at different intervals rather than all at once like in a plank. I am almost 2/3 of the way finished with this amazing year-long clinical mentorship in the Integrated Systems Model (aka ISM, more on this later), and during the course we spend a lot of time digging into the relationship between the thorax (rib cage region of the torso) and the pelvic girdle. In the course we emphasize the importance of having a functional thorax, capable of opposite rotations in order to effectively perform movements like walking, running, swinging golf clubs, tennis racquets and the like.

Michele Forsberg PT, MS is a holistic manual physical therapist and owner of Align PT Manual Physical Therapy and Mind Body Studio in Longmont. She is highly sought out by local patients as well as those from other states and even some international clients for her eclectic approach and specialty in working with those who have scar tissue / adhesions in the abdominal and pelvic region. She has been a licensed physical therapist for over 20 years and comes from a professional dance background where her love for movement and the body began. As the creator of the FeminEnegyÂŽ program for women she is passionate about empowering women to deepen their relationship with their bodies and themselves through movement, pelvic education, self care and connection with other women.

The thorax needs freedom of movement but it also needs to be controlled in order to handle compressive loads. It’s got important connections to the neck, head and shoulders, and it’s also houses some of the abdominal organs, diaphragm, heart, lungs and sympathetic nervous system. Through fascia and muscles like the psoas, abdominal and spinal muscles the thorax works in concert with the pelvic girdle, hips and legs to provide stability and motion of the torso.

My personal epiphany: In my last ISM training we uncovered that my 3rd and 4th ribs were shifted out of place and were the cause of my pelvic floor weakness; this was found by correcting the rib alignment and witnessing the dramatic improvement in my pelvic muscle function. Recently during my runs, I had been having an increasingly hard time really breathing and expanding my ribs and allowing my diaphragm to descend with my inhalation. My energy levels also were lower especially while running. I also linked this restriction to some worrisome chest pains I had been having in the past 5 months, which made no sense for someone with such stellar cardiac health. Here comes the epiphany… during one of my runs a few weeks ago I was feeling stifled in my rib cage, I couldn’t take a deep breath, my gut felt wrenched. I thought about my recent rib discovery and a little voice in my head said “pump those arms more” …”rotate your thorax.” And so I did, and it felt great, I felt a little release in the tissues beneath my breast bone. Suddenly I could take a deeper breath, my legs were taking longer strides. When I got home, I was full of those endorphins I hadn’t felt in awhile. I had more energy and was experiencing a sense of euphoria. Here’s the crazy part, my running pace improved; for the first time in years I was running in under a 10 min mile!

What did I do specifically? Brain Mapping: I intentioned and visualized a new strategy for my body to follow during my run, I coached myself to get into an easeful movement pattern that allowed me to free things up without overdoing it. In the ISM model, making new brain maps for patients to create new strategies is one of the key components.

Mobilization: From the ISM training I realized that I had some funky business going on in my upper ribs so knew the shoulders were going to have an effect on it. Pumping my arms and twisting my trunk mobilized my rib cage and the fascial connections that were restricting my diaphragm from moving freely. By incrementally increasing my range of motion during my arm swing I was able to get a good release of that tissue. READ more HERE.





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Changing Skincare with the Change of the Seasons By Michael Moore

“Changing Skincare with the Change of the Seasons” by Michael Moore

As the weather changes, you need to make changes into the wardrobe, as well your beauty routine. The skincare needs to change dramatically from Fall to Winter. For great looking skin year-round, make sure you change the products for each season. Changing up the Cleansing routine. In Fall we perspire so much more as well outside a bit more often. We tend to use products that clean the pores a bit deeper that can tend to dry the skin out in the cooler months. When the skin is feeling a bit more tender or even slightly irritated, switch to a gentler product that is soap free, or even moisturizing. I recommend cutting down on the number of time you wash your face in the Winter to avoid stripping the skin and causing excessive dryness.

Think before moisturizing. Think before moisturizing. Think about as the air gets colder and a drier, leave the lighter moisturizers in the drawer. I like adding a heavier crème for the cooler months, and possibly a balm type product for the evening hours, or whenever the skin is needing something a bit more. Michael Moore has worked in the cosmetics industry since 1988 with brand leaders such as Bobbi Brown Essentials, Chanel, and Estée Lauder. In New York City, he was often seen backstage during fashion week, supporting major designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Bob Mackie, and Vera Wang.

Michael’s client list includ-

ed Oscar winners, First Ladies of the United States, and royalty.

Eventually, the quality of the Colorado lifestyle—the healthy, natural atmosphere that inspires his technique—drew him out west, where he opened Moore For Life in Denver’s own center of chic, Cherry Creek North.

Time to turn it over. In the bright sun of the Colorado sky, we protect ourselves with so much SPF. It often results in the skin being a bit dull when the winter sets in. This is the time I recommend for you to start to use your retinols and investing in your esthetician with peels, micro dermabrasion.

Practice Protection. After you’ve eradicated the summer and fall damage on your skin, make sure you keep it totally protected through the winter with UV protection. Use sunscreen as well a sunscreen foundation or BB crème. These products are to help your skin year round to prevent premature aging, fine line as wrinkles. Making the simple changes will keep you looking great all year long!



“The Rich History of Denver/ The Transcontinental Railroad and The City” (Part 4) John Small After several disputes concerning the real, or more

the western interconnecting access point with a lit-

geographically correct - proposed, yet different-

tle help from The Union Pacific and Kansas Pacific

ly decided “Promontory Point” or formal east-west

Railroad Executives. Well, maybe a lot of help from


at least one of the two and a tremendous amount of




whether it were to be truly Utah or Colorado, Colo-

“Denver diligence” in the process.

radans were chagrined by its state and city’s “pass over” in favor of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Like the old,

On November 14, 1867, one representative, George

less than mature adage claims, “When God grants

Francis Train (yes - his real name!) delivered quite

you, in your life only lemons - one must make lem-

a lecture on behalf of The Union Pacific Railroad in

onade!”. That’s exactly what the strong and resilient

Denver. His bone of contention included the decision

Coloradans did. From the moment the state was

to bypass the city for connectivity to the cross na-

alerted to the decision that it would not be consid-

tional railway. His passionate speech both unnerved

ered en route to the Rockies via the continuance of

and enthralled the audience, convincing the at-

The Transcontinental Railroad, “Denverites” realized

tendees to ignore the fateful decision and construct

the nation’s mistake with some valuable collateral.

the city’s own line, running it north and joining the

Knowing the value of the area’s extensive system

Transcontinental Railroad’s plans for a budget of no

of silver mines and iron ore, Colorado’s chief city’s

more than two million dollars! Universal was the de-

residents would not allow the federal government

cision, as the enthusiastic townspeople began plan-

to ignore the territory’s worth for the nation. Den-

ning the line. Denver residents would not be denied!

ver would have its way, despite being passed up for

John J.K. Small has taught High School English and History courses for 36 years and College Education and English courses for the past 22. He has been the copy editor for ELIFE and NoCo magazines, contributing multiple articles for the past four and two years respectively. Constructing myriad business plans, marketing strategy overviews and power point presentations, John has assisted several entrepreneurs as well, during that span. John lives with his wife and son in New York.

John Evans, the Denver Territory local governor

What would have happened to our great city if

spearheaded the plan following the unanimous

these risk-filled efforts by our powerfully intrep-

vote. Within three days were $300,000 raised and

id forefathers had never manifested? The answer

The Denver Pacific Railway and Telegraph System

(to the borderline rhetorical question) is - It would

experienced its origin. Although the rest of the fi-

have unfortunately and more so inevitably become

nancial procurement was more difficult, Evans per-

a Ghost Town! Although the metaphor fits here,

suaded The Kansas Pacific to grant right of way in

the literal phenomena will be discussed in our next

both the states of Colorado and Wyoming, as well

issue, for just as every American great city’s physi-

as petitioning The Kansas Pacific to finance the re-

cal history and its understanding or recognition is

mainder of the money after The Union Pacific’s iron

quintessential to its longevity, so too is its spiritual

procurement for the road fell through. Like nearly

posterity. We’ll examine those famous and infa-

everything else that the great city of Denver es-

mous people who contributed to Denver’s develop-

tablished since its inception, so too was the route

ment, especially those, who even after their earthly

which would eventually be built, opening on June

lives ended - refused to leave!

22, 1870. Once again, Denver perseverance won out! So much for the trials and tribulations of the northern connection, for a southern connection was equally necessary. The Denver Pacific would connect via The San Luis Valley becoming The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. The new city of Alamosa was created as a result, springing up along one of the bends of the River, just west of Fort Garland. The new town and hopefully a future potential agricultural city, was planned to rival both Denver and Colorado Springs in time. Unfortunately, that piece of the state’s history puzzle never comfortably fit! As for the best connection to the east, The Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad reached Denver in June of 1882. Although predominately a carrier of freight was the line, the first passenger train didn’t arrive in Denver until the following month or July 2, 1882. Now, all four Cardinal Points of rail transportation, both freight and passenger were satisfied making Denver the important western railway “Hub” since. Source: Wikipedia- George Francis Train

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Parlez-moi en français s’il vous plaît (Speak French to me, please !) by Karen Rowan

How to Learn the Language of Love The Best Way to Learn French is “On the Pillow” If you want to learn French, fall for a native French speaker. Expose yourself to the intoxicating, irresistible, sexy accent of the French speaker and gradually pick up what you hear. Learning French, or any language, is actually not difficult. Anyone reading this successfully acquired a language, probably as an infant. As children, the words we hear over and over and over are our first words. If streams of romantic <<Je’t’aime très très très fort, ma chérie >> (“I love you so strongly, my Love”) and <<Je t’aime avec tout mon cœur.>> (“I love you with my whole heart”) are what you hear over and over and over, these will be the words you can say. Falling in love with French is easy. Every word sounds like poetry. French conversations rise and fall with a musical cadence. Sexy Frenchmen and women can be irresistible. Sock Juice By night the romantic story is the Eiffel Tower in the rain. By day, even dinner at 9pm and daily diets of bread and cheese can be overcome eventually. Everything except coffee. If French coffee, the consistency of oatmeal and the strength of four shots of espresso, is served to you in bed,

and your regular morning coffee with cream is called “sock juice” (jus de chaussettes), it will not matter that it is served with the words “café français.” Rumi did not know about jus de chaussettes. The Second Best Way to Learn French A teacher trained in speaking “Motherease”, talking to you the way your parents did, can replicate saying the same things over and over that you really need for daily communication, like «un café américain, s’il vous plaît » Classes with a good teacher work. It is not true that Parisians will not speak to you if your French is not perfect. If you make an effort to communicate in whatever French you know, they will not switch to English. Simply learn to say, «Parlez-moi en français s’il vous plaît ! »

In Paris I bought a painting from a street artist and told him I loved his painting. “Je t’aime le tableau”, I said, which means “I love you. Painting.” He gave me his phone number. On second thought, maybe love will find its way through all languages on its own.

Karen Rowan teaches Spanish to adults through Fluency Fast Language Classes, writes easy readers for language learners and trains other language teachers all over the world. She is superpowered in English and Spanish and is currently working in France growing her 3rd superpower. When not traveling, she lives and teaches in Denver.

“Love will find its way through all languages on its own,” says Rumi.




17th Annual Steer at The Brown 75th Annual Steer at The Brown took place on Friday, January 24th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The National Western Stock Show’s 2020 Grand Champion Steer (Olaf) and the Reserve Champion Steer (Zion) waltzed down the red carpet into Denver’s most elegant and iconic room — the nine-story atrium lobby of The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa — were adorned with roses and presided over the hotel’s longstanding tradition of afternoon high-tea. The champion steers made their regal entrance into The Brown Palace lobby at 11:00 a.m. The public was invited to observe this beloved tradition (no reservations necessary) and can took photos with the Grand Champion Steer and runner up. Rodeo royalty was also on hand for photos and autographs. Following the event, the Grand Champion Steer headed to the Auction of Junior Champions and was sold that evening. Past champions have sold for more than $100,000! This unique Denver tradition is a celebration of the Mile High City’s western heritage — in 1945 Dan Thornton’s prize-winning Hereford steer won the grand champion prize in the national western stock show. Thorton wanted to show off his stock and Mr. Boettcher (the Brown’s then owner) was happy to have the prize winners showcased in his lobby on the 19th of January, Tea with the Steer has been a time-honored tradition since that day.


Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, featuring 60 artworks, will reveal connections between artistic themes and techniques used by the two acclaimed American artists. Born a generation apart, both artists succeeded in capturing the quintessential American spirit through works of art at the turn of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, an era of growing industrialization and notions of the closing of the American western frontier. Winslow Homer (1836-1910), who was considered the most origFrederic Remington, The Broncho Buster (Wooly Chaps), modeled 1895 (cast by 1906). Bronze; 23 × 15 × 25 in. Gift of the Roath Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 2013.92. Photography © Denver Art Museum

inal painter of his time, prospered by creating masterful depictions of the Eastern Seaboard, while Frederic Remington (1861-1909) became famous for his iconic representations of the American West. The work of these two self-taught artists continues to be celebrated as independent, innovative, and homegrown.

CLAUDE MONET: Boulevard des Capucines 1873-1874

Frederic Remington, The Fall of the Cowboy, 1895. Oil on canvas; 25 × 35-1/8 in. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection, 1961.230.

Winslow Homer, Indian Boy with Canoe, about 1895. Watercolor on paper. Denver Art Museum: The T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Memorial Gift to the people of Denver and the area, 197.417.

Natural Forces is co-organized and co-curated by a team of four curators, including the DAM’s Thomas Brent Smith, Curator of Western American Art and Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, and Jennifer Henneman, Associate Curator of Western American Art; Diana Greenwold, Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art; and Maggie Adler, Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. It will debut at the DAM before traveling to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. A 225-page exhibition catalog, published in collaboration with Yale Publishing, will be available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online. National leading scholars contributing to the publication include Smith and Henneman, along with Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, Maggie Adler, Diana Greenwold, and Claire Barry, Director of Conservation at the Kimbell Art Museum.

CLAUDE MONET: View from Rouelles 1858

A Taste of Colorado Originally named Festival of Mountain and Plain established in 1895 as a carnival similar to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, the Festival was created to boost the city’s morale and vitality following the silver panic. The event, unsuccessful in ending Denver’s depression and declining in attendance, folded in 1902 when organizers were unable to obtain financial support. In 1983, the Downtown Denver Partnership decided to bring back the spirit of the original festival to commemorate the opening of the 16th Street Mall. The following year, A Taste of Colorado produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership was added to the Festival of Mountain and Plain name and concept and moved back to Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver, where the event first began. Mark your calendars for the 2020 A Taste of Colorado produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership over Labor Day weekend, September 5th, 6th and 7th. With a larger main stage, bigger national entertainment, VIP experience with private main stage viewing platforms and exclusive food and beverage offerings as well as an expanded Kids Zone, this years festival is a must see. The festival will continue its 37year tradition of being the largest free admission food and music festival in Colorado attracting over 500,000 attendees over the three-day weekend. A Taste of Colorado has something for everyone with over 50 food vendors, 175 marketplace vendors, a Kids Zone experience with arts, crafts & a children’s entertainment stage and the elevated music experience with a larger main stage featuring over 25 national and regional musical acts. This free weekend event will satisfy your ears and taste buds with a lineup of fabulous live music and incredible selection of food.

A Taste of

Colorado was chosen by USA TODAY as the 4th Best General Food Festival in the Country.

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Denver Pride Fest The 2019 Denver PrideFest will commemorate the 1969 riots at the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City, regarded by many as the beginning of the contemporary LGBTQ civil rights movement, with an exciting line-up of entertainers on all three stages June 15-16 at Civic Center Park. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. One year after the Stonewall riots, the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march was organized on June 28, 1970 to promote LGBTQ civil rights. The celebration was so popular that similar events began popping up as gay pride events in cities across the country. LGBTQ pride events have now become an annual June tradition for many cities across the globe and have led to increased visibility and acceptance for LGBTQ people everywhere. The first gay pride celebration took place in Denver in June 1975. This community gathering brought increased energy to the Denver LGBTQ community and one year later, activists moved to form what would become The Center on Colfax. Denver PrideFest is a free two-day festival that features live entertainment on three stages. The annual event is produced by The Center on Colfax, one of the state’s oldest LGBTQ organizations. In addition to entertainment, the festival features more than 200 exhibitors, food and drink. The Center on Colfax is a non-profit organization that serves more than 52,000 people annually at its facility in Denver’s Capitol. The PRIDE 5K kicks off the weekend on Saturday June 20 with a run/walk from the State Capitol to Cheesman Park and back. The 5K includes prizes for individual runners and teams. The centerpiece of the weekend is the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade on Sunday morning June 16. Stepping off at 9:30 am and attracting 100,000+ spectators, the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade marches from Cheesman Park to the festival at Civic Center Park via Colfax Avenue.

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D enver’s leading guide to highly-rated hotels, restaurants and culture

The Brown Palace The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is aptly named with its palatial atrium aweing guests of all ages. The hotel first opened in 1892 and has kept its historical charm while providing modern and luxurious amenities. A walking tour of the hotel is available to enlighten visitors of the heart and soul that went into its design and highlights special details only visible to a knowledgeable eye. Despite the close proximity to a bustling downtown, guests enjoy the many restaurant options on-site, including afternoon tea time in the stunning atrium, complete with devonshire cream shipped in directly from England, and the culinary mastery offered at the Palace Arms restaurant, served in a room with hand painted wallpaper and surrounded by ancient relics. 321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 297-3111

HOTELS The Crawford Hotel The Crawford is a truly unique hotel, located in Denver’s Union Station. Designed within the original walls of this historical landmark, which dates back to 1881, guests find themselves enjoying a new room experience at each visit, as no two rooms are the same. The hotel boasts historical yet modern design features, with rooms that feel cozy yet luxurious. Guests looking for a peaceful atmosphere can curl up with a good book in one of the reading nooks while those looking for more excitement need only walk downstairs to The Great Hall. Also known as Denver’s Living Room, The Great Hall features a vibrant array of shops and restaurants with award winning chefs. Whether patrons are enjoying a craft beer from the Terminal Bar or competing in a friendly game of shuffleboard, The Great Hall brings people together, a perfect reflection of the building’s original intention. 1701 Wynkoop Street Denver, CO 80202 (720) 460-3700

D Four Seasons Four Seasons hotels are known for their luxurious accommodations and unmatched customer service, and the Four Seasons Denver is no exception. From the moment guests enter the hotel, they are treated to an experience like no other. Large suites with stunning mountain views, unforgettable meals at the famed EDGE Restaurant & Bar, relaxing treatments at the full-service spa, and delicious cocktails served poolside at the rooftop pool oasis, are just a few of the unique amenities awaiting Four Seasons guests. Its convenient location across from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex and just steps away from Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall, allows guests easy access to shows, shopping, restaurants, sporting activities, and exciting nightlife offered in downtown Denver. 1111 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202 (303) 389-3000


The Gaylord of the Rockies Located minutes from Denver International Airport in the idyllic All American City of Aurora, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center will feature over 1,500 guest rooms including 114 well-appointed suites and over 485,000 square feet of extraordinary meeting and convention space. As a gateway to the Rockies, Gaylord Rockies will offer memorable experiences to its guests with first-class restaurants, a luxurious spa and salon, diverse shops, winding waterways and picture perfect sunset views. Rustic alpine charm and exciting “open-air� activity make this Rocky Mountain Front Range retreat an adventure in itself.

6700 North Gaylord Rockies Blvd. Aurora, Colorado 80019 (720) 452-6900

The Oxford Hotel The Oxford Hotel, in addition to being one of the most popular luxury hotels in downtown Denver, is the oldest operating hotel. It has seen many enhancements through the years, perfecting the art that is a luxury hotel, while preserving the character and integrity of its history. As a registered landmark on the National Register for Historic Places, and boasting a stunning display of art and historical architecture, it’s no wonder the hotel receives guests from across the globe. 1600 17th Street Denver, CO 80202 (303) 628-5400

HOTELS The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton Denver, located in the heart of downtown, lives up to its name with quality and modern sophistication incorporated into every inch of the hotel. Special attention to detail is evident throughout and provides guests with a tranquil setting to enjoy a luxurious home away from home. Even the youngest of guests are considered VIP’s and eligible to take part in the Ritz Kids program. A myriad of dining options are available within walking distance of the hotel but many guests enjoy paying tribute to famed Broncos quarterback John Elway, by indulging in the fine dining offered on site at ELWAY’S steakhouse. 1881 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80202 (303) 312-3800

Acova Owned and operated by restaurant veterans, Sean and Betsy Workman, Acova debuted in the Lower Highlands area of Denver in June of 2018 and was designed to be the neighborhood joint for friends and family. The kitchen creates an eclectic menu for all lifestyles and dietary restrictions and serves lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch.

www.acovarestaurantcom 3651 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 736.2718 Mon - Fri

11 am - 12 am


10 am - 12 am


10 am- 11 pm

R E S TA U R AN T S Barolo Grill One of Colorado’s best northern Italian restaurants, Barolo Grill has also been recognized as one of the world’s best restaurants for wine. In 2018 Barolo was honored with both Wine Spectator’s Grand Award and Wine Enthusiasts’ Best 100 Wine Restaurants award. Known for hand crafted modern Piemontese cuisine and knowledgeable, attentive staff, Barolo is the perfect choice for special occasions or a great night out. Their seasonally changing menus highlight items from the staff’s annual pilgrimage to Northern Italy and features locally sourced ingredients from regional farms and artisans. 3030 East Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80206 (303) 393.1040 Dinner

Tues - Thurs

5:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Fri - Sat

5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sun - Mon


Ash’kara Ash’Kara, a globally inspired restaurant with influences from Israel, the Middle East and Mesopotamia, is a collaborative partnership with the restaurateur team of chef Daniel Asher and Josh Dinar (River and Woods, the forthcoming Tributary Food Hall in Golden and Mother Tongue at Broadway Market) and Culinary Creative Group (Bar Dough, Senor Bear, Morin and the forthcoming Maine Shack). Ash’Kara is located in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood. 2005 W 33rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 537-4407 Mon - Thurs

4 pm - 11 pm

Fri - Sat

4 pm - 12 am


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R E S TA U R AN T S Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse The restaurant features warm dining spaces, with local stone and classic mahogany throughout to create an unparalleled ambiance. Enjoy Denver’s premiere smoking lounge with more than 65 cigars to choose from in our humidor. Located in the prestigious Greenwood Village area, it’s the perfect place to reconnect over an intimate dinner and is one of the best steakhouses in Denver. 8100 E Orchard Road, Denver, CO 80111 (303) 796-0100 Lunch


11 am - 2 pm


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5 pm - 10 pm

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Guard and Grace There’s a reason that Guard and Grace is the first name on people’s lips when asked for a steakhouse recommendation in Denver. Chef and owner Troy Guard wows his patrons with a fine dining experience featuring mouth watering steaks and a delicious raw bar, turning any social gathering into a celebration. 1801 California Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 293-8500


Mon - Fri

11 am - 3 pm


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5 pm - 10 pm

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5 pm - 11 pm


3 pm - 6 pm

Social Hour

R E S TA U R AN T S Le French Founded by Senegalese French sisters Aminata and Rougui Dia, Le French is a gourmet, casual-chic French bakery and bistro. Le French specializes in high-end pastries and elevated modern Parisian cuisine with global influences, a nod to the sisters’ heritage. 4901 S. Newport St. Denver, CO 80237 (720) 710-8963

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Tues - Thurs

7 am - 9 pm

Fri - Sat

7 am - 10 pm

Brunch Sat-Sun

7:30 am- 2:30 pm

Le Bilboquet Reminiscent of a charming French bistro, Le Bilboquet Denver is located in Cherry Creek North within the St. Paul Collection. The restaurant offers a vibrant atmosphere paired with simple, classic French cooking - bringing a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood. Le Bilboquet is a natural gathering spot to enjoy a chilled bottle of rosé alfresco or classic bistro fare like croque monsieur paired with a local draft beer. 299 St. Paul Street, Denver, CO 80206 (303) 835-9999 Lunch

Mon - Fri

11 am - 5 pm


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R E S TA U R AN T S Spuntino Spuntino Food & Wine claims a “Global Mind, Colorado Body, and Italian Soul” and the statement could not be more true. The owners, a husband and wife team, bring their passion for Italian food and culture to the Highlands region of Denver. Fresh, house-made focaccia, gnocchi, and gelato are enhanced by an extensive wine list and intimate setting. 2639 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 433-0949


Happy Hour

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5 pm - 9 pm

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5 pm - 10 pm

Tues- Sun

5 pm - 6:30 pm

Tamayo Patterned after Tequileiras in Mexico, Tamayo invites patrons in for delicious small plates and specialty margaritas designed to perfection, inciting conversation and community. This modern take on Mexican cuisine is not found at a typical Mexican restaurant. Served on the terrace while watching a spectacular sunset over the Rocky Mountains, first time visitors are sure to return again and again. 1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202 (720) 946-1433 Lunch

Mon - Fri

11 am - 2 pm


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5 pm - 11 pm


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10:30am - 2:30pm

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Daily at the tequila bar & lounge

2 pm - 6 pm

R E S TA U R AN T S The Fort The Fort, an award-winning Denver western restaurant located just southwest of Denver, is one of the nation’s most recognized establishments and sells more buffalo steaks than any other independently owned restaurant in the country. Featuring fine beef, buffalo, game and seafood, The Fort’s menu offers a tantalizing selection of old and new foods from the Early West. The Fort 19192 Highway 8 Morrison, CO 80465 (303) 697-4771 Mon -Sun

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Corner Office The Corner Office, located in downtown Denver, opened in 2008 by restaurateur Peter Karpinski of Sage Restaurant Group. The Corner Office is where enjoying great food and cocktails is your only assignment Loosen up, kick back and slide into prime time with colleagues, friends or someone special. Designed with a modern eye for comfort and good times, The Corner Office features a bustling bar, energetic dining rooms, communal table and private event rooms. 1401 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 825-6500 Mon - Thurs

6 am - 11 pm


6 am - 12 am


7 am - 12 am


7 am-11 pm


LIVE LOVE LASH Serving Denver and surrounding areas, LIVE LOVE LASH Denver provides personalized and professional beauty treatments to a local and worldwide clientele. LIVE LOVE LASH Denver specializes in day spa services including: Xtreme Eyelash Extensions, custom facials, spray tanning, waxing and professional make-up artistry. All services are performed by certified lash stylists and award winning make-up artists and aestheticians in a relaxing studio atmosphere, or ... we will travel to you! 2717 E 3rd Avenue Denver, CO 80206 (303) 388-5274

L U X E FAV S Gnat Jewelers Today, father and son create a beautiful array of custom jewelry ranging from classic to contemporary. While Gnat Original Design is well known for our exquisite engagement rings, we also craft one-of-a-kind pieces in the entire range of jewelry using precious metals, fine gemstones and certified diamonds. 250 Columbine Street Suite 130 Denver, CO 80206 (303) 355-5050 Monday

11:00 am- 5:00 pm

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11:00 am - 6:00 pm


10:00 am- 6:00 pm

Moore For Life Michael Moore has worked in the cosmetics industry since 1988 with brand leaders such as Bobbi Brown Essentials, Chanel, and Estée Lauder. In New York City, he was often seen backstage during fashion week, supporting major designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Bob Mackie, and Vera Wang. Michael’s client list included Oscar winners, First Ladies of the United States, and royalty. Eventually, the quality of the Colorado lifestyle—the healthy, natural atmosphere that inspires his technique— drew him out west, where he opened Moore For Life in Denver’s own center of chic, Cherry Creek North. 3035 East 3rd Avenue Denver, CO 80206 (303) 484-1857 Tues- Saturday

10 am - 6 pm

L U X E FAV S Hermes A family company whose craftspeople make, often by hand and always with love , bags and belts, diaries and dishes, scarves and shoes, perfumes and purses, ties and travelling furniture, as well as gloves, hats, watches, jewelery and clothes. 105 Fillmore Street The Shops at NorthCreek Denver, CO 80206 (303) 388-0700




10:00 am- 5:30 pm



D Denver Art Museum The Denver Art Museum continues to wow visitors daily with its extensive display of world-class art, featuring painting and sculpture disciplines, modern and contemporary art, photography, textile art, and other representations from around the world. Temporary exhibitions provide a constant source of new art to view and appreciate. Special activities and games for kids are incorporated into the museum, allowing for an engaging and enlightening experience for all ages.

100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 (720) 865-5000

Mon - Thurs

10am - 5pm


10am - 8pm

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10am - 5pm


Denver Center for the Performing Arts The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the country. From Broadway tours including performances such as Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Les Miserables, and Wicked, to more intimate theatres featuring comedy shows and other events, and education for all levels of thespian talent, the DCPA offers something for everyone.

1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204

Administrative offices: (303) 893-4100 Main Box Office: (303) 893-4100 Mon - Sun

Closed major holidays

10am - 8pm

Denver Botanic Gardens The Denver Botanic Gardens offers visitors an escape to a tranquil, 24-acre floral oasis. It features endless trails to meander while surrounded by a stunning display of natural beauty, showcasing local plants as well as plants from around the world. Many enjoy stopping in at the Offshoots Cafe for a coffee and croissant before continuing their journey. Families enjoy the Mordecai Children’s Garden, a rooftop garden designed for kids, providing them with a safe space to explore and connect with nature. 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206 (720) 865-3500 Mon - Sun

9am - 5pm

C U LT U R E Downtown Aquarium The Downtown Aquarium is truly an underwater adventure with exhibits featuring creatures in multiple habitats across the globe. From the desert to the rainforest and everything in between, visitors of all ages will marvel at the beauty of this underwater life. Aquarium visits are enhanced by dining at the aquarium restaurant where delicious meals are served with a view of a 50,000 gallon aquarium containing tropical fish, sharks, and even a mermaid or two. 700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 561-4450 Sun-Thurs

10am - 9pm


10am - 9:30pm

Denver Museum of Nature & Science The DMNS provides visitors with multiple exhibits to explore and perform hands-on activities. Visit the Health exhibit to test your strength and view your self-portrait from 50 years in the future. Explore the Space Odyssey exhibit and experiment with the impacts of water, air, and magnets. Walk through the Wildlife dioramas to experience the magnificent size of a bear. The Discovery Zone was specially designed for small children and gives them the opportunity to expand the use of their fives senses within a safe environment. Museum visitors also enjoy the many shows offered at the IMAX and Planetarium. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 370-6000 Museum Mon - Sun 9am - 5pm except Dec 25) Shop Dock Hours

Mon - Sun

9am - 5pm 8am - 2:30pm


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