Interview: Klaus Obermeyer

Meeting with Klaus Obermyer over Aspen International Fashion Week was one of the highlights by far. A small group of media was able to sit around with him at a Q&A and hear about the beginnings of Obermyer, growth of the brand and innovation to skiing as a sport & lifestyle. Here are some fun facts that we learned through meeting with this legendary man.

- Obermeyer was founded by non other then Klaus Onermyer, avid ski instructor at the time. The company was bred out of necessity. People needed better ski apparel to allow them to comfortably ski without freezing or sweating to death. Obermyer is an innovator of modern ski wear as we know it.

- Obermyers first sale was the down jacket that Klaus made by hand from his comforter to keep people warm on the ride up the mountain. Klaus says he is still coughing up down feathers today!

- Klaus can yodel. And yodel well. Yodeling was a way of voice control that he learned from his father in those pubescent years when a boys voice changes. What a great fact to know, right?!

-The goal of all Obermyer products is functionality first and for most. They are fashion forward with their designs and trends, but functionality os never lost on the behalf of trends. Thankfully for us, they do a great job combining the two!

- Feel like the mountain seems brighter then usual? Well, you’re right! Neons are back in full 80′s force and looking better and brighter then ever.

- Another reason we loved chatting with Klaus? We learned something many may not know about the Obermyer company; their strong efforts to be as eco conscious as they can. With a solar lap pool for their employes on site, and paneling to create their own heat for the building, they are enthusiasts for the green cause.

- Klaus’s secret to life? Look around you! We live in a beautiful place filled with people we love and an adult playground of activities around us in nature. Enjoy it!

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April 24th: Shop Zoe Life at Goldyn

You’re invited to the launch of Shop Zoe Life, a new organic beauty / lifestyle / wellness e-commerce site from fashion designer Zoe Twitt, this Thursday, April 24th at Golydn {2040 West 30th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211}.

The launch will include a pop-up shop (of which will stay put at Goldyn from here on out!) complete with coveted organic beauty lines such a RMS Beauty, SW Basics, Rodin, Ilia, May Lindstrom, and more. All skincare products are cruelty free, vegan, fair trade and organic. Complimentary RMS mini makeovers and a braid bar courtesy of Belle and Beau Salon, mini manicures featuring 5 Free RGB polish, and Happy Leaf Kombucha cocktails will be enjoyed.

Every shopper will receive a free gift with purchase at the event.

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Top 10: Denver Parks

We love these addicting Top 10 lists we have been publishing every Tuesday. With the warm weather here, we couldn’t resist sharing our favorite Denver Parks with you. Get outside and enjoy Colorado’s gorgeous weather!

Denver Parks

Denver’s park system is unique. Within city limits, Denver offers more than 200 traditional and historic parks, many of them connected by bike paths that are part of the city’s network of 850-miles of paved, off-street bike trails.But Denver also has 14,000 acres of parks in the nearby foothills of the Rocky Mountains – an immense mountain park system that covers an area almost the size of Manhattan.

It took an Act of Congress to create this “city” park system. In 1914, the U.S. Congress passed an act that allowed the City of Denver to acquire scenic land outside of city limits to protect and preserve it for future generations. Today, Denver maintains parks that are 60 miles from city limits and include famous attractions like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Buffalo Bill’s Grave on top of Lookout Mountain, Winter Park Ski Resort, a buffalo and elk herd and Summit Lake, the highest city park in the nation.

The original goal of the mountain park system was to make Denver a rival to Switzerland for mountain tourism. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the son of the famed designer of New York’s Central park, was hired to design the park system, which was completed in 1914.

Here are 10 of Denver’s most popular parks:

1. RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE & PARK
Thanks to a fortuitously placed “bounce” rock behind the stage, Red Rocks is the only completely natural amphitheatre in the world. The 9,000-seat arena is carved out of massive 300-foot high red sandstone monuments, creating one of the most spectacular concert venues on the planet. Native Americans thought it a magical place, and early pioneers staged concerts here in the 19th Century. The Red Rocks we know today with its curving wood benches and red sandstone stairs was designed by local Denver architect Burnham Hoyt and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1941. The Beatles had the honor of being the first rock group to ever perform at Red Rocks; their 1964 Denver concert was the only one in America that didn’t sell out, with just 6,000 of 9,000 tickets purchased for the then unheard of price of $6.60.

The “Rocks” have since played host to some of the most famous names in music, including U2, who filmed their classic “Under a Blood Red Sky” here, and Mumford and Sons, whose newest video was also filmed “on the Rocks.” A museum covers the rock ‘n roll history of Red Rocks and the groups that have played here. There are also exhibits on the geological history of the 70 million year old rocks, which once formed the beach of an ancestral sea covering Colorado and Kansas. The park is free, except when there is a scheduled performance. There are miles of hiking trails, two gift shops and a restaurant with an outdoor patio overlooking the rocks. Guided tours for a small fee include a stop in the “green room,” which is actually a “red room” carved literally out of the rock walls.

After the Park: The pretty town of Morrison is adjacent to Red Rocks. Fast rushing Bear Creek flows parallel to the main street, which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. The Blue Cow Eatery is a local favorite for breakfast, while the Morrison Inn is the place for margaritas, chips and Mexican dishes.

2. BUFFALO BILL’S GRAVE & MUSEUM
Buffalo Bill Cody was America’s first super star – a 19th Century Elvis – who from 1883 to 1913 toured the globe, performing “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” in a thousand cities in a dozen nations. At its height, the show made more than a million dollars a year in profit, played before the crowned heads of Europe, and employed 640 cowboys, Indians, vaqueros and rough riders. It is estimated that 25 million words were written about Cody during his lifetime, covering his exploits as a Pony Express rider, cavalry scout, Medal of Honor winner and buffalo hunter.

When he died in Denver in 1917, his funeral became the largest in Colorado history. At his request, he was buried on top of Lookout Mountain, a 7,375 foot high peak just west of the city with commanding views of both the plains to the east and the snowcapped Rocky Mountains to the west. Today, Denver owns 110 acres of park at the top of the mountain and operates a wonderful museum near the grave site with exhibits covering Buffalo Bill’s exciting life. There are hiking trails in the area, a massive Western gift shop, and a huge viewing deck with panoramic views.

Getting there is half the fun. From Golden, the twisting and turning Lariat Loop Trail is one of the most scenic (and hair raising) drives in Colorado. Keep your eyes on the road, which often has sheer drop off cliffs and can be filled with bike riders. Biking to the top of Lookout Mountain is a popular and challenging ride. But do stop at occasional pull-offs to enjoy the view and watch hang gliders, who often soar overhead. This is one of the top hang gliding areas in Colorado. Many viewpoints look down directly on Coors Brewery – the largest single brewing site on earth.

After the Park: At the base of Lookout Mountain is the Old West town of Golden. Colorado’s first capital city is now a recreation center for biking, hiking, rock climbing and kayaking. Clear Creek flows right through town and is filled with tubers and kayakers, while the main street is lined with historic buildings that now housing restaurants, art galleries and outdoor cafes. In town, Golden City Brewery has a pretty beer garden, while the Buffalo Rose has bands playing on weekends on their outdoor patio.

3. GENESEE PARK & BUFFALO HERD OVERLOOK
Denver’s first mountain park is also its largest with 2,413 acres. Genesee is reported to be a Native American term meaning “shining valley.” The main part of the park is 20 miles west of Denver on I-70, at exit 254. Here there are gorgeous views of snowcapped peaks in the distance. One of Denver’s two buffalo herds can often be seen here (the herd has their own tunnel under I-70 so they can be found on either side of the highway). The buffalo were originally descendants of the last wild herd of bison in North America, which was located at Yellowstone National Park. Today, there are 33 adult buffalo and 23 calves. The herd has two huge bulls, Tiny and Edson.

If the buffalo are not visible at exit 254, try continuing west on I-70 to Exit 253 (Chief Hosa). Turn left (south) to cross the highway, then left again to travel east until you reach the pasture fence. To the south of I-70, a park road goes to the top of Genesee Mountain, offering a 360-degree views from the 8,284-foot summit.

After the Park: Continue on I-70 west to Exit 252 and take the Evergreen Parkway 8 miles to the historic mountain village of Evergreen. Nestled along Bear Creek, at the base of Evergreen Lake, this rustic and scenic little town has shops, galleries and restaurants, as well as the famous Little Bear Saloon, known as one of the rowdiest bars in the state. South Park co-creator Trey Parker graduated from Evergreen High School.

4. ECHO LAKE and MOUNT EVANS
Located 47 miles from Denver at an elevation of 10,600 feet, Echo Lake is one of prettiest subalpine lakes in Colorado. The 24-acre lake was formed by a glacial moraine and is surrounded by forests of Englemann Spruce, fir and Lumber Pine, all with wonderful views of towering snowcapped Mount Evans in the distance. There are tables and grills and an historic 1937 stone picnic shelter. The lake is stocked and offers excellent fishing. An easy ¾ mile hiking trail circles the lake, while more challenging trails set off from here to Chicago Lakes and into the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.

Echo Lake is the beginning of the 14-mile Mount Evans Scenic Byway, which leads to the 14,264-foot high summit of Mount Evans. This is the highest paved road in North America, 154 feet higher than Pikes Peak. Drive to the top and your car will be higher than any other automobile on the continent.

The scenic byway was built by the City of Denver in 1927 as a tourist attraction. Today, access to the road is controlled by the U.S. Forest Service and requires a modest fee. Due to snow, the road to the summit is generally only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, though road closures vary year-to-year. Along the way, you can see herds of Rocky Mountain goats and big horn sheep.

Colorado has 54 peaks that soar to 14,000 feet and above, known locally as ‘Fourteeners. Summiting a Fourteener is a true Colorado experience, but remember, there is 50% less protection from the sun at this altitude, so sunscreen is a must. Also bring plenty of water. At 14,000 feet, the atmosphere has 43% less oxygen than at sea level, making any activity strenuous. Lightning storms are common on summer afternoons and as a general rule, it is best to be off the summit by noon. The actual summit of Mount Evans is a short hike from the parking lot. From the top, you can see most of the major mountain peaks in central Colorado – all the way from Wyoming in the north to Pikes Peak in the south.

After the Park: The rustic Echo Lake Lodge is located at the start of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. This unusual octagonal log cabin was built in 1926 and features a restaurant with picture windows overlooking the lake. Hamburgers, Rocky Mountain Trout and homemade pies are the specialties. There is also a massive gift shop filled with Mount Evans souvenirs. A great souvenir is a copy of the official metal marker put on the summit of the peak by the U.S. Geological Survey, a great reminder that you have summited a fourteener.

5. SUMMIT LAKE
From Echo Lake, drive up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway to 12,836 feet above sea level, high above timberline, where you come to the highest city park in the nation – Summit Lake. This is one of the most accessible high alpine lakes in Colorado and a likely area to look for Rocky Mountain goats. At this altitude, you can expect to see snow and ice along the lakeshore all year long. A short trail leads to a panoramic viewpoint where you peer down 1,000-foot cliffs into the desolate Chicago Lakes Basin below. It is also one of the few places accessible by car south of the Arctic Circle where it’s possible to walk on trails across tundra.

An excellent introduction to hiking across tundra is on the nearby M. Walter Pesman Nature Trail, maintained by the Denver Botanic Gardens. Alpine forget-me-nots, moss champion, fairy primrose, purple fringe, and chiming bells are just some of the colorful wildflowers lining the trail. In this harsh climate, spring doesn’t arrive until mid-July and wildflowers last for only a few summer weeks.

Ironically, the high altitude and long winters are perfect conditions for bristlecone pines, some of the oldest living things on earth. The nature trail passes through a grove of sculptured and grizzled bristlecones. Many of the trees here are 1,500 years old. Free wildflower hikes are offered by the Denver Botanic Gardens on select Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during June – August. All hikes begin promptly at 9 a.m. Check here for information.

After the Park: Head back down Hwy. 103 to the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. The quaint Old West main street is lined with shops, galleries and restaurants. Be sure to check out local favorites such as Tommyknockers Brewery, the Buffalo Bar (with its many stuffed buffalo heads on the walls) and local pizza legend Beau Jo’s. Idaho Springs is also an adrenalin headquarters for a series of recreation adventures, including river rafting on Clear Creek, ziplining off cliffs or horseback riding to old gold mines.

6. WASHINGTON PARK
Located 3 miles southeast of downtown, Wash Park is consistently voted as Denver’s “favorite” park – the place the city loves to bike, jog, walk dogs, stroll around lakes, play volleyball, and hold picnics. This green and pleasant oasis of 165 acres was designed in 1899 and resembles a classic English city park with lawns, shade trees and lots of benches. Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous designer of New York’s Central Park, was a consultant on the design of the park. In February 2013, the American Planning Association named it one of “10 great public spaces in America that set cities apart.”

There are two gorgeous lakes, a lily pond, a meandering canal, ten tennis courts, a lawn bowling court, and two colorful formal flower gardens, one of which is a replica of Martha Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon.

You can rent a paddle boat to glide across Smith Lake, or put the whole family in a rented canopy bike buggy where four people pedal at the same time. Circling the outside of the park is a two-mile long, crushed-gravel jogging path with pretty views of the lakes and the snowcapped mountains in the distance. A local parks group has produced an 80-page spiral bound guide that details all 76 varieties of trees that can be found in the park.

The former home of local poet Eugene Field is also here, next to a statue of his most famous creations: Wynken, Blynken and Nod. The house was saved from destruction and moved to the park by another Denver legend, “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. Wash Park is the perfect place to watch a sunset, enjoy a quiet walk in a flower garden, go for a run, or ride a B-cycle, Denver’s fun bike sharing program which has 500 shiny red bikes available at 83 stations.

After the Park: It’s a short 10 minute walk from Wash Park to Old South Gaylord, the 1100 block of South Gaylord Street. The turn-of-the-century buildings at this one time trolley stop have been transformed into a hip entertainment district with two dozen outdoor cafes and one-of-a-kind shops. Have a beer at local pubs like Reivers or The Tavern at Wash Park; enjoy fresh seafood at Max and Grill or dine on an outdoor patio at the Washington Park Grille.

7. CITY PARK
With 330 acres, City Park is Denver’s largest green space. It was designed in 1882 to resemble New York’s Central Park with two lakes, formal flower gardens, fountains, statues, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, an 18-hole golf course and miles of bike trails. City Park is also home to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), the fourth largest museum of its kind in the nation, and the Denver Zoo (the country’s fourth most popular zoo based on paid attendance).

The classic postcard view of downtown Denver is taken from here, on the west side of the DMNS, where there is a sweeping vista of lakes, trees, skyscrapers and snowcapped peaks. A crushed gravel path called “The Mile High Trail” circles through the center of City Park, following the contour line that is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. When you walk or jog along this trail, you are exactly one mile high. You can rent paddle boats at the boat pavilion and sail across Ferril Lake with the ducks and geese, or pick up a B-cycle and pedal on shaded trails.

On summer evenings, the park offers free dancing water shows on an Electric Prismatic Fountain that was originally designed in 1908. The hour long shows have colored lights, music and huge fountains of dancing waters. There is also a dramatic memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that was created by local Denver artist Ed Dwight. The memorial features statues of Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Frederick Douglas and Sojourner Truth and has bas-relief panels that highlight the history of African Americans – from slavery to the marches of the 1960s.

After the Park: Running from City Park to downtown along 17th Street is an area known to locals as “Restaurant Row.” Stop at the Vine Street Pub for a handcrafted beer from one of Denver’s largest brewpubs, or swing by Ace for a game of ping pong in their gigantic indoor/outdoor Ping Pong Hall. Just two blocks from City Park at Elizabeth Street is another outlet of the famous Tattered Cover Bookstore – this one built in an old theatre.

8. CIVIC CENTER PARK
Civic Center Park is one of the premier examples of the City Beautiful era of art and architecture that flourished in the early 20th century. In recognition of this, the park was designated a National Historic Landmark in October 2012.

The 12-acre urban oasis in the heart of downtown Denver is surrounded by architecturally significant museums and public buildings. Flanking the park are the state’s two most important government centers: to the west, the neo-classical Denver & City County Building with its distinct clock tower, and to the east, the Colorado State Capitol building with its gold-plated dome. It is against state law to build any structure that would block the view of the mountains from the dome of the Capitol.

On the southern edge of the park is the Denver Public Library, designed by Michael Graves of London, and the original fortress-like Denver Art Museum, designed by Gio Ponti of Milan, Italy. Daniel Libeskind’s new titanium angular Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum can be seen a block away. Many of the city’s largest celebrations are staged in Civic Center Park, including Cinco de Mayo (the largest in the nation), the People’s Fair, Independence Eve fireworks, PrideFest, Taste of Colorado and the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from June to September, the park hosts Civic Center Eats, a combination farmer’s market and food truck roundup with more than a dozen food trucks. On summer evenings, there are bike-in movies and every Wednesday night, Denver Cruiser Ride stops in the park with thousands of cruiser bike riders (many in costumes) circling around the Greek Amphitheatre.

The McNichols Building in the park was built in 1909 as a Carnegie Library; it was recently restored to its original beauty and is used for special events and art exhibitions. Civic Center Park has lovely flower gardens, a large fountain, and Old West statues of Indians and cowboys on bucking broncos. The view of downtown from the Greek Amphitheatre with the flower gardens in the foreground is another postcard shot of Denver’s skyline.

After the Park: It’s one block to the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade lined with 200 trees and 42 outdoor cafes. There’s a wonderful restaurant in the Denver Art Museum and also in the History Colorado Center, two blocks away at 12th and Broadway. Or visit Pints, an authentic English pub at 13th and Bannock that has one of the nation’s largest selections of single malt Scotch.

9. CONFLUENCE and COMMONS PARKS
Confluence Park is located at the junction of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. Denver started here in 1858 when some prospectors discovered gold and created an overnight tent city along the banks of the river. Two of Denver’s most popular bike and pedestrian paths converge in the park — the 11.2 mile long Cherry Creek Bike Path and the 15.8 mile long South Platte River Trail.

A man-made, white water kayak chute runs down the center of the park; you can rent kayaks, tubes or bikes at the nearby Confluence Kayaks. Sitting on the edge of the park is REI, a massive 100,000 square foot outdoor sports emporium filled with backpacking, climbing, hiking, skiing and camping equipment. The center of the store is a gigantic 45-foot high climbing rock. REI is a great place to outfit for mountain excursions. You can rent snowshoes, cross country skis, tents, backpacks or sleeping bags here, and the staff is knowledgeable about local hiking and camping spots. Confluence Park is also the starting point for the Platte River Trolley, an open air historic trolley car that runs for several miles on tracks along the river to the Downtown Aquarium and Sports Authority Field.

Adjacent to Confluence is Denver’s newest park – Commons Park – a large open space mixing green lawns with native grasses. This is where to find Denver relaxing on a summer afternoon with riverside picnics and Frisbee games. The park serves as the “backyard” for the many condo and apartment units that have been built in the South Platte River valley.

After the Park: The Denver Beer Company is located a block from Commons Park on Platte Street. One of 22 breweries in Denver, it is built in a former garage so the walls literally “roll up” on summer days, making the entire bar open air. There are outside picnic tables and food trucks. The popular, dog-friendly, neighborhood gathering spot is filled with people stopping by for a beer after a run or bike ride. Check out the chalk board to see what fresh craft beers are on tap.

10. CHEESMAN PARK and THE DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS
Standing on the beautiful rolling lawns and tree-shaded running paths of Cheesman Park, it’s hard to imagine its ghoulish past. The park was original one of Denver’s earliest cemeteries, dating back to 1858. When city leaders decided to turn the area into a park, some 5,000 bodies had to be interred and moved to another cemetery. An unscrupulous contractor was hired for the job in 1893 with the agreement he would be paid $1.90 every time he dug up a body, placed it in a new coffin and moved it. The contractor hit upon the macabre idea of hacking the bodies into smaller pieces and placing them in child-size coffins to triple his payments. It was many months before he was exposed and replaced.

Today, Cheesman is a tranquil place, known for its beautiful views of the mountains and for the large classical white marble Pavilion sitting above a reflecting pool and surrounded by colorful flower beds. The open lawns in the center of the park are rimmed by groves of trees along the edges, through which weave a number of bike and jogging paths.

The east side of the park is home to the Denver Botanic Gardens, one of the top botanic gardens in the nation. On just 24 acres in the middle of the city, there are more than 33,000 plants in 45 different individual gardens. Ingenious paths connect the gardens and wind past a series of ponds, reflecting pools and fountains. The Japanese Garden, Shofu-en — the Garden of Wind and Pines – has an authentic Tea House, shipped across the Pacific from Japan and reassembled by skilled Japanese artisans. The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is one of the top ten major conservatories in the country, while the rock alpine gardens showcase the largest collection of high altitude wildflowers in North America. The Botanic Gardens is also home to a very popular summer concert series, showcasing nationally known singers and musicians. Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and relax at a sunset concert in this spectacular setting.

After the Park: It’s just a short drive or walk from the park to Cherry Creek, an elegant neighborhood that offers Denver’s best shopping on tree-lined streets or in the beautiful and upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Home to more than 300 galleries, department stores, one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and cafes, Cherry Creek is “the” place to stroll, sip and window shop.

 

Image Credit to Red Rocks, Travel Blog, Wash Park, Denver Botanic Gardens

Spotted: Jammies

Pajamas can come in many combinations, but to me none is quite as nice as jammie sets! The definition in my book of the perfect set is comfy, unique and appealing. I am personally most excited a that romper jammie is back and is cuter than ever. The sets below are gorgeous and covetable. I tried to to pick an actual favorite and honestly couldn’t. Must mean my closet needs them all…

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The Old West in Denver

Denver’s history may be short, but it is certainly colorful. In 1857, not a single person was living in the Colorado Territory at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. Then gold was discovered. In just three years, more than 100,000 men and women passed through the boom town called Denver, seeking their fortune in the great “Pikes Peak or Bust” gold rush.

The railroads came next. In the 2,000 miles of wilderness between St. Louis and California, the two most opulent railroad stops became Denver and San Francisco.

In this golden age, Denver was a city of dreams filled with cattle barons and overnight gold-rich millionaires – the “Queen City of the Plains.” The wealth of the mountains was poured into parks filled with lakes and flower gardens and linked by 17 tree-lined boulevards. Colorado marble and granite was used to construct banks, hotels, and mansions and Denver boasted the highest building and the first elevator west of the Mississippi River.

Today, at nearly the same pace of the gold rush, these wonderful old structures are being restored or transformed into hip breweries, chef-owned restaurants, bakeries, cafes, museums, and trendy boutiques.

Here’s where to take a new look at the Old West in Denver.

Where to Taste The Old West

The Buckhorn Exchange has been serving Old West fare since 1893 and is the oldest saloon in Colorado. The walls are covered with some 575 taxidermy specimens, including big horn sheep, moose, buffalo, jackalope and even a two-headed calf. Hanging beside them are 125 historic guns and Western mementoes, including a sword once owned by George Armstrong Custer that was presented to the restaurant by Chief Sitting Bull.

The historic dining spot was founded by Henry H. “Shorty Scout” Zietz, a lifelong friend of Buffalo Bill Cody. The menu includes buffalo prime rib, elk, salmon, quail hen, and baby-back pork ribs, and of course has appetizers like alligator tips and Rocky Mountain Oysters.

Over the years, five presidents and countless Hollywood legends have dined on the red-checkered table clothes or had a drink at the bar that was built in 1857 and imported from Germany. The restaurant is easily reached from downtown by taking light rail to the Osage stop.

The Fort is an authentic re-creation of Bent’s Old Fort on the Santa Fe Trail and is made with more than 80,000 adobe bricks of mud and straw, each brick weighing 40 pounds. The original fort was an important fur trading post in 1833. The new fort opened in 1963 and today serves more than 80,000 buffalo entrees a year.

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Diners enter through the fort’s gates into a courtyard, to be greeted by a roaring fire, mountain men and a trading post in a tipi. The menu features a selection of new and early West dishes including beef, buffalo, game and seafood. Try roasted buffalo marrow bones (Julia Child’s favorite), braised bison tongue or wild boar sausage.

The “Hailstorm” was the first Colorado cocktail when it was served in 1833 and is still The Fort’s signature drink. President Bill Clinton selected The Fort for dinner for the world’s top leaders when the Summit of the Eight met in Denver in 1997.

Where to Sleep in The Old West

Brown-Palace-Exterior_galleryThe Brown Palace Hotel opened on Aug. 12, 1892 and has remained open and welcomed guests every minute since. The doors have never been locked. Every U.S. president has visited The Brown Palace since Teddy Roosevelt (1905), with the exception of Calvin Coolidge.

When the Brown Palace opened, every room had a fireplace and none of the rooms had bathrooms. Today, it is one of the most luxurious hotels in the West. High tea is offered every day in the spectacular eight-story atrium, which is topped with a stained-glass ceiling.

The walls contain 12,400 surface feet of onyx, a semiprecious variety of quartz. At the time the hotel was constructed, it was the most onyx ever used in a single building.

The hotel’s original artesian well is located 720 feet deep beneath the Ship Tavern floor and still provides water to every faucet in the hotel. President Eisenhower often stayed at the hotel for extended periods, making it the “The Western White House.” Historic tours of the hotel include a visit to the Eisenhower Suite.

The Oxford Hotel is Denver’s oldest grand hotel and was originally constructed in 1891 across the street from Union Station. Colorado’s leading architect, Frank E. Edbrooke, designed this five-story brick structure the year before he designed the Brown Palace. Antique oak furniture, marble and carpet floors, frescoed walls, silver chandeliers and stained glass decorated the hotel, which had its own dining rooms, barber shop, stables and a splendid saloon.

Another novelty, a “vertical railway” or elevator, carried guests to the upper stories. Notorious Western gunslingers Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday knew the hotel well. With the decline of the railroads, the hotel fell into disuse. But in 1983, after a $12 million restoration, it reopened as one of Denver’s historic gems.

Highlights today include the plush lobby filled with Western paintings and a wood-burning fireplace; and the famous Art Deco Cruise Room bar, which is on the National Historic Register.

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The Crawford Hotel will be a brand new hotel when it opens in July 2014, but it will be built in Denver’s historic Union Station. This high-end, independent 112-room hotel will be affiliated with the existing 80-room Oxford Hotel, located across the street.

The hotel is named after local developer and preservationist Dana Crawford, who in 1969 was responsible for preserving Larimer Square and transforming the block of brick and stone Victorian buildings into one of the city’s hippest shopping, dining and entertainment centers.

Union Station, designed in the Beaux Arts style, was completed in 1914. The restored Union Station will incorporate dozens of details from the “Golden Age” of railroading and have eight new restaurants and retail shopping.

The old waiting room will be re-christened “The Great Hall”. With its soaring arched windows and architectural details, this grand room will be open to the public 24-7. The old ticket windows are being turned into The Terminal Bar, which will feature more than 30 Colorado craft beers.

The hotel will come with three styles of rooms. The “Pullman” rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of old. The “Classic” rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area will host “Loft” rooms, featuring exposed wood timbers and vaulted ceilings.

Marriott Renaissance in the Colorado National Bank Building is another new 230-room hotel being constructed in a historic building and is scheduled to open in May 2014.

The original Colorado National Bank was constructed in 1915 with an interior and exterior of white marble that came from the same quarry as the marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The spectacular lobby is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado’s premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the bank building depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains before white people arrived. A lounge will overlook the lobby, which will also feature a signature restaurant and meeting rooms constructed in the old bank vaults.

The Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn is a historic 1891 ruby sandstone mansion built in the historic neighborhood of Capitol Hill. This area was once known as “Millionaires Row” because of the elaborate mansions built here by Denver notables, many of whom struck it rich gold mining, such as “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” who lived a block away. The mansion is a Denver and National Landmark and has been given historic designation from the Landmark Preservation Commission. Eight elegantly appointed rooms and suites offer turn-of-the-century opulence with modern day flair. Some rooms feature private balconies, gas fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs. It is short walk to the Colorado State Capitol and downtown.

Mothers Day SALE at Swoon!

 Mothers day is just around the corner. It can be tough to find a gift fit for the queen, thankfully Swoon Jewelry Studios has the answer; 20% off of $50 or more from their shop . Offer is good now through Saturday night at midnight- get shopping!swoon_logo_f_ol

You Deserve This Mama!
{Papas in case you forgot mother’s day is less than a month away and we want to make her day sparkle!}

soulglowdiamond-2T Mother’s Day, a chance to tell our Mothers how grateful we are for them. A chance to pamper ourselves and bask in our family. A day when we feel the loss of those that are no longer with us and allow their wisdom to soak in a little deeper. We believe in celebrating here at the studio, celebrating our motherhood and our mothers and you, our beautiful customers.

avaOur new Soul Glow necklace is fit for a queen and made for a mother. Simple lines and a diamond’s sparkle make not only your eyes light up but your soul glow.

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How do you define a Mama? The truest friend, an anchor in any storm, a dream soother. For me, the only way to define a mama is love, pure love. That love is the catalyst of our ‘You Are My Sunshine’ Collection. With custom necklaces and mother daughter bracelets the connection is pure love.

For all the mamas in your life that deserve a little lovin’ this Mother’s Day, enjoy 20% off your order of $50 or more through Saturday.

*Use code: couturemama at checkout
*code expires Saturday 4.19.14 at midnight, not valid on previous orders, offer may not be combined with any other offer or voucher

Top 10: Spring Brunch Must Haves

With Spring in bloom and Easter just around the corner, skip the lines and go for a DIY brunch! Besides the fun you can have decorating and prepping; having a big family style brunch with your nearest and dearest is all the more fun when you are in your domaine and the party can span on into the afternoon. Your guests will love the invitation and enjoy a carefree Sunday soaking up the sun and indulging in the tastiness of brunch. By hosting a brunch at home, you also open yourself up to a creative brunch menu. Here are our Top 10 brunch staples for you to look over and get as creative with at your brunch!

Spring Brunch Must Haves

 

1. Mimosas & Bloody Marys. Brunch is a time to celebrate, why not get a little boozy.

2. Quiche. It’s a delicious eggy staple and quick and easy to make!

3. Lox & Bagels. Maybe this is more east coast, but brunch just ain’t brunch if you don’t have a proper lox spread!

4. Pastries. A perk to going to brunch is knowing you are about to indulge. Plan ahead and never skip a fresh croissant.

5. Eggs Benedict. Thinking bigger then that? Rock the omelet station and prepare a bunch of precut veggies to add in and take individual orders.

6. Petit Fours. Total classic. When I think of any holiday in my family, I remember my grandmother and I sitting down at the table ordering them from the Figgi catalogue. This may have had something to do with my serious fondness of gift baskets now that I think of it!

7. Bacon or Canadian Ham. Bacon has become it’s own trend lately, one that we must oblige and now serve as much as able.

8. Prime Rib. I have an aunt whose eyes light up when prime rib is on the menu. My goal? To one day throw this brunch and make her day!

9. Fresh assorted fruit with yogurt & granola. You know when you go on vacation and there is always an insanely beautiful spread of fruit( omen which no matter how you try, you can never duplicate at home). Brunch is the perfect time to go all out and get in season delicious varieties.

10. Seafood. This is one of those “Go Big or Go Home” situations. Set up a great raw bar with cold crab, shrimp cocktail and oysters. Your guests will thank you.

{Image Credit to Avec Mallory}

Jungle Trip Shift Dress

Summer is just around the corner the party and wedding invites are starting to roll in. This is the perfect dress to stand out in the crowd.

This dress and cuff is available locally at Goldyn {LISTmember}.

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Spotted: Gilded Mirrors

Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Which is the fairest of them all…

From a very early age, we see the importance of mirrors in our life. Sure it may have started out with Snow White, but even in our lives to date, a beautiful mirror in one’s home is comparable to a piece of art hanging on the wall. It is something that accents your room and gives you the very necessary availability of a quick mirror check before you run out the door. With anything you purchase, I am a big advocate for loving it and utilizing it. These mirrors are the gold standard in beauty and functionality!

An Evening of Pampering & Shopping at Francescas!

This Sunday April 13th, LISTmember & Personal Stylist Jill Carter will be hosting a shopping event at Francesca’s at 29th Street in Boulder from 6:00- 9:00pm. With wine, snacks and mini spa treatments ( mini massages?!), Jill will be giving out complimentary styling & shopping assistance along with 20% off your purchases through the night! Sounds like a fun way to spend a Sunday night!

jill carter

 

Image Credit to Francesca’s Collection’s

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