Dunton Hot Springs in Photos

View of the restored 19th-century bathhouse, as seen from one of the outdoor hot springs pools.

My story on worldwide hot springs resorts will be published in Luxury Las Vegas next month. I was reminded of that when I was asked this morning to send an invoice to my editor at the print publication (always a good email to receive when you're a freelance [Read more]

Snowy, Muddy Off-season Hike in Aspen


You'd think after living in Colorado for 18 years I'd know how to dress for an autumn hike -- especially one that takes place at high elevation a few days after a snowstorm. When I got word that nearby Aspen/Snowmass was offering FREE rides on the Silver [Read more]

Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado


Since moving to the Aspen area of Colorado in 1994, I'd long wanted to make the 11-mile hike over a 12,000+ foot pass to the ski town of Crested Butte. It took me almost 20 years to get to Crested Butte on foot, but I finally did the trek this summer with a [Read more]

Luxury St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Downtown Boulder, Colorado

Pretty flowers -- and cute yellow bikes -- at the entrance to the St. Julien.

Since covering travel in Colorado for the past several years, I've long heard about the upscale St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colorado. The college town isn't known for its luxury properties, which makes the St. Julien a true gem in the mountains. [Read more]

Going Back in Time in Grand Lake, Colorado

Antique sewing machine, and the bell that Mrs. Kauffman, a teacher, used to call kids to class in a one-room schoolhouse.

A history buff, I could spend hours looking at period clothing, artifacts and memorabilia from just about any era. But as a relative newcomer to the West (I moved to Colorado from New Hampshire nearly 20 years ago), I'm particularly enthralled with stories of [Read more]

Top Restaurants in Grand Lake, Colorado

That's blue sky bakery at the end of the wooden boardwalk, not far from the water.

On a mid-June weekend in Grand Lake, Colorado, my days spent hiking, kayaking, and window-shopping along the wooden boardwalks in town, led to one hungry girl. In particular, two top restaurants in Grand Lake fit the bill for tasty, filling meals that don't [Read more]

Kayaking and Hiking in Grand Lake, Colorado

Kayaking Grand Lake

With a name like Grand Lake, it's no surprise that this Colorado mountain community on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, offers outdoor activities that focus on water, namely, scenic boat tours, paddleboat rentals and kayaking on Grand Lake and [Read more]

Breckenridge with Kids: A Whirlwind Winter Weekend

Breckenridge skiing family

Before our family trip to Breckenridge last weekend, it had been 16 years since I'd skied at the resort -- the same Valentine's Day weekend in 1997, when my then-friend/now-husband and I kissed for the very first time. Needless to say, Breckenridge holds a [Read more]

Kid-friendly Restaurants in Winter Park, Colorado

Hand-tossed, rolled crust at Hernando's -- so stinkin' good.

On a recent weekend stay in Winter Park, Colorado, where we skied, tubed and snowmobiled, my family and I enjoyed not one but two fabulous places to eat pizza -- and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun. Here's the scoop on two kid-friendly restaurants in Winter [Read more]

Three Reasons to Visit Ski Resorts in the Off Season

Aspen autumn gondola

Ski season is in full swing here in North America. Colorado got some much-needed snow this week and spring break is approaching -- a hugely popular time of year for families to hit the slopes together. As much as I enjoy the hustle and bustle of mountain [Read more]