In the 1700s, a hot air balloon was a strange and potentially worrisome sight, especially because pilots often landed in unsuspecting civilians’ backyards. To build goodwill with anyone they scared, balloon pilots carried a bottle of champagne on every flight. This tradition of the convivial champagne toast still lives on at Adventure Balloon Sports, where, after each landing, the company’s FAA-certified pilots pour a celebratory glass of bubbly for each passenger.
But before the toast, the adventure begins as flights soar skyward, showcasing Colorado’s rugged terrain and the majestic sprawl of the Rocky Mountains. No two flights are the same—after departing, pilots can only fully control the balloon’s vertical motion, meaning balloons often safely land in neighboring towns, rather than in the local hot air balloon parking lot.
The health practitioners at Clearbridge Healing Institute use a blend of medical and holistic therapies to create treatment plans that cover multiple tiers of wellness. Services range from simple aromatherapy sessions and med-spa treatments to more complex workshops designed to enhance personal relationships or improve diet and nutrition. Since stress is a major contributor to many ailments, relaxation is always part of the process.
At Wow Me, The Beauty Spot, beauty and mud go hand in hand. It's not just any mud, though—it's moor mud, which detoxes and nourishes skin during the spa's mud facials and body wraps. The emphasis on natural beauty products extends to makeup applications, too, which feature Jane Iredale mineral makeup. However, the team complements its natural treatments with cutting-edge beauty technologies, zapping unwanted stubble with lasers and exfoliating skin with Pristine diamond microdermabrasion.
Haystack Mountain Golf Course bears many features that remind players of the history of the land beneath their golf spikes, a history that stretches way back before a tee ever pierced it. An original 1850s settlers' shack still stands on the 240-acre plot, as does an early 1900s horse barn?which today stores golf equipment now that horses have been replaced by golf carts. And then of course there's Left Hand Creek and Haystack Mountain itself, home to the Arapahoe tribe and hardscrabble settlers in the 19th century.
Today, golfers enjoy those same pristine views of Haystack Mountain and the Flatirons as they play the nine-hole, links-style layout. Left Hand Creek bifurcates the course and comes into play on four holes. A scant 2,153 yards with a par of 32, the course is a scenic place for beginners to take up the game and for their more seasoned counterparts to work on their touch on the greens.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 32 course * Total length of 2,153 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Feet on the Ground LLC founders Charlie and Etalia view dance as more than a sport—it's a delicate art form intrinsically tied to one's love of his or her own body, life itself, and the earth. That's why they teach forms of dance as organic as the contents of a nutritionist's fridge, including free-flowing modern dance and body-love dance, which pays homage to your form. They also teach children how to connect with their bodies and nature at dance classes inspired by the movements of animals or earth, fire, water, and air.