In partnership with Mountain Living magazine, the Beaver Creek Luxury Lifestyle Festival caters to connoisseurs of finer things with events centered around indulgent homes, automobiles, and fashion. Buses shuttle home shoppers around the neighborhood so they can view luxurious homes available in local communities, and then art and jewelry galleries set up shop along a walking route to lure passersby with their fetching pieces. A home design showcase runs throughout the day with displays to inspire projects in every room of the house, and a midday patio party invigorates festivalgoers with music, cocktails, and white gloves as far as the eye can see. Other events include a luxury car show where attendees can vote for their favorite vehicle, culinary demonstrations by top chefs, and a fashion show.
Located 70 miles west of Denver, the small mountain town of Dillon was relocated from its original site in the late 1800s while a water-storage reservoir was completed. Now situated on the northeastern side of Lake Dillon, the town thrives as a ski destination, and peaceful forests and trails lend scenic beauty for outdoors lovers. A free bus system, the Summit Stage, stops at the ski resorts, stores and restaurants in Dillon, as well as nearby towns. Dillon's popular cafés and breweries lure explorers with smokehouse barbecue and award-winning ales.
Ace Hardware's supply-savvy staff leads homeowners through well-stocked shelves, provisioning them with all manner of property-preening products. A fresh can of Ace Paint or Benjamin Moore paint brightens up a sad room or adds the necessary darkness to a nonscary horror closet; to calculate the number of gallons they'll need, shoppers can simply use Ace's helpful paint estimator. Homeowners can illuminate secret projects with a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($24.99) or mount wall adornments and poltergeist eviction notices using the potpourri of screws cuddled up inside the Walldog decorator kit ($14.99). Embrace outdoor living with Ace's exterior accouterments, which range from grills to outdoor lighting and pest-repelling equipment. Customers with questions need only summon an Ace employee for advice and suggestions, whether they require assistance finding nuts and bolts or adding another basement to the house.
Cody Walker muses that within the stillness of Rocky Mountain National Park, "You get a sense that it's the way it should be." His father, Rex, grew up on a steady diet of cowboy films, eventually following his dream to Colorado where he met his wife, Queeda. Queeda was born into a family of homesteaders who caught and broke wild steeds. In 1959, they channeled their passion for the old-west lifestyle into Sombrero Ranches, eschewing souvenir-shop gimmicks for horseback expeditions that, much like avalanches of super glue, bond visitors with their steeds and natural surroundings.
Today, Cody carries on his parents' legacy with a staff of ranch hands from nearby homesteads and college students participating in equine-science programs all across the country. After training in a vigorous program that's evolved during more than 50 years, his employees launch short rides or lengthy adventures. Cody distinguishes the Continental Divide ride as one of the most awe-inspiring; it begins at Bear Lake at 6 a.m., wending across the Continental Divide and to Grand Lake during a nine-hour stretch.