Peruse a head-spinning selection of baggage and accoutrements at Colorado Bag’n Baggage, where shoppers can spot top brands such as Victorinox, Tumi, PacSafe, Vera Bradley, and others. Properly organize valuables so that undergarments aren’t mingling with travel packs of shea butter with an Antler Novanta cabin suitcase ($99), or protect techie gear with an Antler Traverse laptop trolley tote ($99). Avoid riling up nearby dogs with jangly pockets of coin by toting a classy Bosca old-leather coin purse ($48) while securing valuable phones and favorite TV remote controls with a CellKeeper portable electronics carrier ($29.99, only available online). Whether it’s a weekend jaunt or a trans-Atlantic canoe trip, Colorado Bag’n Baggage offers the proper gear for global trekking and less adventurous, more affordable backyard trekking.
The technicians at Sassy Sunkissed Tanning don't let anyone go to bed uninformed. Instead, they greet new clients with a thorough skin analysis and consultation, discussing how deep they'd like their tan to be and how easily they tend to burn. The conversation leads clients to multiple bronzing options: regular beds, whose UVA light shifts the body's skin tone, a booster bed that deepens the tan's effects, and private standup booths for both standard and spray tanning. Guests can further customize their visit with a sound system that allows them to choose their favorite radio station while tanning.
At the front desk, a variety of moisturizers, lotions, and goggles eases the tanning process. The boutique area also includes a selection of handbags, each chosen by the staff for its chicness and ability to carry home leftover UV rays.
Lauded by style magazines, Chinese Laundry’s array of footwear frames feet in styles ranging from elegant to everyday using eye-catching lines and innovative materials. Complement cocktail dresses by slipping toes into a choice of evening items, such as angelic, gold Willy Shimmer heels ($49.95) and dark and racy Haughty suede heels ($29.95), or wear one of each to engage gams in existential debates about good and evil. A range of daytime togs such as wedges ($29.99–$170), flats ($14.99–$89.95), and sandals ($14.95–$150) pair with jeans, shorts, and sundresses effortlessly, and sleek stiletto Faith boots ($59.95) drape legs in luxury while keeping out wind, rain, and subliminal messages instructing feet to do the mashed-potato.
After ten hours of slow-cooking, the barbecue ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill land on tables tender and ready to fall of the bone. Served with fresh-made coleslaw, these ribs are the centerpiece of a menu overflowing with upscale comfort food. Chefs cut potatoes by hand to accompany bacon cheeseburgers topped with aged cheddar and bread-and-butter pickles made in-house rather than flown in by a talking stork. Grilled pizzas are made fresh to order and never frozen, and hefty sandwiches and hand-cut steaks stack plates with sustenance. On the weekends, brunch dishes come out of hibernation to sate guests with made-to-order omelets and specialties such as eggs benedict and prime-rib hash. Diners enjoy the fresh air on the outdoor patio or cluster around the bar to keep track of sports scores or find out who really got married on Days of Our Lives.
Kismet bestows bodies with designer apparel and jewelry designed by local artists, and bedecks dwellings with affordable décor. The chic boutique stocks an expansive and ever-changing lineup of brands, including cardigans, wraps, and other tuna melts by Wooden Ships ($32–$75) and handbags by Shiraleah ($36–$78). Necklines shimmer in jewelry by local artist Christy Lea Payne, such as the bronze dog tag ($46), while earlobes glimmer with sterling-silver peacock earrings by Dream Mullick ($55). Infuse homes with French flavor with Quality Time's C'est La Vie wall ornament ($42), proudly announcing to visitors a casual indifference to their muddy feet.
Flawless skin, rosy cheeks, and red lips are the trademark of the vintage pin-up girl. Inspired by this classic look, the trio of licensed aestheticians at Sweet Cheeks Boutique paint faces with Jane Iredale makeup products, but without clogging pores. As they apply micro-pulverized minerals and pigments to the skin, flat overlapping particles allow pores to breathe while deflecting environmental pollutants such as exhaust fumes and jealousy. The aestheticians also buttress their makeup applications with skin-care treatments that range from gentle facials and waxing to on-site Botox injections.