Since 1894, four generations of the Bee family tended their 160-acre farm. Part of the National Register of Historic Places since 2002, 10 acres of this preserved land now host the Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum. Through various exhibitions and activities, the museum teaches visitors about the family's efforts to cultivate their little segment of the Northern Colorado prairie.
From antique tractors and trucks to private letters and diaries, thousands of the Bee's personal effects fill their original houses, sheds, garages, and barns. In the horse barn, a wooden horse models an original harness. Meanwhile, in the milk barn, kids can milk a wooden cow. The museum's other hands-on activities include gathering eggs from nesting boxes outside the chicken house, grinding corn for animal feedings, and throwing irrigation tubes.
Ten Bears Winery produces smooth, handcrafted wines through a fermentation process that involves french-oak aging and an exclusive winter-hibernation technique. To begin, the facility?s winemaker hand-selects the finest grapes available, and by the time those grapes reach the bottling line, they?ve been transformed into easy-to-drink, well-balanced Colorado wines, many of which populate the shelves at local retailers. For a more personalized wine-drinking experience, Ten Bears also offers private tastings and a custom labeling service that adorns bottles with company logos, pictures, and personal pager numbers.
Colorado Scuba Diving Academy practically turns people into fish in its scuba-certification courses. Founded by PADI-certified diving instructors, the schools train students in a variety of diving disciplines including open water, rescue, and wreck diving. For those who just want to get their feet wet, Discover Scuba teaches the basic of using the equipment and breathing below the surface, while more advanced nitrox, altitude, and drysuit certifications prepare divers for any situation they might encounter while swimming in the deep.
Collindale Golf Academy's PGA Director of Instruction Vince Buelk calls upon 18 years of experience to shore up the pin-hunting panache of golfers of all abilities. The passionate pedagogue develops the academy's club-flailing curriculum and puts it into practice at its stately facilities, which include a full-length driving range, an oversize putting green, and a practice bunker ideal for wedging balls out of sunken lies and replacing them with incriminating scorecards. The academy's thriving junior program strives to develop an affinity for the game at a young age, and club-fitting services pair each unique swing with its crooked-stick soul mates. Though the academy's kempt lawns, mountainside vistas, and lush pines affect a sense of old-time rusticity, its instructors utilize the latest in technological teaching aides, including V1 video-swing-analysis software and pitching wedges that double as prosthetic hooks for grabbing cookies on the high shelves.
Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
The nine holes of Mountain Vista Golf Course present a charming, 3,500-yard challenge set against a dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Box Elder Creek weaves through the middle of the course and into play, and mature pine trees frame spacious fairways. Golfers are immediately thrown into risk-reward scenarios on the first and sixth holes, two lengthy par 5s that extend to 536 yards and 579 yards from the back tees and challenge shots with two large ponds. At Bentley?s, the grill located just off the course, two covered patios welcome those looking to grab a bite to eat as they transition from a round of golf to a round of beer or a round of boxing against a disgruntled caddie.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,494 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard