Boulder Magazine Feb-March 2024

Our feature story highlights heli-skiing, for the enthusiasts who like fresh powder and no crowds. We also highlight the trainers who deal with avalanche dogs, and offer up our picks for wedding guide. Let the fun begin.

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19 Quaint Tranquility<br />

Stone Cottage Studios’<br />

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22 Events Your guide to<br />

planning your free time<br />

30 Entertainment<br />

Reviews of new movies<br />

and music<br />

32 Staff Picks Books to<br />

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34 Local Chatter The<br />

magic of Stone Cottage<br />

Studios’ intimate<br />

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38 Newsmaker Native<br />

attorney Jeanne<br />

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42 Summer Camps<br />

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50 Art Seen A glimpse<br />

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Gallery<br />

54 Western Drawl Share<br />

a cuppa with Bhakti<br />

Chai founder<br />

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57 Meadow Matrimony<br />

Greystone Castle’s<br />

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58 Thrifting Sarah<br />

Howlett shares her<br />

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62 Bridal Guide<br />

Colorado’s most<br />

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Accessories that say<br />

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126 Pastel Paradise<br />

Exploring the Yucatán<br />

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16 Reader Services<br />

18 Editor’s Letter<br />

125 Real Estate Forum<br />

128 The Last Reflection<br />

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charming neighborhoods to the wonderfully peculiar, just steps from CU’s<br />

campus. For the self-love portion of this issue, we delve into the creatives<br />

behind acupuncture alignments, medicinal nourishment, daily movement<br />

and spirituality.<br />

For the romantics among us, we share our wedding-day favorites and step<br />

foot into The Greenbriar Inn, a garden-inspired fine dining establishment<br />

that’s offering Valentine’s Day dinners and a cozy couples retreat.<br />

But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows—we’ve also tackled some of the more<br />

pressing issues facing our greater community, sharing perspectives from<br />

Native water rights attorney Jeanne Whiteing and Colorado’s avalanche dog<br />

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Our five highlights from this season’s calendar of events.<br />

CU Buffaloes Women’s<br />

Basketball Game<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 9, 11, 29 & <strong>March</strong> 2<br />

Come cheer on your CU Buffs Women’s<br />

Basketball team. CU Events Center.<br />

Times vary. cubuff.com/sports/<br />

womens-basketball.<br />

Step Afrika!<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 2<br />

Step Afrika! blends percussive<br />

dance styles practiced by historically<br />

African American fraternities and<br />

sororities, traditional Western<br />

and Southern African dances and<br />

an array of contemporary dance<br />

and art forms into one compelling<br />

artistic experience. Performances<br />

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Tickets start at $24. 7:30pm.<br />

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Street Wise Arts Mural<br />

Walking Tour<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 3 & <strong>March</strong> 3<br />

Come explore the street art of<br />

Downtown <strong>Boulder</strong> with Street Wise<br />

Arts. We offer guided walking tours<br />

led by a Street Wise Arts docent. We’ll<br />

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national artists during our annual<br />

mural festival. Learn more about<br />

our organization, street art culture<br />

and the various social justice causes<br />

championed by Street Wise artists.<br />

Bonus: Many murals are activated in<br />

augmented reality, and we’ll show you<br />

how to bring them to life. Registration<br />

required. $5–$50. streetwisearts.org/<br />

walking-tours.<br />

Catapult: A BFA<br />

Dance Concert<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 3–5<br />

Emerging BFA choreographers<br />

borrow from an exciting fusion of<br />

genres to craft dance works that<br />

explore a variety of personal themes.<br />

Tickets sell fast to CU <strong>Boulder</strong> College<br />

of Arts and Sciences Department<br />

of Theatre & Dance’s innovative,<br />

multisensory dance performances that take place in and around the intimate<br />

Charlotte York Irey Theatre. $20. cupresents.org.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> International<br />

Film Festival<br />

<strong>March</strong> 1<br />

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> International Film Festival<br />

(BIFF) is headed back to Longmont.<br />

BIFF showcases the very best shorts<br />

programs, documentaries and<br />

feature films from local, national and<br />

international filmmakers for three<br />

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Aging Bodies, Myths and Heroines looks at the social and ethical<br />

implications of the observational image and challenges some of the<br />

myths and misunderstandings often imposed upon elder members of<br />

contemporary western societies. The exhibit features André Ramos-<br />

Woodard, Danielle SeeWalker, Donigan Cumming, James Hosking,<br />

Magdalena Wosinska, Marissa Nicole Stewart, Mitchell Squire, Roddy<br />

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Sacred Feminine Circle:<br />

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First and Third Thursdays<br />

The Sacred Feminine Circle gathers<br />

twice a month to share in the Healing<br />

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Morning Yoga at the Museum<br />

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Read to a Dog<br />

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without correcting or judging. 3:45–<br />

5pm. Broomfield Library. compass.<br />

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Proclaiming Colorado’s Black<br />

History Exhibit<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 1–Sept. 30, 2025<br />

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histories, sharing them broadly,<br />

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Step Afrika!<br />

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Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles<br />

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Across Time Across Cultures<br />

“Icelandic Echoes: A Sonic<br />

Journey Into Inner Echos”<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 7<br />

Featuring performances by <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Bach Festival co-directors Mina<br />

Gajic and Zachary Carrettin, is<br />

a captivating presentation and<br />

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CU Buffaloes Women’s<br />

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<strong>Feb</strong>. 9, 11, 29 & <strong>March</strong> 2<br />

Come cheer on your CU Buffs<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong> Bach Festival<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 10 & <strong>March</strong> 21<br />

Celebrate the music of Johann<br />

Sebastian Bach by providing highquality<br />

performances and educational<br />

opportunities that will not only satisfy<br />

those who already love Bach’s music,<br />

but will also introduce Bach’s music to<br />

others. Ticket prices vary. 4pm. Dairy<br />

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Orion Artemis I:<br />

Mission Around<br />

the Moon<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 12<br />

This presentation will<br />

focus on highlights<br />

from our Artemis I mission around<br />

the moon and give you a glimpse into<br />

what lies ahead for Orion as we look to<br />

return humans back to the moon. Corey<br />

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Martin Space for the past 16 years.<br />

He is currently the Senior Manager<br />

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Specialty Engineering. $15. 7:30pm.<br />

Chautauqua Community House<br />

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The Blind Cafe Music and Dinner<br />

in the Dark Experience<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 13, 14 & 15<br />

An award-winning positive social<br />

change pop-up dinner, social impact<br />

discussion and intimate live music<br />

performances held in 100% darkness,<br />

no blindfolds. You’ll break bread in<br />

community family style to a nourishing<br />

and healthy fixed Valentine’s dinner<br />

menu—sourced from local sponsors,<br />

restaurants, farms and grocers—<br />

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Dinner Opera: Suor Angelica<br />

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<strong>March</strong> 2 & 3<br />

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music and culinary delight with our<br />

Dinner Opera event. After seven<br />

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heartbreaking news from her callous<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong> International<br />

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<strong>March</strong> 1<br />

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the<br />

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(BIFF) is headed back to Longmont.<br />

BIFF showcases the very best shorts<br />

programs, documentaries and<br />

feature films from local, national and<br />

international filmmakers for three<br />

days in the Stewart Auditorium.<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong> Ballet Presents<br />


<strong>March</strong> 8, 0 & 10<br />

An evening-length collaboration<br />

exploring the intersection of<br />

movement and wellness through both<br />

physiological and neuroscience-based<br />

research. This contemporary ballet<br />

production showcases the artistry of<br />

three distinguished choreographers:<br />

Andrea Schermoly, Resident<br />

Choreographer for the Louisville<br />

Ballet; Brandon Ragland, Artistic<br />

Director of Dayton Ballet, and our own<br />

Artistic Director, Ben Needham-Wood.<br />

Note: The choreography contains brief<br />

simulations and suggestions of physical<br />

violence that may be distressing to<br />

some viewers. $20–$55. Times vary.<br />

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Titanic, The Musical<br />

<strong>March</strong> 15, 16 & 17<br />

A thrilling musical journey of epic<br />

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Stunning music and performances<br />

bring to life the tragic drama and<br />

emotion of the world’s most famous<br />

shipwreck. “Titanic, The Musical” is a<br />

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Reviews: TV & Music<br />


Hot Apple Band<br />

So Long, Noodle House<br />

Hot Apple Band’s debut album was<br />

released to my (apparently waiting)<br />

ears over the holidays, and let me tell<br />

you, I’m now a huge fan. Hailing from<br />

Strathfield, Sydney and featuring<br />

sounds reminiscent of ‘60s and ‘70s<br />

pop and rock, plus modern, folksy<br />

Americana, So Long, Noodle House is<br />

a sensual and atmospheric album ideal<br />

for a long drive, a night at home—or<br />

really anything. Download “The Hill,”<br />

“Til the End (Again) and “Changing.”<br />

Enjoy, and you’re welcome.<br />

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar<br />

(plus three other Wes Anderson shorts)<br />

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ben Kingsley<br />

Directed by Wes Anderson and written by Roald Dahl<br />

Netflix • Five Stars<br />

I would not call myself a Wes Anderson fanatic on the level of, say, the ex-boyfriend<br />

from eons ago who dragged me to the theater to see Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic<br />

Mr. Fox. I did, however, love Roald Dahl’s books as a kid, so when I found out that<br />

both storytellers are involved in Netflix’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar—plus<br />

three more shorts, all directed by Anderson and written by Dahl—I was intrigued.<br />

One blustery evening, I cozied up on my couch, eager to watch Henry Sugar.<br />

Y’all, rarely does a TV show or movie capture my attention right away the way<br />

this one did. I was downright delighted by the moody yet whimsical scenery (which<br />

is likely familiar to Anderson fans) and the soothing sound of the narrator, who<br />

introduces us to his personal setting before launching into the story of Sugar.<br />

Surrounded by pens, pencils, chocolate and coffee, the narrator’s “think pad” would<br />

make yours truly or any artist feel right at home. But as I kept watching, Henry<br />

Sugar broadened its scope.<br />

When we’re introduced to Henry, the anti-hero of our story, he sounds like<br />

someone almost every woman has fallen for at some point: He’s over six feet tall,<br />

filthy rich, unmarried and completely selfish. Then something happens to change<br />

Henry’s life trajectory—he finds a book about a man who could literally see without<br />

his eyes. As in, doctors and scientists would blindfold him tightly, yet he could still<br />

safely navigate the streets on a bike.<br />

This quirky and engaging 40-minute film is perfect for a cold winter evening<br />

and has a didactic element perfect for some “new year, new me” inspiration. It’s<br />

thought-provoking for sure, with elements of absurdism and magical realism—but<br />

also contains plenty of modern themes, such as meditation and manifestation. I<br />

won’t spoil the ending for those of you who watch it, but even if you’ve guessed the<br />

plot, it’s still worth your time. While you’re at it, add Anderson’s and Dahl’s other<br />

three shorts— The Rat Catcher, The Swan and Poison—to your queue as well. All<br />

four together—with Henry Sugar being the longest—create a feast of storytelling<br />

in just 90 minutes. And who with our modern attention spans doesn’t miss the<br />

90-minute movie days?<br />

The Veldt<br />

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1950s Raymond Chandler short story.<br />

Now, their original album, Illuminated<br />

1989, is available and well worth a<br />

download. Fronted by identical twins<br />

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has deep roots in Southern blues, rock<br />

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staff picks<br />

Winter-worthy Reads<br />

Curl up with a good book this season<br />

Reading the Glass:<br />

A Captain’s View of<br />

Weather, Water, and<br />

Life on Ships by Elliot<br />

Rappaport<br />

For thirty years, Elliot Rappaport<br />

has had what to many would sound<br />

like a dream job, serving as the<br />

captain of large sailing vessels<br />

used for maritime training and<br />

scientific research. Reading<br />

the Glass: A Captain’s View of<br />

Weather, Water, and Life on Ships, his sparkling memoir<br />

published earlier this year, admirably conveys the romance<br />

and wonder of life at sea but also its complexities and perils.<br />

As the subtitle suggests, a principal focus of the narrative is<br />

the weather. Despite all the technological innovations that<br />

have put accurate forecasts at our fingertips, sea captains<br />

like Rappaport have to know not only how to “read the glass”<br />

(i.e., interpret barometric readings) but also how to decipher<br />

the subtle visual cues provided by the sea and sky. This<br />

skill, honed over many years and voyages, depends on an<br />

awareness of the idiosyncratic weather features of a given<br />

locale, whether off the coast of New Zealand or Greenland.<br />

Rappaport’s account of his career at sea brings to life a<br />

world unfamiliar to most readers. But what really makes<br />

Reading the Glass stand out are his lucid explanations<br />

of how the world’s weather actually works. Great for the<br />

armchair sailor or for anyone curious about the weather.<br />

–Bland Lawson<br />

The Mimicking of Known<br />

Successes by Malka Older<br />

At the end of a train line, a man<br />

goes missing. Did he jump? Was he<br />

pushed? Investigator Mossa will<br />

need all of her available resources,<br />

including old flame Scholar Pleiti,<br />

to solve the case. This satisfying<br />

little genre-blend of a novella is a<br />

sapphic gaslamp Sherlock Holmes<br />

pastiche set on Jupiter – it’s<br />

delightfully cozy, the characters<br />

are compelling, and the worldbuilding is top notch. The<br />

sequel, The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles, is equally<br />

delightful and will be published in <strong>Feb</strong>ruary of <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

–Sara McBride<br />

Thornhedge by T.<br />

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Looking for a perfect book to curl up<br />

with on a chilly winter evening? Pick<br />

up this charming fairytale novella<br />

from T. Kingfisher for a magical<br />

read. Our heroine, Toadling, was<br />

spirited away to Faerie as an infant<br />

and a changeling left in her place.<br />

She passes many happy years among<br />

the Greenteeth, who take her in and<br />

raise her as one of their own, until<br />

she is summoned back to the mortal<br />

world to carry out a simple but crucial mission in the very<br />

house from which she was taken. Despite her best efforts,<br />

her assigned task goes a bit awry…T. Kingfisher is wellloved<br />

for filling her dark folk and fairytale inspired works<br />

with funny, loveable characters, and Thornhedge does not<br />

disappoint. Fans of retellings and fairytales will find lots<br />

to love here! –Sarah Cameron<br />

Wild and Distant Seas by<br />

Tara Karr Roberts<br />

This beautiful debut is traditional<br />

historical fiction with just a bit<br />

of magic. Using Moby Dick as a<br />

starting point, the novel spans<br />

four generations of women<br />

starting with Evangeline who<br />

arrives in Nantucket in 1849,<br />

determined to start a new<br />

life and forget her past. Each<br />

successive generation faces a<br />

new challenge and is touched<br />

with a different skill. Wild and Distant Seas is about love,<br />

motherhood, and finding one’s purpose in life. Perfect for<br />

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local chatter<br />

Davis Maynard, left, and<br />

Stone Cottage Founder<br />

Jamie Maynard<br />

Harmonies in Stone<br />

Discover the enchanting world of Stone Cottage Studios, where the warmth of acoustic<br />

melodies and the magic of intimate performances collide in a century-old refuge<br />


A<br />


seemingly hums over Stone<br />

Cottage Studios as the<br />

last breathtaking notes<br />

from Duncan Coker’s acoustic guitar<br />

effortlessly dissipate into the night.<br />

Coker himself breaks the silent nods<br />

of approval between those in the room,<br />

including backup singer Katie Mintle.<br />

“One more for good measure?”<br />

With that the room once again<br />

floods with the hauntingly soothing<br />

bluegrass sound of Coker and Mintle.<br />

Outside, the night’s snowy mist<br />

has layered the white picket fence<br />

surrounding the detached suburban<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> garage-turned-music-studio<br />

with a clear sheen. Yet, here inside,<br />

there’s a comforting ambiance that wraps<br />

its arms around you with its music.<br />

Tonight, Coker, with the help of<br />

Mintle, is cutting an electronic press<br />

kit (EPK) that includes a video and<br />

recording session to promote his debut<br />

album arriving this <strong>Feb</strong>ruary.<br />

“This place is really great,” Coker said<br />

to the softly lit backdrop of candles, welltraversed<br />

throw rugs and burlap sacks<br />

and guitars adorning the walls. “It’s<br />

really hard to come by a place like this.”<br />

The cottage, located on the corner of<br />

7th Street and Evergreen Ave., dates<br />

to the early 1900s and was originally<br />

owned by a local miner and stone mason.<br />

It was refurbished in 2012 when its<br />

detached garage was converted into<br />

the music studio it is today. When<br />

the city rejected an additional square<br />

footage for the garage, out went the<br />

bicycles and in went the control room.<br />

The result was a quaint music space<br />

that’s professionally equipped for<br />

sound, video and magical nights.<br />

“We wanted to create a branded<br />

Stone Cottage Studios space that<br />

was warm and inviting for the artists<br />

while being very recognizable to video<br />

viewers,” said Stone Cottage Studios<br />


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local chatter<br />

(left) A performance during the Stone Cottage Studios outdoor Artist Session. (right) Enjoying a performance during the Stone<br />

Cottage Studios outdoor Artist Session.<br />

founder Jamie Maynard. “A space that<br />

inspires performances and creativity.”<br />

Stone Cottage Studios Artist Sessions<br />

Stone Cottage opened its studio in<br />

2018 to offer EPKs and recording<br />

opportunities, as well as its signature<br />

Artist Session series.<br />

Since then, close to 200 artists—<br />

hailing from genres such as bluegrass,<br />

folk, country, pop, hip hop, jazz, alt<br />

country, classical and Indi/Americana—<br />

have discovered Stone Cottage.<br />

Modeled as an NPR “Tiny Desk”<br />

series of the Colorado Front Range,<br />

Stone Cottage Studios’ Artist Sessions<br />

features an intimate show and artist<br />

interview with Maynard, who spent 25<br />

years in the biotech fields before setting<br />

his sights on Stone Cottage Studios.<br />

These are free flowing chats designed<br />

to highlight the artists’ inspirations,<br />

new releases or whatever they’d like<br />

to discuss.<br />

You can find these Sessions via the<br />

Stone Cottage Studios YouTube and<br />

social media pages. A Stone Cottage<br />

Studios playlists is also coming soon to<br />

streaming platforms.<br />

While intimate and limited by<br />

space to about 10 guests per show, the<br />

Artist Session Winter Season began<br />

in January, is open to the public and<br />

includes a spread of food, drinks and<br />

more to make those in attendance feel<br />

like home.<br />

Once the summer months have<br />

thawed the white picket fence, Stone<br />

Cottage moves its Artist Sessions<br />

outside, where music lovers can sit and<br />

soak up the tunes in the courtyard<br />

among the Buddhist statues and other<br />

accouterments—all of which is set to a<br />

low volume and is over before 8 p.m., as<br />

to not disturb the neighbors…the ones<br />

you don’t find in attendance, that is.<br />

The Stone Cottage Studio Family<br />

Back inside the studio on this chilly<br />

evening, adjustments are being made<br />

on the fly as Maynard diligently<br />

works the cameras alongside his son<br />

Davis Maynard.<br />

Dan McDonough, the unseen voice of<br />

God, communicates via a microphone<br />

from the attached sound room. After<br />

the guitars are all packed away,<br />

McDonough will multi-track their<br />

songs and make an already incredible<br />

performance sound even better.<br />

The Future of Stone Cottage Studios<br />

The phone is ringing, says Maynard,<br />

a photographer whose Magic Factor<br />

Media owns the Stone Cottage Studios.<br />

Artists from Nashville and beyond are<br />

lined up throughout the year.<br />

“As musicians and filmmakers/<br />

videographers, Davis and I thought it<br />

would be great to start a new part of<br />

Magic Factor Media focused on video<br />

and audio production in the music space,”<br />

said Jamie, a singer and banjo player in<br />

his own right since the age of 12.<br />

That transition became even more<br />

important as Stone Cottage was<br />

able to navigate the pandemic by<br />

incorporating a streaming service to<br />

share shows from close to 50 artists,<br />

each bringing their own unique style<br />

to the recording studio.<br />

There’s a natural rawness to all of<br />

it as artists such as Coker and Mintle<br />

work through their songs, especially<br />

while trying to learn new lyrics written<br />

as freshly as that morning. These<br />

wooden walls are home to disobedient<br />

b-strings and subtle flubs audible only<br />

to the ear of the artist.<br />

“Incredible,” Mintle whispers<br />

between takes. “It’s usually really<br />

nerve wracking in front of cameras,<br />

but this is really calm and warm.”<br />

Find more regarding Stone Cottage<br />

Studios, including upcoming dates, at<br />

stonecottagestudios.com. B<br />

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to Glacier National Park and the<br />

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birth, Whiteing’s family moved from<br />

the Blackfeet reservation to California.<br />

At their parents’ encouragements,<br />

Whiteing and her four siblings<br />

committed themselves to academic<br />

pursuits that had remained elusive for<br />

their parents.<br />

“I never really felt that I could<br />

not do something because I was<br />

an Indian woman. I just felt that<br />

if I tried hard, I would succeed,”<br />

Whiteing reflects. She attributes a<br />

significant part of her journey to her<br />

high school counselor in Salinas,<br />

California, whose encouragement<br />

prompted her application to Stanford,<br />

where she distinguished herself as<br />

one of only three Native American<br />

students. Subsequently, she pursued<br />

her legal education at the University<br />

of California, Berkeley. “We Native<br />

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recognition, <strong>Boulder</strong> attorney and esteemed member of the<br />

Blackfeet tribe, Jeanne Whiteing, found herself adorned with<br />

the prestigious Women’s Stand-Up Headdress. As the former<br />

Blackfeet Tribal Attorney, Whiteing’s induction into the revered<br />

circle of headdress recipients at the third annual Sah Ko Mii Tah<br />

Pii (Land and All Things Living Together) Blackfeet cultural<br />

camp on August 8, 2023, was a testament to her exceptional<br />

contributions and leadership within the Blackfeet community<br />

and, as she notes, the culmination of her accomplished career.<br />

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Jeanne during the<br />

signing of the Blackfeet<br />

Water Compact in D.C.<br />

American students tended to band<br />

together to support one another.”<br />

Upon completing her legal studies,<br />

the burgeoning field of Indian law<br />

was in its nascent stage, marked by<br />

the inception of California Indian<br />

Legal Services and subsequently<br />

the establishment of the Native<br />

American Rights Fund (NARF),<br />

a national non-profit organization<br />

headquartered in <strong>Boulder</strong>. During<br />

her time in law school, Whiteing<br />

served as a summer clerk at NARF,<br />

and upon graduation, she secured a<br />

position with the organization. Her<br />

tenure at NARF spanned from 1975<br />

to 1987, during which she held pivotal<br />

roles such as Litigation Director and<br />

Deputy Director.<br />

She then formed a small firm with<br />

other Indian law practitioners in <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

“<strong>Boulder</strong> became a sort of Indian lawfocus<br />

town, with several firms formed<br />

by former NARF attorneys,” she notes,<br />

adding that this trend has persisted, with<br />

Indian law practices now flourishing<br />

across the nation.<br />

Since then, she has dedicated herself<br />

to private practice as a tribal attorney,<br />

specializing in the intricate realm of<br />

Indian water law. Notably, she holds<br />

the distinction of being the second<br />

among only five Native women who<br />

have argued cases before the Supreme<br />

Court of the United States, twice on<br />

behalf of the Blackfeet Tribe.<br />

“Arguing before the U.S. Supreme<br />

Court is probably the pinnacle of<br />

any career, and I was fortunate to<br />

represent my own tribe in a case before<br />

the Supreme Court in the 1980s. It was<br />

a case that challenged the authority of<br />

the State of Montana to tax the tribe’s<br />

share of oil and gas production on<br />

the reservation. I was an attorney at<br />

NARF at the time and worked on the<br />

case with Richard Collins, who has<br />

been a long-time professor at CU Law<br />

School. We won the case in the Ninth<br />

Circuit and in the Supreme Court,”<br />

Whiteing explains.<br />

Over several decades, Congress has<br />

approved and enacted 35 Indian water<br />

rights settlements. Among these,<br />

Whiteing has played a crucial role in<br />

securing Congressional settlements<br />

for three distinct tribes: the Northern<br />

Cheyenne Water Compact (1999),<br />

Duck Valley Paiute Water Compact<br />

(2009) and the Blackfeet Water<br />

Compact (2016). The latter, one of<br />

the highest U.S. settlements ever at<br />

nearly $500 million, marked a historic<br />

achievement, granting the Blackfeet<br />

tribe control over more cubic feet of<br />

water than any other tribe in the U.S.<br />

This monumental success, however,<br />

was the result of a painstaking process<br />

that spanned two decades.<br />

These days, Jeanne Whiteing has<br />

largely retired from her legal practice<br />

after an extensive career spanning<br />

48 years. “I’m doing a little work for<br />

the Northern Cheyenne, finishing up<br />

water court adjudication with nonmember<br />

water rights,” she says. “First,<br />

you establish the water rights, then<br />

you object to any non-member water<br />

rights. That’s what I did for years for<br />

the Blackfeet.”<br />

Whiteing is encouraged by the<br />

significant strides she has observed<br />

in the progress of various tribes. “We<br />

went from policies of termination<br />

and relocation to a strong focus on<br />

strengthening tribal sovereignty and<br />

tribal economic development. But there<br />

is still a long way to go, and federal<br />

policies wax and wane depending on<br />

the administration and the courts,”<br />

she notes.<br />

“There are still many historical<br />

wrongs that have not been fully<br />

acknowledged or resolved and that<br />

will never be forgotten by Native<br />

Americans. Only recently have we seen<br />

some acknowledgement of the horrible<br />

effects of Indian boarding schools.<br />

We are seeing some repatriations<br />

of Indian remains and cultural<br />

properties. Federal policies have for<br />

the most part strongly supported<br />

tribal governments. But the loss of<br />

land and other historical wrongs will<br />

never be forgotten. With strong tribal<br />

governments and the help of Indian<br />

professionals, including lawyers, I<br />

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collective sigh of relief. A couple months of summer sun, splashing in pools and a reprieve from<br />

homework are the foundation of so many childhood memories. Parents, meanwhile, may sound<br />

an exasperated sigh and pull their hair at the thought of their wonderful children aimless and<br />

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Fear not, <strong>Boulder</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> has you<br />

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Slay the Runway, Fashion Design for<br />

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Now in its fourth year, Slay the Runway<br />

is a collaborative program supported<br />

by CU <strong>Boulder</strong> and the Firehouse Art<br />

Center in Longmont, where 20 teens<br />

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construction and design to fashion their<br />

own identities. Slay focuses on LGBTQ+<br />

youth, giving them space to explore<br />

identity and appearance in a two-week<br />

camp that culminates in a runway<br />

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“Slay the Runway cultivates selfexpression<br />

and community connection<br />

for all youth, by providing an affirming<br />

and inclusive design space,” says<br />

Elaine Waterman, one of the program<br />

leads and executive director of the<br />

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Alongside co-lead Steven Frost, a<br />

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and award-winning textile artist, and<br />

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ages 12 to 18. Spaces are limited for<br />

this two-week intensive, with only 20<br />

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Thanks to support from the<br />

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and middle school students even have<br />

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Got Game, Sports and Athletics for<br />

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Originally founded in 2004 in<br />

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Youth get to curate their summer<br />

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Kalman says, and it welcomes every<br />

kid, meeting them where they are.<br />

“I think what makes our program<br />

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Kalman and his dedicated staff<br />

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and it’s always so amazing to watch<br />

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Spaces with Got Game fill up fast,<br />

but the schedule is flexible—parents<br />

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summer camp<br />

A camper gets their<br />

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creativity in a natural environment<br />

like <strong>Boulder</strong> County’s splendid Front<br />

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Program Director Elizabeth Baker<br />

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“[Living Arts] is a celebration<br />

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“A dual folk arts/crafts and nature<br />

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The invitingly named StarHouse in<br />

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The camp is hosted in the Foothills<br />

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“We invite all curious children to join<br />

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Thorne Nature Experience,<br />

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“In our 60-plus years of running<br />

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“Thorne camps focus on outdoor<br />

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Immersing youth in the outdoors not<br />

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New this year is a Longmont location,<br />

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“Every summer we offer more than<br />

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Thorne programs start at the end<br />

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“The Colorado Mountain Ranch is<br />

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“We’ve been family owned and<br />

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“I informally contacted friends and<br />

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Danielle SeeWalker to the striking<br />

silhouette photographs of refugee youth<br />

by Dona Laurita, an array of thoughtprovoking<br />

content continues to grace<br />

the inviting space.<br />

Keeping with its origin story and<br />

namesake, the gallery also rotates art<br />

in an east-facing window accessible<br />

from a back parking lot. Making ample<br />

use of the space, Herman has also<br />

included a bathroom gallery and an<br />

outdoor front patio exhibit space.<br />

“In 2023 we hosted over 30<br />


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exhibitions, film screenings, workshops<br />

and artist talks,” says Herman, who<br />

hopes to deliver even more this year.<br />

The hub has a reading room where<br />

visitors are encouraged to sip tea or coffee<br />

and dive into eclectic publications that<br />

may just spark lively conversation. At the<br />

core of East Window is an unwavering<br />

desire for community and inclusiveness.<br />

“The shelves have books by authors<br />

from near and far, zines, chapbooks and<br />

artist books,” Herman says. “We’ve even<br />

got several shelves dedicated to kids.<br />

Each month we rotate our inventory as<br />

we’ve got more books than our shelves<br />

can accommodate at one time. I’d love it<br />

to become a full-on lending library, but<br />

this would take a lot.”<br />

Currently on view through <strong>Feb</strong>ruary<br />

is “Aging Bodies, Myths and Heroines,”<br />

a group show that includes pieces by<br />

twelve photographers. The exhibition<br />

challenges the prevailing notion that<br />

youth is the epitome of beauty and<br />

addresses the societal perspectives<br />

on the aging process. The stirring<br />

collection comprises a cross-section of<br />

folks in their golden years and opened<br />

in November 2023.<br />

“The day after East Window’s opening<br />

of ‘Aging Bodies, Myths and Heroines’<br />

would have been my mother’s 96th<br />

birthday,” Herman explains. “She died<br />

only two years ago. With both parents<br />

having passed away now, this exhibit<br />

is, in part, a belated bon voyage gift to<br />

them. So, transience, legacy, loss and<br />

mourning have been on my mind. Much<br />

of my curatorial work as well as my own<br />

photographic and film work deals with<br />

these themes in some capacity.”<br />

From work that honors the art of drag<br />

and queer elders to a live performance<br />

by differently bodied dancers, Herman<br />

has created a space for those who are not<br />

always celebrated in the mainstream.<br />

“East Window is a project through<br />

which I make every effort to advance<br />

narratives of and collaborations<br />

with people who’ve been historically<br />

marginalized by the art world to a great<br />

(top) Photo by Danielle SeeWalker,<br />

featured in East Window’s group show<br />

“Aging Bodies, Myths and Heroines,” up<br />

through the end of <strong>Feb</strong>ruary. (bottom)<br />

Collage Workshop and Book Launch with<br />

Joy Bradbury at East Window Gallery in<br />

April 2023.<br />

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art seen<br />

(top) The initial window display of East<br />

Window at its original location featuring<br />

the art of Gregg Deal in 2020. (bottom)<br />

Max Davies performs during FRAME, East<br />

Window’s literary salon curated by Sarah<br />

Elizabeth Schantz and Toni Oswald in<br />

January 2023.<br />

In <strong>March</strong>, folks can look forward to<br />

a solo exhibit by Nouf Aljowaysir called<br />

“SALAF (Arabic for ancestor),” which<br />

explores racial bias in AI networks<br />

as it relates to the artist’s Saudi and<br />

Iraqi family history and Jesse Freidin’s<br />

photography series, “Are You Ok: A<br />

Trans Survival Project” about adult<br />

support of trans youth.<br />

FRAME, the ongoing literary salon<br />

featuring poetry and fiction readings<br />

accompanied by live music, will resume<br />

as well.<br />

“Visitors are super enthusiastic,<br />

genuinely engaged and supportive,”<br />

Herman says. “With each exhibit and<br />

adjacent programming, it’s fascinating<br />

to me all of the micro-communities that<br />

the gallery brings together respectively.<br />

I love this about East Window.”<br />

East Window is located at 4550<br />

Broadway, Suite C-3B2 in <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Gallery hours are Thursday–Saturday,<br />

4:30–7:30pm and by appointment. To<br />

learn more, visit eastwindow.org. B<br />

extent,” Herman says. “The gallery<br />

brings to the fore processes and ideas<br />

that can be very provocative to some.”<br />

A previous piece in the window<br />

that confronted the construct of white<br />

supremacy in the United States<br />

garnered many reactions: “It was quite<br />

a powerful piece by artist Dread Scott<br />

that really ruffled some local feathers,”<br />

Herman explains. “We received a<br />

number of angry and threatening<br />

emails and calls. We try to engage<br />

a dialogue with folks who reach out<br />

or need additional context, hoping to<br />

provide a more nuanced understanding<br />

to the works we exhibit. But sometimes<br />

folks just want to lash out. Regardless,<br />

East Window is going to keep on with<br />

its mission, often challenging viewers<br />

to look closely at difficult ideas and<br />

issues, to sit with whatever discomfort<br />

this may bring, and to celebrate its<br />

revelations. At the risk of sounding a bit<br />

naive, I’d like to think that any reaction<br />

can be the beginning of a dialogue if<br />

you stay open to it.”<br />

While Herman has called <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

home for seven years, it was in San<br />

Francisco that he honed his craft and<br />

became submerged in the art scene.<br />

“I cut my teeth in many disciplines,<br />

including collaborating with writers,<br />

visual artists, musicians, performers,<br />

filmmakers, curators and educators,”<br />

Herman says. “I’m also the co-founder<br />

of Sins Invalid, a disability justice-based<br />

performance and education project, based<br />

in Berkeley and led by disabled people of<br />

color, [which explores] themes of sexuality,<br />

embodiment and the disabled body.”<br />

Upcoming Exhibitions<br />

Artist Talk with Marissa Nicole<br />

Stewart; <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 9, <strong>2024</strong>, 7–9pm;<br />

East Window Gallery, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

“Leave Me Wanting You”; Todd<br />

Edward Herman Photography;<br />

Now through <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 17, <strong>2024</strong>;<br />

Dairy Arts Center, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Artist Talk with Anne Walker;<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 21, <strong>2024</strong>, 11:30am-1pm;<br />

East Window Gallery, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Panel discussion with Rupert<br />

Jenkins, Roddy MacIness, Sherry<br />

Wiggins, Amy DelPo and Anne<br />

Walker; <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 23, <strong>2024</strong>, 7-9pm,<br />

East Window Gallery, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

East Window Gallery “SALF<br />

(ancestors)” Photography &<br />

Installation bu Nouf Aljowaysir in<br />

person; <strong>March</strong> 21, <strong>2024</strong>, 7-9pm,<br />

East Window Gallery, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

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western drawl<br />

India In A Cup<br />

Founder Brook Eddy blends South Asian flavors<br />

and philosophy in Bhakti Chai<br />



network was covering a story about Swadhyay, a way of life in India that espouses transformation through<br />

self-study and collective awareness. Brook Eddy listened, intrigued. She was unemployed and straddled<br />

with student debt, but full of moxie. Perhaps she could find her purpose in life by studying this group’s<br />

approach. She hopped a plane to Bangalore and immersed herself in Indian culture—never dreaming her<br />

personal journey would become a book, and lead to a multi-million dollar tea business.<br />

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Brook Eddy,<br />

Founder, Bhakti Chai, Inc. and<br />

Author, Steeped: Adventures of<br />

a Tea Entrepreneur<br />

drinkbhakti.com<br />

» Hometown: Plymouth, Michigan<br />

» Education: BA Psychology, MA<br />

Social Policy<br />

» Family: Twins Veda and Ryzen<br />

» Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, yoga<br />

reading, chess, watching soccer<br />

» Why she loves <strong>Boulder</strong>: The<br />

natural beauty, liberal politics,<br />

proximity to mountains and the<br />

people, really good fun-loving<br />

people<br />

From Bangalore to Mumbai to <strong>Boulder</strong>, and<br />

everywhere in between, your storytelling in your<br />

memoir and travelogue Steeped: Adventures of a<br />

Tea Entrepreneur is compelling. Talk a bit about the<br />

people and places you experienced.<br />

My first trip to India was in 2002. I had just completed<br />

my Masters and was kind of naive: I thought, ‘oh, maybe<br />

I’ll just go and check out this movement,’ so I applied for<br />

a grant. I met the founder of Swadhyay and his daughter,<br />

went to their holy services and then out to the farm<br />

where people were practicing these devotions through<br />

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western drawl<br />

community service. I hung out with<br />

Hare Krishnas—fell in love with a<br />

Croatian Hare Krishna—they took me<br />

on all these temple tours. I was able<br />

to experience kirtan—public displays<br />

of devotional dancing and singing<br />

and chanting—it was very powerful. I<br />

traveled the countryside interviewing<br />

locals and drank a lot of teas.<br />

Depending on whose home you were<br />

in, each cup was a little different.<br />

How did your experience in<br />

India lead to your founding<br />

Bhakti Chai?<br />

When I came home, I was still<br />

unclear about my purpose—my path<br />

and my work. I ended up working<br />

as a development director for a<br />

women’s organization, and I had<br />

twins unexpectedly. I was making a<br />

chai at home just for myself, putting<br />

together different flavors I’d tasted<br />

in India, trying to reproduce a ginger<br />

tea I really liked. I started giving<br />

it away as holiday gifts and people<br />

really loved it, and I thought maybe<br />

this could be a little side hustle. I was<br />

working full time, raising these twins<br />

by myself. Maybe I could sell this tea<br />

on the side to make some extra money.<br />

Two years in, I was able to quit my<br />

full-time job and start the company. I<br />

hired people and, as we grew, moved<br />

my tea-making operation from my<br />

kitchen to a brewery that I built.<br />

Your tea has an amazing flavor<br />

profile. What makes Bhakti Chai<br />

special?<br />

We use fresh cold pressed ginger root—<br />

that’s our signature ingredient. When<br />

I was first developing the recipe, I was<br />

pressing organic ginger in a juicer, and<br />

really getting all of its health benefits,<br />

immune-boosting properties, and it’s<br />

so flavorful. That was very rare when<br />

I started using it, 17 years ago. Some<br />

products didn’t even have tea in them.<br />

And we were purchasing tea that was<br />

fair trade, organic and sustainable.<br />

Recipe development and food<br />

production is complicated—have<br />

you had formal training?<br />

I didn’t have professional cooking<br />

experience. I’ve always loved flavors<br />

and cooking, travel and food. I<br />

appreciate learning new recipes and<br />

trying new things. We were the first<br />

company to sell cold brew ready-todrink<br />

dirty chais in Whole Foods in<br />

2010, and we were one of the first<br />

ready-to-drink matcha drinks on the<br />

market in 2015. I’ve always loved food<br />

trends and flavor profiles, and have<br />

always been a little bit ahead of them.<br />

Talk about your philanthropic<br />

platform G.I.T.A.<br />

It’s an acronym for Give, Inspire,<br />

Take Action. G.I.T.A. Giving is our<br />

charitable contributions program<br />

that began out of the Swadhyay ideaI<br />

of devotion to the divine through<br />

action, helping others. Bhakti means<br />

devotion. I really wanted Bhakti Chai<br />

to assist women and girls, so early on<br />

we set up monthly tithing to feminist<br />

organizations. Now we do it through<br />

our website. Sometimes it’s Global<br />

Fund for Women or The Women’s<br />

Foundation. We’ve funded college<br />

scholarships, women’s organizations<br />

in Brazil, Peru—where we get our<br />

ginger—and India. We were one of the<br />

first Benefit Corporations in Colorado.<br />

We go through a rigorous certification<br />

process—every part of our sourcing, the<br />

way we give charitable contributions.<br />

It’s a structure for companies that are<br />

mission-driven that exist to provide<br />

a wider public benefit, not just for<br />

the profitability of their stakeholders<br />

and shareholders.<br />

G.I.T.A. Giving grew out of the way<br />

I started the company, the DNA of<br />

the company, informed by studying<br />

Swadhyay and really wanting the<br />

company to do good, and making sure<br />

we’re not building a tea company on<br />

the backs of tea pickers in India. B<br />

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thrifting<br />

Sarah Howlett shops at a<br />

local thrift store for home<br />

goods. She says <strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

thrift stores are abundant<br />

with nice baskets and<br />

bowls, which are perfect<br />

for storage, organization<br />

and gifts.<br />

Second Hand,<br />

Not Second Best<br />

Hyperlocal thrifting advocate shares her love<br />

of gently used shopping on the ‘gram<br />


anthem of 2012, “Thrift Shop,”<br />

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis<br />

laid bare the joy of stumbling<br />

upon chic second-hand finds at<br />

unbelievably low prices. Enter Sarah<br />

Howlett, a <strong>Boulder</strong>-based writer and<br />

editor, who is intimately familiar with<br />

the electrifying adventure of hunting<br />

down preowned treasures herself.<br />

“I’m just, by nature, a kind of a<br />


thrifty, frugal, penny pincher type of<br />

person,” Howlett says. “I’ve always<br />

loved a coupon and stretching a dollar.”<br />

Throughout the years, she has<br />

evolved into a fervent hyperlocal<br />

thrifting advocate, serving as a guiding<br />

force for individuals eager to explore<br />

the prime establishments and optimize<br />

their thrifting endeavors. Through her<br />

Instagram account (@boulderthrifter),<br />

she not only shares insightful tips but<br />

actively engages with her followers by<br />

showcasing her discoveries, addressing<br />

queries and highlighting fellow<br />

thrifting enthusiasts. Notably, she has<br />

meticulously crafted a comprehensive<br />

guide, offering an in-depth exploration<br />

of the treasures awaiting discovery in<br />

local stores.<br />

“I think the COVID decluttering<br />

movement is still rippling,” Howlett<br />

says. “There was a moment there<br />

in 2020 and early 2021 where the<br />

thrift stores were just absolutely<br />

packed because it was lockdown, plus<br />

everybody was reading Marie Kondo.”<br />

Navigating the plethora of secondhand<br />

shops sprawled across the Front<br />

Range, Howlett consistently gravitates<br />

toward the city limits, drawn by the<br />

abundance of thrift stores in <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Within this compact radius, each<br />

establishment unfolds a captivating<br />

array of items, creating a thrifting<br />

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thrifting<br />

Sarah Howlett organizes<br />

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in <strong>Boulder</strong>. She estimates<br />

about 85% of her wardrobe<br />

is thrifted from local shops.<br />

Between work calls and time spent<br />

at her computer, Howlett can be found<br />

combing the aisles of Tru Hospice<br />

Thrift Shop, Pig & Pearl Secondhand,<br />

Goodwill, Greenwood Thrift,<br />

Resource Central and Salvation<br />

Army. Art Parts is another one of her<br />

favorites when seeking art supplies or<br />

fabric for a DIY project.<br />

In her early 20s, while working as<br />

an editorial assistant at a New York<br />

fashion magazine, Howlett developed<br />

her love for thrifting. The culture of<br />

the Big Apple compelled her to limit<br />

possessions and stick to a budget,<br />

laying the foundation for her enduring<br />

passion for second-hand treasures.<br />

“Furnishing my apartment was<br />

purely Craigslist and curb stuff,” says<br />

Howlett, who didn’t shy away from<br />

lugging furniture across Manhattan.<br />

“I needed to make my money go further.<br />

I became accustomed to spending<br />

money below my means and working<br />

to find the right piece, because, at<br />

the time, my bedroom was literally<br />

head-to-foot the size of a full-size bed.<br />

I had very little space, so the pieces<br />

had to fit; they had to work. I couldn’t<br />

constantly buy new stuff. That’s how<br />

it started, how my brain got to think<br />

about second-hand items before brand<br />

new items.”<br />

While Howlett’s wardrobe is heavily<br />

thrifted—she estimates about 85%—<br />

her favorite possessions are those that<br />

grace the walls of her home.<br />

“I really treasure the art because<br />

I don’t really know much about art,”<br />

Howlett says. “I have no background.<br />

I’m of the ‘if you like it, you like it’<br />

persuasion; when I find second-hand<br />

art that’s especially original, I just love<br />

it—because it’s affordable, it’s kind of<br />

quirky and put together in a collection<br />

has a really neat, eclectic vibe.”<br />

A few years back, Howlett decided to<br />

Google the name of an artist who made<br />

a landscape painting she purchased at<br />

a local thrift shop. The creative behind<br />

the work was the late watercolorist<br />

Sybil Rew, who was based in nearby<br />

Gunbarrel. Howlett tracked down the<br />

artist’s son and acquired more original<br />

works of Rew, which she gifted to<br />

family that Christmas.<br />

Howlett takes pleasure in unraveling<br />

the fascinating histories behind her<br />

diverse collection of pieces, relishing<br />

the excitement of discovering designer<br />

items at remarkably affordable prices.<br />

Whether it’s stumbling upon pristine,<br />

unworn UGG boots for her daughter<br />

or securing a stylish Burberry coat<br />

for her mother, Howlett consistently<br />

demonstrates her keen eye for thrifted<br />

treasures, always keeping others in<br />

mind during her scavenging adventures.<br />

“People don’t realize how many newwith-tags<br />

or new-in-the box things are<br />

out there,” Howlett says.<br />

Amidst the realm of fast fashion,<br />

where items are often swiftly<br />

discarded, Howlett sees thrifting as<br />

a form of environmental activism.<br />

She believes it extends the lifespan of<br />

items, preventing them from ending<br />

up in landfills and promoting a more<br />

sustainable approach to consumption—<br />

an approach that anyone can practice.<br />

“If the idea of going into a secondhand<br />

store with all of the different<br />

areas of all the different things<br />

overwhelms [you], start in just one<br />

area,” Howlett says. “If you’re not in<br />

a mood to go through the racks and<br />

look down on the low shelves and fan<br />

through the picture frames, you can<br />

still have that experience where you get<br />

a taste of it and then go on your way.”<br />

She also encourages folks to check the<br />

return racks outside of dressing rooms<br />

for fabulous finds.<br />

Ultimately, <strong>Boulder</strong>’s vibrancy and<br />

high economic standing are two factors<br />

reflected in the pieces and arrangements<br />

found in local thrift shops.<br />

“I’ve been in thrift stores in smaller<br />

towns than <strong>Boulder</strong> or towns that<br />

are more remote, and they just don’t<br />

have the staff to make little displays,”<br />

Howlett says. “The volunteers at Tru<br />

Hospice make these really cool end<br />

caps that are always kind of a theme.<br />

That kind of stuff just makes it really<br />

delightful to shop in these places, and<br />

it’s all thanks to the people who work<br />

and volunteer there.” B<br />


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“I get goosebumps when I look<br />

through the camera and I know that<br />

it’s something that I love,” she says.<br />


Mountain Elegance<br />

Venue: Greystone Castle<br />

Seemingly transporting you and<br />

your guests to a romantic English<br />

countryside, Greystone Castle is a<br />

true hidden gem tucked up behind<br />

the Flatirons, only five miles past<br />

Chautauqua Park.<br />

Greystone Castle invites guests<br />

to embrace unexpected luxury in<br />

an English Tudor-style mansion<br />

situated on 70 acres of manicured<br />

mountain meadow property. With<br />

Jacqueline Malcolm-Peck, owner and<br />

chef, leading the charge, Greystone<br />

Castle leads with a strong emphasis<br />

on hospitality. All food and beverage<br />

services are executed in-house,<br />

leaning into farm-to-table ethics.<br />

1334 Pearl Street <strong>Boulder</strong> 303-447-2047<br />

Alpaca Connection<br />

Alpaca Sweaters & Unique Clothing<br />

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idal guide<br />

Aerial view of Greystone Castle<br />

Beneath the pavilion<br />

at <strong>Boulder</strong> Creek by<br />

Wedgewood Weddings,<br />

with centerpieces by<br />

Painted Primrose<br />

Bouquet by Fern Floral Studio<br />

Florals: Fern Floral Studio<br />

Fern Floral Studio is a boutique floral design studio currently<br />

serving <strong>Boulder</strong>, Denver and the Rocky Mountains—and<br />

expanding to New England this August. This private<br />

studio was established in 2019 by owner and floral designer<br />

Miranda (Mia) Kerr. Kerr designs meticulously with a focus<br />

on seasonality and principles of fine art.<br />

Photos: Christa Tippmann Photography<br />

Born, raised and residing in Northern Colorado, Christa<br />

Tippmann is a local wedding, family, portrait and interiors<br />

photographer. Her work is crisp and clean. Timeless and<br />

graceful. If you want true-to-life wedding photos with<br />

classic elegance Christa Tippmann, captures couples across<br />

all of Colorado.<br />

Artistic & Modern<br />

Venue: <strong>Boulder</strong> Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA)<br />

BMOCA is a one-of-a-kind venue in the heart of downtown<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. This contemporary art museum curates rotating<br />

exhibitions that, juxtaposed with the historic landmark<br />

Bouquet by Fern Floral Studio<br />

building established in 1906, create a truly unique setting<br />

to set your vows to.<br />

“We are flexible and enjoy guiding the couples to ‘sculpt’<br />

the space to reflect their personal vision of their special<br />

day,” says BMOCA Marketing Manager Jennifer Chaparro.<br />

Florals: <strong>Boulder</strong> Blooms<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Blooms embrace abstract designs, and they take<br />

impressive care to reduce their carbon footprint while also<br />


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supporting the community. Sourcing flowers locally reduces<br />

the toxic load their staff and clients are exposed to from<br />

chemicals like formaldehyde, which are used as preservatives<br />

when flowers are shipped. They reduce waste by composting<br />

flower trimmings and cut down on microplastics by “designing<br />

foam-free” when the project allows as well as utilizing<br />

innovative alternatives like Agra Wool.<br />

Photos: Alex Medvick<br />

Alex Medvick is a non-traditional wedding and elopement<br />

photographer based in <strong>Boulder</strong>, Colorado, willing to travel<br />

virtually anywhere. His photography style prioritizes and<br />

encourages the story you want to tell—however you choose<br />

to tell it. The coolest part? Medvick provides an heirloom<br />

album of tangible memories to every couple he works with.<br />

Bohemian Beauty<br />

Venue: The Lyons Farmette<br />

Quirky, eccentric and unforgettable, The Lyons Farmette<br />

provides a venue for couples to celebrate with up to 125<br />

guests. A wedding at the four-acre farmette includes rustic<br />

details like an onsite flower garden and face-time with the<br />

resident farm animals. There’s a barn perfect for receptions<br />

and you can even add a “Beverage Burro” to your day (yes, a<br />

donkey that serves beers!).<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Blooms’ unique<br />

floral arrangement, featuring<br />

orchids, torch ginger, bearded<br />

iris and foxglove<br />

Wedding table settings<br />

inside the <strong>Boulder</strong> Museum<br />

of Contemporary Art<br />



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David Manak of Northern<br />

Glow Photography<br />

beautifully captures<br />

couple Emma and Brendan<br />

Florals: Plume & Furrow<br />

Plume and Furrow is a cut flower farm and design studio<br />

located at The Lyons Farmette. They grow their own blooms<br />

and source locally as needed. Preferring to communicate<br />

through color, Plume and Furrow provides striking floral<br />

designs for weddings and elopements both at The Farmette<br />

and throughout Colorado.<br />

Photos: Northern Glow Photography<br />

David Manak has captured candid, organic moments<br />

of couples’ most memorable days for over a decade. He<br />

photographs weddings and elopements of all sizes, but he<br />

has a soft spot for classic aspects of traditional weddings.<br />

Manak is as much an artist as he is a master at creating<br />

spaces in which couples feel comfortable letting go and<br />

expressing themselves—allowing intimate and easily<br />

missed moments to unfold for him to memorialize.<br />

“I always kind of joke that I’m more of like a psychologist<br />

than a photographer these days,” says Manak. “It’s about<br />

creating a stress-free environment, and then organic<br />

moments will happen.”<br />

The sunroom at<br />

Treehaus Colorado<br />

Red + Blue concept<br />

by RLY RLY<br />

Woodland Whimsy<br />

Venue: Treehaus Colorado<br />

An idyllic mountain cabin near Blackhawk, just 22<br />

miles from <strong>Boulder</strong>, Treehaus CO is an event venue<br />

and accommodation available on Airbnb that allows<br />

elopements of up to four guests. It accommodates slightly<br />

larger elopement parties a few times a year, too. The<br />

house itself is picturesque with a sunroom boasting<br />

floor-to-ceiling windows where you can soak in the<br />

surrounding forest.<br />

Florals: RLY RLY Studio<br />

RLY RLY is a full-service graphic, event and floral design<br />

studio that excels in bringing all-encompassing conceptbased<br />

events to life (i.e., a Marie Antoinette-themed tea<br />

party wedding). Founded by Sky Armstrong, RLY RLY<br />

strives to be a little bit punchy and a little bit edgy. They<br />

help pull their clients out of the Pinterest pigeonhole and<br />

“do something that’s a little bit more—[something that’s]<br />

really dialed into your personality,” says Armstrong.<br />


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The grooms stayed<br />

at The Surf Hotel &<br />

Chateau before heading<br />

into the mountains for<br />

their elopement<br />

Photos: Castner Photography<br />

Castner Photography consists of husband-and-wife duo,<br />

Anna and Nate Castner. Both Anna and Nate are present<br />

for each wedding booked, meaning you always have two<br />

shooters on your big day. “We help out with timeline<br />

planning to make sure we get all the great photos they’re<br />

expecting, including carving out time for some magical<br />

golden hour photos,” say the Castners.<br />

An honorary mountain<br />

dog wears a floral<br />

collar by Ladybird Lusk<br />

Off the Beaten Path<br />

Venue: The Surf Hotel<br />

Perched along the banks of The Arkansas River in<br />

downtown Buena Vista sits the charming Surf Hotel. The<br />

Surf flaunts the ease of all-inclusive hospitality with an onsite<br />

craft cocktail bar and farm-to-table restaurant, a hotel<br />

to accommodate guests, a premium sound system catering<br />

to live music and two impeccably designed spaces—The Ivy<br />

Ballroom and The Courtyard.<br />

“We get a lot of out-of-state couples and then we get a<br />

lot of couples where they’re not from BV, but they are from<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> or Colorado Springs, and they’re looking to have a<br />

little bit of a destination feel to their wedding,” says Event<br />

and Hospitality Director Tana Scott.<br />

Florals: Ladybird Lusk<br />

Ysabella Rankin is the creative mastermind behind<br />

Ladybird Lusk in Salida, Colorado. Her designs are flowerheavy<br />

and often include eye-catching, artistic statement<br />

installations. She loves designing for bigger weddings with<br />

various design elements to play with and “relax into her<br />

creativity”. Rankin values transparency in her operations<br />

and strives to bring her client’s floral visions to life within<br />

the guidelines of their budget.<br />

Photos: Larsen Photo Co.<br />

Newly-weds love Nina Larsen Reed’s photography for how<br />

she balances the couple with the surrounding landscape.<br />

Nina specializes in adventure-driven elopements of under<br />

50 people, working closely with couples to help them identify<br />

locations, secure appropriate permits, plan timelines and<br />

adhere to Leave No Trace principles.<br />

Ultimately, she values building relationships with her<br />

clients to foster a sense of comfort and capture cinematic<br />

moments. And she’s all about embracing the resurgence of<br />

film photography. B<br />


A western-inspired floral<br />

arch by Ladybird Lusk<br />

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fine jewelry<br />

Cupid’s Closet<br />

Local gems and jewelry to swoon over<br />

(clockwise from above) Custom-made pendant with a<br />

triangular frame that cradles a 24k gold flower. A round<br />

diamond lies in the center of the flower. The pendant<br />

features intricate textures and detailing; Custom-made<br />

14k yellow gold classic in style with an antique feel as<br />

curved ornate columns frame either side of a platinum<br />

full bezel setting. The ring features a round brilliant cut<br />

diamond in the center; Custom-made 14k white<br />

gold engagement ring features intricately carved<br />

mountains to represent the <strong>Boulder</strong> mountain<br />

range. A round brilliant diamond takes center<br />

stage in a partial bezel setting; Custommade<br />

14k yellow gold pendant adorned<br />

with custom-carved mother of pearl<br />

resembling the Flatiron mountains.<br />

Accented by aquamarine, sapphire and<br />

diamond. Featuring elegant 24k gold<br />

elements; Custom-made 14k yellow<br />

gold drop earrings with a bezel set<br />

green sapphire gracing the end of a<br />

long wire. All at Cronin Jewelers.<br />

303-440-4222, croninjewelers.com<br />

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(clockwise from above) Beautiful sterling silver and white<br />

sapphire bracelet with a lobster clasp. $575; Yellow gold<br />

diamond stud earrings from our “Estrella Collection” with<br />

high-quality round brilliant cut diamonds with a total<br />

weight of .47 carats. $3,065; Our 14kt yellow gold “Estrella<br />

Pendant” with a high-quality 0.25ct round brilliant cut<br />

diamond on an 18-inch cable chain. $2,475; 14kt white gold<br />

ring with gorgeous rubies and diamonds having a party.<br />

$3,310. Fabulous 14kt white gold Art Deco-style tanzanite<br />

ring. $3,200. Also has earrings and a pendant to match;<br />

This gorgeous pear-shape diamond ring is available in<br />

white or yellow gold and platinum, and is available with<br />

different size diamonds. Price varies according to your<br />

choice of the center diamond. All at Snyder Jewelers.<br />

303-776-2992, snyderjewelers.com<br />

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fine jewelry<br />

(clockwise from above) Floral motifs in yellow<br />

gold, set with amethyst, emeralds and pink<br />

sapphires; Mountain pendants, three sizes<br />

available in silver, white gold, yellow gold or rose<br />

gold, set with diamonds or birthstones; Hand<br />

engraved wedding bands, in 14k white gold, rose<br />

gold, yellow gold or platinum; Tahitian black<br />

pearls in 14k yellow gold; Handmade wedding<br />

bands, white and yellow gold and platinum. Made<br />

one at a time.All at Eric Olson Master Jeweler.<br />

303-604-0240, master-jeweler.net<br />

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(clockwise from above) 14 karat white gold diamond<br />

engagement ring with 1.27ct yellow diamond center<br />

stone. The total diamond weight of the ring is 2.54<br />

carats that all work to bring out the beauty of that<br />

yellow diamond; 14 karat white gold diamond tsavorite<br />

ring and bracelet set; 18 karat tritone diamond butterfly<br />

pendant from Simon G. Our newest nationally renowned<br />

brand partner, Simon G also offers extensive options<br />

in engagement rings as well as fashion jewelry. Come<br />

into the store to have a closer look at all their options;<br />

Platinum Diamond Sapphire antique fashion ring. The<br />

stunning 3.20ct natural oval sapphire is tastefully<br />

complemented by diamonds around the outside; 14<br />

karat tutone diamond organic freeform pendant. The<br />

unique style invokes different descriptions of the<br />

piece from different people, which makes it stand<br />

out. All at Anspach’s Jewelry. 303-665-5313,<br />

anspachsjewelry.com.<br />

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fine jewelry<br />

(top to bottom) Aerial Triple<br />

Diamond Necklace. A new take on<br />

the classic diamond pendant, the<br />

Aerial Triple Diamond Necklace<br />

is a sophisticated style with a<br />

fashionable twist. Three small<br />

diamond shapes, in the illusions<br />

of teardrop diamonds (0.49tw),<br />

hang from a lightweight chain in<br />

a sophisticated style perfect for<br />

any occasion. $2,400; Marrakech<br />

Collection 18K Yellow Gold Oval<br />

Hoop Earrings. Marrakech is the<br />

defining Marco Bicego signature<br />

collection, recognized for its<br />

timeless elegance and contemporary<br />

flavor. Carefully hand-hammered<br />

and twisted, these 18-karat gold<br />

coils are intertwined to create<br />

sensual and uniquely modern<br />

jewelry. $955; Candy Blue Topaz<br />

and Moon Quartz Ring. Mystical<br />

and magical, this combination of<br />

blue topaz and milky white quartz<br />

looks like a fossil of snow water,<br />

making it a perfect neutral in<br />

all forms of jewelry. At Syna, we<br />

source the milkiest moon quartz<br />

and water-like blue topaz and<br />

seek out stones with their unique<br />

beauty, natural inclusions and all.<br />

Featuring 18 karat yellow gold, blue<br />

topaz 1.50 carats approx., moon<br />

quartz 2.50 carats approx. and<br />

diamond 0.05 carat approx. $2,650;<br />

Zig Zag Black Diamond Band. The<br />

pattern of this band is exactly what<br />

you see - a zig zag. Your path does<br />

not always have to be a straight<br />

line to get from point A to point B.<br />

Life can take different turns and<br />

along the way you will learn and<br />

create new experiences. This band<br />

in black diamonds represents being<br />

comfortable and ok with the zig zags<br />

in life. Featuring 18K yellow gold,<br />

black diamonds and total diamond<br />

weight of 1ct. $1,595; Stockholm<br />

Bracelet. 22K peach glow and<br />

oxidized silver “Baby Stockholm”<br />

oval open bracelet with diamonds.<br />

$660. All at Walters & Hogsett<br />

Fine Jewelers. 303-449-2626,<br />

waltersandhogsett.com<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

Love Languages<br />

Cracking the code for self-love<br />



For the following four individuals working in <strong>Boulder</strong>, self-love is woven into their chosen profession<br />

and how they give back to the community.<br />


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Cultivate a Connection Between<br />

Mind and Body<br />

Caitlin Gordon, doctor of acupuncture and owner of<br />

Amaluna Wellness, says, “It was an act of self-love to change<br />

paths a month before my law school deposit was due and<br />

decide to pursue Chinese medicine instead. I knew I was<br />

going to be happier in a profession where I got to create my<br />

own schedule and focus on healing—not least of all because<br />

I needed it. I had so many chronic health issues that I’m<br />

not sure I would have survived in a field where health and<br />

wellness wasn’t the focus.”<br />

One form of self-love Gordon teaches her female clients is<br />

to plan their lives in alignment with their menstrual cycles.<br />

This, she says, creates a deeper connection with nature and<br />

more vitality in the body.<br />

“A healthy menstrual cycle syncs up with the moon’s<br />

cycle perfectly. Even post-menopausal women still have a<br />

hormonal cycle that fluctuates with the moon every 28 days,<br />

with the new moon and full moon correlating with different<br />

hormonal peaks and valleys,” explains Gordon. “Depending<br />

on how your particular body is synced up with the moon<br />

cycle, I recommend planning for more rest and alone-time<br />

during late luteal and menstruation, and more exercise and<br />

productivity during follicular and ovulation.”<br />

Another form of self-love she encourages is building mindbody-spirit<br />

resilience, which she defines as a “sturdiness”<br />

or “an expanded capacity to be present with life without<br />

collapsing.” This can be accomplished by developing a<br />

morning practice.<br />

“Make time to get quiet and tune in with your body, your<br />

emotional state and spirit before you get wrapped up in<br />

autopilot for the day,” Gordon says. “We need the time to<br />

really listen so we can hear the early signals that we’re out<br />

of integrity and need to correct course. A morning practice<br />

could include meditation, breathing exercises, journaling or<br />

something else that helps you self-reflect.”<br />

Caitlin Gordon of<br />

Amaluna Wellness<br />

realigns a client<br />

Nourish Yourself Through Plants<br />

For Tara Lanich-LaBrie, founder of The Medicine Circle,<br />

self-love is intricately tied to her relationship with the<br />

plant world, specifically practicing and sharing her passion<br />

for culinary herbalism. “It’s very difficult to love yourself<br />

if you’re not also in connection with the natural world in<br />

some way,” says Lanich-LaBrie who forages herbs on her<br />

husband’s farm Esoteric Culinary Gardens.<br />

Her interest in the medicinal properties of plants stems<br />

from her childhood during which she suffered from several<br />

chronic health issues. She began experimenting on her<br />

own with different elimination diets. “I started learning as<br />

much as I could about how to cook with gluten-free flours<br />

to create things that I really wanted to eat with less sugar<br />

but still beautiful, still fun, still exciting and still delicious.”<br />

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A colorful assortment of<br />

winter rose rollout cookies<br />

crafted by Lanich-LaBrie<br />

While enrolled at a class at Chicago’s Morton Arboretum,<br />

her ecology teacher introduced her to wild mushrooms,<br />

specifically the puffball mushroom. “We fried it up on a<br />

camp stove in the back of her pickup truck. It was the most<br />

delicious thing I’d ever tasted. I realized there was another<br />

world right in front of me in the plants. The veil dropped.”<br />

Lanich-LaBrie went on to apprentice with a farmer, attend<br />

college to become a painter and complete grad school to<br />

become a teacher. Her passions now complement each other<br />

as a cookbook author, herbalism course creator and teacher<br />

and food photographer. As a painter, she was influenced by<br />

the natural world and botany. “Everything that I paint is in<br />

layers and layers of colorful, perfect circles made to echo the<br />

macro- and microcosmic plant cells and larger natural world.”<br />

Lanich-LaBrie sees food as an offering to ourselves.<br />

“Cultivating a relationship with plants feeds back to the self<br />

when we’re loving the plants and the food that we’re eating.”<br />

She encourages people to practice kitchen herbalism.<br />

Simmer black peppercorns in water and strain to clear your<br />

sinuses. Add rosemary to roasted vegetables to improve<br />


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Hawthorn and Rose<br />

Drinking Chocolate<br />

Recipe in Lanich-LaBrie’s forthcoming book,<br />

Foraged & Grown (<strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong>)<br />

This drink is made to support our physical, emotional<br />

and mental well-being. All herbal ingredients can be left<br />

out or substituted with a teaspoon of herbs like lavender,<br />

chamomile or mint.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

¼ cup seeded rose hips<br />

4 cups water<br />

¼ cup dried hawthorn berries<br />

1 cinnamon stick<br />

1 or 2 slices fresh ginger, or 2 teaspoons ginger powder<br />

2 tablespoons rose petals<br />

Zest and juice of 1 blood orange<br />

10 to 12 ounces 80 to 90% dark chocolate of your choice<br />

2½ tablespoons honey, plus more to taste<br />

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract<br />

¾ teaspoon sea salt or rose finishing salt<br />

2 teaspoons ground Ceylon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon reserved<br />

for sprinkling on top<br />

Directions:<br />

1. Blend 2 tablespoons of the seeded rose hips in a spice<br />

grinder or coffee grinder until they are a fine powder.<br />

2. Combine the water, hawthorn berries, cinnamon stick,<br />

2 tablespoons of the seeded and whole rose hips and<br />

ginger slices (if using) in a large saucepan and bring to<br />

just a boil over medium heat.<br />

3. Lower the heat to a simmer and add the rose petals<br />

(reserving ¼ teaspoon to use for topping) and orange<br />

zest and juice.<br />

4. Turn off the heat and cover; let steep for at least 30<br />

minutes.<br />

5. Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve; squeeze out<br />

the liquid from the solids and discard them.<br />

6. Now, pour the liquid back into the saucepan and place<br />

over low heat.<br />

7. Chop the chocolate roughly and stir into the mixture on<br />

the stove, a little at a time, until it is all just melted into<br />

the liquid. Do not let the chocolate boil or get too hot—it<br />

burns quickly and easily.<br />

8. Turn off the heat as soon as the chocolate begins to<br />

melt and continue to whisk until it is melted completely<br />

into the liquid. Whisk in the powdered rose hips, honey,<br />

vanilla, salt and ground cinnamon and ground ginger (if<br />

using).<br />

9. Taste and add more ground ginger, salt, honey or<br />

cinnamon as needed.<br />

10. Pour into cups and sprinkle the powdered rose hips,<br />

reserved rose petals and cinnamon on top.<br />

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Melody Fairchild embraces<br />

one of her girls<br />

your memory and support your immune system, she says.<br />

Add viola flowers, a cultivated relative to the wild violet, to<br />

your traditional sugar cookie recipe. They’re soothing for<br />

stress and heart supportive, she says.<br />

“I don’t think that you can feed yourself in a good way<br />

and not also feel the love that comes from that,” says<br />

Lanich-LaBrie.<br />

Progress Over Perfection<br />

Self-love has kept Melody Fairchild running for 50 years.<br />

It has also informed her thriving coaching practice that<br />

has served hundreds of <strong>Boulder</strong> County youth over the<br />

past ten years. Born and raised in <strong>Boulder</strong>, Fairchild is<br />

one of its running legends. In 1990, Fairchild became the<br />

fastest high school girl in the U.S. when she won a national<br />

cross-country championship. On the track, she was the first<br />

American girl to break 10 minutes in the two-mile. As a<br />

professional runner, she went on to qualify for the U.S.<br />

Olympic Trials in the 10,000-meter run and marathon.<br />

Fairchild is the founder of and head coach of <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Mountain Warriors Kids Running Club and the co-author<br />

of the book, Girls Running: All You Need to Strive, Thrive,<br />

and Run Your Best. The dedication reads, “To all girls. May<br />

this book inspire a running journey guided by a self-love so<br />

great that nothing can stop you.”<br />

“Progress over perfection!” is written on a sign which<br />

hangs from her team’s tent. A member of the Positive<br />

Coaching Alliance, Fairchild encourages her young athletes<br />

to cultivate self-love by focusing on what is within their realm<br />

of control. When the kids are on the starting line and their<br />

self-sabotaging thoughts are in full force, she says, focusing<br />

on attitude and effort can help put their minds at ease.<br />

Fairchild says it is important to help young athletes<br />

develop self-love because it sets the foundation for their<br />

ability to have healthy boundaries in relationships. “From<br />

self-love stems our ability to fully occupy our physical<br />

bodies, to nurture and nourish them and to therefore access<br />

authentic, ecstatic joy.”<br />

Self-love is not just about action, explains Fairchild, but<br />

also rest. “The greatest way to know how powerful we are<br />

is to be still. If we constantly have to test our fitness to<br />


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Gene and his wife, Andrea<br />


prove that we ‘still have it,’ that’s a sure sign that we don’t<br />

like ourselves a whole lot,” says Fairchild. “If we listen to<br />

what our bodies are telling us in the moment, we will not<br />

burn out. Overriding our fatigue or our hunger is sending<br />

a message to our nervous system that external validation—<br />

not the great internal love—is more valuable, more trusted.”<br />

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself<br />

For Pastor Gene Binder, founder of Cornerstone Church,<br />

self-love helped him heal from an emotionally abusive<br />

father. A rock-bottom self-esteem led him in his 20s to a<br />

decade-long use of drugs, first with marijuana and then<br />

cocaine. When his marriage was failing, he sought counsel<br />

and found a higher calling.<br />

Binder, author of Connecting the Dots, was raised in the<br />

conservative branch of Judaism until the age of 10. At the<br />

age of 31, Binder became a Christian but still views his core<br />

identity as Jewish.<br />

During his time pursuing his master’s degree at Talbott<br />

Theological Seminary, Binder grappled with mixed messages<br />

he received regarding self-love. “A lot of people come out of<br />

this Christian background where they are told that their core<br />

identity is a sinner—that you’re really kind of a wretched<br />

human, but it didn’t match what I was reading in my Bible.”<br />

When it comes to understanding the importance of<br />

self-love, Binder points to a scene in the Bible where<br />

Jesus is asked by a Jewish teacher, “What’s the greatest<br />

commandment?” Binder explains, “Jesus can’t just nail<br />

it down to one, so he says, ‘Love God.’ And the second is,<br />

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ It’s basically saying, to the<br />

degree that you love yourself will be the degree to which you<br />

can love others. You can only give what you can take in. It’s<br />

like breathing. If you breathe in, then you have something<br />

to breathe out. And that’s what self-love is. If all Jesus had<br />

done was sacrifice, he probably would have been dead in a<br />

couple of weeks.”<br />

Binder also encourages people to spend time with friends<br />

who have conquered negative thoughts and who “speak<br />

positivity in your life.”<br />

One of the ways Binder squelched the negative dialogue<br />

in his head rooted in childhood experiences was through<br />

meditating on scripture. He provides Psalms 139, verses 13<br />

and 14, as an example: “For you created my inmost being;<br />

you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you<br />

because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works<br />

are wonderful, I know that full well.”<br />

“As a spiritual leader, I think the key point is finding your<br />

value in the creator of the universe. Nobody else thinks<br />

higher of you than God,” says Binder. B<br />

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Noses to the Ground<br />

Avalanche rescue dogs make the difference between<br />

life and death in the backcountry<br />




of Colorado is legendary for its<br />

spectacular vistas and for the<br />

awesome adventures that its slopes<br />

provide. However, danger lurks there for<br />

the unwary. According to the Colorado<br />

Avalanche Information Center, an<br />

average of 27 people die in avalanches<br />

each winter in the United States.<br />

Despite today’s advanced avalanche<br />

mitigation and safety techniques, the<br />

possibility of snowslides that could<br />

threaten lives still exists, especially<br />

beyond the groomed ski slopes, in outof-bounds<br />

areas. Without using an<br />

avalanche beacon, skiers and other<br />

back-country types have no way to be<br />

found in an avalanche debris field.<br />

That’s where avalanche rescue dogs<br />

and their human handlers come in.<br />

“Basically, we’re a bunch of OCD<br />

people who want to rescue somebody,”<br />

jokes dog handler Zak Bloom, who,<br />

with his three-year-old golden retriever<br />

Maia, serves as part of the avalanche<br />

rescue team at the Keystone ski resort.<br />

Utilizing the dog’s acute sense of smell,<br />

and its enthusiasm for rescue work,<br />

these passionate volunteers are on the<br />

alert, ever-ready to save lives.<br />

“The dog’s nose is at least 10,000<br />

times more powerful than a human<br />

nose,” says Rico LaRocca, co-founder<br />

of the decade-old Winter Park Ski<br />

Patrol Avalanche Dog Program, who<br />

works with his six-year-old border<br />

collie, Biskit. “It can search an area in<br />

minutes that would take 30 trainers<br />

to cover on the terrain. So, they’re 30<br />

times faster than humans.”<br />

In Colorado, avalanche rescue dogs<br />

have been used since the mid-1980s. A<br />

large 1987 avalanche near Breckenridge<br />

that killed four skiers led to the inception<br />

of a program to train rescuers in-state<br />

to use dogs in avalanche situations.<br />

What is now known as Colorado Rapid<br />

Avalanche Deployment (C-RAD), a nonprofit<br />

training and preparation entity,<br />

was born.<br />

“When we started, there were 20<br />

members of C-RAD. Now there’s a<br />

couple hundred,” says LaRocca.<br />

All members of C-RAD must belong to a<br />

professional rescue organization, whether<br />

it be a ski patrol, a search and rescue<br />

team, county sheriff’s offices or the like.<br />

Handler Rebecca “Bek” Karjian<br />

and avy pup Aley<br />

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Members’ training begins even before<br />

they find dogs to train and work with.<br />

“Prior to selecting a dog, experience<br />

handling other dogs or working with<br />

them is good,” says Rebecca “Bek”<br />

Karjian, who works with her dog Aley,<br />

a young golden retriever, at Copper<br />

Mountain. “I got the opportunity to help<br />

out a lot before I got Aley. I also attended<br />

dog school through the Colorado Rapid<br />

Avalanche Deployment program before<br />

I got her, to do skill building.”<br />

Bloom concurs. “The Colorado Rapid<br />

Avalanche Deployment has standards<br />

that are very strict to uphold. C-RAD<br />

validation is a very strong recognition,<br />

Winter Park avy dog, Charlie<br />

Zak Bloom through which<br />

and his avy people are verified<br />

dog, Maia to do the work. It<br />

takes many years<br />

of training. You<br />

start by auditing<br />

C-RAD classes.<br />

You watch and<br />

you talk with the<br />

trainers.”<br />

The dog breeds<br />

most often<br />

chosen for rescue<br />

work include<br />

labradors, border<br />

collies, retrievers<br />

and German<br />

shepherds. “Labs<br />

and Goldens<br />

are thought to<br />

be some of the<br />

easiest to train,”<br />

says Karjian.<br />

“Shepherds and<br />

Collies are super<br />

smart and can do some awesome<br />

problem-solving. There are pros and<br />

cons to all the breeds, and it’s about<br />

handler preference and experiences in<br />

terms of choosing a dog.”<br />

Dogs are chosen carefully for the<br />

program, usually selected from breeders<br />

or local ranchers. These are disciplined<br />

working dogs. Interviews, and meetand-greets<br />

with prospective puppies,<br />

are held to determine a dog’s abilities.<br />

“They have to be well-qualified; you<br />

want a dog lineage to be proven,” says<br />

Bloom. “You don’t want to get three<br />

years into training and find out that<br />

they have a bad heart or kidneys.”<br />

Certain temperamental dispositions<br />

are important, too. A rescue dog must<br />

be intelligent, curious and fearless.<br />

“’Drive is our biggest trait,” states<br />

C-RAD, “which is the dog’s energy and<br />

desire to complete the task it is being<br />

asked to do.”<br />

Training for a rescue dog begins<br />

as early as eight weeks old. Part of<br />

the training is to accustom the dog to<br />

possible frights and distractions.<br />

“We have them riding ATVs, boats;<br />

we have them deal with scuba divers,”<br />

says Bloom.<br />

“We train them to climb ladders, do<br />

obstacle courses,” says LaRocca.<br />

States Karjian of her dog, “I also<br />

looked for her not to be too ‘run into the<br />

fire’ type of dog. I threw scary things<br />

like shovels and skis in front of her. I<br />

wanted to make sure she wouldn’t run<br />

straight toward loud dangerous things,<br />

but also not be too scared.”<br />

“We like to say we want a ‘bomb-proof’<br />

dog,” says Bloom. “We use explosives, so<br />

a dog has to be tolerant of that.”<br />

As the dogs’ skill sets grow and<br />

they bond with their handler, more<br />

complicated drills are held.<br />

“Right now, we’re working on popup<br />

drills. I send someone out with her<br />

tug toy, and then I bring her out,” says<br />

Karjian. “Once we’re out, the person<br />

hiding pops up for just a second, makes<br />

some noise and then goes back to<br />

hiding. Then we ‘search.’ Sometimes we<br />

also do semi-blind drills. That’s where<br />

someone runs away with her toy while<br />

she sees them run away, but then she<br />

gets turned around so she can’t see<br />

where they went.”<br />

Says Bloom, “We have a drill called<br />

the runaway. Basically, it’s people<br />

running away and hiding in the woods.<br />

We cover a lot of variables to make sure<br />

that the dogs are well taken care of.”<br />

So, after all that training and<br />

validation, preparation and practice,<br />

what actually happens in the wake of<br />

an avalanche?<br />

“The first step for avalanche rescue<br />

is usually visual identification from<br />

the air,” says Bloom. “They can see<br />

the avalanche and notice its direction,<br />

if there are any tracks leading to it.<br />

Then [the flights] will call the sheriff.<br />

The sheriff has a short list of contacts,<br />


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Avalanche dog Lillie<br />

at Copper Mountain’s<br />

Winterfest<br />

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Copper Mountain<br />

avalanche rescue team,<br />

Doug and Keena<br />

so he gets on that, and we<br />

get the word.”<br />

The avalanche rescue<br />

team consists of three<br />

components—the dog, the<br />

handler and an avalanche<br />

technician, whose duties<br />

are as vital as those of<br />

the first two. According to<br />

C-RAD, “This person is<br />

also able to operate as site<br />

commander and oversees<br />

all tasks and information<br />

relevant to the rescue.”<br />

“Being an avalanche<br />

technician is the hardest<br />

job on the planet,” says<br />

LaRocca. “I’ve tried this<br />

job myself. A huge shout<br />

out because they have<br />

to spin into action. They<br />

handle ingress and egress and assess<br />

the safety of this particular situation,<br />

run an avalanche beacon, radio<br />

communications. Their hands are full;<br />

they usually have two radios and a<br />

telephone going at the same time.”<br />

Time is of the essence. “When<br />

avalanches go,” says Karjian, “they<br />

‘flow’ like a river. But then, once they<br />

stop, they harden up very quickly. Air<br />

can’t move to you when you’re buried<br />

under that concrete-like debris, which<br />

is why the timing of rescues are so<br />

important. Avalanche rescue is a<br />

discipline where every single second<br />

counts, and dogs can be one of the<br />

fastest ways to locate someone buried<br />

under snow.”<br />

The team assembles and is<br />

transported as fast as possible to the<br />

Copper avalanche dog Lillie<br />

trains with her handler<br />

site—sometimes, a helicopter is used.<br />

The ability of a person to survive<br />

buried in the snow is measured in<br />

mere minutes.<br />

“We need to be ready to get called<br />

anytime we are at work,” says Karjian.<br />

“Dog handlers carry a go bag so we can<br />

have the fastest speed possible. The<br />

go bag contains rescue equipment and<br />

gear for Aley and I in the event we are<br />

out for a while.”<br />

Says Bloom, “We load the helicopter<br />

with the handler, the dog, the avalanche<br />

tech, overnight gear, rescue gear and<br />

medical gear.”<br />

Once on site, the team must quickly<br />

and efficiently interview the reporting<br />

party, then commence to search the<br />

avalanche field.<br />

So, what motivates the rescue dogs?<br />

It’s a simple a thing as a<br />

“tug toy.” Once the dog has<br />

done its job, it gets to play<br />

tug with the handler, an<br />

activity that is enshrined<br />

in the dog’s mind as the<br />

ultimate reward.<br />

“For a reward, we have<br />

a tug of war, no treats or<br />

anything distracting,” says<br />

LaRocca. “You get the<br />

greatest rewards when you<br />

think about how the dog<br />

thinks. There’s a wolf pack<br />

mentality, the sharing and<br />

tearing of meat. The whole<br />

key is the tug toy. Once the<br />

dogs learn the game, they<br />

want to party and celebrate<br />

their skills.”<br />

Bloom concurs. “Her<br />

main reward is tugs. Our tug toys<br />

are not down on the floor, they are on<br />

the mantel, they are earned. Without<br />

that motivation, there’s going to be no<br />

drive. So, you have a toy hierarchy:<br />

She can always have a Kong or a chew<br />

toy. But then there are fetch toys and<br />

tug toys. These are strictly workrelated<br />

and earned.”<br />

Above all, it’s the bond between<br />

handler and dog that makes a<br />

successful avalanche rescue team. Says<br />

Karjian of her dog, “It’s incredible the<br />

balance she strikes between wanting to<br />

work and still wanting cuddles at the<br />

end of the day. Overall, the training<br />

process is long and can be challenging,<br />

but already the bond between me and<br />

Aley is one of the most special things<br />

I’ve ever been a part of.” B<br />

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Copper avalanche dog<br />

Neve reaches for a tug toy<br />

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Through the Glass<br />

of Goatbarn Lane<br />

A glimpse into the award-winning designs<br />

of Renée del Gaudio<br />


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house called Goatbarn Lane almost gets lost in the winter landscape west of <strong>Boulder</strong>. The mirrored<br />

glass reflects the skies, snow and trees until it’s almost camouflaged, hiding a piece of awardwinning<br />

architecture in plain sight.<br />

The structure is all clean, square lines and large windows<br />

to let in natural light, evocative of post-modernist builds,<br />

but the aesthetic of Goatbarn Lane has more to do with<br />

function and a sense of place than a specific art style.<br />

Architect Renée del Gaudio, who has designed builds from<br />

Colorado to Kenya, creates each of her homes specifically<br />

for the ground they are built on and the people who live<br />

in them.<br />

“I ask clients to describe not what they want their home<br />

to look like, rather how they want to use it, how they<br />

want it to function,” del Gaudio explains. “I ask them not<br />

to look at Pinterest and other internet imagery, rather<br />

to let the design evolve as a response to their particular<br />

building site.”<br />

This approach helps the owners forge a stronger connection<br />

with their environment, del Gaudio says, fostering a sense<br />

of both belonging and responsibility that helps them to<br />

better care for the land they live on. This conscious intent to<br />

care for the land, as extreme floods, storms and fires become<br />

more commonplace, extends to the build itself.<br />

“Climate change and our warming planet is a reality I<br />

design for,” she says. “All of my projects in the mountains<br />

are designed with a fire-resistant shell and are sited in a<br />

way that is protected from the path of a potential fire, to the<br />

extent this path can be predicted.”<br />

Goatbarn Lane was planned purposefully near a rocky<br />

outcropping, contributing to a natural firebreak. Trees<br />

were then cleared, and a rock border was laid around the<br />

perimeter of the house. The home is also built to optimize<br />

heating and cooling, she explains, using as many passive<br />

options as possible. Nearby trees shade the southern and<br />

western windows in the summer, and they’re trim enough to<br />

let in light and heat in the winter. Floor-to-ceiling windows,<br />

aided by the open floor plan, promote air circulation for<br />

natural heating and cooling to minimize use of electricity.<br />

To achieve these harmonious designs, del Gaudio<br />

started Goatbarn Lane with the same methods as her<br />

other projects, camping on the site itself. It helps her to<br />

gain an understanding of the land, letting the topography,<br />

geography, views and climate guide the process without any<br />

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The warm glow of<br />

the interior bedroom<br />

juxtaposes the rugged<br />

rock outcropping<br />

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preconceived notions intruding. Del<br />

Gaudio notes sun and wind patterns as<br />

well, tracking their presence through<br />

time and season, so that the home is<br />

optimal inside and out.<br />

Following that, del Gaudio designs the<br />

footprint and plans the materials she’ll<br />

use, working with efficiency in mind.<br />

“When you thoughtfully connect<br />

to views, design a floor plan that<br />

flows, design to engage the user with<br />

the outdoors, a small space can feel<br />

expansive,” she says. “Goatbarn Lane<br />

is only 1,800 square feet of living<br />

space, but it feels like much more.”<br />

The materials come into play in<br />

surprising ways as well, used with<br />

intention, like everything else in<br />

Goatbarn Lane.<br />

“I don’t like fussy materials that need<br />

finishing and maintenance, rather<br />

materials that become more beautiful<br />

over time with weathering and patina,<br />

like raw steel,” del Gaudio adds.<br />

Raw steel grating for decks act as<br />

a snow strainer, she adds, trading<br />

some barefoot comfort for year-round<br />

practicality. Del Gaudio also prefers<br />

exposed structure when possible,<br />

letting the steel, wood and concrete<br />

show through in the final build.<br />

“I feel this gives order and rhythm<br />

to a space, which in turn can make<br />

The exposed<br />

structure blends<br />

into the natural<br />

surroundings<br />

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A wood-burning<br />

stove efficiently<br />

heats the net-zero<br />

electric home<br />

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a space feel calm,” she says. “I like to design structure<br />

that does not have to be concealed with redundant,<br />

unnecessary materials.”<br />

Del Gaudio is quick to share credit for Goatbarn Lane<br />

and her other Colorado projects with the builders, subcontractors<br />

and laborers that execute these award-winning<br />

concepts. Dan Flohrs of <strong>Boulder</strong>’s Coburn Partners has<br />

been instrumental for her, she says, advising her from start<br />

to finish.<br />

“His input is invaluable to my work. He has a highly<br />

intelligent approach to construction that comes from<br />

experience, integrity and a willingness to experiment,” del<br />

Gaudio explains. “He is a natural problem solver. I don’t think<br />

Dan has ever said to me or a client, ‘No, you can’t do that.’ He<br />

will sit on a constructability challenge for as long as it takes,<br />

then comes back to me with a well thought out solution.”<br />

As exciting as del Guadio’s designs are, don’t go looking<br />

for a waitlist. The architect only works three projects<br />

at once: one in design, one in permitting and one in<br />

construction. This is key for her to maintain balance in<br />

her work and focus her proper attention on the builds.<br />

Keeping a waiting list stresses her out, she explains, since<br />

she primarily works alone.<br />

Del Gaudio does have her eye on the future however, in<br />

particular the technological advances in energy use. All<br />

the projects currently in construction are 100% electric,<br />

utilizing geothermal energy for heating.<br />

“I realize this system is expensive and not affordable to<br />

the average homeowner,” del Gaudio says. “I look forward<br />

to a time when fossil-fuel free energy is affordable and<br />

accessible to all.”<br />

Find more from Renée del Gaudio Architecture at<br />

rdg-architecture.com and follow her on Instagram<br />

@reneedelgaudioarchitecture. B<br />

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Floor-to-ceiling<br />

casement windows<br />

bring the outdoors in<br />

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BEYOND<br />

the Chairlift<br />

Take a leap into untouched powder with<br />

this premium backcountry pass<br />



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passes or, heaven forbid, a one-day ticket.<br />

Or perhaps it’s the inevitable I-70 backup<br />

at Floyd Hill, no matter the alpine start.<br />

Nevertheless, more Front Range winter<br />

enthusiasts are hanging up their alpine skis and heading<br />

into the backcountry.<br />

Sure, backcountry skiing is more work (that whole uphill<br />

movement thing). But it’s also more adventurous, offers<br />

the chance of untouched powder and is sure to get your<br />

adrenaline—and heart—pumping.<br />

Though the allure of untouched powder is undeniable,<br />

ensuring a great day and a safe return hinges on having a<br />

well-defined destination, cultivating backcountry awareness<br />

and equipping oneself with the necessary tools.<br />

Backcountry 101<br />

Many backcountry skiers crave the solitude of escaping<br />

crowded slopes and relish the freedom to navigate the<br />

mountains on their own terms. To achieve this, these<br />

enthusiasts employ a technique known as “skinning,”<br />

defying gravity with the aid of specialized skins affixed to<br />

their ski bottoms. These skins, comprised of sticky fabric<br />

strips, provide the necessary grip on the snow, enabling an<br />

ascent against the natural pull.<br />

When it’s time to descend, skiers seamlessly transition<br />

from the “free heel” mode—allowing unrestricted uphill<br />

movement—by removing the skins and securing their<br />

bindings into a locked position. This adjustment ensures<br />

a stable platform for the exhilarating descent, allowing for<br />

precise and controlled carving down the mountain.<br />

Allure of Huts<br />

For some backcountry skiers, the destination itself becomes<br />

the focal point, and this is where the allure of hut trips<br />

truly shines.<br />

Chris Keenan, a family physician based in Longmont,<br />

relishes his annual hut trips. “They’re a great way for me to<br />

reconnect with nature in a way that’s a little bit intimidating<br />

and keeps me in awe,” he says.<br />

While Keenan was an avid skier during his upbringing,<br />

the demands of life—medical school, raising kids and<br />

work—gradually shifted his outdoor pursuits towards trail<br />

hikes and sporadic 14ers. It wasn’t until seven years ago<br />

that an enticing opportunity to journey to a backcountry<br />

hut alongside fellow doctors and professionals reignited his<br />

passion for connecting with the great outdoors. Since then,<br />

each year brings the group to a new destination hut, where<br />

they indulge in a long weekend filled with skiing, culinary<br />

adventures, and engaging conversations.<br />

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This past January, Keenan and the group skinned to<br />

Francie’s Cabin, a seven-room hut at 11,300 feet, just<br />

southwest of Breckenridge. Inside, solar panels provided<br />

light, melted snow became fresh drinking water and a wood<br />

stove kept the space cozy and warm.<br />

“There are so many elements of a hut trip I appreciate—the<br />

solitude of nature, the work required to get there, and of course<br />

the communal aspect,” Keenan says. A nightly highlight at<br />

the hut involves a group dinner, with participants bringing<br />

up carefully packed food and beverages in their backpacks.<br />

“Having paella (a Spanish seafood dish) in the middle of<br />

Colorado’s Tenmile Range really stands out,” he says.<br />

Of course, skiers ultimately trek to these destinations for<br />

the uncharted skiing. Keenan and his companions leverage<br />

the hut as their base camp, setting out in pursuit of pristine,<br />

untouched snow. The adventure is a harmonious blend of<br />

excitement and seriousness. “This is a group that’s been<br />

going on hut trips for more than two decades,” Keenan<br />

relays. “They are grounded individuals who aren’t out to<br />

prove anything.”<br />

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Heli-skier in the San<br />

Juan Mountains<br />


Each skier carries a topographical map, beacon (an<br />

emergency locator that helps find someone buried under<br />

snow), shovel and avalanche probe (a metal rod used<br />

to probe through avalanche debris). “I hope it’s never<br />

necessary, and we avoid situations where a slab could cover<br />

any of us,” he says. But bringing this type of gear, and<br />

knowing how to use it, is an integral aspect of preparing<br />

for backcountry skiing.<br />

Going First Class<br />

Then, there are those skiers who seek the backcountry<br />

experience and are prepared to invest in a premium<br />

adventure in pursuit of untouched terrain. Their pursuit is<br />

not merely about skiing through pristine powder; instead,<br />

they opt for a different approach, eschewing chairlifts<br />

in favor of helicopters. Heli-skiing emerges as a distinct<br />

form of backcountry skiing, employing helicopters to reach<br />

remote and secluded areas, where untracked powder awaits<br />

eager skiers.<br />

Matt Steen assumes the role of Snow Safety Director<br />

at Telluride Helitrax, a company offering clients access to<br />

over 200 square miles of terrain nestled in the San Juan<br />

Mountains around Telluride. Unquestionably qualified<br />

for the position, Steen boasts a decade of experience with<br />

Helitrax. Prior to this, his extensive background includes<br />

roles as an avalanche forecaster with the Colorado<br />

Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and a ski patroller<br />

for both Telluride and Crested Butte.<br />

Steen draws on this wealth of experience to provide<br />

clients with a safe and unforgettable day in the mountains.<br />

“We provide our guests with powder skis, avalanche airbag<br />

packs, a beacon, a shovel and a probe,” he says, noting that<br />

guests are briefed on how to use these tools and operate<br />

around a helicopter. “We talk about avalanche scenarios,<br />

how to use beacons and how to search for somebody.”<br />

Helitrax also conducts its own avalanche testing in the San<br />

Juans. “We’re lucky to have our own explosive mitigation<br />

program, providing us the tools to test the stability of a<br />

slope,” Steen says.<br />

The expertise, sound judgment and reverence for the<br />

terrain that Steen and his colleagues at Helitrax exhibit are<br />

unmistakable when guiding clients into the backcountry.<br />

Offering advice to newcomers, Steen emphasizes, “I would<br />

highly encourage prospective backcountry skiers to know<br />

what they’re getting into, as snow is a dynamic medium and<br />

there are hazardous areas out there.”<br />

Local Lodging<br />

No doubt, Colorado remains a destination for skiers of all<br />

types and abilities. For 2023, the trade group Colorado<br />

Ski Country reported nearly 14 million skier visits to the<br />

Centennial State—and some of those visitors undoubtedly<br />

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stayed at <strong>Boulder</strong>’s A-Lodge, a hotel located in <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Canyon that caters to outdoor enthusiasts. With 29 rooms,<br />

a youth hostel with 12 beds, four campsites and three vanlife<br />

spaces, the lodge is well equipped to accommodate<br />

adventure seekers after a full day spent outdoors.<br />

A-Lodge co-owner Kris Klauber, with deep ties to <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

dating back to his University of Colorado undergraduate<br />

years and tenure as Mountain Sun’s general manager,<br />

expresses the uniqueness of the lodge, stating, “There’s<br />

not many places where you’re up in the woods, right in the<br />

canyon.” An enthusiastic backcountry and alpine skier, as<br />

well as a fervent mountain biker, Klauber instills a culture<br />

of sharing local knowledge among his staff. He emphasizes,<br />

“Anyone can Google ‘backcountry skiing near <strong>Boulder</strong>’ but<br />

having personal anecdotes from an experienced outdoor<br />

local is really powerful.”<br />

Klauber still finds time to get out, preferring a day in<br />

the backcountry versus an I-70 resort. “Getting to Rocky<br />

Mountain National Park is pretty easy from north <strong>Boulder</strong>,<br />

or even just up to Allenspark or Geneva Basin,” he says.<br />

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Presentation at the A-Lodge<br />

Klauber reflects on the Type 2 aspect of backcountry<br />

skiing, a dynamic that encapsulates both the elation and<br />

the challenges inherent in the experience. “That time when<br />

it’s done and you’re having a parking-lot beer is really<br />

rewarding,” he says. It’s exactly that type of experience<br />

Klauber wants for his guests—to be outdoors and return to<br />

the lodge with a story. “Whether it’s providing skiers with<br />

a gathering place in the winter with our lobby fireplace or<br />

hikers in the summertime with our firepit and beer garden,<br />

we love getting like-minded travelers together to share in<br />

their experiences and their passions,” Klauber says.<br />

10th Mountain Division Huts is a non-profit organization<br />

that manages 38 backcountry huts sprinkled throughout<br />

the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The huts allow backcountry<br />

skiers to get deep in the mountains and search for that<br />

elusive powder stash. For more information on 10th<br />

Mountain Division Huts, check out huts.org. For more<br />

information on backcountry heli-skiing in the San Juan<br />

Mountains, visit helitrax.com. To learn about <strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

A-Lodge go to a-lodge.com. B<br />

Community room at the A-Lodge<br />


In the pursuit of knowledge and safety, numerous<br />

resources are available, with the Colorado Avalanche<br />

Information Center (CAIC) standing out as one of<br />

the best.<br />

• Prioritize your safety by enrolling in an avalanche<br />

safety course and connecting with experienced<br />

individuals who share your passion.<br />

• When preparing for your adventure, opt for local<br />

shops and invest the time in a meticulous boot fitting.<br />

• Enhance your navigational skills by learning how to<br />

read maps, especially in areas with unreliable cell<br />

service.<br />

• Familiarize yourself with your gear well before<br />

embarking on your journey, and in the midst of<br />

all preparations, don’t overlook the importance of<br />

sunscreen for your outdoor escapades.<br />

For up-to-date avalanche information and forecasting<br />

for Colorado’s mountains, visit avalanche.state.co.us/.<br />


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dining out | libations | what’s new | in the kitchen | restaurant guide<br />


Love and<br />

Lobster<br />

Wafting aromas and<br />

romance are in the air at<br />

The Greenbriar Inn<br />

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dining out<br />

The Greenbriar Inn<br />

Savor a delightful dining experience<br />

or relish a romantic staycation at this<br />

haven tailored for lovers<br />

8735 North Foothills Highway<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>, CO<br />

303-440-7979<br />

greenbriarinn.com<br />



romantic place to celebrate<br />

a special someone this<br />

Valentine’s Day (or week)?<br />

The Greenbriar Inn has all one needs<br />

for a beautiful celebration, including a<br />

remodeled abode for two.<br />

Owned by Phil and Emma Goddard,<br />

The Greenbriar Inn has offered<br />

visitors a slice of <strong>Boulder</strong> countryside<br />

with a touch of elegance since 1967.<br />

Located right at the foot of the Rocky<br />

Mountains, the 20-acre property<br />

boasts two ponds, a waterfall, luscious<br />

vegetable, fruit and flower gardens<br />

in the warmer months and a cozy,<br />

fireplace-studded getaway when it’s<br />

cold and snowing.<br />

The newest addition to the property<br />

isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s a pair of<br />

1873 cabins made into one larger cabin.<br />

When Phil Goddard took over the<br />

property in the 1990s, the cabin already<br />

came combined as a one-bedroom and<br />

one-bathroom accommodation. In the<br />

decades prior, the cabin housed gold<br />

and silver miners, firefighters and<br />

travelers moving through the area.<br />

For a while, the Goddards rented<br />

out the cabin to those wanting to<br />

stay in the area long term. However,<br />

this past summer, they revamped<br />

the space, keeping the footprint<br />

intact and refurbishing the cabin<br />

to give it modern sensibility, fresh<br />

paint and a low-key glam up. Now it<br />

has a functioning kitchen, separate<br />

living room, a wood-burning stove,<br />

heated floors in the kitchen and bath,<br />

air conditioning, a queen-sized bed<br />

and a patio looking out toward the<br />

mountains. There’s also a charming<br />

cobblestone path leading to the cabin,<br />

making it feel cozy and isolated in the<br />

best possible way.<br />

“As we did more and more weddings,<br />

I thought it would be a good bridal suite<br />

for brides to get ready in and/or stay<br />


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Built in 1873, the<br />

cabin still flaunts the<br />

original stone walls<br />

the night if they wanted,” said Emma,<br />

adding regular couples come looking<br />

for a romantic spot to staycation as<br />

well. “The cabin remodel was our<br />

obvious next step for the property, and<br />

everyone has really loved it.”<br />

Most guests who stay in the cabin<br />

visit for the night on Saturday and<br />

stay for the Inn’s epic brunch on<br />

Sunday, added Emma. The spread is<br />

one of the most lavish in the county.<br />

For Valentine’s Day service, think<br />

red-hued Raspberry French Mimosas,<br />

a sparkling treat enhanced with<br />

Chambord and raspberry puree.<br />

Savory offerings include Eggs Benedict<br />

with lobster, crème brûlée French<br />

toast, deviled eggs and bagels with<br />

house-cured aquavit and dill salmon.<br />

On the sweeter side, pastry chef<br />

Michelle Sturgeon also churns out an<br />

indulgent two-person dessert sampler,<br />

which features mini versions of sweet<br />

treats such as macarons, chocolate<br />

tarts, cream puffs and more.<br />

Executive chef Treis Rainey oversees<br />

brunch, too, as well as other mealtimes,<br />

including the special Valentine’s tasting<br />

menu. They will serve the romantic<br />

feast on <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 14 as well as the days<br />

surrounding the holiday.<br />

“For dinner we are known as a<br />

romantic spot anyway, and that whole<br />

week we will host people celebrating,”<br />

said Emma.<br />

As for what’s on the plate, a lot of<br />

it comes from the property’s 27-yearold<br />

garden, a whopping 7,000-squarefeet<br />

of pesticide-free land used to<br />

grow herbs, vegetables and edible<br />

flowers. It’s because of the farm<br />

and neighboring suppliers that The<br />

Greenbriar Inn can create wonderful<br />

seasonal meals, any time of year. The<br />

special holiday menu is a surprise, but<br />

current menu favorites include wild<br />

mushrooms en croute, Colorado lamb<br />

sirloin with whipped root vegetables<br />

and pistachio-crusted scallops with<br />

Champagne yam risotto. Notable,<br />

too, is the wine cellar, which boasts<br />

around 900 labels.<br />

While the current version of the Inn<br />

remains famous in its own right, the<br />

property has a storied history dating<br />

back over 100 years ago. Built in<br />

1873 in what was the town of Altona,<br />

the building used to host a general<br />

store, post office and private home.<br />

Like most mining towns, when the<br />

gold and silver disappeared so did<br />

the people. By 1916, Altona no longer<br />

existed, but the building now hosting<br />

The Greenbriar Inn remained as a<br />

general store.<br />

In the 1960s, it was closed due to<br />

a fire, only to be bought and used by<br />

potential restaurant owners. Seven<br />

years later, the venue became closer to<br />

The interior of the<br />

inn’s one-bedroom,<br />

one-bathroom cabin<br />

what it is today and garnered the name<br />

The Greenbriar Inn. The final step<br />

was the Inn’s then chef, Phil Goddard,<br />

who purchased the property in 1996.<br />

He scrapped parts of the original<br />

German and Austrian-style menu and<br />

added the seasonal flare and American<br />

classics that draw eaters and travelers<br />

to the space today.<br />

Take the trip, and for those seeking<br />

out an intimate meal or stay this<br />

Valentine’s Day, or any Wednesday<br />

through Sunday, make sure to book a<br />

reservation. The restaurant opens at<br />

5pm, but guests of the Inn can check<br />

in at 3pm. If early, enjoy a cocktail or<br />

glass of wine at the bar, relax by the<br />

fireplace, walk around the property<br />

and enjoy not only its history but The<br />

Greenbriar Inn’s persisting romantic<br />

tenor—both on Valentine’s Day and<br />

any time of the year. B<br />

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libations<br />

Tapping Into<br />

Something Good<br />

The uplifting impact of a brewery deeply rooted in its community<br />



Nederland from<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>, you’re hit with<br />

two gems: an ice-capped<br />

lake surrounded by<br />

evergreens, and First Street, a cozy<br />

lane flanked by cabin-like shops and<br />

eateries. Busey Brews, a family-ownedand-operated<br />

smokehouse and brewery,<br />

sits along the quaint street, looming<br />

just above the ever-so-rocky Middle<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Creek.<br />

In the often snow-speckled town,<br />

Busey Brews is the comforting glow<br />

that beckons in beanie- and flannel-clad<br />

visitors like moths. Much of its warm<br />

interior, baked in oaky golden tones, lies<br />

in the woodwork of the eatery’s ceiling<br />

beams, pew-styled booths and slab<br />

tabletops—all reigning from Gold Hill.<br />

There’s a personal touch of timber,<br />

too. “My dad carved all the tap handles<br />

behind the bar,” says co-owner Kyle<br />

Busey. “We also have little flight<br />

boards, and he made all those, too.”<br />

It makes sense why Busey Brews feels<br />

like home—it’s a family affair. Kyle,<br />

with his wife Janice Busey, acquired the<br />

business in 2019. His brother, a scienceminded<br />

computer programmer at heart,<br />

helped induct on-site brewing in the<br />

restaurant’s steel-tanked basement,<br />

setting the stage for roughly 20 unique<br />

and seasonal craft beer concoctions<br />

within their 18-tap system.<br />

One of which, the Whiskey Pumpkin<br />

Tango, is the love child of Munson<br />

Farm’s pumpkins and butternut squash,<br />

smoked and barrel-aged to infuse the<br />

ale with a blanket of creamy, smooth<br />

flavor—a well-balanced fusion of<br />

sweetness and oaky undertones. For a<br />


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lighter libation, there is Dat Dere Clark,<br />

a cranberry ginger cream ale that’s both<br />

crisp and earthy. There is a rotating<br />

kombucha selection and house-brewed<br />

ginger beer for the little ones, too<br />

Today, a father-and-son brewing duo<br />

dominate The Submarine—the sublevel<br />

room that houses four fermentation<br />

vessels—and local awards, winning Best<br />

Craft Brewery (Best of <strong>Boulder</strong>) in 2023.<br />

The brewing process adapts to the<br />

beer of the week. “We usually brew two<br />

days a week, occasionally four during<br />

the summer,” says Busey. “The beer is<br />

ready in two to 12 weeks, with lagers<br />

requiring the longest time and hoppy<br />

selections taking considerably less.”<br />

While official tours aren’t scheduled, the<br />

The back deck with<br />

panoramic views<br />

team is delighted to guide small groups<br />

into The Submarine whenever possible.<br />

The brews are truly unique once-ina-lifetime<br />

sips, but it’s their wings that<br />

draw the biggest crowds. “We consistently<br />

have people who drive several hours just<br />

to come back and have more wings,” says<br />

Busey. Winners of <strong>Boulder</strong> Weekly’s<br />

Best Wings in 2022 and Best BBQ in<br />

2021, it’s clear that Busey Brews takes<br />

its wings seriously. In other words, its<br />

smoker is always running.<br />

“We smoke 900 wings at a time,<br />

sometimes 1,800 in a day,” Busey says.<br />

“We never fry them, which destroys<br />

their time spent in the smoker.” Rather,<br />

they’re grilled and marinated with one<br />

of seven sauces.<br />

“We also smoke brisket, pork, turkey,<br />

chicken thigh, hot link and tofu. The<br />

latter is cooked in its own dedicated<br />

smoker, and we offer several delicious<br />

sides to choose from, as well,” he says.<br />

These include garlic mashed potatoes,<br />

pork green chili, mac ‘n’ cheese and so<br />

much more.<br />


Ultimately, community bubbles beneath<br />

the surface at Busey Brews, giving<br />

the brewery its extra kick. Janice,<br />

who captains everything from menu<br />

design to photography, also steers the<br />

brewery’s charitable contributions by<br />

way of its donations program, Busey<br />

Brews for Good.<br />

Every month, proceeds from one brew<br />

are funneled toward a local cause, like<br />

Canyon Cares, which assists neighbors in<br />

need; Holistic Homestead, which provides<br />

education and wellness aid to community<br />

members; and Flyathon, a multisport<br />

event that donates toward habitat<br />

improvement and reclamation projects.<br />

For this reason and more, Busey<br />

Brews stands as a beloved hub in the<br />

mountain community. The recently<br />

introduced back deck, bedecked with<br />

enchanting crystal-blue star lights,<br />

a fire pit and inviting heaters, offers<br />

panoramic 180-degree views of the<br />

creek and pine-covered hills. On<br />

Sundays, the deck’s stern transforms<br />

into a stage for local musicians,<br />

infusing the enclosed patio with a<br />

warmth that transcends even the<br />

overhead heaters.<br />

“He has always been passionate about<br />

service and making people happy, but<br />

owning this restaurant allowed him to<br />

take it to a new level,” says Janice of Kyle.<br />

Kyle echoes her appreciation, “She’s been<br />

so great with supporting me and keeping<br />

me sane; it’s been truly amazing.”<br />

Their sentiments embody the<br />

core principles that set the brewery<br />

apart. Busey Brews isn’t just brewing<br />

exceptional beers; they’re crafting a<br />

haven where camaraderie flows as<br />

smoothly as their finest ale—a place<br />

where every sip tells a story, and every<br />

visitor becomes a part of the Busey<br />

Brews family. Because here, it’s not<br />

just about the brews; it’s about creating<br />

memories on tap and making sure<br />

every glass is always half-full. B<br />

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what’s new<br />

Whimsy Waits<br />

Through a Keyhole<br />

on The Hill<br />

Wonderland-inspired Alice & Rose offers an<br />

immersive experience steps away from CU<br />



a portal to whimsy, where<br />

tea and tiny sandwiches are<br />

surrounded by community<br />

and companionship. This portal leads<br />

to magic, but this is no fairy tale.<br />

Alice & Rose is a very real place in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>, inspired by the whimsy of<br />

Wonderland and the Lewis Carroll<br />

classics. Through the keyhole doors on<br />

Pennsylvania Avenue, flanked by dark<br />

glass and the constant noise of The<br />

Hill, guests are transported to a cozy<br />

space with tasteful nods to Alice and<br />

her adventures.<br />


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what’s new<br />

Massive high-backed chairs draw<br />

the eye; some a glossy white running<br />

with black ink, others huge golden<br />

eggs adorned in roses, invoking a sense<br />

of regalness that could make guests<br />

lose their heads. The black floors and<br />

ceilings funnel each step towards the<br />

checked counter walls and inviting<br />

pastry cases stuffed with goodies<br />

made both in-house and from other<br />

local bakeries. The space is impeccably<br />

inviting, right down to the narrow<br />

community table filling the center of<br />

the space.<br />

Owner Holley Ellis and her family<br />

opened up Alice & Rose this past<br />

autumn, just a few years after prior<br />

occupant Innisfree Poetry Bookstore &<br />

Cafe shut its doors. Ellis had the legacy<br />

of the space in mind when she chose the<br />

locale for her Wonderland vision.<br />

“We were sad when Innisfree closed<br />

and wanted to bring the building back<br />

to life,” Ellis says. “The building itself<br />

is such an ideal location in the midst of<br />

students, families and the campus. It has<br />

the best people watching on the patio.”<br />

California Eggs Benedict<br />

Alice & Rose is a family venture,<br />

Ellis says, built with love and a<br />

celebration of the town they all call<br />

home. Her family’s first home was<br />

on the Hill and her children still live<br />

near the restaurant. Her family also<br />

contributed to the menu, choosing a<br />

few dishes that reflected their travels<br />

around the U.S. and Europe.<br />

“Having Alice & Rose is like having a<br />

living scrapbook of a lot of our favorite<br />

meals and memories from living in<br />

London, the South and California,” she<br />

explains. “It is quite literally a menu of<br />

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BRUNCH<br />



10AM - 3PM<br />

LUNCH<br />



11:30AM - 3PM<br />




3PM - 5:30PM<br />

DINNER<br />


4PM - 9PM<br />



4PM - 10 PM<br />



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what’s new<br />

The mini pancake tower<br />

our favorite foods for a perfect place to<br />

gather with family and friends.”<br />

That menu is comprehensive, while<br />

still being a manageable two-page list<br />

of offerings that encompass breakfast,<br />

lunch, dinner and high tea. Aside<br />

from a selection of teas and coffee<br />

shop standard espresso drinks, Alice<br />

& Rose boasts wine and cocktails as<br />

well. Ellis has plans to rotate the menu<br />

when inspiration strikes, whether<br />

it’s offering full-sized versions of tea<br />

sandwiches or adding new varieties of<br />

“nibble towers.”<br />

“What’s an Alice in Wonderland<br />

theme without really fun towers of<br />

your favorite foods on your table,”<br />

Ellis asks.<br />

Afternoon tea and stacks of snacks<br />

are a start, but the decor is truly a<br />

selling point. Ellis worked with local<br />

designer Kari Whitman to bring her<br />

vision through the looking glass and<br />

into reality.<br />

“It was an obvious choice because<br />

her taste is impeccable and she<br />

immediately understood the vibe we<br />

were going for,” Ellis explains. “I think<br />

my favorite part about her is that she<br />

was really too busy to take on the<br />

project, but did it out of love for the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> community.”<br />

The details show in the Mad Hatter<br />

light fixtures, the high-backed chairs<br />

imported from designer Jimmie<br />

Martin in London and wire-work<br />

dancer suspended from the ceiling,<br />

but the hat tag to top it all off is the<br />

wire work tree on the community<br />

table. Having a community table in<br />

the cafe was critical to the experience,<br />

Ellis says.<br />

“There are always new people in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> looking to meet friends. The<br />

tree table is more narrow than our<br />

typical tables, so it invites you to say<br />

hello to those around you,” she says.<br />

“It’s absolutely perfect and I can’t<br />

imagine a better table for people just<br />

grabbing a coffee to enjoy.”<br />

Alice & Rose is open Wednesday<br />

through Sunday, with no reservations<br />

required.<br />

Alice & Rose is located at 1301<br />

Pennsylvania Ave, <strong>Boulder</strong>, CO 80302<br />

Visit aliceandrose.com or find them<br />

on Instagram @aliceandroseboulder. B<br />

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1710 Pearl Street | <strong>Boulder</strong> | Colorado<br />

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a Three Leaf Concepts Restaurant<br />

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Meat-Free<br />

Marvels<br />

Wintery veggie dishes sure<br />

to soothe the soul<br />

Recipes and Photos by FANNY SLATER<br />


chilly climate with a symphony of satisfying comfort food that showcases plant-based cuisine in all its<br />

glory. These versatile seasonal dishes will not only make your mouth water but also revise your traditional<br />

definition of winter dining.<br />

Cheesy Chile Relleno Breakfast Casserole<br />

Yield: 6-8 servings<br />

Casserole<br />

2 1/2 pounds poblano peppers (about 8 large)<br />

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided<br />

1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided<br />

8 large eggs<br />

1 cup whole milk<br />

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour<br />

1/2 teaspoon baking powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon onion powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin<br />

1 teaspoon coarse salt<br />

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<br />

Green onions and cilantro, for garnish<br />

Sauce<br />

2 tablespoons olive oil<br />

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion<br />

1 large jalapeno, chopped<br />

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin<br />

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more to taste<br />

1 teaspoon chili powder blend<br />

2 large cloves garlic, minced<br />

2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes<br />

1/4 cup chicken stock<br />

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar<br />

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1. Preheat the broiler to high.<br />

2. Arrange the peppers in a single layer on foil-lined baking<br />

sheets and broil, flipping occasionally with tongs, until<br />

the skins are charred and blistered on all sides, about<br />

15-20 minutes.<br />

3. Transfer the peppers to a large mixing bowl and cover<br />

tightly with plastic wrap. Set aside and allow the peppers<br />

to steam for 10 minutes.<br />

4. While the peppers are steaming, preheat the oven to<br />

350°F and lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan or<br />

3-quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.<br />

5. Add the flour, baking powder, garlic powder, onion<br />

powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper to a medium<br />

bowl and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and milk<br />

to a large mixing bowl and whisk until frothy. Add<br />

the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until<br />

thoroughly combined.<br />

6. Peel the peppers and discard the skins. Remove the<br />

stems, cut each pepper in half down the middle, and<br />

remove the seeds. Slice the peppers into long strips.<br />

7. Spread half of the peppers in the bottom of the dish<br />

and top with 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese and 1/2 cup<br />

cheddar. Repeat with the remaining peppers and cheese,<br />

and pour the egg mixture over the top.<br />

8. Bake the casserole until puffy and golden brown around<br />

the edges, about 45 minutes.<br />

9. While the casserole is baking, make the sauce. In a<br />

medium saucepot over medium heat, add the olive oil.<br />

Sauté the onions, jalapeno, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2<br />

teaspoon salt, and chili powder until softened, about<br />

5 minutes.<br />

10. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the<br />

tomatoes and chicken stock and bring the mixture to a<br />

boil for 1 minute. Remove the sauce from heat, cool for<br />

5 minutes, and then transfer to a high-speed blender or<br />

food processor (or use an immersion blender) and puree<br />

until smooth.<br />

11. Return the sauce to the pan over low heat. Whisk in<br />

the vinegar and season to taste with additional salt<br />

if necessary.<br />

12. Allow the casserole to rest for 10 minutes before slicing<br />

into portions and topping with sauce. Garnish with<br />

cilantro and green onion tops and serve.<br />

Slow-Cooked Artichokes in<br />

White Wine & Butter<br />

Serves 4-6<br />

2 3/4 cups dry white wine<br />

1 cup vegetable oil<br />

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil<br />

1/2 stick of unsalted butter<br />

4 large lemons<br />

1 tablespoon kosher salt<br />

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns<br />

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes<br />

1 head garlic, peeled (about 6-8 cloves)<br />

2 leeks, white and light green parts thinly sliced<br />

6 sprigs fresh thyme, plus 1 teaspoon chopped for garnish<br />

4 sprigs fresh oregano<br />

4 large or 6 medium artichokes<br />

Crusty bread, for serving<br />

1. Squeeze about 1/2 cup of juice from 3 of the lemons and<br />

reserve the juiced lemons.<br />

2. Add the white wine, vegetable oil, olive oil, butter, lemon<br />

juice, salt, peppercorns, red pepper flakes, garlic, leeks,<br />

thyme sprigs, and oregano to a 6-quart slow cooker.<br />

3. Using a serrated knife, and rubbing each cut as you go<br />

with the juiced lemons to prevent browning, trim off and<br />

discard the top third of the artichokes. Using kitchen<br />

shears, cut off the top portion of any remaining outer<br />

leaves to remove the thorny tips. Pull away or trim any<br />

discolored leaves.<br />

4. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the tough outer layer of<br />

the stems and then quarter each artichoke. Discard the<br />

furry choke and immediately place each finished quarter<br />

into the liquid in the slow cooker, submerging as much<br />

as possible.<br />

5. Cook the artichokes on high for 4-5 hours or until the<br />

leaves easily pull away and the hearts are very tender.<br />

Season to taste for additional salt if necessary.<br />

6. Transfer the artichokes (slightly warm or at room<br />

temperature), leeks, and garlic to a serving platter and<br />

drizzle some of the cooking liquid over the top. Garnish<br />

with the reserved chopped thyme, lemon wedges, and<br />

crusty bread.<br />

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Rigatoni with Eggplant<br />

Bolognese<br />

Yield: 4-6 servings<br />

3 tablespoons olive oil<br />

1 large eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into<br />

1/2-inch cubes<br />

1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more to taste<br />

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<br />

2 cups chopped yellow onion<br />

1 cup peeled and diced carrot<br />

1 cup diced zucchini<br />

1 teaspoon dried oregano, or 1 tablespoon fresh<br />

3 large cloves garlic, minced<br />

1 tablespoon tomato paste<br />

1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes<br />

1 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes<br />

1 pound rigatoni noodles<br />

1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided,<br />

plus more for serving<br />

1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped,<br />

plus some for garnish<br />

1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, add 3 tablespoons<br />

of oil over medium heat. Add the eggplant, onion,<br />

carrot, zucchini, salt, pepper, and oregano.<br />

Saute, stirring occasionally, until the veggies<br />

have softened and taken on some color, about 3<br />

minutes, and then stir in the garlic and cook for<br />

30 seconds.<br />

2. Stir in the tomato paste so it coats the veggies<br />

and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pot with the<br />

canned tomatoes, scraping the bottom to release<br />

any bits that are stuck. Bring the sauce to a boil,<br />

reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer,<br />

stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.<br />

3. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot<br />

of salted water to a boil and cook the rigatoni<br />

according to package instructions (reserving 1 cup<br />

of starchy cooking water).<br />

4. Add the cooked pasta, 1/4 cup of the Pecorino,<br />

and the basil to the pot with the sauce and toss,<br />

slowly adding the reserved starchy cooking<br />

water a few tablespoons at a time to help the<br />

sauce cling to the noodles. Season to taste with<br />

additional salt.<br />

5. Divide among plates, garnish with the remaining<br />

Pecorino and basil, and serve with extra<br />

cheese alongside.<br />

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Green Curry Coconut Laksa Soup<br />

Yield: 6 servings<br />

1 4-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded<br />

4 tablespoons coconut oil, divided<br />

1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided<br />

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided<br />

4 scallions, white and green parts chopped and divided<br />

2 large cloves garlic, minced<br />

2-inch knob ginger, minced<br />

1 minced fresh Thai chili or jalapeno<br />

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips<br />

8 ounces green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half<br />

2 heads baby bok choy, cut into 2-inch pieces<br />

2 tablespoons green curry paste, plus more to taste<br />

6 cups vegetable stock<br />

1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk<br />

2 teaspoons sweet chili sauce<br />

1 tablespoon lime juice<br />

Jalapenos, bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, and lime<br />

wedges for serving<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with<br />

parchment paper.<br />

2. Lightly coat the inside of the squash halves with 2<br />

tablespoons of coconut oil. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt<br />

and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Place them cut side down<br />

on the prepared baking sheet and bake until fork tender,<br />

25 to 30 minutes. Set aside, then separate the flesh from<br />

the skin when cool enough to handle.<br />

3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to a large saucepot<br />

over medium heat. Sauté the white parts of the scallions<br />

until translucent about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the ginger,<br />

garlic, and chilies, and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the<br />

bell pepper, green beans, and bok choy and sauté for 2 to<br />

3 minutes.<br />

4. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4<br />

teaspoon pepper and stir in the green curry paste. Cook,<br />

stirring occasionally, for 1 minute, and then pour in the<br />

vegetable stock.<br />

5. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat to<br />

medium-low. Stir in the coconut milk and then simmer,<br />

stirring occasionally, until the veggies are tender-crisp,<br />

about 15 minutes. Stir in the spaghetti squash strands<br />

and cook until warmed through, about 5 more minutes.<br />

6. Remove from heat. Stir in the sweet chili sauce and lime<br />

juice. Adjust to taste with additional salt, chili sauce, and<br />

lime juice.<br />

7. Divide the soup among bowls and garnish with sliced<br />

jalapenos, chopped green scallion tops, lime wedges,<br />

bean sprouts, cilantro, and Thai basil.<br />

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Maple-Clove Roasted Acorn Squash<br />

Yield: 4 servings<br />

2 acorn squash (about 1 1/2 pounds each)<br />

1 tablespoon olive oil<br />

1 teaspoon plus 1 pinch coarse salt, divided<br />

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<br />

Pinch ground cloves<br />

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced<br />

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup<br />

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.<br />

Going through the stem, slice the acorn squash in half and then scoop out<br />

the seeds. Lay the halves, cut side up, on the prepared sheet pan.<br />

2. Brush the cut sides lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt,<br />

pepper, and cloves. Evenly distribute the butter, maple syrup, and brown<br />

sugar between the cavities of each half.<br />

3. Bake until the flesh is tender enough to easily be pierced with a sharp<br />

knife, about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of the squash.<br />

Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and serve warm. B<br />

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Ready to Eat?<br />

Use our restaurant listings to find the best<br />

eating and drinking in <strong>Boulder</strong> County<br />

Locations: (B) <strong>Boulder</strong>, (E) Erie,<br />

(LA) Lafayette, (LG) Longmont,<br />

(L) Louisville, (N) Niwot,<br />

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24 Carrot Bistro (E) 578 Briggs St,<br />

303-828-1392. Seasonal New American<br />

farm to table cuisine and craft cocktails<br />

in a refined, open-timbered dining<br />

room. Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun<br />

and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

95a Bistro & Co. (LA) 1381 Forest<br />

Park Cir, 303-665-3080. An eclectic<br />

eatery serving creative, seasonally<br />

inspired American cuisine, like tapas<br />

dishes, ruby red trout and handcrafted<br />

cocktails. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner<br />

nightly, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

740 Front (L) 740 Front St,<br />

720-519-1972. A traditional American<br />

dining saloon with a quaint ambiance,<br />

serving beef and bison steaks, seafood<br />

and cocktails. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

1914 House (N) 121 2nd Ave,<br />

303-834-9751. Cozy and sophisticated<br />

historic home serving scratchmade<br />

New American cuisine using<br />

sustainably grown ingredients. Opens<br />

4pm Wed-Sun.<br />

Bartaco (B) 1048 Pearl St,<br />

719-249-8226. Enjoy upscale street food<br />

and specialty cocktails in a rustic setting.<br />

An eclectic menu of tacos, rice bowls and<br />

more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Birdhouse (E) 526 Briggs St,<br />

303-997-9630. A relaxed eatery serving<br />

traditional tacos like lemongrass pork,<br />

ramen dishes and rum-based cocktails.<br />

Lunch Fri-Sun, dinner nightly.<br />

Blackbelly (B) 1606 Conestoga St,<br />

303-247-1000. A farmhouse-chic eatery<br />

and butcher shop serving local ingredients<br />

and pasture raised animals. Roasted beet<br />

salad, lamb radiatore and koji cured pork<br />

round out the menu. Dinner nightly.<br />

Black Cat Bistro (B) 1964 13th St,<br />

303-444-9110. An elegant bistro serving<br />

farm to table New American dishes that<br />

are sourced locally. Enjoy alfresco dining<br />

with beautiful gardens and mountain<br />

views. Dinner nightly.<br />

Bramble and Hare (B) 1970 13th St, 303-<br />

444-9110. Eclectic seasonal fare served<br />

in a lively, warm atmosphere. Features a<br />

3-course prix fixe menu and hand-crafted<br />

cocktails. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Chautauqua Dining Hall (B) 900<br />

Baseline Rd, 303-440-3776. A tradition<br />

since 1898 offering Flatiron views from a<br />

wraparound porch, and serving farm-totable<br />

American bistro cuisine. Breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Community Supper Club (LA) 206<br />

S Public Rd, 720-890-3793. A casual<br />

neighborhood eatery featuring eclectic<br />

fare like housemade pastas, slow-roasted<br />

birria, sandwiches, craft beers and<br />

house cocktails. Dinner nightly, brunch<br />

Sat-Sun.<br />

DJ’s Watering Hole (L) 988 W Dillon Rd,<br />

303-604-6000. A casual American cuisine<br />

eatery, serving up burgers and sandwiches,<br />

BBQ, tandoor dishes, salads and apps.<br />

Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

Oak at Fourteenth (B) 1400 Pearl St,<br />

303-444-3622. A stylish neighborhood<br />

restaurant serving upscale New<br />

American cuisine and cocktails. The oakroasted<br />

Alaskan Halibut is a favorite.<br />

Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Redgarden Restaurant & Brewery<br />

(L) 1700 Dogwood St, 303-927-6361. A<br />

lively hangout offering scratch-made,<br />

elevated pub-style food. Braised, handsliced<br />

banh mi, burgers, soup, apps and<br />

more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

River and Woods (B) 2328 Pearl St,<br />

303-993-6301. Serving elevated comfort<br />

food in a small cottage with outdoor<br />

seating. Try the Southwestern poutine or<br />

slow braised short ribs. Dinner Tue-Sun,<br />

Brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Salt (B) 1047 Pearl St, 303-444-7258.<br />

Farm-to-table American eats with a<br />

changing menu, served in a rustic-chic<br />

atmosphere. Try the gnocchi Bolognese<br />

or a farmhouse salad. Lunch Wed-Fri,<br />

dinner nightly and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (B) 1617 Pearl<br />

St, 303-225-7344. A vibrant, retro eatery<br />

serving creative breakfast and lunch fare,<br />

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plus cocktails. French toast, benedicts<br />

and more. Open daily.<br />

Spruce Farm & Fish (B) 2115 13th St,<br />

303-442-4880. A polished eatery at the<br />

Hotel <strong>Boulder</strong>ado, serving seasonal New<br />

American cuisine like sea scallop crudo<br />

and bison strip steak Diane. Brunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Sugarbeet (LG) 101 Pratt St,<br />

303-651-3330. A cozy and intimate bistro<br />

serving upscale, seasonal American<br />

cuisine and fine wines. Try the beet-cured<br />

salmon and the roasted pappardelle.<br />

Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Tangerine (B) 2777 Iris Ave, 303-443-<br />

2333; (LA) 300 S Public Rd, 303-443-<br />

5100; (LG) 379 Main St, 720-815-2888.<br />

A farm-fresh breakfast and lunch spot,<br />

serving innovative morning fare and<br />

mimosas. Open daily.<br />

The Kitchen Bistro (B) 1039 Pearl<br />

St, 303-544-5973. A stylish bistro and<br />

bar serving up an imaginative array<br />

of globally inspired shared dishes, and<br />

creative cocktails. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner<br />

nightly and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Melting Pot (L) 732 Main St,<br />

303-666-7777. A fondue restaurant<br />

offering several cooking styles in heated<br />

pots and a variety of unique entrees,<br />

salads and desserts. Extensive wine list.<br />

Dinner nightly, lunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Roost (LG) 526 Main St,<br />

303-827-3380. A rustic-chic eatery<br />

and rooftop whiskey bar, serving New<br />

American fare and craft beer. Polenta<br />

bites, short rib tacos and more. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

ASIAN<br />

Busaba (L) 133 S McCaslin Blvd,<br />

303-665-0330; (B) 4800 Baseline Rd,<br />

720-350-4927. Serving authentic Thai<br />

food with fresh local ingredients. Noodle<br />

dishes, curries and more. Lunch and<br />

dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Dushanbee Teahouse (B)<br />

1770 13th St, 303-442-4993. Stunning<br />

ornate décor of this popular landmark<br />

that was shipped from Tajikistan.<br />

Enjoy Asian fare from an eclectic menu<br />

and extensive selection of teas. Lunch,<br />

teatime and dinner daily.<br />

Chez Thuy (B) 2655 28th St,<br />

303-442-1700. A casual Asian eatery<br />

OPEN<br />

DAILY<br />

serving Vietnamese fare like Pho noodle<br />

soup, hot pots and stir-fry. Lunch and<br />

dinner Wed-Mon.<br />

Dragonfly Noodle (B) 2014 10th St,<br />

720-580-1100. Modern Asian dishes<br />

from the Pacific Rim, serving housemade<br />

ramen, bao, pho and creative cocktails.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Hana Japanese Bistro (L) 1148 W<br />

Dillon Rd, 720-328-8826. Traditional<br />

Japanese dishes in an intimate setting.<br />

Sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki,<br />

noodles and more. Generous portions.<br />

Dinner nightly.<br />

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar (B) 1117<br />

Pearl St, 303-473-4730. A modern sushi<br />

eatery with a creative blend of Japanese<br />

and Hawaiian fare and uniquely named<br />

rolls. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Izakaya Amu (B) 1221 Spruce St,<br />

303-440-0807. A tiny Japanese pub<br />

specializing in small plates that<br />

accompany sake. Try the grilled mackerel<br />

or fried squid legs. Dinner nightly.<br />

Japango (B) 1136 Pearl St, 303-938-<br />

0330. Inventive Japanese tapas, sushi<br />

and sashimi, served in a lively, modern<br />

atmosphere with daily happy hour. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

Little Tibet (B) 4479 N Broadway,<br />

720-459-8336. Authentic Tibetan and<br />

Indian food like hand-pulled noodles and<br />

fried patties stuffed with beef and onion.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Misaki (S) 402 Marshall Rd, 720-277-<br />

8600. A Japanese eatery known for great<br />

sushi and sashimi, along with specialties<br />

like ramen, tempura and kushiyaki<br />

skewers. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Osaka’s (B) 2460 Canyon Blvd,<br />

720-398-9115. A stylish Japanese<br />

restaurant with dining room and patio<br />

seating. Sushi, ramen, tempura and<br />

okonomiyaki. Dinner Thur-Mon.<br />

Zoe Ma Ma (B) 2010 10th St,<br />

303-545-6262. Freshly prepared Chinese<br />

signature dishes and delicious home<br />

cooking. Homemade noodles, dim sum<br />

and specials. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

BAKERY<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Baked (B) 5290 Arapahoe Ave,<br />

303-444-4999. Serving a wide selection<br />

of baked goods like cupcakes, cookies,<br />

grilled sandwiches and soup. Open daily.<br />

Lucky’s Bakehouse (B) 3990 Broadway,<br />

720-596-4905. An artisan bakery featuring<br />

breakfast pastries and desserts and localroasted<br />

coffee. Open daily at 7am.<br />

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Moxie Bread Co (L) 641 Main St,<br />

720-420-9616. An heirloom bakery and<br />

mill, featuring morning pastries, coffee,<br />

rustic breads and lunchtime eats. Open<br />

daily at 7am.<br />


Acreage (LA) 1380 Horizon Ave,<br />

303-227-3243. An urban cider house<br />

experience in a tavern setting, with farmto-table<br />

Basque-inspired comfort food.<br />

Outdoor deck and cider garden. Lunch<br />

and dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Busey Brews (NE) 70 E 1st St,<br />

855-633-2739. Voted best craft brewery,<br />

family owned Busey is the place to go<br />

for fresh smoked meats, tofu and house<br />

brewed beer. 18 taps offer a solid lineup,<br />

plus wine and cocktails. Vegetarian,<br />

vegan and gluten-free options. Open daily.<br />

Mike O’Shays Ale House (LG) 512<br />

Main St, 303-772-0252. A neighborhood<br />

stalwart for over 32 years, offering<br />

seafood, Irish fare, steaks, burgers and<br />

award-winning desserts. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Niwot Tavern (N) 7960 Niwot Rd, 303-<br />

652-0200. A casual American eatery<br />

Stride<br />

into<br />

serving classic pub fare with some Irish<br />

dishes and specialty cocktails. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

The Corner Bar (B) 2115 13th St,<br />

303-442-4880. Located inside Hotel<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>ado, this bar is a favorite for<br />

people watching. Enjoy lunch, a lively<br />

happy hour or a late-night meal. Open<br />

daily at 11am, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Old Mine (E) 500 Briggs St,<br />

303-905-0620. Housemade world-class<br />

hard cider, craft brews and bourbon,<br />

sandwiches and craft artisan pizza,<br />

served in a historic 1889 brick building.<br />

Lunch Thur-Sun, dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

West End Tavern (B) 926 Pearl St,<br />

303-444-3535. An iconic American<br />

tavern, serving up home-style cuisine<br />

like juicy burgers, tasty salads and daily<br />

specials. Extensive bourbon menu and<br />

rooftop patio. Open daily at 11:30am.<br />

West Side Tavern (LG) 1283 3rd Ave,<br />

720-526-0360. A unique gastropub in a<br />

restored 1915 grocery store, serving seasonal<br />

menus, fine wines, whiskey and crafted<br />

cocktails. Dinner nightly, Sun brunch.<br />

William Oliver’s Pub & Eatery (LA)<br />

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201 N Public Rd, 720-509-9537. A casual<br />

gastropub featuring craft beer, extensive<br />

whiskey list and a bacon-centric menu in a<br />

friendly ambiance. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />


Lulu’s BBQ (L) 701 Main St, 720-583-<br />

1789. Enjoy award-winning Texas-style<br />

barbecue, slow smoked in Lulu’s pit. Ribs,<br />

brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey and<br />

sausage. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

CAFÉ<br />

Alpine Modern Café (B) 904 College<br />

Ave and 1629 29th St, 303-954-0129.<br />

A hip café and coffeehouse with an<br />

elevated design, serving a variety of toast<br />

selections and sandwiches. Open daily.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Social (B) 1600 38th St,<br />

720-716-3345. A neighborhood hangout<br />

with great food, craft beer and cocktails.<br />

Enjoy small plates, great apps like Fig<br />

& Apple Burrata, sandwiches and pizza.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Organic Sandwich Company (B)<br />

16th & Pearl, 720-639-3986; (L) 459 S<br />

McCaslin Blvd, 720-598-5931. Creating<br />

foods with only the purest ingredients,<br />

this cozy café serves gourmet sandwiches<br />

and breakfast items, including vegetarian<br />

and vegan options. Open daily.<br />

CREOLE<br />

Lucile’s Creole Café (B) 2124 14th<br />

St, 303-442-4743. A cozy eatery serving<br />

Cajun-Creole breakfast and lunch.<br />

Benedicts, beignets, shrimp & grits,<br />

gumbo and more. Open daily.<br />


Corrida (B) 1023 Walnut St, #400,<br />

303-444-1333. A sophisticated Spanishinspired<br />

steakhouse with a rooftop patio<br />

overlooking the Flatirons. An excellent wine<br />

list, tapas and meticulously sourced cuts of<br />

beef. Dinner nightly, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Flagstaff House (B) 1138 Flagstaff Rd,<br />

303-442-4640. Refined New American<br />

cuisine and a world-renowned wine list<br />

with breathtaking views of the Rockies.<br />

Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

Frasca Food and Wine (B) 1738 Pearl<br />

St, 303-442-6966. A James Beard Award<br />

winning concept, steeped in traditions<br />

of the Friuli-centric Northern Italian<br />

cuisine, warm hospitality and expertly<br />

selected wines. Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Greenbriar Inn (B) 8735 N Foothills<br />

Hwy, 303-440-7979. An elegant whitetablecloth<br />

eatery, tavern and private<br />

event space, serving inventive American<br />

dishes and an award-winning wine cellar.<br />

Dinner Wed-Sun, brunch Sun.<br />

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Jill’s Restaurant & Bisto (B) 900<br />

Walnut St, 720-406-9696. An elegant and<br />

romantic bistro inside the St. Julien Hotel<br />

& Spa, offering scratch-made American<br />

and French cuisine using fresh, local<br />

ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner<br />

daily.<br />

Martinis Bistro (LG) 543 Terry St,<br />

303-651-2772. A casual, fine dining<br />

eatery and cocktail bar serving upscale<br />

American cuisine crafted from fresh<br />

ingredients. Opens 3pm Mon-Sat.<br />

FRENCH<br />

Brasserie <strong>Boulder</strong> (B) 1235<br />

Pennsylvania Ave, 303-993-8131.<br />

Offering delicious, classic French cuisine<br />

for takeout or home delivery as well as<br />

dining in options. Wed-Fri 3-9pm, Sat-<br />

Sun 11am-9pm.<br />

Brasserie Ten Ten (B) 1011 Walnut St,<br />

303-998-1010. A popular French eatery<br />

with a vibrant and cozy setting. Freshly<br />

prepared seared yellowfin tuna, steaks,<br />

apps and more. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Le French Café (B) 2525 Arapahoe Ave,<br />

303-284-2265. A casual French eatery<br />

serving breakfast, lunch and pastries.<br />

Indulge on sweet crepes or sandwiches<br />

made on baguettes or croissants. Open<br />

Wed-Sun.<br />

Mateo (B) 1837 Pearl St,<br />

303-443-7766. A bustling and trendy<br />

eatery serving seasonal French cuisine<br />

from the Provence Region and smallbatch<br />

French and Italian wine. Lunch<br />

Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat.<br />


Avanti F&B (B) 1401 Pearl St,<br />

720-343-7757. Explore your culinary<br />

options with six different restaurants in<br />

one collective space, plus two bars and a<br />

rooftop deck. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Café Aion (B) 1235 Pennsylvania Ave,<br />

303-993-8131. A Spanish and Moroccan<br />

inspired eatery, serving innovative tapas<br />

dishes like paella and brined whole roast<br />

chicken. Lunch and dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Dagabi Tapas Bar (B) 3970 N Broadway,<br />

303-786-9004. Serving up Spanish tapas,<br />

pasta dishes and wood-fired pizza in a<br />

stylish neighborhood eatery. Dinner nightly.<br />

Mumtaz Mediterranean Food<br />

(LA) 588 US 287, 303-926-1400. A<br />

neighborhood restaurant offering<br />

traditional Mediterranean cuisine in<br />

a casual atmosphere. Falafels, gyros,<br />

kabobs, baklava and more. Lunch and<br />

dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Piripi (E) 615 Briggs St, 720-328-0787.<br />

Serving up Latin and Mediterranean<br />

cuisine featuring 99% gluten-free menu.<br />

Vegetarian and vegan options. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian (LA) 802 S<br />

Public Rd, 303-447-2919. A long-standing<br />

destination serving spiced Ethiopian dishes<br />

like Rocky Mountain red trout, steak<br />

tartare and more. Opens 3pm Tue-Sun.<br />

Rincon Argentino (B) 2525 Arapahoe<br />

Ave, 303-442-4133. Authentic Argentinean<br />

dishes like hand-crafted empanadas or<br />

milanesa sandwiches using fresh, local<br />

ingredients. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Rosetta Hall (B) 1109 Walnut St. Chic<br />

space offering American and International<br />

cuisine with eight restaurants and two<br />

bars under one roof. Hang out in the main<br />

dining room, front patio or rooftop. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

Tandoori Grill (B) 619 S Broadway,<br />

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with a modern touch for the western<br />

palate. Traditional curry classics and<br />

favorites like tamarind duck and ribeye<br />

steak. Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />


Bacco Trattoria (B) 1200 Yarmouth<br />

Ave, 303-442-3899. Authentic Italian<br />

cuisine in a stylish, relaxed setting.<br />

Specialty cheese, pizza and traditional<br />

dishes like Cioppino and Saltimbocca.<br />

Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Basta (B) 3601 Arapahoe Ave,<br />

303-997-8775. Acclaimed Italian eatery<br />

known for wood-fired pizza and apps like<br />

oysters and chicken liver mousse. Dinner<br />

Mon-Sat.<br />

Carelli’s of <strong>Boulder</strong> (B) 645 30th St,<br />

303-938-9300. Authentic Italian cuisine<br />

served in a contemporary setting with<br />

a large fireplace and outdoor patio.<br />

Traditional dishes and extensive wine<br />

list. Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Cimmini’s (N) 300 2nd Ave,<br />

303-834-9522. A family-owned eatery,<br />

serving scratch-made authentic Italian<br />

cuisine, delicious desserts and crafted<br />

cocktails. Breakfast Sat-Sun, lunch Wed-<br />

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Fri and dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar<br />

(L) 1132 W Dillon Rd, 303-284-2741. An<br />

authentic Italian eatery serving scratchmade<br />

dishes, pastas and pizza. The<br />

mozzarella bar offers a variety of fresh<br />

cheeses. Dinner nightly, lunch Mon-Sat.<br />

Pasta Jay’s (B) 1001 Pearl St,<br />

303-444-5800. A low-key Italian eatery<br />

serving pasta dishes made from family<br />

recipes, thin-crust pizza, ravioli and<br />

more. Dinner nightly.<br />

Stella’s Cucina (B) 1123 Walnut St,<br />

303-943-1000. Authentic old-world Italian<br />

cuisine in a contemporary setting. Housemade<br />

pastas, veal, seabass and extensive<br />

wine list. Dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Via Toscana (L) 356 McCaslin Blvd,<br />

303-604-6960. Serving regional Tuscan<br />

trattoria dishes from family recipes using<br />

farm fresh ingredients. Extensive wine<br />

and craft beer selections. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Zucca (L) 808 Main St, 303-666-6499.<br />

Serving a broad range of Italian cuisine,<br />

explore the rich flavors in a cozy, relaxed<br />

atmosphere. Wine list from all regions of<br />

Italy. Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

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Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant (B)<br />

1630 63rd St, 303-440-4045; (LA) 101<br />

E Cleveland St, 303-666-7544. Classic<br />

homestyle Mexican cuisine like green<br />

chili, enchiladas, burritos and choose<br />

from 17 different margaritas. Lunch and<br />

dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Rio Grande Mexican (B) 1101 Walnut<br />

St, 303-444-3690. Serving up delicious<br />

Tex Mex and legendary margaritas in<br />

a lively atmosphere. Great views from<br />

rooftop patio. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Santo (B) 1265 Alpine Ave,<br />

303-442-6100. Discover Northern New<br />

Mexican cuisine in a warm and rustic<br />

eatery serving stacked enchiladas, bluecorn<br />

tostadas, tacos and more. Breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Teocalli Cocina (LA) 103 N Public<br />

Rd, 303-284-6597. A lively Mexican<br />

restaurant serving 100% gluten-free<br />

dishes in a modern space. Tacos, seared<br />

ahi tuna, enchiladas, pozole verde and<br />

more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />


<strong>Boulder</strong> Cork (B) 3295 30th St,<br />

303-443-9505. A warm and intimate<br />

setting, serving locally sourced American<br />

cuisine like prime rib, rainbow trout<br />

and teriyaki sirloin. Extensive wine list.<br />

Dinner nightly.<br />

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (B)<br />

928 Pearl St, 303-444-1811. An upscale<br />

seafood restaurant serving gourmet<br />

dishes and creative cocktails. Try the<br />

chargrilled oysters and sesame crusted<br />

yellowfin tuna. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Steakhouse No. 316 (B) 1922 13th St,<br />

720-729-1922. A boutique steakhouse<br />

serving up prime steaks in cast-iron<br />

skillets, delicious apps like lamb carpaccio,<br />

seafood and more. Dinner Wed-Sun.<br />


Cultivate Kitchen Co. (L) 640 Main<br />

St, 303-997-8220. Healthy chef-prepared<br />

meals for pick-up via preorder to fuel<br />

your busy lifestyle. Local fresh cuisine.<br />

Open daily.<br />


Leaf Vegetarian (B) 1710 Pearl St,<br />

303-442-1485. Farm-to-table vegetarian<br />

and vegan cuisine, using fresh, local<br />

ingredients to craft exceptional dishes.<br />

Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun and<br />

brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

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Buildings and trees<br />

along the Calzada<br />

de los Frailes in<br />

Valladolid, Mexico<br />

Pastel Paradise<br />

Exploring the Yucatán Peninsula<br />



Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel<br />

and Isla Holbox continue to<br />

lead in tourist visits. During<br />

the first half of 2023, these beach<br />

towns received more than 3.1 million<br />

U.S. travelers.<br />

Granted, the turquoise Caribbean<br />

is a huge draw, but savvy adventurers<br />

just might want to go beyond the<br />

usual. The diverse, fascinating and<br />

Mayan-influenced Yucatán is home to<br />

five Mexican states. It offers a whole<br />

different Mexico, with flamingos,<br />

pink lagoons, crocodiles, mangrove<br />

biospheres, 3,000 cenotes, Mayan<br />

ruins, delightfully preserved colonial<br />

cities and a delectable gastronomy<br />

unlike any other.<br />

Yucatán cuisine is a delicious<br />

treasure hunt and differs from what<br />

most people consider “Mexican” food. It<br />

includes influences from the local Maya<br />

cuisine, as well as Caribbean, Mexican,<br />

European and Middle Eastern foods<br />

and often includes tropical fruit such as<br />

sour oranges and tamarind. Don’t miss<br />

such iconic dishes as cochinita pibil,<br />

poc chuc and sopa de lima, all widely<br />

available throughout the Peninsula.<br />

The Spanish language spoken in<br />

the Yucatán is spoken with a rather<br />

endearing accent, quite unique even<br />

to non-native speakers. Heavily<br />

influenced by the Mayan language<br />

spoken by a third of Yucatán residents,<br />

it has a slow, song-like cadence. If you<br />

take the time to learn how to say Ba’ax<br />

ka wa’alik (hello, pronounced “bash cow<br />

a leek”) you will most certainly receive<br />

big smiles in return.<br />

Set off on your explorations from<br />

Cancún or Playa del Carmen or<br />

embark from the beautiful Merida or<br />

the enchanting Valladolid, both larger<br />

cities with unique personalities and an<br />

“under-discovered” vibe.<br />

Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state<br />

and the largest city in southeastern<br />

Mexico, has become trendier as an<br />

expat and visitor destination in the<br />

past few years. Often considered the<br />

safest city of Mexico, it embodies a<br />

distinct culture: It was the first city to<br />

be named American Capital of Culture<br />

and is the only city that has received<br />

the title twice. The Cathedral of Mérida<br />

was built in the late 16th century with<br />

stones from nearby Mayan ruins and is<br />

known to be the oldest cathedral in the<br />

mainland Americas.<br />

Valladolid is less visited, although<br />

it deserves more notice. The Yucatán’s<br />

third-largest city, it is nicknamed the<br />

‘Sultanness of the East.’ With pastelpainted<br />

homes, quiet streets and a<br />

nostalgic feel, Valladolid is a mellow<br />

place, yet with so much to see and do–<br />

or not, you can also sit back and watch<br />

the locals chase pigeons while noshing<br />

on an ice cream.<br />

A popular spot to explore is found<br />

at the salt flat town of Las Coloradas,<br />

You’ve probably seen the mesmerizing<br />

social media images of Las Coloradas<br />

and its bubble gum-pink lagoons with<br />

photogenic Instagrammers. Part of the<br />

150,000-acre Rio Lagartos Biosphere<br />

Reserve, these lagoons are owned by<br />

the largest sea salt manufacturer in<br />

Mexico, but they are protected by several<br />

non-governmental organizations.<br />

Las Coloradas has become a popular<br />

tourist attraction. It is easily reached<br />

independently or with guided tours.<br />

Best to arrive in early sunny afternoons<br />

from April to October to see the most<br />


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Tourists swim in a<br />

cenote located on the<br />

Yucatán Peninsula<br />

Aerial view of the Yuum-Ha<br />

Boutique Hotel<br />


vibrant pinks, which are caused by the<br />

high salt content of the salt flats and<br />

microorganisms, such as red-colored<br />

algae, plankton and brine shrimp. It is<br />

prohibited to enter the water, contrary<br />

to some of those misleading Instagram<br />

images. Some 30,000 flamingos are in<br />

this region, although typically not close<br />

enough to see them without binoculars.<br />

Guides are required, and entry charges<br />

range from $320 to $670 Mexican<br />

pesos, dependent upon if visitors opt<br />

for the walking, bicycle or “safari”<br />

16-passenger van tours.<br />

Most visitors also visit one of the<br />

beautiful uncrowded Gulf of Mexico<br />

beaches nearby for a swim, and then<br />

take a boat tour around the nearby<br />

biosphere of Rio Lagartos, about 30<br />

minutes from Las Coloradas. The very<br />

Mexican town of Rio Lagartos has a<br />

mesmerizing waterfront area where<br />

many guides will offer to take you into<br />

the reserve in small boats. We spotted<br />

a huge crocodile just a foot away from<br />

us in the water at the marina area,<br />

drinking fresh water from a pipe.<br />

Boat tours charge by the boat, not<br />

by the person. The best time to go is<br />

later in the day, when you will not<br />

only see flamingos and other shore<br />

birds, horseshoe crabs and maybe<br />

crocs, but also a dazzling sunset. If<br />

you like, you can also opt for a swim<br />

or a mud bath, which is supposedly<br />

beneficial for the skin.<br />

Rio Lagartos is worth a stay of one<br />

or two nights, as it is so peaceful and<br />

authentic. The Yuum-Ha Boutique<br />

Landscape of stunning<br />

red water near Rio<br />

Lagartos, Mexico<br />

Hotel, with six ample and comfortable<br />

rooms, is owned and operated by a<br />

very friendly British woman and<br />

her Mexican husband. The small,<br />

pretty pool with waterfall wall and<br />

the excellent restaurant (surprisingly<br />

gourmet offerings and presentation!)<br />

are a delight. I enjoyed walking through<br />

town, as locals played basketball in the<br />

plaza, fishermen relaxed with beers<br />

by their boats and children scampered<br />

about, scenes that felt out of yesteryear.<br />

It is rather tragic that so many<br />

Yucatán visitors do not experience<br />

cenotes, the fresh water-filled caverns,<br />

or grottoes, that are formed by erosion<br />

of rainwater drilling down through<br />

the peninsula’s soft limestone.<br />

Traditionally, Yucatecáns obtained<br />

their fresh water from these (an<br />

estimated 3,000 in the Peninsula) but<br />

we tourists flock to them for snorkeling,<br />

swimming and photo ops. Wherever<br />

you go in the Yucatán, ask and you<br />

shall find a nearby cenote!<br />

The Yucatán Peninsula is a<br />

destination in itself—go and know it.<br />

It’s so much more than sitting by a<br />

pool bar, although that is still a lovely<br />

pastime, too. B<br />

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the last reflection<br />

Melissa Batchelor, PhD,<br />


This is<br />

Getting Old<br />

Born before 1997? This is for you<br />



the first thing that comes to mind? Take a<br />

moment to answer before reading on. Your<br />

answer matters and is likely influenced by<br />

societal narratives that started in your childhood.<br />

Does aging mean decline, frailty, or being dependent<br />

on others? Or does aging mean vitality, productivity, and<br />

happiness? The first line of thinking indicates self-imposed<br />

ageist beliefs that can affect your physical and mental<br />

health (even decrease your lifespan by 7.5 years according<br />

to a study conducted at Yale University). The second line<br />

of thinking indicates positive beliefs about aging and are<br />

true statements for most Americans.<br />

An ageist world perpetuates negative stereotypes<br />

about aging, from mass anti-aging media messaging to<br />

our own implicit bias about growing older. In addition<br />

to impacting our health, it takes a huge economic toll on<br />

individuals and society and is so rampant that the World<br />

Health Organization and the United Nations created<br />

global campaigns to combat it. Like these organizations, I<br />

imagine a different future—an age-friendly world.<br />

But why should you care? Well, in less than a decade, there<br />

will be more older adults on the planet than children for the<br />

first time in human history. And that’s because of the baby<br />

boomers, right? So, I’m talking about them and not you? Not so<br />

fast. Millennials took over as the largest generation in 2020;<br />

and in 2022, they started turning 40 (which makes them<br />

old enough to sue for age discrimination in the workplace).<br />

Adults over 40 are the new consumer majority.<br />

I host a weekly podcast called “This is Getting Old:<br />

Moving Towards an Age-Friendly World.” The podcast<br />

isn’t about “getting old”. It’s about all the things that<br />

aren’t in place for an aging population—that’s what’s<br />

getting old. The podcast is a conversation about us, and<br />

we have less than 25 years to talk about and find solutions<br />

that millennials will need when they turn 65, just as<br />

today’s older adults and their families need solutions now.<br />

Episodes revolve around three themes: aging/ageism, agefriendly<br />

initiatives, and Alzheimer’s disease.<br />

While what we think about “normal aging” matters,<br />

the truth is that many Americans don’t age “normally.”<br />

Chronic conditions like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease<br />

are common and the associated care needs impact 31%<br />

of American households. Our long-term care system is<br />

fractured, so family caregivers are largely required to step<br />

in without adequate financial, social, and medical support<br />

for zero pay—a (conservative) estimated economic value<br />

of $600 billion in unpaid care. Being age-friendly also<br />

means developing support and resources for our family<br />

and friends who find themselves in this role.<br />

The number of healthcare professionals board certified<br />

(BC) in geriatrics is appallingly low. Of 1 million physicians,<br />

less than 6,500 are geriatricians; and of 4 million nurses,<br />

less than 2% are gerontological nurses. The podcast allows<br />

me to share my expertise (and that of my guests) as a BC<br />

gerontological registered nurse (RN) and family nurse<br />

practitioner (FNP) with the public and policymakers.<br />

By raising awareness and providing education about the<br />

challenges we face and examples of solutions, I hope to see<br />

solutions replicated to improve the health and well-being<br />

of all communities.<br />

Challenging internal and external ageist beliefs, increasing<br />

awareness about age-friendly initiatives, and supporting our<br />

nation’s caregivers are at the core of cultivating a society<br />

where growing older is celebrated. Generations will need to<br />

work together to create solutions that benefit us all. I hope<br />

you’ll join the conversation about building an age-friendly<br />

world where every stage of life is celebrated…because when<br />

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