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Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Denver_Colorado

Far from the crowded cities, Crested Butte could probably bottle and sell their fresh mountain air! Get outside and take a few deep breaths, because Crested Butte is primetime Colorado living all year round.

Right in the heart of ski country, Crested Butte Mountain Resort has some of the best skiing in the winter. But come summer, gear up for epic mountain biking, hiking in alpine and aspen forests, and fishing in pristine rivers, lakes and streams.

Elk Avenue is bustling with locally owned shops and restaurants that are housed in beautiful late-1800s-era storefronts, and the city offers a colorful art scene. A nod to that as the Crested Butte Creative District recently became recognized as a Certified Colorado Creative District.

If big mountain skiing is calling your name this winter, this is the place to feed that craving!

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Colorado Western Slope

Heidi Jewell_Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Colorado’s Western Slope, what a treasure trove! One of my good friends lives in Palisade (right by Grand Junction), and no matter how many times I’ve been there, I’m always struck by the mountains, mesas and canyons within these perimeters. The Western Slope region is sparsely populated, but that’s part of the charm. Grand Junction, Montrose, Delta and Palisade are just some of my favorite spots to take in the small town mountain life this region offers.

Economic activity centers around ranching, mining, and tourism. Fruit farming is also prevalent in areas, including Grand Valley, where the town of Palisade is recognized as the center of Colorado Wine Country, with over 20 wineries, and home to the famous Palisade peaches. In downtown Palisade, the Book Cliffs (a series of desert mountains and cliffs in western Colorado and eastern Utah) are so close and visually intriguing, they’ll have you wondering if they’re a little sliver of Mars on Earth.

Take in the bounty at the top of The Grand Mesa (known as the largest flattop mountain in the world!) to really get the full picture of this area. The long drive up is well worth it, and filled with great spots to take in the views. A Western Slope journey that’s always full of visual surprises.

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Heidi Jewell_Fall in Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Fall in Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Fall in Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Fall in Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Fall in Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell_Fall in Denver Colorado

Being a year-round outside runner (yes, winter can be grueling at times, ha!) has its perks when it comes to watching the changing of seasons. Fall being my favorite. The above are just a few snaps from my morning running path — glad I captured the shots last weekend, as a few days ago we got snow! Luckily it didn’t stick, but early signs of snow have me wondering if we’re in for a long winter. Stay tuned for some winter scenes — I’m sure it will come knocking soon here in Colorado.

What fall activities are you partaking in before the season comes to a close? Let me know in the comments!

Catch ya on the street next time

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Heidi Jewell Guanella Pass Colorado

Heidi Jewell Guanella Pass Colorado

Heidi Jewell Guanella Pass Colorado

Heidi Jewell Guanella Pass Colorado

Heidi Jewell Guanella Pass Colorado

Heidi Jewell Guanella Pass Colorado

Heidi Jewell Guanella Pass Colorado

Colorado in the fall, it doesn’t get much better! A few weeks ago I went up to Guanella Pass to check out all the colors, and it didn’t disappoint. From the town of Grant along U.S. Hwy. 285, head north on Guanella Pass Road to the town of Georgetown. The paved road leads you over 11,669-foot Guanella Pass with its stunning views of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt. Once you’ve soaked in all the scenery, stop off for a bite to eat and some local shopping in downtown Georgetown.

Ready to go? Keep in mind Colorado leaves turn at different times depending on elevation and the length of daylight, so be sure to check the Smoky Mountains website for interactive maps showing the best spots. Now lace up your hiking shoes and get ready to see some of the most beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.

Let me know in the comments where y’all are headed or have already been!

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Bloom

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Some snaps of spring blooms on the trees in my neighborhood. Making an effort to stop and appreciate the small details, especially today, on Earth Day! What are small, everyday tidbits that pique your curiosity?

Hope you all have a beautiful week.

HJ

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Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Heidi Jewell Denver Colorado

Oh, beautiful Union Station! Located in the heart of downtown Denver, the stunningly restored Union Station is a destination in and of itself. Built more than 150 years ago, it wasn’t until 2012 that a collaborative development alliance sealed the deal on a multimillion-dollar renovation plan. The result, unveiled in July 2014, is a vibrant gathering place bursting with history as well as promise.

At Union Station’s center is the Great Hall, a sweeping room full of elegance and nostalgia. Glistening chandeliers and ornate, white molding emphasize the soaring, 65-foot ceilings, and enormous, arched windows flood the room with sunlight.

Above is just a small glimpse of its offerings, but here’s all what the historic building holds within:

Terminal Bar, the restored old ticket station that is now devoted to dispensing distilled-in-Colorado spirits and regional draft beers. Looking to shop? Lovely boutiques with artsy gifts and local crafts like Bloom and 5 Green Boxes; and a miniature version of Denver’s most beloved bookstore, The Tattered Cover are for you. Get your locally roasted caffeine fix at Pigtrain Coffee; or arrive early to beat the crowd at Snooze for a hearty breakfast. For lunch and dinner, Mercantile churns out some of the tastiest food I’ve ever had, while Acme has down-to-earth on the go items. Meanwhile, Stoic & Genuine has fresh oysters, classic lobster rolls and crispy whole haddock; and modern neighborhood bistro Next Door American Eatery has dishes made with ingredients that are 100 percent sourced from American farmers. Indulge your sweet tooth afterwards at Milkbox Ice Creamery, and top it off with a refreshing drink (while taking in the view from the top) at the Cooper Lounge. Stay the night at the dazzling Crawford Hotel, whose luxurious rooms give a nod to Pullman-era train travel.

Travel on your agenda? This is a train station after all! Hop on the Amtrak and choose a destination that takes you through the mountain ranges, while you relax and take in the wildlife sightings and snow-capped peaks. Or, if you’re here during ski season, take the train up to Winter Park and hit the slopes for the day all while avoiding I-70 traffic.

Catch ya on the street next time!

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