The Great Debate: Artificial Christmas Trees vs. Natural

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, almost. And with the cold winter chill, it’s time to decorate for the holiday season. The most important decoration is, of course, the piece de resistance: Your Christmas tree. And it’s a bigger decision than you might think. Some are Christmas tree purists — real trees only, thank you — while others see the benefit of a tasteful artificial tree. Check out our list of pros and cons to find out which one is right for you (and to settle this great debate once and forall).

 

 

Artificial Trees


Pros:

 

Longevity

 

If taken care of properly, artificial Christmas trees can last through several holiday seasons — sometimes more than 10 years. While a real tree is a yearly purchase, an artificial tree is more like a long-term investment, and being able to pull out the same tree every year will save your family time and money in the long run.

Top 10 Vineyards in Grand Junction and Palisade

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Wine? Yes please! Most people head to the mountains for skiing, hiking and relaxation, but they may not know that there’s a miniature Napa Valley right here on the Western Slope. Grand Junction and Palisade are filled with world-class wineries producing top-quality wines. Plus, these wineries are nestled in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, providing spectacular views that pair well with any glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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These Western Slope wineries are perfect for a fall getaway or a weekend day trip, whether you prefer red, white or anything in between. 

 

Ready to plan the perfect wine tour?

 

Two Rivers Winery and Chateau

Two Rivers Winer-Grand Junction Vineyards

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Known For: Two Rivers Merlot

Top 5 Affordable Cities to Buy a Home Near Denver

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Lately, it seems like everyone is flocking to Denver. From the high-class metropolitan benefits to the proximity to the mountains, the Mile High City has a lot to offer — and its newfound popularity is causing rental and home sale prices to skyrocket. Plus, with so many transplants moving in, nothing is staying on the market for long. But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the best of the city while living outside the limits. Check out these cities close to Denver that will be a little easier on your wallet, but will still let you have access to all that Colorado has to offer when buying a home.

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Thornton

Wanting to move to one of the safest cities in America? Then Thornton is the perfect place for you. Just ranked one of the safest cities in the country, this suburb is just a 20 minute drive from downtown Denver. The city offers plenty of homes under $400,000 and is the perfect place to settle down while still having city amenities close by. Enjoy cute shopping centers, golf courses, 5 star restaurants and great community programs. This Denver suburb provides plenty of activities for the family to enjoy. 

Love Where You Live: Can’t Miss Spots to Seek out Fall Foliage

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

It’s that time of year again — get ready for caramel apples, pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and the crisp autumn chill. During the fall season, Colorado lights up in oranges, yellows and reds that will take your breath away. Here are our favorite spots to see the beautiful fall foliage that you don’t want to miss.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

The winding roads meandering through Rocky Mountain National Park provide the perfect opportunity for a scenic fall drive. Stop at the Alpine Center on Trail Ridge Road for breathtaking panoramic views of the fall transformation. The best time to catch these picturesque views is typically late September.

 

Denver Botanic Gardens

If you don’t have time to get out of the city, the Denver Botanic Gardens is a nice substitute for mountain views. For a fun time with the family, check out the Chatfield Farms location’s corn maze and pumpkin patch.

Local Luxury: Luxury Labor Day Getaways in Colorado

Monday, August 21st, 2017

As summer winds to a close, temperatures will begin to drop and the leaves will begin to change. Before fall arrives, one last summer getaway is in order—and Labor Day is the perfect opportunity. This Labor Day, head to these idyllic mountain resorts to celebrate the last days of summer and get back in touch with nature.

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Durango

Where to Stay: Antlers on the Creek Bed and Breakfast

This secluded mountain retreat is perfect for a couple’s getaway or quiet family vacation. With a gourmet three-course breakfast and complimentary happy hour, you’ll feel relaxed in no time.

What to Do: Mesa Verde

After exploring quaint downtown Durango, take a quick 40 minute drive to Mesa Verde, the ancient dwelling of the Anasazi Native Americans.

 

Steamboat Springs

Where to Stay: The Steamboat Grand

Love Where You Live: Denver Staycation Ideas to Try Next Month

Monday, August 14th, 2017

As fall starts to settle in, you may be feeling the end-of-summer blues. Sometimes you just need to get away for awhile, but if you haven’t been saving up those vacation days, you can start to feel stuck. Luckily, there is a wealth of fun activities within a short trip of the Mile High City. Get out and enjoy your days off with these staycation ideas in the Denver area:

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Idaho Springs

This little mountain oasis is only 30 minutes from Denver and offers plenty of fun to fill up your day. Relax at the Indian Hot Springs, try your hand at river rafting or get your adrenaline pumping on the zipline. After you’re done adventuring for the day, explore the picturesque downtown and enjoy a meal at the original BeauJo’s Pizza.

 

Denver Performing Arts Center

Buying in a Good School District: The Ultimate Guide

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Buying a home involves a long checklist of questions to answer, especially when moving into a new city or neighborhood. Whether your children are just starting school or already thinking about college, finding a good school district is essential for your family. Follow these tips to find a home in the school district that’s right for you.

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1. Do Your Research

Before making any decisions in the home buying process, it’s important to research local school districts to get an idea of your ideal area. Your real estate agent should be able to provide information on local schools, but if you want to do some digging yourself, try online resources like GreatSchools.org or the National Center for Education Statistics to find the best school systems near you.

2. Narrow Your Priorities

10 Colorado Campgrounds with Epic Views

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Colorado’s crowning glory is its natural beauty, with stunning snow-capped peaks and clear, glistening mountain lakes. What better way to enjoy our great outdoors than camping right in the middle of the great Colorado wilderness? These 10 campgrounds provide Instagram-worthy views in a setting that will make you want to unplug and get back to nature.

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Mueller State Park:

This gorgeous state park is home to over 5,000 acres of wildflower meadows, beautiful views of the Continental Divide, and a diverse range of wildlife including black bears, deer, elk, fox, coyotes and bighorn sheep.

 

Silver Bell Campground:

The Silver Bell Campground is located just southwest of the city of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road, which makes it the perfect home base for visiting Colorado’s famous Maroon Bells. Pitch a tent here to hike to Colorado’s most photographed destination.

 

Granite Tent Campground:

To Build or to Buy Your New Home… That is the Question

Monday, June 19th, 2017

It’s time to have your own home… in a market like Denver’s, there are plenty of wide open spaces to build and classic homes to make your own. But how to decide… Here are some of the pros and cons of both buying and building your future home.

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The Pros:

  1. Customization – When building a home, you are beginning with a blank canvas that can be filled however you choose. From the windows to the moldings to the doorknobs, you can customize every tiny aspect of your new home.
  2. Location – New homes are often built in up-and-coming locations with high demand for new real estate, but building also means that you have more of a say in where you live. From the countryside to the foothills to the suburbs, buying a plot of land and building gives you the opportunity to choose the perfect location for your family.

Plants that Love the Heat: Landscaping in Colorado

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Colorado’s uniquely temperamental climate can make it hard to plan for spring and summer planting. The dry heat and abundant, intense sunshine of the summer months isn’t exactly ideal for many of our favorite warm-weather blooms, but that doesn’t mean your yard has to look barren this season. If you’re wondering what plants grow in Colorado, check out our list of climate-friendly plants to create your own summer oasis.

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Lavender

Not only is lavender a perfect way to add a pop of color to your landscape, but these blooms are also drought resistant and unbelievably easy to grow. Plus, they attract butterflies, which will only make your garden feel more idyllic.

Summer Vegetables

Your garden adds beauty to your home, but it can be functional too. As the weather gets warmer, consider heat-loving veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant to fill out your yard while providing food for your table.