Sweet Chamonix

 Article and Photography Megan Colander  One of Chamonix’s most unique events features … Cow fighting. Each September, farmers from area villages bring their best cows to battle it out at the Combat des Reines—Battle of the Queens. While the cow fighting is amusing, it's really a day about friends and food, such as tartiflette with crozets, a local potato, sausage, reblochon and…

Fun in the Sun

 Article Brendan Harrington  Ah, summer… The kids are out of school. The days are long and beautiful. And there’s no end of merry to make. Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable family getaway close to home, community events right in your backyard, or an easy escape to nature, we’ve got you covered.   Here, four fantastic ideas for summer fun in…

Triple Treat

 Article Angela Tyler  Got a front porch with potential or a patio that could use some refining? Here, locally-based interior designer Angela Tyler offers three themes to choose from and the how-to's for achieving each look.  [please place the following near the photo of Angela Tyler]

How To Play It

 Article and Photography  Bring your camera and your club to the tee. More than 50 feet below the back tee box, it plays 15-30 yards shorter, so club down. Play it safe to the front, or go for the pin on the top deck of the green. It's a majestic hole. But don't get distracted by the scenery as a precise shot is required to hit…

In the Summer Spirit of Adventure—Safety First

 Article and Photography  Dr. Aaron Provance understands the need to get kids outside. In addition to being Medical Director of Pediatric Sports Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Colorado, he’s a seasoned outdoorsman and big advocate for getting kids into nature. He’s also a father of three-year-old triplets, so he’s realistic about what that entails.   

My Fellow Americans…

As we assembled the stories for our July issue, one word that kept coming up was “gratitude.” A quick turn of the pages and it’s easy to see how blessed we are—all of us—to live in the area we do, with all its offerings and opportunities (take a quick pass over the Calendar of Events and … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

The Watering Hole: Mating, Dating and Copulating 2.0 This popular event from 2017 is back, and we’ve discovered bigger really is better! Join us on July 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a titillating night exploring animal courtship, breeding behaviors and the lowdown on programs zoos use to ensure genetic diversity and healthy animal populations. … Continued

DIPG Fundraiser hosted by Juicy Burger & Dogs

Paul and Brooklynn Talbot, owners of Juicy Burger in Centennial, were honored to host a fundraiser for a little girl named Piper, who is battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and incurable form of cancer. The Cure Starts Now helps to raise awareness and direct funding to necessary research with the hope of finding an effective treatment … Continued

Schomp BMW Cup at Ravenna

The Schomp BMW Cup is an upscale and premier annual invitation-only golf event, presented by Colorado AvidGolfer, with opportunities to win cash and prizes. The event resembles a private club Member/Member or Member/Guest experience. This year's Schomp BMW Cup took place on June 4 and 5 at The Club at Ravenna. Congratulations to champions Sandy King and Sarah … Continued

Highlands Ranch Beer Festival

In celebration of the thriving Colorado beer culture, the Highlands Ranch Community Association presented the 6th Annual Highlands Ranch Beer Festival on June 6. Live music, local and national breweries and lawn games were all a part of this festive this event. Photos by The Brewtography Project 

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

 Article Jami Vigil | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  THE FOOD  Just off Yosemite Street, Juicy Burgers & Dogs is seemingly nondescript—until you walk into the throwback restaurant and experience what many have declared the best hamburger and/or hotdog they have tasted—ever.

Pass the Papaya!

 Article Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack | Photography Jenna Sparks  Our Contributor Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is the blogger, YouTuber, and recipe developer behind muybuenocookbook.com. She is the co-author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor and Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails.   For more recipes, go to MuyBuenoCookbook.com

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

The Leading Man

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Frankie Spontenelli  Josh Weidmann  Josh Weidmann, an author of four books and Senior Pastor at Grace Chapel, chuckles as he says that sometimes church members still call him “little Joshie”—Grace is the church he attended as a child.

Pampering & Premium Scotch. Served Neat.

 Article Robin Bond | Photography Gina Khrestsov  When Jason King needs some “he” time away from the everyday grind, he heads to Scissors & Scotch.   

Total Body Armageddon Workout

 Article Ian Travis | Photography Raemi Vermiglio   Ian Travis is a personal trainer with the Highlands Ranch Community Association. He holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology/exercise science and has been immersed in the fitness industry for 10 years. Travis specializes in several areas, including military & first-responder readiness, sports training, weight-loss and muscle-gain management, and general full-body conditioning.  Total Body…

Like Father, Like Son

 Article and Photography  Summer Activity: Swimming  "It's so refreshing and cool in the hot summer."

Residence Inn by Marriott Ribbon Cutting

The new Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Southwest/Littleton Highlands Ranch celebrated their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting in conjunction with the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce on May 23. More than 80 attendees enjoyed a scavenger hunt that toured them through the new hotel as well as their sister hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, across the street.

Make-A-Wish Event in Backcountry

Giving Backcountry kicked off their inaugural event by partnering with Make-A-Wish Colorado for a Derby Party on May 5 followed by an evening in Solstice Park on May 10 (pictured), to grant two-year-old Casen his wish of going to Disney World. Casen suffers from VACTERL syndrome, a disease that affects many body systems. More than … Continued

Making it Look Easy

The five men arrived at Elk Ridge Park in Castle Pines one after the other on a warm and sunny May morning. We greeted and formally introduced ourselves, then got right down to the business at hand: a photoshoot for this month’s main feature.   During the course of the shoot, I found myself grappling … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Tenth Annual 1940’s WWII Era Ball This summer marks a milestone anniversary for the 1940’s WWII Era Ball. The annual sell-out destination event will celebrate its tenth year of transporting guests back to simpler times through music, costumes, a pin-up girl contest, food, drinks and dancing. Returning for this momentous occasion is the world’s most … Continued

Rock Bottom Opening

On May 10, Rock Bottom opened its Highlands Ranch location at 1505 Park Central Drive. “We’re excited to be open in Highlands Ranch and part of this great community,” says manager Jimmy Gibson. “We look forward to building relationships, regulars, and lots of memories at this beautiful location.”

Movers + Shakers

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Gina Khrestsov  The Hotel Rep  Christine Fridlund

Old Québec City—a Touch of Europe North of the Border

 Article Fred W. Wright Jr.  Itching for a getaway from the familiar to the historic? And you would love to get to Europe except you don’t want to fly the Atlantic? No problem. Just head north to Québec City in Quebec.   

Mother + Daughter Duet: Lisa and Erin Holsteen

 Article Jodi Michael Horner | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  Retro sunglasses  The Unlisted Market, $12, TheUnlistedMarket.com

Feminine Features

 Article Jodi Michael Horner | Photography Chayce Lanphear  The interior of the Westridge abode in Highlands Ranch was getting "really masculine," according to designer Trish Bonney. “I kept saying (to the wife) we have to put you in here, make it more feminine!”  

What Sixty Looks Like

 Article Dawson Butler | Photography Jodi Michael Horner    

Mothers, Mentors and Master Beds

May is an amalgam to me: part spring, part summer, part beginning—with more social gatherings and weddings on the horizon, and part ending—with school careers and graduations to attend. Despite its inherent momentum, it’s also a month for a bit of reflection with Mother’s Day, our chance to celebrate our own mothers and the women … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Cover Band Performs Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” Classic Albums Live recreates Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours with skilled vocalists and musicians who honor the work with no gimmicks, no make-up or other illusions employed by tribute bands. Note for note, cut for cut, the attention to detail is staggering; every sound from the album is masterfully duplicated live on stage. … Continued

The Unlisted Market hosts Ladies’ Night Out

Women from around the Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and Littleton areas brought their friends for a free glass of wine and enjoyed sales from vendors at The Unlisted Market, located at the northeast corner of University and County Line Road. Ladies Night Out is hosted the first Thursday of every month, so join in the … Continued

Bear Mortgage Ribbon Cutting

Bear Mortgage hosted a Grand Opening on April 5 to celebrate their new office space in the Denver Tech Center. Business partners, clients and friends attended to congratulate and support the growth of Bear Mortgage.

Movers + Shakers Photoshoot

Here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak-peek showing off just a few outtakes & “fun-takes” from our Movers + Shakers feature this month. A special thanks to the Hilton Garden Inn South Park for hosting us!

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Chinese New Year Celebration and Cultural Fair was held Saturday, February 17 at Southridge Rec Center. Traditional music, Dragon, Lion and folk dances, and martial art-Kung Fu demonstrations marked the Year of the Dog. A Cultural Fair and Taste of China featured traditional folk art displays, Chinese shops, and Chinese New Year refreshments.

April 2018 Around Town

HIGHLANDS RANCH - The Highlands Ranch Community Association and Davidsons Beer, Wine & Spirits present a NEW wine event for our 2018 beverage tasting line-up! Join us Saturday, April 21 as we take you around the globe trying different wines! 

Colorado Miss Amazing Pageant

Colorado’s Miss Amazing pageant provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment. The 2018 queens were crowned on March 4. Preteen: Lilly Hinsley, Junior teen: Bianca-Marie Ross, Teen: Anna Stotts, Junior Miss: Cynda Murrow, Miss: Hillary MacAdam, Senior Miss: Angie Kassem.

Complete CryoSpa Ribbon Cutting

Complete CryoSpa has opened in Highlands Ranch! CryoSpa technology is used for decreasing fatigue, reducing soreness and inflammation, boosting immune system, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, chronic pain and inflammation, weight loss management and many anti-aging skin treatments. Find them at 2209 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, 303-471-CRYO & CompleteCryoSpa.com

It’s hip to BEE-keeping


Growing up, Sandy Holcomb never dreamed that she would one day be a parks ranger working to foster Colorado’s native bee population. Holcomb works as a park ranger for Highlands Ranch Metro District and remembers “chasing swarms” when she first started—she and other rangers were in charge of handling swarming bees. (Swarming is a defensive mechanism, Holcomb explains, that is…

The Bimmers and the Bees

I was seven years old when I was introduced to the notion of "going green" (we didn't call it that in the 70's, but I digress.) I remember crushing aluminum cans with my dad on the asphalt of our driveway. When you're seven, the world and its resources seem endless, so it didn't really occur to me that the primary objective in recycling…

Green, GO!

Whether it's a jaunt downtown or a journey abroad, join the travel savvy elite by toting eco-friendly gear.

A Salient Solution

Gitanjali Rao’s eyes dance and a smile lights up her face as she clutches an unassuming bright blue box. A 12-year-old Lone Tree resident and 7th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Rao was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” and awarded $25,000 last October in a contest sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education. The box is Rao’s winning invention—and it…

Spring into Southwestern Flavor

 Citrus, Mango, and Avocado Salsa  This citrus salsa is made with some of my favorite tropical fruits: mangos and avocados. Spoon it over pan-fried tilapia or just set it out as an appetizer with tortilla chips and watch it disappear.   Makes 3 cups 

An Eco-straordinary SUV

The 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e has revved up the luxury hybrid market. It’s a BMW—which means yes, it’s a pleasure to drive—but it’s also a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid.

Rally Works

Rally Workspace hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony as the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed them into the chamber. Rally Works "was created to give professionals of all kinds a place to do great work." Find Rally Works at 8740 Lucent Blvd Suite 400, Highlands Ranch. Phone: 303.696.5100

Doin’ the Spring Thing

What is it about the first hints of spring that make us want to throw open the windows and paint the walls?


Anchor Center for the Blind hosts “Visions of Love”

The Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter of Denver hosted 200+ guests on February 9 at Anchor Center for Blind Children’s Eighth Annual Valentine's fundraiser, "Visions of Love". Guests enjoyed an evening of philanthropy, wine and delicious delicacies at the one-of-a-kind learning facility built to serve young children with severe visual impairments.

for Art and Home

Original Hardware owner and jewelry designer 
Carrie Schafer has a production studio in her shop on Main Street, Littleton. But it’s in her work studio—the remodeled space of her tandem garage in Highlands Ranch—that she spends time designing, refining, and enjoying the company of her dog, Millie. "This is my happy place," says Schafer.

Expert Says with Real Estate Wiz Anne Barrington

Whether you’re buying, selling or remodeling, it's important to know this year’s most desirable home features.  

Virtual Wonderland

Readers of a certain age will remember watching the cartoon classic The Jetsons, which aptly predicted the advent of in-home technologies like personal robots, talking alarm clocks, flat screen TVs and personal tanning beds. 

March 2018 Around Town

DENVER – It's time once again to share a movie experience celebrating women's achievements and contribute toward future successes of at-risk women both locally and internationally. This year's film focuses women using their artistic talents to highlight local issues and empower each other.