publisher’s NOTE | July 2020
It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since we first heard about Covid-19. There has been an overwhelming amount of news and change, and the future remains rife with uncertainty. But even in the midst of all the turmoil, there is a lot to anticipate.

Restaurants are reopening, and patios everywhere are coming alive with patrons who are practicing their best social distancing/social dining etiquette. Families are starting to re-engage in a safe way, and more venues are welcoming the public. Hotels are encouraging guests to enjoy a stay in newly sanitized environs, and best practices can be observed everywhere you look. And then there are the masks. We’ve seen them all, from standard blue to whimsical you-name-it. And in the end it doesn’t matter which is your mask of choice, it’s all about putting it on and wearing it with pride.

In our July issue, we are thrilled to introduce you to some of the men and women who truly are making a difference. Whether on the front lines or in line standing up for what is right and decent, these individuals are going the extra mile – often at risk to themselves — to ensure our community endures in a thoughtful, safe and positive manner. Photographer Katy Tartakoff, well-regarded by many in Colorado, is compiling many of her phenomenal portraits for a book that pays tribute to these brave people – showcasing their beautiful portraits and chronicling their thoughts as they move forward to create change. The photos that appear in this issue will be part of her book titled, A Time of Awakening: Walking With Grace. Stay tuned for more information on this stunning tome.

We are being encouraged to remain close to home and lucky for us, Colorado is undeniably a five-star locale. Whether your taste runs to caviar (think gliding over mountain roads in a $400,000 Rolls-Royce SUV) or communing with nature in all her plush greenery (forest bathing, anyone?), this issue is full of unique ways to play through the summer months.

Speaking of playing through, golf in Colorado has never been more popular. Golf enthusiasts have been playing for weeks, and the sport also is catching on among those who have never taken time to learn it. But now, as many of us take a breath and appreciate a little downtime, hitting the links may present a wonderful opportunity to indulge in a sport that so many love. Still not convinced that becoming a serious golfer is in your future? How about a round or two at one of the state’s beautiful courses? Check out our article on some of Colorado’s most stunning courses – they’re worth the effort and who knows, you may just shave a few strokes off your last score.

Summer in Colorado has always been a time of romance, and what bride-to-be can resist the allure of a mountaintop wedding? Love may still be in the air, but ceremonies have been pretty much grounded (or at least postponed). We interviewed some top event planners to get their take on what’s taking place – or being displaced — this wedding season.

Colorado Traveler is excited to announce we are now publishing monthly. Please keep your comments and story suggestions coming as we continue our digital journey in the safest, albeit creative ways.

Enjoy!

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Ellen Gray
Publisher, Colorado Traveler Magazine