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Natural Beauty
Showcasing the Splendor
of Rocky Mountain National Park
Family Affair
Take a safe break from quarantine this Fall
Helping Hand
Mercy Housing aids Colorado families and seniors
Drive in Style
Move over batmobile, and make way for the mighty McLaren
September/October 2020
Table of contents | September/October 2020
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Royal Flush
A vacation in the Royal Gorge region brings adventure, beauty and nonstop fun. From outdoor activity, to drawdropping scenery and excellent wine, a visit to Royal Gorge is guaranteed to bring out the fun factor.
By Monica Parpal Stockbridge
Family Affair
You may not have taken that much-anticipated family vacation this summer, but there are plenty of options for a great getaway right here in our beautiful state. So check in or pitch a tent – the options are plentiful and memorable.
By Rebecca Treon
Helping Hand
Mercy Housing, headquartered in Colorado, is dedicated to providing shelter and more to those in need. The nonprofit has upped its game in the midst of the pandemic, and is meeting the challenge of serving increasing numbers of individuals.
Hit the Trail
An early morning hike in Rocky Mountain National Park is the best part of waking up. There’s nothing like a brisk sunrise hike on one of the park’s beautiful trails, and Micah Ling shows you where to go and how to get there.
By Micah Ling
Grand Getaway
Grand Lake Lodge abounds with history, charm and gorgeous views. Now a century old, the lodge remains a hidden gem that continues to delight all those who visit.
By Shauna Farnell
Keeping it Clean
Hotel housekeepers play an essential new role. Once relegated to a behind-the-scenes status, housekeeping is now front and center in the daily life of hotels and their guests.
By Claudia Carbone
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Drive in style
Drive in Style
Move over Batmobile, and make way for the mighty McLaren. Car enthusiast Andy Stonehouse takes the futuristic McLaren Spider for a three-day spin on Colorado roads – and chronicles the adventure.
By Andy Stonehouse
Real Estate Outlook
Colorado homeowners face new realities as they navigate Covid. From home offices to improved home spaces, the local real estate market is thriving and sales are strong.
By Steve Blank
Tale of the Rails
Unwind and watch the world go by aboard the California Zephyr. Eric Elkins explores a long weekend getaway on Amtrak’s famed route to the West Coast.
By Eric Elkins
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Rendezvous Colorado
Welcome to the Magic of Fall in the Rockies
Come Play in Our Neighborhood
Just 90 minutes from Denver (with no tunnel nightmare!),
‘Fall Magic’ awaits you in Rendezvous Colorado, a spectacular four-season resort-home community in Winter Park, the town the Denver Post dubbed “…the spark for the transformation of Grand County.”

Designed for authentic trailside living, Rendezvous is the ultimate destination to bask in the glory of fall in the Rockies.

Come play with us!

  • Trek our miles of neighborhood trails leading to “top of the world” peaks and serene forest depths
  • Fly fish on the banks of the Fraser River
  • Celebrate a day well played roasting s’mores around our community fire pit under a starry mountain sky
Mountain Living at its Best
While you’re here, sample a bit of man-made magic in our models, including the upgraded MooseHorn Cabin, a longtime favorite, that combines rustic mountain character with modern luxury. And check out our BuckHorn Paired Cabins and ElkHorn Townhomes. There’s truly something for everyone!
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Rendezvous/Grand Elk Sales Center • Open 7 days a week
77795 US Hwy 40 • between Winter Park & Fraser
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BuckHorn Townhomes
From the mid $600s
MooseHorn Cabins
From $1,000,000
ElkHorn Townhomes
From the $600s
RamsHorn Cabins
From $1,250,000
Custom Homesites
Starting at $350,000
publisher’s NOTE | September/October 2020
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As we move into Fall, uncertainty remains the buzzword. Are stores open and if so, what are their protocols and hours of operation. Will restaurants continue serving on premise as colder weather approaches? Are businesses answering phones, or are calls being redirected to employees’ homes as they continue working remotely?

There is still a lot we don’t know, and obviously we’re learning as we move forward. But amid all the chaos and strain of the pandemic, we can take solace in knowing we are fortunate to live in one of the best states in the nation. We have nature’s bounty right in our backyard, and even a brief respite from quarantine is possible within minutes or hours of our homes.

In our current issue, take time to read about several of Colorado’s fabulous areas – from the lesser-known hidden gems to more widely visited and ever-popular regions. There is so much to do that boarding an airplane is no longer a necessity – in fact the ticket to fun is traveling around our state, exploring the beauty and wonder that makes it so special.

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Book a fall adventure of rafting, glamping and wine-ing near Colorado’s incredible Royal Gorge
Book a fall adventure of rafting, glamping and wine-ing near Colorado’s incredible Royal Gorge
By Monica Parpal Stockbridge
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Once home to dinosaurs over 100 million years ago, the Royal Gorge region now sees 2.3 million visitors per year. That’s because it’s practically designed for adventure. This central Colorado destination merely two hours from Denver is where guests can find stunning scenery, exceptional accommodations, adrenaline-pumping recreation … and a great bottle of wine.

There’s so much to do that the best way to book a vacation is through the tour booking website, — or by downloading the Royal Gorge mobile app — where visitors can plan multi-adventure and multi-day packages all in one place. “We can help people plan and book their entire vacation with one call to our office,” says Will Colon, owner of Colorado Jeep Tours and Raft Masters.

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Family Getaways
How to vacation safely
By Rebecca Treon
Family vacations across the country were cancelled this year because of the pandemic, forcing people to get creative with their getaways. As travelers consider venturing beyond their quarantine quarters, there are abundant treasures right in our own backyard. (The state’s natural beauty is the reason we live here, right?) While people may express various comfort levels for travel, there are ample ways to give yourself a much-needed break from the stresses of life during COVID while still staying safe. Read on for some ways to make family memories, whether you plan tent camping or staying in a high-end hotel suite. In these times, every lodging option has adapted their own codes for safety and cleanliness, so ask about the policies before you book.
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975 South Steele Street, Denver, CO 80209
4 Beds | 5 Baths | 5,343 SF | $2,650,000

This striking new-build is a special opportunity in Bonnie Brae that offers the convenience of single floor living with a main-floor master bedroom, yet the versatility, style, and function, of a two-story home. From the moment you enter the impressive two-story foyer, the abundance of natural light that filters into the home creates a connection between indoor and outdoor.

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1070 N Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80218
8 Beds | 6 Baths | 11,041 SF | $3,995,000

The Thompson-Henry Mansion is located within the Humboldt Street Historic District (often referred to as “Humboldt Island”), overlooking beautiful Cheesman Park. Built in 1905, and designed by the Baerresen Brothers, the 11,000+ SF Georgian-Revival Style home features an impressive classical facade, semicircular portico, and Palladian windows, making it a fine example of the Turn-of-the Century Neoclassical architectural style

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477 N High Street, Denver, CO 80218
4 Beds | 5 Baths | 5,256 SF | $1,895,000

Located in one of Denver’s most coveted neighborhoods, this beautiful Denver Country Club home is less than 20 years old and has been tastefully remodeled over the last few years.

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2000 Little Raven Street Unit 1B, Denver, CO 80202
2 Beds | 2 Baths | 3,444 SF | $1,375,000

Resting on the banks of the South Platte River and overlooking the City of Cuernavaca Park, this incredible 3,444 SF loft is a rare opportunity to own a piece of history in one of downtown Denver’s most coveted addresses. Developed by renowned preservationist Dana Crawford, Flour Mill Lofts is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings and is one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

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1070 N Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80218
3 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,031 SF | $979,000

This modern penthouse masterpiece is unlike any other condo in LoHi. With a private elevator, private 2-car garage, and only four total homeowners in the building, this home offers the utmost in luxury, convenience, safety, and privacy. Simply put it’s the perfect urban luxury retreat!

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2400 E Cherry Creek South Drive Unit 302, Denver CO, 80209
2 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,503 SF | $799,000

Exclusive and rare offering in Denver’s premier condo building – One Polo Creek. No expense was spared in the 2017 renovation – $175,000 of upgrades have been added to this 2 bed/2 bath unit.

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They bring a focused determination to provide equal parts inspiration and execution. They built their business by listening closely to both buyers and sellers and responding carefully to all of their needs. As a part of Sotheby’s International Realty, they draw upon the resources of one of the most established and respected real estate firms around. 

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Mercy Housing Offers Haven and Hope During Covid and Beyond
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on communities nationwide, leaving countless people unemployed and homeless. Often with nowhere to turn and no hope in sight, individuals who once lived with security are now faced with the harsh reality of abandonment, forced out of homes and relying on others’ goodwill to get through another day.
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Enter Mercy Housing, a nationwide nonprofit that dedicates its time and resources to working with families, seniors and those with special needs – a mission vital for this vulnerable population. Founded in 1981 and currently operating in 41 states, the organization serves more than 152,000 people and to date has participated in the development, financing or operation of more than 56,000 affordable homes.


In Defense of the Early Hours
By Micah Ling

Hitting the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park in the early morning hours has huge rewards

By Micah Ling

With social distancing measures still in place, many recreation spots have become stricter about how many people at one time can use an area. After being closed for more than two months, Rocky Mountain National Park reopened at the end of May, but with new guidelines. Although the park is technically open as usual, 24/7, you need to make a reservation if you plan to ender in a vehicle between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. (You don’t need a reservation to enter on a bike or on foot.) On September 1, reservations became available for the month of October and any remaining days in September not already booked. The goal of this system is to limit the number of visitors in the park to 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity (13,500 visitors per day, or 4,800 vehicles.) A great list of frequently asked questions about the reservation system can be found here.

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The historic property at the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park served as a major springboard for summer tourism and is still a beacon for late summer and early fall mountain getaways
By Shauna Farnell
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In viewing black and white photos of Grand Lake Lodge shortly after it was built 100 years ago, you’ll find the place looks very much the same as it does today. However, back in 1920, people didn’t flock en masse to mountain towns for summer weekend getaways of hiking, biking, camping and water sports like they do now. Still, at that time the scenic allure of the rugged Colorado Rockies, particularly the newly established Rocky Mountain National Park, was gaining traction.

Roe Emery, widely known as “the father of Colorado tourism” who once owned The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, had launched a popular scenic bus tour — the Circle Trip — from Denver through Rocky Mountain National Park, around Grand Lake and back. In order to provide bus passengers more than a passing glimpse of Grand Lake, Emery co-founded Grand Lake Lodge, a luxurious restaurant, lobby and collection of 70 cabins, all created from native lodge pole pine trees and located directly off Trail Ridge Road at the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park, majestically perched above the lake.

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Colorado Hotels and Resorts Reopen With a New Essential Worker — the Housekeeper
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By Claudia Carbone
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s Colorado hotels and resorts reopen slowly and cautiously—like a dimmer dial rather than a light switch—a new essential worker is emerging: the hotel housekeeper. Once behind-the-scene employees, the housekeeping staff is now front and center as cleanliness, health and safety have become the most important aspects of a hotel stay. Indeed, housekeepers now are to hotels what healthcare workers are to hospitals.

Before the coronavirus, cleaning was kept in the background. “Housekeeping was done usually when guests were gone,” said Chris Daly, public relations professional in the hotel industry. “It’s not something we talked about. You might see a maid with a cart in the hallway and say ‘good morning,’ but it’s not something you interacted with. That’s gone. This [housekeeping] is now something guests want to know about. They want to be reassured.”

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Extreme Performance
Takes a Turn on Colorado Roads
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McLaren’s lightweight, hyper-powerful 570S Spider brings supercar prowess to an almost-affordable price point. And turns heads at the same time.
By Andy Stonehouse
What do you do when all of your automotive dreams come true? A gleaming blue, hyper-futuristic McLaren sports car, 20 times as exotic as any run-of-the-mill Corvette or Porsche, materialized for a 72-hour period this summer, with no one to oversee my travels. And as someone who does not normally (i.e., ever) drive supercars, I discovered a fabulous juxtaposition at work with this very, very special British two-seater.

The 2020 570S Spider, a low-slung, mid-engined speed machine with a carbon fiber-chassis, upward-opening doors, a convertible roof and a twin-turbo V-8 engine making Formula One exhaust noises, does indeed become the instant center of attention anywhere it is driven, or even parked. Jaws drop, heads spin around, and everyone in the neighborhood is suddenly on alert, as if the actual Batmobile has rolled into their cul-de-sac.

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Denver and Colorado Markets Strong During the Pandemic
By Steve Blank
By now, most people have taken stock of how the pandemic is affecting us as individuals and as a society. Directly and/or indirectly, we have adopted new habits, perceptions, and lifestyle adjustments. The economic impacts are still being discovered as we learn new realities of how to adapt, modify, and improve our world. I had a friend who liked to say, “we’re just here for the visit, so let’s enjoy it!”
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With that in mind, it’s easier to understand why the real estate market remains a positive and compelling element of our economy. Whether people need to reevaluate their housing situation or choose to improve their current living situation, COVID-19 has opened the door to some new realities.


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Amtrak’s California Zephyr Takes its Time
By Eric Elkins
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I’ve always wanted to do that!
It’s the refrain I hear again and again when I mention that my daughter and I spent 30 hours on Amtrak’s famed route to the West Coast. I mean, haven’t we all seen the train cars stop in at Denver’s Union Station and wondered what it might be like to just hop on one and see where it takes us?

We finally pulled the trigger while drinking Father’s Day “blendies” from Union Station’s Pigtrain Coffee, sitting on a bench outside and dreaming of our next daddy-daughter escape. A scuba trip to Mexico was out of the question. No way we could visit family in London. The summer of Covid left us with few options.

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Powder Days Are Almost Here!
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Colorado Ski Country USA is offering children and adult ski passes for the 2020-2021 ski season. We may not yet know what the season will bring, but skiers and riders can rest assured that this winter will offer some epic slope time. Before you hit the slopes, visit for up-to-date information on a ski area. To learn about the ski pass option that best suits your needs, visit
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