Stagecoach Festival

Two of my favs made Stagecoach 2019 worth it! My sweets, Julianne and Kristy, came along for the country ride this year. Kane Brown and Old Dominion crushed it! Festivals and getaways like this makes me miss my home state sometimes. The whole lineup was fantastic. I love to people watch and see how others interact during this festival. You have to the old ones, who never get out, the college kids, the drunks, the parents, and people who are purely there or the music. We had an insanely good time together.

Something new and hip this year is the Stagecoach mobile app. You can use this app to purchase food and pickup, skipping the lines. How handy! Because do you know how many lines there are at Stagecoach? You can order from Trejo’s Tacos, Hanjip, Ms Chi Sweetfin, and Cheezus. Once it’s ready, you can receive a notification. It not only orders food for you, but merchandise. Just be on the lookout for any Postmates Pick-up area to get your order. You do need to input $10 to use as credit at the festival, but it’s worth it, trust me. Line waiting is half the battle.

A vintage fashion I loved at the festival was Nikki Lane’s Stage Stop Marketplace. Her vendors included:

Baby Blues Barbeque: Memphis-Style Barbeque is the bomb and must be talked about. When you click on the link, you’ll see a video that explains it all. This was one of my favs. Barbeque in general is all around, but just try these guys out! It started with two guys moving their southern roots into California and lighting up everyone’s taste buds around them. Then you’ve got Guy Fieri’s food. Yum. If you’re not sure who this guy is, you’ll be sure to recognize him once you Google him. Plus, how neat is it that these people hang out?

“Guy will be hanging with Bret Michaels, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Old Dominion in his Smokehouse backyard over the weekend. Stay tuned for specific times they’ll be grilling & chilling so you can plan to come say howdy while you grab a bite!”

Looking forward to the next year when me and the girls can sit back and enjoy another weekend of solid, good music!

New Season Approaches!

Aspen closing day. The time of year that is sad and happy at the same time. Another year, and another season has passed. Every year, Aspen puts on a partay for this anxious day…and boy do we have fun. Dylan Regan did awesome DJing for us out at the Sundeck restaurant, and JR looked hot in my Tipsy Elves 80’s onesie. All us girls danced together: Carly B, Alexandra George, @landensaks, and Erica Robbie, and it was a blast, with the hottest bartender, Margot Moselle, who poured the best drinks! Thank you Aspen for another amazing season!

I’m looking forward to a season of hiking and exploring with my lovies: Chanel and JR. If you’re ever in Aspen, you have to check out the Rio Grande Trail around the Roaring Fork Valley. It’s 42 miles of great memories to be made. You could hitch a ride up Aspen mountain with the Silver Queen Gondola if you so please. Another thing Aspen offers are their jazz/festivals. We not only have the skiing and hiking, we have the scenery and music! People come from all over to hear the music. If you are artsy or musical, come on for a visit! I’d love to answer any questions you may have about Aspen! There’s a music festival and school from June to August. Belly Up is another festival that big musical stars will come to sing at. Sometimes, that’s what an organization needs to help it grow! When I say people come from all over, I mean all over. I knew someone traveling from Scotland once, just to see what was going on here.

You have to know I’m going to tell you where to eat! Element 47 is a good place and well-known. It’s been said about this restaurant Open on Saturdays from 8:30am – 3pm the market offers Colorado grown fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, jams and more as well as a food court for lunch or a snack.

“Enjoy live music while you peruse the local jewelry, ceramics and art for sale. After Labor Day the Saturday Market hours change to 9am – 3pm, that you wine, dine, and practice. It’s the end all be all place.”

You can’t miss the Aspen Saturday Market, either!  This market is dog-friendly. Let’s all bring our furry angels with us and give them the freedom that you have to mingle and walk around.

I wanted to give you a little bit out of a lot to start out your vacay here in Aspen or closing day in the Snowmass area! What are your thoughts?

New York, New York!

JR and I flew to New York on a private jet recently thanks to Dan MacDonald and Gregg Kaminsky! We had a fabulous time and I’m not ashamed to share with you all of the “touristy” things we accomplished. We were only there for three days, but we certainly jammed everything we could into our trip!

One of the first places we ate at was Nobu Downtown New York Restaurant right by Manhattan. It seems high-end/expensive, but gives you a warm and welcomed feeling. Any dollar spent here is well worth it. The classy, Japanese restaurant sure helped our kickoff to stay in New York. While I’m in my feelings with this restaurant, they are hiring! They are looking for servers, hosts/hostesses, porters, bussers, and line cooks. If I could cook without a recipe, I’d apply myself! I may be kidding on that last part, but on a serious note, if you’re ever in that area, try out your first eatery here!

Another great place to eat out is Catch. Fantastic seafood. The restaurant has three levels of goodness, serving classic dishes of endless choices to make. Some of these choices include cod lettuces wraps, snapper belly for two, and their well-known roll. Catch has several menus, including their wine menu, cocktail menu, brunch, dessert, etc. We ate on the rooftop with some Rosé after a Yankees and Red Sox game (yes, we got to enjoy a game of baseball!). What else would I be drinking? Check out their fun Instagram for different stories and more detail of their restaurant here!

We caught Dear Evan Hansen on broadway, ate and shopped at Bergdorf’s Dinner on the 7th floor. Not only did we shop until we dropped, but JR and I were able to enjoy a high-end, sophisticated dinner. I have to say, I felt like a princess! Rosé helps, of course. They have a variety of different dishes, from seafood to Mediterranean food, in case you’re interested.

I love Soulcycle and had to squeeze in a few classes there. I was anxious to try it out in New York, as I have in other places. In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically a rockstar, soul, cycle class that rejuvenates your body and mind with cardio! Thank you to my lovely boyfriend, who spent this weekend getaway with me! I feel so lucky.

Have any of you ever been to New York or Manhattan? What are some places you recommend to eat or visit?

Eat Cleaner!

There are many things important to me in this life we are given. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that health is something I hold close. With only one life, you need to take care of your body. How many times have you heard that? But it’s true! Please don’t think I’m perfect. I have my days like we all do! I’m preaching to the choir here. However, I keep trying. It’s important to get your mind ready to be healthy if you’re in a deep pit of gluttony. There are some days I feel like that. Mental health is a whole other story. Physical health is 80% mental. Get your attitude (your head) right before entering a disaster. You have to have the mentality to stick with a diet, clean eating, detox, or eating healthy in general because of how easy it is to eat a pizza or a burger. Being healthy doesn’t just consist of exercise. There are some people out there who believe they can eat anything if they just run it off later. You can run all day long, but if you fill your body food of little nutritional value, you will have problems later. I know someone just like that. She pretty much ate all the time, but her food choices were McDonalds or Little Caesars. Now, she is in her fifties and having lots of health problems: heart, thyroid, cholesterol, etc. The doctors have her on medicine and a routine of checkup dates. It is from everything built up in her system overtime. She can’t run all that off now. I’m not saying you can’t have pizza every now and then, but not every other day. Put your body at the top of your priority list. You mean so much to a lot of people! I’ve compiled a very short list of myths in my “getting healthy” post for you today:

  1. You can’t eat anything you want anymore! Whether you’re in the losing weight business or just clean eating business, eating (or drinking) your favorite foods may just need to be in small quantities. Eat everything in moderation. Don’t be a glutton.
  2. Going vegetarian is automatically healthy: Not always. You would have to eat the right foods to gain your protein. There won’t be a lot of choices out there to fill you up! Be sure you do your research on this because it isn’t always the right answer for healthiness.
  3. Lifting weights will only bulk you up! Not true. Get a weight that isn’t hard for you carry and do lots of repetitions. In order to gain a lot of muscle, you would have to work really hard at pressing and at high strength levels.

I’m sure I’ll have more to share in being healthy for my blog in the future. I’m following someone right now who is starting April to eat clean. I can’t wait to see how she feels after the 30 days and if it really made a difference! Join me in eating healthy! What are your opinions about eating healthy?

Telluride

JR and I visited Telluride, CO last week! I love doing life with him. It was so windy up there on the mountain. There aren’t any lift lines, hiking it was! I just love mini vacays (and a little bit of Rosé if you please).

When you look at the beautiful blue mountains of Telluride, you’ll be ready for some adventure. It sparks some unawakened spirit when I ski or look at what I’m about to cut into. The history of Telluride is unique, with its historical landmarks and preserved artifacts in the center of the city. Thankfully, I had someone to share that adventure with. We stayed on this resort with breathtaking views. I couldn’t help myself with Drink Entourage bottles. They have this luxury about them, yet so affordable (Side note: I recommend this brand 100%). May as well go all out. I’m a pretty good extravert and hang it all on the line. I believe this much in Drink Entourage and Rosé!

One of America’s top ski resorts, I can see how this resort qualifies as a bucket list. There are more than a few things to do at this resort. Even with littles, bring them along! There are kid camps, featuring different outings for kids ranging from 5 to 12. They have a snow camp, kids’ happy hour, and kids’ night out. You want (how about need) a night out with your person or friends? Perfect getaway! They offer childcare at the resort for you! Safety is of obvious importance, as their website clearly highlights plans and has a system involving kid emergency cards. Enjoy their bike parks, spas, and golfing. JR and I love the golf (and we really don’t mind the spa part too!)

You can go even further and pursue a membership there. We’ve considered it. Our only deal is that we aren’t there enough. It gives you a certain percentage off of specific stores. It also lets members only dine in certain places. I love the mix and mingles Telluride Resort providesーsocial events. Pay for VIP? You’re treated like VIPs.

For all my fellow foodies out there, get ready to celebrate with your taste buds. There’s 221 South Oak, Bon Vivant, and Telluride Bistro. Those are only a few out of so many good choices. I recommend those!

Have you or anyone you know been to Telluride, CO? What kinds of fun things did you do there? I would love to hear from all of you!

Wine Chips

No surprise here, I love my wine. My surprise is in the title everyone! Allow me to introduce my newest investment, Wine Chips. Let me share a little about what I’ve been getting my taste buds into. After a lot of research on pairing wine with cheese (chips), Wine Chips is open for business, and their website just launched last week. It is very easy to navigate and order what you want. Wine Chips gives you the opportunity to search and discover different gluten-free chips of cheeses of your preference.

Flavors consist of Bleu Cheese, paired with Sauvignon Blanc, port, or whatever suits your fancy; Smoked Gouda, paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, or sparkling wine. You are able to pre-order it. Their shop is still under construction, but the website offers quite a bit of insight. After a lot of samples and a lot of wine, I highly encourage you to try out Wine Chips!

The Red:

Really, Wine Chips gives excellent ideas for what should be paired with their beloved chip. My advice? Explore how all the reds are with their Bleu Cheese. Venture out and test it yourself. Remember, with red wine, you want it to be stored at 55° F, 10° F below the ideal serving temperature–according to Wine Enthusiast. Light, humidity, and temperature can all affect the red! (Haven’t heard of Wine Enthusiast? Get to reading my wine people!) Some red examples are–Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, etc.

The White:

Once again, look to my new investment for some info on pairing white wine with their chip (Smoked Gouda). Storing white wine is very similar to red. You want the temperature to be in the 55° range, and watch the light and humidity. You want your wine to be somewhat still when storing. Most wine is not meant for aging, however. There is a very small percentage, so drink it up! Who buys wine to store anyway? Here are some white examples–Chardonnay, Muscat, Pinot Grigio, Reisling, etc.

Read their story and you’ll easily see why I couldn’t wait to be involved:

We made Wine Chips because we love wine and we love cheese (who doesn’t?) but realized that putting the cheese IN the wine was a bad idea for both.

So one evening in 2017, over a glass of wine (ok maybe two), we wished for something simple, portable, dip-able, endlessly snack-able, cheese-ladened and delicious.

With my journey involved with Wine Chips, I want to take you with me! What are you thinking thus far?

We Did It!

All hail. Lift One Corridor plan can commence, and it is all thanks to you wonderful Aspen folk. You all have no idea how this will help our community! We are enamored to see the full effect of your voices coming soon! I am so proud to have been apart of the Lift One Corridor campaign. It’s always so wonderful to see the fruits of your labor.

Have you ever thought about the history of Aspen, and we how got our start? History is interesting because it humbles you and gives you the opportunity to learn from it. Some tidbits and thoughts about my city date back to the 1800s. The first set of people here were miners. Silver was actually a big deal way back when, until an act was passed (Sherman Silver Act) and this demonetized silver, destroying our economy within the community. This seemed to be it until someone found a huge chunk of silver, weighing in at 2,350 pounds. I can’t even wrap my head around that! Our rebirth happened after World War II, when Walter Paepcke started businesses that attracted people and created this empire, essentially, of an international ski resort.

Many citizens  who voted against the Lift One Corridor believe that we should focus all our money and energy on the different needs to Aspen. When I read about what some of these people think we need, I don’t disagree! Yes, we need more lanes to help with traffic. I’m not against that. Do you ever think we won’t need something? Needs will never stop. Want’s won’t either. At what point are we allowed to get Aspen something a little extra? While the Lift One Corridor is a big interest, won’t it also totally benefit our city in big ways? I’m ready! Are you? Are you ready to embrace the goodness coming our way? Another thought, whether or not you like Gorsuch Haus, the new building will encourage tourists and community members alike. It will bring so much growth. One brutally honest author put it like this:

Now, picture yourself on World Cup weekend, making love to a Swedish downhill racer on a bearskin rug in front of a fireplace at the newly constructed Gorsuch Haus. There. That should change your perspective.

On a completely different note, I have a secret I can’t wait to share with my people here. Keep reading my weekly blog posts to stay in the know! Exciting things are happening.

Lift One Talk

I love a good many things. I’d say a good chunk is shown on my social media for all others to enjoy or development a sense of enjoyment. Never forget your loves in order to keep you grounded. I love to cook, love to ski, love to travel, love to hike and explore. I love my friends, my family, JR, and my Chanel.
Beyond these loves of mine are channels of promoting love and being open-minded as well as displaying that way of thinking. Lift One Corridor is something I can’t speak enough on. What this plan could do for the city of Aspen is unobtainable. What this plan could do for the economy of Aspen is something you have to think about! Voting for this movement could mean bigger, better, and beneficial. I want to share with you some of the most common questions of this movement:

  1. The Cost:
  2. I know this is on several people’s minds. According to the Times, the plan is for the city to spend $4.36 million in total. If there is any cost running over, it will be covered by Gorsuch Haus and Lift One Lodge. The city won’t invest it’s money until the Lift has been installed and working. Furthermore, the investment is only to be used for certain parts of the plan. You can read more about that here. I know that amount sounds like quite a bit, but think big. The investment of $4.36 million will be a better asset for Aspen.

  3. Will It Go Back to City Council?
  4. According to the Times, no.

    Lift One Lodge has an existing approval from 2011. State law does not allow for more than 10 years in extensions of development rights. Because of the limited remaining time before that state deadline is reached, the only option remaining will be to build the existing approval if the vote fails. The 2011 approval does not have room for the lift to come down.
  5. Housing
  6. The development partners for the plan will provide housing for 67 employees. Over the next 30 years, there will be more money generated with the two lodges and will more than triple the amount of housing provided.

Digest these facts for a minute. If you are on the fence about the Lift One Corridor Plan, I encourage you to do your own research. The Aspen Times has been really good about keep the community informed, and follow me on Instagram or here for some updates!

What are your thoughts and feelings about this plan? I’d love to hear from you!

Supporting Autism Awareness

I love having fun times with friends while able to support awareness groups at the same time! That’s what Sunday night was for me. It was a time to reflect and be informed about children and adults on the Autism spectrum. Sometimes I don’t think we stop to understand what these spectacular humans go through day by day. Raising awareness in order to support those who need it is an important way to contribute. I drew so much inspiration from Julie Manning, who (as I said on my post) poured her heart, soul, and every fiber in her body to help people with autism. I cannot thank Ascendigo enough for everything they do in order to help and be active in a society such as today. It’s during times like these that we need that light to shine for the world and Ascendigo has. You can give here and become an active contributor as well!

Allow me to share a little about all Ascendigo does. Ascendigo Autism Services is a nonprofit organization based in Aspen, Colorado. Gosh, just another reason I love my city! They offer a summer camp and other services in order to support those with Autism in the world today. They have quite a few programs they offer as ways to engage with the community. Their three core programs include: Adventures, Life Enrichment, and Outreach. Their outreaches aren’t events done in just the winter or summer. They can occur during every season. Ascendigo has these adventures beginning in September that include biking, swimming, hiking, lake sports, pumpkin patch, hay rides, and much more! I just think it’s so neat, how much this organization does for these amazing humans. Check them out on Facebook too!

A review written by a family member of someone with autism:

I am so excited to announce that last year we sent my nephew Michael to this most amazing camp for people with autism last year called “Ascendigo” in Colorado, for his continuous accomplishments on holding a 4.0 GPA and winning the Special Olympics in his hometown, “now 3 years in a row”! They called us and asked that he come back as a volunteer to teach others and be apart of their program. He made such an impression!! If all goes well this year, he is invited back next year as an employee at this spectacular camp! I am so proud of him and I hope he realizes what a true gem he is to his family and everyone around him! Yay Michael!!!!

Valentine Week Update

It’s Valentine’s week and it’s my favorite. I’m always game for an excuse to celebrate, but Valentine’s Day is super important to me. It’s JR and I’s anniversary! I can’t speak enough life about JR and what he means to me. He is my rock, my person. He makes Aspen 10 times better. In everything I’m involved in, he shows his total support. He has definitely spoiled me on this Valentine’s Day. JR surprised me and took me to a couple’s massage at the Regen Aspen. It was amazing. I love surprises! I felt double spoiled with my new jewelry. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, go do it now to be in the know. While you’re there, you might also see I spent some time with my gals for what we call, “Galentine’s.” It was Domino night the night before Valentine’s. It was wine, dine, and Dominoes!

I talked a lot of the Bumble Powder 8 AND Lift 1 last week. I feel as if I owe it to my dedicated readers to update you. I thought Julianne and I did great. While we didn’t win the actual competition, we won best dressed! It was a fun weekend competing with my best friend Julianne Murphy! Thank you Charlie Givens for producing such an awesome event, Regen Aspen for getting me healthy enough to compete, Racy Suits for our ski ensembles, Delyx Ltd. for our beanies, Freeskier Magazine for awarding Team Haute Sauce as best dressed, and our fabulous practice partners Candice Gorsuch, Kelli, JR, and Chris Souki! Unforgettable weekend for sure in the books!

Not only did this happen, but I am still promoting Lift 1. I have several articles and opinions written about this on my Facebook account, but just in case you didn’t see them, I have them linked throughout this post as well. Don’t hesitate to click on them to learn more about how Lift 1 is affecting Aspen in a positive way. I want to thank all my friends who have shown their support. I’ll update you more on this next month, as the voting date is scheduled for March 5. This is what I posted, from Vanessa Corona, on my page about The Lift 1 Corridor:

Scenario A (for Aspen), we vote “yes” and get:

• A new lift that we can walk to

• Two new lodges where lodging belongs at the base of Aspen Mountain

• World Cup racing (for kids who grow up here, this is a big deal)

• Great additions to our otherwise weak apres scene

• Parks, open space, a corridor up the mountain

• A ski history museum

Scenario D (for “dumb”), we vote no and get:

• Lift One Lodge (it’s already approved), but the lift can never come down

• An empty monster mansion where Gorsuch Haus is planned (that’s allowed under so-called conservation zoning)

• No new lift (remember how much it sucked when Lift 1A broke down for three weeks in 2016?)

• No future World Cup racing

If you vote “no,” what kind of the legacy are you leaving for younger generations? Are you really against keeping Aspen a world-class and World Cup ski resort?

One last thought, Lindsey Vonn retired Sunday after an amazing career; she’s from Vail, where the World Cup happens every year. If Aspen votes “no,” can we really keep bashing Vail? Vail will continue to be connected to Europe and the rest of the World Cup circuit.

Meanwhile, Aspen will be remembered as a place where great ski racing used to happen.

Vote “yes” and please don’t isolate Aspen from the world by making our town a subpar ski arena where only NASTAR races happen.

What are your thoughts on Lift 1? What are you doing this week with your person? Maybe your person(s) is your best friend instead of a significant other! What adventures did you find yourself in? Leave me your comments!