Daily Archives: June 26, 2016

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Color Takes Flight

Several years ago, the makers of M&M’s added the color blue to its bag of candy – the result of a vote by M&M’s fans. However, the company soon found that the blue M&M’s were usually the last ones left in the bottom of the bag. It seems, of all the colors in the spectrum, blue is an appetite suppressant. Aside from blueberries and a few blue-purple potatoes that grow in remote areas of the world, blue just doesn’t exist as a natural food color in any significant quantity, and we humans don’t have an automatic appetite response to blue. In fact, researchers say that when our million-year-old ancestors searched for food, they avoided blue, purple or black, which were usually toxic or spoiled. Color affects us everyday, everywhere. It’s in our lifestyle and culture. Each time you step out in the world, you are saying something about yourself, simply because of the color you’re wearing. And the color you choose to wear each day is mostly dependent upon how you feel, what you see in the mirror when you roll out of bed in the morning.

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Essentially, how you make your way, how you interact is dependent on color and what you see. Most people think that it’s easy to pick a color, perhaps for a car, a room, whatever. But, in fact, it’s not that easy because color never stays static and it’s emotive. One minute you’re choosing a color – and loving it – and the next minute you’re not quite sure.

When you really get down to the nitty-gritty of color and its affect on each of us, it’s just not that simple. Color trends and our individual experiences play a part. Then, add to that, the different ways of grouping various colors.

For instance, warm colors are those that make us think of sunlight, fire or heat. Colors like red, orange and yellow can create a sense of heightened emotion, happiness and comfort. Red, a highly emotionally infused color, is often used to elevate our passions – negative or positive. Yellow is considered to be a cheerful and optimistic color and is said to sharpen one’s focus.

On the other hand, cool colors like blues, greens and purples tend to recede into the distance. These colors make us think of icebergs, winter skies or a serene setting; they create a sense of calm and being refreshed but, for some, they can also produce feeling of loneliness.

Of course, we all associate color with different things in our lives universal, cultural and individual. We each have a favorite color and, many times, are affected by color trends or associate a color with an experience. Then there are the physiological aspects of color. For instance, seeing the color red increases your heart rate. There are studies that show that you’ll eat more, walk faster and, let’s say, if you’re in a red room, talk more. In fact, that’s why the “red carpet” is a red carpet. It keeps the traffic flowing. However, if it were a blue carpet, the opposite would happen. The traffic would slow down and become calm, less exciting.

“Color really sets the mood in artwork,” says Brian Raitman, co-owner of Art on a Whim Gallery. “It’s either energetic or really soothing. For example, you can have a realistic landscape and if it’s a winter painting, it’s soft, with a lot of white and blue. If it’s a summer setting, of the same exact painting, it’s going to be, perhaps, green, with red and purple flowers. It’s going to be warm and inviting. A piece is really about emotion, but color is what people gravitate towards, first and foremost.”

Studies have shown that the brains of monkeys are triggered first by red, then green, then blue – the colors with the most saturation. This tells us that these colors immediately draw our attention. “To the extent that anyone would find it informative to know how the nervous system works, and through that would gain appreciation of these phenomena, I believe both artists and designers would benefit,“ said artist, Bevil Conway, in a Co.Design interview.

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“An artist balances color in a piece and puts it together. That’s the reason that great art is great,” explains Marc Levarn, coowner of Vail International Gallery. “It’s different than someone who takes bright things out of a tube and puts it on a canvas.

Artists can’t escape the craft of balancing whatever range and tones of color they are using to create something compelling.

“Even in the best non-objective art – contemporary, abstract or modern – the color is compelling and that’s due to the eye of the artist, which then translates to the eye of the viewer. Look at a Willem de Kooning or a Mark Rothko. Rothko is a primary example. His squares just float off the canvas and that’s because of the way he uses the color. And the balance between the foreground and the background creates a very spiritual effect. And, so, the color’s the tool, but it’s the eye of the artist that makes the painting compelling.”

When it comes to interior design, there’s no doubt that the use of color in a home reflects the owner’s personality and tastes – and the contemporary glass house on Forest Road does just that. Owners, Michael and Suzanne Tennenbaum, built their home in the late ’80s, when, as the Vail Trail (now the Vail Daily) writer Bill Kerig, wrote, “In a town full of homes that looked like they were styled from an Austrian picture, the glass house sticks out like a jet ski in the canals of Venice.” Yet, in 1989, the home was voted the best single-family residence by the Eagle Valley Home Builders Association. The home is currently listed for sale by Ron Byrne & Associates Real Estate.

The home’s architect created a series of glass boxes that cascaded down the hillside using steel for the structural system. In the end, the steel beams, throughout, were painted turquoise bluecolor_4.

 

color_6The rug (page 60 ) is part of a Tibetan weave rug collection. “This rug producer is an artist, and each of his rugs is a piece of art,” explains Larry Stone, co-owner of The Scarab, who represents the rug’s creator, Erbil. “He’s extremely specific about details of the overall composition and each time there’s a color switch, the weavers have to change out their yarn.

“There are over 100 knots per square inch, and within that square inch, there are multiple colors. When you look at the details in this rug, it will take your breath away, because there are so many color changes that happen.”

“I chose to decorate our home in a ’50s style,” says Suzanne. “I wanted to decorate the house with a sense of humor.”

In the kitchen a row of enameled, ceramic cookie jars catches your eye. Much of the bedroom furniture looks like it came from the set of the treasured television sit-com, I Love Lucy .

At the time, Suzanne’s use of such prominent colors – especially in a mountain community – was bold. These days, an interior designer’s use of color is a powerful tool that can create a different mood for every room in a home. Its use can make a tiny room feel larger or a spacious area feel more intimate. Of course, use of artwork and color in one’s home is personal; and a designer’s most important job is to listen.

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“I love color; and I love art,” says interior designer Patti Dixon, who is known for her contemporary work, which she calls “modern mountain.” “It all starts with my client. The home should be an extension of the owners. So, I get to know their personal preferences. And I take clues from the existing architecture, lighting and other things we are working with.

“Art and color are a very personal expression. When I began the design of this home I started with the question, ‘What is the focus?’ Sometimes I’ll test the clients’ climate to see how comfortable they are with color. I sometimes have to play detective to figure out their preferences, and how much color I can use to imagine and create what the design needs to be. Contemporary doesn’t need to be cool or sterile. I compensate by adding textured fabrics, comfortable furniture and good lighting. There’s nothing better to draw you into a room than color and lighting however, sometimes it’s that wild piece of art.”

Then, there are times when a designer is asked to, you might say, forge new territory. “I had a client from the Mediterranean area in Europe and he loves colors,” explains interior designer Kasia Karska, with KH Webb Architects. ”He wanted to bring the life, happiness and sun from the Mediterranean. Initially, I didn’t think it was going to be something we could use in Vail, and I was hesitant. But, the client encouraged me. And, in the end, it all looked great, especially against the white snow.

“We got a beautiful mixture of glass and hand-made tiles of blues, purples and some reds, and then added colorful European accessories. The entire house is filled with color, yet, more subdued in the bedrooms.”

Karska used the walls as her palette, accenting with fabric and furnishings to bring in the various colors. “Now, I am less afraid of using bright colors and I believe my clients are open to the idea, as well. I think we’re changing directions.”

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Of course, in interior design, the choice of colors – from fabric to walls to rugs is personal taste. However, sometimes people are influenced by a particular color or design that is considered to be “trendy.” “The base for one’s palette is usually a lot of beiges and neutral colors,” suggests Leah O’Brian, a designer at Ruggs Benedict.

“Everything else – your couch, your pillow, your paint are all accents. There are many contemporary rugs and colors that are popular now. We’ve seen a lot of lighter or white rugs, which is unusual in the mountains, because of the the heavy foot traffic. But, traditional is still always going to be a favorite.”

Stone agrees. “Historically, we have always sold traditional rugs more than any other style, although we have seen an enormous amount of contemporary rug productions.”

The fashion industry, too, is always changing directions presenting, each season, new colors, hot trends the “must haves” – if one truly wants to be a fashionista. People known as “fashion forecasters” are continuously hunting and gathering information based on mood, behavior and buying habits of consumers which designers wait for with baited breath. We might also learn about the new length of a skirt, the fit of a shirt or whether or not we should have holes in our jeans. But learning the new, hot color is foremost.

“Color makes you happier,” says Barbara Smith, manager of Blitz in Vail. “When you put on a bright color – whether it’s coral or turquoise or purple, you just feel better. There isn’t much color in winter because, in general, winter is oppressive. Yes, we might see clothing in burgundy, camel and deep greens but, mostly, everything is black.

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“I never understand why, in the industry, we can’t have color year round. When we get into summer, we have so much color. Plus, the clothing is lighter. So, you add the color to the lightness of the fabric and it makes a huge difference in your mood.”

Two years ago, PBS produced a video titled, The Effects of Color, in which experts from the tech to the fashion industries discussed the evolution of shift in color. They agreed that economic, social, political and technological influences are all drivers of why color is always evolving. “With all the economical events that have happened in the last few years, people will gravitate to safe colors like brown, which is rooted to the past and rooted in the ground,” says Doty Horn, founding director of ColorVoyant, a business-to-business visionary color marketing firm. “Then, when we need a pick-me-up, they add something that presents a totally different look. Like after the depression, people needed to put something back in their lives, so they colored glass and that’s where the term ‘depression glass’ comes from.

“Go back to the ’60s and we saw the psychedelic colors because of the drug culture. Pattern on pattern, color on color, it was just a kaleidoscope of everything happening at once. In the ’70s we rested for awhile – we ‘browned’ out. There was almond and beige, so, in forecasting, we look at those kinds of trends which are constant and also something new and different for the future.

“So, you’re looking at color in a different way of accenting it, rather than changing it. You think, ‘How do I arrange them and how do I speak about them so that other people understand what I’m saying or doing?’ ”

All of this points to one thing: our perception of color affects our minds and our bodies, as well. From art, to design, to food, color, literally, “colors” our every move, our every decision.

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Camping, Glamping and Cabins

When you really think about it, good old fashioned camping is basically an outdoor version of housekeeping. As writer-humorist, Tim Dowling, puts it, “Camping is to living as cooking is to barbecuing. There is something satisfying about escaping from our reliance on infrastructure that turns the most tedious chore into an adventure. Suddenly making toast is interesting, just because it’s so hard.”

It’s fun to get away. Being out in nature feeds your soul. It’s fresh air, nothing but the sounds of nature. But, when you get down to the nitty gritty, you’re still cooking, still cleaning up.

“Camping is exciting because even at its most tame, it’s still a tiny bit dangerous,” Dowling continues, “although when you’ve finally put up your tent and fetched your water and made your toast,mere survival can get – whisper it – a little boring.”

Although, over the years, the joy of camping – being with good friends and family, joyfully hanging out, seemingly, without a care in the world – has been enjoyed by millions of people, it’s always been the brunt of humorists. One looks at it as enforced inactivity. Another doesn’t think cooking over a campfire, in the dark, in a squatting position does anything for him. New York-based writer and actor, Mike Trapp, goes on to suggest that, when camping, your worth as a human being is really determined by how much you can carry without complaining about it.

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Perhaps the best piece of humor is the conversation between Sherlock Holmes and Dr.
Watson while the two were on a camping trip. After a good meal, they lay down for the
night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke, nudged his faithful friend and
said, “Watson, look up and tell me what you see.”

Watson answered,” I see a fantastic panorama of countless stars.”
Holmes, asked, “And what does that tell you?”
Watson pondered for a moment, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of
galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. I
deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God
is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we
will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

“Why, what does it tell you, Holmes?”
Holmes was silent for a moment then spoke. “Someone has stolen our tent.”
So there you have it. Camping humor. What, then, would Holmes and Watson say
about glamping, the buzzword for “glamorous camping?”

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In the good old days, most people hated the thought of going camping because they knew they would probably sleep in a leaky canvas tent and have no creature comforts. There was no phone, no radio, no Netflix, no texting, no selfies, no potty, etc., etc., etc. They only ate what they could catch; and they were always on the lookout for clean water. They built fire from twigs and branches and traveled by navigating the sun and stars.

You’ve probably never had that experience. You’re not that old.
But, think about it, baby boomers. As you’ve gotten older, are you getting used to those creature comforts? Even here, in this magnificent Rocky Mountain setting with all that outdoors that it offers – has life taken over so that you don’t make time to get down and dirty? Or maybe you just don’t want to get down and dirty anymore. Do you still want to connect with Mother Nature, but do it your way? Nice and tidy?

Well, there is a solution. You can still commune with nature without pitching a tent, building a campfire or ruining a manicure. Essentially, “roughing it” will be a thing of the past, for when you glamp, around here, you can do it from sleeping in a high-end tent with linens, custom furnishings and private outhouse to staying in a place with running water and chef-made breakfasts.

Yurts, too, can be had a place to rest your tired body, after driving to a campsite.

camp_3Of course, you’ll still be connecting with the fresh smell of the woods, the quiet of a still night. You just won’t have to spend a week making all sorts of plans, or buying all sorts of food. Essentially you’ll have all sorts of creature comforts without the creatures.

Besides, you can rough it or glamp it in a yurt. Some come equipped with everything from the basics for a simple camping experience to all kinds of goodies to make your adventure less an adventure. Certainly, it’s not the quaint structure that has been in existence in Mongolia for over 2,500 years. Enthusiasts swear that the unique round shape of a yurt creates a relaxing, positive Feng Shui experience. And, yes, you’ll still have positive Feng Shui if you choose just the basics.

And speaking of basics, you can always rent a basic cabin – a step up from good old-fashioned camping, but a far cry from the nouveau tents and yurts. Although, these days, “basic” in some cabin worlds include solar lighting and beds. Yes, beds!

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Eagle County is made for outdoor lovers who want a little something of everything – and it begins with an unforgettable place to rest your head. In need of a backcountry excursion? There’s Shrine Mountain Inn, a nearby collection of huts that’s part of Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Looking for a yurt on a lakeshore? Check out Piney Lake, near Vail, or Sylvan Lake, outside of Eagle. Want to experience the glamourous side of camping? Yep, there’s that too, with cot-side service at the 4 Eagle Ranch, a glamping oasis in Wolcott. And if you simply want to camp, just like your forefathers, you’ll find more than a dozen secluded campgrounds spread along dirt roads and riverbanks right out your backyard in the glorious White River National Forest.

Okay. Let’s assume you choose to have the experience of simple camping, which means pitching a tent, sleeping in a bag and OMG – cooking your own meals on a campfire. Meals just are not as they were “back then.” Gone are the days of hot dogs and beans and whatever else you could fit in the cooler to simply sustain you through a weekend of camping.

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Lots of campers have gone to the “other side”. Easy fixin’s are passé. That’s not to say that more sumptuous meals have to be hard to make. They just require lots more thought and preparation. And nobody’s complaining. Some are actually preparing gourmet meals – beforehand – and cooking them up in the middle of the forest. Gourmet dishes with lots of summer veggies, a good-looking salad, scrambles with cheese and crème fraiche – complete with a cobbler dessert – have become commonplace.

So, whether you choose to sleep under the stars in a bag with nothing more than a tent and a fire ring or you choose to cozy up in a bed, in a yurt with good Feng Shui, you can bet that you’ll be able to get back to your daily grind feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to take on the world. There’s nothing as good as Mother Nature’s private getaway.

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

Few things are more Colorado, or more enchanting, than a herd of Mustangs galloping through the state’s rugged topography, or the images conjured by thoughts of early pioneers picking their way through Colorado’s mountainous terrain on horseback. Although some might say those are the days of yore, at Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Eagle, that sense of magic still thrives and provides the spark that nurtures and rehabilitates countless horses towards a new beginning.

Community Involvement

Established in 2004, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) is Colorado’s only horse rescue program located outside the Front Range and Western Slope, which means that the center frequently answers calls to help abandoned and neglected horses throughout the mountains of Colorado. Community involvement is crucial to the group’s success with volunteers playing an active role in barn upkeep, along with donations for hay and grain pouring in from around the area. Similarly, along with taking in as many horses as space allows, MVHR often works with local farms to foster horses until they can find permanent homes.

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue also has a hand in keeping the community involved in Colorado’s ranching tradition. This past year the group had an influx of volunteers. As well, it introduced 1,000 children to its programs. At anytime, visitors at its ranch have the opportunity to learn the basics of horsemanship or find an outlet to expand upon an already established love for the animals. The horses find the interaction beneficial as well.

Dining Guide Listings

AVON

AGAVE (970) 748-8666
Traditional Mexican food.

AVON BAKERY & DELI (970) 949-3354
Sandwiches, soups, bakery.

BENDERZ BURGER (970) 949-1423
Located inside Northside Kitchen.

THE BLUE PLATE (970) 845-2252
Steaks and American classics.

BOB’S PLACE (970) 845-8556
What about Bob? Find out all about Bob — his
burgers, Mexican food, interesting menu, late night
specials, 27 HD plasma screens. Locals and tourists
alike love Bob! Meet him at Bob’s Place in the
Lodge at Avon Center. Breakfast,
lunch, dinner and late night.

BOXCAR RESTAURANT
& BAR (970) 470-4121

BURGER KING (970) 949-1292 
Taste the flame-broiled difference!

CASTLE PEAK GRILLE (970) 748-4848 
Creative spin on comfort food.

CHINA GARDEN (970) 949-4986
Traditional Chinese food.

COLUMBINE BAKERY (970) 949-1400
European-style bakery and café.

DOMINO’S PIZZA (970) 949-3230
Pizza delivery or carry out.

FIESTA JALISCO (970) 845-8088
Authentic Mexican food.

FOOD! BY MARC (970) 688-5037
Healthy and gourmet food.

FOODS OF VAIL (970) 949-5513
Prepared dinners, casseroles and soups

GONDOLA PIZZA (970) 845-6000
Pizza, salad, chili.

GREEN ELEPHANT JUICERY (970) 748-1480
Fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and vegan options.

KIWI INTERNATIONAL DELIGHT (970) 949-4777
Homemade desserts and coffee.

LOADED JOE’S (970) 748-1480
Coffeehouse and lounge.

MAYA (970) 790-5500
Modern Mexican kitchen and tequileria.

MONTAÑAS SMOKEHOUSE (970) 949-7019
970.477.5353

The Sonnenalp Club
1265 Berry Creek Road
Edwards, CO 81632
House-smoked meats and BBQ.

NORTHSIDE COFFEE & KITCHEN (970) 949-1423
The Vail Valley’s premier home-style eatery. From
fresh donuts and pastries, to heaping homemade
roast beef, to signature drinks and full bar,
Northside satisfies your home-style food craving.
Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, espresso,
lattes and more.

NO SE HAGAN BOLAS (970) 845-7959
Mexican street tacos.

NOZAWA SUSHI (970) 949-0330
Sushi rolls and Asian entrees.

PAZZO’S (970) 949-9900
Italian food, pizza, subs and pasta.

PHO 20 (970) 748-3007
Pho, soups, Vietnamese noodles and grill.

RED MOUNTAIN GRILL (970) 748-1010
Rotated daily specials, great happy hour.

ROUTE 6 CAFÉ (970) 949-6393
Comfortable American favorites.

STARBUCKS (970) 748-1072
Coffee and baked goods.

SUBWAY (970) 949-1312
Subs and breakfast sandwiches.

TI AMO (970) 845-8153
The Northern Italian restaurant is located in a quaint, romantic atmosphere, where you leave the Vail Valley and travel to Italy for a unforgettable dining experience. Try the house specialties like Pollo ala Fragole (strawberry chicken) or homemade gnocchi.

TICINO
(970) 748-6792
Italian food, homemade pizzas.

VIN 48
(970) 748-Wine
Rustic American small and large plates.

BACHELOR GULCH BUFFALO’S
(970) 478-6200
Located in the Ritz Carlton, Buffalos is a family
oriented restaurant with a sport’s bar feel.

BEAVER CREEK
8100 MOUNTAINSIDE
(970) 949-1234
Local, organic dishes.

ALLIE’S CABIN
(970) 845-5550
American.

BEANO’S CABIN
(970) 754-3463
Amazing cuisine, a well-chosen wine list,
impeccable service, live musical entertainment
and unique transportation options to the restaurant
have made Beano’s Cabin a favorite destination
for years!

BEAVER CREEK
CHOPHOUSE
(970) 845-0555
Upscale steakhouse.

BLACK DIAMOND BISTRO
(970) 949-1251
Contemporary American fare.

BLUE MOOSE PIZZA
(970) 845-8666
New York-style pizza, subs, Italian entrees.

BROKEN ARROW
(970) 754-6750
American.

COYOTE CAFE
(970) 845-9030
American and Mexican food.

DUSTY BOOT STEAKHOUSE
& SALOON
(970) 748-1146
Steaks, specialty burgers, Mexican entrees.

GOLDEN EAGLE INN
(970) 949-1940
Mountain favorites, excellent elk.

GROUSE MOUNTAIN GRILL
(970) 949-0600
At the Grouse Mountain Grill, you can enjoy the
ultimate in dining experiences. While enjoying
some of the best panoramic views in the entire
Rocky Mountain range, you will be dining on some
of the best seasonally influenced dishes in state of
Colorado.

HOOKED
(970) 949-4321
Get Hooked! An American seafood house
serving fresh fish in an eclectic collection of hot
and cold dishes. Seafood, sushi and market with
a fun ambiance. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Located next to the ice rink in Beaver Creek.

THE METROPOLITAN
(970) 748-3123
Coffee and breakfast by day, wine and tapas
by night.

MIRABELLE RESTAURANT
(970) 949-7728
Fine seasonal dining.

OSPREY LOUNGE
(970) 754-7400
Tapas menu and wine.

REVOLUTION
(970) 845-1730
A cutting edge restaurant where all meats
are cooked in a rotisserie fashion and shaved
tableside. Each table has a rotating platter in the
center where the worldly sauces, flatbreads and
grilled vegetables are spun between friends
and family to share. An eclectic list of craft beers,
worldly wines and small batch cocktails are
available to enjoy in our indoor-outdoor patio in
the summer or around the firepits in the winter.
Revolution- where life revolves
around great food.

RIMINI CAFE
(970) 949-6156
Artisan chocolates, gelati and fancy sippers.

SADDLERIDGE
(970) 754-5456
Contemporary, Colorado regional cuisine.

SPLENDIDO
AT THE CHATEAU
(970) 845-8808
Sophisticated American cuisine.

STARBUCKS
(970) 845-6245
Coffee and baked goods.

TOSCANINI
(970) 754-5590
Contemporary Italian menu.

EAGLE, GYPSUM & WOLCOTT
7 HERMITS BREWING COMPANY

(970) 328-6220

Hand crafted beer and flatbreads.

THE BACK BOWL FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
(970) 328-BOWL
Bowling, video and game arcade and casual fare.

BONFIRE BREWING
(970) 306-7113
Tap room, shuffleboard, foosball and darts.

BRUSH CREEK SALOON
(970) 328-5279
Rustic atmosphere and great American fare.

DUSTY BOOT STEAKHOUSE & SALOON
(970) 328-7002
Great food and a neighborhood gathering spot.

EAGLE DINER
(970) 328-1919
1950’s style diner.

EXPERT BURGER
(970) 328-1291
Fast casual restaurant offering angus burgers.

FIESTA JALISCO
(970) 328-9300
Authentic Mexican food.

FROST CREEK
(970) 328-2326
Our progressive club approach is evident in our
cuisine. Celebrated chef Marc Copenhaver and his
eclectic, ever-changing, palette-inspiring menu,
we’re setting our sights on offering nothing short of
the finest dining experience in the entire Vail Valley.

GOURMET CHINA
(970) 328-0866
Chinese food, lunch specials and family dinners.

GRAND AVENUE GRILL
(970) 328-4043
Classic American food.

GYPSUM GRILL & STEAKHOUSE
(970) 524-7365
Classic steaks and more.

HEIDI’S BROOKLYN DELI
(970) 777-3663
Cuisine rooted in the history and culture
of Brooklyn.

LUIGI’S PASTA HOUSE
(970) 328-5400
Affordable, family-style Italian food.

MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ
(970) 337-2277
Alabama-style barbecue; all meat
smoked fresh daily.

NOZAWA SUSHI
(970) 328-3836
Sushi rolls and Asian entrees.

PARADIGMS
(970) 328-7990
Mind, body and spirit integrated into fine dining.

PASTATIVELY
(970) 328-7324
Authentic East Coast Italian cuisine.

PAZZO’S
(970) 337-9900
Italian food, pizza, subs and pasta .

RED CANYON CAFÉ
(970) 328-2232
Breakfast, lunch and coffee.

SILVER SAGE AT RED SKY RANCH
(970) 754-8362
Members only during the day and open to the
public after 5.

SUMMER THYME AT RED SKY RANCH
(970) 754-8362
Casual dining, open to the public.

TU CASA
(970) 524-1660
Authentic Mexican cuisine in a family friendly
setting. “We want to make your visit memorable.
Come and experience the attention and good
service of TU CASA, because our home is your
home.”.

YETI’S GRIND
(970) 328-9384
City-style coffee house with small town comfort.

EAST VAIL BLU’S
(970) 476-3113
Fine dining family restaurant.

WENDY’S ALPINE COFFEE SHOP
(970) 476-7888
Lattes, smoothies, strudel and coffee.

EDWARDS BELMONT DELI
(970) 926-1796
New York-style deli.

BONJOUR BAKERY OF VAIL
(970) 926-5539
Soups, sandwiches, baked goods.

BOOKWORM
(970) 926-READ
Crepes, soup, salads, coffee and smoothies!
CAFÉ 163
(970) 926-1163
Upscale diner concept.

CAFÉ MILANO
(970) 926-1163
Modern Italian cafe.

CRAZY MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY
(970) 926-3009
The Vail Valley’s first production brewery.

DELITE & BOWL
(970) 855-0335
A wok of art! A delicious fusion of northern and southern Chinese cuisine
made with quality, fresh ingredients and locally grown produce.

E-TOWN
(970) 926-4080
Local hangout, sports bar, mountain fare.

THE EAST
(970) 926-6628
Asian food with flair. Lots of choices and feel free to ask for anything special
when it comes to sushi. The East flies in fresh fish several times a week to create
sushi choices that are out of this world.

EAT! DRINK!
(970) 926-1393
Artisan cheeses, specialty foods, tasting bar, fine wines.

FIESTA’S CAFÉ & CANTINA
(970) 926-2121
Try the famous chicken enchiladas with white jalapeno sauce, sizzling carnitas,
chile rellenos, tacos or chimichangas – all made just like grandmother taught
the owners. Four miles west of Beaver Creek. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

THE GASHOUSE
(970) 926-3613
The Gashouse serves Colorado beef, wild game and a wide selection of
fresh seafood in a rustic log cabin atmosphere. The unique Rocky Mountain
ambiance is a true taste of Colorado on both the eyes and the palate. Expect
hearty, unpretentious food and a family atmosphere for lunch and dinner daily.
Located on Hwy. 6.

GORE RANGE BREWERY
(970) 926-2739
American food and beer brewed on site.

GROUSE-ON-THE-GREEN
(970) 926-5788
Authentic Irish pub.

HARVEST
(970) 477-5353
New to the Valley another Kelly Liken Restaurant. Hours are from 6:30 am to 10
pm. Start your day with an organic juice and coffee bar followed by lunch and
dinner featuring locally sourced food. Join them in a bustling neighborhood
gathering place offering comfortable price point meals.

HENRY’S CAFE
(970) 926-3050
Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese food.

JUNIPER RESTAURANT
(970) 926-7001
Contemporary American.

LARKBURGER
(970) 926-9336
Gourmet fast food with organic ingredients.

LOCAL JOE’S PIZZA
(970) 926-4444
Pizza, subs and salads.

MAIN STREET GRILL
(970) 926-2729
American food with a Cajun twist.

MARKO’S PIZZERIA
(970) 926-7003
Locals in-the-know get their pizza at Marko’s pizzeria in Edwards. Lunch,
dinner, delivery and carry-out available. A perfect place for sports teams,
birthday parties and group functions.

MIRADOR
(970) 569-6361
Regional fare and seasonal specialties.

OLD FORGE PIZZA
(970) 926-2220
Fresh, all-natural pizza.

THE ROSE
(970) 855-0141
The Rose is a place where people gather – to unwind, to eat and to drink.
Since day one, it’s been our mission to provide the best locally sourced food
in the Vail Valley – local when possible, global when desired, always fresh and
reasonably priced.

S ATO
(970) 926-7684
Sushi, Japanese treats, noodle bowls.

SMILING MOOSE
(970) 926-2400
Deli favorites made with fresh ingredients.

STARBUCKS
(970) 926-5444
Coffee and baked goods.

TACORICO
(970) 926-8226
Mexican.

VISTA AT ARROWHEAD
(970) 926-2111
Contemporary bistro food and seafood.

WOODY’S KITCHEN & PUB
(970) 926-2756
Rustic atmosphere, great food.

ZINO RISTORANTE
(970) 926-0777
A lively Italian restaurant.

LIONSHEAD

BART & YETI’S
(970) 476-2754
Great American food, a Vail tradition.

BISTRO FOURTEEN
(970) 754-4530
Named after the view of the fourteen-thousand-foot Mount of the Holy
Cross, Bistro Fourteen offers casual, sit-down dining with a full bar at the top
of the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

THE BLUE MOOSE
(970) 476-8666
Inventive pizza, pastas, subs and salads.

EL SABOR
(970) 477-4410
Latin American.
FLYING BURRITO
(970) 479-6356
Mexican.

GAME CREEK
(970) 754-8245
Progressive American cuisine.

GARFINKEL’S
(970) 476-3789
American food and cold beer, huge sunny deck.

GREEN ELEPHANT JUICERY
(970) 470-4042
Fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and vegan options.

LES DELICIES DE FRANCE
(970) 476-1044
French deli food—more caviar sold here than anywhere else in Colorado.

THE LITTLE DINER
(970) 476-4279
American staples in a cozy atmosphere.

MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ
(970) 479-7888
Alabama-style barbecue; all meat smoked fresh daily

MONTAUK SEAFOOD GRILL
(970) 476-2601
Creative seafood and fish house.

RESTAURANT 7 ONE 5
(970) 476-4444
Eclectic American cuisine.

RIMINI CAFÉ
(970) 476-1712
Artisan chocolates, gelato and fancy sippers.

VAIL CHOPHOUSE
(970) 477-0555
Fine dining featuring steaks and seafood.

MINTURN & RED CLIFF
KIRBY COSMO’S BBQ BAR
(970) 827-9027
Original sauce and tasty meats.

MAGUSTO’S
(970) 827-5450
A pizza and burger bar.

MANGO’S MOUNTAIN GRILL
(970) 827-5238
Famous fish tacos and the best deck in town.

MINTURN COUNTRY CLUB
(970) 827-4114
Grill your own steak, chicken or seafood.

MINTURN SALOON
(970) 827-5954
Mexican food, ribs, steak, duck and quail.

STICKY FINGERS CAFÉ & BAKERY
(970) 827-5353
Natural café serving breakfast, lunch and coffee
drinks.

VAIL VILLAGE ALPENROSE RESTAURANT
(970) 476-8899
Traditional Bavarian Cuisine.

ALTITUDE CLUB
(970) 479-6137
Classic American sports bar and food.

AVALANCHE PUB
(970) 476-4444
Avalanche Pub in the Vail Marriott.

BIG BEAR BISTRO
(970) 300-1394
Gourmet sandwiches.

BLOCK 16
(970) 477-8000
Farm-to-table fresh, local and organic.

THE BLÜ COW
(970) 476-2013
Swiss hotdogs.
BOL
(970) 476-5300
Bōl offers ten custom white lanes and nothing
short of a great time. Relax on oversized couches
while you bowl and enjoy a delicious meal and the
full bar. The most unique, amazing and luxurious
bowling experience in the mountains. 141 East
Meadow Drive.

BULLY RANCH
(970) 479-5460
With a casual, Western-style atmosphere and
Southwestern and American menu, our Executive
Chef’s culinary talents make the Bully Ranch an
ideal place to round-up friends for lunch or dinner
att the Sonnenalp Hotel.

CAMPO DE FIORI
(970) 476-8994
Regional Italian cuisine.

CINÉ BISTRO
(970) 445-8286
Upscale cinema featuring a new Burger Bar,
cocktails, beer and wine.

CUCINA RUSTICA
(970) 754-7872
American traditions of the Rocky Mountains.

CRESPELLE
(970) 445-8286
Grab & go: Crepes, coffee, beer, wine and après
drinks.

ELWAY’S VAIL
(970) 476-5011
An award-winning menu and uniquely Colorado
environment.

THE FITZ BAR & RESTAURANT
(970) 476-4959
Comfort Food Elevated.

FLAME
(970) 477-8600
Seasonal menu and locally sourced ingredients.

THE GEORGE
(970) 476-2656
English pub atmosphere and menu.

JOE’S FAMOUS DELI
(970) 479-7580
Deli food, soups, pastries, ice cream, bagels.

LA BOTTEGA
(970) 476-0280
Light and healthy pizzas, slow roasted meats and
fresh seafood.

LA CANTINA
(970) 476-7661
Traditional Mexican favorites.

LANCELOT
(970) 476-5828
Known for the prime Rib, the “house specialty”
since 1969. Also serving excellent seafood and the
finest cuts of steak, aged and grilled to perfection
with a well-selected wine list to complement
the menu. Dinner served nightly at 5:30 p.m.
Reservations recommended. Located adjacent to
the children’s fountain.

LARKSPUR
(970) 754-8050
Modern preparation of American classics.

LA TOUR
(970) 476-4403
Carefully crafted dishes.

LEFT BANK
(970) 476-3696
Authentic French cuisine.

LEONORA
(970) 477-8050
American and Tapas.

LOADED JOE’S
(970) 479-2883
Specialty coffees, breakfast sandwiches, lunch
and wraps.

LOCAL JOE’S PIZZA
(970) 476-2222
Pizza, salads and subs delivered to your door.

LORD GORE RESTAURANT
(970) 476-4959
Elegant, modern, American cuisine.

LOS AMIGOS
(970) 476-5847
Mexican food and a local’s favorite.

LUDWIG’S
(970) 476-5656
Award-winning European cuisine and service in an
elegant atmosphere.

MATSUHISA
(970) 476-6628
Nobu Matsuhisa’s sushi is an art form.

MOUNTAIN STANDARD
(970) 476-1023
Tavern with a wood-burning grill and rotisserie.

OSAKI’S SUSHI & JAPANESE CUISINE
(970) 476-0977
Sushi with a Western twist.

PAZZO’S
(970) 476-9026
Italian food, pizza, subs and pasta.

RED LION
(970) 476-7676
Popular bar scene, lively crowd and celebrated
entertainment.

PEPI’S
(970) 476-4671
Pepi’s is famous for its international cuisine and
Austrian ambiance. Established in 1964, Pepi’s
features the Main dining room, offering continental
cuisine, and the Antler’s Room, famous for its wild
game cuisine and tableside service. The patio
scene is fun and lively with local legends on the
stage. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

RUSSELL’S
(970) 476-6700
Steak and seafood in an upscale atmosphere.

STARBUCKS
(970) 476-1202
Coffee and baked goods.

SUSHI OKA & HIBACHI
(970) 476-1588
Japanese hibachi steakhouse, sushi, Chinese stir-
fry, Thai food.

SWEET BASIL
(970) 476-0125
Creative, modern American restaurant.

SWISS CHALET
(970) 479-5429
Featuring traditional European cuisine by our
Executive Chef in a classic Swiss-style setting, the
Swiss Chalet offers the ultimate alpine
dining experience.

TAVERN ON THE GORE
(970) 476-2828
American.

TERRA BISTRO
(970) 476-6836
Gourmet certified organic ingredients and
sustainable practices.

THE 10TH
(970) 754-1010
Chef Tim McCaw has had a long tradition of
culinary excellence in Colorado – he was born and
raised here! With the ample game meats available
in the Rocky Mountain state, Tim has worked with
Lamb, Venison, Elk, Bison, and not to mention the
fresh water Bass and Trout of the region.

UP THE CREEK BAR & GRILL
(970) 476-8141
Located on the bank of Gore Creek with a
creekside patio, Up The Creek is family owned
and operated for over 20 years. Up The Creek
specializes in fresh seafood, game meats, and
prime steaks paired with an extensive wine and
cocktail list. In Vail Village down the stairs from the
Children’s Fountain.

VENDETTA’S
(970) 476-5070
Enjoy Northern Italian cuisine at Vail’s most popular Italian
restaurant. Serving lunch and dinner in the Vail Valley since
1983. The après ski scene indoors and on the patio is a
gathering spot for locals. Enjoy a great selection of pizzas
and Italian favorites. Delivery is available in Vail Village. For
late-night fare, Vendetta’s serves pizza until closing. Located
on Bridge Street.

VINTAGE
(970) 479-0175
A French Brasserie-style restaurant serving daily brunch as
well as late night bistro fare.

WHITE BUFFALO
(970) 763-5470
Located in the heart of Vail Village, the White Buffalo Lounge
serves New American comfort food and craft cocktails in an
unparalleled setting above Gore Creek.

YAMA SUSHI
(970) 476-7332
Traditional fresh fish, Japanese cuisine, smart ambiance.

YETI’S GRIND
(970) 476-1515
City-style coffeehouse and community gathering place.

WEST VAIL ATWATER ON GORE CREEK
(970) 479-7014
American cuisine.

CASA MEXICO
(970) 479-9000
Mexican grill.

CHICAGO PIZZA
(970) 476-7000
Pizza, pasta and sandwiches.

MAY PALACE CHINESE RESTAURANT
(970) 476-1657
Vail’s resident Chinese restaurant since 1987.

NORTHSIDE COFFEE & KITCHEN
(970) 949-1423
Vail’s newest take-out eatery. Located on the northside of
I-70, west of Safeway. From fresh donuts and pastries, to
espresso, lattes and more. Shop for organic produce and
late night snacks.

NOZAWA SUSHI BAR & ASIAN KITCHEN
(970) 476-9355
Sushi, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese food.

NUDORA
(970) 476-7570
Ramen Bar & Japanese restaurant.

OLD FORGE PIZZA
(970) 476-5555
Fresh, all-natural pizza.

QDOBA
(970) 476-7539
Fresh, made-to-order Mexican menu.

WESTSIDE CAFÉ & MARKET
(970) 476-7890
Breakfast, snacks, coffee, lunch and more.

YELLOWBELLY
(970) 343-4340
Made from scratch, organic and non-GMO.

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Hummingbirds Feeding our Souls – The Hummingbirds of Eagle County

It flits. It flutters. It fascinates us.

And if one gets very close, it’s as though you’ve somehow been specially chosen to enjoy its dance. Then, in a blink of the eye it’s gone. And you’re left savoring the moment you’ve just experienced; a few seconds that will delight. It’s that extraordinary and, in its own way, feeds your soul. The flight of a hummingbird is mesmerizing.

When they are flying, hummingbirds have a heartbeat of about 1,200 beats per minute and an average wing-beat rate of about 53 per second in normal flight. In fact, their name comes from the hum of their wings, which beat faster than the eye can discern. The smallest of all birds, they weigh only between one and three ounces. They can fly forward, or backward, do somersaults or hover. Their long tongues, which extend far beyond their bills, are uniquely designed to extract nectar from deep within tubular flowers. However, these birds don’t just suck up nectar. Instead, they lick it and then capillary action moves the liquid up two partial tubes on the sides of their tongues and into their throats.

Four species of hummingbirds are found in Eagle County: the broad-tailed, and black-chinned, which also breed here, and the rufous and diminutive calliope, the smallest birds in North America which, you might say, just pass through during their migration – a one-way trip of 2,000 to 3,000 miles!

“The broad-tails arrive in late spring, followed by the black-chinned,” explains Eagle resident and birdwatcher/counter, extraordinaire, Joann Riggle-Potter.

“The rufous show up in July on their way back after migrating up the west coast. “In the spring, Riggle-Potter explains, “the rufous migrate from Mexico, up the coast of California, through Oregon, then Washington – all the way to Alaska to breed. Then they do a circular migration route and get here in July and come down the spine of the Rocky Mountains. The calliopes arrive around July, as well.”

Although, to the average onlooker, hummingbirds look similar, they each have their own characteristics, their own way of “doing things.”

The broad-tailed hummingbird’s sound is a very familiar in these parts: it’s the sound heard of a flying bird zinging by, unseen. This bird has a dark green tail, a long and straight black bill and black legs. This is the bird you see hovering and darting around blossoms and often fighting and chasing each other away from choice patches. Or you might see this little guy extending its bill and long tongue deep into the center of a flower, grabbing a small insect in midair or taking spiders or trapped insects from spider webs.

As feisty as the broad-tail is, he has a phenomenon known as “philopatry-faithfulness” to his home area, which means it nests in the same tree or bush year after year. In fact, this homebody will return to the very same branch and even build a new nest atop the old one.

The black-chinned hummingbird arrives here, in late spring, about the same time as the broad tailed. It spends its winter in western central Mexico and along the gulf coast before heading here, where its preferred habitats include mountain and alpine meadows. This medium-sized hummingbird has metallic green upperparts, gray underparts and a white breast. As well, each black-chinned has a black head with a white spot behind only one eye and an iridescent violet throat.

Interestingly, the black-chinned’s nest can expand as its nestlings grow. The spider and insect silk holding it together stretches and allow the nest to grow along with the growing chicks. What’s more, should the weather turn cold, the bird may ingest three times its body weight of nectar in one day.

The rufous hummingbird is considered to be the feistiest hummingbird in North America. The brilliant orange male and the green-and-orange female are notably pugnacious and relentless attackers at flowers and feeders, even going after other birds twice their weight. These birds feed on nectar from flowers or catch insects midair, eat frequently during the day and become torpid at night to conserve energy. But, because of their small size, they’re extremely vulnerable to insect-eating birds and animals.

To attract a mate, the male rufous will fly high and then dive steeply, making whining and popping sounds at the bottom of the dive, before buzzing back and forth in front of a perched female – or in his case several females who build nests. This bird has an excellent memory for location. So if you’ve moved your birdfeeder – don’t be surprised to see the rufous come back looking for food at the feeder’s previous location.

bird_1The calliope hummingbird, another Eagle County favorite and the smallest breeding bird in North America, as well as the smallest long-distance avian migrant in the world, arrives in July, about the same as the rufous. This tiny, yet tough, bird gets its name from the Latin word ‘stellula’, which means “little star,” because of the male’s streaked purple-red gorget (the upper throat or breast), which looks somewhat like a collar, over a white background.

Calliopes not only feed on nectar from flowers, but also drink sap from holes created by sapsuckers or sometimes catch insects on the wing.

During courtship, the male calliope hovers at a wingbeat up to 95 flaps per second (42 percent faster than normal hovering), creating a loud buzzing sound while diving at high speeds, vocalizing at the same time, to attract the female. Research (that was done in a wind tunnel) found that the sound the of feathers as well as the buzzing sound of the bird, each seemed to contain different messages to appeal to the female.

According to the forest service, just by putting their bill deep inside tubular shaped flowers, hummingbirds are key in wildflower pollination in the continental United States. The hummer, of course, is after the nectar. But, as the bird sips away the pollen from inside flower, the pollen gets on the flower. So when bird goes to other flowers, it transfers the pollen: A never-ending cycle.

There’s no doubt that all species of hummingbirds – in their own way – are amazing.

Of course, the best way to watch these birds at work is anywhere you find a flourish of colorful plants. Any flowering plant, with its unique shape and color, will attract a hummingbird. No garden? No problem. A birdfeeder filled with sugar water will lure some hungry souls.

So this summer, once again, get ready for some great entertainment from these special little creatures. Watching their dance just never gets old