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Top of the Town 2012

Every time we step outside these days, there’s a new shop to browse, a new place to eat, a new business to visit. We’re so pleased with what we’ve found in our fair city and beyond.


July 2012


Fields of Dreams

If an invite to have dinner on the farm sounds like a picnic table, baked beans, and dirty-denim affair, rethink that idea. In Colorado, farm-side suppers are staged from late spring through fall, and they are some of the finest, most romantic meals you’ll ever experience. Imagine dining al fresco at community tables, viewing fields that spread toward the horizon, and savoring food that was harvested hours before it lands on your plate. Discover the magic of authentic farm-to-table cuisine. 



Star Light, Star Bright

Colorado is blessed with plenty of stunning scenery—including the expansive night sky. Look up at 10 p.m. on July 15 and use this guide to locate constellations, stars, and even some planets.

Tick Tock

How landing a long-awaited dream job forced me to rethink—but not remake—my relationship with time.

Swimming Hole

Tucked into the mountains of northwest Colorado, Steamboat Lake has everything you need for a quintessential summer weekend.

From the Editor


Front Range

Around the Bend

Take on the gravity-defying sport of downhill mountain biking.

It Is About The Bike

Bob Roll, a 13-year veteran of professional cycling, now commentates pro cycling’s most renowned races: the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, the Tour of California—and, of course, next month’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge. When he’s not following the buzz of the peloton in Europe’s peaks and valleys, he heads home to Durango, where he’s lived for more than 25 years.

River Banks

Fishing may be the next frontier for Colorado ranchers.

Energy Buzz

Harnessing solar energy in new ways.

Glory Gone Wild

Hey folks: We know you’re in shape. Now please stop bragging about it.

Canine Care

Get Involved: Morris Animal Foundation.


Denver’s DUI spots.


The Pioneer

Josh Wolkon reflects on 15 years of Vesta Dipping Grill.

The Image Maker

An artist moonlighting as a server left her mark.

Alamo Placita: A Guide

Stop in the Alamo Placita neighborhood just south of Capitol Hill for a respite from the Mile High City’s bustling neighborhoods like Cherry Creek and Highland. There, you’ll find a collection of turn-of-the-century Victorians and bungalows, specialty shops, and casual eateries. The mix lends Alamo Placita an urban vibe that doesn’t overshadow the small-town, community feel of the historic enclave.

Scrap Happy

One Denverite’s trash is another’s hip, high-end custom furniture. 

Growth Model

A Boulder woman brings high-tech gardening to the DIY-inclined.

East of Denver

The first novel from Denver author, Gregory Hill.

Away We Go

Pack for a getaway in style.

Second Act

Boulder’s iconic, old-timey radio show finally gets its long-awaited home.

Eat and Drink

West of Eden

Turning out tasty, small-batch wines in the West Elks region.


Thanks to a booming restaurant scene, Louisville has become more than Boulder’s quirky, small-town neighbor. Here are seven reasons to make reservations now.

Table Hop

Dry-hopping beer—at your table. 

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