Jessica LaRusso is 5280‘s managing editor. LaRusso also oversees daily copy flow and deadline coordination and maintains the house style guide. She writes for the Dwell section of 5280.com and all segments of the magazine, including service packages. LaRusso grew up in northern Indiana and earned a degree in anthropology at the University of Notre Dame—along with completing the school’s Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy—before trading the Midwest for the mountains in 2010. LaRusso joined the 5280 staff full time in 2012 and lives in Denver.
Denver’s upscale lodging scene is booming, which means you can get away for a night or two without ever leaving the Mile High City. Here, a look at seven newcomers that have opened within the past two years, the metro area's coolest hotel pools, and the recent renovations that are keeping our grand dames relevant—all to help you plan your next staycation.
It took nearly a year of working with county regulators and support from an outside investor, but a family-run Roaring Fork Valley farm is once again offering overnight glamping, artist studios, and other guest experiences (alpaca yoga, anyone?) in an effort to prove that agritourism is a sustainable path forward for Colorado producers.
With this newly constructed Hilltop home, architect Scott Parker and interior designer Beth Armijo achieved something all too rare: a modern space that’s both on-trend and timeless, minimalist yet inviting, stark and warm. So when we found out a family of four lives here (with small children, no less!), we knew instantly it was our favorite home of the year.
For your loved ones who’ve been extra nice, we dreamed up an enticing array of Centennial State indulgences. These splurges may not be items you could justify buying for yourself (although we won’t judge you if you do!), but that’s exactly what makes them great for giving.
Towering white cakes, penguin suits, and bland ballrooms, begone! Especially in Colorado, there’s no need to adhere to tired traditions on your special day. Our guilt-free guide shows you how to ditch the stodgy formalities and make the biggest party you’ll ever throw more personal, memorable, and actually fun.
For more than 40 years, Rifle resident Hal Coombs has led annual weeklong trips into the Flat Tops Wilderness in search of three things: elk, unspoiled nature, and bonding time with family and friends.