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Jessica LaRusso, Managing Editor

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.

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8 Things You Might Not Know About Pet Ownership in Colorado

You know which breweries have Fido-friendly patios. And you probably have a vet who just looooves Miss Fluffy Fluffikins. That’s why we dug into eight things about companion animals in the Centennial State that might actually surprise you—and help you better care for them.

At Home With 4 Local Animal Instagram Stars

From how these influencers got started to if they actually make money (spoiler alert: they do), we went behind the scenes with the people and pets who star in four of Colorado's most popular social media accounts.

20-Plus Street Artists to Seek Out in RiNo

The impermanence of street art means we can’t tell you where exactly you’ll find specific works, but many artists repeat design elements, and hunting for them is half the fun. Here's a guide to identifying the works of more than 20 creatives.

Inside Denver’s Best Boutique Hotels

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.

Inside Denver’s Best Boutique Hotels

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.

Designer at Home: Kitchen Edition

By combining bold decor moves with smart material selections, interior designer Andrea Schumacher created a kitchen to please her pickiest client yet: herself.

Carbondale’s Cedar Ridge Ranch Is Back—With Alpacas

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.

The 5280 Guide to Mud Season

We found 24 reasons—from sublime spa deals to epic bike rides to effortless fly-fishing—you should head to the high country this spring.

Design Destination: Zephyros Farm

A trip to this flower farm in Paonia will have you dreaming of a blooming garden at home. And if you can't make the trip: Try these pro tips from the Zephyros gardeners themselves!

Fixer Uppers

How a Denver couple took a 1969 Airstream travel trailer from rodent motel to boutique hotel on wheels—and launched a new business venture in the process.

Clean Slate

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.

Gift Guide 2017: 38 Splurge-Worthy Gifts From Your Favorite State

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.

Glamp Like a Champ

The Glamping Co. takes the stress out of sleeping under the stars.

Betting (On) the Farm

Help Colorado’s farmers, ranchers, and vintners stay on their lands—and see firsthand where your food comes from—by jumping boot-first into the burgeoning agritourism trend.

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