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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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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.

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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.

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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.

Ben Higgins Talks About His Home Post-Split

Almost two weeks after The Bachelor star and his fiancée, Lauren Bushnell, announced their breakup, 5280 Home checked in with Higgins about how he—and his home—are faring.

Plan the Perfect, Laid-Back Colorado Wedding

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.

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Classic Denver

Sure, you’ve tried all the hot new places. But what about the old? Here, our list of the restaurants, landmarks, museums, events, and more that make Denver special.

Shop Talk: Sacred Thistle

This new floral shop in the Golden Triangle creates beautifully unusual arrangements with an eye toward sustainability—and fun.

Inside One Family’s Annual Hunting Trip

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. 

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How to Quit Micromanaging Your Garden

National horticulture expert Fran Sorin is coming to town with a new revised edition of her book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening.

Trending: The Woman Cave

Learn how to create a feminine relaxation space of your own at this month's Colorado Fall Home Show.

Your Guide to Denver’s Parks

Our favorite spots to picnic, exercise, wear out the kids, hike, and more in Denver’s 272 public green spaces.

In With the Old

Take notes from this Park Hill Denver Square on how to update a historic home for today without losing any yesteryear charm—or your life's savings.

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