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The Best of Summer

Our 50 favorite ways to savor the season in Colorado.

5280 June 2008

The Best of Summer

Our 50 favorite ways to savor the season in Colorado.

Web Exclusive: Richard Betts’ Unpretentious Pours

In the world of wine the master sommelier rules. He knows grapes and soil with a simple inhale. To date there are only 96 master sommeliers in the U.S., and one of the most accomplished is Richard Betts of Aspen’s Montagna at The Little Nell resort. Despite his prestige, Betts isn’t a pretentious wine drinker. Here, his top 10 down-to-earth pours.

Top Dentists

Go ahead and smile. These 297 Denver-area dentists will keep your teeth in picture-perfect condition.


Three days at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic with master sommelier Richard Betts.

Piece by Piece

Colorado photographer David Raccuglia’s assignment was to take portraits of the famed quilters of Gee’s Bend. But his passion became understanding—and documenting—the lives behind the work.

Burning Rubber

A few years ago, three friends from Boulder started a shoe company called Crocs, created a worldwide fashion phenomenon, and made millions of dollars for themselves. Then the trouble began.

Web Exclusive: The Best BBQ Recipes

Denver’s tastiest barbeque joints share their recipes for coleslaw, cornbread, and more.

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Web Exclusive: Take Our ‘Cue: A BBQ Restaurant Roundup

Denver’s BBQ is best summed up in one word—fusion. To sample our city’s unique blend of flavors and cooking techniques, <a href=”/2008/map_bbq/”>follow</a> certified BBQ judge Adrian Miller’s guide to the city’s best BBQ restaurants.

The ABCs of BBQ (Denver-Style)

Denver barbecue history, our go-to joints, and the makings of a perfectly messy meal.

Business: Labor’s New Boss

Can Mike Cerbo, the new executive director of Colorado’s AFL-CIO, make labor’s voice heard in a state that’s notoriously hostile to unions?

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Great Outdoors: Moon River

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Home: Al Fresco Kitchens

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Web Exclusive: Joyce Meskis’ Must-Read Summer Books

Thirty-four summers of watching readers whisk books off the shelves and into beach bags and suitcases have taught Tattered Cover founder Joyce Meskis what makes a good summer read. Here, she shares this year’s favorite picks.

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Life According To… Joyce Meskis

Great Outdoors: Moon River

Night rafting paints Colorado’s waterways in a whole new light.

A Father’s Calling

Would he become a dad, or another deadbeat statistic? One man’s journey to an unexpected fatherhood.

Still Fresh

Twenty-plus years of casual-meets-fashion with Fresh Produce.

Big Dig

Forget the sandbox—real construction equipment awaits.

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One-Track Mind

A Denver man’s crazy plan to ride his fixed-gear bicycle across the country.

Do-gooder Buy of the Month

Magic Ingredient: Cherries

This Colorado fruit always comes out on top.

In My Kitchen: Jon and Laurie Nassif, Green Fine Salad Co.

The owners of Green Fine Salad Co. know how to do summer right—cocktails, roasted veggies, glassware, and all.

Rustico Ristorante

Authentic Italian in Telluride.

Get Fired Up

Barbecue super-chef Steven Raichlen dispenses grilling advice.

Basket Bites

Seven local chefs divulge their picnic wisdom.

The Loving Cup

A new glass for discerning beer drinkers.

Sipping Summer

The season’s coolest suds.

Back for more… Domo

A Japanese staple gets another taste.

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Reviews: O’s Steak and Seafood

O’s Steak and Seafood Innovation in Westminster

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