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Carnivale for a Cause: Cirque d’Aspen

By:Marissa D'Oraizo

Aspen,CO -- Whether you’re visiting for the Holidays or you live in Aspen year round, everyone can appreciate an outstanding artistic performance. What’s better? How about an outstanding artistic performance for a good cause? This holiday season, check out Cirque d’Aspen, running December 28th, 29th and 30th benefiting the Aspen Youth Center.

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Where Aspen's History Lies: Ute Cemetery "Walking with the Dead" Tour

Dean of the Dead:  Tour guide Mr. Weiler in his natural habitat at the “Walking With the Dead” tour of Ute Cemetery.Dean of the Dead: Tour guide Mr. Weiler in his natural habitat at the “Walking With the Dead” tour of Ute Cemetery.ASPEN, CO - I couldn't pin it down right away; the vague sense of atmospheric recognition. Then it struck like lightning--this was the cemetery I knew as a child. Before the fallacy was shattered by visiting a real one, I'd pictured dense thickets of thin barren trees, overgrown vegetation climbing weathered tombstones, and graves scattered randomly over rolling hills. I had long since abandoned such youthful horror-fantasies, accepting the unspectacular reality of bright green, organized, well kept scraps of flat land as the places we store our dead. Yet there I stood, in front of a place not so loosely resembling what I thought to be a laid to rest misconception, lost in rambling thought. My “Walking With the Dead” tour of Ute Cemetery was yet to begin.

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Aspen's Conundrum Hot Springs: 18 Miles and 4 Courses

ASPEN, CO - This year marked my first adult birthday outside of Philadelphia's city life, and I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. I’ve always loved hiking and camping, but I had never been on a backpacking, camping trip before. I decided my 24th birthday was as good a time as ever to take the trek. I asked around among friends and co-workers to get the dish on the some of their favorites. Over and over again, recommendations for the Conundrum Hot Springs hike in Aspen came pouring in, and I was sold.

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MANTO'S PIZZA!! Some of the best pizza in Eagle County!

Chef Manto in the kitchen: Owner and  Chef Jay Manto working in the kitchen at Manto's PizzaChef Manto in the kitchen: Owner and Chef Jay Manto working in the kitchen at Manto's PizzaGypsum, Co - Attention all high country locals, as well as all fortunate folks traveling through our part of Colorado, there is a new hot spot in the area where pizza is the game and “MANTO'S PIZZA” is the name located at 106 Oak Ridge Court Gypsum, CO: 970-524-6266

What does this mean for those of us that live here in the hills? It means that we now have a new place to fill our bellies with yummy pizza shop delights!!! This is also fantastic news for those lucky folks flying in and out of the Eagle-Vail airport or Vail Valley Jet Center and heading to Aspen, Vail or anywhere in between!!

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Conquering Mount Sopris near Basalt, CO.

View near summit of Mount Sopris: View near summit of Mount Sopris near the Basalt.View near summit of Mount Sopris: View near summit of Mount Sopris near the Basalt.CARBONDALE, CO - In most of the Colorado mountain towns where I have lived, there is one peak that dominates the skyline. In Norwood it is Lone Cone Mountain, in Colorado Springs it is Pike’s Peak, and in my new home of Basalt it is Mount Sopris. Driving into the Roaring Fork Valley one cannot miss the stunning view of this peak. It rises over 6,000 feet in less than three miles to its twin summits, both at exactly the same height of 12,965 feet. For me it is a rite of passage to summit the peak that towers above the town in which I live. Not only does this help me to understand where my town lies in relation to the surrounding peaks and valleys, it also affords a familiarity with the mountain that makes gazing up at the peak even more enjoyable and meaningful. Last weekend, I conquered Mount Sopris.

I chose a date and invited some friends, sure that we would have to set several dates before the weather cooperated and we were able to summit. That morning, we woke up to a cloudless blue sky and the weatherman predicting that it would remain that way throughout the day. We drove to the trailhead munching peanut butter and apples, and energetically began the hike. Not long after we began, we passed a gnome, sitting quietly next to his pet chipmunk slightly off the trail. After about two hours of hiking under a canopy of yellow aspen leaves, we reached Thomas Lakes. They were so still that we could see the twin summits of Mount Sopris reflecting in the water. A small pond between the two lakes was covered with a thin sheet of ice, reminding us that winter was on the way. Our midmorning snack refilled our tanks and allowed us to continue onward and upward, constantly marveling at the beauty of our fall-colored valley.

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Halloween Hauntings at The Hotel Jerome

Exterior of the hotelExterior of the hotel ASPEN, CO - October’s just around the corner. Cue changing leaves, frost wrapped mornings, and ghostly Halloween happenings. In light of my love of dressing the part, Halloween is one of my favorite festive stretches of the year. I say stretches because I delegate the entire month of October to costume construction, zombie crawls and eerie encounters. This year, I plan to check out a few haunted hotels that boast credible reputations for supernatural incidents. At the top of my list: the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.