Spending the Night at a Haunted Victorian Hotel (The Black Monarch)

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Everyone knows about the infamous Stanley Hotel in Estas Park that inspried Stephan King to write his horror masterpiece “The Shining”. The Stanley isn’t isn’t the only hotel in Colorado filled with an otherwordly presence. About an hour west from Colorado Springs lies the almost forgotten mining town of Victor.

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Hope in the Time of Corona (Denver)

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It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. I don’t think anyone would have foreseen to see the world as it is today a month ago.  It was surreal to see the once vibrant streets of Broadway, now empty with boarded-up stores and restaurants. 

The artists of Denver are fighting back against the doom and the gloom by creating works of art on top of the plywood that now adorns the many buildings on Broadway.

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Made in Colorado Spotlight: Margot Elena

When you think of Colorado goods, fine fragrances and luxury body products are probably the last things that come to mind. After all, those things tend to go against the state’s rough and tumble cowboy persona. That of course, never stopped indie darling,  Margot Elena from pursuing her dream of establishing a line of bath and body treasures.

I think that, out in Colorado, we have literally our own headspace around us and we can tell a really unique story, and I think that that has been one of the reasons that we have always been one of the innovators instead of one of the followers,” –Margot Elena  Source: 303 Magazine

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Margot Elena in her Englewood    Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf    Office Source:5280 Magazine

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Enter Elsa’s Frozen Wonderland (A.K.A That One Time Leadville Built an Ice Palace)

Ice Palaces of Colorado

Once upon a time, there was a thriving mining town nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado called Leadville. For nearly two decades the town thrived with the promise of silver and gold fortunes. That is until the most abundant mines began to dry up and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act put an end to the gold and silver rush era.

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Six Unique Summer Movie Viewing Experiences in Colorado

As much as I love the age of streaming, in all honesty, a Netflix bing does not replace the movie-going experience. There is just something about sharing the film viewing experience with the community that makes the film itself (good or bad) much more memorable.

Some of my most fond memories is seeing swashbuckling films like The Mask of Zorro and The Man in the Iron Mask in a tiny mountain town theater. I can also promise you there is nothing like seeing Bladerunner under a sky of twinkling stars at a certain famous amphitheater.

Ready to break up your film routine? Read on to learn about some unique Colorado cinema treasures.

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Eight Lost But Not Forgotten Denver Novelty Restaurants

Not all novelty restaurants can be as enduring as Denver’s Casa Bonita restaurant. There have been many beloved restaurants over the years, but unfortunately like many good things their time came to an end.

1. Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine

Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine is probably the restaurant on this list that I am most familiar with. The restaurant overlooked I-25 and downtown Denver from its location on a bluff on the west side of the highway. Growing up my dad would always say something like “There’s Baby Doe’s” when he would pass it on the highway.  This would later turn into “There’s where Baby Doe’s used to be” when it was torn down in 2007.

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Remembering Columbine (20 Years Later)

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I distinctly remember four news events before the age of ten.

  • The murder of JonBenét Ramsey
  • The death of Princess Diana
  • The Columbine High School massacre
  • And 9/11

Two of these events happened less than an hour away from my home in Thornton, Colorado. This Saturday will mark the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and since that time mass shootings have become more and more frequent, even commonplace.

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View the Changing Aspens in a Graveyard

Last weekend I did something unexpected, instead of viewing the changing leaves in well known areas such as Kebler Pass or Maroon Bells; I saw the changing leaves in an old graveyard.

It was my lovely friend’s idea and I can say that it was much more invigorating than just seeing  trees on a roadside pass. Nestled in the town of Central City lies a series of cemeteries. The most notable one in the area is called Knights of Pythias Cemetery.

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I sadly cannot find too much info on the history of this particular cemetery. It does not seem to be the only grave-site with that name in the United States. Doing a bit of research, I have found that the Knights of Pythias is a secret society that was founded in the mid to late 1800s. In order to become a member of the Knight of Pythias, you must be over the age of 18, not drink or gamble and believe in a supreme being. Interesting enough, famous figures such as Louis Armstrong and Franklin D. Roosevelt are reported as being part of this society.

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Solar Eclipse Fever in America

This Monday marks the first time that a total solar eclipse has been truly present across the United States from coast to coast since 1918. The last time a  total eclipse was present, Denver had an ideal view of the event with 100% total coverage.

This time around, the citizens of Denver will only have 94% coverage and will sadly not get to experience all the special phenomenon that is present during a total eclipse. That doesn’t mean eclipse mania has not hit. Many Coloradoans are traveling up to our neighbors in Wyoming to view of the event and special eclipse viewing glasses are hard to find.

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