Pandemic Summer reunion in Crested Butte CO: socially distancing on mountain trails

This Pandemic summer, Elk Avenue has been made one way to allow for more outdoor socially-distanced seating and masks are required for those strolling on Elk Avenue.

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Snow or Summer Sun? Crested Butte CO offers best of both worlds
Cristiana Guesthause in Crested Butte CO

Snow or Summer Sun? Crested Butte CO offers best of both worlds

There is biking, hiking, playgrounds, rock climbing and lots of wildflowers—Crested Butte has the moniker for the Wildflower Capital and is packed with tourists in summer

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At the Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival, It’s Not About Winning or Losing
Mel and Andy dish out their Build Me Up Butternut red chili at the CB Chili and Beer Fest 2018

At the Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival, It’s Not About Winning or Losing

For my husband and daughter, it proved a fun shared experience—choosing the recipe, shopping for ingredients, and then two evenings cooking in our VRBO rental

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How to Compete in a Chili Cookoff? Vacation Rental of Course!
Our vacation rental in Crested Butte

How to Compete in a Chili Cookoff? Vacation Rental of Course!

This is one of the best equipped rentals I’ve ever experienced not only with plenty of dishes, pots, pans and utensils but basic spices and even tin foil and zip lock bags.

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Vacation rentals are perfect for families that like to enjoy home-cooked meals
A family enjoying the kitchen in a Homeaway vacation rental

Vacation rentals are perfect for families that like to enjoy home-cooked meals

My far flung family loves to cook when we are together on vacation so we like to stay in condos where we can spread out and enjoy homemade meals—whether chili and just baked corn bread, spaghetti bolognese, or steaks cooked over the condo grill.

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When your grown-up kids take you for a hike in the mountains
At the top of the East Maroon Pass

When your grown-up kids take you for a hike in the mountains

I always suggest parents and grandparents let the kids lead some of the time on vacation, even when they are in grade school. They will take you in unexpected directions

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Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven
Eileen Mel and Reg on the Scarp Ridge hike

Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven

Crested Butte bills itself as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado and there is a Wildflower Festival going on with everything from art classes, guided wildflower hikes, photography classes and more.

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Tapping his inner rebel at Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Cousins Chris Yemma and Reggie Yemma at the Ice Bar on Crested Butte Mountain

Tapping his inner rebel at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

A die-hard snowboarder since his teens, Chris Yemma decided to try skiing on a blue-bird day at Crested Butte to see if his inner rebel still lives.

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Conquering my mountain meltdown with the help of a ski instructor
Adult ski class like Eileen took at Crested Butte

Conquering my mountain meltdown with the help of a ski instructor

We’re at the top of the mountain in Crested Butte, CO, elevation over 12,000 feet, and I suddenly am too scared to move. To be fair, the wind is blowing hard and the conditions are a bit icy but it really wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle — or hadn’t handled many times.

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