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Colorado camping equals star filled nights, warm campfires, the scent of evergreen drifting through the breeze and S’Mores.  Breathtaking natural beauty, few bugs and the abundance of outdoor activities at your finger tips makes Colorado one of the most popular states to camp.  Colorado State Parks manage more than 4,000 campsites throughout the state.  They have everything from backcountry sites for those who desire seclusion to full hookup sites with water, sewer and electrical connections.

Weekdays offer prime campsites as some are on a first come, first serve basis.  Those that take reservations are usually booked 6 months in advance.  There are a few campgrounds located in the White River National Forest not to far from downtown VailGore Creek Campground is the closest located along Gore Creek at the boundary of Eagle’s Nest Wilderness.  It’s a beautiful campground with 18 drive-up sites and 7 walk-in sites with picnic tables and fire rings.  There is no running water or electrical hook-ups but do have vault toilets.

Gold Park Campground is located along Homesteak Creek near the boundary of Holy Cross Wilderness.  There are 11 sites with picnic tables and fire rings.  No running water or electrical but does have vault toilets.  This is located 13 miles south of Minturn.

Another popular campground close to Vail is Camp Hale Memorial Campground.  This campground sits at an elevation of 9,200 feet, in a wide open valley with sparse shade but offers nearby hiking trails and easy access to the memorial.  Camp Hale is historic because the 10th Mountain Division, a unit of 15,000 men, trained here in the mountaineering and skiing techniques during WWII.  Some saw combat in Italy during the war. There are 15 sites with picnic tables and fire rings.  There are vault toilets but no running water or electrical hook-ups.  You may reserve this campground online: 

Camping season is almost here and hope you will get out and enjoy what Colorado has to offer.  Let’s preserve and protect our National Forest, National Parks and Corps of Engineers Lake areas by leaving natural areas the way you find them and please remember to Leave No Trace.






By Barbara Pronin

Too many of us put relaxation on hold, despite knowing stress management is crucial for good health. Would you take the time to de-stress more often if there were quick ways to do so? Personal trainers and life coaches suggest seven ways worth considering:

1. Keep a Journal

Writing is ideal for mental clarity because it makes you think out issues and reflect on what’s happening in your life. Writing in a daily journal for 10 minutes each evening can relax you, and even help you sleep better.

2. Go to the Movies by Yourself

If you can manage it, think about it: it gets you away from everything and everyone, you’re not allowed to talk, and you have to silence your cell phone. Perfect.

3. Go for a Walk

Even a short walk around your home or office can help put the world in perspective. Walk at a moderate pace and do your best to observe and appreciate the sights and sounds along the way.

4. Take a Breath

Three minutes of slow, deep breathing can do wonders for clearing your mind, improving your focus and easing your daily stress.

5. Do Something You Like

Take a warm bath or a 20-minute power nap. Phone a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Treat yourself to your favorite snack (especially if it’s dark chocolate.) Be kind to your body just for a little bit and feel the difference in your stress level.

6. Listen to Music

Listening to soothing music, even for 10 or 15 minutes, slows your breathing and heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes tense muscles.

7. Create a Relaxation Space

Even a designated chair in your office can be your go-to space. Keep some magazines, crossword puzzles or a book of poems nearby, but leave your phone behind and don’t answer it while you are in your space.

Have you done any of the above to combat stress? What other ways do you unwind?

Remember, life can be stressful, buying or selling your home does not have to be. Call Greg Peterson at (970) 331-1333, and let me take this stresser away.

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Fixed-rate mortgages were on the rise this week, but the 30-year fixed-rate remains well below 4 percent.

“Treasury yields marched higher this week. As a result, the 30-year mortgage rate jumped 7 basis points to 3.66 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The Federal Reserve’s decision to leave the Federal funds rate unchanged triggered a 9 basis point drop in the 10-year Treasury yield on Wednesday, however the drop occurred too late to impact this week’s survey.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending April 28:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.66 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week’s 3.59 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.68 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.89 percent, with an average 0.6 point, increasing from last week’s 2.85 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.94 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.86 percent, with an average 0.5 point, up from last week’s 2.81 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.85 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

There is definitely no reason to panic. Interest rates are looking good and now is a great time to buy to take advantage of the rates.

For help finding your dream home, call Greg Peterson (970) 331-1333.


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Since the beginning of 2016, there have been 8 homes sold in Singletree.  There are currently 19 active listings.  At face value, it appears we have 9.5 months of inventory.  HOWEVER!    There are now 15 residences in Singletree under contract!!!  If those sale were all completed through title exchange today, April 29, the statistics would then show 23 sales in 2016, and LESS THAN 4 MONTHS OF INVENTORY!

Singletree has a wide range of homes, including condos, townhomes and affordable through luxurious single family residences.  It is centered on the Sonnenalp Golf Club, and is close to everything.

I do not think we have ever had such a strong sellers’ market in Singletree.  I live in Singletree, and I love this community and know it well.  If you have been thinking of selling your Singletree home, call LAI WHITE at 970-471-2207 and I will discuss a dedicated selling strategy for you to take advantage of this great opportunity.


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Savor the true adventure while in Vail and Beaver Creek with a whitewater rafting trip. Whitewater rafting in Colorado is always an unforgettable  experience.  With the late spring storms and the cooler temperatures, the snowpack got a big boost and is now showing 104%.  The importance of snowpack in Colorado is critical for helping to mitigate wildfire danger, benefits wildlife and enhances outdoor recreation.  The mountain snowpack serves as natural reservoirs and most of the snow melts and goes into the rivers. This is great for the river enthusiast.

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The best time to go rafting is May and June and even July can bring big water flows and frigid water temperatures. Late in the summer the water flows subside, exposing rocky river bottoms that create technical paddling on most Colorado rivers.  Take a day to enjoy the trills of a 1/2 day, full day or multi-day river trip designed for the beginner to advanced paddlers.   Class I to Class V river trips are available on the Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers.  Outfitters will provide the gear you need for a fun, safe experience on the river which always includes a life jacket and a helmet.  Additional gear like wetsuits, splash tops and booties for the feet are rented for a small fee.


Charlie Gersbach was an original in Vail – and would probably be considered an original almost anywhere he ventured.

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As we all know, stories about Vail’s original characters tend to be embellished, even – Heaven forbid – exaggerated. However, this story was told to me by Charlie himself – and we all know Charlie would never have over-stated anything.

Charlie came to Vail around 1962, working for Vail Associates in various capacities.  Among his roles was to entertain prospective investors, making certain these investors were left with the impression that the Vail Associates was a well organized operation.

Charlie was asked to show three gentlemen around  the fledgling resort and then take them skiing.  Following an evening of dinner and filling them in on the resort’s operations Charlie met the group the next morning at the gondola where he proudly continued verbalizing the well-planned aspects of the resort.  The four loaded on the gondola for a day of skiing.  As they rode up the mountain Charlie noticed that the three investors were staring at his feet.  Charlie looked down, and to his horror he saw that the well-organized tour guide was wearing tennis shoes.


As only Charlie could, he quickly explained that he always kept his ski boots in a warm locker at the top of the gondola and when they arrived at Mid-Vail he would step into his toasty boots ready for a day on the hill.   When they arrived at the top he insisted, over the mild objections of the rest of the group, that a hot cup of cocoa or coffee would insure a better start to the day.  Charlie had left his ski boots in a locker at the bottom of the gondola, so he grabbed a member of the ski patrol and told him to call down and have his boots put on the next gondola.

When the boots arrived the ski patrol took them in to the group.  Charlie put on his “toasty” boots, and the group was on their way.

Charlie always claimed the group was none the wiser, and that they did invest in the resort.

Charlie Gersbach was a very unique and special person.

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For more information regarding the Vail Valley or real estate in the Vail Valley contact Don Galgan:  970) 331-4190;   (970) 790-6777;




The “She Shed” is taking over back gardens as women create whimsical retreats to escape the chaos of everyday life. The She Shed is a safe haven tucked away at the end of the garden.  Many of them are repurposed garden sheds, gazebos or even cabins built away from the house.  This is the perfect solution for relaxation mode at home without shelling out a lot of money for a beach vacation.


For decades, the shed has been traditionally male dominated but women around the country are now conquering their backyards and creating space for themselves.


There are no rules to building a “she shed”, they are anything you want them to be.  Often the structures contain nothing more than a comfy sofa and a small table for a glass of wine or a cup of tea but they are also used to enjoy hobbies.  They can be mini art studios, craft rooms, yoga studios or greenhouses.  She Sheds are being decked out with Moroccan rugs, cushions, chandeliers and wall art.

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Spouse and children are allowed by invitation only.  She Sheds are a little piece of sanctuary away from the interruptions and chaos of the everyday life and are pretty much a dream come true.

For information on properties for sale in the Vail Valley, please feel free to call:  Betsy Randall (970) 401-3011 or email:  Please visit our website:



After several years of relatively little activity due to the recession, new construction of luxury homes in Cordillera is back in full swing.  Interestingly, some of the projects are larger, grander, and even more luxurious than the already wonderful homes that exist in this award-winning golf community.  Maybe one of these could satisfy your dreams!

At The Valley at Cordillera, the neighborhood that surrounds the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, it looks like six or seven new homes will be completed by the end of this year.  Several of these are adjacent to the golf course.

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Whether it is new construction or a settled home with landscaping and finishing touching completed, we can find a dream home for you.  Contact Lai White at 970-471-2207.


You may sight a coyote or even a deer at your urban residence, but not this!  The elk are loving the green, sprouting grasses that come with spring weather.  While we often see wildlife cruising Vail Valley real estate all year long, when the new growth starts, they shed all semblance of shyness.

This small group is grazing along the road in the mid-afternoon, along the edge of Cordillera’s Mountain Course, an 18-hole Hale Irwin designed golf challenge.  Expect lightning fast greens with huge mountain breaks, and no putt that runs straight when over two feet long.

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If the elk coats look a bit scruffy to you, that is winter fur, which they are starting to lose.  Antlers shed in winter by the bulls are already regenerating.  We have many elk in Cordillera, and you might see over fifty at one time.

Homes in Cordillera are all in the luxury home class, even the semi-custom enclave residences that sell starting at just under one million dollars for over 3600 square feet.  Minutes away from everything, but a world away from the hustle-bustle of our major resorts sits the award-winning golf community of Cordillera, thirteen square miles of a year-round life-style that cherishes and peacefully co-exists with our wildlife.

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This past weekend our Front Range Friends were enticed to take part in a beautiful Lantern Festival in Dacono on Saturday and Sunday nights! Live music provided amazing aviance and serenity as the glowing lanterns floated weightlessly…into the night sky! Lanterns are released for good fortune, hopes and dreams, but they can also provide a release of burdens, fear and regret. 

On May 20th, there will be two venues hosting Lanternfest in Colorado, one in Colorado Springs and the other in Pueblo. This should be a spectacular sight, stay tuned for more information!