Monthly Archives: June 2012

Vacation homes are back

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The vacation home market is making a comeback after a couple of rocky years.  People still want a place for recreation, and the seashore, the mountains and even vibrant urban locations are attracting buyers. “We have generations of South Americans and Mexicans who have an affinity for Vail, the children and even the grandchildren, who are now coming back and getting a home in Vail,” says Alex Iskenderian of Vail Resorts Developmeent Company of Colorado. “That is an encouraging sign — as the baby boomers are aging and not skiing as much, we see the next generation coming in to buy.” Even the timeshare business is moving again, according to a panel of experts at the recent National Association of Real Estate Editors annual conference in Denver. A new trend is the emergence of urban timeshare-like residences in cities such as San Francisco, San Antonio or Washington, D.C. With interest rates low, people continue to be drawn to real estate as an investment. Others buy vacation homes as a lifestyle choice. Vacation-home sales rose 7 percent to 502,000 home and condos in 2011, up  from 469,000 sales in 2010, according to a national study by the National Association of Realtors.  It’s an…

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Decreasing Fire Danger

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Drought Monitor, currently about 61% of the country—mostly in the South and West—is abnormally dry, compared to roughly 32% a year ago. Firefighters aren’t just battling big blazes in Colorado; they are also trying to put out infernos that have consumed hundreds of acres in California, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and Hawaii. <A massive forest fire tears through the U.S. state of Colorado.The two-week-old blaze has confounded firefighters, who have fought it from the air and ground. They were making progress last week, but high winds and scorching heat on Friday gave the blaze a boost. (Video:Reuters/Photo: Getty).> So now is a good time to look at ways to reduce the risk that your property will catch fire—not just from a headline-grabbing event like a wildfire, but also from a tossed cigarette, a stray barbecue briquette, a downed power line or even a lightning strike. Start with your yard. Evergreen trees ignite more quickly than deciduous ones, and should be planted well away from the house, so fires can’t jump from treetop to rooftop. Wood fences are also a hazard, and shouldn’t be attached to the house. If you live in…

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Fourth of July celebration in Vail Village

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The Fourth of July celebration in Vail Village is one of the highlights of the summer! With live music, parades and more, there’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than right here in town. There will be a kids’ fun zone from 12:00pm until 4:00pm in Lionshead with arts and crafts, fun games, and a Kids Poetry Contest.  There will be bands playing in Vail Village all day and a beer garden and food vendors will be set up in order to enjoy the music. Due to the heightened fire concerns in Eagle County and statewide, fireworks will be the latest in “proximity fireworks”, meaning the display will be based from the rooftops of the buildings at Vail, providing what promises to be a unique display timed with live music and bringing the crowd much closer to the launch point of the show. Much like the displays you see at indoor concerts or sporting events, the planned show is much smaller than typical 4th of July fireworks due to the current weather conditions.  The best viewing areas will be found along Meadow Drive from Slifer Square to Vail Road. This will be one family friendly fireworks show you won’t…

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Concerts in Vail

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Stop by our Vail real estate office on Bridge Street before heading to tonight’s Bud Light Hot Summer Nights show featuring Karl Denson, who first came to prominence as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band. Denson will cover vocals, tenor and alto sax and flute, and is joined by guitarist DJ Williams, bassist Chris Stillwell, keyboard player David Veith, trumpet player Chris Littlefield and drummer John Staten. Together, Karl Denson and his Tiny Universe have earned a reputation for creating a dynamic sound that defies categorization. LISTEN AND WATCH KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE Gates open at 5:30pm. Concert starts at 6:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO. ShowDown Town kicks off Thursday! ANB Bank ShowDown Town starts Thursday, June 28, with Something Underground in Eagle Town Park at 6:30pm. Check out this Denver-based band and their energetic blend of rock, reggae, folk and pop for the first free concert in Eagle this summer! ShowDown Town concerts will occur on Thursdays, offering free concerts and activities for kids.

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A Silver Anniversary

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Bravo! music festival’s 25th year bring together the old and new, past and present. To launch its 25th anniversary year, perhaps it’s fitting that the opening performance of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival season will be a celebration of the past and present. The June 25 performance at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail will feature the festival’s current artistic director, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, and her two predecessors, flutist Eugenia Zukerman and Bravo! cofounder and violinist Ida Kavafian, on stage for a free night of music. The opening recital will include music from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor, and Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano on A major, among others. The performance is merely a teaser for the world-class music that is coming to the Vail Valley over the next six weeks, including performances from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, as well as a myriad of guest performers. For McDermott, Zukerman and Kavafian, the recital will be a reunion of sorts, and the audience can expect some lively dialogue along with the music. “What’s interesting about all three is that they’re not only accomplished soloists, but each is also completely devoted…

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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek hosts Masters of Food & Wine event

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BEAVER CREEK —- This month, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek pays tribute to Colorado’s passion for farm-to-table cooking with a series of culinary events at the property that will put the spotlight on local farmers, ranchers and spirits purveyors. The Masters of Food & Wine programming will be lead by Executive Chef Christian Apetz and the culinary team at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill as they offer guests insight on how to use locally-grown and seasonal ingredients through engaging and interactive programs. The weekend begins with a toast at tonight’s welcome reception, which will include appetizers and locally-inspired cocktails from Colorado’s own Leopold Bros. Distillery and a chance to meet the distillers, local purveyors and the resort’s culinary team. On Saturday guests can enjoy a trip to the Edwards Farmers Market with Chef Christian where he’ll share his tips and tricks for navigating the farmers market and selecting the freshest produce followed by a cooking demonstration and dinner inspired by the ingredients bought at the market. A Q&A with Todd Leopold of the award-winning Leopold Bros. Distillery takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, guests can look forward to a guided hike to Beaver Creek Lake, complete with gourmet picnic…

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Hot Summer Nights in Vail, CO

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Tonight’s Bud Light Hot Summer Nights show promises a unique concert atmosphere that will have the crowd movin’ and groovin’.  The group artfully combines afrobeat, salsa, rock & roll, and electronica to create a stage swagger that cannot be found anywhere else. Performing songs from their latest album, Janxta Funk!,” band frontrunner Brian J and fellow Pimps members describe it as “a new chapter in the book of the funk and a testament to the fact that real music is alive and kicking!” LISTEN AND WATCH THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME Gates open at 5:30pm. Concert starts at 6:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO.

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Eagle aims to be Outdoor Destination

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Summer has rolled in and the town of Eagle is ready to have some warm-weather fun. Embracing its outdoor and family-friendly culture, as well as its ranching roots, the little community 20 miles west of Vail has a summer schedule full of concerts, sporting events, weekend markets and special festivals. The best part is that most of these activities are free or nearly free. And really, the town is just warming up. Be on the lookout for more special events in Eagle over the next couple years, such as athletic events, multi-day music concerts, outdoor festivals and more. The town is working to make Eagle more of a destination for visitors, both from the valley and around Colorado, says Meg Stepanek, marketing and events coordinator for the Town of Eagle. “We just want to be careful to keep with our roots and history, and provide the town with events that are paralleled with what our town is all about,” she says. “We’re in the process of talking to certain event promoters we want to see come to our town.” Those efforts start this Friday, June 15, with the launch of www.eagleoutside.com, a site that will provide comprehensive information on dining,…

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Summer is here! Farmer’s Markets Return to the Valley

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Open-air markets will pop their tents for the first time this season in Vail, Edwards and Eagle this weekend; Minturn’s market will open the following weekend, on Saturday, June 23. Farmer’s market patrons can expect to find familiar vendors from last season, and some new ones this year. All these markets host small businesses testing new products, artists and craftsmen showing off their work, and local farmers selling produce. While fresh produce and local art is a staple of any farmer’s market, each one in the valley offers something unique from the others. Eagle: Fridays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., today through Aug. 17 The Eagle farmers market is in a new location this season: Eagle Ranch Village. Market organizers hope this residential, neighborhood location will attract more vistors. Moving locations has also attracted twice the vendors of previous seasons. Being one of the smaller markets in the valley, 25 vendors will set up this afternoon.  Visit www.townofeagle.org. Edwards: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday through Sept. 15 The Edwards market, which takes place added new restaurants to their vendors list this summer, including an ethnic option. The Last Course will have a booth selling desserts and pastries. Ghandi India’s…

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