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Brrrr. Baby it’s been cold outside, at least here in the Rocky Mountains. Tis the season to eat lots of warm, hearty foods–calorie-rich meals that refuel you after charging down the slopes all day at Telluride Ski Resort.
And baby do I have a recommendation for you. Book your table at Alpinist and the Goat where you can delight in melted cheese in its most delectable forms: fondue and raclette. Both specialties from the Alps, here these convivial dishes are served with salad, seasoned bread and apples. For the fondue, you can choose from seven different options such as traditional, truffle and Cortina, a twist on the classic recipe blended with creamy gorgonzola. More adventuresome gastronomes will want to try the Basquel, a spicy fondue made with traditional Emmenthaler, Manchego and chorizo or Cajun Fondeaux, a rich blend of cheese finished with crawfish tails and Cajun seasonings. Yum. Leave it to Americans to innovate a centuries-old classic from the Alps.
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Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to think about shopping. Oh wait, you’ve probably been thinking about it–and even doing some of it–the past week. Good on you if that’s the case. Others (like me) haven’t even begun to tackle their holiday shopping despite a deluge of offers that have flooded our inboxes.
I recommend keeping it simple and shopping online for those on your list that live a distance from you. Have that something special sent directly to their door, so that you don’t have to put up with all the wrapping, packaging and waiting in line at your local post office or shipper. And while you’re at it, pick up something for yourself because that’s just what we do when holiday shopping.
I showcase a curated list of favorite purveyors at my Online Shopping Page, most of whom offer discounts between 8 and 10% to Bonjour Colorado readers. Go directly there if you want my more lengthy descriptions. Otherwise, check out my highlights and some other add-ons below.
Carmelize sugar and butter, add some nuts and chocolate and you have an extraordinary holiday treat. Ruth does it with love and I promise this housemade toffee is the best I’ve ever tasted. Other sweet and savory confections include truffles, turtles, clusters, fudge as well as roasted almonds. Type in the code Bonjour to receive a 10% discount.
Peruse this quaint online boutique for alpine treasures of the finest quality for men, women, children, the home and dogs! From handmade Swiss dog collars worthy of the pups at Westminster to Italian silk scarves, alpine hats and belts, centuries-old sleigh bells and more, you can shop for an array of heartwarming gift ideas with just a few clicks of the mouse at Alpen Schatz. Type in the code Bonjour to receive a 10% discount.
Grab yourself a glass of bubbly and let yourself be transported to the realm of Family Estate Champagnes at Henri’s Reserve. You can select one exquisite bottle to send off to someone special or enroll your beloved in one of Henri’s Reserve Champagne Clubs, so that he or she may receive choice offerings throughout the year. Family Estate Champagne Houses represent most of the finest champagnes artisanally produced in France, many of which are touted on esteemed wine lists in the finest restaurants of the world. Type in Bonjour at checkout to receive your 10% discount.
From grandma to teachers to the love of your life, just about everyone on your list would enjoy receiving a beautifully wrapped package of handmade soap from Fresh Soap Company. Check out their wonderful selection of soaps, soaks, scrubs, lotions and balms and be sure to type in the code Bonjour to receive your 10% discount.
Still in search of some holiday plates to add charm to your winter feasts? Or maybe you have someone on your list that appreciates table arts of the finest quality. Either way, spend some time at M.A. Hadley Pottery Company for a look at the fun, whimsical patterns of this renowned maker of American Pottery. Type in the code Bonjour to receive an additional 8% discount here.
Looking for something truly unique? Perhaps for that hard-to-buy-for man on your list? Check out The Autograph source for a gallery of collectibles, memorabilia and documents from the world of sports, cinema, music, politics and more–past and present–all in varying price ranges. Type in Bonjour into the comments section to receive your 10% discount.
Absolutely the best toys for all your fur babies are sold at Purrfect Play. They’re made from organic, natural fibers and sure to offer hours of pleasure to your beloved pets. Type in promo code Bonjour to receive your 10% discount.
You can save up to 40% on gifts through Sunday at REI, my favorite supplier of outdoor clothing and gear for men, women and children. OK, you’ll want to wear a lot of the clothes inside, too, around the fire, likely after a good bit of fun in the snow or beneath a desert sun. If you miss out on this sale, try REI Outlet for ongoing awesome deals.
Speaking of adventure, I can’t think of a better gift for your loved ones that travel than a membership at Medjet Assist. They offer a couple of different plans that provide comprehensive travel protection–especially in terms of medical evacuation–for all us globetrotters. Click through from here (as well as the other Medjet links in this post and on my site) to receive a 10% discount.
Je suis triste. I’m so sad that my favorite purveyor of charming French goods is going out of business. The good news for you is that you can receive 50% off the remainder of Quel Objet merchandise. Type in the code AUREVOIR at checkout to receive your 50% discount. Doors close definitively December 23. At this point, there are still espadrilles, Camille breakfast sets and rich red Terafeu Terafour pottery in stock.
Actually below I highlight full-on gifts but they are small enough to stuff into a stocking or even better, a suitcase.
I love the ballet flats for women and toddlers from Linge Shoes. Choose from a Crayola-colored selection of these foldable classics, great for padding about at home or while traveling. I find them to be super comfy and adorable.
It took me years to find just the right cleaning product for all my devices. Now I clean up my desktop, laptop and phone with Whoosh!, a safe, screen shine cleaner that I can use effortlessly and without worry. Whoosh! comes in three handy sizes, making them also a great purchase for those of us that travel so much. Yay for tech hygiene. Yay for grease-free devices.
The eBook version of my travel memoir, A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, will be free tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. It has a 4.3 (out of 5) rating on amazon–people are indeed finding it to be a good read. It’s chockfull of adventure, love, romance, food and wine, French culture and more. Two of my main themes involve self empowerment through sport and personal transformation, so it’s not just chick lit! It’s, of course, also available in paperback at amazon and you can buy signed copies at Alpen Schatz. (Don’t forget the Bonjour code for your 10% discount on the latter.)
Happy holiday shopping to all!
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The hills are alive with the sound of cyclists clicking their way over all kinds of bike trails from single track to old railroad grades to paved bike paths to smooth and bumpy swaths cut through our forests for your recreational pleasure. Our towns and valleys are popping with cyclists clad in brightly-colored garb, too. Whether you’re looking for a scenic ride along one of our rushing rivers or interested in snagging a momentous climb or a descent of World-Cup order, Colorado’s mountain towns offer some of the best bike riding options in the United States. Young or old, skilled or amateur, mountain biker or road rider, there’s something for everyone set within some of the best drop-dead gorgeous scenery in the world.
Below is a rundown of a few of Colorado’s major mountain destinations and some of the cycling options they offer. Read them over, make some enquiries and/or reservations, then enjoy the ride. Most of the mud has dried up and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom, so there’s no better time to freewheel it through and around our mountain towns.
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It’s almost May 1st, or May Day, a holiday widely celebrated in Europe. My favorite part of this fête nationale in France is the muguet, or lily of the valley, that delicate flower with droplets of blooms that resemble little white wedding bells. You can enjoy its fresh, redolent scent in Diorissimo, a signature fragrance of the House of Dior. Christian Dior’s favorite flower was, in fact, le muguet, one of the most beloved symbols of happiness in France. On le premier mai en France, most everything is closed, but you can still find all kinds of bouquets of muguet sold throughout–from street corners to flower shops.
Voilà there’s one terrific gift idea for the lovely lady in your life for this Mother’s Day. Read about many more at my Online Shopping page. Many of the online boutiques I feature actually showcase European goods or goods of such fine quality that they could pass for European made. Telluride Truffle and Ruth’s Toffee are such examples and indeed the quality of their products rivals some of the delectable treats I’ve sampled from France’s top chocolatiers. What mom wouldn’t be thrilled to receive some sweets from these two Colorado-based confectioners! Pay close attention to the instructions on my Online Shopping page to receive a 10% discount on online orders from these two purveyors and all others highlighted on that page (and below).
Nothing says holiday like bubbly, especially when it’s champagne. Send mom a beautiful bottle of champagne rosé from Henri’s Reserve to celebrate her. I promise she’ll be tickled pink.
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Tomorrow is February 1st. And you know what that means…it’s almost Valentine’s Day! I’m a hearts and flowers kind of girl, so I can’t help getting all mushy around this holiday. And as I get older, the list of people–and pets–I acknowledge on this holiday grows. It’s not just about romance. To me, it’s a solid occasion for expressing love. And what better way to express love, than to offer a card or a gift to say I’m thinking about you? This is especially true for someone that lives far away.
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Phew, there’s so much to do! As I reported in my last post, I’ve been busy with a move and the start of ski season. Although I don’t have many gifts to buy, I do like to send out a few. I’m going to make it super easy and get online this morning to order original products of quality and charm you don’t find all over the internet.
Check out my Online Shopping Page for my hand-curated collection of boutiques. Read the descriptions carefully to find out how you can benefit from a 10% discount. Most of my purveyors have told me that goods can arrive by Christmas–by regular mail–if orders are placed by mid-day today. Some have even noted that Friday is the last day. And, of course, there’s always priority shipping to be extra sure of a December 24th arrival. In any event, it’s best to ask each establishment if they can indeed fill the order in time. (Some, such as Telluride Truffle, are pretty swamped.)
Go ahead and check out these lovely boutiques. You’ll be glad you did and so will your happy gift recipients. Remember to follow the instructions to receive your 10% Bonjour Colorado discount.
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There’s nothing like a good, old fashioned road trip to give you a terrific sense of freedom. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that you go under your own steam–that you’re not reliant on a plane, train, bus or boat to get you to your destination. The fact that you’re the captain of your ship means that you can leave when you want, go where you want and stop at whatever strikes your fancy along the way. Maybe it’s liberating because if you take your own vehicle, it’s like bringing your personal living room on the road. Whatever the reason, road tripping is so damned much fun. And there’s no doubt that it’s even better in the great American West.
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Autumn in Telluride rates as one of my favorite times of the year. Since we’re located in southwestern Colorado, it’s typically sunny and warm during the day and cool and crisp at night. Known as the gold season, the aspens present a dazzling array of sunshine yellow, honey and maize while the brush, which flanks our mountainsides and carpets our valleys, turns into a rich showing of saffron, russet and ruby red.
The foliage typically peaks at the end of September, however, the scenery remains stunning here through mid October, especially if we’re blessed with a fresh dusting of snow on our breathtaking peaks. The big summer and festival crowds have gone home, so you can easily soak up the tranquility of our charming mountain destination and the outlying area whether you’re hiking, biking, fishing, jeeping, shopping, dining or just lolling on a nice deck.
Thanks to Mountain Lodge Telluride, the New Sheridan Chop House Restaurant, Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors and Salon 7, you can win a fabulous stay in Telluride, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. (And that’s coming from a gal who lived eleven years in Paris.) Here’s what the trip includes: