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This Ain’t Your Mama’s Bus

Photos by Brent Bingham For more than a decade I had witnessed Turtle Buses winding their way up and down and around Happy Valley, but the opportunity to personally partake in “TransperTainment” had simply never presented itself. And then it did. All those years spent wondering what all the party bus fuss was about, all of the questions swirling around in my head were finally going to be answered. I felt like a little kid about to embark upon the taboo ride at the carnival; the one mom said to stay away from and that’s the very reason you would do whatever it took to ride it, provided mom never found out. On an absolutely gorgeous winter afternoon, good fortune shined when I joined Turtle Bus owner, Shane Ward, Hayden the Turtle bartender (a six-year employee and a convenient welder when needed) and Rosanna the Golden Retriever as we escorted […]


Close Encounters David Frederick Riley’s emotionally charged paintings at Horton Fine Art

One of the most powerful elements of David Frederick Riley’s monochromatic portraits is how the eyes follow you around the room. “You have this other being that’s looking at you … a shared emotional experience between the painting and the viewer, an emotional quality that the viewer can relate to,” Riley says. It’s this connection to authentic expression that sets his wildlife and human portraits apart. While wildlife has traditionally been depicted from an observational, or removed, viewpoint, Riley captures the soul of an animal. “I’m forcing a direct experience — it almost becomes a spiritual experience where you get to interact with something that’s more of an essence than looking at it from afar,” he says. For Riley, a 3-by-3-foot canvas is small. His enormous paintings employ mineral spirits and three primary colors: transparent red oxide, ultramarine blue and white. His 15-year professional career as a magazine and book […]


Redistributing Art Collections With the experts at Claggett/Rey Gallery

For over 30 years, Claggett/Rey gallery has represented some of the finest artists in North America, and these days, it’s also specializing in estate art consultations. As many younger people opt for smaller homes and simpler lifestyles, they’ve been showing less interest in inheriting “stuff,” even if it is valuable fine art. “The kids and grandkids don’t want the burden of things, especially if they have no emotional connection to them,” says Claggett/Rey Gallery owner Bill Rey, who literally grew up in the fine art business. He says that in the next couple of decades, volumes of art will be “heirlooms without heirs” throughout the world. Meanwhile, many collectors haven’t made plans for their fine art to find a new home once they’re gone — or when they decide to downsize. “The art and the collections are so personal to them — they really are their visual diary so they are […]



Vilar Performing Arts Center reinvents its season After more than 30 years living loud and rowdy at the center of the jam band scene, Leftover Salmon’s tour plans went dark — along with every other band, artist and music lover — when the pandemic hit in March. As businesses shut down and people socially isolated, Leftover Salmon, like many other bands, streamed concerts online. And, while singer, songwriter and guitarist Vince Herman enjoyed maintaining his connection with fans, he had to get out of the box — literally. “Art brings people together. You put your differences aside. You’re laughing and crying at the same point. It shows the human side of people.” “I was definitely trying to reinvent myself in the way of streaming things at the beginning of the pandemic, with Zoom shows and meetings,” Herman says. “But I was the only face I was interacting with. I had […]

Chef Profile, DINING


That’s So Classic! Brian Ackerman of Splendido at the Chateau elevates the classics but keeps them fun Brian Ackerman’s childhood didn’t exactly scream “destined to become a culinary powerhouse.” As it happened, he got lost in an unexpected adventure. “It was one of those homes where Monday was spaghetti, Tuesday was lasagna —just all-American stuff,” says the chef-owner of Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek, one of the best fine-dining experiences in the valley. Certainly one of the most consistent. But he didn’t grow up cooking or thinking much about it. After graduating from high school he headed off to the University of Missouri — Mizzou — where he dutifully began pursuing a business degree, and took a job in a restaurant. Sometimes it’s those little decisions that end up being so consequential.  The ball just started rolling, one restaurant leading to the next, then the Culinary Institute of […]



In Vail’s early days, the local watering holes were as important as the skiing By Randy Wyrick and the Vail Valley Magazine staff Over the years, a slew of popular bars has graced the streets of Vail. Everyone, especially in the early days, took comfort in a local watering hole to catch up, complain and and have a helluva lotta fun. At that time, being part of the bar scene was like going home after work. In fact, before everyone in town had a telephone, mothers would call the bar to speak with their kids. They knew where they could find them. Safe — but, needless to say, not always sound. But in those early days, perhaps even more than now, those raucous, crowded joints were the heart and soul of the ski town scene. It really began with La Cave, New Year’s Eve, 1963. Jim Slevin paid a year’s […]



Wellness is a journey Photos by: Getty Images It’s almost habit that whenever we’re asked how we’re feeling, most of us answer, “Great.” “Fine.” “Terrific.” Who wants to hear about the sleepless night, the backache, the headache or the anxiety we might be going through? That’s “stuff” most of us don’t share with just anyone. Yet, that’s exactly the “stuff” that needs to be addressed to keep us healthy. And according to the National Wellness Institute, staying well is “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices towards a more successful existence.”   You know the drill. Exercise. Eat well. Sleep well. Quiet your mind. In other words, take care of you. It’s a priority! When it comes to diet, balance is the key word. And it’s not that hard. Eat nuts and whole grains. Lean protein. Seafood. Cut back on fat. Drink lots of water.  […]



If you were to look up the characteristics of a modern home, you’d find that the Hills’ home has it all — in spades. Clean lines, little ornamentation, large expanses of glass, innovative building materials, expansive interiors and open floor plans, reliance on technology, energy efficiency and use of eco friendly materials.

ACTIVITIES, Summer Activites


photography by brent bingham Anyone who has ever ventured on a hike, be it a flat trail or a 14er, has experienced the instant feeling of peace and contentment that takes hold. Even on the most stressful day, nature’s chorus has a way of taking over. And that might be the best part of hiking: allowing nature to sing. In fact, a Stanford University study found that time spent in nature calms the portion of the brain that reduces your mind’s tendency toward negative thought patterns. That outdoor exercise — particularly hiking — has a direct correlation to a greater feeling of positivity and energy. Buddhist monk Ryojun Shionuma scaled Japan’s Mt. Omine (5,640 feet), almost 30 miles round-trip, every day for 30 consecutive days for nine consecutive years. He completed the journey 1,000 times in an ancient ritual that promised pain, suffering and, if completed, enlightenment. His incredible feat, […]