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Legacy ranch has an environmentally intuitive aesthetic that showcases the stunning backdrop By Kathy Filgo, Photos courtesy RKD architects Native Americans had been stewards of the land in what is now the United States of America for about 15,000 years before the American pioneers hit the westward trail in the 1700s. But it wasn’t until after the War of 1812 that a vast migration to a new life in the western territories really took hold. One could not ask for a more compelling environment in which to commune with nature and bring peace to the mind and heart. There were a lot of reasons the pioneers braved the challenges of the journey to seek their destinies in the Wild West: They were pursuing gold and silver; escaping overcrowding, rules and discrimination; looking for employment and business opportunities; craving space to plant crops and raise livestock; and some were simply looking […]



Captain Jack Eck’s circuitous road to Vail helped create a diverse skill set for the community’s most beloved doctor Photography by Brent Bingham Eck was not an ordinary doctor.  He always wanted more. More for his patients. More for the town. And more for the hospital that was eventually built in Vail. Say the name Jack Eck in our town and you’ll always get the same reaction: a caring man, a gentle man. It’s a well-deserved reputation.  Ask anyone.  Dr. Jack Eck is truly a man for all seasons. Eck’s renown is derived from his warmth and the unassuming way in which he interacts with everyone. His humble beginnings were in the coal region in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley; he was the first generation of his family not to work in the mines. And over the years Eck has experienced a life that he never, ever thought possible. From growing up in a region […]



Virtual event to celebrate Dr. Eck on Sept. 19 & 20 Vail, CO (Aug. 21, 2020) ― While COVID-19 may be impacting the ability to gather together, Vail Health is celebrating the spirit of togetherness by taking its annual Hike, Wine & Dine event virtual, allowing people to participate wherever they might be located. On Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, participants are encouraged to hike on their own and share their experience with the event group through the Strava Club, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. The virtual Hike, Wine & Dine event will honor Dr. Jack Eck’s contributions to the community. Dr. Eck will retire from the Vail Health Foundation in December.  A  portion of the funds raised from this year’s virtual Hike, Wine & Dine will be used to keep Jack’s Place open on weekends during the winter. All proceeds benefit Jack’s Place and Shaw Cancer Center, […]



We each look at a piece of art differently. Some are attracted to the subject matter, others the colors. While some wonder what the artists were thinking as they worked on the piece. The bottom line is that it really doesn’t matter. The viewer simply likes the work. Outwardly, there’s no rhyme or reason. However, inwardly, the viewer was moved, attracted in some unspoken way. And that’s exactly how gallery owners choose an artist: They are moved by what they see.  At the same time, it’s important for artists who seek representation to do the research to see if a gallery is a good match for their work. Gallery owners have clear interests and aesthetics. They represent creative visions no matter what the genre. And, once committed, galleries are willing to support their artists in every way.  “It’s pretty evident to me when an artist has something to say,” remarks Marc […]



An artist and creative thinker, Dan Telleen’s wearable artwork is dynamic and thought-provoking. Fifty years ago, dan telleen introduced his bold, organic jewelry to Vail. Since then, he has developed a unique style and strong following. Known for his custom designs, his impeccable craftsmanship  and his one-of-a-kind way of linking people with time, history and their common humanity, Telleen incorporates such things as ancient coins, fossils, arrowheads, meteorites and even sand into his pieces. After college, Telleen taught elementary school art in Michigan and spent summers selling his art in Colorado, his jewelry always selling best. Initially, he concentrated on ceramics in art school and, for that reason,  treats the wax like clay, allowing designs to emerge “I try to find out what my materials can do and then use the spontaneity of the materials to create the jewelry,” Telleen shares.   For example, as Telleen works with the shape of a meteorite, he […]

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It’s the allure of the vast, open spaces, however, that draws couples to these ranches, the connection to the natural beauty that is only enhanced by the rustic structures.  Many guests find that once they’re ensconced in the serene expanse of the ranch, there’s really no reason to leave. Perched at more than 10,000 feet above the ordinary world, it seems as if this space is what wedding dreams are made of. It’s summertime in the Vail Valley. Every day brings some new opportunity to appreciate this stunning setting from a blazing sunrise to the rainbows that pop up after an afternoon shower. It’s no wonder that so many couples choose to tie the knot in this idyllic location, whether it’s a local couple, former residents or long-time visitors. Each ceremony is unique, ranging from over-the-top opulence to intimate elegance but no matter what the theme, many couples are choosing to […]



We might be landlocked here in the Rockies, but but all rivers lead to the ocean, and seafood and fish are abundant on local menus. Whether they’re plucked from nearby waters or rushed to our valley from afar, the piscine options are bountiful —and the perfect choice for summer. When our days are bright and warm, it’s a delight to sink into one of these pristine offerings. Photography by Brent Bingham RUSSELL’S Though Russell’s might be known as the best steakhouse in Vail, the Alaskan King Crab legs are the ultimate in decadence.Steamed to succulent perfection, they need no embellishment beyond drawn butter, some lemon and a bit of greenery. Though the view of Gore Creek out the wall of windows is a nice accompaniment. PEPI’S Too pretty to eat? Perhaps, but don’t let that stop you. The Pepi’s Tuna Crudo makes a nice foil for the citrus segments and lemon vinaigrette. Sliced cucumbers and shaved fennel slaw bring crunch, and creamy […]



Kristof Kosmowski’s artwork explores a world of mystery and excitement Kristof Kosmowski and his artistic wife, Noemi, grew up under communist rule in Poland, which Noemi describes as “a really sad … grey nation.” These days, Kristof’s abstract landscapes, full of rich colors, texture and emotional energy, show no signs of his original homeland’s despair — but they do include its masterful European traditions. Kosmowski earned his graduate degree in graphic design at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. As a commercial graphic designer, he designed movie posters for studios and stamps depicting various sports for the Polish Postal Service. He trained at the Escola Massana Centre d’Art in Barcelona, and by the time he was 25, his vivid sports portrayals led to 25 one-man shows in Poland, Germany and Finland. In 1984, the Kosmowskis escaped from Poland to Germany with their two toddlers. They had always intended to […]



From the bubbling rapids of the eagle river to the dips and eddies of the colorado, the rivers, streams and lakes of eagle county offer themselves to sportsmen, adventurers, conservationists and more. by Krista Driscoll and Katie Coakley – photography by Brent Bingham The put-in is alive with excitement. Commercial vans and buses jockey for position to lower stacks of rafts to the water, alternating turns up and down the boat ramp with trucks hauling kayaks and SUVs towing drift boats. People mill about in various states of river dress, lifejacket buckles flopping unceremoniously as they wave their arms to provide traffic control to the many vehicles.“It’s like organized chaos,” says Miranda Hicks, with Timberline Tours, a local river guiding company. “Making sure guests know how to get themselves ready, where they can stand to watch us put boats in the water and get gear ready for them. “But if you go to each guide, we are very […]