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7 Reasons We Love Fort Collins

Fort CollinsFort Collins is a unique community with a small-town charm that draws you in hooks you with delicious beer and outdoor adventures. We could go on and on about all the reasons we love Fort Collins, but we’d probably end up rambling. Instead, we’ll give you seven of the greatest things about this community. At least, in our opinion! But don’t take our word for it. We encourage you to go experience Fort Collins for yourself.

Endless Outdoor Activities

For outdoor enthusiasts, Fort Collins is a gold mine of opportunity. FoCo is home to 50 parks, 35 miles of trails, three golf courses, and 40,000 acres of natural areas. And that’s just within city limits! Horsetooth Reservoir sits only minutes outside the city, right up against the foothills. The six and a half miles of water is open year-round, beckoning visitors to come out and play! Surrounded by 1,900 acres of public lands, Horsetooth boasts fishing, boating, SUPing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and so much more!

The Vibrant Nightlife

As a college town, the nightlife here is bustling to say the least. A night on the town in Fort Collins can feature a vibrant mix of art, culture, dining, craft beverages, and live entertainment. The plethora of bars clustered on the plaza of Old Town are perfect for twenty somethings in search of the hot spots. While the restaurants and bars dotting the surrounding area are well suited for those with a bit more mature taste looking for a low-key vibe. The newly renovated Old Town Square is the perfect place to attend a summer concert, enjoy seasonal events, indulge in ice cream with the family or hunker down on a patio. And you definitely won’t want to miss out on the magic of the holidays.

The Craft Brewery Scene

Northern Colorado has been dubbed by some as the “Napa Valley of Beer” with Fort Collins at its epicenter. With over 20 breweries and counting, even the locals have a hard time keeping up! FoCo serves up everything from the country’s 4th largest craft brewery to a brewery that delivers kegs on tricycles. Craft cideries are also starting to pop up and have been gaining popularity within the community. Locals and tourists alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a nice cold beer and some down time. With some truly tongue tingling brews, Fort Collins is a beer lovers mecca.

It’s a Foodie’s Paradise

Sure, Fort Collins is a long-standing hub for craft beer. But in recent years it has also undergone an epicurean evolution. The Fort Collins dining scene has been growing at a record pace for the past several years with no end in sight. Community residents are finally embracing creative dining. The community is exploding with innovative new restaurants. Everything from sushi and farm-to-table, to comfort food and vegetarian spots. The food truck scene is also blossoming, with more than 40 different vendors!

Live Local Music

In recent years, Fort Collins has surpassed Boulder as Colorado’s most vital producer of music outside Denver. Live local music seems to permeate everything in this community. And it’s all thanks to the bands writing and performing original music, along with an arts-friendly city government that nurtures local talent. The annual local music festival, FoCoMX, is the perfect place to get a taste of what these local bands has to offer.

College Town Energy

Founded in 1870 as a Colorado Agriculture College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. With over 33,000 students attending every year, the university brings brainpower and a youthful energy to the Greater Fort Collins area. During the school year, the buzz around town comes from the excitement of university sporting events and concerts, students biking around town and hanging out in the parks, and even working in all the local shops.

Fort Collins Goes Green

Residents here are dedicated to giving back to Mother Earth. They choose to go green in their daily lives by composting, gardening, raising chickens, and lining roofs with solar panels. Meanwhile, the city leaders set and exceed lofty sustainability goals. They have worked hard to make alternative transportation options convenient and safe. Bike paths line the city street and the bus service is continuously expanding. Many commuters are ditching their cars and opting for a bike or bus instead.

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Northern Colorado Holiday Events 2018

Northern Colorado Holiday EventsWhether you live in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Greeley, or Loveland there are plenty of northern Colorado Holiday events to help you get in the festive spirit this year!

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights

When: November 15th – December 30th

Where: Fort Collins Brewery & Biergarten

Brewery Lights at The Fort Collins Brewery and Biergarten is gearing up for kick-off on Thursday, November 15th. And will be open every Thursday – Sunday from 5pm – 9pm until December 30th. This is a free family friendly event, but there are paid options.

Bud Lights & Brewery Lights – Perfect for individuals wanting a piece of the everyday experiences with the joys of the holidays.

Fire Pit Fun – Great for groups up to six to reserve some private space

Brewery Express Train – $5 (No train on December 7-9).

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade and Celebration

When: November 23rd

Where: Elk Horn Avenue, Downtown Estes Park

As dusk falls the day after Thanksgiving, the magic begins to unfold! Bands come down the street playing favorite Christmas songs with tiny white twinkly lights reflecting in the bright polished brash. Dancers sway to music. Floats loom from the night, huge and ethereal, with more and more lights that add to the mysteries and magic of Christmas legends and solstice dreams.

With holiday music broadcast outdoors throughout the town helping set the scene, you can stroll the magical downtown and visit with Santa Claus at his workshop near Bond Park from noon to 2pm. The lighted Christmas parade begins at 5:30 pm and runs the length of Elkhorn Ave. All activities are free.

Festival of Lights

When: November 30th

Where: 4th Street, Downtown Loveland

Kick-off the holiday season in downtown Loveland with the Festival of Lights! See the magical twinkling lights throughout downtown and watch the tree lighting up close! Enjoy live performances on stage and sing-along with the carolers. Don’t forget to take pictures with Santa’s special guests – Snow Queen, Snow Princess, robots, and a dinosaur.

Garden of Lights

When: December 1st – January 1st

Where: The Garden on Spring Creek, Fort Collins

The Garden of Lights is one of northern Colorado’s best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Visit your favorite perennial flower beds, huge sculptural flowers, a brilliant blue pond, grapevines, butterflies, and a Primordial Forest with dinosaurs—all created entirely from holiday lights. During the weekends, visit with Santa, listen to holiday music, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy warm drinks!

Greeley Lights the Night Parade

When: November 24th

Where: Downtown Greeley

This lighted holiday parade kicks off the Christmas season in downtown Greeley! After over 50+ lighted parade entries make their way to downtown Greeley, the City of Greeley lights up Lincoln Park.

Holiday Lighting Festival

When: December 7th

Where: Main Street, Downtown Timnath

Come one, come all to the Town of Timnath’s Holiday Lighting Festival! All of northern Colorado is invited to celebrate the most wonderful time of year in Timnath with all of your favorite holiday activities. Mayor Jill Grossman-Belisle, accompanied by Santa Claus, will kick off the event by lighting up Main Street. The celebration will continue with carriage rides, ornament craft making, a delicious soup bar for dinner, holiday desserts, hot beverages and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to take professional photos with Santa and enjoy Christmas music performed by local choirs and band.

Lights for Habitat

When: Thanksgiving Night – New Year’s Day

Where: 321 & 325 Albion Way, Fort Collins

In 2007, the Blenkers family became the 33rd family to move into a Fort Collins Habitat home. To express their gratitude, they are now hosting the “Lights for Habitat” light show and celebration at their home for the community to enjoy.The Blenkers decorate their home with more than 50,000 lights and sets them to a daily music lineup, featuring a mix of Christmas songs and other favorites. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will make a guest appearance to hand out hot chocolate and stuffed animals to children.

NightLights – Tree Lighting Celebration

When: December 1st

Where: 531 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins

Every holiday season the big blue NightLights tree located in the courtyard at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Mulberry & College in Fort Collins, lights up the night bringing awareness to the issues of child abuse and neglect and letting the children impacted know they are not alone.

Windsor Wonderland

When: December 1st

Where: Boardwalk Park, Downtown Windsor

This annual event welcomes children of all ages; Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive from the North Pole by train at noon at the intersection of 5th and Ash Street. Other event activities include wagon rides, a petting zoo, holiday carolers, holiday story time, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies and much more! Downtown merchants will also have their doors open and ready for holiday business. The event and activities are free; however, there will be several food vendors selling snacks and lunch items, and merchant tents.

Winter Wonderlights

When: November 16th – January 1st 

Where: Chapungu Sculpture Park, Centerra

Each night of Winter Wonderlights, visitors can walk through the beautiful park and enjoy holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures and 30-minute music and light shows every night. The light and music show features six total songs and moving lights on the 20-foot-tall LED mappable Christmas Tree.

The event is free and open to the public. However, either canned food to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank or an unwrapped toy to benefit Santa Cops is requested.

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Jamie Slough | Featured Agent

Jamie Slough

Jamie Slough


I claim Grass Valley, California since it sometimes shows up on a map but it’s actually a little community about 20 minutes away called Lake Wildwood. I grew up all over the world with a Dad who worked for the Air Force but ended up in California.

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

There are so many, but I would say just the simplicity of a small town.

What Was Your First Job?

Working at a little sandwich shop called June’s Deli. I still visit her when I’m home.


Cooking, sewing, photography, and card making.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Caring, Strong-willed, Honest, Creative, Driven

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Anything with my family…hiking, camping, BBQing.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Smokin’ Fins in Downtown Littleton. Great food and drinks!

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I’m heavily involved in my kids’ schools and support several animal charities.

Who Inspires You?

A good friend and past colleague of mine, Courtney O’Neill. She is such a free spirit and follows her heart no matter how hard it is. She’s not afraid of the road less traveled. She’s one of the kindest, most down to earth people I know.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

My kids. They are such loving, kind, smart people. They make the world a better place and give me hope for the future.

How Do You Define Success?

Happiness. Money and status don’t mean anything without stopping to enjoy life.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Marketing. It is still a huge part of what I do in real estate and what got me here.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Speaking another language. I spent time growing up in Germany where all the other kids spoke multiple languages from a young age. I just think it’s such a versatile skill and allows you to communicate and understand more of the world.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

I’m not a very adventurous person…I would probably say in college when I used to do spontaneous road trips in the middle of the night. My mom used to get the midnight call of, “Hey Mom, just to let you know we’re headed to Vegas (or wherever it was). Call you when we get there!”

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Mornings at our family cabin in the Sierras. The cabin has no electricity and is heated by wood stoves. My Grandpa would get up early and start breakfast. The kitchen stove pipe ran through the loft where my sister and I slept.  We would carefully touch the pipe in the morning without getting out of our sleeping bags to see how hot it was to determine if it was time to get up. My Grandpa would make “hotcakes” and hot chocolate mixed with coffee for us. Still my favorite place in the world.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Randy Rogers Band at the Grizzly Rose a couple years ago. My husband surprised me with tickets for my birthday. It’s one of our favorite bands and we don’t have many date nights so the combination of all those factors were amazing!

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Heartland on Netflix. Living on a ranch and working with horses all day? My dream life!

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Denver Holiday Events 2018

Denver Holiday Events The Holidays are a time of twinkling lights, making memories, and enjoying festivities. No matter what you’re celebrating, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the magic of the Holidays around Denver. Following are a list of Denver Holiday events that are perfect for the whole family!

17th Annual Denver Christkindl Market

When: November 17th – December 23rd

Where: Skyline Park, Downtown Denver

Immerse yourself in German and European holiday traditions right here in Denver. Indulge in delicious cuisine and festive German drinks. Shop around for handmade jewelry, toys, clothing, gifts, and more! Each night features live entertainment inside the festival tent where dancing is highly encouraged!

Skyline Ice Rink

When: November 21st – February 16th

Where: Skyline Park, Downtown Denver

The Skyline Ice Rink in the heart of downtown Denver is the perfect place to enjoy some winter fun! Make it a date, a family outing, or some post-work stress relief. Skate rentals for kids 12 and under are $6, and rentald for 13 and up are $8. Bring your own skates and skate for free!

45th Annual Turkey Trot

When: November 22nd

Where: Washington Park, Denver

In its 45th year, this fun Thanksgiving tradition draws more than 20,000 people to Denver’s beautiful Washington Park for a four-mile run and walk supporting Mile High United Way’s work in the community. Proceeds from the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot go towards ensuring that children enter school ready to learn and are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, young people graduate from high school ready for a career or college, and families have the opportunity to move towards self-sufficiency.

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Blossoms of Light

When: November 23rd – January 1st

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street

The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. With fresh and exciting new features, along with some fan favorites, this year’s display will be brighter and more expansive than ever before!

Candlelight Walk in Littleton

When: November 24th

WhereMain Street, Littleton

The 35th annual event will feature more holiday entertainment than ever before, including the Littleton High School choir, Heritage High School Brass, live reindeer and a holiday float adorned with a glittering ice princess and dancing elves. The event culminates with Santa illuminating more than one million lights in downtown!

Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker

When: November 24th – December 24th

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado Ballet’s acclaimed Nutcracker, the largest in the state and named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Contest, returns for its 58th year. Live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Performances sell out, so get your tickets early!

9News Parade of Lights

When: November 30th – December 1st

Where: Downtown Denver

The 9News Parade of Lights is a magical nighttime event, which features more than 40 units including extravagantly illuminated floats, giant helium-filled character balloons, magnificent marching bands, traditional equestrian units and vibrant cultural entries.

Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo

When: December 1st – 31st

WhereThe Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights celebrates its 28th year as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions. To protect the magic of the season tickets are limited by date and issued for a one-hour entry time window. Most evenings sell out in advance and tickets will not be available at the door for evenings that sell out.

Denver Holiday Bazaar

When: December 7th – 9th

Where: RiNo Arts District

The ultimate holiday pop-up shopping experience brought to you by Denver BAZAAR. A festive weekend-long party in the streets of RiNo Art District featuring the largest curated mix of Denver’s makers and artists, music, cocktails & food.

Community Menorah Lighting

When: December 12th

Where: 350 South Dahlia Street

Enjoy a candle-lighting ceremony, musical performance by children from the JCC Denver Early Childhood Center, and light refreshments served inside the lobby of the JCC!

Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel

When: December 15th – January 2nd

Where: 16th Street Mall & Glenarm Place

Denver Pavilions holiday carousel returns for its 4th year. The carousel brings a family-friendly entertainment to the mall, helps light up Glenarm & 16th & a portion of the proceeds will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.

The Polar Express Train Ride

When: Dates and Times Vary

Where: Colorado Railroad Museum

The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!

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Fort Collins | Community of the Month

With abundant recreational opportunities, a flourishing arts & culture scene, and a unique small-town atmosphere, Fort Collins boasts a quality of life few other communities can compare to. Kentwood Northern Properties’ premier location enables our leading real estate professionals to deliver exceptional service to the Fort Collins community and beyond.

Opt Outside

Settled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins provides easy access to Colorado’s high country and is just an hour north of Denver. There are 50 parks, 35 miles of trails, and three golf courses located within city limits alone. Horsetooth Reservoir, Lory State Park, and the Cache La Poudre River Canyon are all mere minutes from town. Each providing endless opportunities for remarkable hiking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, and world-class white-water rafting. Fort Collins is an ideal city for those seeking outdoor adventure and natural beauty at their fingertips. 

Immersed in Culture

The city also boasts a robust arts and entertainment culture. On any given day of the week you can enjoy the sounds of lively local music, bury your nose in a book at the public library or visit one of the several museums and theater companies around town. The works of art adorning many street corners bring a pop of color to everyday life in Fort Collins. To add to the depth of community life, The University calendar is packed with athletic events, guest speakers, art exhibits, cinema, and so much more.

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Drink, Dine, Play

Old Town Fort Collins is home to a thriving dining and nightlife scene. It’s rich with an energy that’s exciting, and infectious. It’s also the perfect place to take a stroll, bring a date, or enjoy an outdoor summer concert. The streets are lined with lush trees and colorful flowers, cozy patios, romantic alleyways, and art-covered pianos. There are over twenty restored historical buildings that are part of both national and local designated historic districts. Old Town is truly the heart of Fort Collins.

Fort Collins is also home to 20 award-winning craft breweries and one of the best known breweries around the world, Anheuser-Busch. Odell Brewing was the first craft brewery to call Fort Collins home and is still going strong today. New Belgium Brewing is one of the most unique breweries in the industry and contributes it’s own flavor to the unique culture of Fort Collins. There is also Equinox Brewing, a lesser-known brewery but with just as delicious beer offerings. And they even let you take the recipes home. If you can’t choose just one, make a day of it! Have a taste of all the brews FoCo has to offer.

Over the years, Fort Collins has been recognized as the best place to live, best place to raise a family, and best college town for a vacation. It is always full of fun things to do, no matter the season. The broad spectrum of arts, culture, recreational opportunities, and mountain surroundings make Fort Collins an ideal place to settle down.

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Real Estate Market Factors Continue to Favor Home Sellers

Real Estate Market While October brought with it a track back to normal seasonality with an increase in housing inventory, so too did it bring real estate market factors – including sales volume, days on market, and housing prices – that continue to favor home sellers in the Denver area.

More Inventory Makes for a Healthier Market

After years of a lack of homes on the market for buyers to choose from, housing inventory is trending up. For the month of October, record-low inventory occurred last year with 6,312 listings and has steadily increased to 8,539 last month. For a historical comparison, the average active listings for the month of October between 1985 through 2017 is 16,003. So, increased inventory is a welcomed change because supply and demand play a critical role in the health of the market.

Market Continues to Favor Sellers

The market is strong which is abundantly apparent in the total sales volume year to date. This year, through October, sales volume has exceeded $22.5 billion, up 5.45 percent from last year. Yet, many agents are experiencing price reductions. Those reductions are mostly instances in which sellers are pricing homes based on the booming summer sales that have since seasonally slowed.

The average and median home prices in October were $471,321 and $400,000 respectively, up 7.12 percent and 5.26 percent compared to 2017. The average sold price of a single-family home last month was $526,092, up 8.43 percent year over year.

Priced right, homes are still selling quickly. The average days a home was on the market year to date through October was the same, at 24 days, as in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Luxury Market Highlights

The 161 homes priced $1 million and greater that sold in October is consistent with the 165 homes that sold in October of last year. Year to date, there have been 1,805 total luxury homes that have sold, accumulating an astonishing $2.75 billion in sales volume in the luxury segment. Last year, those figures were lower even though it too was a strong market at 1,432 total luxury homes that sold year to date in 2017 through October, equating to a sales volume of $2.19 billion.

With a record-breaking, hot real estate streak over the past several years, a shift to a more balanced market is in due time. Right now continues to be an incredible time to both buy and sell.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

New Year's Resolutions for Your HomeYou may have never thought about setting New Year’s resolutions for your home before. Every year we set goals to quit smoking, lose weight, or save money. But what goals do you set for your home? A lot of the time it feels like the things we want to accomplish around the house just never get finished. This New Year, set some goals for your home that you will actually accomplish. Following are five resolutions to put on your list!

Get Organized

Clearing your house of clutter is probably one of the easiest, least expensive, and most satisfying ways to hit the reset button on your home. Between holidays, hand-me-downs, birthdays, and therapeutic shopping sprees, we all acquire so much throughout the year. If you aren’t periodically throwing out the unused, the broken, or the forgotten, you’ll wind up with a mountain of stuff collecting dust. All of that clutter also contributes to your home looking dated and dirty.

In the new year, resolve to periodically go room by room clearing out anything you don’t use, wear, or absolutely love and donate it to charity. From here on out choose to be picky about the things that you bring into your home. Fill your home with things that bring you joy and positive energy. Once all of your things are streamlined, you’ll be able to breathe a bit easier in your own home.

Step Up Your Security Measures

Your home might be well-kept and beautiful, but is it secure? There are a few things that every home owner should do to ensure they’re home is safe and sound.

Add An Alarm System

Locking your windows and doors should always be your first line of defense. After that, adding an alarm system is a great second. Burglars hate any type of noise, so it might be just the thing you need to scare them off. You can buy inexpensive wireless alarms at almost any home center. They don’t provide the same type of quality as you would get with professionally installed monitored systems. Depending on where you live and the other security measures you already have in place – you may want to splurge on an alarm system.

Reinforce Your Strike Plates

Reinforcing your doors weakest point, the jamb, with a heavy-duty strike plate and extra long nails will give it the added strength needed to withstand a burglar trying to kick your door in. If your door jamb has been installed within the last 10 years then it is probably already reinforced. If not, you’ll need to buy strike plate reinforcing hardware from your local home center.

Install Motion Detectors

Another simple step you can take is adding motion detector lighting to the front and back area of your home. Motion detector are a proven crime deterrent. Standard hard-wired models can cost as little as $15. If running a power supply seems too difficult, you can also purchase ones that run on solar power if you are willing to pay a bit more.

Cut Your Bills and Carbon Footprint

When people think of going green, they often think it’s going to take installing solar panels or driving an electric car to make a difference. But that isn’t so! All it takes is a little common sense. These simple tips will help you curtail your energy usage in the new year.

  • Take your mom’s age old advice and turn off the lights when you leave the house.
  • Set your thermostat to turn off when you’re not home, and to turn on right before you wake up and arrive home.
  • Install LED bulbs and low-flow shower heads and toilets. Even try taking shorter/cooler showers to conserve water!
  • Turn off your power strips and set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use. Unplug your electronics while their not in use. Phantom energy can add as much as 10% to your energy bill each month.
  • Wait for the washing machine to be completely full before running a cycle, then wash your clothes with cold water. Try drying some of your clothes on a clothesline.
  • Give composting a try, your garden will appreciate it! And plant drought-tolerant native plants – they usually need minimal watering.

Create A Cleaning Schedule

Let’s face it, life is busy and sometimes we just don’t have the time or the will to get around to cleaning. If the idea of creating a cleaning schedule sounds overwhelming, just remember that in the end, it will help to relieve more stress than it causes. Because knowing that you have a manageable plan to tackle your cleaning makes the idea of cleaning the whole house a lot less overwhelming in the long run.

Create A Master Task List

Before you can create a schedule of when to clean, you need a list of things that need to be cleaned. Your master task list is going to be completely unique to you and your home. The list for one person living in a one bedroom apartment is going to look a lot different than the list for a family living in a 3-bedroom house. The easiest way to break everything down is to separate tasks by room – living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc. From there you can determine how frequently each task needs to be done. Doing the dishes and making your bed are things that you will likely be doing every day. Where as dusting, laundry, and vacuuming only need to be handled once a week. Other things, like deep cleaning your carpets or cleaning your oven really only need to be taken care of once a year.

Ultimately you will need to pick the best plan of action that best fits your lifestyle and cleaning style. Are you the type of person who cleans a little bit each day? Or do you prefer to dedicate one day a week to cleaning the entire house? There is no right way to keep your household tidy. But if you pick a plan and stick to it, suddenly that big, daunting mess in front of you will feel a lot more manageable. And you will keep your home feeling tidy and clean all year long.

Set A Budget

Creating a yearly budget for home improvement and maintenance will help prevent overspending and encourages you to set aside money for major replacements. How old is your roof? What about your furnace or water heater? Do you need to replace any major appliances in the near future? Sit down and make a list of anything that will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. And determine how much you will need to budget for it. Even if your roof won’t need to be replaced for another 15 years, setting a small budget now can help to avoid any expensive surprises.

The US Census Bureau says that average annual maintenance and home improvements expenditures run about $3,300 per household. While leading lending institutions place average yearly maintenance costs at 1% to 3% of your home’s initial price.

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10 of Colorado’s Hardest Ski Runs

Colorado's Hardest Ski RunsColorado’s ski resorts are brimming with awesome terrain for any level of skier. But for those powder-hounds who are craving something more challenging than your average run, you have to search a bit harder if you want to get the goods. If you’re looking to shred some spine tingling, heart stopping lines this season, then these ten trails might just have what you’re looking for!

As a reminder – these trails are for experienced skiers! Know and respect your limits.

Rambo – Crested Butte

There is expert terrain. There is double black diamond terrain. And then there is Rambo. Rambo is the steepest lift-serviced, cut run in North America. While most notorious steep runs flatten out after the first few turns, Rambo maintains a pitch of 55 degrees from top to bottom. In fact, the run is so vertical that snow tends to roll downhill, leaving the top a bit rocky. Your ski tips will dangle over the edge and you’ll need to be fully committed to every turn. The entire run is a no-fall zone. Thankfully the Rambo is just 300 meters long.

Dihedral Zone – Telluride

There is no doubt that Telluride is home to some of the best hike-to terrain in the world. It’s also known for its box canyon vistas, Chair 9 bumps, and steep piste. Dihedral Chute, and the adjacent Dihedral Face, are in the Black Iron Bowl. Which is a signature area for in-bounds powder skiing where skiers can enjoy 1000 vertical feet in a number of couliors. Dihedral Chute offers classic San Juan extreme skiing terrain if you’re willing to hike the 15 – 20 minutes it takes to get there. This run is steep and rocky but provides opportunities to catch some air or to play it safe. And Dihedral Face has a north eastern aspect that keeps the snow at high quality.

The Six Senses – Breckenridge

Breckenridge is home to the highest chairlift in North American sitting at 12,998 feet above sea level. The Lake Chutes on Peak 9 and the majority of Peak 6 provide skiers with some more technical, extreme terrain. The Six Senses is an above-tree line area of hike-to terrain between Peak 6 and 7, but the trudge is well worth it. It’s a wide-open face with lots of cliffs and chutes where skiers careen through narrow gulches and around rocky outcroppings. The Six Senses offers a lot of variation allowing skiers to create the own adventure on the way down.

The Steep Gullies – Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin is home to some of the steepest terrain in Central Colorado. In the 2017/18 season they opened the Steep Gullies as part of their back country. These new steeps will be the most challenging skiing on the mountain. These steep, narrow chutes vary in pitch and width, and are rated double-black. A smattering of trees and boulders, and a lack of options put the Steep Gullies on the edge of reason. It’s also designated as “hike back” meaning you’ll need to hike 15 – 30 minutes back to the Pali chair after your run. The Steep Gullies are an expert skier’s dream. The kind of run you could ski every day, if you’re up for the challenge.

Prima Cornice – Vail

While Vail’s Back Bowls steal most of the attention on the mountain, some of the best expert terrain lives on the front side. There are cliffs, cornices, moguls, and varied terrain features scattered all over. Of those, the Prima Cornice is arguably the most challenging and steepest run on the mountain and should top the list of most-ski runs. The ridge-line provides a short vertical slope that can be a thrilling place for advanced skiers to score some deep powder.

Body Bag Glades – Crested Butte

The name, Body Bag, should really tell you everything you need to know about this run. But for those of you with morbid curiosity, Body Bag Glades drop 275 feet at 55 degrees. From the top, you can only see a horizon line, where the slope drops out of sight. There is no easy way down. And be sure you can stick the landing when you drop the mandatory 10-foot air at the bottom. It’s part of the resort’s “Extreme Limits” terrain that rightfully should be considered out-of-bounds, but this is Crested Butte.

Wild Child – Loveland

From I-70, Loveland’s terrain can appear tame. But don’t let that vantage point fool you. Loveland boasts a decent serving of extreme terrain hidden off Chair 9, which tops out on the Continental Divide at 12,700 feet. Wild Child surpasses 50 degrees and will give any sane person butterflies while perched on top of the mega-cornice that forms above the right side. Wild Child requires about a 10 minutes hike, which usually deters the masses, so the snow stays soft longer. This run is short and sweet, mellowing as it descends.

Senior’s – Telluride

Senior’s is big mountain terrain like you rarely find inbound in Colorado, and it’s not for the faint of heart. This hair-raising couloir drops off the summit of Telluride’s high point, 13,320-foot Palmyra Peak. The hike to get there is two hours up a boot pack that can feel precariously steep. Once you reach the top, the only way down is through a shoot wedged between two rocks on a slope measuring 52 degrees.

The Heathen – Sunlight Mountain

When thinking about Colorado’s extreme ski terrain, humble Sunlight Mountain isn’t often top of mind. But don’t brush it off until you’ve managed to tame this 52 degree slope off Sunlight’s East Ridge. The first 100 yards start off at a gentle decline. But after that, you’ll either need to commit to your turns or take a tumble. The Heathen is also known as a secret stash among locals.

High Life – Crested Butte

High life is considered by many to be one of the most intimidating and extreme inbound zones in the state. It’s located off the North Face Lift with a mandatory hike along a ridge marked with 150-foot cliffs and aggressive lines. When you reach the entrance, the views may leave you wondering what in the world you were thinking. You’ll be forced to choose an entry point. The first entry requires some stealthy moves through the cliff band. The second requires a side step down to a 100-foot cliff, with no clear path through until you reach the absolute edge of the cliff. Even the easiest option requires an extremely awkward mandatory air, with no option of turning around once you’re there.


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National Sandwich Day | Kentwood Picks

National Sandwich DayThe sandwich is arguably America’s most popular lunch item. So, it makes complete sense that we have an entire day honoring this most delectable dish. Whether you prefer yours slathered with mayo or mustard or stacked between sour dough or rye, National Sandwich Day gives us all a reason to celebrate our own way! Below are a few of our favorite places to satisfy our hoagie cravings.

Vert Kitchen

“Vert is small and tucked away in Wash Park, but it’s been around for years and is wildly popular by those who know it. The restaurant was created by a chef who went to culinary school in Paris, and it shows. The BLT at Vert is one of the best sandwiches I have ever had!” – Beth Anne Davis, Kentwood DTC

“Delicious, organic, and locally sourced ingredients for lunch and brunch. Real cooking and healthy eating.” – Annzo Phelps, Kentwood DTC

The Bagel Deli & Restaurant

“First of all, The Bagel Deli was featured on Triple D –  Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Real people making real dishes everyday all day. Good food at reasonable prices attracts a crowd of regulars making people watching fun too! The Bagel Deli has been around for 50+ years. I love it!” – Tom Cryer, Kentwood DTC

“I like Backcountry Deli in Belleview Station. They have a great curried chicken salad. Curtis Park Deli is great too, for a more traditional sandwich.” – Gretchen Rosenberg, President & CEO of Kentwood Real Estate

The Cheese Company

“My son Barry has been getting the #1 on sour dough with turkey and provolone at least once a week since he was a little boy practicing sports at nearby Robinson Park. My personal favorite is the turkey and brie on dark rye with honey mustard. The owner is one of the kindest people you will ever meet, and we love the neighborhood “Cheers-like” feel where everyone knows your name. She knows your kids, she knows you, and she serves up sandwiches with a smile! She also keeps a card on file with your name on it that rewards free sandwiches.” – Jennifer Dechtman, Kentwood DTC

Even Stevens

“I love Even Stevens! They have great craft-casual sandwiches and salads, plus they donate a sandwich to a local non-profit for every sandwich they sell!” – Sara Galze, Kentwood City Properties

Even Stevens is a wonderful sandwich shop with a give back program as well.  They do good and serve wonderful food!” – Nancy Walters, Kentwood DTC

Backcountry Delicatessen

“The Sandwich – The Turkey Ridgeline in a wrap. There is an abundance of yummy turkey and the perfect pairing of avocado and crispy bacon making it the most savory sandwich ever. It’s literally our team’s go-to whenever we eat in the office.” – Stacy Neir, Kentwood City Properties

The Market

My favorite sandwich is the Hot Turkey/ Thanksgiving. I love this sandwich because I love Thanksgiving food and it’s available all year round! The market also boasts a wonderful bakery and coffee bar and is great for people watching as it’s right downtown and always bustling.” – Sarah Clark, Kentwood City Properties

T-Street Roadhouse

“I was in Belmar and strolled into The T-Street Roadhouse. I decided to order the Prime Dip, and when it was delivered to my table I was wide eyed at the mountain of sandwich goodness. You could barely fit it in the au ju dipping bowl! This sandwich corrected my Monday. Go here!” – Steve Chezik, Kentwood Graphic Designer

Rocky Mountain Bagel Works

“When I was going to Colorado State in Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain Bagel Works was a staple in my diet. They offer everything from bagels with spreads, to pizza bagels, and breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches. Just thinking about the veggie pizza bagel makes my mouth water!” – Mara Calomino, Social Media Coordinator