Get Whet and Wild in Colorado
Record rainfall this May and fast-melting snow from mountaintops spell raging Colorado rivers, which is a dream for adrenaline junkies. Just 30 miles north of Aspen you’ll find Carbondale, which is perfectly positioned at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers. Newbies and vets alike can navigate stunning stretches of frothy whitewater (class II to IV rapids) with names like “Hell’s Half Mile” (from $73 per person for half day, blazingadventures.com).
Post-soak soreness? Get a soothing sports message from Meagan Pelletier at True Nature Healing Arts. Afterward take a tour of the town’s first craft distillery, and then spend the night in luxe accommodations: Marble Distillery Inn, which opened in June, may be the country’s only distillery inn ($179 per night). Though the boutique craft distiller is only making vodka and liqueurs at the moment, it plans to add artisanal spirits, including whiskeys and gin, to the libation lineup soon. In the meantime, pull up a stool at the marble-cut counter in the chic tasting room for cocktails before walking down the street for an exquisite farm-to-fork dinner at Allegria, a European bistro from Chef Andrea Fischbacher who is known for his foraging and local sourcing from places like Sustainable Settings, a working ranch that also operates as a learning center.
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