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Why We Love Evergreen Realtors

Everyone who lives in Evergreen has an opinion about what makes this mountain town so amazing. Survey residents and you’ll probably get a lot of responses about the people, its natural beauty or the small-town feel. We thought we’d ask people who know the area more than anyone to see if there’s a general consensus on the top attributes of the area. Here are what local Evergreen realtors have to say about why Evergreen sells itself!   Andrew McWilliams, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Alliance says there’s “a totally different vibe” living in the mountains. “People are kinder and have a…

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Why Should You Move to Evergreen?

Living in Evergreen is like returning to your vacation home every day. Whether you are a young family, and empty nester or somewhere in between this is the place for you. We have world-class recreation including hiking, biking, boating in Evergreen, fishing, skiing and much more. We have multiple art galleries in Evergreen, sculpture walks, live music venues, fairs and festivals the list goes on and on. 7 Reasons to Make Evergreen Your Next Home Looking to fulfill your dream of mountain living? Evergreen is the perfect place to plant roots, whether you’re single, partnered or raising school-aged kids. What…

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My Top 4 Days on Earth & Biking in Evergreen

You’ll quickly find a theme here; mountain biking in Evergreen is my number one summer fun activity. We are lucky here in Evergreen with places like Alderfer/Three Sisters, Didesse, Elk Meadow and Bergen Peak all within a reasonable distance. My first time up Bergen Peak was back in 1996 or ‘97, and I was on a fully rigid (meaning no shocks or fancy technology) mountain bike. It was love at first ride. Serendipitously, I met my husband-to-be in ‘98, who lived in Evergreen, at a mountain bike festival in Winter Park and we had our first date at Alderfer/Three Sisters.…

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Farmers Market in Evergreen

Shopping with kids can sometimes be a nightmare.  Keeping them entertained and happy while trying to get some things accomplished can be a formidable task.  Finding locally sourced fresh produce and food can also be a challenge.  This time-consuming task can involve running from shop to shop to find the perfect tomato or freshly picked Colorado peaches. A great solution is to visit the Farmers Market in Evergreen on Tuesdays between 10:00am and 2:00pm for great shopping and fun activities for kids. The location at Evergreen Country Day School is convenient for picking up anything from fresh flowers to dinner…

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Summertime in Evergreen

There are few places in America that rival our alluring and precious mountain community when summer is in bloom and folks are out taking it in. One can literally experience a welcomed transformation in body and soul while hiking in our backyard. Even a mere stroll around Evergreen Lake can supercharge a typical day. Without a doubt, we have scored. We do not have to deal with suffocating humidity and shade alone can offset most mountain sun. Our groomed trails come in all sizes, welcoming all levels of hikers. Welcome to summertime in Evergreen.   When reflecting on those treasured…

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Grills Gone Wild in Evergreen!

I love Summer and all the grilling I get to do.  I’m convinced that global warming is really caused by everyone cranking up their Weber’s stoked with charcoal and mesquite. I have no hesitation about grilling year round, but it is the season when 3 out of 4 dinners at friend’s houses are prepared on a grill. There is something both primal and elegant about the BBQ. It’s a ritual enjoyed by a multitude of back yard cooks and foodies around the globe. Beef, fish, seafood, poultry and veggies are all subject to delectable grill marks and that savory smoky flavor…

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Tips and Tactics for Evergreen Fly Fishing During Runoff

Yes, we’re talking about Fly Fishing… much of the Western United States received an exceptional amount of snow this past winter, exceeding 150% of the average in many basins, and the rivers are already starting to swell with what is showing to be a long and intense run-off. With the warmer spring temperatures, the fish are hungry after a long winter, and spring fly fishing in Evergreen can be unforgettable if you are able to adapt to run-off. We wanted to share some tips and tactics with you for Evergreen fly fishing during runoff.   Hug the Edges The high…

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Saddle Up & Go – Things to do in Evergreen

Now that the weather has finally turned to springlike and we are not outside in heavy coats with shovels we can have sooooo much fun here in Evergreen. And…. there are many many neat things to do in Evergreen. Play with the kids, play with the dogs, hike with family as well as the dogs, swim at the pool, play golf, play tennis……I could go on and on.  But one thing stands out for me when the weather is just perfect like it is today. I would say that my absolute favorite activity to do when the weather is just…

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The Perfect Spot To Tie The Knot in Evergreen!

Few places can rival the year-round beauty of Evergreen and the surrounding area, making it the perfect backdrop for a wedding no matter what season you’re tying the knot. Yes, even the colder months have provided a magical setting, offering a snowy glisten to the bride and groom’s Winter Wonderland wedding. If your heart is set on getting married in Evergreen, the following resources can help you plan the perfect event from start to finish. From location and food to entertainment and lodging, find out what Evergreen can offer for that special day.   Venues With 300 days of sunshine,…

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Looking To Tie The Knot in Evergreen?

If you or someone you love is scouting for a location to hold a wedding, be sure to add Evergreen to your list. Whether you’re looking to say your vows in a field of flowers, under a canopy of trees, within earshot of a babbling brook, or even in the glistening snow for that perfect Winter Wonderland wedding, an Evergreen wedding will kick-off of your marriage in a magical setting! “Evergreen’s mountain beauty, combined with its convenience to Denver, is what makes it an ideal wedding location,” says Highland Haven Creekside Inn Marketing Manager Allison Walker. “Guests can soak in…

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Planning an Evergreen Wedding or Reunion

With its natural mountain beauty, central location and variety of professional vendors and accommodations, Evergreen can offer the perfect setting to make your wedding, reunion or special event a day to remember. Whether you’re looking for the intimacy that can be provided by a small private venue or a rustic outdoor feel that provides expansive views in all directions, Evergreen’s local providers can meet—and exceed—your expectations for an Evergreen wedding!   Plenty to keep guests entertained “Nestled in the beauty of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, historic Evergreen is a perfect location for a romantic mountain wedding in…

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Pass the Cheese, Please!

/ Pass the Cheese, Please! Let’s face it. Life is tough sometimes. We face challenges every day. How do we get through the challenges and stay motivated to move on? Honestly, humor IS the best medicine. I’m not suggesting walking through life with rose-colored glasses, but I am suggesting that a light-hearted outlook on life is better than looking at your glass half empty all the time. Even the most stressful situations have a funny side to them — maybe not at the time, but later and after reflection, you can laugh about the circumstances before, during and after the…

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Be Sure to Treat Your Burglar Well

While you are away recreating, be sure your home is insured. You don’t want your burglar to suffer from mental anguish. Most people have homeowner’s insurance to cover things like house fires or robberies, but what if your burglar suffers from mental anguish due to a broken garage door opener? This happened to one couple who went away on vacation for a week. While on vacation a burglar robbed their home and tried escaping through the garage. The burglar ended up locking himself in their garage because the garage door opener wouldn’t work. He was trapped there for a week…

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How much Evergreen hiking and biking exercise do I REALLY need?

If you have not exercised during the previous 30 days, you are considered to be living a sedentary lifestyle.  This will have dramatic impacts on your health and happiness. Even if you are not overweight, your health is compromised if you are not challenging your body on a consistent and regular basis.     Good news! It is not too late to start.  You can realize the benefits of regular exercise immediately. Losing weight is a great short-term goal, but when you make exercise a priority, but there are bigger rewards. The benefits of making health and exercise a priority…

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A Getaway Sensory Experience at the Evergreen Gallery

The Evergreen Gallery is a passageway into a visual and tactile adventure. This Evergreen art shop presents whimsical, handmade creations that will make you smile, take you away from your worries, and make you live in the moment, right here on the historic Main Street of Downtown Evergreen. This gallery will be your next happy place. This 32-year-old business has about 100 marvelous artists. You are welcome to come in and leisurely browse the art in Evergreen.  Gaze at the sculptural glass aspen forests by Longmont artist, Arlyss Grosz or play with the most astonishing handcrafted wood kaleidoscopes ever seen,…

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Big Data Goes to the Birds: Fun at DeepScience

If you’re like me and live in Evergreen, you never cease to be amazed by the variety of wildlife in this beautiful town. We’re just 30 minutes from Denver but whenever the visible wildlife start to outnumber the people, you know you’re in a different land. One of my favorite recreational activities out here is enjoying nature – not too surprising. The other is working at my computer. Most people will think of those as two very different activities, just about as compatible as a family dinner where everyone is on their cell phones. I, however, see nature and computers…

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70 Degrees Removed from Thought

WARNING: The following verbal upchuck contains disjointed artifacts of rambling nonsense that is best paired with a visit to the WC or upon waking from a root canal.   It was 2:44 PM on Tuesday, May 14th when Evergreen officially broke 70° for the first time this year. If you weren’t directly aware of it you likely sensed a surge in The Force as the collective spirit of an entire state prepares to shirk responsibilities and abide with nature for the next 4 months. I was walking around Elk Meadow, sorting through a headful of life and probably muttering to…

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Haute Fun in the Summertime

How to Make an Awesome Picnic Basket Picnics are fun and one of my favorite summer events to both cook for and to attend. Food is always the central theme of friends, family and loved ones gathering for a day of camaraderie and relaxation. ABC’s and 123’s on how to make a successful picnic: Make it interesting, diverge from the usual or give it a twist. A few exceptional food items are better than 5 or 6 things that are mundane. 2.) Make it practical: A) Easy to transport B) Easy to eat & non-perishable (finger food, sandwiches, fresh fruit,…

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Whole Body Cryotherapy for Inflammation Evergreen Cryotherapy

Inflammation is the root cause of so many chronic conditions. Whether it is stress related, exercise-induced or autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, we all experience it or know someone who is going through it. I have spent a small fortune at the vitamin store buying supplements to reduce my inflammation. I have a cabinet full of so many turmeric blends that I have tried, with the hopes that I would get some relief for my arthritis & my achy body. One vitamin specialist would tell me that I need to take a supplement for months to get…

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How to Photograph Your Catch Without Harming the Fish

The following content is part of our Fly of the Month Club.   We take pictures of the fish we catch because we want to share the moment with our family and brag to our fishing buddies. Instagram and Facebook, however, are regrettably full of photos of exhausted fish hauled limply onto the shore or held in the vise-like grip of grinning, oblivious anglers. The tragedy of these photos is that the fish we are trying to capture in these photos will more often than not die due to their rough handling. I’m not suggesting that we stop taking pictures…

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Have Fun Staying Fit at Evergreen Lake House!

This summer, stay active! We can help. Not only with ideas but with scholarships for those in need. Have you heard about the crazy people who jump into Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Day? That’s us! We are Active4All. On New Year’s Day, over 160 people of all ages braved frigid temperatures and plunged into the freezing water at Evergreen Lake.  The Evergreen Lake Polar Plunge is an annual tradition that raises funds for Active4All Evergreen Foundation. This year $12K was raised – wow!  Many thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, participants, donors, and Evergreen Fire Rescue for making this event a huge…

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Free Summer Recreation Around Evergreen — 5 Top Parks, Playgrounds

Now that schools are out on summer break, kids will be around the house with a lot more free time on their hands. One of the best tricks to keep summer boredom from setting in is to find ways to get them playing outside (with the added bonus of keeping them off their devices). We are fortunate to live in the Evergreen area and have access to picturesque playgrounds and parks that are close to home and offer Evergreen hiking and mountain biking. From swings to slides, to climbing walls —  and water features too, our parks and playgrounds keep…

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Slow but Steady – Not Giving Up!

I have memories of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, the breeze in my face, ancient rocks under my feet, billions of stars overhead every night. I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Mississippi to passionately fight injustice. I flew my beloved small plane for 50+ years, crisscrossing over our continent, surrounded by puffy white clouds and a bluebird sky. As I age, quality recreation changes, whether suddenly by stroke or illness, or the slow, natural decline of my joints and muscles. But QUALITY it is, even in my golden years! In Tai Chi, an internal Chinese martial art, my…

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The Life You Want to Live

Here is a quote I read recently that really struck me: “It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.  Go on and do all you can with it and make it the life you want to live.”   Mae Jamison In case you aren’t familiar with her, Mae Jamison is a physician and a NASA astronaut, and the first African-American woman to travel in space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992, among many other notable accomplishments.    After graduating from medical school, she established her own practice and for a time was the area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra…

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Finding Your Purpose with Confidence and Positivity

Today I want to discuss your mindset and building confidence, having a confident attitude. Having confidence and believing in yourself can take you very far in life, further than you could possibly imagine. Whatever your goal, being confident, keeping a clear and positive focus, and eliminating negativity can mean the difference between success and failure.  This is a basic and vitally important piece of the puzzle whenever you are seeking to make changes for the better. You have to believe in yourself and your ability to attain your objective. Some people seem to be born with a confident attitude. For…

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This Drone Has A Price Tag Of A Flying House!

More and more drones are being used for recreation and commercial uses around the world.  1UP Aerial Drone Services (a new member of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce) recently used a LiDAR Equipped Drone & 3D Modeling Software to innovate for the Engineering and Construction Industries. The process of 3D modeling isn’t new. Most traditional methods use “boots on the ground” surveying or more recently drone photogrammetry. This is the science of taking measurements from photos. The result is typically some kind of map, measurements, or even a 3D model of some object or landscape feature. Many of the maps you…

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The Reliable Recall

How do I know my dog will come to me when he sees wildlife, cars, or some other exciting thing in the wild open world?? The answer is simple, the process is simple. The answer is training, lots and lots of training in lots of situations and environments. The process is to reward correct behavior and avoid making mistakes with my dog. I have to know his limitations, work toward his strengths and build a foundation of successful outcomes. As a Modern Methods dog trainer, I am continually looking to build on my education and understanding of how to motivate,…

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Swim4Life, Happy Water Safety Month!

Take out your cell phone and set the timer for 20 sec…c’mon humor me. Start it. Quick! Check a recent text or better yet that FB status. That’s how long it takes for a child to drown, 20 seconds. Sixty seconds for an adult. “If only I’d known it could happen so fast.” “If only I’d known it was so silent.” “If only I’d known my teenage swim teamer is most at risk to drown in a lake.” Baywatch spoiled us. It portrayed plenty of warning as the victim flailed and yelled for help while waiting for that buff lifeguard…

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Summer Fun in Evergreen – Hiking, Biking, Lake House, Bed and Breakfast

  Experiencing springtime snow?  Coloradans and especially Evergreeners are familiar with just how quickly the weather can change.  While going through what often feels like all four seasons in one day, Colorado weather is notorious for being unpredictable. In Evergreen, the snowy season lasts around 8 months, bringing the snowless period to only 4 months each year.  Sunny one minute and snowing the next, you may try to guess the weather, but it is always changing!  Fortunately, this diverse and untamed weather doesn’t keep locals or visitors from participating in their favorite outdoor activities; in Colorado year-round recreation is a…

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Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You

Saturday, May 18, Trevor will run the first race in this summer’s Evergreen Trail Series—a 10k through Elk Meadow, a park that he runs often throughout the week. Since moving Wander Unlimited to Evergreen, we’ve been proud to see much of our business shift into the local community as well. It’s been a dream to work with brands who have established their businesses—and their lives—in the same place we chose. And because of that commitment, we are always looking for other ways to plug into the mountain community and be a part of this town we have chosen. The Trail…

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Terrain Flooding Affects Fishing, Boating, Hiking and Biking in Evergreen

If you are lucky enough to live or work in Evergreen, CO you know the recreational activities this area offers both residents and businesses. It can be hard to decide what to do – skiing in the mountains (choose between downhill and cross country), hiking in Evergreen, swimming and fishing in Evergreen – we have an assortment of activities from which to choose! We are so lucky that we can spend quality outdoor time with our friends and family. And that outdoor time is enhanced by the beautiful terrain and tall evergreens. But a friendly reminder to everyone living in…

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Capture Their Moment

Graduation season.  School is ending for the year.  Summer is coming.  Summer vacations and recreation activities are being planned.  Can you feel it in the air? A Large Digital Art Frame can showcase the pivotal events in your life. How did your senior portrait session go?  Did you get some great shots to memorialize these years of youth and transition to the next phase?  We celebrate the photographers that are capturing memories during this season of your life!  Thank you! If you chose the digital package you have a vast number of poses that you can make into wall art. …

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Latest Trends in Luxury Homes

Luxury homes are not only determined by price, but by what they have to offer.  Here are a few must-haves that define luxury in a home. Kitchens are one of the most important features of a home, It’s where families come together, where meals are shared, and holidays celebrated.  It’s no wonder why they are one of the biggest focuses when it comes to a luxury home. More and more kitchens are adding big, shiny, professional grade appliances fit to rival the most upscale restaurants.  Wine coolers, warming drawers, walk-in butler’s pantries are also popular, and of course, spacious kitchens…

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Why Homeowners should have their home inspected every 5 years

Having conducted over 4,500 Home Inspections during the past 17 years, Ron Isaacson of Space-Man Home Inspections knows what it takes to protect your investment and how to identify short and long term issues with Evergreen real estate property that could prove to be costly if not attended to. As a professional Home Inspector, Ron provides valuable information to homeowners in an easy to follow conversational manner, allowing them to take proactive steps to maintain their home, maximize its efficiency and hold it’s value. It brings to the homeowner’s attention issues that are often easy to fix before they become…

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What Did The Mold Say When He Got His Picture Taken?

Cheese! Yum.  Moldy cheese is highly desirable when it comes to a fine charcuterie.  But, when it comes to your home, Evergreen real estate or business, mold is one of the last things you want to discover. Mold is a general term for fungi that may come in many forms both indoors and outdoors.  It can be black, brown, yellow, pink, or green.  Often it is fuzzy and quite smelly! There are countless types, some active and some not active in their growth.  Moisture is required for mold to grow actively, and when it does it damages whatever it is…

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Mama Kiss My Boo Boo

How many of us remember running to one of our parents after taking a tumble off our bike? Summertime recreation in Colorado means riding our bikes, and biking in Evergreen offers a ton of trails and neighborhoods to do this, but we need to be safe! After they learn to ride, kids need instruction on biking safely and wearing helmets. As the school year winds down, most children are looking forward to getting out on their bicycles. To help your young cyclist enjoy safer riding this summer, follow these tips from the League of American Bicyclists. Helmets: Helmets are the…

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Time-out for Mindfulness

Do you ever feel as though you are living on autopilot?  Going through the day without a sense of being present in your daily round?  Having a conversation with a friend or spouse, while thinking of everything that needs to be done by the end of the day?  (Guilty!) Maybe you accomplish everything on your to-do list but still feel stuck in an endless cycle of “busyness.” You’re not alone. The topic of mindfulness has become popular over the past several years, for good reason. Work and family responsibilities, coupled with never ending communication in the form of calls, texts,…

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It’s Not a Matter of If, It’s a Matter of When…

Are you concerned about the risk of fire in our area?  Do you worry that your neighbors have a forest of dense pines in their yard that could threaten your home if there was a fire on their property? Do you think creating a defensible space around your home means clear-cutting the property? Don’t let the higher than average snowpack in the mountains and the recent late-season storms and wet weather lull you into a sense of false security.  Here are some easy to follow guidelines to help protect your Evergreen real estate when a wildfire does threaten our local…

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Independent vs. Dealership for Car Repair Services

You are the proud owner of a car that you love.  At some point in owning your car(s), you have to decide where to go for service.  You’re faced with the decision of taking it to the dealership, or to a local independent shop.  What are your top motivating factors when deciding? Annual surveys conducted at the Consumer Reports National Research Center, rate this on the following five factors: Overall Satisfaction Quality Courteousness of Staff Work Being Completed When Promised Price With these factors in mind, surveyors, of more than 121,000 vehicle owners, found that independent shops outscored dealerships. (1)  …

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Fly fishing and business strategy…what do they have in common?

I am a business strategy coach. I am also an avid fly fisherman. So what, if anything, do these two seemingly disparate activities have in common? To me, both require a Vision of what is dared to be achieved in the future. For a business, the future may be defined as the next 3 to 5 years. With fishing, the future might be just a day or two. But, having a big picture focus and plan to work towards helps in both activities. Next, both pursuits should be governed by a set of non-negotiable Core Values. For a company, this…

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