Christmas is in the air!

weasel

Durango Christmas weasel seen in the window at Sorrel Sky

Just a quick walk down Main Street says that the Holidays are certainly on their way!

The merchants are in full celebration mode! Some have already put up festive colorful decor. Some are marking sale items brightly and boldly.

The creativity abounds!

The bead shop has colorful glass baubles hanging on various lengths of bright ribbons. Many shops have added twinkly lights and fake snow. Soon each and every shop will have some semblance of cheer.

Our favorite of the day featured this holiday weasel. He absolutely screamed greetings as we walked briskly toward lunch opportunities. You can visit him too! He is at “Sorrell Sky Gallery”

Durango is always fun and festive, so the approach of holidays is just one more reason to celebrate being here!

Transportation??? OK

Ride to Work in Durango

Bicycles in Durango

There is a large banner across Main Street. It is advertising “ride your bike to work day.

Sure! That would be lovely if you lived close to work… Like next door.
It might be more realistic if you had ridden a bike in the past twenty years, and if you owned a bike.

It is amazing how even the thought of a lengthy bicycle ride makes the muscles in my legs tighten up! This is right up there with “to dream the impossible dream!”

To be honest, my bicycle riding days ended with the acquisition of a drivers license.

I rode one for years and then traded the discomforts of wind sweat and weather for the comforts of enclosed transportation .

No doubt I was healthier before my advance in comfort, but those days are so far past, it does not seem practical to try to return to my youth.

So, while I take my hat off to the idea and to those who can embrace the concept, but, at least this year, the bike day will not see me participating! For the rest of you… Ride on!

Nathaniels Hat Shop in Mancos CO

Have you ever been inside a Hat shop? Granted…. it’s not in Durango but it’s close enough over in Mancos CO. I am talking about one of those rare shops where hats are custom made.

Whether you have, or have not, it is an experience that you would probably enjoy.

The process is an intensive art form. The choices of fabrics are greater than I had dreamed. The choices of designs and styles are wide and varied.

Everyone really need’s a hat in this climate. In fact each season should have its own. Sunburned scalp is not attractive or comfortable.

Since we lose heat through our head, winter also begs for protection. It is not so much a fashion statement as it is a health accessory. We just do feel more comfortable when we dress correctly.

The art of hat making requires a combination of tools, knowledge and skill.

Would it surprise you to know that there is a master craftsman in a small shop in downtown Mancos?

We stopped in to take a look a couple of months ago. Look evolved into purchase. Ralph was able to select a beautiful beaver pelt to have his custom masterpiece made from. It will be ready for wear in October. By then we may be able to decide what sort of hatband would look best.

Be assured that Ralph is looking forward to his new winter hat. We will share its completion with you then.

Durango Diner in Durango CO 81301

Durango Diner Counter

Durango Diner shot of breakfast counter

Your momma probably told you not to judge a book by its cover.

It is also a good idea not the judge a dining establishment by its exterior.

We had heard about the Durango Diner all the years we lived in Durango before, but we never went there. It was not that it looked bad, it just did not appeal to our senses.

Since we have been back, having found that we preferred living in Durango to anywhere else, we have eaten a lot of breakfast meals.

When our favorite two places proved to be waaaayyyy too crowded last week we decided to give the Durango Diner a try.

What a neat experience! Nothing fancy, just really good food and plentiful amounts of it! We had a heaping plate full of hash browns, bacon, eggs and toast at a reasonable price. There were many other choices too.

Not only good food was found , but an entertaining wait staff is there too. We can say that we did not have a single dull minute during the entire time we were there.

If you walk out of this diner without a pleasant attitude, you just flat are not trying!

Vintage cars heading toward Durango!

Antique cars to Durango

Antique cars headed to Durango

Hwy 160 runs from Durango to Pagosa Springs and features scenic vistas. Sometimes it offers even more.

Today on our return trip to Durango from Bayfield we noticed several vintage vehicles ahead of us. Very Vintage! Then as luck would have it, we ended up stopped behind two of them at a highway construction happening.

Turned out the vehicle was a 1920 beauty from Iowa! Who would have thought of traveling that far in a car of that vintage? What would you do for parts in the event of a break down? Where would you find a mechanic who could work on something of that age? How brave to make that drive! Wonder what kind of gas mileage those cars get? It seems incredible that they have made it this far from where ever they started out!

There must be an antique event somewhere in Durango, but we have not heard anything about it. We will be looking all around when we get back in town this evening.

Vintage cars have always been an interest of mine. In my youth I even indulged in building vintage model cars. The oldest I ever attempted was a 1932 Ford. Imagine one in Candy Apple Red with rolled and Pleated seats.

There is something incredibly splendid about the lines of those Vintage Vehicles.

How many times have you encountered a convoy of Antique cars? Just one more of the super perks of living in Durango Colorado!  In the event a trip to the Durango area is in your future don’t forget to call us 970-759-1007!  We’re Ralph and Jeanne…. The Durango Home Team
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Durango Mountain Resort aka Purgatory

Durango Mountain Resort

Grand Entrance to Durango Mountain Resort

 

One of the most spectacularly gorgeous places around Durango is Durango Mountain Resort.

It was known for years as Purgatory. The resort consortium decided that “Purgatory” had a negative connotation and spent millions of dollars to build a new image and the new name.

As far as we can tell, the area is still known as Purgatory, but it does have lots of new attractions attracting tourists. Now if we can just have some snow this year!!

This area whatever you know it as, is full of investment opportunities from cozy condos to magnificent mansions. Everything has stunning views!

If owning a full year round home or a vacation condo or townhome is your dream, call the Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Realty @ 970-759-1007 and share your desires with us. We, Ralph and Jeanne Janisch are the Durango Home Team, combining 60 years of Real Estate experience so we can lead you down the home path with caring and expertise. We will put together a Durango Dream tour for you and watch for any pitfalls along the way.

Feel free to browse at will on this site and then if you have questions or concerns, give us; “The Durango Home Team” a call! We also work evenings and weekends to make the journey to home ownership quick and easy for you!

After all, no one wants to experience a slippery slope or icy surprises even when it comes to Durango Mountain or Purgatory… however you know it!

Virtuous Vallecito!

A view of the Lake

A view of the Lake

Small, tranquil and extremely appealing are some of the words that come to mind when we think about the Vallecito Lake area just North of Durango.

It features a large lake area with cabins both for year round use and vacations. Wildlife is plentiful, and you may find that the artistic tendencies within you come to full fruition. Generate thoughts of peace and pleasure during your stay in this glorious spot.

The lake is surrounded by magnificent mountains that are splendid all year long. In the winter they sparkle with the snow. When the lake is frozen, the entire area looks like a winter wonderland.
There are marinas, businesses and restaurants which add to the overall resort flair.
Vallecito is close enough to Bayfield to have easy access to shopping and employment opportunities.
In 2002 there was a horrific fire which ruined hundreds of acres of towering timber. The aftermath was heart wrenching, but today the forest is making a magnificent comeback. Once again there is beauty all around.

Whether you plan a short day trip or wish to stay for a lifetime, Vallecito should definitely be on your list of places to experience.

We. (Ralph and Jeanne) “The Durango Home Team’ know the Vallecito area well, and would be delighted to put together a Dream Tour for you. Let us know what the desires of your heart are and the objectives you wish to achieve. Give us a call at 970-759-1007 or exercise our email : ralph@durangohometeam.com

You Missed this today in Durango CO

DSCN0161While at the Farmers Market today in downtown Durango, we were told by one of the vendors that we should go by the coffee event that the City had cordoned off eighth street for.

Events are always fun! This one featured different coffee offerings from all our local purveyors down to an ice cream covered with coffee syrup.

Unexpected but totally appreciated was the band in the featured video. Anyone who was not moving something anatomical during that performance, was either deaf, or dead!

There is so much talent in Durango, you never know who or what you may see! We even saw Ralphs dentist playing the trombone in that rockin band! Wow! The music was simply awesome. The video is good but being there was unbelievable.

Vroom-Vroom!! Durango CO 81301

4 Corner Motorcycle rally

Four Corners Motorcycle rally in Durango CO

 

Every year around Labor Day, the town of Durango Colorado becomes varoom central.

Thousands of motorcycles worth millions of dollars in total descend upon this usually tranquil place with all the thunderous vibrations they can muster.

All the parking places become display points for these two and three wheeled vehicles. And the riders strut up and down Main Street showing off themselves and their magnificent machines.

The owners of these marvelous machines tour the main streets both on bikes and off.

The costumes for riding are colorfully displayed for days both before the rally and after.

The town welcomes these visitors with open arms as they also kindly and generously stimulate the economy. They frequent all the foodies, stores and campgrounds.

This year most of the festivities and the host campgrounds are in Mancos Colorado, a short but beautiful 25 mile drive from Durango.

The highways all around will resound with varoom noises of various intensities. This will probably help keep wildlife off the roads!

Durango always has a lot going on. There are always a lot of motorcycles around. Labor Day weekend just has more variety and more varoom! The sights and sounds are pretty interesting!!

What to do in Durango Colorado 81301

Rim view of the Animas valleyy

Breath taking view up the Animas Valley north of Durango as seen from a home on the “rim”.

Durango has a plentiful array of activities. Anything you do here just feels better because of the clean dry crisp air, the crystal clear blue sky and the bubbling clean looking rivers, lakes and streams.

There are many trails to hike or bike, rivers to raft, kayak, or otherwise navigate, horse drawn carriages to enjoy, mountain roads to drive on , shops to explore, restaurants to relish and calming flower laden patios to chill out on.

In addition there are fun festivals almost weekly, and theater performances to gain knowledge from.

There are daily train excursions from Durango to Silverton. The fall offers exquisite colors and brisk cool air. You have the option to ride the train one way and return by bus!

Mesa Verde is just a short trip to the West and includes the opportunity to visit Marvelous Mancos and adorable Dolores on the way. Mesa Verde in itself a wonderful destination. The cliff dwellings and the history that area is steeped in will make you feel that you are stepping back to a different time….

Arts of all kinds are available to enjoy all over Main Street. Slow paced shopping is always an extreme pleasure.

Leisurely gourmet offerings are also yours to enjoy from the 125 restaurant selections.

Look around the website to find other notable places you will want to visit again and again! Anything you do in Durango will create wonderful memories.