Christmas is in the air!

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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!

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!

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!!

Stand out

Jeanne and Ralph

Jeanne and Ralph dressed to stand out.

For the past sixteen years, off and on, we have used our wardrobe to stand out in the crowded field. With 300 plus agents in a small town, it is easy to just blend into the woodwork, that technique will not generate any potential business or contacts.

 

As the “Durango Home Team”. We have steadily acquired a collection of matching shirts . Some of them are an exact match, and others are simply similar. It is obvious that we got dressed in the same house.

During the Labor Day motorcycle rally we wore our most colorful Patriotic shirts. As we walked down Main Street to and from lunch, we received many compliments, and a couple of people actually stopped us to converse. We think that is a positive sign. We knew that we are friendly and approachable. Now we need to incorporate being sure we distribute cards when we are approached. Why not?

In a competitive market, all of us need to find a way to stand out. The shirts have always worked to different degrees. They seem to be working better than ever now.

It is our hope that even if people do not remember our names, they can walk in our office and ask for the old folks who dress alike. We will accept that all day long. It also means that if one of us gets lost for some reason, all we have to do is tell people to look for the person wearing a shirt just like the one they see on us. Branding and marketing can be so much fun! It is practical in this business to “Stand out”!

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.

New Durango Website

Spending the day working hard on our Durango Colorado Home Team website. It’s our other website. I think you’ll like it!

Live on Main Avenue Durango CO 81301

When gasoline gets to five dollars a gallon, wouldn’t it be grand to live in a penthouse overlooking Main Street?

You could enjoys the luxury comforts of state of the arts construction and walk to your business. This one in the photo has a storefront for lease downstairs.

In addition to comfortable living space, there is an access by a 42 step stairwell. That would eliminate need for any gym membership and assure your physical fitness.

In addition to the views, convenience of location and sumptuous comforts, you would be doing your part to cut down on fossil fuel consumption.

Living on Main Street has lots of possibilities! Perhaps you should look into this! Perhaps we all should. Call is to help you grab the perfect location!

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Finally!

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Finally things have come together and Jeanne has cleared the quagmire with her fingerprints!!! Her license is ACTIVE again here in Colorado!!! Anyone needing to buy or sell a home or land should call Jeanne!! Now she can be more than my assistant here in Colorado! She is now licensed in Colorado and Texas just like me!! Whooooo Hooooo!!! Let the buyers and sellers come on in in droves!!! We’re ready for you!!