Mary Eshbaugh Hayes: Around Aspen |

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes: Around Aspen

MEHKelley and Hansi Brenninger.

These are the last of Flamingo-A-Go-Go photos, I promise. There were so many people there who are never in the column, I just had to use the photos.The May-June issue of Mountain Living Magazine could just have well been called Aspen Living because there are so many Aspen stories.First there is an interview-feature about Aspen architect Charles Cunniffe. When asked which architects most inspired him, he said they would be the Swiss architect Le Corbusier (particularly the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in France), Richard Nutra and Santiago Calatrava.Then in the “Insider’s Guide to Outdoor Adventure,” Aspen writer Linda Hayes has an article about fly-fishing adventures at The Little Nell, which include not only fishing but an elegant streamside meal.Then there’s a wonderful article with pages of gorgeous photographs titled “American Pastoral” about that group of former ranch buildings just downvalley from Aspen that have been not only restored and beautified, but also have a series of ponds and streams enhancing the area. It seemed almost inconceivable they could be rescued when I first noticed the place being remade. It was the site of the former Gerbaz ranch, which had been used as an asphalt plant. The landscape design was done by Richard Shaw of Design Workshop and the architecture was by Heidi Hoffmann of H3 Architects. You can recognize the place by the American flag that is painted on the roof of one of the outbuildings.And lastly there are full-page advertisements for the Aspen Music Festival’s 2011 summer programs from June 29-August 21 and the Roaring Fork Valley Parade of Homes and Home & Garden Show June 17-19 (during the Food & Wine Classic).Undercurrent … I was beginning to think I would have to wear my winter parka all summer long.

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