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Looking for a Perfect Late-Summer/Fall Family Getaway? YMCA of the Rockies!

[ Monday, August 18, 2014 | 0 comments ]
By Jaime Travis

You know you're in the right place when your 5 year-old daughter tears up and tells you she is so sad to go home. Such was our recent and lovely stay at the YMCA of the Rockies in picturesque Estes Park.  If you've never been, the Y is situated above the town of Estes and is nestled right next to Rocky Mountain National Park--you truly can't ask for a more convenient or beautiful location.   This place has it all, and we did our best to experience as much as possible during our 3 day visit........hiking, fishing, horseback riding, crafts (tie-dyes!), outdoor fire pits and s'more making and a top-notch day camp for the kids.

Some think the YMCA isn't for them, but, this isn't just sleeping bags and hot dogs. We were lucky enough to stay in a 3 bedroom Summit Cabin, complete with a kitchen, fireplace, 2 bathrooms and a deck overlooking the mountains. If that doesn't fit your needs, there are many accommodation options, anything from hotel-style lodge rooms, to 4 bedroom vacation homes.  There are also sit-down dining options, a cafe, and did I mention all the free or extremely low cost activities available? These include:
  • Swimming
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • S'mores and campfires
  • Horseback riding
  • Sports (volleyball, tether ball, baseball, soccer, etc.)
  • Rafting
  • Mountaineering/Rock Climbing
  • Wildlife 
  • A library 

With all this to offer, by far the highlight for my kids, Jack who is 73/4, and Lucca, 5, was the day camp.  First off, it is beyond reasonable at $26/day per child for a full day (8:15am-3:15pm), I almost felt bad paying so little!  There is a very high counselor to camper ratio and the kids had a blast.  Swimming, shaving cream fights, giant game of capture the flag, and on certain days they also go horseback riding.  I wish we could have stayed longer, they had so much fun.

Now is a great time to start planning a visit to the YMCA of the Rockies, just a short drive away and located at 9,000+ feet, the temperature is cool enough to bring a sweater – and the fall activities will soon be underway. Things like the annual Elk Rut, the Harvest Festival and other family-friendly activities will be taking place in September and October. 

Right now rates are coming down as kids head back to school and the summer crowds start to pack it up. Which means it is the perfect time for Colorado families to get up there. With lodging starting as low as $79/night, the price is right. 

From basic hotel-style lodge rooms to private cabins with multiple bedrooms kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces, families can find the right accommodation for their needs. Cabins are great for families because you can bring your food, which is especially helpful for those who don't want to take all meals in the Y's large cafeteria-style dining room. Early morning coffee on the deck amid this scenery is the way to go.

To get to know more about the YMCA Of the Rockies at Estes Park, please visitwww.ymcarockies.org
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New OB-GYN Office Open in Stapleton

[ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 0 comments ]
Valerie Ginsburg. M.D. is pleased to announce the opening of her new practice, Stapleton Women’s Health. Dr. Ginsburg has been providing OB-GYN services in Stapleton for the past several years and is thrilled to welcome patients to her new office located at 2373 Central Park Blvd, Suite 202.

A Colorado native, Dr. Ginsburg received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in OB-GYN. “I am pleased to continue to serve the needs of patients in and around Stapleton in an environment that places patient needs first and foremost. Empowering women to seek the best treatment options for their health care issues is very important to me. Whether I am treating a young girl on her first visit to a Gynecologist, a woman about to be a mother or a woman with concerns about menopause, I think patients deserve open-minded and compassionate support.”

In her spare time, Dr. Ginsburg enjoys telemark skiing, mountain biking and most of all, spending time with her husband and their new puppy, Boomer. To schedule an appointment or contact Dr. Ginsburg’s office, call 720-723-2176 or visit www.stapletonwomenshealth.com
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The Location May be Odd, but the Food is Good - The Grubbery

[ Monday, August 4, 2014 | 0 comments ]
 By Edan Goode:
Just east of Northfield, along Havana, you’ll find an odd location for a good restaurant. It almost feels like you’re invading the office cafeteria to go to The Grubbery – albeit a really nice office cafeteria. True, The Grubbery is housed in the sleek lobby of the Scott’s Liquid Gold headquarters, just north of I-70. And true, probably the majority of their diners are from Scott’s and all of the surrounding businesses in this industrial area. But if it’s relegated to office lunching, that would be a shame for The Grubbery.

With glossy yet warm decor, reasonable prices and huge portions,The Grubbery serves lunch and dinner Monday-Friday and brunch on the weekends. The service is extremely attentive and stealthy. My drink was refilled without my even noticing. When I commented, our server joked “ya, I’m like a Ninja.” Indeed. We ordered the Steak and Pesto sandwich ($9.99), Spaghetti Marinara with housemade meatballs ($11.99), a 1/4 pound BYOB burger ($7.99) and a Reuben sandwich ($9.49).

The basil-rubbed flank steak in the Steak and Pesto sandwich was delicious and tender but with the thick Fontina cheese, and soft, caramelized onion, it became very rich very soon. Frankly, I would have been happy with just the seasoned steak and onion on the bread, letting those two ingredients shine. 

The spaghetti and meatballs was good with a fresh, not overcooked sauce and tender meatballs. All that was missing was a larger piece of baguette to go with that large amount of pasta. The BOYB burger was juicy goodness. With up to three choices in toppings, including cheese, bacon, fried egg, or pork belly, my companion really only wanted cheese and bacon. The server offered a double helping of bacon to make up the third offering. How many times do you get offered more bacon in a restaurant?! That’s the stuff! The Reuben was thick and meaty, almost to a fault, Because it was so nice and thick, the heat didn’t reach through to the middle during the grilling. All sandwiches come with chips or fries. We all opted for the potatoey shoestrings.

On the dessert menu, it said items were big enough for sharing. We took that to heart and ordered the Brownie Sundae and the Ice Cream Sandwich between the five of us. We could have easily invited another couple of people over to share. The brownie was huge, warm and cakey. The ice cream sandwich suffered from the inevitable problem with this treat – the cookie hardens too much as the ice cream softens too much, making for a teetering, squishing mess that you have to simultaneously eat by hand and by spoon. The vanilla ice cream with both desserts was creamy and so, so good.

We’ll give The Grubbery another go for lunch or dinner to try the ribs, flatbread pizza or salads. And I’ve got to return for the weekend brunch to try Empanadas Rancheros (steak and cilantro empanadas topped with eggs, cheese and green chili), Breakfast Croissant (two eggs, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon and avocado on a croissant) or the Pork Belly Benedict. I can see that hollandaise oozing over the pork now! The restaurant has an afternoon happy hour as well as a morning one (no judging), lunch specials and they serve Starbucks Coffee Drinks.

The Grubbery is located in the shiny, glass Scott’s Liquid Gold Building at 4880 Havana St. 

For other restaurant reviews as well as news and reviews of movies, theater and travel, visit the In Good Taste Denver blog at http://ingoodtastedenver.com/
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Stapleton Family Karate is moving to the Northfield Shopping mall, August 2014!

[ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 0 comments ]
By Stapleton Moms

Micah Martin and his wife have been serving the community for close to 5 years as the owners of Stapleton Family Karate. Stapleton Family Karate’s mission has always been enriching the lives of families through life skill development such as respect, focus, and confidence. Until now Stapleton Family Karate has been running out of a small training facility in the Stapleton Business plaza. If you don’t know where the Stapleton business plaza is, you are not alone. Stapleton Family Karate’s program has been so well received by the Stapleton community that Micah and his wife have decided to expand their program to the Northfield Shopping Mall this August.

This expansion will allow hundreds more families in our community to participate in their life improving program with the convenience of being right in the mall. Not only will they be located in the heart of Stapleton, but the program will be taught out of a 4000 square foot, state of the art training facility by nationally recognized instructors that are amazing with children! In August the Stapleton Community will have access to the nicest and highest quality family martial arts program in the State of Colorado.

The programs offered will include Taekwondo for the whole family with family classes becoming available after the move to Northfield. A Family class means you can take class right alongside your child or children! The old saying in Martial Arts goes “Families that kick together, stick together!” Stapleton family Karate will also be offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Adults. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is growing in popularity faster and faster as the best way to get in shape and learn self-defense at the same time. The best part will be Women’s only self-defense, Jiu-Jitsu, and fitness; available with childcare!!

If you have ever wanted to try Taekwondo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for yourself, your child, children, or whole family now is the time! Stapleton Family Karate is offering a risk free, no obligation, and money back guarantee 30 trial. Enroll your entire family for 30 days for only $99.00! To hold a spot for your family for the summer or fall call 303-928-0043 or visit their website at www.stapletonfamilykarate.com for Karate Classes and www.ColoradoBJJ.com for Jiu-Jitsu Classes. Read the full story »
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Helpful Tips on Selecting the Right Real Estate Agent from a Stapleton Dad (and Realtor)

[ Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 2 comments ]
By Scott Petersen

There is much to consider when selecting the right real estate Agent for the purchase and/or sale of your home. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for helping to make this process easier:

                 • Ask your Stapleton friends/neighbors for their neighborhood Agent recommendations.     Get 2-3 recommendations.
                • Hire a Stapleton Agent who lives in the neighborhood. They have the inside knowledge on what challenges exist on a home-by-home, street-by-street basis; homes that are yet to hit the market; specific builder defects to be aware of, historical knowledge, etc.
                       o Hire the Agent that helped you buy your home if you do not hire a neighborhood Agent. This way, you can negotiate favorable terms regarding his/her commission for your repeat business in the future.
                      o Hire an Agent when buying a new build through a Builder. They will NOT discount the sales price of your new home if you choose to represent yourself. The commission is built in to their pricing whether you have Agent representation or not. Therefore, you should hire an Agent so they discount their commission when you sell it in the future.
                • Negotiate your Agent’s commission. If you like two neighborhood Agents the same as far as competence, experience and approach, base your decision on the overall commission percentages. Everything is negotiable and cheapest/most expensive are not always best.
                • Take an active role in helping to create the game plan for buying/selling your home, including milestones and what happens at those particular milestones (e.g. lower the price after being on the market for XX days).
               • Trust the process and your trusted advisor (your Agent).
               • Do everything possible to make your home show as well as possible. Staging is oftentimes unnecessary (if you have all of the pieces in place), but do know that there is a higher expectation for  how Stapleton homes should show once they hit the market. The bar is set high in this neighborhood. Your greatest chance for selling your home quickly and for top dollar is to have your home priced right and have it show exceptionally well.
               • Hire an inspector for every single home purchase. Your inspector(s) should complete a full inspection, conduct a radon test and scope the sewer line. Yes, it can be expensive to check all three (3) (e.g. inspection, radon & sewer line), but you would rather have the Seller incur these costs before they move out than you after you move in.
               • Put a high premium on honesty. You don’t have the time, energy or expertise to guess your way through the home buying or home selling process. You want someone that will tell you what you need to know in a manner that’s honest and direct.

               • Ask your co-workers or out-of-state friends for their Agent recommendations. You really want an Agent who knows your specific neighborhood. Selling is typically more difficult than buying and your Stapleton Agent will most likely be more than able to help you buy your next home, whether in Stapleton or not.
               • Pay full-commission for any Agent, because this is a competitive real estate market and your Agent should be no different.
               • Automatically assume that the Agent who spends the most money on marketing and advertising is the most successful, respected or best fit for you.
              • Panic. Oftentimes, there is no reason to panic, because the market changes with little rhyme or reason. Put together a game plan with your Agent and stick with it, but recognize the best-laid plans may need to be adjusted from time-to-time in order to remain competitive.
             • Make the assumption that the highest offer is always the best. With the challenges in the Lending world, a lesser cash offer may be best for your family. Your Agent should be able to help advise you through this stressful decision. Trust your gut! There are a number of great Agents in this business. Stapleton is fortunate to have Agents who not only live/work in the neighborhood, but who genuinely have the best interest of the local real estate market in mind.

Scott Petersen is a neighborhood Realtor, Resident, Co-Founder of the Jets Lacrosse Program and Father of Four. Read the full story »