An Early Start to Christmas

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Christmas will be here before you know it and now is the time to schedule some fun activities for you and your family. With restrictions due to the pandemic, this year’s Camp Christmas event will be a totally different experience. Camp Christmas’ mission is to open your imagination to all the wonders of the Christmas season! Also, if you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He’s been in the real estate business in Colorado for over thirty years and can help you find the home of your dreams.

Explore Camp Christmas

Camp Christmas is a magical interactive experience that brings handcrafted holiday activities directly to your home through your computer, phone, or tablet. With their new virtual campground, there are so many ways to participate in the festivities. You can earn badges for participating in holiday activities, perform daily camp events, and get creative with many home crafting projects.

New to Camp Christmas are this year’s Adventure Bundles. These are a series of holiday-themed care packages shipped right to your doorstep. Some of the bundles focus on creating holiday decorations with your family while others focus on baking holiday treats. No matter how you want to spend your Christmas holiday, there is an adventure bundle for you. For more details, follow the link at the beginning of the article.

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

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Colorado is home to the longest-running women’s film festival in North America, the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival. Over the years, this festival has honored films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it. Due to the Corona Virus, this year’s festival will be moving to an online platform. Continue reading for how to attend and what to look forward to. Also, if you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He’s been in the real estate business in Colorado for over thirty years and can help you find the home of your dreams.

The 2020 Women’s Film Festival Goes Virtual

That’s right, the 33rd annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival will be coming to your computer, phone, or tablet this year. Knowing that participating in a film festival like this at home has its challenges, the festival will be broken up into three categories to make viewing easier. These categories include, Weekend Programming, Film and Filmmaker, and Dinner and A Movie. However, if you are able to attend every film that option is there as well. For more details on these viewing plans, click on the link at the beginning of this article.

There is so much to look forward to this year. The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival will feature thirty-six outstanding films, over nine days. Each day, 2-3 films will be made available to stream online. Check out the film schedule online and mark your calendars accordingly. Also, many of the films will be followed by a discussion from the maker of the film. The opening night will feature a gala that you and your friends can attend via zoom.

Home Superstitions

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Superstitions have been around as long as humans have. If you wear the same outfit every year for some extra luck during the Superbowl or watch your step on the sidewalk to avoid stepping on the cracks, you are no stranger to superstitions. Here are a few fun ones that center around the home. Also, if you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He’s been in the real estate business in Colorado for over thirty years and can help you find the home of your dreams.

Common Home Superstitions

If you live in Colorado or own a horse, this first one might not be a surprise. Hanging a horseshoe over your door can bring good luck. If you hang the horseshoe with the open end facing up, then you will keep good luck inside your home. If you face the horseshoe the other way around then you are letting luck pour onto those who enter your home. Another common superstition is to never give knives as a housewarming gift because it symbolizes the cutting of a friendship.

If you or your guests are superstitious, don’t open an umbrella indoors. Like most superstitions, if this is done then you’ll receive bad luck or it may cause something to break. This one makes sense—opening a large umbrella inside without looking where you’re pointing it, you’re bound to knock things over and break them. An uncommon superstition is painting your porch blue to ward off ghosts. An old Southern tradition, painting a porch blue is thought to protect against restless spirits, who confuse the hue for water. Have you heard of these superstitions? Do you practice any in your own home?

Home Entryway Tips

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A well-organized entryway will give your guests a great first impression. Since every house is different, including the entryway, it might not be obvious how to tackle this space. The following tips will help you get more style and functionality out of your entryway. If you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He’s been in the real estate business in Colorado for over thirty years and can help you find the home of your dreams.

Tips For Home Entryway Design

Many modern homes are more open concept and don’t have a defined entryway. In this case, you’ll have to take whatever space you have inside your font door and make it multi-functional. A great way to do this is to find ways to divide up the space. For most homes, this will mean dividing up the space of your living room to create an area that feels like an entry way. If the first thing you see when you go into the front door is the back of your couch, dress up this area with a console table or bench. Even a simple rug and a few hooks for hanging jackets can define an entryway. 

Most homes are designed with a closet near the font door. This closet is for storing coats, winter boots, and other things you’d typically find in your entryway. Since these items can look bulky and out of place, an entryway closet is great for hiding them. But not all homes have an entryway closet. Tackle this area by getting a coat rack, either a stand alone piece or a wall-mounted unit, for guests to deposit their belongings. Also, consider adding a small bench or chair for guests to use while removing their shoes.

The Best Colorado Hot Springs

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Colorado boasts some of the best hot springs in the country. A hot spring is a spring with water temperatures above its surroundings, typically warm enough to heat the body though the temperature outside the water is much colder. In other words, a hot spring is a naturally occurring hot tub. Here are a few of our top picks for the best hot springs in Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. Mark has been in the real estate industry in Colorado for over thirty years.

Our Top Picks

A short drive from Denver, Indian Hot Springs is a well known rest stop from the cold and weary. There is a resort at the springs that has several soaking options, spa services and accommodations. Like other high-end spas, you can also get an exfoliating package with your stay. However, the main highlight of the resort is their mineral pool. The pool is under a translucent dome with 115 degree water. There are also private indoor baths and outdoor Jacuzzis for rent that are filled with hot springs water.

And then there’s the Hot Sulphur Springs, which also features a wonderful resort. There are seven natural springs that surface between 104 and 126 degrees here. These are used to heat several natural hot springs pools. Hot Sulphur Springs is the oldest hot springs area in the entire country. There are 21 pools of a variety of sizes spread out over the hillside that range in temperature from 95 to 112 degrees. Just like Indian Hot Springs, there are spas and private pools to enjoy here as well.

Best Trails To Hike Before Winter

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Rocky Mountain National Park is the home of some of the best hiking trails in Colorado. This time of year the leaves have started to change color and the summer heat is wearing off. In fact, it will be winter soon and most hikers will have to wait until next year to hit the trails. Here is our top picks for trails at the Rocky Mountain National Park to visit before winter. Also, if you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He has been in the industry for over thirty years.

Our Top Three Picks

One of the most popular trails in Rocky Mountain National Park is Alberta Falls, and for a good reason. This Colorado trail has diverse landscapes with dense aspen groves, a rushing creek, towering mountain peaks, and even a beautiful waterfall. To access this trail, begin at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and follow go north. The waterfall, which plunges thirty feet into the small gorge of Glacier Creek, is a great resting place. Many hikers stop in the area to take a break and enjoy the wonderful views.

In the same area as Alberta Falls is Bear Lake Loop. The picturesque Bear Lake is surrounded by colorful aspens. Off the tranquil water reflects towering granite mountain peaks. The area is mostly flat, easily accessed from Bear Lake Road, and only an eighth of a mile. Therefore, this trail is great for hiking no matter your experience level. Last but certainly not least is the Upper Beaver Meadows Loop. This trail is longer, roughly five miles long. However, the elevation is gradual which makes it easily traversable. The trail winds through Beaver Meadows and provides views of the Continental Divide and Longs Peak.

What Is A Seller’s Market?

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It’s no secret that the real estate market in Colorado is booming despite drawbacks from the epidemic. Sales are up, but as a whole inventory has decreased. Limited inventory presents new challenges for Colorado home buyers. This has resulted in deals with multiple offers, which could make getting into your dream house more difficult. This type of market is called a seller’s market. The answer to this problem is simple—hiring an experienced agent. If you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He has over thirty years of experience.

Beating Low Inventory

The way the market is right now, if you’ve heard from someone who has bought a home recently you may be a little discouraged. However, the key to getting the home that you want is to act fast. An experienced real estate agent is a home buying expert and knows how to guide you through the process quickly. A good agent can take a single conversation about what features you’d like in a home and provide you with a property search that fits your needs.

You’ll need to work with loan officers and mortgage lenders to get preapproved for a home loan. If you don’t have a lender, your agent can recommend one for you. The bottom line is when sellers receive multiple offers for their property only the most strategic offer will be accepted. This is when your agent will shine the brightest and earn their commission. Remember, sellers list new homes for sale every day in Colorado, but they are moving under contract quickly. In conclusion, to answer the question, “how do I beat low inventory,” is with a good agent and speed.

How to Lose The Quarantine 15

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With a lot of America back to work, many are trying to lose the weight they gained during isolation. But it’s not as simple are getting back to the gym; stress can play a very large roll in losing that fifteen pounds you gained in quarantine. 2020 has been a very stressful year. Stress can put the body into what’s commonly known as a fight of flight state. In this state your body will not give up any calories that it thinks it will need for energy for running away or combat.

Beating The Weight & Stress

A common way to begin a weight loss journey is to start with a new daily routine. This can range from going to bed at the same time every night to planning your meals every morning. We tend to turn to processed or fast-food because we’ve lost interest in what we’re eating. Processed food, like something you nuke in the microwave, and take-out are fast and easy. Regain your interest in food by adding cooking to your routine. It won’t feel like a chore if you’ve already scheduled time in your day to do it. If you have leftovers in the fridge, try a new recipe. If the recipe fails, then you have a back up.

With the things that we cannot immediately change, like the virus or the election, we must learn how to manage the stress they bring. Meditation and yoga work for some people, while painting or putting a puzzle together may work for others. Everyone is different. If you’re not sure if an activity will help you destress, then just give it a try. If it doesn’t work, try something else the next day. Once you find that magic activity that brings you solace, make sure to add it to your routine.

Colorado Bucket List

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Bucket lists are not just for the older generation. If you live in Colorado or you’re planning to move here, there are tons of things you can do that are sure to fill up your itinerary. Things to do like mountain climbing. There are so many peaks around 14,000ft in Colorado that it has it’s own term: a 14er. Mount Bierstadt is great for beginners, with a wide trail that is easy to follow. Not much of a climber? That’s okay there are plenty of things you can do in Colorado, in and outdoors.

What To Do In Colorado

You should add attending a concert at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater to your Colorado bucket list. This outdoor venue is unlike any other concert you’ll ever go to. Though this one will probably be on your list for a while due to the pandemic, it is worth the wait. What about soaking in a natural hot springs? Strawberry Park Hot Springs, just outside Steamboat Springs, is surrounded by trees and nestled along Hot Springs Creek, one of the most beautiful places in the state. There are restrooms, a picnic area and a heated cabin for changing, so you can pack a lunch and take your time enjoying the soothing mineral water.

There’s also the Great Sand Dunes National Park. One of the more strange attractions compared to the rest of the mostly green Colorado landscapes, this park includes large sand dunes. If you reach the highest point, the top of Star Dune at 750 feet, you’ll have stunning views of Crestone Peaks and the surrounding area. If the sand dunes make you thirsty, then add drinking at a local Colorado brewery to your bucket list. Colorado has over 200 breweries with new ones popping up, what feels like, every day. You can go mainstream and visit the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, where the air smells like hops. Or, check out one of the smaller shops for some very imaginative brews, like the Pineapple Pale Ale at Denver Beer Co., or the Coconut Porter from Broken Compass Brewing in Breckenridge, Colorado. If you are looking to buy or seller real estate in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today.

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