Realtors Tour New Cardel Homes Collection at Dusty Boot Tour

Solterra and Cardel Homes rolled out the red carpet (or at least swept off the subfloors) for the debut of a new home collection and six new models. Over 100 Realtors got to walk through the in-progress model complex for a sneak peek of The Cardel Collection, which introduces the new Renaissance Series, starting in the $400s. With the addition of the new collection, Cardel now offers 12 floorplans at Solterra. All in Solterra’s signature European-inspired architectural style. The models will be finished and open for tours this August.

The Hills are Alive with Spring

Keep your eyes on Green Mountain. Like a vernal barometer, its annual shift from winter bisque to spring jade is a happy sign of the season to come. In late May, prairie wildflowers blossom, vibrantly framing the mountain’s 20-plus miles of hiking, running and mountain biking trails.

There’s always plenty of wildlife to spot up there too, so take your binoculars if you go. Once the home of wild bison herds, Green Mountain still supports bluebirds, hawks, rabbits, mule deer and coyotes. Peaking at 6,856 feet, the mountain offers spectacular views of Denver and the foothills — an idyllic setting for the spring’s first picnic. Other great ways to celebrate the season? Go sailing on Bear Creek Lake. Drive the Lariat Loop, a 40-mile scenic byway with winding roads and breathtaking views. Check out the dinosaur tracks and bones embedded in the rocks of Dinosaur Ridge, an outdoor museum. Play golf at Fox Hollow or Fossil Trace. Or explore the 200 miles of trails in Jefferson County open space.

Those are just a few of our ideas. What’s your favorite way to celebrate springtime in the Rockies?


Ski Conditions

If you live in Solterra then you already know. You’re at least a half-hour closer to Colorado’s Front Range ski resorts. Making those powder days all the more powderful. When you can sleep in a little longer and still get first tracks it kind of feels like cheating. But don’t worry, you get over it. All you need to know is who has the most snow so you can b-line it to your favorite bowl, chute or tree run. Below you’ll find a few links with up-to-date conditions. Happy skiing and riding. And don’t forget to invite us to the après ski party when you get back to Solterra.

Solterra Wine Festival

Our thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s annual Wine Festival a success. It truly has become the don’t-miss-event of the summer. The August 11 soiree was a lot of fun. And the nearly 600 in attendance enjoyed a delightful mix of live music, delicious food pairings and, of course, wines from around the world. And all for a good cause … around $12,000 was raised for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver’s teen center and outreach programs. Hope to see you there next year.