• Fantz column: In a festive funk - 12/15/2014 08:47 PM MST
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    Updated: December 15, 2014 8:47:35 PM MST
     
     
     
  • Fantz column: In a festive funk - 12/15/2014 08:47 PM MST
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    (Luis Benavides, The Associated Press)
    TravelChristmas brings out the bright lights in Medellin

    12/11/2014 10:55 PM MST
    Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si! The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it's now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays . 
    Grand Canyon contract offer fails to attract bids
    12/12/2014 04:13 PM MST - FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Officials have given up for now on soliciting bids for one of the Park Service's largest and most lucrative contracts, to run iconic hotels and restaurants at the 

    Making a trip abroad fun — for everybody
    12/11/2014 10:53 PM MST - When I tell a friend that my wife, Gail, and I will soon spend a week in Venice, he sighs appreciatively. Then I mention we'll be bringing our school-age son. My pal groans knowingly. I add that my mother-in-law will also be coming. To which he says: "Are you insane?" 

    Birding brings a new look at Rocky Mountain National Park
    12/11/2014 10:49 PM MST - As my dad boarded his plane to visit me in Colorado, I realized I had a problem. I'd made a guarantee. I'd guaranteed a bird.  

    In Colorado, skiing early has its benefits
    12/05/2014 03:26 AM MST - Early season skiing and snowboarding isn't for everyone — that's one of the great things about it. 

    Searching for authenticity on my first cruise
    12/05/2014 03:23 AM MST - I am the cruise industry's biggest problem: the avid traveler who is reluctant to sail. 

    Hate crowds? Moguls offer smooth sailing for lone-wolf skiers
    12/05/2014 03:22 AM MST - I hate crowds. It doesn't matter if it's Las Vegas, Disneyland or Mile High restrooms at halftime, I detest packed places. That especially holds true on ski slopes.  

    Touring in excellent spirits at Tasmania's whiskey distillers
    11/28/2014 03:10 AM MST - I heard them before I saw them: a man and a woman splayed out on the grass, giggling. Stepping past them, I headed into Lark Distillery with my boyfriend, Hamish. Amid burnished wooden beams, we shared a flight of cask-strength Tasmanian whiskey. 

    Project will map out how Route 66 drove change for American Indians
    11/28/2014 03:08 AM MST - Greasy diners, big-finned Cadillacs, mom-and-pop souvenir shops, dusty trading posts and the promise of the West were undoubtedly part of the recipe that made historic Route 66 — America's Mother Road — famous. 

    Luxuriating — with scads of service — at elegant Broadmoor
    11/28/2014 03:06 AM MST - "The Broadmoor... (irritated pause) in Colorado Springs, Colorado (rolling of eyes)." The concierge was flabbergasted that the person on the other end of the line needed explanation of our location other than the hotel's storied name.  

    (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)
    College volleyballCU volleyball: Buffs' Taylor Simpson named first-team All-American

    Senior star is first CU player to receive honor
    University of Colorado senior Taylor Simpson is the first Buffs player to be named as a first-team selection on the AVCA Division I All-America team. Full Story
    (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)
    College volleyballCU volleyball: Buffs' Taylor Simpson named first-team All-American

    Senior star is first CU player to receive honor
    University of Colorado senior Taylor Simpson is the first Buffs player to be named as a first-team selection on the AVCA Division I All-America team. Full Story
    ( Paul Aiken / Daily Camera )
    Second Story Garage: Judah & the Lion

    The members of Judah & the Lion have very different backgrounds, and maybe that's why their music has such broad appeal. Frontman Judah Akers is the Tennessee-raised southerner. Brian Brian Macdonald on mandolin is the city-savvy Chicagoan. And Nate Zuercher on banjo is the bearded Coloradan. Were it not for music, they might not have connected, but through their music they're connecting with audiences well beyond their Nashville base. Full Story