I absolutely adore Colorado for the sole reason that you can visit so many unique towns all nestled in breathtaking scenery. Drive 2 hrs west of Denver along I-70 to Beaver Creek Resort. It's a fabulous ski destination in the winter, but is loaded with summer activities too. For the art connoisseur, there are galleries and the annual Beaver Creek Art Festival. Pass through the entrance gate and drive up the main road that is lined with international flags, and you will see the gorgeous Beaver Creek Golf Course as well as a plethora of multi-million dollar homes. Once at the main village, you feel as if a quaint Bavarian town has been transported to the Rocky Mountains (with a Hyatt and Ritz Carlton of course!)
We played on the bungee-trampoline and a round of mini-golf before having a fabulous lunch at the Golden Eagle Inn on the patio. For those staying into the evening, you can still ice skate in the central village rink starting at 4pm, but we were back at our condo and poolside by then!
Checking out the local art scene, I did find several galleries that had gorgeous work displayed. Walt Horton Fine Art, named after a fabulous bronze sculptor, had wonderful paintings and a friendly staff who chatted with us about the Beaver Creek Arts Festival that happened a few weeks ago.
The Vickers Collection Fine Art Gallery is another must see in Beaver Creek. They also have a location in Vail, called "Vail Valley Arts." I chatted with Kate Pardun at both locations and she kindly gave us a tour of the pieces in the galleries as well as additional information about the artists.