Photo credit: Craig Moore, GlacierWorld.com Photography

The flies are tied, the tackle box organized, the waders retrieved from storage, and ready to go! We’re wishbooking Whitefish real estate for a lovely fishing retreat in the woods of the cool environs of Montana.

The small town of Whitefish (population 6,357 per the 2010 census) headquartered on the south end of Whitefish Lake in Northwest Montana, offers splendid fishing in the Lake and the nearby river and streams. It’s not far from access to snow sports and summer activities at popular Whitefish Mountain Resort. The area is surrounded by forested state and national parks, including one of the country’s most famous— Glacier National Park — situated a half hour away. Whitefish’s average high temperature in July and August is 80 degrees; the low, 50. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Here’s a picture book-pretty cabin, 1815 Four Wheel Drive, which sits on a meticulously landscaped nearly-one-acre lot. Located near the western shore of the lake, it’s just a 10-minute drive to the town center where charming restaurants, shops, and cultural amenities cluster near a historic railway depot. About a mile wide and seven miles long, Whitefish Lake is one of the largest in Montana and is home to large mountain whitefish, bull trout, rainbow, and northern pike, caught mainly by trolling with spin gear. It’s a popular spot for sailing and waterskiing, too. This cozy cabin with modern amenities shares lakefront access, just a hop, skip and a jump from its door.  (more…)

2010 GCR 14N Kremmling, CO is currently offered for $28,500,000 by Jack Wolfe of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Tired of the heat? Want to get away? We’ve located an ultra-luxury escape, secluded by nature and boasting pristine Rocky Mountain views, with a whopping 24,000-square-foot Jon Gunson designed lodge that will instantly put you in a Colorado state of mind.

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Dallas CASA Cherish the Children Luncheon

Photos courtesy of Dallas CASA

Here’s another sweet opportunity to vacation for a cause: a one-week stay in a mountain home in Breckenridge, Colorado, is among the auction items coming up at the 10th annual Dallas CASA Cherish the Children luncheon April 5 at the Fairmont Dallas. The luncheon raising funds for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA will feature guest speaker Casey Gerald. He’s a Dallas native whose inspirational TED talk on “The Gospel of Doubt” has been viewed by more than 1 million people.

Gerald’s background makes him uniquely pertinent to the subject of the mission of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). This is a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected Dallas County children living in protective care. The son of a drug-addicted father and a mentally ill mother who disappeared when he was 12, the Yale University and Harvard Business School graduate credits a community that surrounded him with support for his remarkable rise to success as a business leader, writer, and motivational speaker. CASA volunteers advocate for supportive situations for abused children, assisting judges in gathering information to decide where children in danger can safely and permanently live and thrive.

A silent auction at the luncheon will include one-of-a-kind children’s furniture created by Dallas designers  and a special vacation package: a one-week stay in a 5,044-square foot, six-bedroom, six-bath Westridge Lodge home, which sleeps 20 in luxurious comfort. It’s just a short walk to Beaver Run Chairlift and a quick shuttle or car ride to Main Street or any of the base areas. Here’s a look at details on this gorgeous property, which vacation home rental site VRBO lists at an average rental rate of more than $1,600 per night, as well as details on luncheon ticket purchase.

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montana landscape

Texans love the fierce, independent spirit, wide-open spaces, and natural beauty of Montana. The fourth-largest state has long been a favored vacation home setting for folks from North Texas, made even better last summer when American Airlines instituted daily nonstop seasonal flights to Bozeman Yellowstone Airport, the gateway to the area known as “Big Sky,” from May through September — prime time to get away from triple-digit heat.

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Do you believe a vacation home is a refuge to literally get away from it all?  Perhaps the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest calls to you, but Seattle has become too “Microsoft Millionaire” for you.  How about hopping across the Canadian border to one of the Gulf Islands between the mainland of British Columbia (containing the City of Vancouver) and the large Island of Vancouver?  Denman Island has just what the doctor ordered.

Located at 1800 Triple Rock Road is this gem of an eco-friendly house rests on a pinch over five acres with relaxing views of the forest canopy, Baynes Sound waterway and the Vancouver Island mountains in the distance.  Named Butterfly House due to the roofline, the home is a modest 670 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom.  It’s listed with Margaret Rabena of Pemberton Homes for $439,000.

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Christy Rost

Swan’s Nest in Summer. All photos courtesy of Christy Rost.

If you follow television and radio chefs and cooking teachers, you’re likely to be familiar with Christy Rost, who hosted the Texas-based television cooking and lifestyle show Just Like Home for 12 years, and a PBS special in 2009 that has become a Thanksgiving tradition, re-airing nationally every November since. Rost and her husband, Randy, maintain a home in DallChristy Rostas where they live for much of the year, but bought a second home in Colorado in 2006, which they have renovated to applause. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance recently honored the Rosts with the Theobald Award for historic preservation and advocacy for their outstanding remodel and preservation of Swan’s Nest, a house built in 1898 by Colorado gold baron Benjamin Stanley Revett for his bride.

Christy and Randy purchased the property in August 2006 and spent years restoring the home, preserving practical historic detail, but bringing its infrastructure up to modern standards. A registered nurse by training, Rost has authored 3 cookbooks, is a regular on the cooking TV and radio circuit, and does all her own home design. Here’s more on this lovely lady, her top-caliber mountain home renovation, the Thanksgiving show that presents highlights of the project and inspiration for holiday meals …

 

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Aspen, Colorado

All photos by Shawn O’Connor. Floor plans are courtesy of the Residences at the Little Nell.

 

Seven weeks ago while visiting Denver, we decided on making a quick road trip to Aspen for a night. As always, I was awestruck by the beauty of the Colorado roadways — rugged rocks, lush green forests, blue skies, scenic vistas, not a speck of litter in sight during several hours of driving. Heading over a pass near the end of our journey to Aspen, lacey white particles began falling from the sky, denser and denser as we climbed, accumulating on the ground around us. Snow! In August! In this hemisphere!

The moment brought to mind: it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming ski season— what better place to start is there than Aspen, a preeminent location in the Rockies and one of the most popular destinations for Texans seeking a top-tier mountain homes? (more…)

 

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Wyoming real estate may be hot, but the temperature is a whole lot cooler up there. And Texans just love it, including our Governor, who had an unfortunate mishap there involving hot water.

And if you saw Ebby’s latest Grande Vie magazine, you may have seen my latest vacation home story on the Snake River Sporting Club, just outside Jackson.

This summer marks the 125th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, the great national treasure and home to half the world’s geysers, grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. The lure of Yellowstone draws millions of visitors every year, and this year may be a bonanza.

Now you can own your own small (or large) piece of Wyoming at one of the finest residential and lifestyle club communities in the northwest: the Snake River Sporting Club at Jackson Hole.

In 2013, a group of Atlanta investors known as Cygnus, run by Christopher Swann, brought a strong infusion of capital to complete, rejuvenate and develop the club. 

They have spared no expense: 11.5 million plus 2 million for the golf course. 

Located just south of the confluence of the Snake and Hoback rivers, about 12 miles from the town of Jackson, the Snake River Sporting Club offers 800-acres of unbelievable lifestyle experience. Live and play here when it’s 110 degrees in Dallas, and just be kind enough to put all the fun on Facebook. Owner/investor Christopher Swann says it is the perfect marriage of rugged nature and authentic western lifestyle.  I have already mapped the mileage to Dallas: 1309 miles. A 20 hour drive or a direct 3 hour flight on America. Or there is always private.

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This is truly God’s country. (more…)