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Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch named among nations best hotels

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Special to the DailyThe Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch earned the AAA's Five Diamond award. The hotel was one of only three in Colorado to earn the award, and the only one in the Vail valley.
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BEAVER CREEK The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek is amonh the nations top 93 hotels, chosen from more than 60,000 AAA rated properties across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.The Ritz was one of three Colorado hotels that earned the hospitality industrys top designation for 2007, the AAA Five Diamond Award. Colorados other two were the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and the Little Nell in Aspen.The Broadmoor was chosen for the 31st consecutive year and is one of only three hotels in the nation who has maintained the distinction since the Diamond ratings were first applied to hotels. The Little Nell was chosen for the 16th consecutive year; the Ritz-Carlton was selected for the second consecutive year.It takes every department functioning on all cylinders to achieve this distinction, said Ritz Carlton spokesman Steven Holt. Its the commitment to service that makes the difference.Twenty-eight Colorado hotels received the Four Diamond rating, including The Lodge at Vail. Both the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver and the General Palmer Hotel in Durango received the award for the 31st consecutive year.While there are no restaurants in Colorado that made the Five Diamond Award list, 25 Colorado restaurants received the Four Diamond Award. The restaurant with the greatest longevity on this list is The Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, with 18 consecutive years. New to the Four Diamond Award list for restaurants in Colorado are the Summit in Colorado Springs, and Vails Restaurant Kelly Liken and the Wildflower in The Lodge at Vail.To become AAA Approved and Diamond rated, hotels and restaurants go through an inspection by one of AAAs 65 full time, professional evaluators.AAA first started listing accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s. In 1937, the first field inspectors were hired to inspect hotels, motels, and restaurants.In 1963, AAA began to rate all accommodations as good, very good, excellent or outstanding.

AVON The Colorado Career Development Association will provide free resume assistance at the Avon Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event is in celebration of National Career Development Month.Experienced career counselors will be on hand to help you build your resume, whether it is new or re-vamped. Counselors will also provide you with how to sheets and examples of winning resumes.The CCDA s a state affiliate of the National Career Development Association , and a division of the Colorado Counseling Association. The organization is for those interested in career and workforce development issues in Colorado. Go to http://www.coloradocareerdevelopment.org.Call Amy Turner at CMC in Edwards, 569-2917.

AVON Stacey Horn is running a workshop Saturday, Practical Facts for Relationships, to help people deal with the causes and effects of relationships and stress, especially during the holiday season.Horn, a licensed social worker and counselor, will talk about managing conflicts, what domestic violence is and what really happens if you call 911.Some folks think that the police will come and help them solve the problem, Horn said. Also among the quuestions Horn will deal with: How can changing OUR thinking resolve conflicts? How do we deal with your ex-spouse and the kids? I am Never going to do _________ again!Horn said the sessions environments will be safe and relaxed so people can discuss some of those things we wished we had known before anything happened. Its for singles preparing for their next relationship, new couples or couples taking their relationship to a new level.Sessons run Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. in the Avon Comfort Inn. The cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple, and includes a light meal.RSVP to Horn 688-1401 or staceyhorn.lcsw@yahoo.comHorn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been facilitating groups and workshops since 1990. As a practicing therapist, she has addressed issues of mental health, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, families, divorce and parenting.She has expertise in working with the court systems as a Therapist, and Facilitator. She brings experience, compassion, intuition, honesty and a sense of humor to her presentations.

EDWARDS Some of the top names in the world of design gathered in California for the Montectio Design 06 Leadership Summit. The goal is to advance the development of the design community.Beth Slifer, creative director and chief executive officer for Slifer Designs was among the 100 participants who were invited. A keynote address by Vanity Fairs Editor-in-Chief, Graydon Carter provided the initial commentary. Other notable attendees include Paul Goldberger, the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker and of Parsons/The New School; Tom Kelly from Ideo; Shawn Henderson, design director for eBay home decor; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedias president of merchandising; Robin Marino, Richard Wright of the Wright auction house and David Easton, one of the worlds most sought after designers. Peer-to peer brainstorming and discussions on a variety of design related topics took place including exploring the future of design in the 21st century, building a design brand in todays media climate and capitalizing on creativity. Our peer-group discussions were very insightful, said Slifer. To be included in this group is an honor and of course, helpful to Slifer Designs. One of the most important topics discussed is that design literacy in the mass market has increased, which creates a more knowledgeable client, who is appreciative of good design. This helps us strengthen our ties with our client and increases the collaborative effort toward the final product, Slifer continued. We also focused on how much American businesses and individuals value creativity more than ever before.Vail, Colorado


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