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VMS Home Tour ventures down valley

Connie Steiert

When visitors think of Vail, many think of the quaint village where it all started and its famous ski mountain. But most don’t realize that there is an entire valley attached to that landmark village, much of which is equally fascinating and unique.On Sunday, Sept. 15, Vail Mountain School’s annual home tour will introduce visitors and many valley residents to one of the area’s special residential communities: Cordillera in Edwards.&quotCordillera is like a super-secret valley, a kind of Brigadoon,&quot explains parent volunteer Mary Anne Baker, who is serving as the tour’s publicity chairwoman. &quotLots of guests come to Vail and many never drive past Dowd Junction. By getting them to come to Edwards, they will be able to see there is a whole valley out there they haven’t explored.&quotThis is the 31st Annual Vail Mountain School Home Tour, an event designed to raise funds for need-based scholarships at the school but it will be the first-ever home tour in Cordillera.&quotIt’s very unique,&quot says Baker. &quotIn addition to having a couple great golf courses, Cordillera showcases mountain living in the heart of the high country.&quotEight spectacular mountain homes will be featured on this year’s tour, sporting log timbers, rock accents, dramatic mountain views and the superb craftsmanship and design that has distinguished Cordillera homes. The following is a quick look at four of the stellar homes on this year’s tour. The Point at Saddle Ridge at 0658 Saddle Ridge Road is an enticing blend of cultures: European, Tucson, French and Colorado West. The first home on the tour, it enjoys impressive views of the entire Cordillera Valley and the Sawatch and Gore ranges. Past a 400-pound alder wood door, the entry has a Colorado buff sandstone floor, which meets the graceful curve of a reclaimed barn wood staircase. Two hundred-year old barn wood floors, crafted withrandom planks and pegs, cover the main level. The great room’s vaulted ceilings and cocker moss fireplace have a European feel, while the kitchen is pure Tuscany, with a sage-green, crackle-finishisland. It’s no wonder Black Horse on Gore Trail at 161 Gore Trail recently won both the Gold Award for building and first place in Interiors and Furnishings at the 2002 National Home Builders Association convention in Atlanta. The home’s location alone is stunning. Built on one of the highest points in Cordillera, theSummit, the home’s veranda, decks and dramatic great room windows have been designed to take full advantage of the top-of-the-world views spanning the entire valley and the first fairway on the new Summit Golf Course. The great room is elegant with a comfortable mixture of antiques and richly textured upholstered pieces, and the kitchen’s favorite gathering spot is the solid plank table made from 300-year-old wood. The Eagle at the Summit at 79 Hawley Court is a house filled with history, despite its young age. European artifacts blend artfully with Western memorabilia. Throughout, reclaimed wood, such as the railroad trusses from the 1930s Great Salt Lake area found in the beams in the foyer and living room, give the home a feeling of timelessness. Adding to this aged ambiance is a liberal scattering of antiques, each with a fascinating story all its own, such as thebreakfast nook table, acquired from a 1700’s nunnery, or the dining room’s antique sideboard from an 18th century castle in France. Several of the home’s beds are crafted by LaPuerta, Inc., with 200-year-old reclaimed wood and iron. Bearcat at the Ranch at 136 Saddle Ridge Road was recently featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine for its imaginative treatments and abundant character. The vivid use of color such as the bold rose shutters outdoors and the blue entry and living room ceilings indoors and the whimsically-themed rooms make this home, which overlooks the Cordillera Mountain Course, unforgettable. The hand-torn paper faux finishing in the master bath, which resembles a tortoise shell, or the animal room’sthatched roof ceiling are especially unique. Visitors can try to spy the faux stripes in the Snake Room, and check out the old country western albums and Colorado and Texas state flags in the bunk room.Tickets for the tourare $30 per person in advance and $35 on the day of the tour, and include a luncheon at Cordillera’s Timber Hearth Grille. Students and parents of the fifth-grade class will be your hosts. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Vail Mountain School, Gorsuch Ltd. and the American Ski Exchange in the Vail Village or at the Inn at Riverwalk in Edwards. On the day ofthe tour, tickets may be purchased at Vail Mountain School, St. Claire of Assisi Parish and the Inn at Riverwalk.Free parking is available at St. Claire of Assisi Parish on Highway 6, just past Edwards, and free shuttles will offer transportation to the homes and the Timber Hearth Grille.Call Peggy Weiskittel at Vail Mountain School at (970) 476-3850, ext. 109, for tickets or more information.

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