Mountain homes

Christmas at The Gables Inn, Stowe Vermont

Stowe, Vermont

Isn’t it the time of year when you just want to drive to Vermont and cozy up by the fire at some quiet country Inn while the snow falls peacefully outside?

image from: www.travelpod.com

image from: www.travelpod.com

Well here you go - a totally relaxed, unpretentious little spot in the mountains of Vermont to unplug and unwind!

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

The Gables Inn is the epitome of a Vermont country Inn.

image from: www.travbuddy.com

image from: www.travbuddy.com

Located just outside the small town skiing mecca of Stowe Vermont, this 150 year old farmhouse has been converted into a full service inn and restaurant.

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Living roof on a Colorado off-grid home

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Let’s have a peek at a Colorado green home in the gorgeous mountain town of Salida, about an hour from where I live.

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

The term used to described the home style that emerged organically in the high country of Colorado is “mountain contemporary”. But green homes have been popular in the state of Colorado since the 1960′s thanks to the environmentally minded hippy folks who put roots down here during that time (John Denver!)

This particular home has one of my all-time favorite green features (though not native to Colorado) – a living roof.

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Isn’t that beautiful?

This green home was built with love and care for the environment 17 years ago and it remains to this day, a completely off-grid dwelling. But that does not mean that it is rustic or lacking in amenities. No, no, no. This home is a natural beauty.

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A stylin’ mountain shack

image from: Mindful Designs, Inc. via Houzz.com

At first glance, one might say of this cabin:  “look at that ramshackle, patched-together half-baked ponderosa.” (Well, I probably would say that.)

But the truth of the matter is that this cabin in the Flathead Valley of Montana is a stylish, eco-friendly family home made of reclaimed and recycled materials.

image from: Mindful Designs, Inc. via Houzz.com

So have a look while I eat my humble pie.

image from: Eclectic Mindful Designs, Inc. via Houzz.com

This mountain cabin was designed by a company out of Montana called Mindful Designs, Inc.

Their design philosophy is known as “healthy sustainability” – a conscious approach to building which values quality over quantity and focuses on renewable resources and energy efficiency. I like that.

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Mountain Shangri-La

image from: http://www.sothebysrealty.com/

image from: http://www.sothebysrealty.com/

Since not all of Colorado is burning (lots of it, but not all of it) I thought I would feature a beautiful home in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte.

image from: http://www.sothebysrealty.com/

image from: http://www.sothebysrealty.com/

I did not make up the “Shangri-La” stuff - this house is actually named Shangri-La. It was built in the year 1900 back when Crested Butte was but a mere frontier mining town.

Today, however, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s premier ski resort destinations. (And by that I mean PRICEY!!!)

image from: http://www.sothebysrealty.com/

image from: http://www.sothebysrealty.com/

The historic home was completely renovated in 2008 and they really didn’t leave any of the original character… I was kind of bummed out about that.

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Ski chalet with a kick

image from: http://www.vailrealestate.com/

image from: http://www.vailrealestate.com/

This not-so-humble abode is located in one of Colorado’s most famous skiing meccas – Vail Village.

A recent Curbed.com article described it as an “overwrought Austrian ski chalet”.  Oh yes, this place is INSANE!

image from: http://www.vailrealestate.com/

image from: http://www.vailrealestate.com/

And House Crazy Sarah loves a good crazy house – especially when no expense (or pattern) is spared!

image from: http://www.vailrealestate.com/

image from: http://www.vailrealestate.com/

Such is the case with this frenetically decorated 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom marvel.

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