The holidays are upon us—twinkling lights and festive décor abound, holiday music is playing regularly on the radio, and I’m getting in the shopping mood.
Shopping locally is a vital part of the success of our economy and community. In our November and December issues, we have highlighted many local businesses that offer gifts in all price ranges. You can find great spa packages, theater season tickets, jewelry, handcrafted toffee and candy, spices, puppies, vacation getaways, cars and so much more for the people on your list.
To add to your festivities, we have party-planning articles and cool recipes from local restaurants in this issue.

And if you’re wondering which local businesses to visit, the results of our recently completed Best Of survey may help. In this issue, we are highlighting the top three winners in each of the 129 categories. This survey gets intense interest within the community, with a record-setting 7,500 votes this year. While you may not agree with all the winners, it is so competitive that in some categories the winning margin is only a few votes. The survey, now in its fifth year, is always a topic of conversation. We’ll be accepting 2019 Best Of nominees beginning March 1, and voting will begin again June 1.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway this winter, head on over to Vail. The slopes opened early this year, at 9 a.m., November 14. Just a few hours away from NoCo, the town offers great cuisine and hospitable accommodations.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, full of good health, good food and good friends.
Happy Holidays,