The Eleven Experience: where luxe and rugged play nice
When it comes to the summer getaways, there are two prevailing schools of thought.
The first group are your off-the-gridders: sore-neck’d salarymen fleeing ‘push’ notifications and the heartless hum of the A/C.
And the second are your jetsetters, for whom comfort means fair-trade coffee, 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton and single-estate pillow chocolates.
Submitting a compromise between the two: Crested Butte, Colorado-based outdoor adventure series Eleven Weeks of Summer, now taking reservations.
On the itinerary: four days of private fly-fishing instruction from legendary angler Brian O’Keefe culminating in a helicopter excursion to the hallowed Roaring Fork.
Or a three-day off-roading clinic along the trails of the Elk Range, featuring daily picnics at once-in-a-lifetime scenic lookouts.
Each day ends at the Scarp Ridge Lodge, a remodeled Gold Rush-era saloon-and-brothel where an indoor saltwater pool, ‘log-fire lounge’ and five-star chefs (paging Kelly Liken) await.
No word yet on the pillow chocolates.
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