Hotel Jerome’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

With the snow coming down, it is feeling like winter! It’s that time of year when we feel like bundling up, keeping warm by the fireplace, and baking  yummy treats for the holidays. Hotel Jerome’s pastry chef has wooed us with this gluten free pumpkin bread that may be the best we have ever had! If you can’t go cozy up by the fireplace in the Jerome living room, they have given us the recipe!



• 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin purée

• 4 eggs

• 1 cup vegetable oil

• 2/3 cup water

• 3 cups white sugar

• 3 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons baking soda

• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Bake for about 50 minutes.

- Pastry Chef, Hotel Jerome

Don’t Forget Hotel Jerome is having a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 2-8pm. Learn more

Visit their website for more recipes, make a reservation to dine with them (highly suggested), or reserve a room!


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November Loves


“Be present in all things and thankful for all things!” ~Maya Angelou



1.SKIING: Opening day for ski season is November 27th and we can’t wait to hit the slopes! Visit Aspen Chamber to book your trip here!

2.PUMPKIN PIE: We love a good slice of pumpkin pie! Go to your local market and make this pie with friends and family.

3.BLANKETS: Peek in to Shakti Shala to find gorgeous & unique blankets, pillows, and more! While you’re there, work off that turkey feast by taking a yoga class!

4.CANDLES: Pick up one of these decorative candles at Blu Phoenix for yourself or use as a hostess gift to a holiday party!

5.GIVING THANKS: We personally want to thank all of the Scout Guide fans, clients, and loved ones out there! We appreciate your support and business!

6.THANKSGIVING DINNER: Don’t feel like messing with making a Thanksgiving dinner? Your in luck! Both The Hotel Jerome and Element 47 are having dinners for you! Look at their website to get more information.

7.FALL DECOR: Take in all the beautiful, rich colors of fall by decorating with pumpkins, gourds, or your favorite wreath!


The Perfect Way to Getaway

Julia Douglas from Jet Set World Travel tells us how to travel and live inspired…


Q: What inspired you to get in to the business of traveling?

A: As a dual citizen and the child of a Coca-Cola executive who grew up living between four countries and seven U.S. states, it was inevitable that I would continue to “move” in my adult life!  After two years of living and working abroad in London, I moved to Chicago and founded Jet Set World Travel in 2005 at the age of 24.  My passion ultimately became my profession!


Q: One of your tag lines is “live inspired. be inspired.” Why do you find it important to get out and travel? 

A: I have started to refer to Aspen as “my nest”.  Getting out and gaining perspective always helps us appreciate how good we have it here, and also temporarily satiates wanderlust.  When the wheels lift from the runway, I am always filled with a feeling of incredible opportunity.


Photo credit: (Myanmar) Pinterest,(South Africa)Courtney Sheeley,  (Italy) pinterest 

Q: During Off Season in Aspen, everyone heads out of town. What is your recommnedation for a getaway?

A: South Africa.  The bush, the wine, the people, the light.  It is a mesmerizing destination! I also love the wine regions of the world in October during the crush.  It is such a high energy period where one literally observes – and enjoys – the fruits of labor. For 2015: Myanmar, but you’ll have to plan well ahead as the destination is so hot it’s almost on fire!


Photo Credit: Yahoo Travel

Q: Where are you off to next??

A: In November, I head to The Brando in French Polynesia, which recently opened in July. This exclusive  private island, located 30 miles northeast of the island of Tahiti and accessible only by private charter, was purchased by “The Godfather” actor in 1966 after filming “Mutiny on the Bounty.”  


Q: What is your favorite travel piece?

A: I could not live without my White + Warren cashmere travel wrap.

Q: What do you think is the best way to explore a destination?

A: My morning run is the ultimate mode of transport as you can easily navigate one way streets, pedestrian zones, and more.  I also run with my iPhone for music, so have a camera on the ready to capture those magical moments!

Last piece of advice… “In the end we only regret chances we didnt take.”

To plan the perfect getaway contact Julia! Find more information on her website.

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October Loves


1.PUMPKINS: It’s time to go to your local pumpkin patch and start decorating for fall! Try a scenic drive to Paonia and go to a pumpkin patch or two there!

2.SPOOKY TABLE SETTINGS: Break out all your spooky  decorations and table settings and have a haunting dinner party!

3. FIRST SNOW: Nothing beats the first snow when the golden leaves and mountain tops are dusted with snow… ski season is just around the corner.

4.SKULLS: We love these Atelier Minyon skull rings from Meridian Jewels!

5.PLAID: Perfect time of year to throw on your cozy plaid attire. You can find this amazing Chanel Plaid vest at The Little Bird Aspen.

6. CARAMEL APPLES: Great time of year to have a caramel apple! Why not make it black and red for a unique touch. Get on pinterest to get the recipe!

7.COSTUMES: We love a good costume and leave it to Martha Stewart to create the most elaborate and amazing costumes!


Gold is the new Black


Photo Credit: As seen on Aspen Chamber Resort Association by Red Mountain Productions

It’s fall in Aspen and as always, it is absolutely gorgeous! The gold leaves make for a dreamy, almost surreal setting here. What better way to enjoy the colors then by going to the Maroon Bells?  It is truly magical this time of year! Local secret (I hope I don’t get in trouble)… go during the week to beat the crowds and drive up!


Photo Credit:Brooke Casillas from The Scout Guide Aspen

With Gold and the Maroon Bells being the perfect combination, we suggest you take a peak at the Aspen Charity Bracelet. The Aspen Charity Bracelet is a simple but luxe collection symbolizing the designers love affair with Aspen. Crafted of diamonds, black diamonds, or sapphires in the minimalist form of the Maroon Bells.


The pieces are perfect for all occasions… from the slopes to après and even paired with your finest evening outfit! We think this is the perfect sophisticated travel charm. The bracelets are available at Distractions in Aspen, Goldyn in Denver, or online through the site aspencharitybracelet.com

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Designer Jenny Lee Walsh; Photo from The Scout Guide Aspen

As a Colorado resident, Jenny wanted to donate a percentage of the proceeds to local non-profits. One of the non-profits being Aspen Valley Land and Trust, dedicated to preserving the pristine open lands of Western Colorado.

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