The Curate Art and Curiosity Gallery Co-Owner Shares her Favorite Things

Enjoy Cynthia Pillsbury's ten Vail Valley favorites
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1. HOUSEWARMING GIFT A trio of Phil’s Secret Sauce varieties—Chimichurri, Ragu Alla Bolognese and Ranchygrette. Made in Eagle, they pair perfectly with a steak and a good bottle of vino from Riverwalk Wine & Spirts in Edwards. Phil’s Secret Sauce, $10 each,

2. VAIL VALLEY EVENT The summer concerts at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail are perfection. I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than outside in our beautiful valley, listening to live music and enjoying a picnic with friends. In the cold-weather months, we head to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek to see concerts and shows. The programming is top-notch and the music starts early, so I can make my bedtime.;

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3. RETAIL STORE I try to only shop locally, and Perch has made that easy to do with all of my favorite brands and the most accommodating staff. It was there I discovered the NYC-based, British-inspired Kempton & Co.—I love the shearling-and-leather crossbody bag (laptop fits perfectly). Halwell Shearling Crossbody, $425;;

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Bev Ruiz

4. COLORADO ARTIST Denver-based artist Bev Ruiz has captured my heart (and the walls in my home). She creates abstract paintings full of color and texture that make me so very happy.

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Tessa Clogs

5. FOOTWEAR I live in my super-comfortable Tessa Clogs, made in Minturn. I always go for the traditional heel clog; metallic silver may just be
my favorite. Traditional Heel Clog in Silver, $124;

6. WORKOUT VENUE Tonic Pilates in Edwards, with my incredible instructor, Haley Peterson. The workout is different each time, the reformer is challenging and fun, and the great music is a

7. MUSEUM While we don’t have a traditional museum in Vail, I love taking out-of-town guests to the Colorado Snowsports Museum. I’m a bit of a history nut and enjoy sharing the history of Vail and the 10th Mountain Division of World War II. And the gift shop is amazing.

8. LOCAL CHARITY As a board member of the Vail Health Foundation, I focus my efforts on its behavioral health capital campaign. With the new Wiegers Mental Health Clinic and Precourt Healing Center in Edwards, the Vail Valley will soon be a leader in our country for creating a compassionate and innovative space for our community to heal. It’s a privilege to be part of this noble endeavor.

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Squash Blossom

9. JEWELRY I adore my turquoise squash blossom necklace from the aptly named store in Vail Village, Squash Blossom. My dad gave it to me a few years ago, and I treasure it. It has just the right balance of sophistication with a nostalgic nod to the Southwestern history of the Navajo tribe who lived in the Four Corners region. Squash Blossom Vintage 1970s Necklace, $3,200,

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Hygge Life

10. HOME DESIGN STORE Hygge Life in Eagle-Vail. The owners, Alexandra and Koen, have created the most inviting and cozy space full of Scandinavian home décor and furniture. I want to
buy everything in there—after I enjoy a matcha from the in-store café, of course.

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