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Toss the guidebook and follow these famous locals as they show you around their Colorado Rocky Mountain home.

TRISTA SUTTER | Former star of ABC’s The Bachelorette and cocreator/ designer for Tristababy.com
“My number one eatery is (1) MOE’S [ ORIGINAL] BAR B QUE in Lionshead . They serve traditional Southern Alabama-style barbecue and make the best mac and cheese, with really thick noodles. I always order a barbecue-chicken sandwich with white sauce and extra pickles, and, of course, a side of mac and cheese.”

JOHNNY SCHLEPER | Guitarist for hip-hop band M.T.H.D.S. (Music That Heightens Different Senses)
“One of our favorite places to play is the (2) SANDBAR. … You can hear everything from hip-hop and funk to hard rock, jam bands, and bluegrass there. It’s got a big dance floor, great food, and a beach/sports-bar vibe.”

PAUL ANDERS | Executive chef, Sweet Basil
“On a cold night, gather your friends and order a liter of margaritas to share at (3) MINTURN SALOON. I love the Herradura Silver margarita for its unique flavor: smooth, a little sweet, and extremely refreshing. The Saloon also specializes in quail. … Go for the three charbroiled quail with tortillas, rice, and beans, or for the steak and quail.”

JENIECE PETTITT | Producer/Host of Plum TV on Channel 16
“After skiing, head to the (4) RED LION for a great Bloody Mary and a bite to eat. You can stay comfortable in your ski gear -- boots unbuckled -- on their huge outside deck while taking in great views and live music. For fine dining, I like chef (5) KELLY LIKEN’s menu of dishes made with local, organic ingredients. Try the Colorado Wildflower Honey Glazed Duck Breast.”

BRAD LUDDEN | World-class professional kayaker and founder of First Descents
“Go for a hike on the (6) BOOTH CREEK TRAIL, five minutes east of Vail, off Interstate 70. It’s a mellow, moderate-grade two-mile hike leading past aspens before reaching BOOTH CREEK WATERFALL.”

SUSAN GALLACHER is American Way’s senior research editor and a freelance writer based in Dallas.

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TONY MAURO | General Manager; KZYR 97.7, the Zephyr
“I’m a pizza lover, [and] the ultimate slice for me is at Pazzo’s in the Vail Valley. It’s called the Azteca and has tomatoes, pepperoni, and fresh jalapeños. Order the thick crust. If you can’t handle the heat, remove the jalapeños at the table. You still get the great jalapeño flavor.”

PATTI WEINSTEIN | Owner, Roxy contemporary-clothing store
“The most spectacular event of the season is the Bon Appétit Culinary & Wine Focus [January 29 to 31, 2009]. Celebrity chefs from all over the world attend. They have challenges, demonstrations, seminars, and on the final night, an insanely fun and delicious grand tasting.”

DICK CLEVELAND | Mayor
“J. Cotter Gallery [offers] truly unique jewelry and art. I bought my wife a gold ring [there] in a free-form design reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting … Everywhere we go, people notice it. The owner, Jim Cotter, has created an entire Jackson Pollock line of rings. Each is a one of a kind.”

JOHN W. GIOVANDO | President and executive director, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
“A great day is blue skies and cool, crisp Rocky Mountain air, with an energetic hike on Vail Mountain’s Berry Picker Trail. Finish it off with a coffee and a luscious pastry at the Marketplace gourmet grocery and bakery.”

KELLY LIKEN | Owner and chef, Restaurant Kelly Liken
“When I’m in need of serious retail therapy, I head to Luca Bruno Due for sublime Italian fashion. Luca and his wife are there, ready to assist, and Luca also designs his own line of fabulous men’s shirts.”


If You Go...


Bon Appétit Culinary & Wine Focus Beaver Creek
(970) 845-9090
www.bonappetitfocus.com

Booth Creek Trail
Interstate 70 at Booth Falls Road

J. Cotter Gallery
234 East Wall Street
(970) 476-3131
www.jcottergallery.com

Kelly Liken
12 Vail Road, Suite 100
(970) 479-0175
www.kellyliken.com

Luca Bruno Due
40 East Meadow Drive
(970) 476-1667
www.lucabruno.com

Marketplace
One Willow Bridge Road
(970) 477-4370
www.marketplaceonmeadowdrive.com

Minturn Saloon
146 Main Street
(970) 827-5954
www.minturnsaloon.com

Moe’s Original Bar B Que
675 West Lionshead Circle
(970) 479-7888
www.moesoriginalbbq.com

Pazzo’s Pizzeria
122 East Meadow Drive, Suite 9
(970) 476-9026

The Red Lion
304 Bridge Street
(970) 476-7676
www.theredlion.com

Sandbar Sports Grill
2161 North Frontage Road
(970) 476-4314
www.sandbarvail.com

Vail Mountain and Berry Picker Trail
Vail Resorts
(888) 605-7573
www.vail.com