This week we travel west to see what trends our Best in American Living judges are seeing in the Mountain region. Not surprisingly, one of the more common characteristics is ski lodge chic along with xeriscaping, which is the fancy term for landscaping/gardening that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. Although it’s popular (like the West) in areas without plentiful fresh water, it is groing in acceptance in other regions–either due to lessening water supplies or simply xeriscaping’s beauty in and of itself.
Breckinridge, Colorado’s 282 Peerless Place is one of our favorite Mountain stops. This home is a true ski-in/ski-out residence. The exterior features a combination of reclaimed barn wood siding, wire-brushed cedar, and dry stack stone–a rustic yet contemporary feel. The outdoor hot tub is integrated into the landscape, while both decks take advantage of panoramic ski views.
The interior design holds an abundance of great features, including a grand front porch with rope lights and quartzite flagstone flooring continuing into the entry. The kitchen features a butler’s pantry, Wolf range with pop-up downdraft , and leathered granite countertops. Expansive picture windows and vaulted ceilings and hand-picked finishes and fixtures create a comfortable, clean-lined space for the homeowner’s mountain retreat.