Celebrate Peach Season with Our Delectable Peach Flambé Recipe

Peach season is a highly anticipated time of year in Colorado. With a rich and sweet flavor, it is no doubt that peaches have become one of the most popular fruits during the summer season. Colorado peaches get their intense sweet-tart flavor from ripening during warm days and cool nights in the Rocky Mountains.

Holly Kinney, daughter of Sam Arnold, recalls peach season at The Fort being a favorite memory of hers. Back in the 1960s, the famous Colorado peaches … Read the entire post >

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The Fort’s Smokehouse Buffalo BBQ Ribs Recipe: A Food Network Favorite

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Summer is officially here, which means barbecue season is in full swing. Switch things up at your summer barbeques with our Smokehouse Buffalo BBQ Ribs recipe, which are some of Food Network star chef Bobby Flay’s favorite!

These ribs are a guest favorite at The Fort, so it was no surprise that Bobby Flay was also impressed by them. In fact, Flay declared them as the best he had eaten all year when visiting The Fort to film his television … Read the entire post >

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Remembering The Fort’s Founding Father

Sam Arnold

The Fort’s founders Samuel and Elizabeth Arnold were both avid historians, and felt a true connection to the American West. The couple wanted to raise their children in the foothills outside Denver, and dreamed of building an authentic adobe home there. Elizabeth, lovingly known as Bay, was struck by the architecture and history of Old Bent’s Fort while reading a history book, and suggested she and Sam build a true replica of the adobe Castle of the Plains to be … Read the entire post >

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The History of Derby Day and a Delicious Drink for Any Day

The Fort's Hailstorm Julep

The Kentucky Derby has a rich history behind it—and our take on the perfect Derby Day cocktail, the Real Georgia Man Mint Julep, does, too!

Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of famed frontier explorer William Clark, fell in love with thoroughbred horse racing during a trip to Paris and decided to bring it to his home state of Kentucky. He founded the Louisville Jockey Club in 1872, and built Churchill Downs shortly after. The first Kentucky Derby was held in … Read the entire post >

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Pahponee, Award-Winning Artist, Presents “Native American Pottery Ideology” at South Suburban Recreational Center’s Goodson Center

Pahponee, a self-taught clay artist and descendant of the Kickapoo and Potawatomi Nations, will host “Native American Pottery Ideology,” a free hour-long lecture at the Goodson Recreation Center (6315 S. University Boulevard) on Monday, May 9, from 3-4 p.m. The award-winning potter is an avid supporter of Morrison, Colo.’s Tesoro Cultural Center, and presents her work at the nonprofit’s annual Indian Market & Powwow; the finished pieces displayed at “Native American Pottery Ideology” will be exhibited for sale at … Read the entire post >

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What to Anticipate at the Indian Market and Powwow

Powwow

On May 14 and 15, Tesoro Cultural Center will host its sixteenth annual Indian Market and Powwow. Held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, near Morrison, just off 285 and Highway 8,  the weekend-long celebration includes powwow performances and competitions, as well as Colorado’s largest authentic American Indian juried art show, featuring nationally acclaimed artists.

At 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, festivities begin with the customary Gourd Dance. Following the dance at 11 a.m.—and new to the event … Read the entire post >

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A bear and a dog: The unlikely friendship of Sissy and Lobo

The Arnold family built The Fort as their home, and it’s where they raised their family, including two four-legged best friends. For now-proprietress Holly Arnold, The Fort was the backdrop to a childhood filled with wonderful experiences—including growing up with Lobo, the German Shepherd, and his best friend, Sissy, an American black bear.Sissy Bear and Lobo

Lobo found his way to the Arnolds after a life of abuse—or rather, they found him! While living in Denver during the construction of The Fort, Sam … Read the entire post >

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Bent’s Old Fort Gives Visitors a Feel for Fur Trade Life

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Carpenters, blacksmiths and trappers, oh my! This past March, “Frontier Skills Day” at Bent’s Old Fort invited visitors to step back in time more than 180 years, and live a day as frontiersmen through an immersive role-play experience. Hosted by the National Park Service, the March 19 event put visitors to the test with survival activities such as adobe brick-making, frontier cooking, fur trading and learning Indian sign language.

“Frontier Skills Day” reenacted the bustling life of the historic fort, … Read the entire post >

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Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson

Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson - A heady, spicy broth of chicken with nice bites of chicken, nutty garbanzo beans, rice with cubes of  monterry jack cheese melting, oregano, chunks of avacado and chipotle chile for a distinctive smokey bite.

What’s better than a delicious soup with a side of history? The recipe for Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson soup is The Fort’s take on classic caldo tlalpeño, and the tale of its name is a flavorful addition to its history.

In 1961, two years before The Fort’s opening, the Arnold family road tripped to Mexico and stopped in the Mexican border town of Durango. There they ate lunch in a local drugstore known for its delicious, authentic … Read the entire post >

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Cheers to National Margarita Day

The Fort's modern interpretation, the prickly pear margarita

It may help un-Monday your day to know it is National Margarita Day! A festive favorite, the original margarita is a simple, refreshing blend of lime, tequila and triple sec liqueur.

Served frosty and fiesta-ready, the drink has a storied history. According to Smithsonian.com, the most prevalent origin story is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera first mixed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, in 1938. Another tale, and one that would explain the drink’s name, is that … Read the entire post >

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