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Meet the Families from GiveBack Homes

Home Building Update from Giveback Homes

In October 2015 GIVEBACKHOMEPatricia Marquis committed to helping build homes for families in need. Patricia is dedicated to giving a portion of her commissions to Giveback Homes for every sale she makes. October was a great month for Patricia, who closed on three properties; 918 S. Mill Street (represented seller & buyer) and 315 Lake Avenue (represented buyer). As a direct result Patricia has fully funded the building of three homes for three different families in Haiti, in a continued effort to restabilize the island after the 2010 earthquake. Funding a home for a family means securing a future of safety and stability.

Justinvil Family GIVEBACKHOMEIn honor of her buyer of 918 S. Mill St., Patricia fully funded the building of a home for Justinvil and his family.
 Justinvil works with his sister as a food vendor at the local market in Leveque. He lives with his girlfriend Marita, his three stepsons, Lovens (12), Dalanto (5), and Kendove (4), and his daughter, Darlene (8 months). Marita and Justinvil hope to marry soon, once they have a stable home.

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Rosealva Family GIVEBACKHOMEIn honor of the seller of 918 S. Mill St., Patricia fully funded the building of a home for Rosealva and her family. Rosealva and her sister Roseni have stuck together all of their lives. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, they lived together in a thin tarp tent provided by NGOs. Once Roseni had a son (now 4 years old), the hardworking vendors pooled their money together to rent a home near the tent slum.

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Dieudires family GIVEBACKHOMESIn honor of her buyer of 315 Lake St., Patricia fully funded the building of a home for Dieudires and his family. Dieudires and his wife Joseline are the proud parents of 6 children, ages 5 – 19. He works hard making sandals that Joseline sells in the market. They make a priority with their meager earnings to send their children to school.

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Giving back to both local and global communities is near and dear to Patricia’s heart and with the amazing organization of Giveback Homes she can directly give what means so much to all of us; a home! “We are thrilled to have Patricia Marquis of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s Realty join Giveback Homes as a leader in social change in Aspen, CO.” -Blake Andrews, Founder Giveback Homes.



American’s Best Town for the Holidays 2015

As you might 12 Days of Aspenimagine Aspen lux living and quaint charm has earned it the #1 spot on Travel + Leisure’s American’s Best Town for the Holidays 2015. This Rocky Mountain Ski town is one of the merriest of them all and we know where all the Holiday treats are this year. Aspen offers of unique holiday experiences that are perfect for creating lasting traditions and timeless memories.

From the moment you arrive in town you will be immersed in Holiday glee and charm, holiday decoration and lights turn Aspen into a winter wonderland. In the addition to all of the winter activities that Aspen offers, Aspen also celebrates the Twelve Days of Aspen with crafts, live reindeer, Victorian carolers, photos with Santa, Ugly Sweater parties, story telling, cookies, famous Aspen Après Drinks, and the 24th Annual Aspen Film Academy Screenings.

Sven the Elf with RaindeerAspen is the place to be for the holidays and Aspen traditions are kept alive with the Aspen Sant Fe Ballet annual Nutcracker with a special twist! Not one but three tree lightings at the St. Regis, The Little Nell and Sardy House with special visits form Olaf & Sven the Elf and their reindeers around town.

Mawa’s Kitchen will feed your family with healthy organic personal menu’s for any meal or event. And if you’re a gourmet chef Rock Bottom Ranch offers wonderful holiday organic free-range hams.

Here is a full list of events in and around Aspen during the holidays for December and January that you won’t want to miss out on.

Aspen Skiing Santas

Honored Member of “Giveback Homes”

We are honored to announce that starting October 2015, with every closed transaction, Patricia Marquis will help build a home for a family in need. This October was a great month for Patricia, with over $50million in Sales so far in 2015 and the recent closing of 918 S. Mill Street (represented seller & buyer) and 315 Lake Avenue (represented buyer). Patricia is dedicated to giving a portion of her commission to  Giveback Homes for every sale she makes.
Giving back to both local and global communities is near and dear to Patricia’s heart and with the amazing organization of Giveback Homes she can directly give back what means so much to all of us; a home! “We are thrilled to have Patricia Marquis of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s Realty join Giveback Homes as a leader in social change in Aspen, CO.  It’s great to see realtors joining the movement and making a difference in the lives of others,” -Blake Andrews, Founder Giveback Homes.
Giveback Homes is a group of real estate professionals dedicated to building homes for families in need, creating social change through the act of buying and/or selling a home. Giveback Homes creates the opportunity to help provide homes to hundreds of people in need. Their latest project in Nicaragua will help families who are living in inadequate housing, risky conditions, and overcrowded environments. We are also extremely proud of the Giveback Homes projects in the U.S, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Orange County, Temecula, San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Huston and New York!
Transparency is very important to Pat Marquis and with Giveback Homes,
100% of donations go directly to Habitat for Humanity to building homes.


5 Best Ways to View Aspen’s Fall Colors

 Aspen’s natural beauty is second to none and while Labor Day marks the season’s end, for many it signals the start of Colorado’s famous Indian Summers, another reason to get out and enjoy everything Aspen has to offer. It’s hard not to get a great view of the ever-changing colors as they dance along the mountainsides.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to see the fall colors.  

 Fall Helicopter Tour- take advantage of the blue mile high skys for unparalleled views of Aspen Snowmass Wilderness, Independence Pass, Ashcroft, Maroon Bells and every mountain top in between. Alpine Aviation is ready to take you to the sky, with amazing local based guides, where all the hidden gems are. Alpine Aviation has easy access to both Aspen and Glenwood airports.

Hot Air Balloon Ride- Nestled in the basket of a hot air balloon skipping over the autumn mountaintops is pure magic. It’s easy to picture your self in a hot air balloon shorty before sunrise with the autumn colors making the valley below glow with gold—feel the peace and serenity as you float effortlessly over the Elk Mountain Range of the Aspen and Snowmass areas,  Above It All Balloon Company has you covered with over 30 years in the Balloon business.

Horse Back Riding- Explore the beautiful changing colors as many of Aspen settlers did; on horse back. Maroon Bells Guides and Outfitter offer hourly, daily, lunch, dinner, and over night rides around Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak, and Maroon Creek. Enjoying a relaxing ride through thick Aspen’s, glowing in autumn colors, it’s the perfect cowboy way to explore the most gorgeous countryside in the west.

4-Wheeling Adventures- for those of us who know they have to do a little more traveling to get to some of the pristine, remote, exquisite place , a 4-Wheeling Blazing Adventure Tour is a delightful way to get away from it all. Join some of Aspen’s friendly and knowledgeable guides while discovering some of the most picturesque places in the valley on our Scenic and Historic Driving Tour. Being immersed in the fall foliage, aroma, scenery, and history is an experience you will never forget!

Cycle though the colors- Biking around town and on the many bike trails Aspen has to offer is a great way to experience the colors. Aspen’s bike trails system is vast, to say the least, ranging from expert to moderate trails. We love the ease and convince of Rio Grande Trail, but our favorite is the scenic  East of Aspen Trail, this easy dirt trail is accessible from town, and parallels the Roaring Fork River Southeast of Aspen for over 3 miles. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful colors and wildlife. Aspen Bike Rentals, as well as many others around town, offers hourly, half and full day rates. 

Don’t have a helicopter, a hot air balloon, a horse, a 4×4, or a bike? 

Go for a hike! By now you should know that Aspen has hundreds of miles of trials! Cathedral Lake, American Lake, Hunter Creek and Crater Lake are just a few of the wonderful hikes to enjoy nature’s show. Rio Grande Trail, Hunter Creek, Smuggler Trail, Sunnyside Trail and Ute Trail are easily accessed from town. But a quick drive in any direction will take you to countless other trails. Don’t understand maps, don’t worry, all of Aspen’s hiking trails can be access through the free app, called Pitkin Outside.

With so many ways to get out and see the changing colors, we don’t care what you do, just as long as you get out and experience the fall colors in Aspen!!!!


What’s The Big Idea at Aspen Ideas Festival 2015?

Summer in Aspen, Colorado can’t be beat! The weather is perfect, downtown is hopping, the patios are packed, the trails beckon hikers and mountain bikers, the rivers roar, and—my personal favorite—there are so many world-class cultural events on our community’s calendar.

The annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen feels like the official kickoff to summer. Every June, foodies and connoisseurs flock to Aspen in search of delicious dishes, flowing wine, and al fresco parties. Next up on Aspen’s summer culture calendar is the Aspen Ideas Festival.

So, what’s the big idea at Aspen Ideas Festival 2015? Great question! Here are a few themes, motifs, and topics that will be examined, discussed, and presented at this year’s Ideas Fest…


Bringing together a diverse collection of the brightest minds in our world, Aspen Ideas Festival is a fete devoted to dialogue. From June 25 through July 4, Aspen’s mantra of “Mind, Body & Spirit” will be personified by the energy, individuals, and ideas that come together at the Ideas Fest campus.

“Due to the breadth of certain topics, five program tracks will offer conversations across both Festival 1 and Festival 2,” writes “Additionally, focused attention will be given to additional themes during each half of the Festival. Spotlight Health kicks off the week as a focused, two-and-a-half day forum.”

What are the big ideas that I am looking forward to at this year’s Ideas Festival? Here are 5 tracks that I cannot wait to be apart of at Aspen Ideas Festival 2015:

  1. EQUALITY, DIGNITY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HEALTHINESS asserts that reducing global inequality is the moral imperative of our time. How can we reach more people with health-generating strategies?
  2. THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE examines how everything from politics to flows of people, services, technology, finances, and energy impact opportunities for American business at home and abroad. What kinds of smart ideas will foster economic prosperity?
  3. FAITH, CONFLICT, AND THE FUTURE OF RELIGION explores the issues and complexities that define cultures and conflict, domestically and across the globe.
  4. MAKING ARTS WORK examines solutions that arts and culture offer toward creating a society that is vibrant, yet harmonized, in its polyphony of voices. Leaders in the arts will demonstrate how the arts can meaningfully improve our world, giving us a life we want to live.
  5. THE ENDANGERED AMERICAN DREAM examines the widening gap between the haves and have-nots and explores the range of policies and practices to restore economic mobility.


These are just a handful of the tracks at this year’s Ideas Fest that I will be following. Are you in Aspen for the festival? Are you interested in learning more about Aspen real estate? I’d love to buy you a coffee or meet up for a chat on the Aspen Ideas campus to learn what you’re looking for in Aspen, answer any real estate questions, or discuss the current real estate in Aspen.

5 Tips to Enjoy The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen
is a local summertime institution. Aspenites, part time locals, and guests from all over the world flock to Aspen for a weekend full of culinary adventures, vintage tastings, warm weather, and al fresco parties. Signifying the official kickoff to summer in Aspen, the FOOD & WINE Classic is one my clients’ (and my own) favorite annual events in Aspen. 

If you’re fortunate enough to be in Aspen for this weekend’s FOOD & WINE or if you’re living vicariously from a distance, the F&W schedule is a bit intimidating. With a jam-packed three-day calendar of lecture, tasting, breakout sessions, and panels that bookend the twice-a-day Grand Tastings, there’s a lot to experience during FOOD & WINE weekend in Aspen. So, I compiled a handful of must-attend events that will ensure you make the most of your time in Aspen during the FOOD & WINE Classic.

Here are 5 tips from an Aspen real estate agent to enjoy the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. These are panels that you should consider fitting into your busy schedule this weekend. 

  1. Spain’s Best Cheese & Wine (Friday at 3:45 PM)
    Aspen local Laura Werlin is one of the world’s preeminent experts on cheese (is this the best job in the entire world?!). And, Megan Krigbaum is the  FOOD & WINE Deputy Wine Editor. Together, this renowned duo “will guide you through the best of Spain’s cheese and wine.” Spain is one of my favorite countries in the entire world thanks to its culture, cuisine, wine, and panache. This will be a fantastic introduction to perfect pairings from Spain!
  2. Wine for IPO Billionaires (Saturday at 10 AM)
    Can you picture a better way to start your day than sampling some of the most expensive, extravagant, hard-to-find, and opulent wines in the entire world? I didn’t think so. This panel hosted by wine expert Mark Oldman will pour mind-blowing wines for attendees. You will have the chance to “taste $42,000 worth of wine” before 11 AM! Oldman is one of the country’s leading wine personalities and an award-winning author, among other things.
  3. Gail & Hugh’s Top Chef Quickfire (Saturday at 2 PM)
    Are you a fan of food shows on TV? If so, don’t miss this live quickfire challenge after Saturday’s first Grand Tasting. Gail Simmons is a permanent judge on Bravo’s Emmy- and James Beard Award–winning series Top Chef and head critic on Top Chef Duels. Hugh Acheson is the author of the James Beard Award–winning cookbook A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen and chef/owner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants Five & Ten and The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South and the Savannah restaurant The Florence. These two  Top Chef judges will take on the Quickfire Challenge in Aspen as they go head-to-head in front of a live audience. The energy will be awesome, the sense of humor will be hilarious, and the food will be to-die-for!
  4. Sonoma Superstars (Saturday at 3:45 PM)
    Like you, I am a lover of the grapes and wines that Northern California’s little town of Sonoma churn out. California’s “Wine Country” is one of my favorite places to visit for a weekend of tastings and vineyard visits. So, the opportunity to learn about great Sonoma wines with wine expert Andrea Robinson is something I highly recommend. Robinson is one of only 21 women in the world to have been appointed Master Sommelier by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. Designated Best Sommelier in the United States by the Sommelier Society of America, Andrea Robinson is also a former dean of wine studies of the French Culinary Institute. I’ll be at this event with my notepad in-hand to take notes and learn!
  5. Sunday’s Final Grand Tasting (Sunday at 12:30 PM)
    The fifth and final Grand Tasting at every FOOD & WINE Classic is often ignored by visitors. However, Aspen locals love this last Grand Tasting because of its atmosphere and feel. After three days of indulging, it’s easy to skip this one, but I’d suggest rallying and stepping into the F&W tent one last time. Vendors are relaxed and generous, the crowds have subsided, and you’ll have access to every booth in the Grand Tasting without jockeying. Trust me: A few weeks from now, you won’t regret having attended this last tasting.


There you have it, 5 tips from an Aspen local to enjoy the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. A few other things to remember:

  • Drink lots of water. The combination of altitude and imbibing can make for headaches, and you want to hit the ground running every morning of F&W.
  • Don’t forget to explore the beautiful trails that encircle Aspen! A quick hike up the Ute, Smuggler, or Hunter Creek trails will open up breathtaking views of Aspen.
  • Call ahead for dinner reservations at Aspen’s world-class restaurants. Town is busy, and you’ll want to make sure you have a table reserved for your after-hours event.