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It’s not only a great way to vacation … it also seems like a great place to work

I stayed recently at Inspirato’s Manzanita home at the Mayacama Resort in California’s Sonoma County. Read all of my Inspirato coverage here.

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Penny Parker’s On The Town: Rockmount rocks it

Rockmount Ranch Wear, the snap-front shirt manufacturer with a retail outlet at 1626 Wazee, had a truck-load of attention from musicians, Hollywood types and a glossy magazine last week.

Cowboys & Indians, a top-notch Western lifestyle publication, features Eric Stonestreet from the popular TV sitcom Modern Family wearing a lot of Rockmount shirts in the June issue.

In the opening line of the nine-page magazine spread, Stonestreet says that he “loves Rockmount” and that his personal wardrobe includes several shirts.

The article features him in a wide cross section of Rockmount’s collection including a shadow plaid, check, stripe and solid shirt.

Stonestreet came into Rockmount’s LoDo flagship store when the show debuted and bought a shirt-load of shirts.

“We love it when talented people appreciate what we do,” said Rockmount president Steve Weil. “Our secret weapon as a small family business is when celebrities help promote the brand because they are into it. These are not paid endorsements and mean a lot more because they are their personal taste.”

Also indulging in Rockmount last week were the Black Keys while on tour in our state, the British band Arctic Monkeys and folks who where shopping for Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter in town for a charity concert for Denver Academy.

Eric Stonestreet in a Rockmont shirt.

Brunch bunch

Solera on East Colfax and Grape and Coohill’s on 14th and Wewatta tested out new brunch menus Sunday on friends and family. Both restaurants will debut the breakfast-lunch meals on Mother’s Day Sunday.

Our crew started at Solera where we nibbled on the buttermilk pancakes with whipped butter and maple syrup; the Solera scrambler with foraged muschroom creme fraiche, grilled bread and shaved black truffle; the breakfast burrito with smoked pork, sweet corn, crispy potato and house-made green chili and Croque Madame, the French classic sandwich with ham, Swiss cheese, apricot mostrada and sunny side up egg with sauce Mornay.

Then we bellied up to a four-top at Coohill’sfor a spicy bacon Boody Mary, beignets with strawberry orange syrup, prosciutto benedict, brioche BLT and the omelet du jour with asparagus.

Both brunches are worth some munches.

Hudson home hears more pitter patter

Denver jobs guru Andrew Hudson (former spokesmodel for Mayor Wellington Webb and Frontier Airlines), and his wife, Christine Marquez-Hudson, welcomed baby No. 2 Mateo Lucas Hudson to their happy home on April 30.

Mateo (Spanish for Matthew) was born at 9:24 p.m. at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Big sister Julia calls her baby bro “Matato”, as in potato.

“It’s a great name if he’s a jazz musician or if he’s the Broncos QB (or both!),” boasts proud papa Andrew. “He does have great bass playing fingers.”

Andrew reports that mom and baby are doing fine, with plenty of sibling doting from Julia and half-brother Nick.

“It’s hard to describe all the emotions you go through when you welcome a new child into the world,” Andrew says. “Very overwhelming and then you immediately jump into the hard work of taking care of a baby and figuring out the new rhythm your life is now in.”

Mateo Lucas Hudson’s first picture.

It takes a village

Before I ventured to Sonoma County wine country last week on behalf of Inspirato, the Denver-based luxury vacation club, I rounded up a posse of stylists and on-camera consultants to ready me for the trip to videotape segments to promote the magnificent Manzanita house in the Mayacama Resort above Healdsburg that is available for Inspirato members.

Denise Snyder at Mariel in Cherry Creek North helped me pick out a camera-worthy wardrobe, the venerable Denver’s 7 anchor Bertha Lynn gave me on-camera pointers and Pamela Grieve-Stromberg from Posh the Salon tamed my tresses so that Eden, the on-site hair and make-up pro from Brush Salon in Healdsburg could get me ready for my close-ups (but not too close).

I want to also thank Katherine Strauss at Inspirato for the assignment and video producers Tom Hoch and Justin Dersham from WinkInc., a Denver-basedmulti-media production company. We had way too much in the name of “working”.

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Chef Eric Lee, who delighted us with his creations at the Inspirato house at Mayacama, talks about being on Season 8 of The Next Food Network Star

Chef Eric is on Team Bobby Flay. The season opens May 13! Read all my posts about Eric here.

Eric Lee, 44 (Petaluma, Calif.), graduated with high honors from the Culinary Institute of America, and his kitchen skills, along with his calm confidence, have made him an acclaimed chef in the California wine country. Before going to culinary school, Eric graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of California Los Angeles. For the past 11 years he has served as the executive chef for a Sonoma County winery, where he is well-known for his mastery of food and wine pairing. Eric distinguishes his food by deconstructing and re-creating dishes using alternative ingredients and cooking methods.

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Chef Eric Lee creates a salad of heirloom tomatoes, prosciutto, baratta and micro arugula


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Chef Eric Lee’s finished seared lamb tartare on crostini at the @inspirato house in the Mayacama Resort


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Cabines you can rent for the day to change for the pool at the Coppola Winery


I’m off to stay in Manzanita, a four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home in the gated Mayacama Resort in Santa Rosa for Inspirato, the Denver-based luxury vacation club. Inspirato has asked our team to shoot video packages, write a blog, post on social media sites and later write a full feature story about the property and things to see and do nearby.

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