CNN: "Taking the kids: To rustic Crested Butte"

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Eileen Ogintz talks about her many family trips to Crested Butte:

"There are memories everywhere I look.

"We were just married — no kids yet — when friends from Texas
introduced us to Crested Butte Mountain Resort. A gem of a mountain (no
lift lines here!) just minutes on a free, festively painted shuttle bus
from the tiny (less than 2,500 people) town of Crested Butte, so
steeped in mining history that most of the downtown area, with its
wooden, multicolored, 19th-century buildings, is on the National
Register of Historic Places. (Ever see a two-story outhouse?)

"We’ve been back many times since with our kids, cousins and various
other relatives and everyone has as much affection for this place as we
do, even though its location in southwestern Colorado (about a
half-hour from Gunnison County Airport) makes it tougher to get to than
many mountain resorts.

""That’s our blessing and our curse,"
observes longtime local Joe Fitzpatrick, town manager of Mt. Crested
Butte. "You have to really want to come here," he says, "But once you
get here, you’re really rewarded.""

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