Hooked on the Outdoors

The Gordy family builds a luxury clubhouse for Houston’s sporting class.

Jhane Hoang

The swankiest sporting emporium in the United States celebrated its first year in business this fall, but there’s no arguing that the 11,000-square-foot Gordy & Sons is anything but old school. The shop, located on Waugh just off Washington Ave., offers everything a well-heeled wing-shooter, fly-fisherman or big-game hunter could desire. Whether the game is pheasant and partridge in the U.K., or chasing redfish on Matagorda Bay, or simply an afternoon cigar while luxuriating by the manmade pond out front, Gordy & Sons has it covered.

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A New High

With new spins on snow sports on offer, and classic adventures in après-ski aplenty, Aspen is hotter than ever this ski season.


The snowy slopes of Buttermilk Mountain, one of the four ski areas of Aspen-Snowmass, gleam beneath a bluebird skies. For years, Buttermilk has offered snow riders a gentler, less crowded alternative to the steeps of Aspen Mountain back in town, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. But lately, explains outfitter Stephen Szoradi, a partner with the Aspen Alpine Guides, which organizes adventures across Colorado, Buttermilk, longtime home of the X Games, has emerged a beacon for ultra-fit uphill skiers and sweaty would-be ski mountaineers.

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Upping the Game

Donnette Hansen celebrates the 40th anny of her field-and-stream-savvy Rainbow Lodge with holiday fare, while working a new angle in the Rio Grande Valley.

Kirsten Gilliam

It was not yet snowing on Raton last month when Donnette Hansen made a quick dash into the mountains of New Mexico to chase late-season trout on a hidden members-only stream. As the bright sunlight shone, the Houston-based restaurateur expertly worked her fly rod between the 10-and-2 positions, sending a tuft of feather secured to a hook down a line of riffles, where a brown trout sipped the fly.

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