It's the greatest bluegrass festival, heck, maybe festival period, in the world. The music's spectacular and encourages unique combinations, since it brings so many diverse and peerless artists together. A bluegrass festival in name only, the music it covers is all over the map (Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Brandi Carlisle, Steve Winwood, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet). And the setting doesn't hurt -- a box canyon at 9000 feet surrounded by snow-capped peaks in the San Juan range of the Colorado Rockies. Karen and I were there in 1987, '88 and '89, and after 25 years of life intervening, we finally made it back, this time with Jake and some close friends. It has changed a bit, become more of a real resort town with an upscale feel and more shops, but still gorgeous, while the festival is still pretty much the same as it was. We were not disappointed.