A large neighborhood lake was on the left, children playing with intertubes, and the day was warm and sweet with autumn tinged air. We turned right into the parking area of what once was a school in 1919. But it certainly wasn’t your typical school of that era, it felt more like we entered Italy. All marble and wood floors and magazine inspiration.
I am making the tinctures for my cousin’s new line of medicines that she is releasing along with her already well known body products. H2a is the company she and her daughter, Sierra created years ago. Their products have been previewed in Vogue and can be found in spas and retail stores. Heather’s new project is The Botanique in Fort Collins. An event space, a class space, a retreat, an Air B&B, a respite, I was drawn in instantly to the serenity and sheer beauty. A beauty that makes you feel beautiful just witnessing it all.
The chicken yard was built off of an old adobe outbuilding, its fresh wood and chicken wire a lovely contrast to the old structure. We do love chickens so Doug and I immediately got out of our car and walked over to see what breeds she has. As they pecked around in the sweet dirt, we admired the back of the property, that below the dirt lies quietly an asphalt playground of old. Heather plans to build up with beds and create a lavender madala and rose arches. Doug pointed to a spot perfect by the adobe wall and curved door for farm-to-table dinners.
Years ago, when all of our children were quite small, the grown cousins would all choose a name to buy a gift for at Hanukkah. When Heather was still married to Doug’s cousin, I would always hope that she picked me, as our style is almost identical. Her sense of vintage and practical with elements of joy have always been drawn out perfectly through her design work, her homes, and now The Botanique. I wanted to stay in our darling room with the large bath she created for days. Walk in showers and bath spaces are being created throughout the resort for ancient bathing rituals and cleansing. A space to heal. A space to restore. A space to feel beautiful.
The property is filled with raised beds that a friend of Heather’s runs a volunteer program with. She teaches and works with youth to grow many varieties of produce and then sell them in CSAs.
I walked out of our bedroom early, glorious in good sleep, and headed to the kitchen. Through the wide double doors of my dream kitchen I could see my lovely cousin in a warm sweater, her blond hair messily put up and a cup of coffee steaming from her hands as she walked softly through the filtered light of morning rays streaming through the large windows.
The Botanique is a place to ignite one’s senses, restore one’s soul, and is incredibly accessible and not far from home. https://www.thebotaniquefortcollins.com/