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grandkids are enjoying it. We
really do just see that this is
just going to keep going."
Chris adds that he and his
sons, who work in the family
business with him, use the
time together in Estes Park
to relax and to talk about
business, their families and
life. He shares his favorite
memory, which happened
during their last family
gathering when his son Sam
presented his parents with a
magnum bottle of 1984 Jordan
Cabernet Sauvignon, the
same year Chris started the
family business. In addition
to drawing a parallel between
how the wine had improved
over time with how the family
had gotten better, Sam talked
about how he appreciated
and recognized that it was the
family business that allowed
them to vacation together in
Estes Park.
He could have given the
gift to his family in Texas, but
Sam chose to do it in Estes
Park, a place obviously meaningful to him. "[My sons]
haven't said this, but I think
to them, Estes Park represents
the place where family comes
together," Chris says.
Together, the Jordans
explore the town. They look
forward to visiting the art
galleries, the shops, the craft

"There are so
many places for
family reunions
to stay, from
small places all
the way up to
houses that
sleep 16. There's
unlimited places
you could stay
of any size. Then,
there's just a
huge variety
of stuff to do,
from hiking to
shopping."
-SUE JORDAN

the Estes Park Golf Course,
"to enjoy each other and the
outdoors," says Chris. One of
the members owns the home
and splits her time between
Estes Park and Fort Worth.
"[The experience] is giving
everyone a chance to really
get to know each other," adds
Sue. "To share life stories and
what everyone is doing for
Ft. Worth. They don't even
realize all the different things
they're involved in, so the
collaboration is huge."
Being in Estes Park gives
them time to talk and share,
to hear stories they otherwise
might not. Plus, Chris says,
"the natural beauty brings out
the best in everybody. We're
watching all the elk come
bugling through. You can't
help but be inspired, awed
and uplifted."

GROUP GETAWAY
The joy of spending time together extends to the Jordans'
retreat with the Fort Worth
Rotary Club. In October 2017,
they gathered at a private
vacation home, Jewel on the
Green, which overlooks
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breweries and going out to
eat. "It's just such a fun town,"
enthuses Sue. "I like that it's
not a ski town. I just feel like it's
a lot more comfortable, casual."
Chris agrees, adding that
he likes the size of Estes Park.
"People here are down-toearth, friendly and real.
There are rustic cabins as
well as beautiful [vacation
homes], like the Jewel on
the Green. [The town] has a
really authentic feel to it. And
everything is reasonable in
terms of price."
They appreciate the easy
access to the national park,
where the hike to Dream Lake
is one they do every year.
That hike is what Sue looks
most forward to doing with
the whole family. She has
pictures of the family taken in
the same spot from every year
that they have taken the hike.
"I just love hiking with the
kids," she says.
Chris likes fishing, which
he is now enjoying with his
grandson who caught his first
fish in Estes Park. He admits
he can fly fish in Texas, but he
prefers Estes Park's cold, crystal-clear streams surrounded
by majestic views. Plus, "the
little greenback cutthroat
trout, well, it's the only place
in the world to catch those,"
Chris says. "I've had days here
where I've caught four to five
species-all in the same day.
The fishing is spectacular."
In general, however, Chris
says he just likes spending time
with his family: "It's just great
being outdoors and being
together, hanging around the
cabin and cooking together."


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