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Resident Spotlight: The McSweeneys find Home in the Mountains

In our pocket of genuine mountain living, one essential element of our idyllic community is the passionate group of people who make it up. Get to know some of our newest neighbors, Julie and Tom McSweeney, and how they wear the Glacier lifestyle like a second skin.

What type of Glacier property do you own? 

We live in the Iron Horse development and we love it! We have fantastic neighbors, and enjoy watching elk as well as golfers on the fairway!

Where are you from? 

I (Julie) am originally from Evergreen, Colorado, and Tom is from Chicago. We most recently moved to Glacier from Omaha, Nebraska.

What brought you to the Durango area?

We saw a Glacier ad in a golf magazine– then in October of 2020, we came for a “stay and play” and bought our property that weekend!

Any children or pets? 

We have four children: TJ – age 26, Christian – age 25, Shannon – age 21, and Tyler – age 20. We have two small dogs: a Papi-poo named Thunder, and a Chihuahua mix named Lucas.

What do you love most about Glacier? 

We love everything about Glacier! The location, the great golf courses, the beauty, the people who live here and who work here, the gorgeous clubhouse, the activities and the incredible Colorado outdoor living!

Is Glacier your primary residence? 

Yes, this is our only residence!

Since you’ve settled in September, how do your typical days vary from fall, to winter, to spring? And what are you looking forward to this summer?  

This fall was beautiful, and we enjoyed golfing until Thanksgiving and beyond! We took walks, hiked, and traversed upon fun trips to Moab, Scottsdale, Tucson, Las Vegas and Evergreen. Our last day of golf was December 3rd, which was a beautiful day. Then, our first day of skiing was December 11th! Since then, we have skied over 50 times at Purgatory, as well as Park City.  We had our first Christmas here with our children and it was truly magical for everyone.  Now that it is spring, we are gearing up for hiking, golfing, boating and fishing. We are also looking forward to our daughter graduating from college in May. This summer, we are looking forward to our friends and neighbors returning, and to enjoy activities with them—including golf, hiking, pickleball, and other activities and events at the Mountain Club. (The Goat Hunt and Gumbo tournaments were so fun and we look forward to those again)!

Favorite local spot to eat? 

We have found that Durango has a plethora of incredible restaurants and that we love dining al fresco, from the patio at the Mountain Club to the bump outs in town. Since there are so many great places to dine, we have not tried them all yet, so we are happily finding new haunts.

Favorite sporting or adventure activities? Favorite relaxation rituals? 

We have been enjoying golf—Tom especially likes the Wednesday morning men’s league, and Julie is looking forward to joining the women’s league. Pickleball is great as well. During the winter, we enjoyed skiing,—the “Ski with the Staff” and the “Apres Ski” parties were so fun—snowshoeing, and dog sledding with Durango Dog Sleds! As for relaxation, we love the Durango Hot Springs, and Julie enjoys being pampered with spa treatments either at the Activities Center or in town at one of the many great day spas. We love getting together with friends as well.

Do either of you work-from-home at Glacier? 

No, we are both happily retired and enjoying it!

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