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Couple brings European flair to Glenwood Springs

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post IndependentCathy and Ron Jackson sit inside of Legend's coffee shop in the Hotel Colorado on Thursday afternoon. Ron is the head chef for Baron's at the hotel, and Cathy manages Legend's.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Some folks would think that working with their spouse could get annoying. But not Ron and Cathy Jackson of New Castle.

“Out of the 16 years we’ve been married, we’ve probably worked together for eight or nine of those years,” Ron said.

Both Jacksons work at the Hotel Colorado. Ron is the head chef at Baron’s Restaurant at the Hotel Colorado, and Cathy is the manager of Legend’s Coffee Shop.



“This is not new for us. In fact, we are working fairly apart from each other here,” Ron said. “We’ve worked really close before.”

Even in the same kitchen at one point.



The Jacksons moved to Garfield County, Ron about a year-and-a-half-ago and Cathy about six months later, after living the previous 15 years in Cathy’s hometown of Birmingham, England.

The couple met in Vail. Ron was working at the Marriot, and Cathy was interning at the same hotel to complete her degree in restaurant and hotel management. That was the first of a long string of jobs together.

“We’re OK. Some people can do it, and some people can definitely not do it,” Ron said. “Some people cannot even imagine doing it, but we do OK.”

Compromise comes in different forms being from separate countries. But Ron found positive reasons in living abroad for personal and professional benefit.

“It was a bit of a pain being from separate countries,” Ron said about the beginning of their relationship.

“I went to England with her one time on vacation and I said, ‘This place is fantastic,'” Ron said. “So, then I said, ‘Let’s get married, let’s move here.’ Then we had a couple of kids there and so we stayed for quite a while.”

Home base for the Jackson family was in Birmingham, but Ron was able to work in places like London and Manchester. Ron also worked for a while in Paris, a dream for most chefs.

“I got around a lot,” he said. “I worked away from home quite a bit, but I was doing the European thing, honing my skills and getting a bit of international experience.”

And they are now introducing locals to a bit of European flair at the Hotel Colorado. Starting this past weekend, Cathy has introduced traditional British afternoon teas, where locals are welcomed to come to the hotel for an afternoon cup of tea. And in the next few weeks, Ron expects to have Sunday brunch up and running, available to locals as well.

“I don’t really see anybody else around here doing that, and most of the big hotels do something like it,” Ron said.

Their reason is to make the locals feel more welcome and to enjoy the historic hotel that is in their community.

“That is one thing we get to do as managers,” Ron said. “We get to come up with things that will attract people to the hotel.”

It’s a little something to make Cathy feel more at home, too.

While they’ve never regretted moving to England, they are happy to be back in the states. Maybe Ron a little more than Cathy, but now she is getting used to the different culture.

“I’ve been a big city girl,” Cathy admitted. “So the whole small-town thing is taking a bit of getting used to.”

For Ron, growing up in Littleton, he’s right at home in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

“I’m anti-city,” Ron joked. “I don’t like traffic, and I hate taking the bus.”

“I don’t know how we get along, actually,” Cathy replied back.

Regardless, they plan on spending at least the next 15 years right where they are.

“I intend on being here a long time,” Ron said. “I don’t plan on leaving again.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

jgardner@postindependent.com


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