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Steal Away to Steamboat Springs

By Caitlin Moore

You may think you have Colorado all figured out. It’s one of those square states in the middle of the map somewhere between California and New York, but it’s better than most of the others because it has mountains. Perfect for skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and attracting rich and famous people who want to get in touch with nature, Colorado is mostly filled with pristine villages and slope side mansions that only the most privileged among us could afford.

Colorado indeed stands out for its beauty, and it is quite worthy of the celebrity attention that it receives, but there’s more to it than that. The collection of ski towns within its borders all have their own personalities, and range from upper crust to modest and unassuming. If you’d like to visit the Centennial State and feel more comfortable in sneakers than stilettos, consider Steamboat Springs as the site of your next vacation.

This unpretentious settlement in the northwest part of the state has all the stunning scenery you could ask for in a decidedly friendly, small-town atmosphere. The rich history of Steamboat Springs as a longtime ranching community combined with its continued efforts to stay in touch with the artistic, musical, and adventurous leanings of the Old West make it a one of a kind spot. Don’t forget, it’s also known as “Ski Town, USA,” so be prepared for a few exhilarating runs down the mountainside if you happen to visit during the winter.

Steamboat Springs began as a summer resort in the early 1900’s, attracting thrill seekers with its hunting and fishing opportunities as well as with its natural hot springs. Modern travelers have even more options, as kayaking, rock climbing, golfing, and hiking have become popular draws, among other things, of course.

Visitors to this jewel of a town will find options galore when it comes to filling their days. A Gondola ride to the top of Mt. Werner for a game of disc golf or a fabulous Sunday brunch will make for one great memory, as will a helicopter tour of all that the western Continental Divide has to show off. Rent a four-wheeler for a bumpy, adrenaline-inducing ride down the mountain, or take a speedy trip down via the Alpine Slide.

If you still haven’t done enough, check into renting a canoe or pontoon boat for some Stagecoach Reservoir exploration, and schedule a meal to be had in an old fashioned covered wagon, pioneer-style. Summer also brings a number of special events, so if you can, coordinate your schedule accordingly.

“Strings in the Mountains” is a music festival that continues throughout the summer and showcases the talents of jazz, country, rock, and bluegrass musicians, and rodeo fans shouldn’t miss the PRCA Pro Rodeo Series, which will take you right back to the days of the cowboy. One of the highlights of the summer is a festival that combines hot air balloons and arts and crafts. If this has you wondering what it’s all about, you’ll just have to go see for yourself.

All this and more will fill your plate during your visit to Steamboat Springs, and whether you find yourself here during winter or summer, there will be plenty of lodging choices to accommodate you. If you haven’t yet thought of it, consider looking into renting a vacation home that will have all the amenities of the finest hotels along with a little less hassle.

Your number one concern is to be close to all the great activities, so you’ll be satisfied with a place that exists in the middle of everything. Walking distance to the Gondola, restaurants and shops, as well as a swimming pool and tennis courts will meet your location standards. Yet, despite the fact that you are within reach of so many great conveniences, you won’t feel cramped, confined, or claustrophobic within the walls of your spacious mountainside log cabin.

Your vacation rental can be as fancy or as rustic as you like, and it can have the amenities you’ll need at a more than reasonable price. If you find yourself intrigued by this little corner of Colorado and by the idea of enjoying the comforts of home while you’re away, go online and discover the Steamboat Springs Vacation Rental that’s been waiting for you.

HomeAway.com is a great resource when it comes to locating the condo, cottage, or cabin that will truly make your next vacation a treat.

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