Today is the first day for the 5th Annual Steamboat Wine Festival. If you enjoy food and wine, this is a great event! Tonight is the kickoff celebration at the top of the Gondola. Music, heavy apps, entertainment, one on one time with your favorite winery and breath taking views are all apart of tonight’s festivities. Tomorrow continues the fun starting at 9:30am with Sustainable Wines and other wine events throughout the entire day ending with the BubbleQ at 7:00pm consisting of champagne Bubbles, plus beer bubbles and BBQ! Saturday, the excitement continues at 10am with Emerging Boutique Wineries form the Pacific Northwest and ends with the Grand Tasting/ Toast of Steamboat from 3-6pm at the Torian Plum Plaza. To purchase tickets or for a schedule of events please visit www.steamboatwinefestival.com
Archives for July 2008
This summer has been full of a lot of first time summer activities. High on my list of new, fun firsts this summer are golfing, mountain biking and even beach volleyball. This summer a group of friends and I joined a summer recreational volleyball league here in Steamboat Springs organized by the city’s parks and recreation offices. While I played indoor volleyball in high school long ago, my skills have been tested with sand courts, four players at a time and a lot of laughs.
Monday nights are really fun and I look forward to meeting new people in the community. It has to be mentioned that our team (we are in the “B” league, “B” for getting “better” every week) won our first match of the summer season this week. It was a very proud moment considering we lost our first seven games. So congratulations to my team and to all others who are having fun participating in great recreational sports.
A friend once told me that when the weather is perfect in a beautiful resort destination like Steamboat Springs, it’s called a “Chamber of Commerce Day”. This last weekend in July was just that; blue skies, green landscapes and plenty of events and activities to rave about. My weekend would most definitely classify as this kind of a weekend.
The weekend started with a round of golf on a warm, clear Saturday morning at Steamboat’s Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. In my first summer of golfing, this was my first time golfing with a cart. It was a lot of fun. On Sunday I spent the day at Stagecoach Reservoir, wake surfing, wakeboarding and getting some sun. The reservoir had glass like water for most of the day with many other people enjoying the day like we were.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is having a very exciting day tomorrow, we are celebrating the completion of the Chamber Legacy Statue to commemorate the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s 100 years of service to the Steamboat Springs community. From mining to ranching to skiing, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has continued to seek way to educate, promote and advocate for a strong and vital economy. The piece of art is drawn by Suzie Jackson and sculpted by Sandra Graves, both local artists. The piece has been installed on the 5th Street corner of the Routt County Courthouse lawn and will be unveiled on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 to celebrate our centennial. It will be a gift to the Steamboat Springs community from the businesses that have and will continue to serve as the foundation of the economic well being of this community. Please stop by and help us celebrate tomorrow evening from 5-7pm.
Coming tomorrow night live in Steamboat Springs at Howelsen Hill is one of my favorite bands to see live! I will not keep you in suspense but I will give you a few clue; they were here two summers ago, played up on the mountain and were a huge hit… Michael Franti and Spearhead!!! This is one of those bands that you can sit back and relax or dance your pants off. Not only are you guaranteed great music, but this is a free event. The show will start at 5pm with an opening band and Michael Franti and Spearhead to fallow. There will be food vendors and kids activities at the concerts as well and just remember leave the alcohol and dogs at home.
This weekend is one of my favorite weekends. It is one of the most colorful art filled weekends of the summer. We have the 28th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and 34th Annual Art in the Park. If you have not experienced either of these events then this is the perfect reason to plan your trip to Steamboat. This year we have 38 balloons that will launch into the air, paint the sky and enjoy some healthy competition. This is a free event and takes place early in the morning with the festivities beginning at 7am on both Saturday and Sunday. Next make your way West Lincoln Park for the 34th Annual Art in the Park. Here you will find an array of art sure to please the visual senses.
You know it has been a great weekend when sitting at your desk on a Monday morning your arms are sore, you have a tan and you are still a bit tired from all the activity that comes with a great three day weekend. Steamboat Springs was full of energy, excitement and a lot of celebration this weekend with our annual First National Bank of Steamboat Springs Fourth of July Parade on Friday as well as the annual Saddleback Ranch Cattle Drive on Sunday. These two big events are a lot of fun and it was great to see hundreds of people turning out to see the summertime action. In addition to the scheduled events this weekend I was able to hang out on Stagecoach Reservoir with some friends most of the day Saturday and do a lot of wakeboarding as well as a great bike ride yesterday up Spring Creek Trail starting up on Buffalo Pass near Dry Creek Lake. What a fun weekend. How did you spend your three day weekend in Steamboat Springs?