Archive for June, 2013

Steamboat Springs Fly Fishing Rubber Hatch

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Steamboat Springs Fly Fishing Rubber Hatch.

In fly fishing, one talks about “matching the hatch.” That mean you select the right artificial fly to match the natural flies that are in the area and what the fish are eating at the time. This process can change every 30 minutes so one might be changing flies often. But during the summer months in Steamboat Springs, it’s rather predictable that during the hot month of the summer, the “rubber hatch” will be going off. That’s my buddy Bobby working both the hatches.

Fishing and tubing the Yampa

Fishing and tubing the Yampa

Now this “rubber hatch” is a term the Steamboat fly fishing people say when the tubers are out. Tubing the Yampa river in Steamboat Springs is a very popular summertime event. It’s easy, refreshing, and a great way to spend a few hours floating and seeing Steamboat Springs from the river. The Yampa is a great tubing river, it’s also a great trout fishing river and these two activities don’t always work together. Yet the Yampa river is for everyone to enjoy and fishing and tubbing can co-exist together as long as everyone respect their space.

Summer Gondola Rides at Steamboat Springs

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Summer Gondola Rides at Steamboat Springs

Our ski area is open in the summer and provides a ton of fun. You can hike, bike, wine, dine, or just enjoy the view.

View from the Gondola

View from the Gondola

Hours and Tickets

In general, you can ride the gondola between 10a.m. and 4p.m. Monday thru Saturday, and 9:30a.m. to 4p.m. Sundays. The schedule is a little complex so check the ski area website first. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12 year olds, and 5 year olds  or under are free

Hike

There is a hiking trail system on the mountain. Maps are available at the base and signs are posted. In addition, you can just wonder about on your own. You can also take a Gourmet Guided Hike which I’ve never done but it sounds just wonderful.

Home Improvement Survey

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Home Improvement Survey

Home Improvements infographic image [Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Data on Home Improvement across the country has been released by the American Housing Survey. There are numerous private and government entities that track our housing market and The American Housing Survey (AHS) is the largest, most “comprehensive national housing survey in the United States” according to the AHS. The AHS is a joint effort of the Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau and reports on a wide variety of housing data: everything from fuel usage to mortgages to repair data.

The AHS reported 76.1 million owner-occupied homes in the latest census. Of that, over half made home improvements from 2009-2011. Of those people, almost a quarter of those were Energy Efficiency improvements. The US government  may have helped fuel this trend by the energy-efficient tax credits that are still available today. To see more on the IRS tax credits, visit:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Get-Credit-for-Making-Your-Home-Energy-Efficient

Guide to Biking in Steamboat Springs, CO

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Guide to Biking in Steamboat Springs

 

Steamboat biker

Steamboat Springs biker

Wow, trying to figure out how to write about biking in Steamboat Springs is a little like trying to figure out how to write about, oh, the universe. … where do I begin! In Bike City, USA, there is just so much going on and so many organizations, and trails, and projects, and awards, and memberships –  it’s a little overwhelming.

So, here is an introductory guide to finding information on biking in Steamboat Springs. This is in no way complete, it will just easily get you started:

Need to get out and ride?

Start here at the Steamboat Springs Chamber, I think they do an excellent job in providing a one-stop service for biking. Also Bike Town USA, and pick up the Biking Guide either here, online, or at the Visitor Center.

Great Value in Steamboat Real Estate

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Great Value in Steamboat Real Estate

As real estate values start to climb in Steamboat Springs, you can still find a great value in a single family home just outside of town. The Silver Spur area is just 3 miles west  of town and offers a great family orientated neighborhood with running trails, ski trails, and endless playgrounds surrounding the area. The Silver Spur area offer larger lots and larger homes and it’s only just minutes from the ski area and local schools.

Watch the Property Video

Watch the Property Video

At $180 per square foot or $719,000, this home is a great value. With 5 bedroom and 4 baths, there’s plenty of room for large families. This ranch style home is almost 4,000 square feet and is always  filled with an abundance of natural light because  it’s always sunny in Steamboat…well. almost.  The living room is lovely,  with a warm and welcoming river rock fireplace that’s just perfect for curling up around on one of Steamboat’s many cold mountain winter nights.