Archive for the ‘Arts and Culture’ Category

Breaking the Mold

Thursday, April 5th, 2018


Steamboat artist and sculptor Sandy Graves transforms metal into levity, motion, and emotion.

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Unlike many artists, who might describe themselves as random and chaotic, Sandy Graves is grounded, logical and sensible, even wise. The process she uses to create her sculptures isn’t so much free form as it is technical, labor intensive and collaborative. Even though she always knew she would eventually work as a professional artist, or maybe because of it, she took her time. She got a degree in fine arts, worked as an art teacher for 16 years, started a family, settled down, established roots, and became grounded.

Dogs Dig Steamboat

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Dogs Dig Steamboat.

Screen Shot 2018-04-02 at 3.29.32 PMAnd for the most part Steamboat Digs Dogs! Back in 2013 Dog Fancy magazine nominated Steamboat Springs as “Dog Town USA”. And personally I think it’s a title that suits us.

A Steamboat dog knows how to have fun. And for all you non-locals, we’re going to catch you up on what to do and where to go!

Ahh wet dog smell…

There is no shortage of water in Routt County for swimming in, after all the Yampa River does run right through town, as does Fish Creek, Spring Creek, Soda Creek, Butcherknife Creek, Walton Creek… well you get the drift. But if you are looking for that beach like feeling check out the “D” hole right next to the library (the other side of the bridge). When the river slows after the spring melt it’s the perfect swimming hole for both kids and canines. If you are looking for more of a walk/swim combo check out the lower Spring Creek pond where dogs can run off leash in the field then cool off with a swim.

Home on the Range

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018


Steamboat’s holds on tight to its western heritage despite challenges.

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Marsha Daughenbaugh was born and raised in the Elk River Valley on her family’s cattle and hay ranch and is now in the process of turning it over to her daughter and son-in-law, to be passed down to the third and fourth generation in her family.

Steamboat is steeped in its western heritage and has a long history in agriculture, and that heritage is as synonymous with Steamboat Springs as our famous powder and tree skiing. At the same time, rising property values, a higher cost of living, new development and an economy that is primarily sustained by recreation and resort has posed more challenges than ever before for multi-generational ranchers to hold onto their legacies.

What’s Happening in Steamboat Springs?

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

What’s Happening in Steamboat Springs?

Looking for things to do in Steamboat Springs this winter besides snowsports? Here’s what’s happening in town this month:

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Dec. 8 & 9, The Nutcracker

Join Elevation Dance Studio for its winter production of The Nutcracker. This fun, family friendly performance will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are on sale now for each of the three performances being held at the Steamboat Springs High School. Click here for ticketing information.

Dec. 16,  Christmas Storytime at the Tread of Pioneers Museum

Hear about pioneer and Victorian holiday stories and traditions and will create a special Victorian holiday craft to take home. While you’re here, see the museum’s holiday decorations and get some holiday shopping done in the Museum Store. This is a free event for all ages from 11AM – 4PM.

Dec. 17, Holiday Festival @ Gondola Square


Monday, December 4th, 2017


How to make the most of your home décor over the holiday season.

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Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to blow a fuse or require enough Christmas lights to see your house from space. It doesn’t even mean having to stick to red and green. We caught up with Rumor Designs partner and interior designer Valerie Stafford to talk about ways to avoid the Christmas kitsch but still make your home warm and inviting for guests and family during the holidays.

Common Scents
Most people are so overwhelmed by Christmas decorations, they don’t even think about scent. “Smells are a great way to introduce that holiday feel,” Stafford says. “Candles and guest soaps can bring in a warm, inviting atmosphere to your home without being too overwhelming.” Stafford recommends stocking guest rooms and bathrooms with wintery scents like pine, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary to set the holiday mood.



Monday, October 9th, 2017

Gold Rush – Capturing the Beauty of Steamboat’s Fall Foliage

Fall in Steamboat is as beautiful as it is fleeting, which is why we want so desperately to be able to capture the moment with a photograph. How many times have you tried with your smart phone camera and felt like the image didn’t do it justice? We turned to Corey Kopischke, a professional photographer who has spent most of his life chasing light and seizing the moment one frame at a time for some tips.

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A former freestyle skier, he learned a lot about photography from working as an athlete in numerous photoshoots over the years. Kopischke was never formally trained in photography, but learned firsthand how it was done in the field. “I would bring my camera and shoot over the photographer’s shoulder,” he says. After living in Steamboat for 28 years and working for Steamboat magazine as a senior staff photographer and part time photo editor, he has logged in a lot of days shooting fall colors.

Steamboat Restaurant Week – Fall 2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Steamboat Restaurant Week – Fall 2017

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Join us in for the 2nd Annual Steamboat Restaurant week. For 10 days this fall in Steamboat Springs, Colorado restaurants all over town will be offering select seasonal menus and special pricing.

From September 29th – October 8th join in this culinary celebration and take the opportunity to revisit old favorites or try something completely new to you.

Organized by Mainstream Steamboat, new menus and new venues are being added daily ranging from farm to table extravaganzas to home style comfort foods. Currently 33 restaurants are participating, click here for the list but be sure to check back regularly as more establishment and information gets added.




Taking “Farm to Table” Behind the Bar

Friday, September 8th, 2017


Bolstered by the farm-to-table movement, craft cocktails give mixed drinks a major upgrade.

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Bourbon and duck fat? Egg whites and edible flowers?

Believe it or not, these are the ingredients featured in some of Steamboat’s finest craft cocktails, as bar menus around town are seeing the same farm-to-table concept that has been influencing chef’s menus, only applied behind the bar.

“It’s almost like you’re a chef, but for drinks,’ says Rena Day, Cocktail Curator at Low Country Kitchen in downtown Steamboat. “Each drink should hit on bitter, sweet, salty, and sour, just like a well-balanced dish.”

The Writing is on the Wall

Thursday, August 10th, 2017


Artist Jeff Roth, the man behind some of the most well-known murals in downtown Steamboat, talks about what it means to become part of the Steamboat landscape.

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From Sleeping Giant to the Yampa River and Mount Werner, the Steamboat landscape is practically iconic; its sense of place is defined by its surroundings.

For artist Jeff Roth, becoming part of the Steamboat landscape in a more literal sense, by painting murals on two of its most visible downtown buildings, was not only a highlight of his career but the perfect ending to his Steamboat chapter.

Roth recently moved to Flagstaff, but his works “Yampa River Flow” a 130-foot mural on the side of the Natural Grocers building and “Wings” on the Bank of the West and Kali’s Boutique building, have left their mark. As a photographer, graphic designer and teacher, Roth’s approach to art is about more than paint and a brush.

A Day in the Life of a Rodeo Cowboy

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017


It takes a lasso and a skilled rider to catch up with Cole Dorenkamp, who has competed in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series. Steamboat Sothebys thought it would be fun to get a unique perspective on the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series and what it is like to be a rodeo cowboy.

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Cell phone reception cuts in and out as Cole Dorenkamp heads south to Texas to take his horses to the vet, for no other reason except to make sure they’re ready for the Greeley Stampede over the Fourth of July weekend. The way Dorenkamp explains it, a cowboy is only as good as his horse. Life as a rodeo cowboy means lots of time on the road, mostly to places that don’t have great phone reception and Dorenkamp wouldn’t have it any other way. Raised in a rodeo family, Dorenkamp can’t even remember the first time he got on a horse. Competing wasn’t so much a choice as his birth-right.