Spacious, Private Homes in Colorado Mountains
Steamboat Springs, located in Colorado's Yampa Valley, has long been appreciated for its wealth of natural beauty—a series of bubbling hot springs dot its landscape; the Yampa River runs directly through the town; and the Rocky Mountains loom overhead. The Porches, a series of four- and five-bedroom houses nestled in the mountains, nod to this rustic, western scenery. Earth-toned exteriors forged with wood and stone channel the surrounding mountains, and inside, hand-hewn beams, hand-distressed floors, and stone fireplaces recall Old-World craftsmanship. The houses all sit at the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort, about 400 yards from nearby ski hills and hiking trails.
Though ensconced in nature and named after Colorado’s native trees, the Porches’ seven townhomes have some strictly modern touches, including granite countertops, down-stuffed couches, and custom cabinetry. Several homes have a private balcony adjoining the master suite, and others have a recreation room with a home theater and billiards table. Like King Kong's pajamas, the townhomes spread out across three stories and can sleep up to 14.
Much of the action at The Porches centers on the Barn, a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse located about 100 steps from every home. Head here to take a dip in the all-season, heated swimming pool or socialize around the great room's fireplace. At the Barn's concierge desk, book everything from fly-fishing trips to restaurant reservations, or take advantage of The Porches' special discounts on ski rentals and lift tickets. Guests of the hotel can take a private shuttle to and from the ski resort, as well as to restaurants and attractions in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Historical Ranch Town in Rocky Mountains
Steamboat Springs was named after its roiling mineral springs, which sounded to some early pioneers like a chugging steamboat. It's known as the birthplace of recreational skiing in Colorado, thanks to a ski jump built in 1914 by cross-country champion Carl Howelsen and its world-class slopes topped with light, dry snow. The slopes continue to draw visitors to town, but Steamboat has plenty of other outdoor pursuits.
There are more than 50 miles of nature trails and wildflower fields for hiking, several mountain-view golf courses, and high-country lakes and streams that provide ample fishing. One network of rivers even flows through the downtown area, with launch points along the way for seasonal tubing. The area retains vestiges of its history as a ranching center—spur-clad cowboys still stroll the main streets, which are lined with western art galleries and clothing boutiques.
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