Thursday, June 14, 2012

There's a place for everyone: Steamboat Springs, CO

                       Everyone has a certain place that they will go to one day where everything will be absolutely perfect. Most people haven't ventured out of the state enough to find that place but by a stroke of luck, I happened to find my place early, that place being Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
             Steamboat Springs, Colorado, located in northern Colorado, is just a four-hour drive north - west of the capital, Denver. Steamboat Springs is a small ski town and cowboy town. In the winter, it is a great ski village. In the condominium my family owns, I would wake up every morning to the most amazing view of the mountain. Getting to the Gondola Square is easy from any hotel since it is a relatively small town. The transport is great during the winter and summer with frequent bus loops stopping at all the main tourist spots. On the mountain, there are many ski-in restaurants. Also during the winter, there are fun activities like taking a dip in the hot springs and going snowshoeing to look at the scenic views on the mountain, Howelsen Hill. 
             The summers in Steamboat are just as amazing as the winters. My personal favorite thing about the summer is very easily summed up in two words: Perry Mansfield. Perry Mansfield is a summer musical theater camp where I spent two consecutive summers and, most importantly, it is where I met my best friends. 
             The first days at camp were intense with various auditions and placement into what classes best suit the talent of my peers and me. And I remember the days we were on bear watch when, being a Florida native, I thought it was absolutely insane that there were actual bears that had crossed paths with a camper. Even some of the teachers I encountered at Perry Mansfield made a huge impact on my life for different reasons. A part from the wonderful fine arts camp, there are many other summer activities including visiting the rodeo and tubing down the river. While tubing down the river, there are various stops you can make to eat, my favorite being Sunpies. 
            Note-worthy places to visit in Steamboat include the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Winnonas, All That Jazz, 8th Street Steakhouse, Downtown Hot Springs, and of course Perry Mansfield. Steamboat Springs holds some of the best memories of my life and is the one place I feel most comfortable being myself. 
            My parents sold the condominium and we no longer visit as much as before but Steamboat Spring, Colorado still fills me with every possible emotion and no matter where I reside at any given moment, I refer to the wonderful town in northern Colorado as my only true home.

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