Posts Tagged ‘Why we love Steamboat’
For the past 17 years, Carolyn White (aka “The Fudge Lady”) has been whipping up the tastiest treats in Colorado. Year after year, tourists and locals alike have made the trek to Steamboat Lake to get their hot little hands on the creamiest confections in the area.
As a retired school teacher, Carolyn moved to Hahn’s Peak Village in 1993 with her husband Carroll. Carroll, an avid fly fisherman, began work at building up a fishing store and Carolyn focused on running a local gift shop. Through her research of the next great items to stock at the store, Carolyn stumbled upon the concept of selling fresh fudge and began to pursue it whole-heartedly.
Carolyn sold 2,000 pounds of fudge the first year and she was off and running! Now, Carolyn makes 75 pounds of fudge every other week and it’s sold here at the Marina. But Carolyn’s reputation branches out much further than just our store. People travel to Hahn’s Peak all summer long asking “where’s the fudge lady?”
The ingredients are selected weekly by Carolyn and she always seems to throw in a special flavor or two each time she bakes. The hottest sellers remain to be the Heath Toffee Crunch, Mint Chocolate and the Peanut Butter Swirl. Some of the other delicious flavors you can expect are Coconut Swirl, Strawberry, Maple Nut, Snickers Fudge, Creamsicle and of course… good old, melt in your mouth Chocolate!
So the next time you’re at the Marina, ask if the “Fudge Lady” is in today. Or perhaps, simply follow your nose!
Quite an exciting weekend the 4th turned out to be. I’m here to report that one of the most uncommon events I’ve ever witnessed took place over the past few days… the sinking of a vintage ski boat just yards from the no-wake buoys at the marina entrance.
Now this wasn’t an intentional sinking of any kind. You know, the way the Navy might intentionally sink a machine boat or retired ship to create a diving attraction. No, the theory on this sinking was simply a loose plug which allowed an overwhelming amount of water to flow into the back end of the craft. With more water on board than the boat could handle, the vessel sank faster than it takes to microwave a burrito.
Luckily, all the passengers on the boat were able to quickly swim from danger and nobody was harmed in the accident. The trouble then became finding the boat and hiring a salvage crew to remove the craft from the bottom of the lake. Choppy waves created by a busy 4th of July made it difficult.
Finally on Monday the 6th, certified divers found the sunken vessel and were able to secure it to air-filled buoys. Giving the boat a slight lift off the bottom, salvage divers were able to handily guide it to the boat ramp and the owners of the boat were able to get it secured to their trailer.
Miraculously, the boat suffered very little structural damage and the owners are fully intending to get it back on the water very soon. The entire salvage process caught the interest of both boaters and visitors to the park alike.
Now that the boat has been safely retrieved, one has to beg the question… what will do for excitement around here?
If you’ve already visited Steamboat Lake this summer (or Steamboat Springs for that matter) you’ve probably noticed something missing… some of our beautiful trees! For those that have taken interest in the recent Bark Beedle Epidemic hitting Colorado, here’s your chance to help.
This Saturday, June 26th, the ReTree Colorado initiative is setting out to plant 14,000 trees in Routt County in just one day! Speaking with park rangers at Steamboat Lake, close to 5,000 of those trees will be planted on and around Bridge Island alone.
Volunteers are needed! This is a tremendous opportunity to help with a fantastic project organized to re-tree our park and our area. You can meet at the Meadows Parking Lot in Steamboat Springs and hop on the free transportation provided to escort you to the planting sites. Or… if you’re already planning to be at Steamboat Lake, simply head over to Bridge Island and join the fun. Parking within the State Park will be free this day if you are volunteering your time for this cause. Best of all, food and music entertainment will be provided after the event back at the Meadows Parking Lot in Steamboat.
What to bring:
- Spade or Shovel
- Water Bottle (drink LOTS of water!)
Visit www.retreecolorado.com for to register and we’ll see you there!
To all the father’s out there, it’s YOUR day today. Your love and guidance put you in a club whereby the only membership fee is your devotion to family. With that said, let today be a day to reflect on the many memories you’ve collected over the years and to create a few new ones as well.
And kids… I know that it can often be a challenge to find that special way to tell dad just how important he is to you. Personally, I always found it impossible to sum up my appreciation for my father with a simple card or gift. I often struggled to come up with different ways to take a break with dad and just have fun. So in an effort to make today’s planning a bit easier on you, here’s a quick list of some ways you can spend time with your ’old man’ here at the lake:
- Go fishing!
- Rent a pontoon boat and grill up some lunch
- Better yet, rent a canoe and promise to do all the paddling!
- Take a nature hike on the many surrounding trails
- Have a picnic at the swim beach
- Treat dad to some delicious homemade fudge!!!
Stop by and join us at the “Curve Plaza Chamber Mixer” from 5-7pm on Wednesday, May 26th! Brian Harvey and the crew from KBCR will be broadcasting live from the deck of one of our party pontoon boats while we grill up some tasty food.
Listen here for the complete RADIO COMMERCIAL and we’ll see you there!
Just got connected with the very cool people at Steamboat Videos. If you’re looking for the best explanation as to why we love living here, these videos will do the trick! Here’s a favorite of mine. About 6 minutes long but well worth the view.
You can also follow these guys on Twitter: @SteamboatVideos