Best of the Boat 2018 winners |

Best of the Boat 2018 winners

Half of Steamboat’s population can’t be wrong.

That’s how many people turned out for this year’s Best of the Boat contest, which lured more than 6,000 voters to the polls to express their opinions about all things Steamboat. Voters cast nearly 75,000 votes across more than 100 categories, ranging from best cocktail and carpet shop to best margarita and mustache.

The annual contest takes our community’s pulse on what businesses, people and food rise to the surface as Steamboat’s best. Dining again proved most popular, drawing more responses than all other categories combined.


Business & Community  •  Drinks  •  Food  •  Health  •  Home & Garden  •  Professionals  •  Shopping  •  Lighter Side

Business & Community

No matter the category, it’s the people who live here who make Steamboat so great. That’s where our Business & Community category comes in, acknowledging everyone from artists and teachers to veterinarians, fishing guides and even pet groomers who call the Yampa Valley home. These are people doing what they do best while giving back to the community we all love. And it’s their peers who voted them onto this year’s podium.

Best Auto Repair Shop
1. Bob’s Downtown Conoco
2. Doc’s Auto Clinic
3. Westside Automotive

Best Bank
1. Yampa Valley Bank
2. Alpine Bank
3. Wells Fargo

Best Cellular Phone Company
1. GoWireless, Verizon Authorized Dealer
2. Ensignal, Verizon Authorized Retailer
3. Union Wireless

Best Fishing Outfitter
1. Steamboat Flyfisher
2. Straightline Sports
3. Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

Best Golf Course
1. Haymaker Golf Course
2. Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club
3. Steamboat Golf Club

Best Guest Ranch
1. The Home Ranch
2. Saddleback Ranch
3. Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Best Hair Salon
1. 10th Street Barbershop
2. hair on earth
3. Sorella Salon & Boutique

Best Horseback Outfitter
1. Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch
2. Saddleback Ranch
3. Lucky 8 Ranch

Best Indoor Music Venue
1. Strings Music Festival
2. Chief Theater
3. Old Town Pub & Restaurant

Best Insurance Agency
1. Debbie Aragon, State Farm
2. Dax Mattox, State Farm
3. Steamboat Select Insurance Group

Best Outdoor Activity Company
1. Ski Haus
2. BAP Inc.
3. Backdoor Sports

Best Pet Groomer
1. Powder Hounds Grooming Salon
2. Steamboat Dog Grooming Spa
3. Doggy Style Mobile Pet Grooming

Best Radio Station

Best Spa
1. Life Essentials Day Spa
2. Rocky Mountain Day Spa, Boutique & Salon
3. Waterside Day Spa & Salon

Best Veterinary Office
1. Steamboat Veterinary Hospital
2. Pet Kare Clinic
3. Ski Town Animal Hospital (formerly Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital)


Let’s face it, for a lot of people, there’s no better way to celebrate a great day outside in a town like Steamboat than by heading out for a quick life-is-great libation. Fortunately, Steamboat has a wealth of watering holes for whatever your pleasure, be it a quick post-ride beer, slopeside après, fancy cocktail or sommelier-worthy bottle of wine. Following are the winners that rose to the top like bubbles in a glass of Champagne in this year’s voting.

Best Apres Ski
1. T Bar Steamboat
2. Slopeside Grill
3. Truffle Pig Restaurant

Best Bar
1. Laundry
1. The Barley Tap and Tavern
3. Sunpie’s Bistro

Best Bartender
1. Tod “JJ” Johnson
2. Mark Stanford
3. Jack Doyle

Best Bloody Mary
1. Creekside Cafe
2. Four Points Lodge
3. Rex’s American Grill & Bar

Best Brewery
1. Storm Peak Brewing Co.
2. Mountain Tap Brewery
3. Butcherknife Brewing Co.

Best Coffee Shop
1. MountainBrew
2. Off the Beaten Path
3. Starbucks

Best Craft Cocktail
1. Laundry, Fiery Margarita
2. Sunpie’s Bistro, Hurricane
3. Low Country Kitchen, Old Fashioned

Best Happy Hour
1. Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill
2. Aurum Food & Wine
3. Back Door Grill

Best Locally Brewed Beer
1. Butcherknife Brewing Co., Amputator
2. Storm Peak Brewing Co., Maestro
3. Mountain Tap Brewery, Passionate Pedal

Best Margarita
1. Salt & Lime
2. Fiesta Jalisco
3. Laundry
3. Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria

Best Place to Watch the Game
1. Dude & Dan’s Bar and Grill
2. Back Door Grill
2. Carl’s Tavern


Drawing more responses than nearly all of our other categories combined, Food remains Best of the Boat’s most hotly contested category. Among this year’s findings: upsets in Best Burrito, a return to power for Best Wings and a new king of catering. “People are pretty opinionated about where they like to eat out here,” survey overseer Julia Hebard said. “Luckily, Steamboat is blessed with a lot of great restaurants.”

Best Asian Food
1. Noodles & More Saigon Cafe
2. Talay Thai
3. Sambi Canton Restaurant

Best Bakery
1. Smell That Bread Bakery
2. MountainBrew
3. Winona’s Restaurant

Best BBQ
1. Double Z Bar & Bar BQ
2. Moe’s Original Bar B Que
3. Steamboat Smokehouse

Best Breakfast Spot
1. Creekside Cafe
2. Freshies Restaurant
3. Winona’s Restaurant & Bakery

Best Burrito
1. Taco Cabo
2. Azteca Taqueria
3. Fiesta Jalisco

Best Catering Service
1. Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co.
2. Drunken Onion
3. Taco Cabo

Best Dessert
1. Cafe Diva
2. Ciao Gelato
3. Laundry

Best Fine Dining
1. Cafe Diva
2. Laundry
3. Cloverdale Restaurant

Best Food Truck
1. Skull Creek Greek
2. On the Hook Fish and Chips
3. Clyde’s Pies

Best Hamburger
1. Back Door Grill
2. Big House Burgers
3. Rex’s American Grill & Bar

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
1. Ciao Gelato
2. Lyon Corner Drug & Soda Fountain
3. Johnny B Good’s Diner

Best Italian Food
1. Mambo Italiano
2. Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant
3. Cuginos Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

Best Lunch Spot
1. Freshies Restaurant
2. Cruisers Sub Shop
3. Backcountry Delicatessen

Best Mexican Food
1. Fiesta Jalisco
2. Taco Cabo
3. Salt & Lime

Best Outdoor Dining
1. Aurum Food & Wine
2. Creekside Cafe
3. E3 Chophouse

Best Pizza
1. Blue Sage Pizza
2. Mambo Italiano
3. Brooklynn’s Pizzeria

Best Ribs
1. Double Z Bar & BBQ
2. Moe’s Original Bar B Que
3. Steamboat Smokehouse

Best Sandwich
1. Backcountry Delicatessen
2. Cruisers Sub Shop
3. Back Door Grill

Best Steak
1. Ore House at the Pine Grove
2. E3 Chophouse
3. Cafe Diva

Best Sushi
1. Noodles & More Saigon Cafe
2. Yama
3. Sake2U

Best Vegetarian
1. Rootz
2. Freshies Restaurant
3. Seedz

Best Wings
1 Tap House Sports Bar & Grill
2 Moe’s Original Bar B Que
3 Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill


Steamboat Springs is full of high-quality health care providers who love to call the Yampa Valley home and help residents and visitors enjoy everything it has to offer. Whether you need a yoga workout, fitness class, dental work or physical therapy, there’s an expert willing and able to help you.

Best Chiropractic Office
1. Lifted Chiropractic
2. Thrival Mode Family Chiropractic Health
3. Rinn Chiropractic Center

Best Dental Office
1. Sunshine Dentistry
2. Pine Grove Dental Arts
3. Avant Garde Dental

Best Fitness Center/Gym
1. Old Town Hot Springs
2. Anytime Fitness
3. Steamboat Pilates Yoga & Fitness Studio

Best Medical Clinic
1. Steamboat Medical
2. Yampa Valley Medical Associates
3. Pediatrics of Steamboat

Best Optometry Office
1. Mountain Eyeworks
2. Helm Eye Center
3. Steamboat Vision Clinic

Best Pharmacy
1. Lyon Corner Drug & Soda Fountain
2. Walgreens
3. City Market

Best Physical Therapy Practice
1. Johnson & Johnson Physical Therapy
2. UCHealth SportsMed Clinic
3. Kinetic Energy Physical Therapy

Best Yoga Studio
1. Rakta Hot Yoga
2. Out Here Yoga
3. Yoga Center of Steamboat

Home & Garden

Our Home & Garden category is a nod to everyone who helps put roofs over our heads, furnishings inside, yards outside and builds or manages offices for our hardworking locals. The people and businesses serving this niche anchor this all-important section, which runs the gamut from real estate and mortgage brokers to architects, plumbers, landscapers and more. What they all share is doing their best to ensure we all have a home and workspace we can be proud of in Ski Town, USA.

Best Flooring Store
1. Carpets Plus
2. Affordable Flooring Warehouse
3. The Carpet Shoppe

Best Furniture Store
1. Annie’s Home Consignments
2. Moxie Home Consign and Design
3. Into the West

Best General Contractor/Home Builder
1. Timberline Contracting
2. Gerber Berend Design + Build
3. Fox Construction

Best Interior Designer
1. Michele McCarthy, Vertical Arts Architecture
2. Valerie Stafford, Rumor Design + reDesign
3. Michael Buccino, Steamboat Interiors

Best Landscaping Service
1. Gecko Landscape & Design
2. Kinnikinnick Lawn & Garden
3. Nature’s Design

Best Mortgage Broker
1. Kathryn Pedersen, Fidelity Mortgage
2. Josh Kagan, Cornerstone Home Lending
3. Whitney Fortna, Yampa Valley Bank

Best Nursery/Gardening Supplier
1. Windemere Garden Center
2. Gecko Landscape & Design
3. Snow Country Nursery

Best Painter
1. Lawton Painting Co.
2. Sloop Painting
3. Good People Painting

Best Plumber
1. Perfect Slope Plumbing & Heating
2. Taber Plumbing & Heating
3. Peak Mechanical Services

Best Property Management Company
1. Central Park Management
2. Moving Mountains
3. Resort Lodging Co.
3. Rising Sun Management

Best Real Estate Agent
1. Jon Wade, The Steamboat Group
2. Matt Eidt, Colorado Group Realty
3. Martin Dragnev, Colorado Group Realty

Best Real Estate Firm
1. The Steamboat Group
2. Colorado Group Realty
3. Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Best Roofing Company
1. Revelation Roofing of the Rockies
2. Berlet Roofing
3. High Point Roofing

Best Title Company
1. Land Title Guarantee Company
2. Heritage Title Co.
3. Title Company of the Rockies


Our Professionals category is where we put the people behind town’s great services and businesses. These are the bike tuners, fishing guides, ski instructors, fitness trainers, hair stylists, eye doctors and more who put their best foot forward to make sure we can all do the same. While everyone in this listing deserves recognition, the top three in each category, and especially those occupying the catbird’s seat, are worthy of extra praise as voted by our readers.

Best Acupuncturist
1. Frank Turano-Cutler
2. Betsy Smith
3. Kari D. Pollert
3. Kelley B. McDaneld

Best Architectural Firm
1. Gerber Berend Design + Build
2. Vertical Arts
3. Joe Patrick Robbins & Associates

Best Bike Mechanic
1. Chris Johns
2. Brock Webster
3. Scott Tomaro

Best Car Salesperson
1. Stacey Rogers
2. Steve Dunklin
3. Ian “Wolf” Woelfel

Best Electrician
1. Don Kuntz, Current Electric
2. Jed Gibson, Central Electric
3. Geoff Coon, Coon Custom Electric

Best Fishing Guide
1. Johnny Spillane
2. Dave McAtee
3. Winston Vaughn

Best Fitness Instructor
1. Rebecca Williams
2. Brady Worster, Fhysical Elements
3. Becky Heath, Anytime Fitness

Best Hair Stylist
1. Cassandra Marinez
2. Kaitlyn Reed
3. Brooke Engeseth

Best Massage Therapist
1. Ali Boehm, Kneading Hands
2. Erica Olson, Heartfire Massage
3. Caitlyn Pitre, Aspenwood Salon & Spa

Best School Teacher (K-12)
1. Eric Nilsson
2. Meghan Hanson-Peters
3. Bennett Colvin

Best Youth Sports Coach
1. Trevor Mekelburg
2. Lisa Renee Tumminello
3. Erin Early


From best gift shop to art gallery and ski shop to clothing store, Steamboat is as rife with shopping options as it is outdoor pursuits. While we might not have factory outlets, Cherry Creek malls or the glitzy boutiques of Aspen and Vail, our hamlet has shopping options to satisfy residents and visitors. This year’s contest yielded a few surprises as well as consistent showings, the latter reflected in top spots by such stalwarts as Central Park Liquor, Ski Haus and Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare. The best thing you can do? Visit and shop them for yourself.

Best Art Gallery
1. Pine Moon Fine Art
2. Steamboat Art Museum
3. Mangelsen, Images of Nature Gallery

Best Bike Shop
1. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
2. Orange Peel Bicycle Service
3. Wheels Bike Shop

Best Boot Fitting Shop
1. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
2. One Stop Ski Shop
3. Ski Haus

Best Candy/Sweets Store
1. Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory
2. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
3. Rocket Fizz Steamboat Springs

Best Floral Shop
1. The Tall Tulip
2. City Market
3. Steamboat Floral & Gifts

Best Liquor Store
1. Central Park Liquor
2. Arctic Liquors
3. Ski Haus Liquors

Best Marijuana Store
1. Golden Leaf
2. Rocky Mountain Remedies
3. Billo

Best Men’s Clothing Store
1. Allen’s Clothing
2. Urbane
3. Ski Haus

Best Pet Store
1. Paws ‘N Claws
2. Elk River Pet & Ranch
3. Outdoor K9

Best Shoe Store
1. Steamboat Shoe Market
2. Ski Haus
3. Urbane

Best Ski/Snowboard Tuning Shop
1. Ski Haus
2. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
3. Christy Sports

Best Ski Shop
1. Ski Haus
2. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
3. Christy Sports

Best Snowboard Shop
1. Powder Tools
2. Ski Haus
3. Powder Pursuits

Best Sporting Goods Store
1. Ski Haus
2. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
3. Straightline Sports

Best Thrift/Consignment Store
1. Deja Vu Boutique
2. LiftUp of Routt County
3. Annie’s Home Consignments

Best Women’s Clothing Store
1. Deja Vu Boutique
2. Ruby Jane Boutique
3. Fringe Boutique

The Lighter Side

While most of our Best of the Boat categories acknowledge businesses, professionals and other people and aspects that make Steamboat great, this section is a little more lighthearted, offering voters’ views on everything from town’s best mullets and mustaches to place to go on a first date. Hundreds of votes poured in for this category, securing its popularity in the polls. Read on for the esteemed results.

Best Band
1. Buffalo Commons
2. Loose Change
3. Yer State Birds

Best Community Event
1. Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series
2. Winter Carnival
3. Halloween Stroll

Best Cowboy
1. Ray Heid
2. Cookie Lockhart
3. Billy Kidd

Best Mountain Bike Trail
1. Flash of Gold
2. Morning Gloria
3. NPR

Best Mullet
1. Will Cheesebro
2. Jesse Kurk
3. Luke Kimmes

Best Mustache
1. Rob Peterson
2. Kit Callahan
3. Matt Richeda

Best Place For A First Date
1. Sunset Happy Hour
2. Fish Creek Falls
3. Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill

Best Place To Go Under $50
1. Hiking
2. Back Door Grill
3. Strawberry Park Hot Springs