Most Eligible Bachelorette: Meg Palumbo |

Most Eligible Bachelorette: Meg Palumbo

Meg Palumbo, best bachelorette.
John F. Russell

— Best of the Boat’s most eligible bachelorette isn’t spending lonely nights at home waiting for Mr. Right. Instead, Meg Palumbo can be found hanging out with her large circle of friends and enjoying the Steamboat Springs lifestyle she describes as second to none.

“The good thing about dating in Steamboat is if you live in Steamboat, you already have a lot in common,” Palumbo says. “You probably like doing things outside, like skiing, hiking and going camping.”

When pressed about her dating prospects, Palumbo, 27, said she’s not dating anyone at the moment, although her friends try to set her up a lot.

“More people are looking for a husband for me than I’m looking for a husband,” Palumbo says.

The Golden native, who earned a bachelor’s degree in restaurant and resort management from Colorado State University, has called Steamboat home for a year and a half. She moved here to accept the position of national sales manager at The Steamboat Grand after working for Marriott in Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis.

Palumbo said her co-workers at the Grand were an integral part of her nomination for most eligible bachelorette.

“I didn’t really know about the contest until a friend who’s a bellman here sent me a picture of him entering my name and voting for me,” Palumbo says. “He told another co-worker, and she sent an email to everyone, and it snowballed from there.”

Palumbo says dating in Steamboat is interesting because the pool of prospects isn’t very large. “There’s definitely a second degree of separation,” she says.

When asked about the worst date she’s ever been on, Palumbo thinks hard and then recalls when she was set up with this guy (not in Steamboat) who planned a surprise for her. Any dreams she might have had for passion and romance were quickly doused when her date took her to build a fort with his friends.

“I don’t have anything against forts, I just wasn’t expecting that,” she says.

Palumbo says her idea of a perfect date would involve getting up early and hitting the slopes.

“We’d get first tracks and then have a great ski day and grab a Bloody Mary,” Palumbo says. “And then maybe we’d hang out with friends that night at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.”

Still, the 5-foot-8 dark-haired beauty doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about saying “I do.”

“I definitely think there’s a person out there for me somewhere, but I’m just not too worried about it,” Palumbo says. “My friends and family are the most important things to me. I love where I work, and I love Steamboat. I’m just so thankful for everything I have right now.”

When asked to offer advice to those eligible bachelors in the ‘Boat, Palumbo’s list is short and sweet.

“Be confident, always have your date’s best interests in mind, have fun and just be yourself.”

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