Exploration: Pockets of Paradise Kitchen and Garden Tour | SteamboatToday.com

Exploration: Pockets of Paradise Kitchen and Garden Tour

A bright flower dots the landscape of one of the gardens featured in the Strings Music Festival's annual Kitchen and Garden Tour.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A home of old-world décor, inviting and elegant, surrounded by a blooming vegetable garden abundant with spinach, kale, tomatoes, herbs, peonies – what’s the story behind this home?

Who tends to this garden?

Find out what it takes to maintain these beautiful Steamboat homes and gardens during the Strings Music Festival “Pockets of Paradise Kitchen and Garden Tour” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For those who want to partake in the self-guided tour, the route is bike friendly at about 11.9 miles with a moderate 686 feet of elevation.

The tour, organized by the Guild of Strings Music Festival, has developed over the years into the top fundraiser for Strings with proceeds supporting the Strings School Days program.

At each home, there will be expert talks with tips on landscape design, architecture and building energy efficient homes.

A total of six property sites will be on the tour including a 1,900-square-foot family home in the Brooklyn neighborhood as well as homes in the Sanctuary, Fish Creek and Old Town areas. The tour also offers a glimpse into the 1905 F.M. Light family barn, which was converted to an artist residence in the 1970s by artist and potter Gerald Hollingworth.

Each property boasts its own distinctive style, ranging from dramatic vistas to architectural feats of soaring cathedral ceilings.

“You get to meet the homeowners as well as the variety of speakers, each with their own passions that they are excited to talk about,” said event chair Linda Lund. “There’s such a broad range of homes and gardens this year. It’s really a unique opportunity to see these homes and learn about each of them.”

New to the event this year will be “Culinary Bites” at each home featuring local chefs and caterers from Bésame, Big Air Catering, Cloverdale, Creekside, Mambo, The Mountain Chef and Stay at Home Chef.

Another new addition will be the vehicles on display at each home ranging from a 1947 Indian motorcycle and 1930 Model T panel wagon to a Tesla Model S P100D.

The tour will kickoff with breakfast at the Strings Festival Café at 8:15 a.m. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour. Self-guided tickets cost $45, and the VIP tour costs $75.

Garden highlights:

  • Inspiring homeowner-created gardens
  • Recirculating stream with natural filtration system
  • Custom fire pits and sculptures
  • Vegetable and crevice gardens, raised herb beds
  • Homeowner design/build hot house for vegetables
  • Two-tier yard with rock wall crevice garden

Home highlights:

  • A retro-esque kitchen
  • 100-year-old barn
  • Soaring Ccathedral ceilings with gorgeous woodworking
  • Original plank flooring from barn with grooves from horses at feed trough
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Glass-enclosed office
  • 1960s London bus panel installed in entry way

Artists to see

  • Chula Beauregard
  • Carol Jean
  • Dedi Knox
  • Jim Steinberg on “How to Photograph Flowers in Nature”


John Fisher, from the Yampa Valley Boys; Hayley Berg; Trevor G Potter; Timberline Band and the Broad Band; Barbara McKown; Elizabeth Danielson; Beth Kuczowski; Lee Parker; and Reed Graves.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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