Vote the Boat: 2018 Best of the Boat voting is live |

Vote the Boat: 2018 Best of the Boat voting is live

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — OK, all you locals with opinions on who makes the best margarita, burger and pizza in town. It’s time to recognize Steamboat’s finest by voting in Steamboat Pilot & Today’s Best of the Boat contest, giving you a chance to chime in on everything you love about this hamlet we call home.

With eight categories — including shopping, drinks, food, health, home and garden, business and community, professionals and the lighter side — this year’s contest, sponsored by The Steamboat Group and Rocky Mountain Remedies, launched Sept. 20 and will run through midnight Oct. 4, giving voters just two weeks to make their voices heard.

Last year’s survey tallied more than 100,000 votes from 4,500 people, prompting third-party survey company Second Street to call it, “One of the largest promotions we’ve ever run in a market that size.”

How to vote

Visit anytime before midnight Oct. 4 and vote for your favorites. Your votes are saved automatically, so come back as often as you like.

“It’s a great contest every year and a great way for local businesses to both promote themselves and find out what locals and visitors think about their goods and services,” Steamboat Pilot & Today advertising director Julia Hebard said.

This year’s contest is a tad different than previous ones, with voters first nominating businesses for inclusion, followed by the two-week voting period.

Voting is easy at, with answers saved as a vote is cast, meaning you can come back later to finish. Businesses can swing by Steamboat Pilot & Today’s new offices at 32 10th St. or call 970-871-4230 for promotional posters to hang in their windows.

The winners, who use their top-place finishes for marketing efforts throughout the year, will be announced at a gala awards party Thursday, Dec. 6 at The Steamboat Grand as well as in a special Best of the Boat magazine with yearlong distribution throughout the Yampa Valley.

“The contest is a win for locals, visitors and businesses alike,” Hebard said. “Readers get great information about local products and services, businesses get well-deserved recognition and we get a great opportunity to interact with our readers. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.”

From Second Street’s perspective, the Steamboat contest is always a resounding success.

“We do these ballots all over the country, and we’re always amazed at how much of Steamboat’s population participates,” Second Street co-founder Doug Villhard said.

To reach Eugene Buchanan, call 970-871-4276 or email

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