Steamboat’s Latest Chic Event Space

By: Casey Hopkins, Ski Town Media

Steamboat Springs, CO - The property at 609 Yampa Street originally served as a home, then a pub, then a restaurant but now is an event venue called The Boathouse. The downtown Steamboat space is the latest project from Western Centers Inc., a Denver-based company, which also owns local favorite Snow Bowl Steamboat and, a few blocks away, the recently opened Boat Yard.

Designed by local architect Adam Wright of CRAFT Architecture Studio, The Boathouse offers a prime location along the Yampa River, also overlooking the storied ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Expansive glass doors and windows create seamless access to the outdoors so that views can be enjoyed both inside and out. “One of the things that was important to our team was remaining community-centric – that we had one more place where we could not only host out-of-towners, but also the many notable groups and organizations that have private functions here; that we can celebrate and be a gathering place for our community as well,” says The Boathouse Venue Director Erika Fisher. “The space being finished in a beautiful mountain chic design really speaks to what Steamboat has been and what Steamboat is today.”

And while there’s no shortage of venues in the Yampa Valley, one thing that sets The Boathouse apart is its ability to house guests.

“Given the location and what we feel to be the caliber of property, it’s a short-term rental that is very unique, being right on the river and having the views that it does,” says Corey Wagner, executive vice president of Western Centers. “The third floor continues to remain residential, the second floor we’ve converted through this construction [into a residential space], while the first floor is the event space.” Fisher says this concept also allows the individual party to keep The Boathouse as a sort of “home base,” for themselves and their invited guests.

“What I’m most excited about is the fact that it is a very modern space, and I feel like Steamboat is in a modernization era, but also has so much history surrounding it. Those who have grown up in Steamboat or grown up visiting here now have the opportunity to host a wedding or milestone event in their life while being surrounded by all that is Steamboat,” Fisher says. “The canvas that’s provided at the venue, while beautiful, is rather blank and neutral so that we can really have the type of event that any person is trying to have there.”

The Boathouse features a first-floor private event space with a river frontage deck space to extend the party outdoors, allowing up to 120 guests to enjoy the party. The second-floor residence boasts two luxurious bedrooms and two bathrooms with panoramic views from the living area, a full chef’s kitchen and an additional deck and hot tub perched above the Yampa River. Perfect for newlyweds – and mere steps from their celebration – the third-floor private suite features one bedroom and one bathroom with a secluded deck and hot tub.

Couples are encouraged to begin planning their event 12 months in advance to ensure the availability of the new venue.

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Email: [email protected] or call 970-527-1200