Saturday, February 7, 2004
Steamboat Springs Lynn Scarlett Atkinson changed her lifestyle after moving into her Steamboat Springs home in 1993. Now, she is offering someone else the opportunity to do the same.
Living in Florida, she and her family often tried to escape the heat of the summer by coming to Colorado. After seeing other resort towns, she decided she wanted to make Steamboat Springs her home.
She chose the house at 724 Grand St. because of its central location to Steamboat schools for her three children and its proximity to the road to Strawberry Park Hot Springs, one of her favorite places. The big change came in 1994 when she decided to open a business by turning her family's home into Alpine Rose Bed and Breakfast.
"I just figured it would be perfect," Atkinson said. "I like to cook, and I don't mind cleaning, which is crucial for a bed and breakfast. Plus, I could still be home for the children to see them off in the morning and do their laundry at night."
At first, running the bed and breakfast while simultaneously living in the house worked fine, but as time went by, it became a "less-than-ideal situation" having guests eating breakfast with the children, Atkinson said. It wasn't long before the family sought another house in which to reside.
But Atkinson continued to operate Alpine Rose. Over the years, she spent time and money decorating, renovating, adding windows and a third story to the home, which was built in 1968.
After hiring a marketing specialist, business has increased in recent years and is only just reaching its potential, Atkinson said. Now, she either wants to find a business partner or sell the house.
She hopes that if someone buys the house that they keep using it as a bed and breakfast.
"Steamboat Springs doesn't have many bed and breakfasts, and that's why Alpine Rose is an asset to the town," Atkinson said.
Shelly Steele of Roswell, Ga., stayed at Alpine Rose a week ago -- a surprise from her husband. They typically stay in hotels, but this experience was far better, she said.
"I was really shocked when my husband pulled into a very personable house," Steele said. "We had a wonderful time and loved it. They treated us like family, and we met people from all over.
"We would wake up every morning to this fabulous gourmet breakfast that was just to die for. It was so great that I didn't have to put on makeup, and get all prepared just before going out to breakfast. I could just walk down the hall, and it was conveniently there."
Within the building's three stories and 4,370 square feet are seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, a two-car garage, three fireplaces, an efficiency apartment on the first floor, and a large kitchen and dining area. The top floor is a large open space that is used as a bedroom, office and space for a grand piano.
The asking price is $1.5 million. Call Lisa Olson with Prudential Steamboat Realty at 879-8100.
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