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Summer in Northwest Colorado doesn't get any better than riding down the Colorado River on a floating bachlorette party raft with seven of your girlfriends on a sunny day.

River wild

Summer in Northwest Colorado doesn't get any better than riding down the Colorado River on a floating bachlorette party raft with seven of your girlfriends on a sunny day.

We finally were somewhere without our cell phones and without cell service. It was just us, a canyon, a lazy river and passing trains.

Even with the traffic on Colorado Highway 131, State Bridge is only about an hour away. Of course, we ran into some Steamboat locals at the lodge. Even our rafting guide was from Oak Creek. State Bridge is like a displaced spring break community with river access.

I highly recommend staying in a yurt while you're there. Yes, you will have to use a portable toilet, but you get to sleep in bunk beds - just like when you went to overnight camp as a child. And, you get to wake up to the harsh chattering of magpies cleaning up the food you left outside the night before.

Cheap and Cheesy

The Steamboat Springs Art Council's Cheap and Cheesy Wine Party is a new fundraiser, and it was a great informal introduction to the annual Steamboat Wine Festival. It celebrated the finer things on the cheaper side.

It was a chance to try your first can of champagne, twist-top bottle of wine and chocolate fondue fountain. Plus, we caught a glimpse of the "Fabrics, Furniture and Furnishings" exhibit that was in the process of being hung.

I was petrified for the quilts hanging on the wall as I watched people roaming around swirling red wine in their glasses, but they all prevailed unscathed.

The best part of the event was sitting on the steps behind the Depot Art Center, sipping wine and watching the sun set over the railroad tracks. There was nothing cheap or cheesy about it.

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