On the Market: Kitchen and garden tour in Steamboat is July 21

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The Steamboat Springs Kitchen and Garden Tour — benefiting Strings Music Festival and featuring seven properties in Storm Mountain Ranch, the Anglers Pond neighborhood and the south valley — will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21.

The tour kicks off at the Strings Music Pavilion with a light breakfast. There will be live entertainment from some of Steamboat’s finest musicians at many of the homes and even a bike taxi to shuttle you down some of the longest driveways. This year’s tour will feature a lunch stop at an extravagant barn on a property boasting 25 acres of gardens.

■ VIP Tour, $65: Gather friends and take advantage of an air conditioned VIP bus, learn from a master gardener and enjoy door-to-door service. (This option includes lunch and a VIP goodie bag.)

■ Bike, $25: Bike the 17-mile moderate ride along Steamboat’s scenic byways at an elevation of approximately 6,700 feet. Support vehicles will be circling the route to assist cyclists.

■ Self guided, $25: Pick up a map and you’re off.

■ Picnic lunch, $15: New this year to the tour, have a picnic lunch waiting for you at a designated lunch stop as you relax and refuel. Lunches are provided by Backcountry Provisions. 

Register at www.stringsmusicfestival.com.

Timbers opens hotel in ancient Tuscan castle

Timbers Resorts has opened Hotel Castello di Casole in a former 10th century castle turned 41-suite boutique hotel.

Timbers Resorts was the developer of One Steamboat Place at the base of Steamboat Ski Area and continues to manage the project. One Steamboat Place recorded the sale of a whole ownership condominium for $1.87 million on June 29. The 2,577-square-foot home has four-bedrooms.

Hotel Castello di Casole is located in the company’s 4,200-acre private estate within an hour of Florence, Siena and the Chianti and Montalcino wine regions. Hotel Castello di Casole offers guests rustic Tuscan elegance in a setting that features more than 100 acres of vineyards and olive groves, a model game reserve, a wellness center and some of the region’s finest cuisine.

“The opening of Hotel Castello di Casole is a very proud moment for the entire Timbers Resorts and Castello di Casole teams,” CEO and founder of Timbers Resorts David Burden said in a news release. “Being a part of this extraordinary castle’s restoration has been a highlight of my career. The estate and hotel epitomize the best of the Timbers Resorts brand and hospitality and will be a gem in our portfolio for many years to come.”

Once a castle home to Italian nobility, Hotel Castello di Casole’s 41 suites — featuring five unique styles — blend grand Italian design with custom-made Tuscan furnishings, complementing the region’s landscape and history. With breathtaking panoramic views, 14 of the hotel’s suites also offer large private gardens and terraces with floor to ceiling windows overlooking acres of vineyards and lemon and olive trees.

Hotel highlights include:

■ The three bedroom, two-story, 3,350- square-foot Bargagli Penthouse with spacious private terrace

■ Fine-dining venue Ristorante Tosca serving a range of Castello di Casole Executive Chef Daniele Sera’s local Tuscan cuisine using fresh local produce from the hotel’s gardens and extra virgin olive oil produced on the estate

■ Bar Visconti — named after Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, who once lived at the Castello — offering bottles of the estate’s private label vintage, as well as exquisite cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

■ A restored 18th century chapel perfect for both wedding ceremonies and private social gatherings

Castello di Casole also is home to 28 artfully restored and reconstructed luxury Casali farmhouses and 10 hotel villas available for private residence club and whole ownership purchase.

To learn more, visit www.castellodicasole.com or visit Castello di Casole on Facebook and Twitter.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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