Find a complete list of winners at ExploreSteamboat.com/winners and in the spring issue of Steamboat Living magazine, on newsstands Tuesday.
Steamboat Springs It’s become a Steamboat tradition: hundreds milling around a conference room at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, the room abuzz with anticipation, predictions and celebration.
On Monday evening, winners in 116 survey categories gathered to find out if they were voted Best of the Boat at the reception for the third year of Steamboat Living magazine's community survey.
With more than 4,250 respondents providing more than 134,000 answers, the 2013 Best of the Boat results showcase the best of Steamboat from people to services to businesses.
“The event went great,” said Steamboat Living editor Eugene Buchanan, who served as the master of ceremonies at Monday’s party. “The survey is a great way to call attention to companies in a variety of sectors that stand out from the crowd in the Yampa Valley."
New categories this year included best bus driver, best gluten-free menu, best hunting guide, medical specialties and best free summer concert event.
But there were some staple categories brought back, and voters took that opportunity to reinforce some clear emerging patterns:
Darryl Newcomb took home best server honors again in the category’s second year, and Backcountry Provisions seems untouchable in the race for best sandwich.
Ken Roche, with Total Service PHD, took best plumber for the third year in a row, and Lyon Drug Store reasserted itself as the best pharmacy.
Carl’s Tavern made some waves this year, with the downtown eatery and bar taking “best bar” accolades away from 2012 winner Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill. Cam Boyd emerged as the winner in the best Realtor category.
More important than how 4,250 adults voted, perhaps, are the voices of the future generation. In a poll of Steamboat Springs Middle School students, most agreed that the best hot lunch was pizza, Ciao Gelato is the best restaurant in town, and hanging out with friends is the most popular thing to do on a Friday night.
The full results for the top three winners in each of the 116 categories is now available online at ExploreSteamboat.com/winners, while a host of articles and profiles on winners can be found at ExploreSteamboat.com/news/bestoftheboat. The spring edition of Steamboat Living magazine, packed with complete results and coverage of Best of the Boat winners, hits newsstands Tuesday.
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com