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Best Bets: Things to do from July to October

Allison Miriani

Steamboat Brewers’ Festival

Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Torian Plum Plaza

More than 25 Colorado breweries, live music and food vendors come to Steamboat Springs in September. Sample beer and socialize with friends on a fall afternoon. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include a tasting glass and six tokens for 5-ounce beer samples. Buy tickets at All That Jazz, the Steamboat Visitor’s Center or at http://www.steamboatbrewersfestival.com.

Steamboat Wine Festival

Aug. 2 to 5

Call (877) 328-2783 or visit http://www.steamboatwinefestival.com

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Events run from Thursday to Sunday for wine enthusiasts and wine novices. From a kick-off celebration Aug. 2 to a grand tasting Aug. 5, there is something for everyone (as long as they’re 21 or older). The Toast of Steamboat Grand Tasting is the feature of the weekend festival and features almost 100 wineries and cooking demonstrations.

This issue of At Home is packed with wine features (see pages 50 to 61) to get you ready for the big weekend.

Seminars at Steamboat

5 to 6:30 p.m. July 19, July 26 and Aug. 9 at the Strings in the Mountains tent

Call (970) 879-1589 or e-mail seminarsatsteamboat@yahoo.com

The increasingly popular – and deservedly so – Seminars at Steamboat visiting speaker series once again has assembled an impressive lineup of presenters to address a number of timely and important issues. The seminars are relatively informal and typically encourage audience participation.

On July 19, Vali Nasr, author of “The Shia Revival,” professor of Middle East and South Asia politics at the Naval Postgraduate School and fellow of the Dubai Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will talk about “The United States and the Middle East After Iraq: Taking Stock of Iran and the Shia Revival.”

On July 26, Fred Hitz, former inspector general of the CIA and professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, will talk about “The Deceptive Nature of Intelligence Reform.”

Finally, on Aug. 9, Steven Schroeder, professor at the University of California’s San Francisco School of Medicine, will talk about “Critical Issues Facing U.S. Health Care: Access, Availability and Cost.”

Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series

Los Lonely Boys on July 27, opening act at 5:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill

It makes no difference if Los Lonely Boys is your favorite band or if you’ve never heard any of its songs. The Free Concert Series is the place to see and be seen during Steamboat summers. Stand close to the stage and dance, or mingle along the outskirts of the venue as you run into old friends and make new ones. Walk or ride your bike and you won’t have to worry about parking – but leave your dogs at home. Alcohol and food are available at the concerts.

Literary Sojourn

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort

Call (970) 879-0240

The Literary Sojourn brings some of America’s most influential authors to talk in Steamboat Springs. This summer’s lineup includes Frank Delaney, Amanda Eyre Ward, Luis Alberto Urrea, Michael Kun and Jane Hamilton. Erin McKean returns for her second year as master of ceremonies. For more information about the Sojourn, visit http://www.literarysojourn.org.

Face your fears – Hike the Devil’s Causeway

The Devil’s Causeway, a short, narrow wall of volcanic rock linking two plateaus in the Flat Tops Wilderness, offers amazing views and a sense of accomplishment. (Don’t forget to take your courage.) The dramatic feature, carved millions of years ago by glaciers, is the focal point of a popular three-mile hike along Trail 1119, or the East Fork Trail, from Stillwater Reservoir. About 75 feet long, the causeway opens at about 10 feet wide, its jagged surface rising and falling as it tapers to about half that width before joining the other side. Start early in the day, because thunderstorms are common in the afternoon.

Getting there: To reach the parking area from Steamboat Springs, take Colorado Highway 131 about 25 miles south to Yampa. Take a right on Routt County Road 7, which turns into Forest Service Road 900. Proceed about 17 miles past Yamcola Reservoir and Bear Lake to Stillwater Reservoir. The path begins next to the parking lot at Stillwater Reservoir. Take the first two right forks in the path for the most direct route to the causeway.