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Perhaps one of the most noticeable signs of how vibrant our community has become is the sheer number of kids living in and around the neighborhood these days! For the 2nd year now we had a blast trick or treating around South Main.
As we look toward the holiday season, we invite you to spend the holidays in one of our fine homes!
If you couldn't already tell, here in South Main we love real, durable materials and the craftspeople who work with them to make something beautiful and enduring. So it's a real pleasure to give you a photo tour of the Artisan Metalwork at 703 Buzz Blvd.
Aside from the colorful foliage, another cool fall phenomenon to check out is this year's Piñon Pine Nut crop. Read up on how to identify and harvest this local bounty.
Also on October 7th the Cross at the River takes place in and around South Main for the 4th year running. Come check out this exciting event if you're in the area, and view photos and video from previous years.Happy Fall!
In other news, it was so great to see this fabulous letter to the editor from one of our new homeowners, a former mayor experienced with New Urbanist development, this month.
Also we had a couple incredible athletic endurance events come through town, beginning with the TransRockies run which filled the streets with athletes during its start in South Main.
Next up was America's Tour de France, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge which passed through Buena Vista on August 22nd.Next up it's fall color season, starting with the high country Aspen's mid-September. Book a Vacation Rental and come enjoy this incredible time of year in South Main and Buena Vista!
But the music doesn't stop there! We've got a 2-night FREE Bluegrass benefit coming your way Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd! Pickin' N' Paddlin' in the Park is a FREE, family-friendly concert featuring the jammin' bluegrass tunes of Colorado's own Oakhurst and Musketeer Gripweed! Don't miss it.
Also be sure to stop by the BEACH Wednesday through Sunday 5pm-9pm to sample the incredible culinary creations of A Simple Twist of Taste crepe cart!
Lastly, stop by the new Buena Vista River Park Facebook Page and give it a "Like" to stay up to date on all things-water related here in BV.
Come Eat, Drink and Be Merry with us!
This Friday and Saturday, July 6th and 7th, Roots, Rapids and Reggae brings 2 nights of FREE live reggae to the South Main Town Square! Things kick off at 1pm both days with a paddlesports expo courtesy of CKS and music starts at 5... Join us!
Next, we are thrilled to announce the opening of The BEACH, a riverside grassroots venue in South Main! The beach will be open 7 Saturdays this summer (beginning 7/14), featuring a beer garden, live music, sandy floors, food vendors and great views! Check out the full line up and photos.
On the outdoor front, it's the season for family adventure, and we've written up one of our favorite family day trips on the new Buena Vista online visitors' guide, VisitBV. Check it out!Also, be sure to check out Remote Working in Buena Vista, Part 2, courtesy of South Main homeowner Philip Puckett.
Looking forward to this summer, we are thrilled to announce that we will have two weekends of FREE live music coming to South Main! July 6th and 7th is Reggae on the River and September 1st and 2nd brings Pickin' N Paddlin' in the Park back to the South Main Town Square!
South Main sales activity continued in May as the Wall Street Journal reported that Now is the Time to Buy a 2nd Home. Find your place in South Main today! The pickings are getting slimmer...
Want to get to know South Main better? Come enjoy the South Main lifestyle from the comfort of a South Main Vacation Rental.And if you or someone you know are an urbanist and a planner, Buena Vista is hiring a new Town Planner.
May is a favorite month for many of us in Buena Vista- the river begins to rise, the leaves and flowers come out, and Paddlefest and the BV Pro-Am freestyle competition return to South Main. Be sure to check out Paddlefest on Memorial Day weekend for kayak sales, instruction, live music and high-flying freestyle entertainment! Also, we are in need of volunteers for Paddlefest- click here to help out.
With all the warm weather, the fly fishing, mountain biking and climbing have been amazing. Come enjoy our incredible outdoors from the comfort of a South Main Vacation Rental.If you're a climber, check out this video of some of the climbing in Buena Vista!
- Whether you're a beginner or an experienced watercolorist, you're sure to learn a ton and have some fun taking a 3-day Watercolor Workshop with Nora Larimer of Rock Run Gallery in 2012.
Artist or not, if you enjoy a drink from time to time, don't miss our in-depth write up of the new Deerhammer Distilling company, now open at 321 East Main Street! Deerhammer's tasting room, cocktails and spirits are artfully done and are a welcome addition to Buena Vista's nightlife!
On a related note, check out our blog post about Eddyline Brewery and CKS Paddle Fest partnering to create the new "Boater Beer" pilsner. This crisp and easy-to-drink brew will be available soon!
Also, the winter storms are finally rolling through and the skiing is great at our local Monarch and Cooper Mountains. Book your spring break ski rental now. A South Main Vacation Rental is the perfect home base for Monarch and Cooper!
- You probably won't find a better value than a rowhouse in South Main, and the recently-completed Wasik Home illustrates this perfectly. Take a virtual tour and read more about the Wasiks' perspective on investing in a rowhouse on River Park Road. Only two more of these mid-block rowhouse lots remain and just one more remains if you want 3 bedrooms.
If you're considering South Main and missed it last month, be sure to check out our 6 Reasons to Invest in South Main Now.
Also, it's that time of year when our vacation rentals start filling up. Book your spring break or summer vacation now and make sure you get the dates you want!
- Happy New Year from South Main! Wishing you and yours joy and prosperity in 2012...
6 Reasons to Invest in South Main Now
We invite you to invest this New Year in South Main, soon to become one of the great destinations in Colorado. Not only is the quality of life here incredible, it's a great investment. Read about the 6 Reasons to Invest in South Main This Now.
- We invite you to share in the holiday spirit with us in Buena Vista this month. This Saturday, December 3rd, check out BV's Chrismas Opening, featuring an equine parade and much more. Then on December 16-18, enjoy holiday shopping, live music, and festivities at the 3rd annual Holiday Artwalk.
And make the most of your visit by staying in a South Main Vacation Rental. Just mention this email for 15% Off Any Stay in December.
Finally, read about The Buena Vista Roastery's New Space on Main Street, featuring their incredible homemade baked goods. And check out South Main's first Backyard Chickens!
- More great content as always this month, but first, be sure to check out the 20% Off Vacation Rentals special!
Now, read about the latest groundbreaking on South Main Street! This 3-bed rowhouse will help fill in the last gap on South Main Street. Also on the design front, Houzz.com wrote a wonderful feature about South Main and its architecture.
Next a bit of seasonal, community content for you. The South Main Halloween Trick or Treating Crew was further evidence that we have hit a critical mass of kids and families in the neighborhood- very exciting!
Also check out this photo gallery of the Pumpkin Patch Festival, an event celebrating the harvest and always a huge hit with the families.
- We've got lots of great content for you this month, but first we want to offer you a chance at $750 worth of prizes by taking this survey to help the Buena Vista Business Alliance better understand the BV brand.
Speaking of the BV brand, Eddyline Brewery is putting our town on the map by opening a new taproom and canning operation. You can now take their Crank Yanker IPA home with you- in a 1 pint can!
Aside from our local brewery, another thing that is easy to love about BV this time of year are the amazing fall colors. Check out this photo gallery for some fall color eye candy.
If all of this has you wondering why you're not here with us, we're wondering the same! Why not book a stay in one of our vacation rentals
and come enjoy this beautiful time of year!
- This month we want to invite you to check out a new section of our website about South Main Building Company. From interior home tours in our Portfolio to more on our core principles, we hope you find that it gives you a better idea of what goes into making the South Main vision reality.
We would also like to introduce you some of our newest neighbors and their new home in South Main. Check it out: New Home Draws Inspiration from New Orleans.
Here's to cooler temps and changing leaves.
- What a month! It was all about the live music and celebration this July in South Main. The Keller Williams- headlined Collegiate Peaks Music Festival brought epic talent, production and crowds to Buena Vista. Check out the photo gallery here.
Earlier in the month, the grassroots efforts of South Main homeowners made possible a fabulous community gathering for Pickin' and Paddlin' in the Park over July 4th weekend. Check out the photo gallery here.
We would also like to introduce you to South Main Building Company; we are a full service design-build company handling construction in South Main. Check out our Portfolio here.
We're excited to announce that beginning next week, South Main will bring the Cedar Street Cottages to downtown BV, 12 beautiful reclaimed homes originally used as emergency housing after hurricane Katrina. Read the full story: Reclaimed Cottages Become Mountain Town Infill.
- We're also thrilled to have two outstanding musical events coming to the South Main Town Square this month! On July 2nd and 3rd, the South Main HOA presents Pickin' and Paddlin' in the Park, a FREE 2 night show featuring the high energy bluegrass of Whitewater Ramble and Oakhurst. Join us!
Then from July 28th-30th the Collegiate Peaks Music Festival returns to South Main, featuring national acts from Keller Williams to The Motet, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and Elephant Revival. Join us for a weekend of celebration unlike any before here in BV!
This was the 4th year that we have organized the BV Pro freestyle kayaking competition, and 2011 was the best event yet! The pros entertained with the highest scoring rides ever thrown, and we were excited to have a strong turnout for our first year of amateur competition. Check out the photos from the open classes.
Coming off of a successful Paddlefest weekend, we're thrilled to announce that on July 2nd and 3rd a group of South Main homeowners have come together to bring you (for free!) Pickin' and Paddlin' in the Park, featuring the high energy bluegrass of Whitewater Ramble and Oakhurst!
Then from July 28th-30th, the Collegiate Peaks Music Festival Returns to South Main with headliner Keller Williams! Other national acts include The Motet, Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon and The Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) Band.
Also be sure to check out Mountain Bohemian, South Main's newest retail store, which just had its grand opening!
It's an exciting time in South Main. Join us!
In honor of Earth Day we're excited to announce that the Sundance building is not only looking beautiful but has also installed South Main's first solar panels!
Looking forward, May is always an exciting month in Buena Vista, with the river rising and events like Paddlefest and the BV Pro-Am Rodeo drawing thousands to town at the end of the month. Come on out for this amazing weekend of instruction, competition and sales celebrating our beautiful river and whitewater park.
Also check out this article about the Smart Growth in Small Towns Workshop which we attended this month. And read about my adventure Climbing the Sleeping Indian.
We're thrilled to announce the soft opening today of Mountain Bohemian, a lifestyle boutique located at 900 South Main Street! It is owned by Keith and Evelyn Baker, also owners of The Trailhead outdoor store. Get a sneak peak at the store here and then go stop by!
Katie wraps up her sustainability series this month, writing about The Importance of Good Design to Sustainability.
On the kayaking front, we had some better-than-expected flows in the whitewater park this winter... check out this video from of freestyling on the new LoDo Wave.
We also want to invite you locals to Volunteer for Paddlefest and the BV Pro-Am Kayak Rodeo.
Finally, be sure to check out some great upcoming events, including The Grant Farm w Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident tomorrow at The Asian Palate and Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery's Spring Brewmaster's Dinner.
We're excited to introduce you this month to the wonderful family behind the Sundance Sheepskin and Leather live-work building under construction across from Eddyline Brewpub. Check out the article here.
If owning a live-work sounds like fun to you, check out the 1st Floor of The Clocktower, South Main's only turn-key live-work opportunity.
Or stay upstairs in the Clocktower Flat, or any one of our Vacation Rentals, at a 20% discount during the month of March!
On the philosophy front, we've got something for you from both the developers this month. Jed shares a great video about the timeless qualities of traditional neighborhoods like South Main. And Katie's latest sustainability post covers why good Urbanism is the bedrock of sustainability.
The flakes are falling in Buena Vista, but the Pucketts' home was cozy as could be yesterday when I got the tour. We're so pleased to have Philip, Cindy, Chloe and Josie now officially South Main residents! Take a peak inside their home here.
Despite the fact that the whitewater park is looking pretty cold these days, there were two great BV River Park developments this month. First, the Missed the Boat benefit Concert was a sell-out success and helped raise funds for some finishing touches that will be made to the park this spring.
Additionally, Jed presented South Main's matching funds from our most recent GOCO grant to the town of Buena Vista. Read his letter to the Trustees here, which outlines the history of the park and the incredible community effort behind it.
Finally, co-founder Katie Selby Urban discusses green building in South Main and our adoption of the Energy Star 3.0 certification as the next installment in her sustainability series.
We are very excited to announce the opening on April 1st of a new retail business at 900 South Main Street! Our friends Keith and Evelyn Baker will be opening 'Mountain Bohemian,' a 'Lifestyle Boutique' which will carry quality clothing, Evelyn's beautiful 'Glassfractions' stained glass, and accessories for river park activities like nature viewing, bouldering and mountain biking.
South Main and BV's second Holiday Art Walk was a big success once again this year. Click here to check out some great photos of the evening.
The river is frozen over, Monarch Mountain is open, and decorations are appearing throughout the neighborhood... must be December!
On the progress front, South Main Building Company recently completed a pretty innovative interior, which will eventually become one of our Vacation Rentals. Take a photo tour of the beautiful space.
Looking back on November, there were some great local events in town. Eddyline Brewpub's Fall Fest was a fun, family-friendly event benefiting the Boys & Girl's Club. Eddyline also threw a Brewmaster's Autumn Feast featuring a delicious, locally-sourced dinner and beer pairings explained by new brewmaster Scott Kimball.
And jalaBlu, BV's first yoga studio, hosted another very successful workshop, this time with AZ-based instructor Andrew Rivin.
Looking forward, there are some great events coming up, courtesy of South Main's arts community. Beginning tomorrow, December 2nd, shop locally for the holidays at the Fine Art & Craft Emporium in the Clocktower building. Then on December 18th is the Holiday Art Walk, featuring the work of over 16 local artists, free music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Come on out!
Lots of progress and lots of beauty to report from South Main this month. On the construction front, check out this update documenting current progress on 7 homes in the neighborhood.
While September was a great time to enjoy the turning colors of the higher-altitude aspen groves (check out this fall color video of Aspen Ridge, courtesy of The Clocktower Flat), October was the month of the Cottonwood, providing a stunning backdrop for photos in and around South Main.
Here's some more fall color content: 1) Check out our blog's most popular post yet, a story and photo gallery about fall color kayaking on the numbers at low water. 2) Browse this photo gallery of cyclocross athletes racing through the river park during the 2nd annual Cross at the River race.Finally, those of us here in BV enjoyed an epic halloween dance party Saturday night at The Asian Palate with live tunes spun by DJ Harry courtesy of The Five Spot Music Series. Click here to read about Bobby and Angela Kuepper, new residents of South Main and the masterminds behind a growing music scene here in BV.
There's plenty of other news this month. First, meet the Pucketts, a young family building their new home on South Main Street. In addition to seeing a new Disc Golf Course open in the River Park, BV's first American Bouldering Series competion was held on the 3 public boulders in and around South Main.
It's also harvest season, a great time to buy local food from the Buena Vista Farmer's Market and to take the kids to Guidestone Colorado's Pumpkin Patch Festival, the weekends of October 16th and 23rd.
The new wave of construction continues on River Park Road, and this month we have an article for you about the the Hoffmans' home at 1000 River Park Road.
It's also mushroom season up here in the mountains. The King Boletus Mushroom Festival introduced many to the edible mushrooms which grow in the mountains just west of town. I was fortunate enough to get my introduction to mushroom foraging from homeowner Scott Johnson.
Finally, The Colorado Mountain Plein Air Painting Festival is coming to South Main and our valley from September 16th-26th.
As South Main Street gets closer to build out, we have a new wave of construction coming on River Park Road. Click here to read about the design of the first River Park Rowhouse to break ground.
Check out another design-related article from our blog by South Main co-founder Katie Selby Urban: From Wasteland to Oasis: Making the Most of Our Small Yard.
Finally, we have late summer, low water flows on the river for another couple weeks, and the kayakers among us are pretty excited that the new 'LoDo Wave' built this past spring is still super fun. Click here to watch a short video of the wave.
A number of freestyle kayaking competitions also take place in June. This year South Main resident and Director of Marketing Dustin Urban took gold at both the Teva Mountain Games in Vail and the FIBArk whitewater festival in Salida. Click here to read Dustin's account of winning FIBArk.
After a month online, our new blog, Live from South Main, has a growing base of content. From macro photos of flowers to articles about Urbanism and Sustainability, we hope you will visit, learn and comment on our blog.
After cool weather and low water, mother nature delivered sun, snow melt and high water just in time for Paddlefest weekend. The 3rd annual BV Pro Rodeo took place on the brand new wave which was constructed this winter. Click here to read and see more. A super fun bouldering competition also took place in and around South Main over the weekend.
We're also excited about the fact that the kids will soon have a new rocks and ropes course to climb around on next to the more-advanced BV Boulder Garden. Many thanks to GOCO, The BV Optimist Club and the Town of BV for making this addition to our parks possible!
After a trip to Europe, Jed and Kennley have been exploring stone splitting as a way to further our efforts to use the granite abundantly available in South Main. Read more here.