Improve Your Mood + Sleep in the Bedroom

There are many factors that go into getting a good night’s sleep, and for a lot of people, it’s still a big mystery. With some basic math, you’ll realize that you spend about one-third of your life sleeping. We think that’s a pretty significant amount to take stock of, so how can we help?

Our solutions stem from the function of your space and the design aesthetic of your surroundings. Ultimately this space affects your day-to-day mood, and in turn affects the quality of your sleep. Does your bedroom function in a way that provides you with optimal sleeping conditions? Good news, there are a few key pieces below that you can get to work on today!

Imagine - your bare feet on a soft, warm rug. Your eyes adjust, restful in the ambient light, the smell of fresh cotton sheets invite you in, and the sound of this quiet space allows you to finally relax.

If you’re ready to explore this type of environment, let’s start from the floor up.

On a hard surfaced floor like wood or tile, we suggest a large area rug that spans the border of your bed. Carpeting can be left alone or enhanced with a fun textured rug. Choose a low pile made of soft quality textiles and a pattern or color that physically brings a smile to your lips. You’ll look down at this rug twice a day, when you slip in and out of bed.


Furniture in this space is all about function, so please remove any chunky, creaking, sticky drawer armoire you might still be holding on to. We want to keep this space clutter free with space saving solutions and reliable, curated pieces.

A sturdy bed frame with a headboard will serve as a backboard for reading and prevent any stains or dents on your accent wall. A slim bench at the toe-end of your bed will provide a sitting area to take off your shoes or store extra blankets for cold winter nights. If your space allows for a reading nook, use these four pieces to create a serene oasis - a cozy chair with ottoman, a floor lamp for task lighting, and a side table for your book, hot tea and/or a small vase with flowers – items that make you happy!


Your closet can be so much more than a rod hanging across an eight-foot opening. A personalized closet system keeps you organized and ultimately minimalist, prioritizing space for things you love. Shelving, drawers, hang bars, jewelry trays, pant hangars, tie and belt racks, are all helpful tools to simplify your routine and improve your overall mood morning and night.




Color can absolutely affect your mood and your sleep, so we will typically play it safe here with a calming, neutral tone of white or gray paint. Accent colors or wallpaper can be placed on one wall at the headboard that will add to the aesthetic but not detract from your line of sight while lying in bed. You can play around with textured papers and woods as long as there is not too much movement, patterns or variations in color.

Color variation between the walls and your furnishings should compliment each other. Complimenting colors can be found on opposite sides of a color wheel, and pop more effectively on a neutral pallet. If your walls are a soft gray with a wooded accent wall, use a dark navy headboard to enhance a rich, luxurious feel. If you’re going for something more casual and bright, try black and white with pops of orange, yellow or pinks. The combinations are endless, but balance is key!


A successfully designed room will include three types of lighting, ambient, task and statement. Can you identify each in your current space?

  • Ambient lighting is a soft glow that blankets your space just enough for you to function without causing a harsh glare such as can lights, strategically placed within the ceiling.
  • Task lighting is for specific activities like late night reading with bedside sconces, which will ease strain in your eyes and your sleep.
  • Statement lighting can add to the room on its own, or in a small space, be a combination of ambient or task lighting within a chandelier or floor lamp. This type of lighting is like tasteful jewelry, which should enhance the overall aesthetic, and not take away or distract.

We won’t leave out shades and window treatments in this category as they serve to block or allow in natural lighting, something extremely coveted in the bedroom. Keep these items light in material and color to minimize heat absorption and maximize an open feel.

You Can Do It!

Believe it or not, these simple checklist items can improve your mood and your sleep overnight! Or within a few nights if you take these tasks one by one. If you need more help with your bedroom makeover, overhaul – you know who to call!

3 Easy Decor Tricks for Renters

If you’re renting, more than likely you are not able to achieve all of your HGTV décor dreams. Landlords typically don’t appreciate any significant modifications without them knowing, and why spend your own money on a rented space?

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t live in a beautiful surrounding that inspires you daily. As we transition into a new season, we love to refresh our spaces. Use these three tricks to maximize your style this summer, rented or owned.  


1. Lean your artwork against the wall without spending too much time hanging it precisely and patching it up afterwards. This method allows you to layer various sized pieces on any dresser, console or mantle.


2. Layer your area rugs. This will add texture to the floors, warmth and cover up potentially unpleasant flooring. Pair mismatched shapes and sizes, patterns and colors to create a wow factor.


3. DIY furniture. If you’re really itching to decorate more of your space, use a few found furniture pieces to refinish or paint. You can always take these pieces with you or sell them if you move.

These chairs were salvaged on their way to the dumpster. The legs were painted black with a gold dipped look. Here's a step-by-step tutorial on this fairly simple diy project.

Let us know what design projects you have in the works, stop by the studio for inspiration or advice Monday-Friday 10-5pm.

Currently Obsessed: Seeking Summer

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1. Phases of the Moon - Home Decor Charm. We are always amazed and inspired by celestial mechanics and how it affects the world around us. This charm is a subtle way to embrace the lunar calendar and invite a little magnetism into your daily life. 

Find this charm on or DIY with this easy tutorial

2. Wire Geo Planter. Put your plants on a pedestal this summer! These outdoor planters are a great way to make a statement on the patio or even a small entry porch. A touch of green can go a long way especially in these short summer months.

Find these planters on and more pedestal planters on

3. LED Sound Lantern. We hope that you have a birthday coming up this summer, and make sure to put this on your wishlist. This LED Sound Lantern creates perfect moments with audible and visual ambience while camping, BBQing, or just relaxing.

Find this lantern and other outdoor lighting options at

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4. Sunbrella Mud Cloth Pillows. If you didn't know, Sunbrella = Outdoors! This magical fabric is all-weather, high-performance with a hand feel like no other. We love the mud cloth prints in black, white and indigo that will up the ambiance in any setting.

Find these Sunbrella Pillows in Mud Cloth and More Prints at

5. Rosé Cider. Yep - we rosé-ed all day last summer, but in the spirit of trying new things in 2018, we are ready to embrace a new drink of the summer - even if it’s same same.  You can find Rosé Ciders at craft breweries, the local liquor store and even online!

Find your favorite ciders locally or online at

6. Not Just an Outdoor Rug. Indoor/Outdoor and reversible?! We love this simple modern design that will last through the seasons. Handwoven in India and made from recycled water bottles - plus tassel fringe ends for an extra chic touch.

Find this amazing outdoor rug at

Hashtag Blessed

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There are so many things to be thankful for when you work as a creative team, serving clients who love this town and the Steamboat way of life. We appreciate this time of year when we can express our gratitude and share how truly #blessed we are to live and play in this beautiful place.

The holiday season can be a stressful time of year, with friends and family coming into town and so much activity going on. We notice this in the interior design world as deadlines approach and every last sub is booked and overworked. Yes, we take on a lot of stress as well managing back-ordered furniture, recovering from shipping accidents and pressing on to make sure our clients have a place to call home on Christmas Day.

Most days we find time to laugh and share stories and then immediately get back to work. However, in the hustle and bustle of our busy days it’s just enough to keep us sane. We must remember the reasons we do what we do and the sense of accomplishment and pride we take in each of our projects.

Here are 5 things we are thankful for:

 The Rumor Team: Cameron, Vicky, Lauren, Cassie, Valerie, Deb, Lindsey, Leslie (missing: Bruce, Sierra) at the Best of the Boat 2017 Annual Awards Show

The Rumor Team: Cameron, Vicky, Lauren, Cassie, Valerie, Deb, Lindsey, Leslie (missing: Bruce, Sierra) at the Best of the Boat 2017 Annual Awards Show

growing the team:

At the beginning of November we brought on two incredible humans to the team, Lauren and Cameron. They are superstars who specialize in order management and warehouse organization. This means that every item we select gets placed, tracked, received and stocked with extra care and supervision. Now our designers are able to focus in their creative work and spend more QT with our clients.

Best of the Boat 2017:

On November 10th we attended the annual Best of the Boat Awards and were so honored to be announced First Place – Best Interior Designer. It was great to hang out as a team outside of the studio and celebrate our win. We are honored to have been recognized for our work and know that our community appreciates our talented team.

Closed for Thanksgiving:

We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, the day after. We are so thankful to take some time for ourselves, to enjoy our own homes and spend time with our families. Thank you Steamboat and our clients for allowing us this time off and understanding that a healthy, happy designer is the best kind.

Start of Ski Season:

With the celebration of Thanksgiving comes the kick-off of Ski Season! Again, this is why our team lives in and loves Steamboat. We are a mixed bag of skiers and boarders who take advantage of Powder Days and savor the sweet smell of snow.

Exciting Projects in 2018:

2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of Rumor Design + reDesign. We have grown and evolved into the amazing team we are today and are looking forward to the upcoming and ongoing projects through the New Year.

Let us know what you are thankful for in the comments. Any tiny thoughts of gratitude should be shared with the universe! Thank you for reading!

Design Book Review: The Magnolia Story


The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines is an inspiring, easy read of a truly hard working couple who are comparable to rock stars in the Interior Design world.

Do you ever just want to watch a romantic comedy because you know it will make you feel good? Or more specifically, do you ever put on HGTV’s Fixer Upper just to watch the genuine compatibility of Chip and Joanna Gaines? We are all about the good feels and savored the story behind the success of Magnolia Home.

Visualizing Joanna’s descriptions of Waco, meeting Chip and starting their first retail shop, will come naturally if you've ever binged on Fixer Upper. Get ready to transport yourself back through 2008, a time of uncertainty for many, yet full of passion and prayers for Chip and Joanna.

They had endured a lot on their way to the top of the Interior Design world with plenty of unimaginable and hilarious bumps along the road. In this 184 page book, you’ll quickly read through their journey and start planning your trip to the Silos before you know it.

We are well aware that Chip and Joanna have retired their reality TV career, but also know that this was only one chapter in their life story. If you miss them already, their “theme park” home décor travel destination in Waco, TX should be added to your bucket list immediately. You can purchase curated pieces from Joanna herself at your local Target and shop online at the Magnolia Market.

Chip and Joanna are not going away any time soon, so pull up a cozy chair and get to know these two beautiful people through their book The Magnolia Story. You’ll be inspired to pursue your own passions, be kind to others along the way, and maybe even hire a professional to renovate your home or brave the project yourself! We find ourselves asking now, "what would Joanna do?"

Available at Bud Werner Library + Amazon


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Fall Vignettes for your #roombyrumor

The season of Fall is naturally inspiring for changes around the house. Such as weather proofing and switching out your wardrobe, changing up your vignettes is another priority in our book. In the world of interior design, a vignette is "a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects together". This arrangement should tell a story about you and your home, what you value or use daily.

We are always inspired to rearrange our spaces to accommodate the new mood of the season and compliment each vignette with a home fragrance that truly captures the story of our home. Below are some inspired vignettes with home decor and accessories you can take home today from the studio.


This cozy vignette encapsulates Fall in Steamboat for any style of home. 1. The buffalo pillow provides a touch of Western flair complimented by 2. a more contemporary houndstooth patterned throw. When the temperature drops, all we want to do is grab a cozy throw and snuggle up to watch a movie or read a good book. 3. This gold grid tray adds even more of a modern feel to envelop this vignette when rearranging for Fall. 4. The Pumpkin Pomander LAFCO is the perfect fragrance to tie the entire experience together. It is a spicy mélange of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and clove, set atop a floral heart of heliotrope, muguet, and white pumpkin, with a mix of cinnamon, pumpkin and lily of the valley.


1. These table top sculptures remind us of winter constellations like Orion and Gemini. When it's too brisk to star gaze outside, 2. wrap yourself up in this tassel throw and cozy up under your skylight or in a window seat. 3. The aroma of the new LAFCO Starry Night will put you in the mood to study the stars with its soothing winter aura that blends the scents of ginger and stardust magnolia, a mix of bergamot, stardust magnolia and quince.


Bring the outdoors in with this rustic vignette and the smell of chestnuts roasting through the air. 1. The new LAFCO Golden Chestnut fragrance is a Holiday classic, warm chestnuts, hazelnut cream and vanilla sugar create a seasonal gourmand presence at the heart, with a mix of lemon zest, chestnut and sugar pine. 2. These jute baskets are perfect for storage of any kind and add a contemporary touch with the two toned design. 3. All of these elements play harmoniously with the natural flow of the kazu wood sculpture. Made from roots, 100% natural and hand assembled, it is an art piece made by Mother Nature herself and a statement all on its own.

Design Book Review: Styled

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves By: Emily Henderson

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You may know Emily Henderson from her win on HGTV Design Star - Season 5 or when she starred in her own show, Secrets from a Stylist. We know Emily from her daily stories and posts on Instagram at @em_henderson. She has a vibrant personality and eclectic approach to design that can be helpful to any set of style preferences.

The team at Rumor Designs is always on Instagram @rumordesigns. We post daily stories from the jobsite and curate content from our projects and musings on our feed. We also find and follow other designers that we admire and are inspired by, like Emily.

We love her daily styling tips and inspiration pics, so I decided to pick up a copy of her book at the local library. I enjoyed the fact that her book also makes a great styling prop, which she encourages using throughout your home to enhance any space.


The book is great resource for getting your feet wet in the design world. It focuses primarily on the visual elements of design, arranging a living room or dining room and vignettes at your entry or on a bookshelf. Her intensive style quiz will point you in the right direction according to your results, however all of her “rules” and advice can be applied to a variety of tastes.

We have to agree on the many design “rules” she has spelled out and shares examples of through beautiful rooms and vignettes. Layering, balance and scale all play into the overall aesthetic of a space.  Her “rule of 3s” translates across any artistic medium with something vertical, horizontal and sculptural that ties everything together.

I am confident this book can be utilized in any home, for a fun snowy day project or when you tire of the current state of your home. Emily encourages the readers to work with the things they already own, pieces they love, and to get creative with artwork. At Rumor, this is the perfect guidebook for a styled photoshoot after completing one of our projects. We loved the book so much, we just purchased a copy for the studio.

Let us know what you think of the book, or if you have any recommendations for our next design read. 


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10 Things you can do after work today to prepare your home for Fall

As the seasons change, the utility of your home will change as well. Your home will turn into your retreat as the daylight dwindles earlier each day. You may not even notice a dramatic change in weather until winter, so Fall is great time to prepare for these needs.

The 10 Things below will inspire you to make small changes in this season of opportunity to ensure your home is cozy and welcoming for your family and guests.

1. Harvest your Garden

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photo via Julie Blanner

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photo via 100 Layer Cake

Hearty decorative produce is a great way to bring the outdoors inside in a way that feels organic and fresh. It’s time to harvest the squash and adorn your home with these fall fruits instead of the go-to summer citrus.

2. Plump your Pillows

Pull out the occasional pillows and reintroduce them to fresh air before the snow falls. Down filling can absorb moisture over time and flatten in shape. If they've been packed away for most of the year, you'll want to plump them back up with a few shakes, or even toss them in the dryer with a tennis ball for about 10 minutes. Your cozy cushions and pillows will provide enticing seating areas for any rainy day activity.

3. Relocate a Cozy Throw

That cozy blanket you've been staging in the guest room can become a game changer in the family room. Drape a throw over your ottoman, or layer it over the back of your sofa, which can change up the color scheme completely. For example, these two throws bring out the fall colors of this contemporary art creating a cozy, inviting space to watch holiday movies or read a classic novel.

4. Add a Toe Warmer

The "Toe Warmer" has been a signature style of Rumor Designs since our founding in 2008. Typically known as a "bed scarf" we've come up with our own name for this design hack to prioritize function over fashion. Fold over an extra blanket or patterned duvet at the end of your bed until needed as the temperature drops overnight.

5. Catalog Your Coffee Table Books

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photo via Pinterest

 photo via  Pinterest

photo via Pinterest

Rotate your cookbooks out of the kitchen and pull down your dusty classics from the library. Swap out your coffee table art and fashion books for more approachable reads that will provide warmth through the winter nights when nothing on Netflix will suffice.

6. Create Fall Feels with a Home Fragrance

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photo via Pinterest

Diffusers, essential oils and candles are a great way to bring mood enhancing scents into your home. LAFCO candles are our favorite option for a home fragrance that will burn 90 hours, made with natural essential oil-based fragrances. Add one of these scented candles into a catch all tray with a book of matches for autumn ambiance in a snap.

7. Stage your Mudroom

The entry way into your home sets the stage and tone for the rest of your evening. Set out your muck boots and umbrellas to prepare for mud season conditions while creating a Pinterest worthy vignette for Fall. You may even decide to walk the pup after dinner more often - rain, snow, or shine.

8. Create a Command Station

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photo via Trendir

The whole family is running around now that school is back in session, from winter sports club schedules and dance rehearsals, so it's important to remember that communication is key. Replace one or two pieces of artwork on your gallery wall with a chalkboard command station. If your household already has one, you can script autmn poems and tack up daily affirmations or incoming holiday cards.

9. Stock up on Brown Booze

Refresh your bar cart or wet bar with seasonal spirits and accompanying mixers for a fabulous fall cocktail at a moments notice. Brown booze goes a long way in the winter months, from hot toddy's and baking, to holiday parties and last minute gifts.

10. Keep your Greenery!

An olive branch or magnolia foliage can adapt to any seasonal decor- and florals don’t have to die out by winter. Keep them around and in every room, these greenery pieces and stems can single handedly refresh any space. Invest in faux florals that look and feel organic no matter the season.

If you're not ready for Fall by now, get in the mood with a few leaf peeping excursions. The aspens and ferns are already changing colors and they will be covered in snow before you know it!

Rumor Designer Home Tour

What does the interior of an interior designer's home look like? We are proud to be able to share the unique, inspired home of one of our own designers, Lindsey Jamison.

Her home has been featured in not one, but two national publications. Lindsey was living in Casper, WY and designing a range of client's homes, all the while renovating her own home with a little more hands on approach, also known as DIY.

At work, Lindsey styles rooms with high end furnishings and curated art pieces while at home she replicates those same design styles and inspirations on a budget. Lindsey adds color, creativity and playfulness to every project she is on, including her own home which she sold in 2016 when she moved her young family of five to Steamboat.

Come on in, look around and ask any questions! Photography by David Patterson.

The grid design behind the banquet was hand painted using a yardstick and pencil, then traced over with black paint.

A mix of vintage chairs surround a large dining table to seat six.

These two vintage chairs were revived after finding them next to a dumpster. Lindsey spray painted the legs to replicate a two toned dipped look.

A handy stencil, paint and patience helped transform this door into a portal for fun.

Lindsey used the same chandelier that was once hung over the dining room table. 

Lindsey and her husband Josh took on the challenge to tile a herringbone backsplash to create this light, clean look that makes this space fresh and inviting.

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Lindsey moved with her young family of five to Steamboat in 2016 and immediately joined the Rumor team. Lindsey fell in love with design while earning her degree in education from Missouri State University.

Her passions for design eventually lead her to obtain a degree from the Interior Design Institute. She enjoys working with textiles, incorporating pattern and color into each design, and loves to mix old with the new.

Lindsey was the co-owner of the interior design studio MASH in Casper, WY up until moving to Steamboat and also has her yoga teacher training certification. We are lucky to have such an experienced and inspired designer on our team.


Summertime "To-Do" List in Steamboat Springs, CO

Designing homes in Steamboat Springs is a full time, year round job.  A lot of our clients are either new to town or second homeowners who visit Steamboat during the ski season and again in the summer. We feel lucky to live in a community that celebrates the summer season as much, if not more than the winter months. In the summer, there is only so much time to squeeze in all of the incredible activities and events going on right here in Steamboat Springs, CO.

You’ve seen our jam packed Chamber Calendar and you’ve read plenty of lists titled “What to do in Steamboat Springs” but you still can’t decide on an activity for the weekend. Maybe there are too many choices, yes it's possible. As designers, it’s our job to hone in on the best options and ensure you're well equipped to make a selection. Here you have it, a “to-do” list designed just for you - so that you maximize your time here and enjoy what we feel is the best of summertime in Steamboat.

Arts & Entertainment

At Rumor we are advocates of arts & culture, we appreciate all of the diversity these events and performances bring to our community.

When such events are set on a stage combined with the natural beauty of our outdoors, the level of enjoyment is amplified. Here is our top list of things to do for Arts & Entertainment:





Free Summer Concert Series – this gem is on the top of our list for things to do in Steamboat, period. On concert days, we close the studio early and head over with the whole team. The series brings in nationally recognized artists to Howelsen Hill Amphitheater and crowds of local families lay out blankets and camp chairs to relax and enjoy the music.

Movies on the Mountain – another fun, free event at the base of the mountain. Enjoy family friendly movies and snuggle up with your own picnic for a great date night.



Music on the Green - this free concert series is held every Thursday from mid-June through mid-August. The concerts start at 12:15 p.m. and are about 45 minutes. Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and enjoy the Colorado sunshine.



Balloon Rodeo & Glow – held in early July each summer, this weekend event is a must see. The vibrant hot air balloons against the summer skies during the day or night events create an incredible photography opportunity and memorable visual.



Festivals & Events

There is a festival or event going on almost every weekend for every type of interest. From the Mustang Rally to the Rodeo, you’d need to be in five places at once to do it all. We’ve come up with a list by month and selected our favorite events through the summer below:


Steamboat Marathon and Half Marathon

- is the best way to kick off summer. Run alongside the roaring Elk River through the emerald green pastures on Country Road 129 with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains of Colorado all around and find out why the Steamboat Marathon was ranked as one of the “Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America.”


Kitchen & Garden Tour

- is a designer favorite of course. This is a self-guided tour inside Steamboat’s loveliest kitchens and gardens. Presented by Strings Music Festival where you'll start your morning with live music and a continental breakfast before heading to homes around Steamboat. VIP tickets include transportation with a Master Gardener, door-to-door service and a gourmet luncheon.


Steamboat Wine Festival

– not your average wine tasting festival, this annual event breaks off into many activities throughout the day. Choose from events that incorporate the Steamboat outdoors such as hiking and biking, as well as painting, farm to table pairings, and much more.




Literary Sojourn

- is an annual event in Steamboat that sells out within minutes of going online. An esteemed slate of authors and book lovers from all over the country gather for a presentation by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books held at String Music Festival.


Shopping & Drinking

These things go hand in hand, don’t they? Both can be relaxing or exhilerating and the design team certainly appreciates a good sale and happy hour. This list combines the best of shopping and drinking options.

Farmer’s Market

– we love strolling the market each week for fresh produce and handcrafted goods. The market runs each Saturday from 9am-2pm from June through September.

This is a great place to stop for morning coffee and a pastry, or lunch and live music.



Sunset Happy Hour

– after a day of shopping, take a relaxing ride up the gondola to incredible sunset views from Thunderhead Lodge. Bring your season ski pass and you ride for free, otherwise $15. This weekly event is held mid-July through September, featuring live music and sunset selfie moments.

Art in the Park

– a weekend filled with unique vendors and artists from the surrounding areas who showcase their artwork, sculptures and other handicrafts. This is a great shopping event to source artwork for your Steamboat home.



Steamboat Breweries

– Check out a couple of our favorite breweries for our recommended brews:

o   Butcherknife – Rob’s Blond or Buzzcock

o   Storm Peak – Mad Creek or JOON Kombucha brewed in Fort Collins

o   Mountain Tap – Passion Pedal or Mountain Macaroon


Relaxing Activities on the Water

We may not be located oceanside, but the surrounding river, lakes and hot springs could be considered comparable in our minds. There are plenty of activities to do on or near the water.

Yampa River Botanic Park

- had to fit on our list somewhere! This relaxing waterside activity is free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Stroll the gardens and find a patch of shade to share a picnic.

For more information about Yampa River Botanic Park, visit their website:


Paddle Boarding

– one of our favorite water sports! Rent or purchase your own Paddle Board, supplied and made locally. Paddle down the Yampa or enjoy a more leisurely outing at Fetcher’s Pond or the surrounding lakes in Stagecoach or Steamboat Lake.

Rent: Paddleboard Adventure Company

Buy: Hala Gear

Hot Springs

– venture out to Strawberry Park for a relaxing soak or stay close to town at Old Town Hot Springs – fully equipped with waterslides, lounging decks and BBQ grills.

We also enjoy an early morning workout or group fitness class at the fitness center inside.

Tubing the Yampa River

– relax on a mostly lazy river cruise through town in the comfort of an inflatable tube, available to rent and includes a shuttle service.

This is one of our favorite summertime activities to cool off and spend time with friends. 

For more information on tube rentals - visit the Backdoor Sports website:


Hiking & Biking

We enjoy an early morning hike with our four-legged friends and then hit the trails on two wheels. Electric, Mountain or Road Bike – there are so many ways to enjoy the surrounding hiking and biking trails.

Core Trail – the easiest path from one side of town to the other. Rent a Pedego Electric Bike and cruise with ease along the path or to the base of the other scenic trails.

Points of Interest and Activities Accessible from the Trail


Fish Creek Falls – a gorgeous destination to view the falls or hike even further to Long Lake, about a 13 mile trek round-trip.

Spring Creek – an easy trail for hikers and bikers with generous patches of shade and well maintained terrain.

Steamboat Bike Park – offers a variety of experience levels from easy to extreme with the option to downhill only after loading the gondola. Hikers enjoy the feat of climbing to Thunderhead or Four Points, 9.716 ft. above sea level. Bring lots of water for yourself and your pup.

Emerald Mountain – a great trail to hike with the pups, or bike on trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Other Mentionable to-do’s:

Chief Theater

– this venue was built in 1926 and is continues to entertain the community from locally organized performances, to outsourced musicians and entertainers from around the country.

Rumor Designs is a proud supporter of The Chief Theater and our lead designer Valerie also serves on the board for this non-profit organization.

The Rumor Team also performed last winter at the Annual Lip Sync/Air Band Fundraiser.

For Information about the Chief Theater and Events Schedule, visit their website:


Strings Music Festival

- presents performances of classical music, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, world rhythms and many other genres every summer providing the perfect date night outing.

Rumor Designs is a proud supporter of Strings Music Festival, find us in the annual program.

Steamboat Movement Festival

– held during the same weekend as Wine Fest, this is transformative four-day experience of Consciously Connecting through movement, music, and the great outdoors, while showcasing Steamboat’s talented community of movement teachers, speakers, musicians, and artists.

Yampa River Festival

– held during the first week of June, this event promises a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. The weekend kicks off with the Fish Creek race Friday evening. Saturday events are at Charlie's Hole at 13th Street with downriver races, freestyle competitions, the SUP Cup, crazy river dog contest, tubing and raft races and more. A slalom race wraps up the weekend on Sunday.

We hope you are able to utilize this curated list of activities that should keep you busy for the entire summer. Let us know if we missed your favorite or you've found a new gem not mentioned here. Thanks for reading and sharing!