Snow-capped peaks, clear-mountain streams, high-alpine meadows animated with wildflowers, tall pines shading endless miles of trail and plenty of fresh air to go around: Southwest Colorado has it all and more. And for anyone who doesn’t have the pleasure of calling this paradise home, Southwest Colorado might be enjoyed for a few vacations, but, for the most part, it remains a place of dreams.
“With three kids, I remember it was always a struggle to get to the mountains for vacation, saving pennies all year-long,” says Nebraska-native, Kristi Smith. “We felt we were getting paralyzed financially when we came out as a family for Thanksgiving or Spring Break.”
After a short stint living in Silverton, Colorado, Kristi and her husband, Gregg, were called back to the plains for family matters. She says they looked at each other every day, sighing about when they could get back to the mountains. And so, as soon as the opportunity arose, they jumped on it and moved their family of five to Pagosa Springs in 2013.
As Kristi and Gregg settled into their new lives in Pagosa Springs, something was tugging at her heartstrings.
“I felt this nagging to provide an affordable space for families to come, just relax, and feel like it’s a home-away-from-home,” she says.
When she couldn’t resist the pull any longer, she said to Gregg, “Let’s do this,” and, like any awesome husband, he told her to go for it.