Casa Gioia Di Vivere
Imagine relaxing nestled in the majesty of the Colorado mountains just minutes from ski slopes, sledding, hiking trails, fishing, river rafting and all that the cool clear air at 8,700 ft altitude brings. If a day trip to the delightful western town of Durango speaks to you with its many unique and wonderful restaurants, galleries, shopping and historic train ride to Silverton our home away from home might be just the spot for your next adventure. Maybe take a step back in time to enjoy a peaceful hike in the incredible mountain village of Ouray with its breathtaking waterfalls, history filled hotels and revitalizing natural hot springs all just a short drive from our condo home.
Casa Gioia Di Vivere is surrounded by tranquil natural beauty just a little over a mile north of Durango Mountain Ski resort (free shuttle service to the resort) with views off both balconies of Needles mountain and backed by deep green forest and hiking trails.
One Mile north of Durango Mountain Resort: You can wander through the wilderness all the way to Denver. Just a 25 mile ride south takes you into Durango or 42 miles to the airport. The location is somewhat remote so a car is required.
Our vacation home offers 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, fully equiped kitchen and spacious dining area with a bar, comfy robes, a warm wood burning fireplace for chilly evenings, flat screen TV, DVD player, wireless internet, games and movies. Firewood is provided as are basic spices some special family recipes to use in the kitchen, 2 balconies to take in the views and underground parking.
Cascade Village offers a full size indoor swimming pool at the lodge, a ski shop and both indoor and outdoor hot tubs for use all year round, bike paths, hiking and tennis courts on site as well as an outdoor fire pit, barbecue and free shuttle service to and from Durango Mountain Resort.
The reason we decided on Cascade Village: We decided our permanent get away would be at Cascade Village, on the mountain, because of what the immediate area offers. From hiking out the back door to the free shuttle service to Durango Mountain Resort, indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tubs under the stars it was the perfect place for us. Unit space is very well planned with ample underground parking and a floor plan that is multi-functional. The condo provides private space in each bedroom, large bathrooms and plenty of community space for eating or relaxing together. With only a short drive into Durango or Silverton, Cascade Village provides a home base with easy access to a wide variety of local activities.
John and Jessica reside in Phoenix, Arizona where we raised four daughters. We have had the good fortune to be able to travel extensively in the US and abroad experiencing many incredible vacation homes all over the world. The homes always provided us a get away that was much more meaningful more memorable and provided a real taste of the area culture... which is what prompted us to look for our own very special place to share with others like us who love to travel. Our experience has been that we simply do not enjoy a 'hotel' experience as much as a comfortable spacious environment where friends and family can gather together where the venue allows for cooking together, playing games in the evening or share a hot coffee on the balcony with a fabulous view in our robes and pj's - those are the special times we treasure the most.
It is our goal to create a warm and friendly vacation home that truly is all about ' THE JOY OF LIVING' lots of laughter, definitely some romance and above all comfort for you, your family and friends to experience the magic of these very special mountains together. Mine and John's passion for the outdoors and need for an escape from our hectic professional lives is what brought us to the Colorado mountains. Our Casa Gioia Di Vivere (joy of living) provides us a place to connect with nature, celebrate life through adventure, food, wine, friends and family. It is a place where we have made new friends created memories and a place that still takes our breath away every morning when we wake up and look out the windows. We hope you come to visit and when you do you are as enchanted with the area and our home as we have been we believe you will come back again and again. Once you have been in the graceful atmosphere of these mountains it is hard to resist as your heart will tug at you to once again rest in the peace of their shadows.
Jessica & John purchased this condo in 2010
We decided our permanent get away would be on the mountain between Durango and Silverton because of what the immediate area offers. From hiking or sledding just out the back door to the free shuttle service to Durango Mountain Resort during ski season, indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tubs under the stars it is the perfect place for us. The area is easy to reach by car in a day trip from Phoenix, northern Texas, New Mexico, Las Vegas or parts of California and the airport in Durango is convenient for those from further away. Our condo unit space is very well planned with ample underground parking which can be a real blessing in snowy months and protection for your car during sudden summer rain or hail storms. The floor plan is multi-functional and roomy with over 1,600 square feet to spread out and relax in. The condo provides private space in each bedroom, 3 large bathrooms and plenty of community space for eating or relaxing together including a cozy loft with TV and DVD player to get away from the crowd downstairs when you need to or when the kids need a little space of their own. With only a short drive into Durango or Silverton, Cascade Village provides a home base with easy access to a wide variety of local activities both winter and summer months and is a delightful quiet get away in spring with amazing color and delightful weather in the fall. We are located just far enough out of town to experience a tranquil atmosphere even in the high summer and winter seasons but yet close enough to towns to partake of the area festivals, shopping, restaurants and events. It has proven to be the perfect location for all our needs and hope you will find it as wonderful a spot as we do. In the over 8 years we have been coming to this area we still never get enough of the amazing outdoors, delightful experiences in town or the simple, breathtaking majesty of the mountains that surrounds us here and allows us to shut out the rest of the world.
You will find all the comforts of home at Casa Gioia Di Vivere. We have provided for your convenience comfy robes in each bedroom. There are soft coverlets for use in front of the fireplace where you can enjoy Cable TV, a selection of DVD's (or bring your own), games and books. Our well equipped kitchen has some of our favorite family recipes and spices for your enjoyment. The upstairs loft welcomes you with reclining rocking chairs, another TV with a DVD player, pillows, candles and reading materials. The Master Suite offers a private escape with a oversize rain shower and 4 body sprays in the bathroom as well as a walk out balcony with incredible views and King size bed. ** Please plan to bring breakfast groceries as there are limited restaurants in the immediate area that provide a morning meal ** In summer months we have gravity recliners on both balconies and a small coleman grill for your use. Our home is decorated with some local art and flavors of all the outdoor sports we are so passionate about here in the San Juans. You will notice the wonderful architecture of our buildings reminding your of an alpine chalet with thick walls, heavy exposed wood beams and vaulted ceilings throughout the units. The ambiance of the design will add to your alpine experience and as one of our guests recently said to me 'Your condo clearly is in one beautiful spot on the planet! Covered,protected parking directly outside you door under the unit with a private entrance steps from you car can be a real lifesaver in bad weather and so much easier to transport luggage and groceries than a remote parking lot offered at many of the other area facilities. Our Mountain home was just completely painted outside and inside the garage. Our home is family and group friendly. Experience tells us that we are well set up for groups of guys on a ski week - ladies on a retreat or families reconnecting with each other and nature.
Your home was so lovely. Purgatory is our new favorite resort. We tried to leave everything at least as good as we found it. Your remodel is absolutely beautiful. Thank-you for sharing your home with us this week. We are glad to be home but already miss the mountains. Have a blessed week-end! v
Durango Mountain Resort Area - Approximately 30 miles north of the Town of Durango and 23 miles south of Silverton.
One mile north of the ski resort immediately off highway 550. Hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, horseback riding, the silverton train are all in the area.
Other Activities: kayaking,rafting, skiing ( cross country and down hill ) and snowboarding, wildlife viewing, snowmobiling, shopping, ice climbing and snowshoeing. Fantastic hiking for all levels of adventurist. Rapp Corrals for horseback riding or horse drawn sleigh rides in the winter. A wonderful farm with organic beef pork, eggs and vegetables in the summer and fall within a few miles.
Golf: Golfing in the Durango area is an experience! As you meander through the courses you will see the occasional deer wander on the course or hear the peaceful ripple of the streams running through. The canyons and mountains are a dramatic backdrop for every course and the cool clear mountain air on a hot summer day will keep you coming back for more ! There are challenging and forgiving courses each with their own special ambiance.
Ski: Durango Mountain Resort just one mile south of our vacation home provides amazing snow activities from early December through April. From tubing to black diamond ski runs and everything in between the mountain is fantastic for the beginning skier to the novice professional with amazing views and terrain parks. The trails are well marked and there are plenty of spots all over the mountain for friends and family to meet for a warm meal and relaxing rest before heading out for the next adventure filled run.