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Coffee & Books

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore – Steamboat Springs

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Coffee. Undeniably it is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Caffeinated, rich and lovely it can wake us up or wind us down. Folks love it alone and with a friend. It is a highly social beverage that often brings together friends and family for warm conversations. It is definitely part of the fabric of our Colorado mountain town lives. Up in our mountain towns it is hard to find a book store. You will not find a Barnes & Noble. The Borders store that once graced Summit County with its presence is gone, an empty shell of a big box. Thank goodness for the library. But what about buying a book? In Steamboat Springs there is an amazing location where you can buy a book and a cup of coffee or tea too. Now this is social media. Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs is a lovely independent bookstore that greets you with calm, the newest literary releases and a coffee bar complete with adult beverages. A Bailey’s with coffee was irresistible as I settled in for some time up in their second floor book loft. Perched from above I observed the comings and goings of area college students, retired locals catching up with the Sunday

newspaper, skiers and snowboarders rolling off the hill, kids, moms, dads and even a few cowboys. Books, lots of books grace their shelves; the latest fiction, biographies, kids books, cooking, do it yourself books and more. Grab some of their delicious baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, panini, salads or freshly made soups. Then settle in and relax. Can’t unhook? Free Wifi awaits you too. More than a bookstore, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore is a hub for events and social gatherings. Book Author Signings, Poetry Readings, Literary Discussions, Art & Wine Events, Children’s Reading Festivals, as well as Breakfast in the Books parties. Their motto is ‘Good Books, Good Coffee, Good Friends’. Find them on the web or in person. They are open into the evening which is also a nice plus. Off The Beaten Path 68 9th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 970-879-6830 www.offthebeatenpath.com

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