Our Story

The Owners

Abby, Eric and family

Welcome home to Bella Vista! We are so excited to have the opportunity to host you and share the beauty of the Bella Vista with you.

Our journey began at CSU where we met and fell in love! After graduation we moved to the city and pursued our careers and passions. We had a lot of fun living the city life, and then eventually the small town outdoorsy life in Golden. But after about 8 years we felt the mountains calling!

Shortly after we got married in 2011- the search began! We were determined to find a retreat venue in the mountains in which we could use as a platform to do good. We searched high and low, looking at everything from dude ranches to campgrounds. After about 3 ½ years, we finally came across the Bella Vista- truly an answer to prayers!!! It is even greater than everything we had hoped or imagined.

With Abby’s experience in event planning and Eric’s experience with painting and property management, it was a match made in heaven! We are fully equipped to make Bella Vista greater each day and have vision for it be one of the most sought after retreat destinations in all of Colorado.

In our free time you will find us embracing every moment with our two young children. Besides loving being parents, we enjoy hiking, biking, skiing/snowboarding, running, camping and adventuring. Abby is an avid baker so don’t be surprised if you have some delicious fresh baked cookies upon arrival! Eric has a love for mountain biking so ask him for a referral to the best trails in Steamboat. We hope to have the chance to share our passions with you while you’re vacationing here in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

Why We Exist

  • To provide a retreat experience for groups who are looking to get away from the everyday in order to connect with nature, themselves and one-another.

What we value

  • People, relationships, and community
  • The sacredness of marriage
  • Time with family and friends
  • Opportunity for all to experience
  • Excellence and Flexibility

Operating principles

  • Making people feel welcome and at home
  • Being humble stewards of integrity
  • Understanding who our guests are so we can provide an optimal experience
  • Awareness and intentionality in all that we do
  • Go above and beyond in every circumstance

Property Managers

Welcome to “life in the Boat”! We are Ken and Joleen Sherman, Bella Vista Estates’ resident property managers. We have been married for 33 exciting years and are finally pursuing our dream of working together at a gorgeous estate.

After living most of our lives in Georgia and raising 3 amazing kids (who are all now married and have given us 2 adorable granddaughters), we made the move out to beautiful Colorado. The past 3 years in Steamboat have been filled with adventures as we have explored this picturesque area!

Although Jo has a background in nursing and I have a background in entrepreneurial business, our passion for serving couples with our desire to see people develop and sustain happy lifelong relationships has made us the perfect fit for the Bella Vista vision.

Since we have had the opportunity to experience much of the area, we would love to be a resource for you to answer any questions you may have and offer recommendations during your stay. We hope you enjoy “life in the boat” as much as we do!


Ken and Joleen




Hey there, I’m Kaylee! Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit my grandparents in Steamboat each summer until my family decided to pack up and move here permanently. A Los Angeles native, I have called Steamboat home now for sixteen years. Married to my high school sweetheart, and two beautiful daughters later, I started BabyCakes, a wedding cake business, and loved it. I have always been interested in weddings and events so getting to work with the team at Bella Vista has been a perfect match. When I’m not working you can find me baking, spending time with my family, dancing, working out, and eating tacos (not at the same time!). I would love the opportunity to introduce you to the Yampa Valley and ensure you have an excellent stay at our beautiful property here in Steamboat Springs!