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Creating an Oasis in Buena Vista

Buena Vista has long been a getaway destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With the development of the new urbanism-style South Main neighborhood the town has experienced a revival. Behind the idea is Jed Selby, a former professional kayaker, who dreamed of creating an oasis on the waterway.

Surf Chateau is a boutique hotel overlooking the Arkansas River. Its architecture is influenced by European style and elegance, but has its own certain Colorado charm. The 9,181 square foot building includes 20 uniquely decorated rooms, with rustic natural wood detailing and luxurious linens. Balancing on the edge of modern and timeless, very few rooms are alike, inviting guests to return for a different experience with each visit. From the grandiose stone courtyard, adventure seekers can stroll into town or walk along the river front beach to enjoy fishing, kayaking, rafting, and surfing on the world-class River Park that creates waves from five in-stream rock structures stretching over half a mile.

Jed’s vision for Surf Chateau materialized with the assistance of Burke Kaiser of Collegiate Peaks Bank, and Colorado Lending Source. With a Small Business Administration 504 loan he secured the funds needed for the hotel’s ground-up construction and the furniture and fixtures that make Surf Chateau an extraordinary retreat in a spectacular setting.

Jed's Words of Wisdom:
There are so many challenges in so many different shapes and sizes. It’s imperative to be flexible, never give up, and work hard.