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High Hopes For Hostel In Colorado's High Country

By Matt Kroschel

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - Silverthorne is in the middle of a renaissance of sorts with a new performing arts center, major downtown redevelopment plans and now a hostel in the works -- something that has travelers taking notice.

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Robinson Dairy (credit: CBS)

Developers Lynne Parrish and Rob Baer think they have the solution to breathe new life into two acres that was used by the Robinson Dairy.

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"The main thing that makes a hostel different than most hotels is the energy spent creating the intentional social gathering areas. Places where people can meet, or sit or congregate," Parrish said.

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CBS4's Matt Kroschel interviews Lynne Parrish. (credit: CBS)

Both Parrish and Baer have initial approval from the town to begin work on The Pad -- a boutique hotel that promises to offer prices on almost every budget.

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Rendering of The Pad (credit: Lynne Parrish)

"We are trying to provide another option. You get locked into the resort. You get locked into hotels. It ends up being a majority of your budget," Parrish said.

The hostel will offer bunk style rooms for less than $50 and provide suites for around $150.

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(credit: Lynne Parrish)

The Pad will be built using shipping containers stacked like legos. Designers are also incorporating locally-inspired materials into the design.

As the developers continue to work on securing funding and on-site designs, the pair hope their dream of a new gathering place will start taking shape sometime next year.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

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