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Love the Crisp Mountain Air with Skiing, Hiking, Biking and amazing Views !

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,680 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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. Images of the old west, fine dining and historic atmosphere. A day trip to the delightful western town of Durango with its many unique and wonderful restaurants, galleries, shopping and historic train ride to Silverton is close by with our home away from home as your base. 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 where 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 equipped kitchen and spacious dinning 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.

Keywords: Condo, Mountain retreat, ski chalet, cabin, ski condo, mountain villa, getaway, San Juan hiking retreat, Summer vacation rental, Winter vacation rental, 3 bedroom condo, Family vacation home, Girls getaway

More Details

John Fedoush and Jessica Brewster
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 25, 2018

About John Fedoush and Jessica Brewster

John and Jessica reside in Phoenix, Arizona where we raised four daughters. We have had the good fortune to be able to travel extensively both in the US as well as abroad experiencing many incredible vacation homes all over the world - it always provided us a get away that was much more meaningful more memorable and 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 sharing 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.

John Fedoush and Jessica Brewster purchased this condo in 2010

Why John Fedoush and Jessica Brewster chose Durango

We decided our permanent get away would be at Cascade Village, on the mountain between Durango and Silverton because of what the immediate area offers. From hiking 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. Cascade Village is 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 6 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.

What makes this condo unique

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 warm 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 are available in the kitchen. 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This has been a memorable trip for my husband and me and our family. We love the scenery and tried to do a hike daily. The Kitchen was well stocked and I really appreciated the Crock Pot.

The Beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were great ( especially the master!)

We were all curious about what it would be like in the winter. Guess we will have to come back to find out.
Jul 2014
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Durango Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1680 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - shower , oversize shower with 6 shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On main floor with queen bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 bathrooms, Master bath just remodeled to include a towel warmer and over sized shower with 6 shower heads and granite sink top. 2 hairdryers and plenty of fluffy towels and 2 robes.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1) Pillow top mattress with hotel quality sheets and plenty of fluffy pillows, Queen size Beds (1) Pillow Top mattress with hotel quality sheets and plenty of blankets and pillows for chilly nights, Twin or Single Beds (2) Comfortable twin beds together in a roomy space upstairs with a private bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Skiing and Snowboarding, Free Shuttle to Durango Mountain Resort during ski season, Hiking trails, Workout Facility, Outdoor Hot Tubs, Fishing Pond, Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Jacuzzi, Robes in the unit. Amazing dinning options in the area without having to drive to Durango or Silverton. Cascade village gives the feel of a European Chalet with heavy beamed / vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplace, located in the heart of the San Jaun's with wilderness in every direction and peaceful mountain views that will take your thoughts away to nature. The condo is never drafty it always feels cozy and comfortable winter, in summer the mountain breeze and the calming evening showers will relax you into blissful slumber. As one of our guests recently wrote - 'we have fallen deeply in love with these mountains and miss them already - we just can't help but come back'.


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average rating of 4.892857 based on 39 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at this condo. It was spacious, with plenty of room to relax and play. I'm very picky when it comes to rental properties and this one was extremely clean. We really like the fact that it was centrally located between Durango and Silverton so neither trip was a far stretch. If we vacation again in Durango I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Roxie! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in our mountain retreat. Come back and see again real soon! All the best, Jessica and John
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Lovely condo w/everything needed for an excellent Colorado experience!

  • 4 of 5

The condo was plenty big for our family of 5. It did get a little warm, but overall we were very comfortable. We had all the utensils we needed for cooking a big breakfast each morning. It was nice having a washer and dryer in the unit. The grounds were pretty. We enjoyed playing tennis and sitting in the hot tub. Overall, a very nice experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karlin, Thank you so much for the kind words and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay in San Juan Mountains! So sorry to hear that it was warmer than usual. We do provide ceiling fans and movable fans for those days where the temperature is higher than normal for your comfort. The high altitude mountain air is usually very pleasant! Enjoy the rest of your summer. All the best, John and Jessica
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A++ Condo-Would definitely recommend

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for allowing us to use your condo. It was nicer that we expected! My family rented two other condos in that same building that were not as updated and nice as your was. You all did a wonderful job in decorating the place. I loved the "family" touch to the condo. We were very pleased, also, with how well the kitchen was equipped for any meal we needed to prepare. The bedrooms were comfy. We loved the location and of course, the cool Colorado weather. We'll stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas Texas

Wonderful stay at this cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience at Jessica and John's cabin this last week. The cabin is conveniently located 1 minute away from the ski resort and has a rental shop on-site. A shuttle takes frequent trips back and forth from the cabin to the ski resort. The cabin itself is great! It is very clean and spacious. The dining area is very open and perfect for friends and family to cook and spend time together. I can't wait for my next stay here! I highly reccomend this cabin to anyone traveling to Durango.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ

Thumbs up for Cascade Condo

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to Jessica for having us stay at your beautiful condo! Fully stocked kitchen was one of the highlights since we love to cook. Fire wood downstairs was super convenient for the fireplace and kept us toasty warm even in given the winter storm!! We highly recommend taking a snowshoe tour on top of the ski mountain - so beautiful!!! Will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ

A blast in the CO Powder

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing stay we had! Jessica and John's gorgeous condo had everything we could've needed for our holiday ski trip! The shuttle to and from the mountain was also incredibly convenient and we used every day. A dip in the hot tub after a long day boarding was just what the doctor ordered, and we definitely made great use of it! Overall we had a fantastic stay at Jessica and John's place and we will most definitely returning next year. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Durango Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sows Ear
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Glacier Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sows Ear
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort / Puragtory
Car: necessary

Durango Silverton railroad (train trips), Trimble Hot Springs, Zip Line adventures, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice wall climbing, amazing 4th of July fireworks in Silverton




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee 1 - 6 guests $170
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.9%

Bookings are not guaranteed until deposit is received - prices are subject to change at any time. A car is needed for this area. Roads are good and easy to travel

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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