Alright, so you’re looking for a perfect weekend getaway and Steamboat Springs, Colorado is your destination of choice. Here are our tips to get the best out of your trip.
- Take time to get to Steamboat Springs. The fun is in the journey, so once you start your drive, make sure to take a few stops along the way to Steamboat Springs. Why not stop at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass and take a hike to the top of the famed Rabbit Ears? You’ll never again go through the pass without thinking about where you’ve been.
- Stop at Mahogany Ridge Microbrewery and Restaurant if it’s between 4-6pm. All of their great micro brews and drinks are half price seven days a week during this high season, and appetizer tapas are just a buck apiece. It’s a great deal and located at 5th and Lincoln downtown.
- Get a great rate for a condo through Steamboat Resorts, one of the best booking agencies in Steamboat. Their flagship Eagle Ridge Lodge is located on the mountain and they consistently get some of the best customer satisfaction rankings in town.
- Book a Couple’s Massage at Life Essentials Day Spa. Voted the best massage day spa in Steamboat Springs, this contemporary spa consistently provides the best Deep Tissue, Swedish and Couples’ Massage in town. Call to book your massage at 970-871-9543.
- Take a stroll (and bring your camera) to the Botanical Gardens. Yes, even with all the outdoor splendor, Steamboat has a remarkable and free botanical park, located behind Freshie’s Restaurant halfway between the mountain and downtown.
- Take a hike or a bike to the Mad Creek Barn. The trail winds just 3.6 miles (or longer if you extend the hike), to the historic Mad Creek Barn. The trail is located about 5 miles out of town on Historic Routt County Road 129. The canyon trail is gorgeous every time of year and tends to be a lot less crowded than the more popular Spring Creek Trail.
- Take a soak at the Old Town Hot Springs or the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. If you come to Steamboat, you should definitely do one or the other. The Old Town Hot Springs are located in town, while the Strawberry Park Hot Springs are located a little out of town but worth the trip.
- Go to the best restaurant in town, Cafe Diva. A little pricey, but certainly the most romantic place in town for dinner. Terrific, innovative food, and a great wine list. Go ahead, you deserve it.
- Catch a local’s breakfast or lunch at Freshie’s. Always bustling, and located halfway between the mountain and downtown at 565 S. Lincoln, Freshies is a local’s favorite serving generous portions in a funky, ski town environment.
- Consider catching a Saturday night or Sunday morning service at Steamboat Christian Center. Yes, we know you’re on vacation, but catch a contemporary and uplifting service at 6 pm on Saturday evening or 10 am on Sunday morning at the Steamboat Christian Center. No donation required.
- Check the calendar at Strings Music Festival for world class music that spans a variety of genres from blue grass to symphony orchestras. The Strings Music Festival started as a tent on the ski mountain and have since grown to host some of the top musical acts in the world.
- Go the top of the gondy or hike up Emerald Mountain for some great picture taking. If you haven’t taken enough pictures already, catch a weekend gondola ride to the famous deck, or hike out of Howelsen Hill to the top of Emerald Mountain for some breathtaking photographs.
Come back soon! We’re so sure you’re going to have a spectacular weekend any time of the year in Steamboat Springs, that the sooner you get here, the sooner you can start planning your return. Have a great trip and we hope to see you soon!