One of my very best friends moved to Steamboat Springs over a year ago, so it has been on my short list as a travel destination for a while now. Emily texted me in early January that she found a (relatively) cheap flight, and with that my New Year’s resolution to be more fiscally responsible quickly went out the window.
As a side note, though, have you tried Google Flights? That’s how Emily found our deal! It shows you a calendar of the cheapest dates to fly across any airline, so if you are flexible on your travel dates, I highly recommend it. You can track prices, and set fare alerts for destinations you’re interested in.
Steamboat is a quintessential small ski town! We were only there for 3 days, so skiing was our top priority. I grew up skiing in the Northeast, and am still amazed at how different it is to ski out west. I just kept commenting (like an idiot), how big the mountain was. But really, there were so many trails and such long runs!
Both days we took a beer break at T-Bar on the mountain. The patio outside had a big crowd Friday afternoon, probably because they play awesome jams (hey Nappy Roots), or in reality because you can get a pitcher and snacks pretty quickly. If you want to make friends – go inside and ring the bell! Round of shots on you!
After our first day on the slopes we visited Strawberry Park Hot Springs. This was AHH-MAZE-ING for tired muscles after skiing all day. This park is only a 20 minute drive from downtown. I would highly recommend getting there in time to watch the sunset, as there are beautiful views on the way to the park. They have different thermal pools that range in heat from 101-105 degrees. Make sure you bring towels, flip flops, cash and a flashlight if you’re going at night. They have a no alcohol/no glass policy, but we may have spiked our cider and taken it with us in our water bottles.
Our final night in Steamboat we went downtown to shop and have dinner. There are so many cute boutiques – Ohana has the coziest Steamboat branded sweatshirts, I found some beautiful sweaters at Ruby Jane, and some fun accessories at Fringe. We stopped for dinner and wine at Table 79, a cozy, softly lit restaurant with an open kitchen. They’re known for craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine. The food was delish, and the service was impeccable (the guy who grabbed my coat for me even helped me put it on- how polite!)
For drinks Emily also recommends Storm Peak Brewery, Mt. Tap, and Butcher Knife, and for food Back Door Burger, Mambo Italiano, Café Dive, Salt & Lime, and Taco Cabo.
There is so much more to do – cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, but unfortunately we had to save those for next time. I’ll definitely be back for more! Thanks Em & Dave for hosting and showing us all the that Steamboat has to offer, I can see why you love it there!