Traveling during the holidays can be the best of worst part of your trip. Roads can be clogged and airports are packed, but when you reach your destination it makes it all worth it. I was lucky enough to be able to experience a new place this Christmas, which is crazy because it’s only a few hours away from Denver and I’ve lived in Colorado for so many years! I’m excited to share my experiences with you on my trip to Steamboat Springs, CO it was such a fantastic small town, and right before we got there they got dumped with at least a foot of snow it was incredibly beautiful!
Driving up and back we ran into some of the prettiest passes and snow covered mountain tops. What I really loved about Steamboat was that it was a small town and both Cory and his brother we raised there so it was great to get a first hand interview with them about their town. Although it’s not he smallest town I’ve ever been to (ever been to Rangely, CO?..) it was full of character and the town had so much to offer. “Welcome to the Boat”!
The town was full of great little places to go, eat and explore. I’ll go through some of the great places we visited and explored including the Strawberry Park Hot Springs and the great stories that goes with it!
This was the view from Cory’s dad’s shop Stephen’s located at the bottom of the mountain. We ended up being up there Christmas Day with new snow fall and everything looked so gorgeous. The lights lined down the mountain and people were doing some night skiing and snowboarding. Unfortunately we were only up there for one night and two days and we were not prepared to go snowboarding although we all really got the urge to get on the mountain! We spent some great time with his dad in his shop which I loved because it really felt like home and if you’re ever in the area I would absolutely suggest taking the time to go in meet Stephen himself and check out the merchandise. As you can tell we had a great time trying on some of the merchandise and had a blast!
Steamboat has so many activities available in the winter a few of them are obvious skiing, snowboarding but then there are others that you may not think of Steamboat in the winter is literally everything snow! There is snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tubing, ice climbing and to relieve us of all this cold we will take a visit to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. The hot springs is a definite spot you need to check out, we lucked out and at least a foot of snow had dropped before we got there the atmosphere is beautiful there are pools everywhere and what I think is really cool about this springs is that they have temperature differentiated pools one extremely hot pool, one medium pool and one cold pool. Very, very cool we started in the medium and decided to challenge ourselves and jump into the freezing pool and swim to the other side and back! What a jolt to your system it’s like pins and needles hitting you, initially when you jump in you don’t feel anything but moments after the cold rushes to your body! We had such a fantastic time, and it was so beautiful.
Skiing and snowboarding is probably the most popular activity and the mountain is literally one of a kind with a number of great runs, not to far from most big cities. Mt. Warner has so much to offer skiers and snowboarders alike and it’s easy to see why winter fanatics flock to this mountain every year.
Now besides skiing and snowboarding I mentioned that there were a number of other activities that Steamboat has to offer including ice climbing, tubing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. These other activities are offered through many different companies on the mountain and in my investigations this is the easiest and best way to figure out what you want to do and how to sign up and prepare for your activity. The number of winter activities that are available to you here in Steamboat are literally endless. What I noticed was that the transportation around town was very well planned and thought out, there are many different bus lines that you can take all through town to get you from place to place. Starting at your hotel, there is a bus pick up that will take you all over the mountain including all through downtown and of course up to the Ski Mountain Resort and the base of the mountain itself. Which really makes a difference when your trying to plan your trip, you don’t have to worry about how your getting around; another plus about a small town!
We ventured down the mountain and into town for dinner one night with Cory’s dad and it was great to see the town lit up, glowing with Christmas spirit. We ate at a place called Table 79 which was absolutely fantastic. Earlier though, we had a bit of a snack at Paramount Café earlier so we only got a few dishes to share which was perfect I love doing that, sharing is caring right! So Paramount Café is located right across from Stephen’s right on the mountain, you literally walk right off the slopes and into the café it’s a great place to grab and go or sit and enjoy the atmosphere. We walked in and grabbed two sandwiches and a side of fries to of course share with everyone! We decided on the classic corned beef Ruben and the soft shell crab BLT, yes you read correctly CRAB BLT! Both were great, the portion size was out of this world they were definitely worth the price and for being in a ski town the prices were very reasonable. The reuben had some of the most moist beef I’ve tasted and the finish of the almost crisp cabbage was a bit of a twist over the original sauerkraut but I think way better! And do I really have to describe the crab BLT? Crab, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a large crisp baguette, so out of this world good I’m so glad Cory saw that on the menu somehow I missed that, but I also saw the reuben and my eyes locked haha!
A few hours later we drove down into town and found a gem of a place called Table 79 we shared a few appetizers including crispy brussel sprouts, I mean you really can’t ever go wrong there and something I wouldn’t usually order but I’m so glad we did! Crispy baby back pork ribs, smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce the meat was literally falling off the bone. I was so surprised by this dish, it was not what I was expecting but I was thoroughly surprised it was! And we are not done yet the last dish we shared was the Colorado Smoked Salmon and Pappardelle Pasta. Let’s be real though, you can never really go wrong with salmon but this dish just elevated it to a new level for me the portion of salmon was perfect size for a main dish, so flakey and pink they seared the skin which made it super crispy which was a great contrast in texture. Now this next part for me was the part that pulled the dish together, the salmon was sitting on a bed of pappardelle pasta and the sauce was like no other so creamy and the sauce was almost like a cheese sauce it gave that feel of tang and cream and cheesy goodness that made my taste buds go absolutely wild. We washed down the meal with a clean fresh Pinot Nior, a fantastic meal made even better by the people I was sharing it with!
If you ever make it Steamboat Springs, CO I highly recommend stopping by these few places above, of course the whole town is fantastic but it was great to be able to experience the best of the town from some very special locals I know! It was a very Merry Christmas and another wonderful adventure for the books!
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Happy Travels XOXO