Steamboat springs is an awesome place to visit in Colorado. In the winter months you'll find top notch ski options along with a bustling small Christmas town that has numerous options for drinks, food and shopping. However it's the summer months that truly impressed us on our recent trip to the area where we stayed at The Steamboat Grand (steamboatgrand.com)
1. The Hot Springs
Whether you are bathing at the waterfall at Fish Creek Falls or exploring the beautiful hikes in the surrounding area, Steamboat has you covered in spades when it comes to outdoor scenery. Our top pick however is Strawberry Hot Springs, which for us Colorado locals, is known as the best hot springs in the state. While I do think that visiting the hot springs in the winter time is downright magical, you surely won't regret taking a visit in the warmer months. Set up with multiple large bathing areas, the springs all vary in temperature and provide plenty of room to relax and take in the scenery. One of the reasons we love Strawberry Hot Springs is its unique design that puts you directly in nature and provides stunning views.
2. The Breweries & Restaurants
Having been to Steamboat a few times over the past few years, what strikes me the most is how the culinary and brewery scene has exploded in the area. From an array of new ski bars, haute cuisine restaurants and late-night hangouts, to a slew of awesome coffee shops, you'll find plenty to explore. Our personal favorites were Mountain Tap brewery which has a fantastic deck by the water, along with Aurum Food & Wine's outstanding upscale American fare with an outstanding evening patio scene.
3. The Hiking & Biking
While you will certainly miss out on the amazing skiing at Steamboat, all is not lost as you can spend plenty of time exploring the beautiful hiking and biking trails. There are numerous hikes of various difficulties including our favorite, Rabbit Ears, and the much easier Fish Creek Falls. Steamboat is also very bike friendly whether you are into mountain biking, road biking or taking the family on the town bike trail that will give you a tour of the entire area.
4. The Beautiful DriveSteamboat Springs is roughly a three hour drive from Denver which is a fair amount further than most resorts you'll come across in the mountains. Nestled along the Yampa River in northwest Colorado, you'll feel isolated in a good way! Some of the most beautiful drives in the Rockies occur after you get passed the main stretches of 1-70 and passed the heavily trafficked ski towns of Breckenridge and Vail. You'll be treated to a number of breathtaking photo-ops with numerous quaint towns to stop along the way.
5. The Unique Events & Festivals
Make sure you check your calendar during your visit in Steamboat Springs. Throughout the summer you'll find numerous events nearly every weekend ranging from Beer & Wine festivals, Hot Air Balloon Rodeo's, and Arts festivals, to Cycling and Running events. Keep a lookout for the Wild West Air Fest which features vintage aircraft on display along with an air show and homemade chili contest.
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