Steamboat is not just a ski destination. I could write a speech on that subject. A good friend of mine moved there nearly a decade ago so I’ve become well acquainted with the town, and it’s a great place to become well acquainted with.
This is a good fall destination because whether you drive the I70 to Silverthorne route or the Poudre Canyon route, the fall foliage is incredible. No matter the route, keep your camera at the ready.
The Boat, as I fondly call Steamboat, is far removed from the craziness of Colorado’s Front Range. Life slows down as you descend into the valley from Rabbit Ears Pass. Locals enjoy a laid-back, highly recreational lifestyle and it’s fun to join them for a weekend.
Whether you book a room downtown at the historic Rabbit Ears Hotel (I’ve stayed there and it’s within walking distance of everything) or if you splurge a little and stay at my current favorite, The Steamboat Inn, you’ll love the Steamboat Springs in the fall.
There are two major hot springs destinations to choose from. For families, I recommend Old Town Hot Springs and for couples or groups traveling with friends, I recommend Strawberry Park. The latter is a fabulous destination year-round and should provide some beautiful autumn river vistas.
For unbelievable views take the gondola to the top of Steamboat Resort. You can take in the sprawling views from the bar at the top or take a hike. Or, do it “Heidi style” and do both. There’s a short hike (the Vista Nature Trail) that’s perfect for a quick little jaunt followed by a beer.
Drive out to Steamboat Lake for more fall foliage viewing and take one of the area’s many trails. If you want a quick and easy walk with a beautiful destination head to Fish Creek Falls.
Looking for a unique dining experience? I recommend Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails. For something a little less pricey try Mahogany Ridge Brewing & Grill. Good breakfast places aren’t hard to find. We like both Freshies and Creekside, but at the ski resort, you can’t go wrong with the breakfast burritos at The Paramount. Lastly, I never miss Sunpies Bistro for a drink when I’m in town.
For more information on visiting Steamboat Springs this fall, go here.
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