that summer is one of the best times of year in Steamboat….in fact, some locals would say they even prefer it over winter! If you’re visiting Steamboat this summer, we created an itinerary to give you a weekend to remember, complete with hikes, hot springs and hops.
Just getting into town? Stroll down Lincoln Ave to see downtown Steamboat and stretch your legs. Pop into Mountain Tap Brewery to try one of their many local brews. Continue on the Core Trail which runs parallel to downtown; you can walk by the river and the breeze will be welcome on hot summer afternoons.
For dinner, try Aurum where you can sit outside on their patio which overlooks the Yampa River. If you’re with kids, there is a large grassy lawn for them to run around on, and a great kid’s menu.
Head downtown to the local farmer’s market which takes place each Saturday in the summer. Stock up on local produce and snacks, check out the large selection of artisan goods and listen to live music as you stroll. If it’s lunchtime and you’re hungry, try the Skull Creek Greek food truck which is parked at the farmer’s market each week.
Summer afternoons in Steamboat can get HOT, but it’s easy to cool off right in the river. Rent a tube from Backdoor Sports and float the Yampa – just make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen!
Once it cools off in the early evening, try a sunset hike. Grab snacks and beers, throw them in a backpack and head up the Blackmere trail on Emerald Mountain. Check what time the sun sets and if you time it right, you can have a sunset happy hour all to yourself. Just make sure it’s not too dark on the way down!
When you’re done with your hike, come back downtown and find some live music. Oftentimes, Steamboat hosts free concerts in the summer or a band or musician will be playing at a local bar or restaurant. Find some music that suits your taste and post up for the night.
Steamboat is famous for its breakfasts…fuel up at Winona’s, Creekside or Freshies. In the summer, it’s best to exercise in the morning before it gets too hot – grab your bike if you brought it and head to Spring Creek or up Buffalo Pass for some great mountain biking. If that’s not your thing, grab your yoga mat and head to the Yampa River Botanic Park where you can practice in the serenity of the gardens.
If you have some time to kill before you have to leave, head over to what’s known as the “hippy hot springs” right across the street from the Old Town Hot Springs at the edge of downtown. The natural hot springs have created little pools next to the river full of warm water. Have a soak – for free! – or let the kids splash around for a bit before the trip home.
And if you’re looking for a quick lunch or food to take in the car with you? Stop by Yampa Sandwich Company and try one of their many options.
Remember to check out our visitor’s book to get deals and discounts to help keep your weekend budget-friendly and fun!