Right in the midst of the ruggedly beautiful, colorful, Rocky Mountains, is Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A beautiful, upscale, mountain shire, with darling downtown shops, boasting some of the finest World Class Skiing and instruction around. Haverson Ski Resort, is famous for its ‘Champagne Powder’ slopes, quality skiing instruction, snow shoeing, and the World Cup.
Steamboat Springs is due to to celebrate it Base Club Open House, November 2, 2014 , then celebrate the New Year’s fireworks December 31. Christmas season is definitely a beautiful time of year in this rustic, little Colorado town.
Winter Carnaval, starting the first part of February, is named as one of National Geographic’s Top Ten Carnivals in the World, making this an eventful place for a romantic getaway in close proximity to Southern Wyoming. The Carnival is the oldest in the state of Colorado, established in 1914 to give stir-crazy, winter weary residents of Steamboat Springs, some social relief. The Winter Carnival events feature skiing competitions, and unique downtown events, like animal pulled races for children, shovel racing for adults, The Donkey Drop, and the Biathalon – where contestants are dressed in traditional wild west, mountain man – trapper attire, demonstrating skills competing in black powder firearms marksmenship, and finally racing in antique snow gear. Saturday’s event starts with a Pancake Breakfast by the Knights of Columbus, a busy day of events, and ends with the Night Extravaganza at Haverson Ski Resort, an elite festivity with torch parades, sports exhibits, and other activities. Saturday will be concluded with a breath taking fireworks finale, bursting above the Champagne Powder slopes of the resort. The Carnival winds down Sunday. Ski jump finals will determine winners, and the event ends with a parent/child downhill competition. Steamboat has much planned for the Winter Carnival this year, and great efforts are being made to make this year’s carnival, the best yet.
Steamboat Springs, still actively celebrates its warm, western heritage with community events. Steamboat represents what country towns used to be like, before television…with townsfolk regularly creating art, music, and theater themed festivals, parades, and sports events for an opportunity to socialize, and get to know their neighbors.
Examples of Steamboat Springs festivities are, the Free Concert Series, Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park, and the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, just to mention only a few of the events scheduled. Steamboat Springs is a musically cultured and inspired community. Local bars and nightclubs jump with some of the best bands and performers around. Also thriving, are live theater groups with their perfomances. Many celebrated, local artists live in the area, and their fabulous works of art are on display at the number of local art galleries in the area, making a stroll downtown, eventful, and delightful for art buffs.
A gorgeous area to visit, so many things to do, and with facilities available for about any outdoor sport. The invigorating mountain air, makes you feel good enough, to enjoy it all. Eyes never get tired of going for a country drive, or a horseback ride. Such amazing, beautifully pristine… mountains, rivers, ski slopes, and trails… all right there, keeping people healthy, happy and active.
The Steamboat Springs area, has a variety of quality lodging available, but a good start is a mention of The Hotel Bristol, established in 1948. This gracious, full service hotel, is within walking distance of most downtown attractions. The Bristol, has a restaurant and saloon, eminating of memories made there and feels of the nostolgic, western, glory days gone by. Another, a mountain side, ski in/ski out lodge, is the Ptarmigon Inn, with Mt. Werner at the back door. It is an ideal place to enjoy the slopes, cycle the mountain or just relax and enjoy the out doors. Interested in the guest ranch experience? Consider the Glen Eden Resort, located high in the wilderness of the Rockies, offering a variety of pet friendly, excellent accomodations and customized activities, such as private cross country ski, and back packing tours, next to the sparkling Elk River.
One hundred establishments, have incorporated some very exquisite restaurants for wining and dining in Steamboat Springs, all competing for the culinary edge. Harwigs & L’apagee is a popular restaurant in downtown Steamboat, with delightful cuisine, and a wine enthusiast’s dream…an award winning wine list, boasting 25 available wines, by the glass. For a sentimental surprise, something wildly romantic… plan a dinner tour for your sweetheart to Ragnars. You will be whooshed off on night time gondola ride, then escorted away by snow-cat driven sleigh to the destination that lies across the magical, shimmering, Champagne Powder slopes. Then, upon arrival, you will be romancing your love…with a bottle of wine, and a five course Scandanavian meal at Ragnars. Nobody could forget something like that! Big, Cowboy appetites can’t forget a filling of buffalo steak with a stiff drink either. The Old West Steakhouse, serves gormet meals and menu items, including buffalo steak, like trout and lamb chop entrees, in a cow-puncher/ranch themed enterprise.
Bringing us to the best attraction around Steamboat Springs… Strawberry Park Hot Springs, about a ten mile drive from town. By day, this is a popular spot for families to play and soak in mineral pools, that vary by temperature and depth. There are places for picnics and barbequeing, and plenty of remarkable scenery for kids to explore. The Hot Springs has a heated changing cabin and teepee, a convenience store, with food, drink and gifts available. You can also book a massage in one of the massage huts. Nothing can be better than a soothing touch while experiencing the wonderful natural ambiance of nature, and crisp mountain air. The Hot Springs has space available for booking private parties, if there is a reunion or business meeting needing to be arranged. The prices for day entry into the pools is very reasonable, $10 for adults, $5 for teens, $3 for children. If you have checked into the lodging at the Hot Springs, then the mineral pool entry is included in the price.
Lodging at Strawberry Park Hot Springs is strangely unique, and often times, there is no vacancy, be sure to reserve well in advance. Prices vary from $50 for a campsite to $110 for the caboose, their largest accomodation. There are curious covered wagons, resembling sheepherder wagons that you can stay in, small and large rustic cabins, and the train caboose. Keep in mind, if you stay at the Hot Springs location, you will have to bring your own bedding, sufficient supplies, extra blankets and clothing for the unpredictable, mountain climate. With the exception of the caboose, that has a kitchenette as well as its own bathroom, there are no bathrooms in any of the units. Great care is taken in preserving the natural, primative beauty of the Park, by the National Forest Service. Staying at these facilities will be similar to camping, and there are central bathrooms and showers available.
About Strawberry Hot Springs at night, now. When the sun sets at the Hot Springs, and the day grows dark…the mineral pools are open only to adults… and…is clothing optional. The steps down to the pools are steep, dark and lit with only solar walkway lights. For shy folks, dark may be a good thing, but walk carefully. Bring a small flashlight, towel, water bottle and a robe.
Now… imagine… being in such a surreal, magical, mountain environment, with breezes kicking about, sensationalizing your skin. Tall, steepled mountains, glowing from soft moon light, reflecting off jagged rock, and shaggy trees. Semi-dense fog forms from steaming mineral waters uniting with cool, night air…camoflauging couples… who are slipping into the pools, holding hands. Happy laughter echoing, feeling joy. Dropping your robe, presto au’ naturalle, move closer to your lover and start walking into the spritually cleansing, stress relieving, mineral waters. Feeling the hot steam rising…closing your eyes,…breathing deeply…inhaling the aroma of mountain minerals, minted with pine. Your eyes open…gazing into the wonder of a billion, brilliant stars blazing, with moon beam laced clouds, flowering the ink-black mountain night. A beautiful night… creates passionate souls.
Plan a visit to the area, participate in Steamboat Springs activities…run, jump and have fun. Then… come…wind down, and make your memory of going for a skinny… in the magical, mystical mountains of Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Take your darlin’…sleep in covered wagons, and have that wonderful cup of camp coffee the next morning, with that big ol’ smile on your face. Simple,wonderful,..and now you know where to go!
For more of the information mentioned here about Steamboat Springs area attractions, facilities, events, lodging reservations, skiing, specials and promotional packages, visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber site at www.steamboat-chamber.com. Strawberry Hot Springs, is located at 44200 County Road 36, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, go on line at www.strawberryphotsprings.com, or call 970-879-0342.