Steamboat Springs Vacation Ideas
What's your style — Roughing it? Sitting in the lap of luxury? Or a little of both? Steamboat Springs offers a unique mix of everything above. The Yampa Valley's down-to-earth, friendly ranching heritage and its modern, upscale amenities create a rare combination, giving Steamboat a personality all its own.
In Steamboat, luxury and casualness live in harmony, meaning that clean jeans are considered appropriate attire for almost any restaurant or event in town. After all, are you really comfortable in a suit and tie?
Vacation ideas for the lavish-minded
A Pampered Home on the Range
It may sound bizarre to some city folks, but some of the most pampering accommodations in the West are located on guest ranches. Steamboat has several ranches to choose from that will cater to guests' every need. Some highlights include gourmet meals, stunning views and sunsets, quiet and solitude, and lessons and guided tours for horseback riding, fishing, hiking and several other recreational options.
Two of Steamboat's highly recognized and award-winning ranches include the Home Ranch and Vista Verde Guest Ranch. Both of these ranches have four-star ratings from the Mobile Travel Guide, and are known for their gourmet cuisine, variety of activities, accommodations that feature a rustic Western elegance, and peace and solitude. Vista Verde's most-recent award is the Condé Nast Jahansens Award for Excellence, which recognizes lodges for their fine standards and best value for luxury.
Visitors who favor spas as their favorite form of relaxation won't be disappointed by Steamboat's pampering health spas. The ambiance of the local spas varies from unpretentious to lavish, allowing spa-goers can find the perfect atmosphere. Each spa has its own specialties, and treatments can include Jacuzzi and dry saunas, salt glow rubs, herbal wraps, facials, energy balancing, aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki, body polishes and body wraps, and massages.
Indulgences for all the senses
Steamboat's mountains create the perfect backdrop for listening to a concert or strolling through an art gallery, and Steamboat Springs offers visitors plenty of opportunities to indulge in musical concerts, including classical, jazz, modern, rock-n-roll, and even big-city opera performances.
Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music will host over 50 concerts this summer with performances from chamber and symphony orchestras to jazz and blues greats. The Emerald City Opera has a few opera performances on its summer schedule, featuring some of the world's best-known performers, including members of the Metropolitan Opera House. Throughout the summer, the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, the oldest performing arts camp in the nation, will also present several theatrical and dance shows featuring young performers who that are likely to go on to become future celebrities. The Steamboat Springs Arts Depot, a renovated historic train depot that is now an art gallery, is home to many unique artistic creations from local and national artists. Displays change every few months for a new experience every visit. Those looking for a bit of big-city culture can stroll through one of the city's 13 art galleries and gaze at the creative sculptures and paintings, many of which were created by local artists.
Sleeping in luxury
Steamboat Springs gives guests several choices for luxurious accommodations to rest their heads at night. Options include hotels, condominiums, bed & breakfasts and guest ranches. Steamboat has always been known for its friendly service, and these lodges uphold that tradition to the highest extent.
Temptations for the taste buds
Dining is more than just food, it's an experience. Steamboat Springs' fine dining restaurants deliver the complete dining package: Elegant ambiance, delicious food, unique menu items and excellent service. Local restaurant genres include New American, Italian, Western steak houses, eclectic dining, Mexican, Chinese, seafood, Pacific Rim, Mediterranean and classic American.