Getaway to Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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Steamboat Springs is a walk-around town with a winery, fine restaurants, specialty shops and cozy bed and breakfast inns

Steamboat Springs is the ideal weekend getaway for those who don’t think driving is part of the fun, United flys there four times a day from Denver. It’s an easy-to-see town with free jitney transportation. There's lots to do, including guided fly fishing on the famous Yampa River.

Steamboat Springs Cellars is a small winery that has won medals for it wines from the American Wine Society in international competitions. Its current offerings include Syrah, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and some flavorful blends called Rabbit Ear Red and Strawberry Park. You can call the winery for a tour any time. There’s a ”tasting room” in a tent on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs during the summer months, and the wines are available in many stores around town.

For the active weekender

Steamboat springs has two faces. One is the relaxed, wine, dine and sleep well kind of place. The other is days full of fishing, skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking and stuff like that. For those who like stuff like that, there are the following:

Steamboat Mountain Bike Tours,1012 Lincoln Ave., 970-879, offers guided rides on Emerald Mountain.

Sore Saddle Cyclery, 1136 S Yampa St., 970-879-1675, is a full-service, year-around bike shop with rentals and repair services.

Steamboat Stables, 885 State St., 970-879-2306, is the only stable “in town” offering two-hour rides. Breakfast and dinner rides are available, too.

Haymaker Golf Course, 34855 US 40, 970-870-1846, is an 18-hole public course with a driving range, putting range and a pro shop.

Howelsen Ice Arena, 234 Howelsen Pkwy. 970-871-1152, is a first class indoor ice skating arena that rents skates. Figure skating pros practice here.

High Mountain Snowmobile Tours, 1878 13th St., 970-871-1935, has tours along the back trails and open meadows of the Upper Elk River Valley.

Red Runner Dog Sled Tours, 33567 US 40, 970-879-3647, offers thrilling “mush” adventures through the back country.

Steamboat Soaring Adventures, 6155 Hwy 40,970-871-9003, offers soaring tours of the Steamboat Springs countryside in a motor-glider.

Where to dine

There are at least seventy places to eat and drink in Steamboat Springs – from healthy snacks to fine dining. There’s even a “Tipsy Taxi” service. For a complete look at what’s available, including menus, see the Dining Guide

Steamboat Springs Romantic Inns

In addition to hotels and resort lodgings, Steamboat Springs has some very romantic and comfortable bed and braekfast inns. To see what they are like, click on Steamboat Springs Romantic Inns