Great place to drop in for a quick and thorough clean up. The decor is classic barber shop and classic Steamboat. Gotta love the stuffed mountain lion! There are always several stylists available. I take my son here regularly, and they are very good with him. We've never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a cut.
Perusing the amazing selection of annuals and perennials at Windemere is a must for green thumbs. They have varieties simply not found at "big box" greenhouses. It's the place to go when you want to splurge on a hanging basket or pot overflowing with gorgeous annuals. Their prices can be high, but they run good sales mid-late season.
This is a fun store for kiddos next to Winona's. They have a great selection of games, models and novelty items. I found some fun stocking stuffers during the holidays last year. I stopped in again recently and noticed they are well-stocked for summer with kites, squirt guns and other outdoor games. They also have clothing for toddlers, baking decorations and unique-themed invitations and party supplies.
The Yoga Center has a beautiful location overlooking the Yampa River and is one of my favorite places to recenter my body and mind. They have a wide range of yoga offerings (for all abilities) as well as Pilates and meditation. Their instructors are very experienced and helpful. The studio is small, but they offer several or more classes every week day and a few on weekends so they don't get too crowded. Drop in rates are currently $15 ($8 for full-time students), but you can bring that down by purchasing a punch card.
Wolf Mountain is a local hot spot in Hayden and a great place to grab a quick or sit down meal while passing through or spending time in this little town. Their pizza is very good, and they have other offerings including Mexican food and breakfast options.
O.K. so this is the only movie theater in town, so if you want to see a new flick, you don't have other options. That said, this is very nice and modern movie theater. They have 2D and 3D screens and stadium seating. They usually have a good selection of flicks and keep the popular ones around a few weeks or so. Theaters are much smaller than those in the big city, so if it's a popular movie and you don't want to sit close (or end up in a section with an exit on only one side), go early. Matinees and Bargain Tuesdays are your best bet if you are taking the whole family and want to save some cash. The theater is steps away from several bars and restaurants.
Whether you live or are visiting (or working) on the Mountain, Market on the Mountain is the go-to place for an hearty deli lunch that will give you a bang for your buck (by Steamboat Mountain standards). They use Boar's Head meats and other quality ingredients. My favorite is their chicken Caesar wrap. If you're staying in a nearby condo, there's no need to drive to the grocery store for a few items -- Market on the Mountain also has groceries staples and beer/wine/liquor.
This is the first liquor store on your way in to town from the south and a convenient stop for visitors arriving or staying in a nearby condo. It's located next to a gas station and convenience store. Selection is reasonable for a small liquor store. Visitors should check out the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks & Wildlife office nearby to stock up on maps and learn about public lands surrounding Steamboat.
This may be the only place in town to buy bulk nuts, granola, grains, etc. They have a good deli with lots of vegetarian options, as well as mainstays such as turkey sandwiches, tuna salad and soups. It's also a good place to get espresso drinks. Bamboo has a great location on Yampa St. near the bike path and Little Toots park, making a nice place to stop for lunch or a snack. They have nice outdoor seating too.
Steamboat is fortunate to have this creative outlet for kids and adults - especially if pottery and clay work is their interest. They have great programs for kids after school and (thankfully) on no-school days. My son really likes their "all-craft" sessions, which can range from painting to gingerbread houses. Purchase a punch card for the best value.
This is a great place to grab a quick, hearty breakfast on the go West of town. We love their crunchy hash browns and breakfast burritos. They have good specialty burritos and are always gracious about accommodating my request for a simple, egg, cheddar cheese, hash brown and green chili burrito. They also have yummy baked goods and cupcakes.
Backcountry is the place to go when you have a hankering for a hearty sandwich with good quality meats and cheeses. I usually get the Expedition - roast beef (I get turkey), cheese, avocado, tomato and chipolte mayo - on a baguette, but I also like the Sherpa (eggplant, roasted red peppers, asiago cheese and garlic mayo). The Pilgrim - turkey, cheese, stuffing and cranberry chutney - is also a favorite. Choose from one of their specialty sandwiches or build your own. Staff are always friendly and upbeat. There is seating in the store, but we prefer to order ahead and pick up to avoid waiting or crowds.
My husband claims the fish taco combo (two fish tacos, beans and rice) at Azteca is one of the best deals in town. The fish is fresh, as are all other ingredients. We love the downtown ambiance and convenience of getting a quick, quality meal. In addition to burritos, tacos, chimichangas, taco salads, enchiladas, etc. they also have daily specials, including tamales and chili rellenos. Enjoy a cold beer with your meal.
I can't go into this store without leaving with something. I love their housewares and gardening sections, and my husband frequents the hardware side. Their prices can be high, but they have good sales periodically, especially around the holidays. I like getting stocking stuffers from their kitchen section, which has just about everything. They've expanded their toy section, making it a great place to stop for a birthday gift. They are well-staffed, and there is always someone available to help.
The Rio is a Steamboat and Colorado mainstay. I think the Big Tex is one of the best margs in town. Their food is consistently good. My favorites are the chile relleno and vegetarian tostada. The restaurant has a very upbeat and fun atmosphere and great roof top seating. Plan to arrive before peak dinner hours on Friday and Saturday nights and during the summer.
The Bakery is an excellent place to get fresh baked breads and treats (including gluten-free items). Their food, though a tad pricey, is very good. I particularly love their salads and soups. As the previous reviewer noted, the restaurant/cafe has a pleasant, warm atmosphere and staff is very accommodating.
Winona's is another Steamboat institution. They have a great selection of breakfast and lunch items and a unique twist on standard fare. Their salads (try the Ahi Tuna Salad) are large and very good, and they usually have multiple soups during the winter. Avoid peak breakfast and lunch hours -- there is often a wait at this popular (and small) spot. And just try to get out of there without getting anything from their bakery case!
What's not to love about a place that services pizza until 1 a.m.? Brooklyn's is a great place for quick slices and pie any time. There are picnic tables outside and a few seats inside. My family almost always stops by Brooklyn's on our walks home from summer concerts at Howelsen Hill or downtown events. The staff is accustomed to being busy and handles bursts of business well. You never have to wait long for your pie.
This is a fun stop for visitors and locals any time of year. They have a great variety of bulk candy, specialty chocolates and even some hard-to-find sweets from other countries. I go there when I'm looking for unique treats for Valentine's Day, Easter, etc. Bored of the usual sweets found in grocery stores, I've also gotten silly candy items from Fuzziwigs to fill my son's Birthday pinata. It's definitely pricier but worth it for a special treat. I think they have ice cream, also.
OTBP is a classically charming hometown book store. I've spent quite a bit of time in their children's section, which has great selection of books and games. There is even a mini reading room. The store has made a great use of space. They've worked tables and reading areas throughout the store and balcony area. Jewelry and other gifty items will pull you in if the books don't. Cafe has good coffee and food selections but can be slow. Locals will be interested in their Recycled Book program, which exchanges store credit for peoples' gently used books. They typically accept books on the first Saturday of the month, 12-3 p.m. More info. is on their Website.
This is an awesome little coffee shop/cafe just off Steamboat's main drag. They have a large variety of coffee drinks as well as several kinds of chai and tea. Food is good, especially lunches. My favorite sandwich is the See Ya -- fresh mozzarella with roasted zucchini and red peppers and a vinaigrette. I get it every time. It's also the place to get cupcakes in town.
I recently had dinner here for the first time with my family. We just missed Happy Hour and the slider special but were impressed by the overall menu. Pulled pork sandwich was tasty, though bread was a bit soggy. Hand-cut fries were really good. My son had the kid's chicken fingers. I appreciated their effort to provide a diverse little meal (it included apples/yogurt and carrots/ranch) but would have preferred the option of a side of fries (which were extra) or the fruit/veggies. Looking forward to returning in the summer to take advantage of their large patio.