Now called The Chief, the space was an older movie theater recently renovated to be a performance and cultural venue. Finally! The town is lucky to have the folks who rallied to make this happen. They have completed the first phase of renovation, and it's impressive. The space has a classic theater feel with rustic modern touches. Sound and lighting are professional. They host a wide variety of events. Check out the marquee on Lincoln Ave.
Exceptional hospital for a rural area. This nonprofit, community hospital has roots in the town's first hospital started by Doc Willet, a beloved and skilled doctor known to make house calls by sleigh in the winter. Today, the YVMC is fortunate to have many skilled and specialized medical professionals as well as community support for state of the art technology and programs. They rank among the top hospitals in Colorado for patient safety.
CMC has great academic, recreation and community ed programs. They've added four-year degree programs, and their community ed. classes -- including yoga, pilates and Zumba -- are the best deal in town for Steamboat residents. Their new building is beautiful and overlooks the Yampa Valley.
Centrally located downtown and next to the bike path, Bud Werner Memorial library is a special stop for locals and visitors alike. Got some time to kill? Grab a latte from the library's cafe (currently operated by Mountain Brew) and head upstairs to peruse magazines in one of the libraries beautiful seating areas overlooking the Yampa River. There's plenty of desk space and WiFi if you need to get some work done. The children's section is great and will keep little ones busy with it's cool fish tank, story time and other activities. The library also hosts many informative speakers, films and other programs. Check the newspaper for upcoming events.
Great selection of organic/natural foods and goods and great downtown location. Their prices are competitive with the larger grocery stores, and I find their sales beat the larger grocers on many items. They have pre-made lunch items but no deli or espresso/drink bar. They bag and shelve bulk items. I love their dried mango for a snack. Very good selection of vitamins, natural remedies and body care products. Staff are very helpful.
We love Lynette! She has been washing and grooming my long-hair kitties for years. She was gentle and very good with my (now deceased) elderly kitty who hated being brushed. If she's good with felines, I'm sure she's great with pooches. I see all shapes and sizes of canines in her shop! Lynette's prices are reasonable, but bring your checkbook or cash - she does not take credit cards.
I've been getting eye exams and glasses at Mountain Eyeworks for years. Dr. Cutter is super friendly and on his game as are all of the staff. They have a good selection of frames and sunglasses, including Oakley and Costa Del Mar.
Edgy and fun, Urbane is a favorite place to quell my shopping itch. They have a great selection of ladies stuff fitting a range of budgets and excellent accessories. The entire back of the store is dedicated to skate wear and stuff for dudes. Staff are very helpful and don't give off the "too cool for school" attitude that you sometimes encounter in hipster stores. I love that they support the community by hosting art and street events. They usually have good coupons in the Steamboat Connections coupon book.
Spring, summer or fall, Yampa River Botanic Park should be on everyone's list of places to visit (at least once!) in Steamboat. It is located right on the Yampa River Core Trail and admission is free. You can access it from the bike path or from Pamela Lane (check their Website for directions). Dogs and bikes are not allowed in the park (there are bike racks at the gates). The park features a pond, mature trees, an amazing array of herbs and other perennials and stunning displays of annuals in the summer. Little walking paths, secluded benches, a children's garden and large green area for picnics make the park a great place to take the family. Strings Music Festival hosts Music on the Green -- free live music on Thursday -- in the park. It's a GREAT and affordable place to hold weddings. Don't forget to check out the Trillium House.
Yampatika is a great resource if you are visiting or living in the Yampa Valley and want to learn more about the amazing natural environment here. Experienced naturalists lead snowshoe and hiking tours and bird walks. Tours run weekly throughout the spring and summer months, and you can also schedule private tours. They offer wonderful programs for kids at the historic Legacy Ranch, just south of Steamboat. Check their Website for information about summer camps. My son attended a week-long camp focused on the sun last year and made chocolate chip cookies in a solar oven :). Associated fees or donations support excellent programs provided by this nonprofit organization.
Ken at Watersong knows his stuff when it comes to PCs (he works on Macs too). He helped me purchase a Lenovo notebook six years ago and has provided basic annual maintenance that has kept it running great. Fees are reasonable. I've been very pleased with the service I've received at Watersong.
Orange Peel is a great home-town, year-round bike shop located right on the bike path. Whether you are renting or buying, staff are super helpful and will help you get geared up and on your way to the riding experience you are seeking - from a casual spin with the family to some of the best single track in Colorado. Orange Peel has an excellent selection of cycles (including cruisers and fat bikes) and superior brands such as Moots and Ellsworth.
Tucked into the Torian Plum Plaza on the Mountain, Cafe Diva provides an excellent fine dining experience. Their food is amazing. Their menu reflects the seasons and offers a mouth-watering twist on Rocky Mountain specialties such as bison and elk, as well as exceptional seafood, pork and vegetarian choices. I've never tasted anything I didn't like at Diva, and I have never left hungry - their portions are very generous for fine dining. Service is excellent also. Watch the newspaper for their Date Night and off-season specials. The restaurant is small (great ambiance) and popular, so be sure to make a reservation.
Mazzola's is in the running for best Italian food in Steamboat. As any Italian food lover knows, it's all about the sauce, and Mazzola's has very good, made-from-scratch sauces complementing all of their meals. Watch the paper for their seafood night specials. Their eggplant Parmesan and pesto pie are my favorites. Great place to take the family.
Don't miss this nighttime hot spot in Steamboat. Classy, western-style décor is unrivaled and is complemented by good live music offerings. Food is very good - try the tri-tip sandwich or salmon Caesar. Stop by their late-night snack bar if you're out late and hungry.
Old Town Hot Springs is a uniquely Steamboat institution and a must-stop for any Steamboat visitor. Pools heated by natural hot springs will take the chill from your bones on even the coldest of days. Slides, summertime kiddie area and a cafe add to the fun for the whole family. Mornings are a great time to enjoy the pools if you want peace and quiet. OTHS also has fitness classes and equipment. It's a nonprofit organization and memberships are reasonable compared to typical fitness clubs. One-month memberships are available if you're in town for awhile and plan to use the facilities often.
A Strings performance should be included in plans for any music lover living or visiting Steamboat. The festival offers diverse live performances, including country/bluegrass, folk rock and classical, in a beautiful pavilion near the ski mountain. Shows are offered year-round, with most focused in the summer/fall months. Their summer shows include affordable performances for kids (with afternoon and evening showings) and free "Music on the Green" shows at Yampa River Botanic Park. The festival continues to attract big names like Kathy Mattea and Kenny Loggins. Steamboat wouldn't be Steamboat without Strings.
Now called Emerald Mountain School, this small, independent school is an excellent choice for families looking for a different education option to fit their child's learning style. Small classes, close relationships with teachers, Spanish and Strings education and personalized learning that includes outdoor and experiential education inspires confidence and a love for learning in students. My 6-year-old son has been in this school for a year, and we are so happy with his progress, both academically and emotionally. Financial aid is available.
Great lunch deal for bagel sandwich, chips and soda. Tell 'em to "drag it through the yard" for all their veggies. Wish they had espresso too.
Hands down, best salads in town. I regularly crave the Southwest Caesar with chicken. Their other food is consistently very good, and they usually have multiple soups available. Freshies is a hot spot so avoid peak breakfast and lunch hours to miss the crowds. They do have a nice waiting area. Service is good.
I take my Trek mountain bike here every summer for a good tune and repairs. Their staff know the brand and its quirks. They always get my bike in and tuned in a timely manner. They have a good selection of bikes, accessories and clothing for adults and kids. Their staff are friendly and helpful. I hope to take advantage of their bike fitting service too.
I love getting pedicures at Acqua Salon. They have an elegant, professional set up and make clients feel comfortable and pampered. I like their unique, downtown location and look forward to trying their many other services.
Lighting can be fun, yet overwhelming. There are so many choices! The Schwankes and their staff are great at helping clients find fixtures to fit their styles and budgets. They helped my husband and I find affordable, contemporary fixtures and fans for our home remodel several years ago, and I'm still very happy with the results. They have lighting basics as well as beautiful pieces representing a wide range of styles. If they don't have it in stock, they will guide you through catalogs to find what you need. They are also very knowledgeable about cutting edge and energy-saving lighting technology.
The Silver Lining is a hidden "gem" on the Mountain. They have a beautiful and diverse selection of jewelry as well as great beads and findings for making your own pieces. This is a great place for older kids and adults to make something special for themselves or a friend. If you make jewelry regularly, owner Larry has a nice selection of semi-precious and precious stones on hand. They have really good off-season sales. Staff is friendly and helpful.
La Montana is on my list of places to go for a special night out. Their Tex Mex is far above average - I love the El Cabron Chili Rellenos with tomato ancho sauce as well as their Southwestern Enchiladas with red corn tortillas. Their food, especially seafood dishes, has authentic flair, and their margs don't disappoint.
Elk River Farm and Ranch is the place to find all things pets, including little critters like hamsters, ferrets, rabbits, birds and fish. We purchased a hamster and accessories there a year ago and found their staff to be very helpful and knowledgeable. They also have a great selection of cat and dog supplies.
Rex's Happy Hour is a weekly destination for our family. With half-price apps and pizzas, it's one of the best deals in town. Everything on their regular menu is consistently very good. Rex has a knack for putting a yummy gourmet twist on comfort foods like grilled cheese and tomato soup and honey cornbread. They also use quality meats and other ingredients. Salads are excellent. I recently had the Sonoma Flatbread for lunch and was very pleased. I also love the Edamame Hummus for an appetizer. The atmosphere is awesome, especially on the patio in the summer.
Sophisticated, modern and practical for Steamboat's lifestyle - what more could you ask for in a ski town boutique? The store is organized simply, yet elegantly, so it's not overwhelming to the eye. Their selection reflects a range of price points and fashion-forward trends that are also comfortable for women of all ages. They also have great accessories. Customer service is excellent, and I love that they have complimentary coffee and tea.
The VNA's Community Health Centers (Steamboat and Craig) are the place to go if you need to see a doctor and don't have insurance (service is available on a sliding scale). The VNA also offers immunizations (check out their travel clinic if you plan to spend time overseas), support for first-time mothers, home health and hospice, preventative health screenings and aging services - including fitness classes and foot care/senior wellness checks with nurses. Staff is friendly and professional. Don't forget about the Northwest Colorado VNA for your family's health needs.
Allen's mixes quality clothing and sportswear with excellent customer service. The Allen family is so friendly and accommodating. Plan on a nice chat with them while you're shopping away. They have a great selection of Smartwool and Point6 socks -- buy 3, get one free. I love that they carry Kuhl, which has become my husband's favorite brand. They also offer a local's discount of 15% for Routt County residents -- much appreciated by those of us that support local businesses year round.
Rocco and his crew have completed several repairs on my 2004 Volvo XC90. They work on all types of cars, but I've been particularly impressed with their knowledge of European cars and Volvos, which can be a real pain if you're not familiar with them. All my repairs have been done in a timely manner, and Rocco is good about calling clients with updates, etc. Pricing seems fair and on par with other shops.
I've been a client of Holistic Health for nearly 10 years. Dave's gentle chiropractic methods have helped me straighten out numerous issues, including digestive problems and structural issues stemming from a long-ago bike crash. Regular adjustments with Dave have really helped counteract stress on my bones and muscles from mountain biking, skiing, travel, poor sleeping positions and too much time in front of the computer. I've heard he also works wonders on horses and other animals. For a real treat, sign up for a massage with Holistic Health's in-house massage therapist Andrea after your adjustment.
Ski Haus has a great selection of almost anything your family would need for outdoor recreation, summer and winter, with all the name brands you would expect plus new, up and coming quality brands. I'm always impressed by how well staffed they are, in both retail and rentals. I recently rented skis there, and it was a quick and easy process from fitting to drop off. They have awesome end of season sales (April and October, I think) when even new merchandise is 20% off. Great time to get next year's stuff for the family.
Owner Angela has been cutting my hair for a couple of years. She runs a professional salon with very qualified stylists. The salon itself is clean, bright and airy. I've never had to wait more than five minutes for an appointment. I've also never had to wait more than a week or so to get in. They are working on making online booking available, which is super convenient.
A bit panicked, I called Ben the same day of an impromptu family dinner over Thanksgiving break. His staff put together a tasty lasagna that saved my day. All their menu items are very good and feature high quality ingredients. Don't miss the chocolate mousse!
This is the best place to get quality meats and fish in town. They also carry Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses as well as different kinds of fresh pastas, as well as some gourmet foodie items. Try their fresh lasagna noodles next time you plan to make lasagna. Seafood Co. also makes great sandwiches and daily soups. My family eats a lot of wild salmon and trout and they seem to always have these mainstays in stock as well as plenty of other seafood. I also recommend their catering -- their menus accommodate casual to more formal receptions and gatherings.
Everyone, including visitors, need to stop by Ciao for tasty gelato (coffee/hazelnut is my weakness) and pizza (other choices include paninis, salads and bruschetta). Owners Lynne and Massimo are almost always there, making customers feel welcome. Their shop is warm and friendly but can get cramped when they get busy. They are big supporters of local schools and community organizations and frequently feature young artists works' on their walls. A must stop for families.
My family thinks Blue Sage has the best take out pizza in town. Good crust, really good sauce and fresh toppings. A large thin crust cut into squares is our favorite and was a hit at my son's Birthday party. Great place to grab a slice on the go or in their little shop.
This place has it all: Great food, great service and warm ambiance. I think they have the best kids' meals in town for the money -- all kids' entrees include fries or other side and fruit cup. Servers are friendly and accommodating. My husband recently ordered the falafel, but didn't like the sauce. He was embarrassed to send it back, but the waitress was awesome and quickly brought him a different menu item. Lunches on their beautiful patio are a staple of my summertime routine.
One of my favorite stores in Steamboat. There are tons of unique items from all over the world - jewelry, apparel, baby/kid's things, decorative stuff for the home, etc. Everything is displayed beautifully, so it's not overwhelming. Make sure to make it to the Embellishments section at the back of the store.
Don't miss this great little drug store. I love their gifty items and kids' stuff. I shop there for kids' B-day gifts and stocking/Easter basket stuffers. Soda fountain rocks.
There are great finds here, including good quality kids' items. I've picked up designer jeans and cashmere sweaters. Perfect for ladies shopping on a budget or just looking for good deals on nice apparel.
This is a great spot for kids to expend energy, especially in the winter. There's big bouncy features to keep older kids busy as well as an upstairs play area for little ones. Snacks are also available. I was surprised to see a huge selection of Melissa & Doug toys too. I picked up a couple of educational place mats for my son during our last visit. The girl at the front desk said their WI-Fi was sketchy, but I didn't have a problem. So mom got work done too!