Hi friends and TGIF!
I wanted to share some pictures from our recent trip to Steamboat Springs, CO. Ryan and I went there for a week to go skiing and visit his family and it was amazing, per usual! This was our 3rd trip together, and Ryan has been going with his family for 15 years+ (his aunt and cousins live in CO).
We had beautiful weather for almost our entire trip! It snowed 18 inches on the mountain while we there, so the ski conditions were absolutely amazing. We also got days full of beautiful sunshine 🌞.
Aren’t these views incredible? I couldn’t believe the beautiful lighting and how blue the sky is!
We enjoyed a beer outside on the balcony in the sunshine after a day of skiing.
Steamboat is such a beautiful place and I am so grateful to have been introduced to it by Ryan and his family. It’s off the beaten path and it’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Denver, near the Wyoming border. Given its location it has a slightly more western and casual vibe than some of the other big resort towns in Colorado (and I hope it stays that way 😀).
We skied the entire mountain, went snowshoeing, ate *amazing* food, and enjoyed hours of relaxation spent by the fire.
The meals in Steamboat have always been so good (regardless of the fact that it’s a smallish ski town!). Some of our favorites:
- Mambo Italiano (Italian, obviously 🤣)- Delicious pasta dishes.
- Low Country Kitchen (Southern comfort food)- Amazing fried chicken and biscuits. Randomly the deviled eggs are also so good! Great cocktails as well.
- Bésame (Tapas/ Latin American food- Spanish, Peruvian, Colombian, etc.)- incredible! This is a new place Ryan and I tried this past trip and everything we got was spectacular. Prawns, potatoes, duck confit, smoked peppers, fresh baked bread with adobo sauce, etc. Okay, now I’m drooling.
Interior shot of Bésame- I’m a sucker for café lights or whatever these string lights are called. I love the wide, worn floorboards too.
We’ve also heard great things about Mazzola’s and Laundry but haven’t had a chance to check them out. There are a TON of other restaurants we want to try as well. Next time 😁.
This year, we went on another snowshoeing adventure at Buffalo Pass (located on a mountain near town). The pictures don’t do it justice but I’m gonna try my darnedest!
- Freshies (casual breakfast and lunch spot with classic and/or healthy options) – I got a roasted butternut squash and quinoa bowl with kale, feta, and scrambled eggs for breakfast one morning- it was so filling and tasty.
- Truffle Pig (fancy, finer dining at base of mountain)
- Mahogany Ridge– incredible steaks and beer selection (local too)
- Lots of little breweries and pubs around town.
- Lots of good casual Mexican restaurants as well
This trek was nothing short of breathtaking.
It had snowed three feet or something crazy when we arrived (in addition to existing snowpack).
^ This trail sign is about 5 feet high to give you an idea of the height of the snowfall!
As we got climbed more up the mountain, the views got more and more jaw dropping.
^ You can see tiny specks in the center here- those are snowmobiles. The only other humans we saw.
^ Our guide Katie leading the way. I love this photograph. She looks like she’s hiking into the clouds. Everything is so pristine and untouched and pure.
I couldn’t believe my eyes! The scenery was just so beautiful. Needless to say I was lagging behind the group snapping tons of photos.
^ The lighting was gorgeous and dramatic. The clouds rolled in, enveloping us and then quickly dissipated, gliding over the ridges and rolling hills, off into the distance.
It was an experience I’ll never forget. None of these pictures have any filters on them- the lighting and colors were just picture perfect. Our guide said it was one of the most spectacular hikes she had ever done!
^ A beautiful Aspen tree.
It was actually so bright we wore sunglasses almost the whole time.
I took probably close to 150 pictures! There are so many more beautiful images on my camera but I don’t want to exhaust my readers 😂/ how many pictures of mountains does one need to see (#thelimitdoesnotexist). Also, I only really used my camera one or two days of the trip, but still feel like it was totally worth it to bring it.
After snowshoeing we walked around town. We bought a cute Christmas ornament and mainly just window shopped.
^ View of the mountain from Lincoln Avenue- the Main Street in Steamboat.
A lovely mural outside of Freshies restaurant. The colors are so bright and cheerful.
This day was actually very low visibility at first and made for difficult skiing. Luckily Ryan is a great ski partner (and encourager) and the skies cleared up beautifully later on!
^ The storm clouds moving across the mountain.
After the clouds cleared 🙂:The weather can change quickly when you’re 10,000 feet up!
Well, that about sums up our trip. Ryan and I had the best time and can’t wait to go back! We are planning to go in the summer and fall seasons at some point, and I have a feeling I’ll love Steamboat even more. I would love to explore the western United States more and hope I get a chance to do so!The natural world is so incredible and awe inspiring.
I hope you enjoyed this post and the pictures- I know I enjoyed taking them.
Do you you have a favorite vacation spot? Let me know in the comments below.