It has been a beautiful week here in Steamboat Springs! The temperature today is in the mid 80’s to low 90’s with literally only a few clouds in the sky. It is perfect weather to be outside. For lunch today, my sister (who is visiting town for the first time from Seattle) and I walked from my office at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association along the Yampa River Core trail to Old Town Steamboat Springs. It is a comfortable walk with great views and the peaceful Yampa River flowing along side the trail. We got lunch at the Bamboo Market on 11th and Yampa Street and then made our way back to the office. The whole walk I kept reminding myself how lucky I am to live here in Steamboat Springs.
Last fall I blogged about the countdown clock at local Mexican restaurant Azteca Taqueria in historic old town Steamboat Springs. The clock counts down the days, hour and minutes until a specific, significant date. Last summer and fall the clock was counting down to the opening of the ski season. Every time a customer would walk in they would be reminded of how long we had to go till we were able to hit the slopes.
Now, with ski season reaching its end, the clock has been reset to count down the time until the seniors graduate from Steamboat Springs High School. Currently the clock reads: 39 days, 1 hour and 10 minutes. This clock and all that it represents, really is a great example of why I love this charming, small mountain community.
Today has been one of those great Steamboat days. The sun is out, the temperatures are warming up and everyone seems to have an extra spring in their step now that spring is literally around the corner. What to do on an afternoon like this? It looks like the perfect afternoon to head over to the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant for margaritas on the roof top deck. It’s a great place to spend an evening like this and from that view the alpenglow on the ski area is going to look amazing. It should reach 60 degrees this weekend, time to pull out the sandals.
The Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that the mountain has received over 21 feet of snow already this season and yes, the snow is STILL falling with no signs of stopping in the next few days. This weekend, with the great snow, dining and shopping in Steamboat, especially on this holiday weekend everything was busy, including me. Whether you have friends in town like me, you are a first time visitor or you are a Steamboat local, there are so many options of where to eat, shop and play and it is fun to mix it up and try new places.
Saturday morning started with a delicious breakfast at Winona’s, a breakfast and lunch restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs. Yummy, try their cinnamon rolls they are amazing. Following our wonderful meal, my friend and I shopped along Lincoln Avenue, the main street in Steamboat. We stopped in shoe, clothing, kitchen wear, art and book stores. One of our favorite stops was at a local downtown drug store, Lyon’s, where we took photos of ourselves in the photo booth they have onsite, good old fashioned fun! Sunday I was up on the mountain…what a weekend!
Tomorrow, the 34th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill will take place at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area at 1:30 pm. This is a great event and tradition to check out while you are in town. More about that tomorrow!
Cooler weather this weekend made it possible for not one but two hikes around Steamboat Springs. With the weather being so nice, the temperatures cooling and going with a puppy who needed some exercise, it was a great weekend to be outdoors.
Sunday especially was the all inclusive autumn day. Starting the day with a great breakfast at Creek Side Café in Old Town right along Soda Creek, we were about to sit and eat outside because the weather was so nice. Eating outside on a patio in the middle of November? I never thought that was possible. A tasty breakfast was followed by a hike up the Soda Creek Trail on Buffalo Pass with wonderful views of the valley of the pass and the valley. To top the entire day off, after our hike we went to a café in town and got a cup of hot apple cider. Now if that doesn’t sound like the perfect fall day, I don’t know what does.
In a small town there are always fun, quirky things that keep you on your toes and make you feel like you are a part of a real community. Sometimes they are funny little things that most people take for grated, but they add so much to everyone’s experience. They can be fun, they can be silly, but they can also be informative.
One of my favorite things in Steamboat Springs is the count down clock on the wall at Azteca Taqueria, a mexican restaurant in Old Town Steamboat. The clock counts down the number of days, hours and minutes until ski season’s opening day. It is kind of funny thing to see when you go to get a burrito in the summer months and the count down on the clock reads that there are over 100 days left.
However, if you walk into Azteca today, or this week, you will notice that there are less than two weeks until opening day on November 21st. It is the date on everyone’s mind; just hop in to Azteca Taqueria to help with your count down efforts.