Every February, I mark my calendar for the magic that is the WinterWonderGrass Festival. This year I, along with the rest of the Yampa Valley, was beyond thrilled when WWG announced its new home in Steamboat Springs! In the announcement, the festival noted that “the WWG vision is grounded in the commitment to deliver the best and most authentic grassroots bluegrass and Colorado craft beer festival imaginable.” This year’s lineup features the best of what the bluegrass scene has to offer including sets from Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, The California Honeydrops, Head for the Hills, and many more! Steamboat Springs is opening its arms wide to welcome the bluegrass faithful for three days of music, microbrews, and infamous Champagne Powder® skiing. To make sure your WWG experience is the best it can be, here are some quick insider tips to keep your weekend rockin’:
- Start your day right with breakfast (or brunch if you happen to roll out of bed a little later) at one of Steamboat’s amazing restaurants. My go-to is Creekside Café on 11th Street. With delicious cocktails, strong coffee, and the best eggs benedict in town, you can’t go wrong. This is a popular spot so expect a bit of a wait. Check out all of the local breakfast spots here.
- WinterWonderGrass After Dark will keep the party going with shows all over town including the Old Town Pub, Chief Theater, Schmiggity’s, and the top of the gondola at Thunderhead Lodge. Avoid taxi waits and hop on the free city bus if you are headed downtown. Check out the city bus schedule and other transportation options so you aren’t left out in the cold.
- After a night of dancing and boot stomping, recovery is necessary. Get your much needed R&R while you soak your tired bones in one of our famous local hot springs. Old Town Hot Springs is conveniently located downtown with several spring-fed pools, a fitness center, massage studio, and coffee shop for those needing a little caffeine boost. If you want to venture a bit out of town, a visit to Strawberry Park Hot Springs will fill your soul and mend your body. Located less than seven miles from town, Strawberry Park offers therapeutic thermal pools and a beautiful mountain setting.
- Don’t forget your skis and board as WinterWonderGrass has promised a truly unique festival experience. What could be better than skiing down to an intimate bluegrass show with the Yampa Valley as a backdrop. Not a skier? There’s plenty of activities for non-skiers in Steamboat Springs. Check out our suggestions here.
Aided by a stacked lineup and beautiful new home, WinterWonderGrass’s fifth year is shaping up to be the best yet. Get up here!