QUICK TRIP: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
I am so excited to finally share with you my trip to Steamboat! As you may know, I take a lot of quick trips if you have read my post on Lake Tahoe or my post on Chicago. They are the perfect getaway without having to be too behind at work and just the right amount of refresh that I need! I have been way overdue to visit one of my best friends from college that lives in Steamboat. I decided to finally make the trip there this fall and see her and her husband’s new distillery, Steamboat Whiskey Company! Chris, being the avid traveler that he is, came along with me as he will never turn down an opportunity to explore! Neither of us had ever been before, but it was the perfect visit and such a fun reunion to see our friend’s!
We first arrived by taking a quick flight to Denver followed along by a gorgeous 2-hour drive to Steamboat. There was so much snow on the ground and so many snow-capped mountains! It was especially fun for this Texas girl to see! I couldn’t wait to give my friend the biggest hug and see what life was like living in Steamboat Springs. The weather there was so beautiful – high 50’s, and the scenery was so breathtaking. I have only ever been to Colorado in the summer, so it was so nice to see what it was like in the fall. Unlike Houston, they actually receive a proper fall season! I couldn’t stop staring at all of the Aspen’s and couldn’t remember the last time I saw trees with leaves this yellow.
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MORNING/ AFTERNOON IN STEAMBOAT
Upon arriving in Steamboat we went for a walk on Spring Creek Trail. It was such a pretty day and we were so glad to be able to explore Steamboat while all of the Aspen trees had their leaves. The altitude didn’t seem to affect me the same way it did when I went to Lake Tahoe earlier this summer. If you haven’t been to Lake Tahoe before, then be sure to check out my post here. The trail had a beautiful creek and was the perfect trail for us to walk or ride our bikes. My friend brought her dogs, Gunner and Luna along with us, and they had so much fun on the trail, too!
STEAMBOAT WHISKEY COMPANY
We hiked about 3 miles and saw the perfect scenic tour of Steamboat. After our walk, we went to explore downtown. Steamboat’s downtown is so quaint and loved how you could see the mountains on the horizon while still getting that “downtown” feel. While exploring downtown, we then stopped at Chris and I’s very anticipated part of the trip, Steamboat Whiskey Company! The distillery was actually started by my friend’s husband. After hearing about it for months, we were so excited to finally see it in person! It was also the first weekend that their Cocktail Bar was open and we couldn’t wait to try every drink on the menu – or at least what we could handle 😉 .
We each had our very own tasting of the whiskey and vodka they brewed – The Warrior Whiskey and Ski Town Vodka. The Warrior Whiskey is very special as both owners were former U.S. Navy Seals. A part of the proceeds of The Warrior Whiskey goes to the U.S. Navy Seal fund and other veteran support organizations. Be sure to check out their story here.
We all loved both liquors and went on to try several of their seasonal cocktails. I first opted for the Pumpkin Spice White Russian and it was so delicious! It was like drinking a dessert but not too heavy. It was perfect and made me feel like I was finally enjoying fall, and not the Starbucks kind 🙂 . I then opted for The Corpse Reviver which included their Ski Town Vodka and was also so delicious. We enjoyed our drinks while playing darts and getting to check out how their whiskey is distilled. The Cocktail Bar had such a cozy setting and was the perfect place to come in and relax and have a drink while catching up with our friend’s. If you ever visit Steamboat and venture downtown, be sure to stop by!
For dinner that night, we went to Mambo’s. It was a favorite of my friend and her husband’s and we couldn’t wait to try it! It’s downtown near the distillery which was super convenient for us to go to after dinner! Knowing my friend and how much she loves pasta and pizza, this place did not disappoint! They also had a pretty awesome wine menu and pair with their entrees. We all ended up, of course, getting pizza and pasta – I had the Margherita Pizza. Chris opted for the Cioppino, which is like a fisherman’s stew. I was able to sneak a few bites and it was so delicious! I highly recommend this dinner spot if you ever visit Steamboat!
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We wanted one good last meal before we made the drive back to Denver to board our flights and ended up going to Winona’s. It is an adorable diner that is only open for breakfast and lunch. We went a little early but it was still so packed. Winona’s had an old school feel, which made it even more special to visit. Winona’s is also known for their massive cinnamon rolls. We, of course, couldn’t leave until we tried one and barely finished it amongst all of us! Their breakfast was also to die for. Between all of us we had eggs, bacon, toast, avocados and all of the other fixings. It was delicious and highly recommend it to anyone that ever visits. It would be a great place to stop in especially on a really cold day or after skiing.
Before Chris and I headed to the airport, we made it back early enough to Denver to explore near Union Station. Chris kept telling me about this restaurant called Snooze that is really popular and always has an insane wait. Lucky for us, there is now a Snooze in Houston, and I am dying to try it! While we were walking around, we noticed the cutest farmer’s market they had going on. There were several booths set up with local shops and booths with fresh fruit. We checked out Mercantile, which is a restaurant in Union Station that also had a booth set up outside. They are known for their pastries and we tried a delicious ham and cheese croissant before making our way back to the airport.
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This trip felt like the shortest one and we were so so sad we had to leave such a beautiful place. Although I do love my short weekend getaway trips, it was so hard to say bye to my friend. We got a lot of chances to explore but would love to come back up to Steamboat and go skiing and explore even more! Have you ever been to Steamboat? I would love to hear about your visit. Chris and I are ready to go back!