EAT

A local institution, Freshies is an absolute must for a breakfast. Tank up on Southwestern and traditional breakfast fare and be sure to leave room for one of the epic cinnamon rolls covered in cream cheese frosting. The lively owners will serve up a side of charm and humor to start your day right. For happy hour, check out Salt and Lime, a modern Mexican restaurant with creative cocktails, homemade chips and knockout tacos. If the weather is nice, enjoy the rooftop patio while taking in Steamboat’s views. At first glance, Rex’s facade leaves a bit to be desired, but what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in big flavor. It’s a perfect place to grab a beer and burger for couples or families alike.

SLEEP

Half luxury VRBO and half bed and breakfast, Moving Mountains brings the ease and convenience of staying at a vacation rental but with some high-end ammenities. Ski valet? Check. Breakfast in Bed? Check. Personal Chef? Check. Customize the trip you want in the diverse and stunning homes that Moving Mountains has to offer. Great for extra large groups too, Moving Mountains has homes with up to ten bedrooms. While the price tag is hefty, the experience is unforgettable. For a more budget friendly option, try the Nordic Lodge of Steamboat. Skip the chain motel, and check in at this no frills downtown motel that has all the basics, but with the charm and friendliness of a local business. It’s family owned and operated, and the owners shop for and Hand select breakfast fare daily.

PLAY

If you are looking for a more solitary outdoor experience surrounded by mountains, sleep and play at Pearl Lake State Park, just 25 miles outside of town. Winter lodging is allowed at the park’s yurts as long as you are willing to hike, ski or snowshoe in the half mile to them. The park is also open late May through early October for warm-weather activities, including tent camping, non-motorized water sports and hiking. A trip to Steamboat wouldn’t be complete without a soak in Strawberry Park Hot Springs. But why not skip the drive and earn your soak with a hike up the Hot Springs Trail (Forest Service Trail 1169)? This three-mile hike winds its way up a small, beautiful ravine and lets you out at the property.

—Jordan Martindell