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48 HOURS IN STEAMBOAT: A FOODIE GUIDE

Eat Your Way Through Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs may be a small mountain town in Northern Colorado, but as a destination for excellent food, it punches way above its weight. While Steamboat is best known for its incredible mountain landscapes and epic snowy terrain, its culinary scene is thriving. What could be better than playing in the wilderness of Colorado? How about following your outdoor adventure with great food! Steamboat’s culinary delights are the perfect accessory to your mountain weekend getaway. Follow this foodie guide to a memorable 48 hours in Steamboat Springs, and you won’t be disappointed.

BREAKFAST

Freshies is an excellent spot to fuel up before a day of exploring. Start you day right at Freshies, where breakfast is served with a side of local charm. This iconic diner isn’t simply famous for its gigantic cinnamon rolls. The family-owned establishment serves up breakfast fare using fresh, locally sources ingredients. Whether you are looking for a light plate of avocado toast, a smothered breakfast burrito, or a traditional benny, Freshies has the variety to satisfy everyone’s early morning palette.

Old Town Hot Springs is conveniently located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado

ACTIVITY

After breakfast, explore Main Street with its charming boutiques and galleries. End your stroll at Old Town Hot Springs where multiple pools await. Enjoy a leisurely soak, tackle a swim workout, or take a thrilling ride down the waterslide—all before lunch.

LUNCH

For the best sandwich in town, head to Steamboat Meat & Seafood. While the deli isn’t the main event at this butcher shop/gourmet market, it is definitely a hidden gem. Traditional offerings like Reubens and Pastrami sandwiches compete with other favorites like Momma Mia’s Meatball Sub and the Porky Pig, which features house-smoked pulled pork. Or opt for the more sophisticated side of the menu and grab a French Quarter Turkey or Tarragon Chicken Salad. Load up on sandwiches and head out to the river for a proper waterside picnic.

ACTIVITY

For the afternoon, rent some cruiser bikes and take a gentle ride down the Yampa River Core Trail. This 7.5-mile path offers an easy way to enjoy the sights of the area with stops at some lovely attractions along the way, like the Yampa River Botanic Park.

Cruising the Yampa River Core Trail

DINNER

You don't have to go far for the tastes of Cuba, Argentina, Portugal and Spain-just head to downtown Steamboat and dine at Bésame, a Latin fusion restaurant. Featuring an inspired collection of regional Latin flavors, every meal at Bésame is a rich and romantic experience with the fun and liveliness of an old world familia dinner.

Dining options are vast in Steamboat Springs, CO


BREAKFAST

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning at Creekside Cafe & Grill. Nosh on hearty eats accompanied by the gentle waters of the creek. With seven eggs benedict variations and a dynamic list of bloody mary combinations, Creekside has the perfect ratio of good food to relaxation, making it ideal for the brunch crowd.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

ACTIVITY

Head out of town after brunch and explore Strawberry Park Hot Springs for the day. This outdoor oasis is accessible by car (or by foot if you are up for a hike). Enjoy the hippie vibe of this northern Colorado treasure where basking in the mountain sun becomes addicting.

Lunch

Nothing is quite as refreshing after some outdoor activity than tacos and margaritas. With a sweet rooftop patio, a Colorado twist on traditional tacos, and a bevy of creative cocktails, Salt & Lime on Main Street is the ideal lunch spot. Indulge on bison tacos and a side of cauliflower hash partnered with a flight of choice tequilas. Top off your meal with some Nutty Churros while watching the town bustle below. However you partake, this modern taqueria will transport you south of the border all the while enjoying breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.

Happy Hour @ Salt and Lime

BONUS ACTIVITY

Before dinner, check out Off the Beaten Path Bookstore & Coffeehouse. Grab a pre-dinner latte and peruse the books and magazines that line the walls of this charming cafe. This little gem off of Main Street is the perfect place to gather intellectual ammunition to share over your last meal in town.

DINNER

Celebrate your 48 hours in Steamboat with a final meal at Backdoor Burger, a local favorite and Steamboat classic. They have a passion for natural ingredients and a love of old-fashioned burgers with unique twists. Seriously, they have a burger that even uses donuts in place of traditional buns! Backdoor cuts their french fries and onion rings every morning, so don’t skip out on their tasty sides as you reminisce on your Steamboat trip.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg for all that you can do in Steamboat. From mountain biking and hiking in the summer to every possible snow sport in the winter, your plate is always full. Make the places you relax after a day outside just as memorable. Click here to see even more amazing dining options in town.

Diners enjoy libations and Steamboat Whiskey Company