Your Steamboat Cheat Sheet

Quick information on lodging, dining, shopping, and activities.

LODGING/TRANSPORTATION
Steamboat Central Reservations: Book lodging, ski lessons, restaurant reservations, and tubing and lift tickets with one call. You’ll get a real person on the line who can help you make tough choices, such as whether to spend an afternoon snowshoeing or at the spa. Visit their Web site to study up before you go. 1-800-922-2722 or www.steamboat.com

ResortQuest: For groups or big families who need some space, this company rents great condos and townhomes. With a fireplace, an outdoor grill, and a fully equipped kitchen, they feel just like home (for some of us, maybe even better). Free shuttles run regularly to the mountain, and if you make an appointment, a driver will take you anywhere in town. toll-free 1-866-841-5386 or www.resortqueststeamboat.com

Alpine Taxi: Get door-to-door service and a relaxing 20-minute ride from the Hayden airport. They’ll arrange transportation to town and back to the airport when you leave for $47.30 ($23.65 ages 6 and up and seniors; ages 5 and under free with a paying adult). Beats lugging your gear and driving in snow. 1-800-343-7433 or www.alpinetaxi.com

DINING
Old Town Pub: This classic local hangout has been a hotel, hospital, dance hall, post office, and more in its 100-year history. Now it’s just a great place to grab a burger and rub fleece-covered elbows with locals. (970) 879-2101

Winona’s: This local breakfast and lunch spot makes great huevos rancheros, Texas toast, and delicious blueberry granola pancakes. Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (970) 879-2483

Café Diva: This cozy little bistro has a four-page wine list and makes a wonderful date spot. Ask for the corner table, with little cushions. Not appropriate for young children. (970) 871-0508 or www.cafediva.com

Double Z Barbecue: Plates at this local dive are piled high with heaps of barbecued pork and beef ribs. If you’re feeling brave, order the Rocky Mountain Oysters. (970) 879-0849

Off the Beaten Path: Warm up with a cappuccino ($2.25 and up) or a chicken pot pie ($6.95) in this cozy cafe, wine bar, and bookstore. Enjoy the view of Howelsen Hill. (970) 879-6830

SHOPPING
The Fiber Exchange: Find exotic imported yarns and locally produced wool in this great little knitting, crocheting, weaving, and rug hooking shop. Inquire about lessons. (970) 879-9090 or www.thefiberexchange.com

F.M. Light & Sons: A Steamboat fixture for more than a century, this store sells the best of the West: Stetson hats, Routt County Woolens blankets, made from the wool of locally raised sheep, and trendy Old Gringo cowboy boots. (970) 879-1822 or www.fmlight.com

Chez Nous: Shop here for the latest in contemporary looks from New York and L.A.. (970) 879-6995

ACTIVITIES
Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs: A 20-minute drive from Steamboat, these natural hot springs make a beautiful escape and a relaxing way to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes. Admission is $10 adults, $5 ages 3-17, and $3 ages 3-12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Children under 18 not admitted after dark because clothing is optional then. To visit, a 4x4 vehicle is required; shuttle service is strongly recommended. Sweet Pea Tours provides packages with round-trip transportation and admission for $30 ($12 for kids). Rides start at 10:30 a.m., noon, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30, and 9 p.m., and total trip time is about 3 hours. Once there, you’ll find primitive changing rooms, flush toilets, and a very limited concession stand. Tip: Go before dusk, because clothing is optional after dark. Hot Springs: (970) 879-0342 or www.strawberryhotsprings.com Sweet Pea Tours: (970) 879-5820

Night Tubing: Zoom down the bunny slopes on an inflatable donut. Dress warm, and make reservations early because this activity books up quickly. Pick an hour-long session starting at 4:30, 5:45, 7, and 8:15 p.m. daily. (An additional 9:15 session will be added during peak season.) Pick up your tickets at Steamboat Ski & Sport in the Sheraton. (970) 871-5359

Backdoor Sports: Stop in for $5 snow shoe rentals. You can walk right out of the shop, cross a creek, and shoe it up Howelsen Hill. (970) 879-6249

Snow Report: (970) 879-7300 or www.steamboat.com/snowreport