Traveling alone often seems unfamiliar, and perhaps even a little intimidating. Going to a restaurant, sitting down, ordering dinner and eating solo. Current generations emphasize self-love and positivity, but how many people take the time to be by themselves, let alone vacation alone? While it seems daunting, this simple guide to 24 blissful hours alone in Steamboat Springs can help you relax, reflect and rejuvenate:
Enjoy being leisurely woken up by the natural sunlight flooding in from your rental home’s windows. Savor a homemade breakfast bowl that you can prepare slowly, in a quiet and peaceful kitchen.
Tie up your hiking boots and head to the base of Mount Werner. Take in sweeping views of the Yampa Valley as you ride up the gondola. When you make it to the top, appreciate the miles and miles of green pastures and views of Steamboat’s downtown area. Uncrowded hiking routes will keep you entertained for hours. Classic among locals, these trails are well-maintained and can offer some spectacular views.
Take the gondola back down to the base, and stop at SlopeSide Grill for your very first solo meal out. Luckily, the staff is friendly and the patio has an awesome view. Order the Volcano Wrap and a water; it’s important to hydrate for your busy day ahead.
After you’re stuffed from lunch, take a bus downtown to the Third Street stop. Explore the shops and boutiques. Buy a Steamboat tee shirt or souvenir to remind yourself of your relaxing and recharging weekend.
Grab a pick-me-up coffee from Off The Beaten Path. The truly unique, new and used bookstore boasts a full coffee bar and tons of cozy nooks to curl up and read.
Once you’ve found a good book, head toward the river where you’ll find the core trail, which is dotted with scenic parks. About one and a half miles from downtown, you will find the Botanic Gardens, a great place to see the local flora. You can get lost here for hours, exploring the different gardens and secret paths.
Head back downtown, taking in Steamboat’s natural scenes along the way, like a bald eagle’s nest. Then stop in the antique shops and unique natural jewelry stores, where you can pick up a few gifts for yourself or loved ones.
Change into your swimsuit and hop in your car, or call the shuttle. Head to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs where you can take in amazing views and enjoy a relaxing hot or cold soak in the natural springs. The springs’ raw beauty stems from its interesting rock formations and gorgeous scenery.
After your relaxing soak and a quick wardrobe change, head downtown to one of the dozens of local eateries. From Italian dishes all the way to Indonesian cuisine, Steamboat offers something for every taste.
Head to one of the breweries by the river and cozy up at the bar. Storm Peak Brewery has puzzles and games to keep you entertained, not to mention it is dog-friendly. Locals frequent this bar, so you’re likely to make some new friends in the area.
Catch a concert at Schmiggity’s on Lincoln. This unique bar offers a different band every night of the week. Even if the band doesn’t sound like your style, the energy of the crowd and the intimacy of the venue will make you a fan in no time.
After dancing and jamming the night away, head back to your rental home, knowing you have done Steamboat like a local. Be proud of your date with yourself; it takes a lot of courage. To start planning a solo getaway to Steamboat Springs, browse rental homes.