Quiet Mountain Lodge Steps from Ski Slopes
The sky lights up in shades of orange and purple as the sun sets over Mount Werner, and lodgers soak up the view and gusts of fresh mountain air on a balcony. Inside the hotel’s great room, others sink into a leather loveseat with steaming mugs of hot cocoa, recalling a day on the slopes near the roaring fireplace. Peaceful scenes such as this are common at the Inn at Steamboat, which embodies ski-lodge hospitality with a make-your-own-waffles spread during daily complimentary breakfasts in the winter season and rustic pine accents throughout.
Sliding glass doors separate a common-area balcony from some Standard guest rooms, where comfy down duvets cover pillow-top beds. Outside, children splash around in the heated swimming pool—which stays open year-round—while parents luxuriate in a hot tub to mollify sore muscles or phantom limbs.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Historical Ski Town with Bubbling Hot Springs
Steamboat Springs hugs the western ridge of the Continental Divide, and lies amid six tree-studded peaks. Come winter, a light powder dusts the slopes, creating adrenaline-pumping runs for skiers and snowboarders. The included $15 credit per day toward up to two days of ski gear rentals at Fleischer Sport and a ski tune-up readies lodgers to flutter along beginner-friendly lower-mountain trails, tackle challenging steep vertical drops, or etch their wish lists to Santa into the snow. The towns of these craggy cliffs also boast more restful pursuits in the form of natural hot springs; more than 150 bubble throughout Steamboat and heat up the snowmelt runoff of the Yampa River.
Up and down Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat, spur-clad ranchers mingle with out-of-towners, browsing boutiques or perusing the town’s many art galleries. Casual eateries, pubs, and breweries also dot the area, serving up savory elk-sausage burgers and cold beers in cozy dining rooms and on scenic outdoor patios.