Visit Steamboat for its Vibrant Local Art Scene and its Tasty Crafts
Arts and crafts extend well beyond macaroni masterpieces and paint-by-number pictures in Steamboat Springs. For its size, Steamboat is home to a vibrant local art scene — it’s one of the state’s 23 Creative Districts. And when it comes to crafts, well, they’re pretty tasty in this town. Yes, we’re talking about crafts of the food and beverage variety. From craft coffee and kombucha to new restaurants serving thoughtfully handcrafted meals and creatively crafted dining experiences, head to Steamboat this fall to experience the latest additions to the town’s distinctive lineup.
Note: Steamboat Springs is eager to welcome visitors in a safe and thoughtful way. Please see our “5 Commitments of Containment” below.
ARTWALK TWO WAYS
Steamboat’s reimagined First Friday Artwalk offers both a virtual experience and in-person gallery visits. While the free in-person self-guided tour takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, potential buyers and lookie-loos can hop online anytime to peruse works from a number of local and national artists by simply clicking on the name of each included gallery. Online work changes monthly. Steamboat’s in-person Artwalk features 13 locations, including local galleries, Off the Beaten Path bookstore, Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Art Museum.
PLEIN AIR SPLENDOR
The Steamboat Art Museum, an impressive free museum located in one of the town’s most historic buildings on Lincoln Avenue, hosts its 10th annual Plein Air Event featuring the works of artists from around the country who will gather for a week to paint the splendor of a Routt County autumn. See the works in progress at the Farmers Market on Sept. 19, and watch for artists painting on location around town, on historic ranches, and along scenic byways. The exhibit will open on Sept. 26 and continue on display through Nov. 7, 2020.
This winter (Dec. 4, 2020 – April 20, 2021), the museum will host an exhibit titled “Four Directions – Common Paths: Oberg, Smith, Whitcomb, Young,” which represents four of the West’s most noted contemporary Plein air painters: Ralph Oberg, Skip Whitcomb, Matt Smith and Dan Young. The men have been friends for three decades. “This exhibition demonstrates the wonderful synergistic impact of their 30-year relationships — a story of kinship, adventure, and cross-pollination to become their best,” said Betse Grassby, executive director of the Steamboat Art Museum.
CRAFTY CURATED EXPERIENCES
Yurtside dining: This fall/winter, Aurum Food & Wine in Steamboat Springs is setting up four private yurts along the Yampa River giving guests their own physically distant – and Insta-worthy – outdoor dining experience. The fully heated and beautifully appointed yurts accommodate parties of up to eight people for a uniquely memorable, private and safe dining experience. A lantern that sits outside each yurt allows diners to signal their server. Aurum’s sister location in Breckenridge will also set up two yurts and welcome diners beginning this fall.
Gondola ‘za: Mountain Tap Brewery is moving the party outdoors this winter with three gondola cars stationed on the patio. Imagine sipping a Picking Hops IPA and noshing on wood-fired pizza in your very own private gondola cabin. The gondolas, which previously shuttled skiers at Killington Ski Area in Vermont, will be equipped with a heater, lights, a table, and even Bluetooth speakers so guests can play DJ.
Restaurant week returns: For a limited time each fall, Steamboat Springs’ restaurants offer select menus at special prices during the annual Steamboat Springs Restaurant Week. If you’re a foodie, there’s no better time to visit the ‘Boat. This year the event is slated for Sept. 25-Oct. 4. Many eateries create special “Restaurant Week” prix-fixe menus, including three-course meals ranging from $20 to $36. Visit www.mainstreetsteamboat.com to learn more.
Taste the Yampa Valley: The Steamboat Food & Wine Festival returns Oct. 1-4, 2020 with a tasty lineup of small seminars, tasting events, tours and chef dinners. The event, which benefits Colorado Mountain College’s Culinary Program, includes a slew of fun events including the kickoff movie night at the Chief Theater, and creative tasting/sipping events like The Art of Ramen; Mastering the Cool Art of the Frozen Cocktail; Sustainable Winemaking; and the finale Espresso & Prosecco Brunch in the middle of Yampa Street. Experience the beauty of Steamboat Springs during autumn’s splendor while getting a taste of the Yampa Valley’s thriving culinary scene.
Celebrate farmers: Taste the local bounty on Saturdays downtown at the Steamboat Farmers Market, which continues Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 19. Along with crafty items like jewelry, soaps, and clothing, you’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables, local meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams, syrups and honey. It’s a great place to stop for lunch as well.
NEW CRAFT F&B
From scratch French: Yampa Street is home to a new bistro with a decidedly contemporary European feel and a gourmet scratch kitchen. Sauvage serves a special three-or-five-course menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Highlights from the fine dining menu include: pea risotto; Carpaccio with pickles; pea-crusted lamb pave and mille-feuille — layers of puff pastry with peach, apricot and passion fruit pearls. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the eatery offers its Mezzanine menu, which includes favorites like French onion soup, escargot, gazpacho, roasted chicken and even steak au poivre, featuring a 28-ounce organic grass-fed ribeye. The wine selection features 400 bottles, including an extensive French wine collection.
Charcuterie hotspot: Laura the Butcher, aka Laura Posiak, is known for creating sophisticated charcuterie platters. This fall, she’s opening LTB Meat Bar at 2860 Downhill Plaza in Steamboat Springs. Expect everything from Barcelona-style meat cones to Spanish Jamon sliced off the bone at this charcuterie and wine hotspot.
Colorado-grown goodies: This winter is the first for the new Yampa Valley Kitchen & Drink Bar, located in a 100-year-old home in downtown Steamboat Springs (207 Ninth St.). The restaurant uses organic, sustainable ingredients sourced from local, regional and Colorado-based producers. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, with happy hour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day. Breakfast standouts include sweet and savory crepes, omelets and Rueben Benedict with house-made pastrami. For lunch, nosh on modern classics with a twist: salmon miso bowl; Wagyu steak au poivre; avocado toast with feta cheese and candied red onions; and gravlax on rye. The creative, forward-thinking approach extends to the drink program, which highlights single-origin coffee drinks, smoothies, juices, beer and cocktails, including alcohol-free options.
Wake up: Yawning Yeti Coffee Company, a new drive-thru coffee experience on Steamboat’s west side, serves gourmet coffee drinks featuring beans from Steamboat Coffee Co. This winter will mark the first for the business, which opened in July and is currently looking for a new location to park the cart. The menu includes lattes and cappuccino, hot chocolate, teas and chai, iced drinks and a selection of smoothies and other blended drinks, Yawning Yeti is just what you need before tackling the slopes or to get through the 2 p.m. lull.
Healthy sipping: Drink Kombucha, a new gathering place in West Steamboat serving up the effervescent drink with a cult following recently opened at 2432 Lincoln Avenue, where the business shares a building with Big Iron Coffee. Along with a selection of flavored craft kombucha on tap, the menu includes raw salads and other healthy foods. They also plan to start offering Jun, a similar drink to kombucha that’s fermented using honey.
VISITOR SAFETY: 5 COMMITMENTS OF CONTAINMENT
We have taken thoughtful steps in Steamboat Springs to be able to welcome our visitors back. Our businesses are prepared with new mitigation plans and safety standards that include resources from both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. Our community is committed to keeping you safe through the “5 Commitments of Containment,” which you’ll find below. We are asking our visitors to help us play a role in everyone’s safety by following these commitments to ensure we are all able to enjoy Steamboat Springs this summer.
1. Maintain six feet of physical distance.
2. Wash my hands often.
3. Cover my face in public.
4. Stay at home if I am at risk or sick.
5. Seek testing if I have symptoms.
For the latest information from the City of Steamboat Springs, visit www.steamboatchamber.com/covid-19/updates-regulations/.