About Downtown Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs is more than a great ski mountain. It’s a real town. And downtown Steamboat Springs is the heart of this welcoming Western community, where ranchers, skiers and artisans share the Steamboat experience.
The downtown district is alive with personality – from century-old buildings, to a thriving arts scene, to world-class dining. Throw in Steamboat’s “down-home” character, and it’s easy to understand why locals live here, and visitors return year after year.
Start your day by dining at a street-side café, like Winona’s or Creekside Café. There’s nothing better than eating breakfast to the sounds of the tumbling Soda Creek waters. Then move on to browse Main Street’s impressive selection of boutique shops and independent, locally owned businesses. Stroll through art galleries featuring a variety of local and national artists. On summer weekends, you can find fresh, locally produced foods and artisan goods at the vibrant Farmer’s Market.
Restaurants like Aurum and Carl’s Tavern buzz with happy hour revelers enjoying cocktails on outdoor and roof top patios. The choice is yours for dinner — from a quick burger at Backdoor Grill to fine dining at Cloverdale and E3 Chophouse. Or relax with a glass of wine on the deck of Sake2U and watch the sunset behind the Yampa River and Howelsen Hill.
The first weekend in February brings the annual Winter Carnival which began in 1914. Hundreds of people line Lincoln Avenue to witness the festivities that combine Steamboat’s skiing and western heritages. Kids ski behind horses to compete in events that include ski joring and the famous donkey jump. So bring the kids and connect with the downtown excitement.
The Steamboat experience begins and ends in downtown. While the storefronts have changed over the decades, the allure of spending a beautiful Northwest Colorado day strolling along Lincoln Avenue hasn’t. And it just keeps getting better.