Saturday, February 10, 2001
Steamboat Springs Even though all of us should be expressing our love to others every day, we get a chance to make up for it on Valentine's Day to show our deepest love. So, how do you spend one perfect day with the one you love? We've asked local business owners how they think Valentine's Day should be spent.
Heather Lewis, organizer of tours at Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, said a dinner tour would be the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day.
The dinner tour offers couples to take a night ride on a two-seater snowmobile, with a guide, and head into the forest-hidden cabin for a dinner prepared by The Main Dish.
"It's a completely different experience to combine adventure with romance," Lewis said. "I've even seen guys propose to their girlfriends."
In the back room of the cabin, tables are set up with Valentine-colored flowers for couples to relax after the ride and enjoy a romantic dinner.
The tour company doesn't have a liquor license, so the rule is "BYOB." If you're worried about driving after drinking, don't. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours will pick you up and take you home.
If it's not dinner or adventure that you want, but complete relaxation and isolation, Strawberry Park Hot Springs provides small cabins for rent and 102- to 106-degree natural steaming pools. Although the cabins have been booked up for more than a month for Valentine's Day, assistant manager Jonathan Wheby said to plan in advance for next year.
With a range of rustic to caboose-style cabins, Wheby said people can enjoy the pools, massage or snowshoeing on the Hot Spring Creek Trail.
For simple and traditional ways to spend Valentine's Day, Susanne Bostrom, owner of Alpine Floral and Atrium, said buy flowers, of course.
Bostrom said she remembered a guy from out of town who called the store two weeks ago with plans to propose to his fiancee. He asked that Bostrom fill the hotel room with flowers and lay rose and daisy petals all over the bed.
"I just thought, 'This is great,'" Bostrom said. "I told my husband, 'We've owned a flower shop for 26 years, you could do that for me.'"
Compiled by Kelly Silva