Steamboat weddings often include extra activities

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You've chosen Steamboat Springs for your wedding.

You've got the invitations out, planned the dinner and found that perfect dress, but the question remains: What do you do with your family and guests the day before the wedding and the day after?

One reason Steamboat is a destination location for hundreds of weddings a year is the area's diversity.

Couples can share their nuptials in a pristine, small-town mountain setting that offers more than just stunning views and photo opportunities.

Riley Polumbus, communications director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said one of the reasons many couples pick Steamboat Springs for their wedding is because it is a neutral location that has something to keep every wedding guest entertained.

"If you have a wedding here, you have the amenities, activities and facilities available to make your wedding fun for everyone," she said. "Instead of just coming out for a wedding, your family and guests can make a vacation out of your wedding."

Depending on the season, wedding guests who might arrive a few days before a wedding or stay a few days later to enjoy some other activities, can take advantage of mountain biking, hiking and downtown shopping in the summer and skiing or snowboarding and taking a trip to the famed Strawberry Park Hot Springs in the winter.

The diverse activities are sure to bring the whole family and wedding party together, she said.

"People are so spread out across the nation these days that having a wedding in a place like Steamboat allows families to come together and reconnect," she said. "Whether the bride and groom live here, met here or just vacation here, you can share those experiences."

In the summer, the Steamboat Ski Area offers miles of easy to difficult trails for downhill mountain biking or hiking, as well as an 18-hole Frisbee golf and mini-golf course at the base area.

In the winter, the ski area's unparalleled Champagne Powder lures powder fiends of all ages, skill levels and abilities.

If mountain activities aren't for your guests, send them downtown to shop the quaint stores along Lincoln Avenue that offer opportunities to sample authentic Western wear for the whole family, novelty gifts and more.

For a relaxing experience that every Steamboat visitor must experience, send your guests north up Routt County Road 36 to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. The pools are open year-round though travel up the steep dirt road in the winter can be tricky.

For a tamer hot springs experience, guests can purchase daily passes to the Old Town Hot Springs, Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, to soak in three mineral springs.

Although your guests came for your wedding, they're sure to take home more than just photos of your first kiss with all there is to do in the Steamboat Springs area.

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