Taken or single, 15 ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Steamboat
February 10, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Endless displays of red, pink and white wrapped up in a frenzy of hearts, bouquets and cheesy pick-up lines or poems – if the cliché marketing ploys haven't yet made it clear, Valentine's Day will soon be here.
Whether that last minute gift has yet to be found or you still have no idea what to do to occupy your annual reminder of singledom, Explore Steamboat is here to put an end to those Valentine's Day woes with a few ideas for sweethearts and singles.
Venture out to the slightly touched edges of wilderness with your special someone this year.
Look into renting snowshoes and head over to the trails of Howelsen Hill or Rabbit Ears Pass. You can also visit the Steamboat Ski Touring Center with 30 kilometers of trails adjacent to Fish Creek Falls. Be sure to pack a lunch and don’t forget the thermos for that romantic winter picnic.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
This local gem was rated among colorado.com's top five hikes and hot springs. It is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Shuttles are available and are recommended given the winding road, which is slick and icy throughout much of the winter.
Hot Air Balloon
Looking for breathtaking views? Wild West Balloon Adventures (970-879-7219, wildwestballooning.com) offers balloon tours all winter long, complete with a Champagne toast after the early morning tour above the Yampa Valley
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Skating and Broomball
Whether you consider yourself a skater or athlete, get out on the ice this holiday. Howelsen Ice Arena is just the place. You can even play broomball with six players on two teams. Using brooms, the players hit the ball around the rink and try to score goals. Players don’t wear skates but instead take to the ice on rubber-soled shoes. For any activities at Howelsen Ice Arena, book 48 to 72 hours in advance by contacting 970-871-7033.
Don’t want a night out at a restaurant? Have a romantic night in, and don’t forget the candles and sweet nothings.
If you want to get extra cheesy — because you can on Valentine’s Day — make heart-shaped food. For example, heart-shaped pizza is easy and delicious or use heart-shaped mozzarella for a Valentine's Day Caprese salad. Spice things up and attempt to make homemade pasta, which provides a great opportunity for a home wine tasting.
For those scrambling and unsure what to cook, I have one word for you: Pinterest.
Book a couples massage or treat that special someone to a day at the spa or get them a float at the Neptune Float Spa.
You can never go wrong with flowers – especially as a surprise for your honey. Aside from the flower shops in town like Tall Tulips, Alpine Floral & Atrium and Steamboat Floral & Gifts, you can give a hand-tied bouquet wrapped in homemade paper with artisan notecards by Linden Co. Floristry. Pre-order those by contacting email@example.com.
Perhaps you could play the role of secret admirer this Valentine's Day and hand out roses or chocolates to co-workers, friends or family members.
Events to be on the lookout for this Valentine's Day
Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Olympic Heritage Tour
4 p.m. | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.
See future Olympic hopefuls soar through the air during ski jumping practice while learning about Steamboat's Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl Howelsen; and the history of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Winter Carnival, Howelsen Hill, and ski jumping. Note: this is a free tour.
Parents night out sponsored by National Honor Society
5:30 to 8 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.
Need a Valentine’s Day babysitter? Head over to the high school where there will be fun games, activities and snacks for kids while you and your honey have a date night. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner not provided.
6 to 7:30 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Mountain Tap Brewery, 910 Yampa St.
Test your mountain, music and beer trivia knowledge at Mountain Tap for this free event. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams.
Valentine's Day Cacao ceremony and sound healing
4 to 6 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Sundance Studio, 385 Anglers Drive
Treat yourself and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day for a Cacao Ceremony and Sound Healing Experience led by Brian Dickinson from Evolved Alchemy of Boulder and Eric D Vaughan (Shokan Flutes) with a variety of gongs, singing bowls, flutes and sitar. Lauren Haug (Journey to OM), Reiki master from the Usui lineage, will be offering hands on Reiki during the beginning of the sound healing. Bring a blanket, sleeping pad or yoga mat, pillows, and water to hydrate after the session. Feel free to bring a journal to jot down any insights or anything that may come up for you.
5 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.
Join Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for the Hitchen’s Brothers Jump Night, hosted on select Wednesdays during the winter season. Please visit the Winter Sports Club website for more information and to learn which jumps will be used during this session.
Valentine’s Day torchlight parade and fireworks
7 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Gondola Base Area, 2305 Mount Werner Circle
The Steamboat Snowsports School treats people to a spectacular on-snow parade down the mountain lit only by torches. In conjunction with the torchlight parade, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky, providing a perfect ending to the evening.
9 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Schmiggity's, 821 Lincoln Ave.
Show what you got on the Schmiggity’s stage choosing from a list of more than 26,000 high-quality karaoke songs. Free.
Make a grand gesture
No matter what you choose to do, remember this: it’s the thought that counts.