We have a secret to share, so lean in close and prepare to be surprised. In a world of Christmas fans, we prefer, have always preferred, New Year’s Eve! There is something wonderful about an evening that doesn’t just say farewell, it also says hello. And when the year has been as turbulent and uncertain as 2020 has been, we are not embarrassed to admit that we LOVE the opportunity to say goodbye! The blank slate that is 2021 stretches out before us, and if you are looking to try something new this year, why not plan a trip to Steamboat Springs and a stay in one of our Four Seasons Steamboat vacation escapes? Offering comfort, warmth and luxury, our spaces are designed to be the best part of your stellar Colorado adventure, and this guide will ensure that every minute is filled with fun, laughter, and excitement.
Outlaw Mountain Coaster
There are a lot of ways to ring in the new year, but we are willing to hazard a guess that riding a roller coaster is not a way you have tried before—especially if that roller coaster is actually a mountain coaster! The Outlaw Mountain Coaster is the nation’s longest one and descends over 400 feet at speeds that reach up to 27 miles per hour, and when it is time to tell the world that you will not be ruled by the disaster that was 2020, a thrilling ride down the mountain is the best way to do so! The coaster closes at 4:30, but they offer longer hours for night rides during the holidays.
Harwigs, 911 Lincoln Avenue
We did not have the opportunity to eat out very often over the last 12 months, so an elegant dinner out is on the top of many of our guests New Year’s bucket lists! Harwigs is one of our favorite places to dine when we are celebrating something, and that includes the new year. Offering an award-winning menu that never fails to please, the thought that goes into each ingredient of every dish ensures that your last meal of 2020 will be something to write home about.
Celebrate with Those You Love Most
Not every New Year’s Eve celebration has to be glamorous and glitzy; sometimes the best memories are made at home—or in this case, in your vacation home away from home! Pick up all the ingredients you need for an extra special New Year’s at any of our local grocery stores. Safeway is a popular choice, and while you are there, be sure to pick up champagne flutes and party hats. Just because you are probably going to be wearing your jammies, it does not mean you can’t have a little party on top! Speaking of pajamas, a little preplanning might be in order here, as not all stores have family jammies in stock. Ordering from your favorite online retailer ensures your New Year’s family photos will be cute, stylish, and seasonally sensational.
Once you have done all your shopping (don’t forget the champagne and sparkling juices for the kiddos!) it is now time to head back to your Four Seasons escape and set the scene for a night of family fun and merriment. Toss the frozen appetizers you purchased in the oven or take a few moments and prepare them from scratch. Our fully equipped kitchens make cooking fun again, and while the goodies are baking, you can pour yourself a glass of wine and head to the bedrooms to get out of your street clothes and into your jammies.
Once everyone is comfy, it is time for the freestyle portion of your evening. These early moments can be spent reading, watching television, or even taking a nap so you can stay up later than normal! Grab some board games; the classics are fun again, as this generation did not spend days and weeks playing the same games over and over again, so spending an evening unplugged can be exciting! As the clock moves closer to midnight, you might want to start working on those resolutions no one ever seems to keep, but this year make them into something you will want to do! Vow to spend more time taking care of yourself, and write down specifics such as more spa days, more reading times, more naps on a lazy Saturday afternoon; these are our favorite kinds of resolutions to make! And as midnight draws closer, turning the television on again to watch the ball drop in Times Square is a tradition that can continue even when you are far from home!
The New Year Has Arrived
However you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve in Steamboat Springs, waking up on New Year’s Day is guaranteed to be a happy occasion when you choose Four Seasons Steamboat Springs for your New Year’s nest—reserve yours today!
Even though you may not have been in a very good mood this year, it is difficult to be sad when it is time to begin celebrating Christmas! The excited anticipation on our children’s faces, the sight of businesses and homes dressed up for the holidays, and, if you are lucky, the feeling invoked when snow starts falling on Christmas Eve all let us know that this year will be a white and peaceful yuletide! Of course, not everyone in the world is able to enjoy a white Christmas, and if you happen to live in more “tropical” areas of the country, a visit to Colorado and a stay in one of our holiday hideaways may be the perfect gift to give your family. This guide will ensure a very merry holiday!
Sleigh Rides Through the Snow
Horse-drawn sleigh rides are such a popular event at Christmas that they even made a song about them, and if you have never tried one, your Christmas adventure in Steamboat Springs is the perfect time to change that! Saddleback Ranch offers evening into night sleigh rides starting on December 17th. With tickets ranging from $40 for the youngest children and topping out at $95 for adults, this event fills up quickly, so be sure to reserve your Christmas ride soon.
Santa on Horseback
Seeing Santa is always the highlight of every child’s holiday, but have you ever seen him ride through the streets on horseback? The Wild West may have tamed itself in the new millennium, but the tradition of a horseback-driven Santa has been one of our favorite sights every year. If you miss this annual event, or if it is cancelled as many events have been, it is ok; young families will surely be able to see him in some of the stores found right here in Steamboat!
No matter how organized you are, chances are there will still be a necessity for a little last-minute Christmas shopping. Be a happy Christmas elf when you visit the Jewelry and Fossil Shop of Steamboat Springs, located at 745 Lincoln Avenue, or Moose Mountain Trading Company at 824 Lincoln Avenue; filled with cool gifts and sweet surprises, the recipients on your very long nice list are guaranteed to be happy that you remembered them and even happier that you picked up something that will remind them of their unforgettable Christmas adventure in Steamboat Springs!
The Spirit Is Strong in Steamboat Springs
When you live in a snowy mountain town, the addition of Christmas decorations make it feel like a holiday village, something you will soon discover during your Steamboat getaway! From fully decorated plus-sized Christmas trees to the downtown decked out in colorful lights and displays, if your Christmas spirit begins to slip, it will slide right back into place with a simple walk. Everywhere you turn you will see something special, including at home in your Four Seasons Steamboat Springs Christmas cottages. Picking up a few pieces of holiday décor during your shopping expeditions was the smartest purchase you could have made.
Merry and Bright
Everyone knows that you do not have to go far to discover the Christmas spirit. With or without holiday décor, it appears everywhere around you at this time of year. The gleeful cheer of your children as they begin making their Christmas lists, the warmth in the eyes of the one you love most as he or she intercepts a package that you know is destined to be a gift just for you, and the cozy comfort of our Christmas condos. Take a picture in your matching Christmas jammies in front of a fireplace on Christmas Eve, rejoicing in the warmth as snow falls silently outside frosted windows. Turn on your favorite Christmas movie and marvel at how beautiful everything looks on our state of the art televisions or turn your laptop to your favorite Christmas station and host a singalong that consists of only your family members! Hot cocoa and Christmas cookies taste even better when made from scratch in our fully equipped kitchens, and once the children reluctantly drift off to sleep in our soft beds, even Santa wouldn’t mind sitting down for a sip or two eggnog before he heads back out into the elements; the brandy keeps a warm spot alive inside, even on the coldest and snowiest Christmas nights of the year!
2020 did not turn out the way any of us had hoped, but 2021 is destined to be everything you dreamed it could be when you add up your Christmas blessings. Reserve your merry getaway to Steamboat Springs for Christmas today!
As we all adjust to the new normal, longer shipping times, shortages at the supermarket, and telecommuting to work have just become a part of life. We just plan ahead if we need something delivered, we reevaluate and create new meal plans, and of course, we’ve fallen in love with the commute from the bedroom to the kitchen table! But what about our children? In most cases, they are separated from their friends, have to spend long hours in front of a computer screen, and when they have questions for their teachers, those questions have to be emailed and answered later down the line. This is not something they asked for, and it breaks our hearts to see their disappointment, but there is something you can do to give them a little boost. As we parents grow frustrated as well, our telecommuting schedule allows us to turn to homeschooling, and we have all learned that the home does not have to be ours! An educational journey to the historically rich and scenically stunning mountain town of Steamboat Springs is in your future. Our guide to Steamboat Springs activities for an educational journey in our area will help make this getaway a successful one!
Math Can Be Fun With These Steamboat Springs Activities
The worst part of teaching is having to dig back into our memory banks and remember the math we generally don’t use, but because you are ingenious, planning a budget is about to give your child a lesson in life skills AND a math project for the day! Setting aside a sum of money and explaining how it needs to be divided into housing costs, food costs, and entertainment for every member of the family may also give them a better appreciation of the financial realities you face every day, especially when you explain the part about setting aside money for emergencies!
History That Doesn’t Make You Yawn
Remembering that the war of 1812 began on June 18th and ended nearly three years later on February 18th, 1815 doesn’t really do it for people; if you aren’t a huge trivia buff planning on being a Jeopardy contestant, is it really necessary? For many kids, though, getting the opportunity to see what a typical day was like during World War II times is not just fascinating—it can change their lives! The Tread of Pioneers Museum, located at 800 Oak Street, gives your kids that visual experience, offering exhibits that honor the war heroes, explore the hot springs (to be included in your science module as well?), and perhaps most interesting of all, allows them to see and touch the items in the Pioneer Kids Bedroom Hands-on Discovery Exhibit! Field trips can be fun again as your inquisitive youngster compares the clothing to what they wear today, plays with teddy bears and tea pots, and tries to decipher what the tools found in the “What is this?” game were meant to be used for!
Recess on the Slopes?
Homeschool teachers make their own schedules, and if one day you decide you want to have an entire morning of recess spent outdoors, more power to you! Combine physical education and the freedom of recess and head out on a hike on one of the many trails in the area. Fish Creek Fall is a great spot for hiking, and you’ll be rewarded with some scenic sights as well!
If you are forced to stick to a strict schedule (online schooling can be done from our Four Seasons Steamboat Springs vacation escapes also), there will still be moments of freedom interspersed throughout the day. Recess can be a walk around the neighborhood or a quick soak in the hot tub, and lunch does not have to be prepared by mom, even though our fully equipped kitchens bring the joy back into cooking! As you take some of the schoolwork outside on the deck to enjoy views, you’ll soon discover that all that fresh air and new knowledge is sure to bring about a huge appetite that can only be sated with a visit to Winona’s, located at 617 Lincoln Avenue. Serving large portions of your favorite American dishes in a casual and inviting space, a meal here fills the belly and feeds the soul!
You Get the Picture
Homeschooling brings about exciting options, guaranteed to bring the happy smile back to your child’s face when you make our Four Seasons Steamboat properties your temporary classroom! There is no end to the creativity you can unleash as you model your learning modules after specific activities here in town; art classes can even be held at the Steamboat Art Museum, located in a former bank building at 801 Lincoln Avenue. Reserve your stay with us today and enjoy the many enriching Steamboat Springs activities!