Steamboat A to Z: Shop Downtown |

Steamboat A to Z: Shop Downtown

S Shop downtown!

What’s a vacation without a little shopping? Take a break from the slopes to shop historic downtown. Steamboat’s historic shopping district combines the nostalgia of old-time storefronts with boutique shops, galleries and more. Downtown you’ll find such venerable establishments as F.M. Light & Sons (look for the plastic horse on Lincoln Avenue), founded in 1905 and now in its fifth generation of family ownership, and All That Jazz as well as such newer stores as Anchor and Zirkel Trading. They all share that little taste of Steamboat you can take with you to enjoy back home. If you’re staying on the mountain, take the free city bus to Fifth Street and begin your journey by passing the historic Routt County Courthouse before entering the heart of the downtown area where restaurants, bars and shops await.

S Sidebar: Strings on the Mountain!

Award-winning music can be found at the Strings Music Pavilion between town and the mountain, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary. From its 1988 beginnings to its current 9,000-square-foot facility on a 6-acre site at the corner of Mount Werner Road and Pine Grove Road, the organization brings top acts to Steamboat every year, from Grammy-award-winning musicians to New York Metropolitan Opera singers and world-class orchestra performers. “We have great music and an unbelievably supportive community,” says Strings marketing director Cristin Frey. “We owe it all to the support of the community and the people who continue to come to our shows.” Info: 970-879-5056,

S Sidebar: Sleighride!

Sleigh rides aren’t just for winter. Saddleback Ranch (970-879-3711,, an 8,000-acre, fourth-generation family-owned ranch just out of town, offers two options, bells jingling from Belgium horses on each one. A 40-minute dinner ride takes you to the Double Dollar Lodge for home-cooked meals (try the New York strip) and old-fashioned entertainment (like learning how to calf rope). A shorter ride circles to and from the ranch’s Longhorn Lodge. Elk River Guest Ranch (970-879-6220,

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