7 ways to celebrate Mother’s Day Steamboat-style
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Whether you and mom stick as close as the Gilmore Girls, or if you still forget to call on her birthday, Mother’s Day offers a chance to show how much she really means to you. This year, go beyond the usual flowers and Hallmark card and make some memories she won’t soon forget.
A sunny Sunday should offer plenty of options for outdoor excursions, and Steamboat has a treasure trove of activities in that department. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecasts a high of 65 degrees with mostly clear skies. Here’s a list of some local ways to soak up the sun with mom.
- Brunch is best
Perhaps it’s a bit cliché, but what mom wants to cook on her special day? Start the morning slow with a visit to one of the many cafes and restaurants around town that take pride in doing brunch right. That could mean sipping mimosas, tucking into some eggs benedict or indulging in a cinnamon roll that doesn’t skimp on the icing. Steamboat has no shortage of scenic breakfast options, with views of creeks, forests, mountains or a combination of the three.
2. Yoga bonding
Whether your mom is a Lululemon yogi or has never even heard of a Chaturanga Dandasana, yoga can be a great way to bond and stay healthy together. Studios around town offer plenty of options, from sweat-busting workouts to restorative relaxation. Or, bring your mats to a park for some open-air stretching.
3. Take to the trails
Lingering mud has limited some trail options, but some beloved options have dried enough to hike or bike. For a neighborhood stroll, try trails like Sailors Way, Butcherknife and Blue Sage. The Ridge and Rotary trails on Emerald Mountain are more conducive for mountain bikes, and some wildflowers are beginning to poke up from the grasses. Blackmer is open until the Quarry, and the Spring Creek Trail is snow-free until the third bridge.
4. Flowers for her
A bouquet has always been a popular option to show mom some love, but that’s not the only way to provide her flower fix. Take a trip to the Yampa River Botanic Park, where the tulips and daffodils are in full bloom. Hummingbirds, with feathers glistening in the sun, have also arrived and are hungry for nectar.
The Perez family drove all the way from Loveland to visit the garden on Mother’s Day weekend. Veronica Perez discovered the local gem for the first time last summer. This time, she brought her son, husband and his parents to share in the experience.
“It’s such a special place,” she said.
5. Get thrifty
Mom doesn’t have to hit the big-city department shops to be a fashionista. Steamboat offers plenty of thrift store options, ranging from the chic to the outdoorsy.
Whether she wants a vintage summer dress or a rugged pair of hiking pants — which will come in handy for those hikes — thrifting offers a fun way to hunt for clothes mom didn’t know she needed, without taking out a second mortgage.
6. Break out the barbecue
Nothing shouts togetherness like a good backyard barbecue on a May evening, when the sun stays golden until 8 p.m. and the kids have no end of energy. Bring the family together for some brats on the grill — or some tempeh for a vegetarian alternative — and break out the cornhole boards. That is local resident Terrapin Zulian’s plan. Her mom will be in Tennessee for Mother’s Day, but Zulian has five stepchildren and other family in town who will gather together for fun and food Sunday evening.
7. Stargazing nightcap
After a day of celebrations, unwind with a relaxing look at the night sky, free of big-city light pollution. Clouds should be few and far between, offering panoramic views of spring and summer constellations as well as shooting stars. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaked May 6, but keep an eye out for some stragglers that could still be darting across the galaxy.
The moon is currently waxing and will be about half-full Sunday, according to astronomers at timeanddate.com. It will set at about midnight, after which the stars will shine in prime gazing glory.
Whether or not you make it that late, break out a blanket — nighttime temperatures could plummet to 35 degrees — and some hot chocolate to sit back and enjoy the celestial show.
Perhaps take a moment to wonder at the enormity of the universe and how fortunate you get to enjoy this life with an out-of-this-world mom to love you through everything.
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