Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

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Specializing in relaxing ranch weddings featuring Indoor outdoor event barn Honeymoon cabin Lodging Panoramic views Twenty minutes west of Steamboat Springs airport.

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Jennifer Hilton sits in a field of columbine on a trail behind Stagecoach Lake.



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2024 Steamboat Signature Events....................................... 4 Wedding Album: A Tale of Three Weddings..................... 8 A Vacation for Every Season................................................... 18 Steamboat 101............................................................................ 24 Getting to Steamboat .............................................................. 27

2024 Volume 14 Published by Ski Town Media, Inc. Lyla Baker Sophie Dingle Christina Freeman Elainna Hemming Casey Hopkins Trey Mullen Deborah Olsen John Sherwood Melissa VanArsdale

5 Tips for a Sustainable Wedding.......................................... 28 Bachelorette Party Itineraries................................................. 32 Grooms Allowed......................................................................... 36 5 Local Products for a Welcome Bag Treat......................... 38 Ready to Party............................................................................. 40 Wedding Party Fun.................................................................... 44 Wedding Resource Directory................................................. 46 2 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

About the Cover Jennifer Hilton and John Sherwood posed for pre-wedding photos near their house in Stagecoach. Their ceremony was later in the summer at La Joya Dulce. Courtesy of Walker & Son Photography

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2024 Steamboat Signature Events


Looking to give wedding guests the quintessential Steamboat Springs experience? Plan the wedding with these events in mind.

Fireworks light up the evening sky over downtown Steamboat Springs during Winter Carnival.

Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 7-11

Winter Carnival 110th Winter Carnival celebrates Steamboat's Western heritage and long-standing tradition of winter sports.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 2-4

Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Friday-Sunday, March 1-3

Fourth of July & 120th Cowboys' Roundup Days Get patriotic with special events like the Pro Rodeo and the Fourth of July Parade on Lincoln Avenue.

April 1-14

Tour de Steamboat An annual bicycle event through Northwest Colorado.

Labor Day Festivities Celebrate Labor Day and cap off the summer at the Downtown Sidewalk Sale, Farmers Market and End of Summer Jam.

Steamboat Resort Springalicious and closing weekend

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 3-4

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14

Sunday, June 2

Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 14-19

WinterWonderGrass Festival Colorado's premier winter bluegrass festival.

Steamboat Marathon Full and half-marathon, plus 10K. 4 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

Saturday, July 13

Emerald Mountain Epic

SBT GRVL A world-class gravel race experience.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival 13th annual festival Northwest Colorado.

Friday-Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Run Rabbit Run 100 and 50 miles races. | 5

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teamboat Springs specialty wedding photographer. Curating exclusive, majestic, stylish, and sophisticated wedding photos. Call us for all your wedding photo needs, and see how a custom, dedicated, pre-wedding day photo shoot will both de-stress and enhance your wedding day. Plus, it will make for one of the most pleasurable dates you didn’t even have to plan. Steamboat 719-963-3983 | 7

Wedding album Kelsey Lajoie & Tom Casazza

Four Points Lodge at Steamboat Ski Resort, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 Courtesy of Kelsey Lajoie/ Hillary Moore Photography

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A Tale of Three Weddings

Guests were greeted with champagne after a gondola ride and shuttle up to Four Points Lodge for the ceremony.

The outdoor ceremony at Four Points Lodge overlooked Steamboat Resort’s ski runs and the Yampa Valley. | 9

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Following the ceremony, Kelsey and Tom took pictures underneath the Four Points chairlift with photographer Hillary Moore.

“The colors, the chairlift and the mountains in the background truly captured the setting of our wedding day,” says Kelsey. “And the short hike in heels down to the spot where we did our first look really made it feel like a Steamboat wedding.”

For a modern take on the traditional guest book, names were signed along the branches of the aspen trees. Kelsey and Tom framed the picture and it now hangs in their home to remind them of their wedding day. 10 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

The bridal party took pictures at the top of Tornado, Nelson’s Run and Twister before guests arrived for the ceremony. Florist Ashley Noone provided a combination of dried florals and live flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres.

The newlyweds opted for a sweetheart table at the reception. “It gave us some time to chat about the whirlwind of a day so far,” says Kelsey. Passed appetizers included avocado toast points and bourbon glazed bison meatballs. Entree choices were grilled beef flatiron, roasted airline chicken breast, seared ruby trout or wild mushroom pasta. | 11

Wedding album Jessica Hoyt & Mike Diener

Yampa River Botanic Park, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023 Courtesy of Jessica Hoyt/ Samantha DeCosta Photography

Mike and Jessica were planning a joint bachelor and bachelorette weekend when they decided to turn the whole thing into their actual wedding weekend. The ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park and reception at Aurum was preceeded by two nights of fun with family and friends.

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For the first night, the couple rented Sky Valley Chateau on Rabbit Ears Pass. The al fresco dinner vibe was complete with signature drinks, flower arrangements and food from Wilder Bean Provisions.

Night two was themed “Western chic” on the back patio of Taco Cabo. Mike’s twin brother, Kyle Diener, was the best man.

Jessica and Mike exchanged vows at Yampa River Botanic Park. Their ceremony was followed by a reception at Aurum and dancing at Old Town Pub. | 13

Wedding album Katie McClendon & Cody Smith La Joya Dulce, Saturday, July 22, 2023

Courtesy of La Joya Dulce/Caitlin Steuben Photography

The VW van has been a part of Katie and Cody’s history from the beginning. “On our second date, Cody picked me up in the van and it broke down,” Katie says. “I called a tow truck and he said that was the moment when he knew I was the one.” Since then, the couple has spent endless time adventuring in the van; to make it a part of their wedding, they turned it into a photo booth.

Golden retreiver Bentley was the ring bearer. “We got him when he was eight weeks old,” says Katie. “He is the best buddy and we couldn’t imagine this moment without him.”

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Wedding album Katie and Cody incorporated a time capsule into their wedding. “It symbolizes that marriage is like an empty box and takes effort to fill and keep full,” Katie explains. “We put in meaningful items that reminded us of our love. A marriage can be difficult and if there comes a day when we need support, we can open this box and remind ourselves of our love for each other and our wedding day.”

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The couple danced to “Who I Am” by Wade Bowen for their first dance. “One of our favorite hobbies is going country dancing so this was natural for us,” Katie says.

“Tequila was a must for me!” Katie says. Upon entering the reception area, guests were greeted with a tequila shot next to the seating chart. || 17 17

Fall in Steamboat offers some of the most scenic hikes.

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FALL Fall is filled with fiery colors of red, orange and yellow; take a hike for the ultimate viewing pleasure. Try Blackmere Trail, a scenic hike that’s a short drive from downtown Steamboat Springs. After walking up the trail about two miles, stop and enjoy the view of Mount Werner and the entirety of Steamboat glowing with the foliage. Or, head up Spring Creek Trail, which is hikeable for all ages. On the east side of town, Rabbit Ears Pass offers many scenic trails such as the Rabbit Ears Peak Trail. 18 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024


o matter the season, Steamboat Springs is full of activities that will delight every guest on the list. From the grand mountain vistas to the vibrant community, make it a vacation for everyone to remember.

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Ski or snowboard with guests at Steamboat Resort. For rentals and lift ticket information, visit 20 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024


WINTER Steamboat is world-renowned for its winter sports. Hit the mountain with your guests to ski or snowboard for a day. Or take a snowshoe excursion across a pristine winter wonderland on Fox Curve trail up Rabbit Ears Pass. Several local companies offer guided snowmobile tours, or head over to Howelsen Hill for tubing fun. SPRING While spring in Steamboat means mud, it also means fewer crowds. Stroll through downtown, stopping in shops, museums and galleries. Recharge with lunch at Yampa Valley Kitchen or a cocktail on the river at Aurum. Guests will love a long soak in the warm waters

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of Old Town Hot Springs while watching the mountains shake off winter and prepare for summer.


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SUMMER Organize a mountain biking excursion on one of Routt County’s many trails, such as Bluffs Loop or Howelsen Meadows. For lakeside fun, rent paddleboards for the day and head out to Stagecoach Lake. Stroll through the Farmers Market on summer Saturdays and explore homemade goods, locally grown produce and more. It doesn’t get more Western than the rodeo, so if you have a free evening, plan a night at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, held every Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer. Whatever the season, your guests will leave feeling like they’ve had a whirlwind vacation. Steer wrestling at the rodeo.



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WHAT TO PACK Mountain weather is known for its unpredictability – rain, sunshine, sleet, hail, freezing winds and balmy breezes are just a few of the weather conditions in Steamboat Springs on any given day. Layers are key. In summer, pack a light jacket, raincoat, sweaters, jeans and t-shirts to make the transition between temperatures easy. For a winter wedding, bring warm snow boots and a thick winter coat. If outdoor excursions are on the itinerary, toss in good gym shoes with deep tread that will make hiking through mud, snow and gravel seem like a walk in the park. 24 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024



few tips and tricks to provide a seamless experience from what to bring, to how to get here, and how to make the high altitude manageable.

For weddings at Four Point Lodge, guests take the gondola to the top of Thunderhead Peak, then transfer to a shuttle. Even on a sunny day, come prepared for whatever the forecast throws your way. As they say in Colorado, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” || 25 25


Be prepared whether walking downtown or hiking on a trail – stay hydrated, bring layers and wear sunscreen.

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HOW TO GET HERE Yampa Valley Regional Airport is the closest airport to Steamboat Springs. Just 30 minutes from town, United Airlines offers direct flights daily from Denver; during ski season direct flights arrive from 16 major cities across the United States on a variety of airlines. Upon arrival, rent a car or use a local car service like Steamboat Express to get into town. Denver International Airport is also an option. After landing in Denver, rent a car and drive about three hours through the mountains to get to Steamboat. If you’re not familiar with driving in mountainous terrain — especially in the winter – book a shared or private ride via Steamboat Express, which shuttles between DIA and Steamboat. WHERE TO GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE The Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office issues marriage licenses by appointment. Call to schedule an appointment anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The fee is

$30 plus $1.25 per certified copy. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted. Make sure to bring identification and the transaction number from the submittal of the marriage application online. The office is located in the Routt County courthouse in downtown Steamboat (522 Lincoln Ave., Suite 21). HIGH-ALTITUDE TIPS Being situated at an elevation of 6,867 feet, Steamboat is exposed to the elements. Because of that, be sure to lather up with sunscreen every morning – even in the winter and on cloudy days. To increase sun protection further, always have a hat and sunglasses on hand. Along with being shaded from the sun, staying hydrated is essential – making an effort to drink one to 1.5 liters of water per day helps. Pack lotion and chapstick to protect your skin from getting dry. And, take it slow – if you feel signs of altitude sickness (headache, nausea, dizziness), stop and rest.

Getting to Steamboat • The drive from Denver International Airport takes about 3 1/2 hours. • Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 25 miles from Steamboat, offers direct flights during ski season to 16 locations across the country on six major airlines. Summer service is growing rapidly, too. • Shuttle services run daily from DIA, or go by limo, car service or rental car.


• Bus service within the city is free. Lodges offer shuttles, and taxis are available.


Denver Colorado Springs Fort Collins Dallas Chicago New York City Los Angeles Miami

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Add a classic touch to your wedding with a secondhand or vintage wedding dress. Bonus: wearing one can save up to 60%. 28 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024



Sustainable Wedding

Print invitations on seed paper for guests to plant.


mbrace environmentally conscious wedding planning with these eco-friendly ideas. From digital invitations to second-hand wedding dresses, reduce your ecological footprint while creating a memorable celebration that’s kind to both Steamboat Springs and the planet.

1. Go digital. Many websites allow couples to create custom digital save-the-date and

wedding invitations, saving time, stress and money required to print and mail paper invitations. Designing a custom wedding website complete with links for RSVPs and gift registries is also an eco-friendly option. Still want to send physical invitations? Consider printing them on seed paper, which will sprout into flowers when planted. | 29


Avoid plastic waste by renting dishes and utensils for the reception.

Choosing local vendors for things like flowers and catering helps reduce the carbon footprint of having items delivered up to the mountains.

2. Choose a sustainable or pre-loved

wedding dress. Many wedding dress designers can create stunning gowns using sustainable materials and methods of production. Secondhand dresses can also be found on websites like Etsy and Nearly Newlywed.

3. Rent dishes and utensils to avoid


plastics. While single-use plastics may seem like less of a hassle, using them can produce a significant amount of unnecessary waste. Create a custom stainless steel pint glass for each guest to use at the reception and take home as a wedding favor.

4. Opt for a local florist and caterer.

Choosing local not only contributes to Steamboat’s economy, it also cuts down on the carbon footprint that comes from having flowers and food shipped to Routt County. Try Wild Hare Floral Company or Local Flavor Catering to round out the reception. 30 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

they certainly add an extra layer of beauty to end-of-ceremony photos, they can be tough to clean up and aren’t environmentally friendly, especially if the ceremony is outdoors. Instead, create individual bags for guests that are filled with compostable rose petals, dried flowers, feathers or even bubbles.


5. Skip the rice and confetti. Although

Paper cones filled with flower petal confetti. Jennifer Hilton created wooden flowers for herself and her bridesmaids. COURTESY OF LA JOYA DULCE/ TIPPY JORDAN



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njoy a pre-wedding weekend of fun with your bridal party in Steamboat Springs. From handcrafted cocktails to outdoor activities and rejuvenating spa days, there is always something to do in Steamboat.


Friday Once you’ve arrived and settled into your accommodations, head downtown for dinner and drinks. Try Bésame, where the group can share small plates like shishito peppers, duck wings and soup dumplings. Don’t miss the killer cocktails – the Tipsy Carrot is a local favorite. Want to keep the party going? Walk across the street to Schmiggity’s, which often has live music, or even better, karaoke. 32 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

Saturday Ski day! If you didn’t bring your own gear, there are a number of rental spots at the base of the mountain that can outfit the group. Check out the new Wild Blue gondola – the longest in North America – which whisks skiers and riders from the base to the top in just 13 minutes. When you’re ready for a break, grab a Bloody Mary at Four Points Lodge. Save room for a Steamboat après: before you unclip your boots, ski down to T Bar for a dose of Steamboat’s classic après scene. Hot food (try the Swiss rõsti) and cold beer will revive you for another night out. But, if you need more rejuvenation, plan a trip to the spa. Waterside Day Spa offers nail services, massage therapy and a salt room.


The average summertime temperature in Steamboat is mid-70s to low 80s, with occasional hot spells, making it a pleasant time to enjoy cool drinks outdoors with friends. | 33

Sunday Rehash the weekend over brunch before you leave town. Get cozy in The Shack Cafe, a no-frills spot with a large menu. Perk up with a coffee for the road. The Common Grouse recently opened in The Commons Food Hall and serves up frothy lattes, eye-opening espresso and more.


Later on, rent a lane at Snow Bowl and get ready for some bowling fun. A full bar (and a full menu) allows for dinner, drinks and entertainment all at once. Need a night cap? Swing by Storm Peak Brewing Company, down the street, for a flight of local beer.

Get a workout in or sign up for a yoga class, followed by a soothing soak at the Old Town Hot Springs.

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Friday Stretch your legs after a day of travel with a pub crawl and make it Steamboat-style: on a bike! Happy hour generally starts around 4 p.m. so get moving with rental bikes and travel from bar to pub to restaurant in style. A few stops for your consideration: Table 79 for the crispy Brussels sprouts and portobello fries paired with a round of French 75s; Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails for a glass of wine (the price during happy hour from 4:30-5:30 p.m. is based on the time, so go early!); Backdoor Grill for juicy burgers and local beer; Mambo for plates of pasta paired with Aperol spritzes. Saturday Shake off the night before with a workout. Get day passes to Old Town Hot Springs, located in downtown Steamboat. Hit the gym or take a workout class (check the schedule online at, then soak in the healing waters of the Heart Spring and other pools. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head downtown and pick up sandwiches from Yampa Sandwich Company to eat by the river. Then, browse the shops and galleries on Lincoln Avenue. F.M. Light & Sons is a must for Western wear; Kali’s Boutique offers an eclectic collection of women’s clothing; the Jace Romick Gallery showcases Western art and culture, and Pine Moon Fine Art is a collective of several local artists who work in various mediums. As the sun starts to sink behind Mount Werner, head to Primrose for dinner and drinks. A round of Lockhart martinis (named after local legend Cookie Lockhart) is in order for any celebration. When you’ve had your fill of oysters, beef tartare and handmade pasta, check and see what’s going on downtown. Fridays and Saturdays are rodeo nights, you might catch a free concert at the base of Howelsen Hill, or jam to live music at an outdoor bar. Sunday Early risers get the trails to themselves. Take one last hike in the mountains or stroll on the Yampa River Core Trail before you hit the road. Also a must-have for a travel day: a cinnamon roll from Winona’s. Get there early because once they’re gone for the day, they’re gone.






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Grooms Allowed


fter months of planning, you and your future spouse have gathered all of your friends and family in a beautiful, remote part of Northwest Colorado, and the photographer, caterer, florist and wedding planner are all ready. There’s nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy your last few days as a bachelor in the company of your groomsmen. While Steamboat Springs happens to be quite the athlete’s paradise, we take our relaxation just as seriously as our play – that’s why we have a number of world-class spas and wellness services for your wedding party to enjoy. While brides often claim first dibs on spas, the truth is the groom and his men will feel right at home as well. Located at the base of the resort at both the Steamboat Grand and The Sheraton, Rocky Mountain Day Spa offers a ‘Mountain Man’ 90-minute deep tissue massage as well as a 60-minute gentleman’s facial, allowing you to relax and unwind in style. Need a trim before the ceremony? Steamboat Barbershop can hook you up with everything from straight razor hot shaves and beard care to skin fades and charcoal masks. Replenish IV Therapies, located downtown on Lincoln Avenue, offers IV Therapies, vitamin injections and an oxygen bar to give you and your party the boost you need to get over altitude sickness or a big night of celebrating. After a morning of deep relaxation, consider closing out your day with a challenging game of golf at one of Steamboat’s three distinctive golf courses, Steamboat Golf Club, Rolling Stone Ranch Golf Course and Haymaker Golf Course. If you happen to be in town during ski season, don’t worry – Haymaker has a new state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator for up to five players. Embrace the serenity of the mountains, indulge in a little pampering, and create lasting memories with your closest friends before what will most likely be one of the most significant days in your life. 36 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024


Play a round of golf at Haymaker Golf Course, or, in the winter, try its new state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator. | 37

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reet arriving guests with welcome bags that will introduce them to the distinctive mountain town they’re visiting. Turn a traditional welcome bag into something undeniably Steamboat Springs with these local products.




Kick off the celebration early with spirits from Mythology Distillery. Their gin, bourbon and whiskey is infused with mountain air and energy. Founded by three Colorado natives inspired by skiing and adventure, Mythology has recently established a Steamboat campus. Its liquor is distilled and stored mere miles away from any dream wedding location in the Yampa Valley.

Hungry guests can satisfy cravings with Bar-U-Eat. Just as its name is a twist on the iconic two-person ski lift “Bar-UE”, so Bar-U-Eat is a twist on the classic granola bar. The local company is focused on real, healthy ingredients that provide an energizing yet light snack.

1. Mythology Distillery bourbon 2. Bar-U-Eat granola bars

On the sweeter side, Bee Grateful’s honey caramels are a culmination of local residents’ meticulous bee care. Bee Grateful’s farm, located just outside of Steamboat, is owned by people who are passionate about preserving soil health in environmentally-friendly ways. Each 4-ounce bag of caramels comes in a variety of flavors, from espresso to lavender.

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Stop by Elevated Olive in the heart of downtown Steamboat for a savory addition. Treat guests to specialty olive oils in flavors like black truffle, roasted walnut and toasted sesame. Pair those with balsamic vinegars with hints of citrus, fruit and herbs.

Give guests the perfect pairing for their olive oil or vinegar with items from Steamboat Salt Company. At $12, salt shakers are jam-packed with equal amounts of surprise and familiarity. Choose tangy combinations like the “Citrus Ginger” salt or heat things up with “El Jefe,” a garlic habanero mixture. Any flavor is perfect to use as a rub, seasoning or simple finish.

4. Elevated Olive olive oils and balsamic vinegars

5. Steamboat Salt Company herby blend










Ski Season








Give guests the most up-todate information on what to do, where to eat and more with the Steamboat Springs Visitors’ Guide. Guides can be found at the Chamber or in town.

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ake any wedding event unforgettable with exciting party venues. From welcome drinks to the all-important rehearsal dinner to every moment in between, consider these local spots.

Overlooking the Yampa River, The Boathouse provides views, ambiance and great food and drink for any wedding-related party. | 41


E3 Chophouse offers patio space outdoors along the Yampa River.

For Welcome Drinks Greet your guests with drinks and small plates at Bésame. With a creative cocktail list, an extensive Latin fusion menu and a private event space upstairs, this festive downtown spot works great for a welcome party. Or reserve the back room at Table 79. Kick off the celebrations in style with premium cocktails and their signature portobello fries. For Rehearsal Dinners Pair delicious meals with an unforgettable riverside atmosphere for your rehearsal dinner. Give guests a taste of Steamboat’s traditional Western side with high-quality steaks at E3 Chophouse. At Primrose, guests can enjoy upscale food and specialty cocktails in a chic downtown setting. 42 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024


Primrose adds a mountain-chic vibe to any party.

For Your After Party Head downtown to keep the party going when the reception is over. O’Neils Tavern and Grill is Steamboat’s very own Irish pub. Or go big and rent out The Boathouse. Newly renovated, this event space offers a prime location downtown and right on the Yampa River. The best part? Overnight accommodations so when your feet hurt from dancing, you don’t have to go far. For Your Day-After Brunch Before you send guests on their way, treat them with one last tasty meal. Yampa Valley Kitchen offers a high-end take on familiar classics using locally-sourced ingredients. The bright and airy space is the perfect place to rehash shenanigans from the previous night. Or treat guests to a locals’ favorite spot like

Creekside Cafe’s patio sits next to Spring Creek.

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Unwind post-wedding with a soak at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

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hether it’s an event for bridesmaids, groomsmen, or the entire wedding party, local companies in Steamboat Springs offer engaging and unforgettable activities. Here are five favorites: Soak in the Hot Springs Book a reservation at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, a part of the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, located seven miles 44 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

north of Steamboat. Soak in the naturally heated waters ($20 per person, cash only) while enjoying the calm and quiet scenery. Known for their healing qualities, the pools will provide some much needed relief from wedding party stress. Drive (4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with chains is required Nov. 1-May 1), take a shuttle (reserve online at or hike in – however you get there, remember that no snacks, glass or alcohol are allowed.


Rent lanes at Snow Bowl for friendly competition and fun.

Become Pro-Bowlers Snow Bowl restaurant and bowling alley won’t disappoint: music, friendly competition and great snacks provide endless entertainment. Rent a lane and shoes, and discover the group’s skilled, or not-so-skilled, players. Check out Snow Bowl’s events calendar to see if there are any free concerts to jam out to afterwards.

Seamless Journeys for Unforgettable Occasions

Glassware in Action Feeling crafty? Witness – and partake in – the impressive art of glass blowing at Solar Flare Glasswork & Design. Book a private class for the wedding party to create custom glasses, ornaments and more. Bonus: match your wedding colors with your glass creations and create a treasured souvenir. Quality Drinks and Leather Head over to Coleman’s Haberdashery to enjoy drinks and snacks, plus give the gift of leather. Wallets, totes, jewelry, belts and more can be customized with initials and the wedding date on them to create the perfect wedding party gift along with a fun wedding party hang. Ride the Gondola An evening spent on the top of Mount Werner overlooking the Yampa Valley is a great way to end the day. Take a gondola ride up to Sunset Happy Hour where the wedding party can groove to live music, sip a cocktail and watch dusk approach downtown Steamboat from afar.

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Directory Babysitting

Planners Bésame

Steamboat Babysitting 970-819-7644 – Jaiya, Owner

We provide professional, fun, reliable childcare for your wedding, large event or party. Services available on-site or in your hotel, condo or home.

Aspen Ivy

818 Lincoln Ave., 970-761-2561


Delicious tapas, craft cocktails, and globalinspired dishes! Our private loft room is the perfect romantic setting for any wedding celebration.

Heavenly Days Events

E3 Chophouse

Aspen & Ivy offers boutique style wedding planning and is the local resource to make your Colorado destination wedding come to life.

Floral Design

Mountain Ash Foliage & Floral 970-846-1891



Portable Restrooms / Trash Service

Specializing in crafting a vibrant and unforgettable experience for your special day, inspired by our surrounding natural beauty.

The Lettery Co

Unique and meaningful wedding stationery inspired by nature and rooted in your love story. Offering custom, semi-custom and day-of stationery.


Walker and Son Photography Steamboat 719-963-3983, Denver 970-846-0026

From the simple to the majestic, wedding and engagement photos done with passion, creativity and professionalism. 46 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

We are event planners specializing in weddings and elopements. We craft intimate and imaginative celebrations amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Colorado Rockies

701 Yampa St., 970-879-7167

Celebrate with us! Located on the Yampa River, we are your one-stop wedding venue.


Twin Enviro Services 970-879-6985

VIP port-o-John, trash service and sustainable waste options. Allow us to take care of you during your special occasion.

521 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0500

A classic Steamboat Springs Italian restaurant, celebrate your special day with a full restaurant buyout.

Rehearsal Dinners

8th Street Steakhouse 50 Eighth St., Downtown, 970-879-3131

Fun and unique rehearsal dinner venue perfect for this special occasion. Up to 150 people and able to fit any budget. This spot is not to be missed!

Primrose 1110 Yampa St., 970-761-2860

Perfect for hosting rehearsals and receptions – Primrose features dry-aged USDA Prime beef, jet-fresh seafood, and a curated wine list.

Specialty Items

Yampa Valley Kitchen 207 Ninth St., 970-875-3989

Sitting in a renovated 1900s farmhouse and featuring a gorgeous outdoor garden, YVK is perfect for your special occasion.

Rentals & Tents

JRsDesignsDen Facebook @JRsDesignsDen 201-780-1006

Transform your wedding with a custom ski and snowboard message board – a unique and personal touch for an unforgettable celebration!


Steamboat’s premier local wedding rental company since 2008, offering tents, lighting installations, chairs, tables, linens, china, flatware and glassware.


Events and accommodations featuring panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Western Slope, forty miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Transportation Steamboat Express

Colorado Event Rentals

Day Off Ranch


Airport shuttle service. Platinum ride services. Trailhead shuttle. Wedding and event transportation. Charter service/wine tours. Late-night shuttle.

la joya dulce La Joya Dulce 970-879-7021

Dedicated to making your experience as incredible as our views. Rolling hills, secluded glens and valley vistas for miles.


Sassquatch Party Rentals 970-896-9399

Make your next event a hit with our fun inflatable party equipment for all ages. We deliver the fun to you.

Ski Town 360 Photo & Party Rentals 970-514-3601

Amplify the allure of your event with the next generation of party favorites. Make memories and magic in motion with a 360 photo booth.

Aurum 811 Yampa St., 970-879-9500

Enjoy your celebration next to the Yampa River. Our spectacular food & personable service will compliment your special event.

The Boathouse 609 Yampa St., 970-527-1200

Colorado’s premier mountain wedding venue is located alongside the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat surrounded by panoramic views.

Steamboat Creates / Depot Art Center 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008

Charming historic train station with elegance of an art gallery in iconic Steamboat location surrounded by parks and the river.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. 970-871-5162

Breathtaking views of mountains in the summer or sparkling snow-covered terrain in the winter. Many venue and lodging options to choose from for the perfect setting. | 47


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Steamboat Social Club

Intimate charm meets versatile elegance at Steamboat Social Club – your dream venue for unforgettable celebrations. Reserve your date today!


Strings Music Pavilion 970-879-5056, ext. 111

Beautiful indoor reception venue (up to 500 seats) and outdoor park located on the mountain in Steamboat Springs. Limited availability June-September.

Yampa River Botanic Park 970-846-5172

A perfect setting for your wedding among the flowers, ponds, trees and natural beauty of Steamboat’s Yampa River Botanic Park.

Stephanie Brown on Muddy Pass Lake with Whiteley Peak in the background. Courtesy of Walker & Son Photography. 48 | Steamboat Wedding Day 2024

unforgettable ranch weddings - Intimate mountain views - Intentional moments - Impeccable service

la joya dulce 970-879-7021 Steamboat’s only event barn Steamboat’s most award winning venue

Photo by Caitlin Steuben / Katherine Simmons & Brian Khzouz • 6/25/2022

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