Steamboat Photo Diary

Here is a photo diary from our January trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  STEAMBOAT COLORADO PHOTO DIARY REBECCA PIERSOL

SHEESH time is flying. It has been a month since we went to Steamboat and it seriously seems like yesterday and last year all at the same time. This seems to be the theme of my pregnancy. 

I LOVE STEAMBOAT.  But, I was a little nervous about going and not being able to ski at 12 weeks pregnant.  I love our Colorado trips, though, and didn’t want to miss the opportunity for a trip out west so we planned the trip with my parents knowing I might *hopefully* be pregnant.  As we got closer, I was really excited for a few days to just relax, take in the views, eat some good meals and spend a couple of days with Johnny and my parents.  A true vacation. And that is exactly how it went!

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While they were out skiing each day, I had slow mornings in the condo, got some reading done and of course took some photos. We stayed at Bear Claw Condominiums, which are Ski In-Ski Out, which is a total game changer. These condos are perfect for skiiers because you can literally just ski out and down to the Gondola in the morning and ski in in the afternoon. OR for lunch, or whatever! The Condos have a shuttle, accessible through a super easy app, where you can easily request a ride to go down to the base or into downtown Steamboat.  In the past we have stayed at the Steamboat Grand, which we also love for different reasons. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either place.

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I brought a whole set of rentals from  Rent The Runway with me on this trip! One of the reasons I love RTR is that you can rent designer items you might not generally get a lot of use out of for a fraction of the cost. It is perfect for travel! I rented this fabulous faux fur coat and Farm Rio set and they both got a lot of wear during our few days in Steamboat.  Use code RTRREBECCAP for 40% off your first two months. You can thank me later.

~ SHOP MY FAVORITE COWBOY BOOTS ~

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the morning view from our living room at Bear Claw Condominiums

On the first day, I met them for lunch at the top of the Gondola on the first day and if we had been there longer, I definitely would have done that again! You can pay $15 for a day pass to ride up the gondola to Thunderhead Lodge, where you can have lunch and just chill, taking in the stunning Yampa Valley Views.  We ate at Stoker Bar, our favorite spot for Nachos and Chili and was truly perfect.

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STEAMBOAT COLORADO PHOTO DIARY REBECCA PIERSOL

~ SHOP FOR MOON BOOTS ON FARFETCH  ~

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On the second day, I had another relaxing morning and then I headed down to the Gondola base area to meet them for lunch at Timber and Torch. This is another one of our favorite traditions!  It is located right in Gondola Square and we always have a great lunch there! We were there during the Cowboy Downhill, which is SUCH a fun event, and the cowboys were all milling about and having lunch there, also, before the big event. After lunch, Dad and John headed back up the mountain and mom and I watched the Cowboys do their downhill relays and tricks and it is always SUCH fun.  At the end, all of the cowboys line up at the top of the hill and “stampede” down.  The start was right outside of our condos so we had a front row seat to the chaos. Always a blast.

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cowboy downhill steamboat
cowboy downhill steamboat

On the third day, I had my SPA DAY! It was my first time to Rocky Mountain Spa, located in the Sheraton at Gondola Square.  I knew it was a good sign when there was another pregnant mama with me on the shuttle from the condo heading to the spa as well. She said she goes every year and it is always great. And she was right! I was being cautious about massage since I was still only 12 weeks, so instead I got a facial and a deluxe deluxe pedicure (the Rocky Mountain Foot Ritual) and both were fantastic.   They use Eminence Organics products for the facials, which I loveeeee and just the whole vibe was a 10. I highlyyyyyy recommend. And will insist on staying an extra day next time so I don’t have to take a day off of skiing to spend at the spa 🙂

rocky mountain spa steamboat

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One of my goals of the trip was to get a real Cowboy hat to continue channeling the Beth Dutton vibes, and of course I found the perfect lil Stetson at FM Light & Sons.

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fm light and sons steamboat

~ SKI TRIP ESSENTIALS ~ 

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It was truly, truly a fantastic trip! Here are some more favorite photos that I snapped along the way.

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the view from the hot tub

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hot air balloon show to kick off Cowboy Downhill

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dusk from Gondola Square

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ON THE SLOPES RIGHT OUTSIDE OF OUR CONDO

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We always have restaurants that we go to each time we are in Steamboat, because we love tradition. And they are the best restaurants (to us). I am working on a full where to eat guide, but here are a few of our favorites:

The Ore House for a classic steakhouse meal; Laundry for apps and craft cocktails, Mambo Italiano for cozy vibes and delicious Italian, Timber and Torch for lunch, Winonas for Brunch, Slopeside for Apres Ski drinks, Cafe Diva for $$ dinner.

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Preparing for a ski trip? You gotta read my blog post HOW TO PACK FOR A SKI TRIP

~ PIN TO COME BACK LATER ~

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steamboat travel diary rebecca piersol

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