Ways to warm up in Salida, CO
The hot springs are just a start
1. Soak in the springs
The 100° pools at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort (20 miles from Salida) are just the place to take the edge off the winter chill. Take in views of snow-shrouded 14ers while you warm up in the two manmade thermal pools overlooking Chalk Creek, and over a dozen natural creekside pools winding through the valley below. Pool use $15; 15870 County Rd. 162, Nathrop; 888/395-7799.
2. Savor a cuppa
Stop in for a chai at Vital Living Herbs and Nutrition, with tea seating where sippers can sample any of 70 fragrant blends. Or relax with a full Tea to Stay pot. $1 for three-tea tastings, small pots from $1.95; closed Sun and Feb 27–Mar 1; new location opening Mar 2 at 148-B F St.; 719/539-2090.
3. Go for a pie
You’ll get to see Amicas’s wood-fired pizzas baking in the open kitchen’s oven kiln before you even take your first bite. Kick up your slice a few degrees with the chile-infused oil. As Salida’s only micro- brewery, Amicas has hefty seasonal beers (try the chocolaty porter) that add to the glow. $; 136 E. Second St.; 719/539-5219.
4. Shop for stoneware and salsa
Pick up gourmet kitchenware and food items at the Mixing Bowl, a must-stop spot for gourmands and foodies. To warm up your palate, try the green-chile salsa mix or the original-blend hot salsa mix. Mix $4; 148-A F St.; 719/539-2655.