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Some of my most beautiful memories are set to this backdrop. Sometimes it’s simple: my bare toes deep in the cool grass of the Chautauqua lawn. Other times it’s adventurous: foraging through the forest, stopping along the way to marvel at the views. A few times, it’s been the screaming burn of my thighs as I ran up the steep Chautauqua trail. OK, those last memories are a little less than beautiful. (More like sweating and sobbing, “Why? Why?”) But each moment is special to me. Because each moment is a part of Boulder’s famous Colorado Chautauqua. Chautauqua is Boulder. And the Colorado Chautauqua is celebrating its big 1-2-0 this year. Needless to say, we wanted to give it a good gift. Enter: Travel Boulder’s premiere print magazine, The Ultimate Guide to Boulder. You can find these guides, written by locals so you can experience Boulder like a local, published twice a year. And what better way to kick off a new mag than with Boulder’s shining star? An in-depth look at Chautauqua is our lead story in this edition. In this package, you’ll learn which cottage to stay at for the best views (or the most privacy); which trails to hike with your kids; some of Chautauqua’s coolest events for 2018; and also some history that we bet will surprise you. Whether you don’t even know what a “chautauqua” is (it’s OK; I didn’t for about a decade) or you think you’ve explored every inch of these grounds, there’s something here to help enrich your next visit. In addition, the Summer 2018 Ultimate Guide to Boulder includes the Ultimate Guide to Boulder’s Neighborhoods (the likes of which has never been officially reported on before), as well as guides to family fun and music in Boulder. As a native to these parts, I’ve always loved Boulder for its ability to surprise. Just when you think you’ve tried it all, there’s some crazy new vegan stuffed gourd surrounded by flaming hay (that’s at Emmerson), or a wall-dancing class (that’s at Iluminar Aerial), or some dude on the Pearl Street Mall playing the piano while hanging by his feet from a tree (um, yup). As John Brice, the publisher and co-founder of TravelBoulder.com, says, “You would be amazed at what is going on in Boulder that you don’t know about. We found it was difficult to find out early enough what was happening in Boulder until after it happened. We were tired of missing out.” Well, you don’t have to miss out anymore. We got ya. Enjoy our first of many magazines; I hope to see it used and abused, crammed in your backpack and splattered with cold brew and craft beer and adventure, because that’s what’s Boulder’s made of. Get even more info online at TravelBoulder.com.
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Contents 10 From the Editor 14 Events
Here’s what’s hot in Boulder for 2018, from festivals to holiday celebrations.
We break down Boulder by region and share the highlights you don’t want to miss.
BOULDER FARMERS MARKET
Savor locally grown, in-season produce, from peaches in the summer to apples in the fall.
In celebration of the Colorado Chautauqua’s 120th anniversary, dive deep into the history and excitement of this Boulder landmark.
62 Family Fun
Boulder is for families. Here’s how to entertain and feed the little ones while in town.
66 Music Scene
Boulder’s music scene is thriving. Don’t miss these events.
70 Best Views in Boulder Head here to see Boulder from above.
72 Camping Near Boulder
Fill up in America’s Foodiest Town
There aren’t campgrounds in Boulder, but you can sleep in nature nearby.
74 Retail Locator 76 Brewery Locator 78 Lodging Locator 80 Advertiser Index 82 Happy Hour Guide
Our fave happy hour deals, from the cheapest margs to the best food.
From mead and ale to gin, Boulder’s breweries and distilleries have you covered
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B O U L D ER â€™ S FAVO R I T E H A N G O UT Discover the scenic beauty and vibrant energy at the historic Hotel Boulderado, just one block from Pearl Street Mall. Enjoy modern amenities, elegant event venues, charming Victorian ambiance and three in-house restaurants and bars.
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BOULDER’S BEST 2018 EVENTS MAY 26-28: The Boulder Creek Festival is one of the city’s biggest community events, centered around the banks of Boulder Creek. For more than 30 years, the free fest has featured food, entertainment, vendors and family fun. This year, expect more than 500 vendors, nine event areas, carnival rides and three stages. MAY 28: It’s the BolderBOULDER’s 40th anniversary. This 10K is one of the biggest, most famous races in the world, and this year will be “epic,” according to the race’s website, as it celebrates its fourth decade. The race concludes with a ceremony at Folsom Field to honor military veterans, one of the largest such events in the nation. JUNE 6 (THROUGH AUG. 8): Listen to live music, dance and sip on beer from the beer garden at Downtown Boulder’s annual Bands on the Bricks outdoor summer concert series. The heart of Bands on the Bricks is in the 1300 block of Pearl. This year marks the 21st anniversary of this free 10-week tradition that runs from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer. JUNE 8 (THROUGH AUG. 12): Early June kicks off Boulder’s annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival, where you can watch Shakespearean plays and more in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and indoor University Theatre. This year, highlights include “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Richard III.” JUNE 10: In true Boulder style, one of the biggest events of the summer is the Ironman Boulder triathlon, the biggest Ironman competition in the world. More than 2,000 athletes compete for the esteemed title. JUNE 14-17: The biggest yoga event in Boulder and one of the best in the state comes to Boulder every summer. The annual Hanuman Festival brings famous yoga teachers to town, plus live music and other workshops. JUNE 16: The CU New Opera Workshop is an interactive event where you can watch the process of creating an opera and share your ideas with the composers. See “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene” June 16 at the Atlas Black Box Theater.
JUNE 16-18: Dance is the star of the Boulder International Festival, which turns the Pearl Street Mall into a giant dance floor. Also browse arts and crafts vendors while you watch dancers from around the world in this free event. JULY 4: The biggest Fourth of July party in Boulder County is Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. See an impressive fireworks display and celebrate the nation’s independence. JULY 11: Tube to Work Day is when locals take a tube down Boulder Creek, theoretically to commute to work, although the internationally recognized event (sponsored by the city of Boulder) is more of a party than a serious meeting. JULY 21-22: Art, art, art is the heart of the Pearl Street Arts Fest. This weekend event honors art in every medium from Boulder and beyond. See artists from around the nation and find plenty of ways to participate, as well. JULY 29: The family-focused SummerFest is all about outdoor culture and nature and celebrating the end of the Boulder Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. JULY 30 (THROUGH AUG. 3): The annual Aerial Dance Festival, organized by Frequent Flyers Productions, is one of the most esteemed aerial dance events in the world. Aerial dancers come to Boulder to teach and perform jaw-dropping trapeze and other aerial forms. JULY 13-14: Dead and Co. returns to Boulder for the third year in a row. These wildly popular concerts by members of the Grateful Dead and featuring John Mayer are hosted at Folsom Field. AUG. 4: Because one Ironman isn’t enough for Boulder. The Ironman 70.3 triathlon (a half Ironman) is centered around Boulder Reservoir. This is a popular event to participate in as well as watch.
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MOLLY GRAVES, NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CIRCUS ARTS. FREQUENT FLYERS® AERIAL DANCE FESTICAL 2018 ARTIST | PHOTO COURTESY OF FREQUENT FLYERS AUG. 15-26: The Boulder International Fringe Festival is about independent art and pushing creative boundaries, presented in unexpected places around town. The Fringe Festival features theater, dance, music and more. AUG. 18: There’s a winter beer fest, and there’s a summer beer fest. This is Boulder’s summer tribute to craft brew. In North Boulder Park, this annual event features more than 25 craft breweries, live tunes and food. AUG. 24: Nederland isn’t just for frozen dead guys. It’s about music, too. The 20th-annual NedFest Music and Arts Festival turns this small mountain town into a hoppin’ outdoor music festival every summer. SEPT. 2-4: The Boulder Creek Festival starts summer in Boulder and the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival ends summer. This event, located in Central Park, includes live music, a race, a car show, beer, food and more over Labor Day weekend every year.
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SEPT. 14-16: In case you missed the Boulder Creek Hometown Fest, or just want a second festival in September, there’s also the Downtown Boulder Fall Fest. Celebrating its 31st year, this event features food, beer and music (see a trend?). It offers carnival rides for kiddos, and the Firefly Handmade Market for shopping. OCT. 6-8: The annual Adventure Film Festival brings new, hand-picked films to Boulder, where they are debuted before heading off on a world tour. The topics here: rock climbing, outdoor adventures, extreme sports and activism. OCT. 31: Boulder celebrates Halloween with its annual Munchkin Masquerade. The Pearl Street Mall is flooded with kids in costume who trick-or-treat downtown businesses, which always decorate big for the occasion.
Want to Learn More? For a complete list of all events happening in Boulder, visit travelboulder.com/events.
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As Boulder continues to grow, its neighborhoods develop stronger personalities. There is no official, indisputable map of Boulder’s neighborhoods, but here’s how locals break it down. North Boulder is artsy. East Boulder is full of breweries — and (either fittingly or ironically, depending on how you look at it) a ton of fitness gyms. To the west are the foothills, where you can find the best hiking trails. South Boulder has an abundance of
hidden gems. Downtown centers around the historic, brick-lined Pearl Street pedestrian mall. You can explore a certain region specifically for its offerings. (Looking to brewery hop like a boss? Head east.) Or you can make a certain neighborhood your home base and venture out from there.
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Downtown is iconic, with its red brick Pearl Street Mall, historic buildings and plethora of shopping. From spring to winter, this busy shopping hub is always decorated and spirited. This is the heart of Boulder and the most popular area for travelers to explore.
HEAD HERE FOR Shopping (especially local, independent stores), coffee, esteemed restaurants, street buskers, the Farmers Market, people watching, indie bookstores, spas, art galleries, live music, the Boulder Theater, nightlife, the Boulder Public Library, kids’ activities, historic buildings, community festivals, patio dining, the Boulder Creek.
BOULDER FARMERS MARKET BOULDER AT ITS PUREST. WALK PAST COLORFUL BOOTHS SELLING LOCAL PRODUCE AND PRODUCTS AND SHAKE HANDS WITH THE FARMERS WHO GREW THEM.
This is so much more than just outdoor grocery shopping. The Boulder County Farmers Market is one of the most happening events in Boulder. A trip to town wouldn’t be complete without it. Indulge in enough healthy, free samples to qualify as a full meal, while listening to free live music. Pick up a snack or lunch and take it to the next-door park or creek, before heading to the dazzling Dushanbe Tea House for a cup of chai surrounded by statues, then taking a tour of the Boulder Museum
of Contemporary Art. The Boulder County Farmers Market is always busy, ever-changing and well-established as one of the best farmers markets in the nation. In fact, Clean Eating Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine both named it one of America’s 50 Best Farmers’ Markets. Vegetarian Times also crowned it one of the country’s best. It’s a foodie paradise, blending local fare with entertainment with a chance to socialize. It’s also a great way to spend a free or inexpensive weekend in Boulder, whether you’re with family or traveling solo, looking to make new connections. Boulder’s Farmers Market happens on 13th Street in downtown Boulder, between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, next to Central Park.
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You can also typically buy pasta, local honey, a wide range of meats and dairy products (mmm, gourmet cheese). Pick up some hot sauce as a souvenir of your trip to Colorado. New for 2018: There’s a growing emphasis on vendors using local products for their packaged foods and pre-made meals (e.g., using locally grown raspberries in chocolate). Although Boulder’s Saturday market is the most popular, Wednesday night is our favorite because, well, thinner crowds, but also the later timing means you can buy alcohol. Wednesdays include a beer garden, with local wine and brews. The beer garden features a different brewery every week. Pours are always $5 for 16 ounces. You must keep the beer in the food court. Local breweries include Sanitas, Upslope, Twisted Pine, The Post and West Flanders. Coffee lovers will be happy to know coffee is often served here, too. Pets are not allowed at the market.
The best time to shop on Saturday is 8 a.m., when the streets aren’t yet packed and you have the biggest selection of products. The busiest hours are 10 a.m.-noon. During peak season, the Saturday market draws 6,000 to 7,000 people. “It is a full-day event where you can get a lot of things done on your day off. There’s music, an artisan shop, opportunities to shop for gifts, be with friends and go shopping for groceries for the week,” says Elyse Wood, operations and community manager. “I think the best part is you can meander and slow down and take your time when the rest of your week could be really busy.”
What Makes It So Special? The nonprofit Boulder County Farmers Market has been around for a while. The Saturday market is celebrating its 32nd year. The Wednesday market has been open for 26 years. All vendors here must grow or produce their own food in order to sell it, which sets Boulder’s market apart from others on the Front Range. No reselling or buying from a wholesaler allowed. This means everything is completely local and authentic. Most produce is organic and GMO-free and all waste is composted and recycled.
“There’s a common misconception that prices are a lot higher. But often the prices really do compare to what’s in the store.” - Elyse Wood, Operations and Community Manager
Obviously, there is the locally grown, in-season produce. The farmers and their work is the highlight of this event. Produce changes with the seasons, from peaches in the summer to apples in the fall. The food court vendor list is long (more than 150 participants), but in the past you could find everything from gyros to polenta and marinara to dumplings to die for. Look for kettle corn, fresh pastries and fantastic tortilla chips with artisan salsa.
You can buy unique produce, such as purple beans, seedless yellow watermelon and golden beets. Find an artisan show every second Saturday of each month. The market accepts food assistance benefits and will double up to $20, and distributes WIC coupons. Price for produce is comparable to grocery store prices.
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PEARLS OF PEARL STREET: THE MOST FASHIONABLE SHOPS Pearl Street is our guilty pleasure place to shop. Whether you’re hunting down an unusual treasure to take home, an unforgettable gift, some outdoor gear for your next adventure or a new outfit, Pearl Street has you more than covered. Here’s where we blow our dough. Our picks for the most fashionable Pearl Street shops are locally owned, to ensure authentic Boulder flair.
THERE’S SOMETHING TRANSPORTIVE ABOUT STEPPING ONTO THE PEARL STREET MALL.
The smell of garlic (thanks, Pasta Jay’s) and fresh-brewed coffee (thanks, 1,000 coffee shops per square inch). The mash-up of random buskers on their drums, guitars, trumpets and violins. And the shops. Oh, the shops. The charming mall boasts impressive shopping variety, from high-end to consignment, from outdoor to home decor, as well as plenty of specialty shops. Look for the funky hat vendor,
bookstores, art galleries, jewelry stores and more. Officially, the walking mall (no wheeled vehicles - or pets - allowed) spans 11th through 15th streets, but the fun extends far beyond, to both the east and west. The shopping doesn’t stop where the bricks end. With so many different stores, it can be hard to narrow down for newbies. Lucky for you, we’re shopping pros and single-handedly spend enough money on Pearl Street to keep the shops in business. Here are the fashion stars of downtown.
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the ultimate guide TO BOULDER'S NEIGHBORHOODS Bliss | 1643 PEARL ST. | This is the place to go for gifts. Bliss has an ever-evolving and surprising stash of cool gifts and goodies, from paper wares (great cards) to jewelry to home decor. In the winter, we love Bliss’s collection of ornaments and holiday decorations, plus cozy slippers, bathrobes and cute throw pillows. Year-round, Bliss offers a selection of plants and greenery to warm up your abode. The artwork and accent pieces here are each unique and enticing. You can’t go wrong at Bliss. This locally owned store features both quality Colorado artists and impeccably curated international designers.
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Chelsea has been a Boulder fave for more than 15 years and has even earned a national reputation as an incredible, locally owned women’s designer boutique. This small but powerful shop is a not-to-be-missed place to find contemporary women’s clothes, shoes, jewelry and more. In addition to excellent designers, such as James Jeans and Adina Reyter, you can also find high-quality, locally made jewelry at Chelsea. Because quality is a focus here, expect designer boutique prices, but don’t let that deter you if you’re traveling on a budget. Chelsea holds incredible sales and you can score the clothes of your dreams at dream prices on its sale rack. BLISS I PHOTO BY JACOB HELLECKSON
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Cedar and Hyde is not directly on the Pearl Street Mall, but it’s just one block to the north and well worth the extra 30 steps. It’s one of the hippest places to shop in Boulder. Everything here is smartly selected for being amazing, especially its clothes for men, women and children. One thing that makes this shop - owned by two sisters - so cool is the stories that come with every product. Ask staff about the designers and their inspiration, and chances are, they’ll know. This makes shopping here a full experience.
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This shop is inspired by the ocean (hence the name), so expect beachy tones of light blues, off-whites and tans, faded wood and exposed brick. The blend of nostalgic vintage treasures adds charm and character to modern, fashion-forward but cozy attire and jewelry. It’s like the perfect, clean, organized flea market, except with plenty of new items and with everything carefully curated by the owners so you don’t have to do the hunting yourself. It’s like they found all of the most amazing things ever made, past and present, and filled a single store with them. Although inspired by the ocean, which Boulder obviously lacks, the artsy, creative, playful yet stylish fusion of Island Farm somehow makes it embody the mountain energy of Boulder.
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NOD & ROSE | PHOTO BY JACOB HELLECKSON
The racks here carry some of the coolest emerging designers (always on rotation) from the west to east coasts, for both men and women. While Colorado gets teased for being behind the trends of bigger coastal cities, Nod & Rose is right there at the front as a style leader. Nod & Rose raises the bar on Boulder’s style and puts Pearl Street on the map for savvy shoppers, but without the ego and intimidation.
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Installation Shoe Gallery is almost too cool to share. Like we want to keep it on the DL so it’s preserved as the hip, slightly off-the-wall, urban-ish wonderland that it is. But we’re swallowing our desire to hoard Installation all to ourselves and are begrudgingly sharing its glory. Sneakers. Kicks. Trainers. Athletic shoes. That’s the specialty here. This is where sneaker fanatics go to reach the next level. Not the standard mall chain-store selection, but the rare, special shoe scores for die-hard sneaker fiends. These kicks are handpicked by experts (sneaker lovers themselves) and there’s only a limited number, so if you see a shoe you love, buy it, because it probably won’t be there for long. See why we were reluctant to share? First come, first served. We call dibs.
Two Sole Sisters
| 1703 PEARL ST. | Shoe shops come and go, but Two Sole Sisters has been our favorite independent shoe boutique for years. You will find fashionable, hand-picked, unique shoes, accessories and bags here, in a small but bold shop run by two local sisters. Customer service is top of the line here. One goal: to show that fashion and functional comfort can exist in the same pair of shoes. Look for brands that stand by that mission, such as Chie Mihara and Fly London.
| 1177 WALNUT ST. | Max is not technically on the Pearl Street Mall, but it’s close and fashionable enough to deserve a mention. If you’re shopping on the mall, this is worth the small diversion. Max is a high-end store that carries more than 100 designer brands. Fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg celebrated Max’s 20th anniversary in 2011 with a sold-out fashion show. You can also find Max branches in Denver and Aspen.
| 1631 PEARL ST. |
Violette is a fantasyland boutique for women and girls, where the most beautiful things live: bows, pearls, sparkles, satin, elegance. Violette’s specialty is its incredible selection of dresses, from casual sundresses to wear to Boulder Creek to the perfect cocktail dress for a fancy dinner at the Flagstaff House. This small shop only has a few of each style and is reliably chic. The prices are middle of the row, too. Not cheap, but not designer level. You can also find an impressive selection of accessories to pair with your outfit here. The beautiful dressing rooms make the shopping experience all the more special. Violette is our go-to when we want to commemorate a special occasion with a special outfit.
Nod & Rose | 901 PEARL ST., UNIT 101 | Any fashionable Boulderite won’t be surprised to find Nod & Rose on a best-of list. The style of this husband-and-wife run boutique is indisputable. Even though the style is perfectly on point here, you won’t find stuffiness, arrogance or a pretentious hipster vibe. At all. Nod & Rose is super chill, friendly and fashion-forward, but in a relaxed, oh-so-Boulder way.
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THE TASTE OF DOWNTOWN
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On the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, you can find fresh seafood, award-winning chefs, restaurants that prepare food from their own private farms, tea parties and happy hours, cheese boards and cocktails on patios, fancy, fresh, French and nearly everything in between.The selection is huge and the bar is high. In fact, the downtown area boasts about 120 different places to refuel with food, drinks and desserts.
ATTENTION FOODIES: THIS STREET’S FOR YOU.
Some of Boulder’s best restaurants are directly on or a few blocks off Pearl Street. And if it’s the best dining in Boulder, it’s also some of the best dining in the nation, because Boulder has a long list of national rankings for its restaurants, including being named Bon Appétit’s Foodiest Town in North America. You might not expect this from what has also been named the skinniest city in America, but Boulder loves its food.
Boulder was also named one of the top 10 Foodie Cities by Livability; Six Small Cities with Big Food Scenes by USA Today; Five Secret Foodie Cities by Forbes Travel Guide Blog; and America’s Foodiest Town by couturecolorado.com. Plan a foodie tour down Pearl Street and you’ll quickly see why there’s so much hype. Don’t be intimidated by the options. Lucky for you, we’ve lived here a long time (see: native) and know exactly where you want to be. Here are some of our favorite places to eat on the Pearl Street Mall.
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Black Cat | 1964 13TH ST. | This restaurant is not directly on Pearl Street, but just off the main drag on 13th Street — hence its “lucky” name. Black Cat is the epitome of farm-to-table. It’s connected to its own 130-acre, certified-organic farm whose produce goes straight to your plate, including a special corn that the chef dries and mills for polenta. The farm also raises sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys and geese. Even the wild fruit and produce is gathered locally by Black Cat staff. Black Cat takes local, sustainable and healthy seriously. No GMOs here. Food in this small bistro is classified as “inventive New American” and changes daily. Really, with all that natural, local influence, Black Cat’s menu is an honest reflection of Boulder’s local agriculture.
Cured | 1825 PEARL ST., SUITE B | Cured is one part gourmet grocery store, one part café. Although it only has a few tables, its exquisite selection of charcuterie, cheese and Euro-style sandwiches earns it the honor of our favorite place to grab a quick bite in Boulder. You’ll never think of sandwiches the same again. Order a to-go meal for a picnic, hike, to enjoy on the courthouse lawn just off the mall or to take back to your hotel room. Every other Friday Cured offers a different pre-packed meal that
promises to rival anything else in Boulder. It’s a bold claim, but this small, mom-and-pop shop more than delivers. Cured shares its space with one of Boulder’s best coffee shops, too: Boxcar Coffee. Or if you’re looking to slow down, not speed up, Cured serves “unique, quirky, geeky” bottles of wine, spirits and Colorado beer. It playfully boasts the smallest liquor store in the state (206 square feet).
Frasca | 1738 PEARL ST. | Down the street is a restaurant that prepares what is arguably Boulder’s best food. That is, if you’re arguing with James Beard. Frasca holds two esteemed James Beard awards: for its wine service (co-owner Bobby Stuckey is a master sommelier) and for having the best chef in the southwest. In 2016, it was one of five national finalists for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurant category, competing with such famous restaurants as Momofuku Noodle Bar and the Spotted Pig in NYC. That’s basically the Oscars of the food universe. Awards aside, food here centers around Northern Italian fare (Friulano food, it’s called) perfectly paired with top-of-the-line wines. It goes without saying, Frasca is elegant and gourmet. Known for its service, this restaurant makes Boulder a worthwhile destination all by itself.
Jax Fish House | 928 PEARL ST. |
Pizzeria Locale | 1730 PEARL ST. |
Boulder may be thousands of miles from the ocean, but it still knows how to do incredible seafood. Jax flies its seafood in daily and has been named one of the top 25 seafood restaurants by Travel + Leisure, among others. We say it’s that and more: Jax is one of Pearl Street’s very best. The atmosphere inside always seems to be high-energy. It’s a bit dim and sexy, but also totally hip. The dining room is small, so make reservations or come in early. Jax has been a Boulder staple since 1994 and is also a hoppin’ place to go for happy hour.
A few blocks down Pearl Street is Boulder’s best pizza restaurant. But this isn’t your average cheese-and-crust experience. Pizzeria Locale serves up authentic Neapolitan pizza, woodfired in an oven built out of bricks and mortar from Italy. The goal: to bring Italy into the heart of Boulder. So you’ll find local ingredients in that Italian oven, served with Boulder’s friendly, laid-back hospitality. The atmosphere is relaxed, but also classy and elegant, perfect for a romantic date or family outing. Try the Filetto pizza, topped with burrata cheese, garlic, basil, cherry tomatoes and parmigiano reggiano. Locale has an extensive wine list and even offers some wine on tap.
Oak at Fourteenth | 1400 PEARL ST. | The heart of Oak is its wood-burning oven (oak-fired, but of course) and seasonal produce. Watch chefs prepare locally sourced food in the open kitchen. From local veggies to local meat to pasta made in-house, Oak is completely fresh and original. The apple and kale salad is a favorite. So are the donuts, made fresh daily in different flavors. Oak is also revered for its innovative cocktails, often using local, seasonal ingredients. It’s no wonder; co-owner Bryan Dayton is a certified sommelier with a ton of impressive experience, including running his own cocktail catering biz and founding the Colorado chapter of the U.S. Bartender’s Guild — which crowned him the nation’s Most Inspired Bartender. This restaurant is one part contemporary, one part rustic. In other words, it’s totally Boulder.
Riffs Urban Fare | 1115 PEARL ST. | Riffs shows a different side of Boulder. It’s funky, urban, relaxed and exciting — a hip place to refuel after seeing Boulder’s sights. It describes its food as “Boulder-flavored,” and while abstract, it’s also somehow perfectly accurate. Food here is fresh and creative, such as grilled avocados with crab salsa or cauliflower with raisins and capers, and naturally, it is locally inspired. Not sure what to get? Riffs is best known for its Brussels sprouts. You can also order from the “daily Riffs” menu, or try the cedar plank salmon, one of only a few items that has been on the menu since day one. Riffs is especially adored for its interesting small plates. Try a scattering of them with a craft cocktail on the patio and watch Pearl Street’s people parade by. Bonus: Prices are reasonable for a Pearl Street restaurant of this caliber.
(FROM TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT) FLAMING AVOCADOS AT RIFFS URBAN FARE. PLATING SHRIMP AT RIFFS URBAN FARE. CHARCUTERIE BOARD AT CURED. | PHOTOS BY JACOB HELLECKSON
the ultimate guide TO BOULDER'S NEIGHBORHOODS The Kitchen | 1039 PEARL ST. | This Pearl Street restaurant was named for its intention: to serve the community in the same way a kitchen serves your home, as a place for people to hang out, talk and share food. Since opening in 2004, this bright, open, urban-inspired restaurant has earned a rep as one of Boulder’s best — and one of the best in the nation. The James Beard Foundation, Gourmet and Food & Wine Magazine have all deemed The Kitchen one of America’s top restaurants. In total Boulder style, The Kitchen is concerned about the environment, too, using wind power, composting whenever possible and recycling its used cooking oil to power one of the server’s cars.
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Wild Standard | 1043 PEARL ST. | Yes, another seafood star in a mountain town. Wild Standard is one of our top Pearl Street picks for fresh, excellent, sustainably sourced seafood. Start your dinner with the fried calamari, made with gluten-free flour and a Thai sweet chili glaze. This subtly sweet and spicy variation on classic calamari is one of Wild Standard’s most popular items. The restaurant also has a raw oyster bar. Ask your server about the nightly special and hope for the king salmon from Yakutat Bay, Alaska, flown in overnight so it’s the the freshest seafood you can get in a landlocked state. Occasionally, Wild Standard gets a rare ivory king salmon.
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CHRIS HUANG AND A FRIEND INSTALL A PIECE OF HIS ARTWORK AT LUCKY’S CAFE AS PART OF THE NOBO ART DISTRICT BUSINESS MEMBERS VENUES PROGRAM. | PHOTO BY PAULA GILLEN/NOBO ART DISTRICT
North Boulder, also known as NoBo, is a newer part of town. It’s the gateway to the mountains and town of Lyons, but it has become its own destination over the years. With a variety of art galleries and regular art events, it has emerged as a major arts hub.
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NOBO IS THE NEWEST ARTS CENTER OF BOULDER.
The NoBo Arts District offers art lovers a more personalized and accessible experience with a focus on encouraging artists and engaging the community. The rare experience of free parking is enough of an incentive to make the 10-minute drive from downtown Boulder. The unconventional and eclectic styles on display make it worth returning to again and again. The best way to experience North Boulder is to come for one of the First Friday events, 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, when up to 30 area artists open their studios to the public for free. The area is a large maze, with many exhibits often hidden
within or behind large industrial buildings. It can be difficult to find the galleries and may require some sleuthing, though the map from the NoBo Arts District website (noboartdistrict.org/first-friday) and on-site info tent helps tremendously. It’s worth keeping your car close at hand in the colder winter months, as the participating galleries can be more than a mile apart. Many of the shops and galleries do not have set hours, so attending on a First Friday gives you the best chance of seeing what the NoBo Arts District has to offer. While all of the stores and galleries in the NoBo Arts District are worth a peek, here are a few that should definitely not be missed.
Boulder Photo Center Darkroom Gallery | 4949 N. BROADWAY |
The Essense Studio | 4593 N.BROADWAY STUDIO D120 | Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has been making her olfactory art in the NoBo district since 2008, long before the most recent surge of galleries and independent artists in the area. Custom perfumes and oils have recently become more popular thanks to fashion magazine coverage and a celebrity following. The Essense Studio offers ready-to-wear fragrances in gorgeous glass bottles and the option of a $75 consultation to help you choose the best fragrance for your skin chemistry. The studio also offers the luxurious option of making your own personalized scent for people who prefer to be one of a kind. Each Designer Original is made according to your individual chemistry through skin analysis and a one-on-one $75 consultation (which includes a 0.25-ounce pure perfume or oil essence and a 1-ounce Eau De Perfume of your signature scent). This studio currently does not participate in First Fridays, so call or email to make an appointment for a consultation or stop in during its regular business hours.
Photography purists will find a haven in the Boulder Photo Center Darkroom Gallery. The walls in this small space are covered almost exclusively with black and white visual commentary â€” addressing timely topics such as homelessness and social justice. The space also serves as one of the few darkrooms left in Colorado for photographers who want to ditch digital and focus on film.
Settembre Cellars | 1501 LEE HILL ROAD, UNIT 16 | Settembre Cellars is an intimate venue where you can savor a glass of unique Colorado vino. On First Fridays, this cozy winery and tasting room becomes an exhibition room showcasing unusual artistic styles. For example, during a previous First Friday, visitors were captivated by Doug McKennaâ€™s mathematical art. McKenna, is a computer programmer and pioneer in fractal arts. His giclee prints are awash with mesmerizing patterns, while his colorful silk chiffon scarves are a fashionable way to wear mathematical concepts.
(FROM TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT) ART IN NORTH BOULDER, PERFUME AT THE ESSENCE STUDIO, SILK SCARVES AT SETTEMBRE CELLARS | PHOTOS BY JESSICA MORGAN
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It’s the trendiest, fastest-growing part of Boulder, packed with unique shops, inspiring art and unobstructed views of the foothills. It’s also one of the up-and-coming spots for the foodie scene. NoBo (North Boulder) used to be a fringe neighborhood in Boulder, but more recently it has earned a reputation as a restaurant destination. Here, you can find hip date-night spots, authentic ethnic menus and also casual “holes in the wall” with a ton of personality.
FILL UP WITH LOCAL FARE IN NORTH BOULDER.
If you’re looking for a quieter escape where the mountains feel so much closer, head north. You won’t have to fight the crowds of downtown or
hunt for parking (or pay for it either). On your way up Broadway, stop by the independent grocery store Lucky’s Market, 3960 Broadway, for a to-go snack, or get a
shot of espresso at Amante Coffee, 4580 Broadway, a hoppin’ cafe that’s especially popular among cyclists heading out for a mountain ride. If you want to eat something a little more substantial, there are plenty of other places to fill up on uptown Broadway and the neighboring side streets. Here are our favorite restaurants in North Boulder, whether you’re up for a classy night out or looking for something as casual as Boulder gets.
China Gourmet | 3970 N. BROADWAY |
The North End at 4580 | 4580 BROADWAY UNIT A |
This inexpensive Chinese counter is a NoBo institution. No credit cards or non-local checks accepted. No servers or fancy ambience. Just tasty, casual Chinese food from a long-standing, family-run restaurant. We recommend taking your order to go.
This is the best spot for a casual but sophisticated date in NoBo. The North End (look for the large sign that reads “4580”) is a fresh American bistro with an impressive wine list. In warmer weather, we love this restaurant’s outdoor patio.
Bacco Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar | 1200 YARMOUTH AVE. | Proto’s Pizza | 4670 BROADWAY | Go here for the cheese. Mmm, cheese. Bacco is a unique offering, not only in Boulder but in the entire country; it’s one of the few U.S. restaurants with a mozzarella bar. Bacco offers a full mozzarella menu, where you can experience cheese accented with the likes of smoked salmon, avocado, red onions and arugula, or pesto, roasted pepper and Parma prosciutto (to name a few of the options).
Go here for pizza. East Coast-style pizza, made with a thin, charred crust. Proto’s has a few different locations in Colorado. Chef Pam Proto is the star at Proto’s. She started the restaurant after moving to Colorado; she missed New England’s pizza, so she decided to bring it here. The pies are made in authentic Italian ovens. Although the food is casual, the atmosphere is elegant. With real linens and a great wine list, Proto’s is fit for everyone, from families to lovers.
Dagabi Cucina | 3970 N. BROADWAY |
Wapos Mexican Cocina | 4929 BROADWAY |
Go here for comfort food and a fun family night out, Spanish style. We love Dagabi’s pizzas and fresh, modernized Spanish classics, especially the paella. Dagabi also serves tapas, charcuterie and cheese and wine, making it another great option for a date night.
More authentic Mexican deliciousness. Like La Choza, Wapos is super relaxed and all about the food. You might drive by and blow it off as a hole in the wall (and it’d be easy to miss it, as it’s located right at the far northern edge of Boulder, right before the mountain highway, US 36), but stop and give the food a taste. Go here for a chill and indulgent night out.
La Choza | 4457 BROADWAY | Go here for authentic Mexican food that won’t break the bank (not even the piggy bank). La Choza is nothing fancy; we’d call it a dive, except the food is incredible. It’s casual and quick but has some of the area’s best tacos, fajitas and burritos.
AHI TUNA BEING PREPARED AT THE NORTH END AT 4580 | PHOTO BY STUDIO Q PHOTOGRAPHY
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EAST BOULDER & GUNBARREL
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Until recently, East Boulder wasn’t much of a destination, but that is quickly changing as more businesses move into this (relatively) less expensive part of town. East Boulder is evolving from a commercial and residential afterthought to its own neighborhood. Leading the way are breweries, distilleries, fitness warehouses and the Boulder Creative Collective, an edgy artists’ group.
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IF YOU KNOW BOULDER, YOU KNOW WE LOVE OUR BEER.
Boulder loves its brews. And spirits. And wine. Really, we love to drink, especially if it’s locally made. With more than 20 breweries, four wineries, six distilleries and a mead hall, finding somewhere to grab a drink is no hard task. But picking a place? That can seem impossible. Beer or cocktails? Downtown or not? Do you want to pick one place for the night, or hop around? The possibilities are endless.
Our advice: Narrow it down. Pick a neighborhood. Pick a type of drink. Try somewhere new. If you’re staying in East Boulder or want to stay off the Pearl Street Mall, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the best breweries, distilleries and mead spots in the East Boulder area, focusing on places that do not have full menus.
Altitude | 2805 WILDERNESS PLACE SUITE 200 |
at least five years and only made every so often. If Redstone has a reserve tasting, we fully recommend trying it. Stay for as long as you like, or take a few of your favorites, bottled to go.
Whether a vodka, scotch, gin or rum, all Altitude products are certified organic. The father-and-son team believes in sustainability and environmental stewardship. Their use of the highest-quality products comes through in all of their spirits. See the difference for yourself at the tasting room, 2805 Wilderness Place, suite 200, which is part distillery workshop and part bar.
Sanitas | 3550 FRONTIER AVE. | Sanitas Brewing is one of the best-known breweries in Boulder. We bet you can picture that adorable little owl now. Its beers are canned and distributed in many Colorado liquor stores, and they can be found on tap in many local restaurants and bars.
Deviant Spirits | 2480 49TH ST. |
Upslope | 1898 S. FLATIRON COURT |
Deviant Spirits’ claim to fame is its rice-based vodka. The vodka is similar to some sakes, while remaining full-bodied and clean. It has a subtle sweetness that makes it perfect to enjoy on the rocks or in a variety of cocktails.
While Upslope is widely distributed and easily accessible, there’s just something about a beer fresh from the tap that beats a can any day.
Elwood Distilling | 5757 ARAPAHOE AVE. SUITE A2 |
Vapor Distillery | 5311 WESTERN AVE. SUITE 180 |
Named after the owner’s furry friend, Elwood Distilling is well known for its single-malt whiskey, which won gold at the 2017 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival and bronze at the 2017 Denver International Spirit Competition.
Vapor Distilling, formerly Roundhouse Spirits, was the first legal distillery in Boulder, started in 2007. Vapor spirits have won dozens of awards and can be found on shelves across Colorado. The distillery offers staples such as Boulder Bourbon, Boulder Vodka and Boulder Gin, as well as specials and seasonals like the Pumpkin King, made with local, organically grown pumpkins, and the Arrosta Coffee Liqueur.
J Wells | 2516 49TH ST. SUITE 5 | Don’t let J Wells’ small size turn you away. Located at 2516 49th St. Suite 5, this garage-style warehouse is a hidden gem. It has 14 taps, featuring year-round favorites, as well as seasonal options.
VisionQuest | 2510 47TH ST. SUITE A2 | This is a great place to stop for a beer while getting everything you need to brew your own. Beer isn’t all VisionQuest (owned by Boulder Fermentation) offers. It also makes an in-house, non-alcoholic root beer and kombucha.
Kettle and Spoke | 2500 47TH ST. UNIT 12 | Located inside Green Guru, a bike shop at 2500 47th St. that makes all its products from recycled materials, is the tiny Kettle and Spoke brewery. It claims to be the smallest brewery in the U.S., and honestly, we believe it.
Wild Woods | 5460 CONESTOGA COURT | Wild Woods’ owners have a shared love for both beer and the outdoors. They brought these two passions together to create Wild Woods’ nature-inspired beers. All of their beers are named for or contain ingredients you would find in nature, such as the Treeline IPA, Wildflower Pale Ale and S’mores Stout.
Redstone Meadery | 4700 PEARL ST. SUITE 2A | Redstone offers nectars, which are light, crisp, carbonated meads; mountain honey wines, which are non-carbonated, full-bodied meads; and reserves, which are dessert meads aged for
UPSLOPE BREWERY | PHOTO BY JACOB HELLECKSON
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VIEW OF THE FLATIRONS FROM NCAR | PHOTO BY ANN DUNCAN
The southernmost area of Boulder is where locals hang out, often around the Table Mesa shopping area, where you can find casual restaurants and shops. But the highlight of South Boulder is the famous Chautauqua Park, Boulder’s most beloved hiking and mountain destination.
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The famous Colorado Chautauqua (see more on page 42), hiking, access to the Flatirons, the southern branch of the public library, casual dining, authentic ethnic food, the South Boulder Pumpkin Patch and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a surprisingly intriguing destination for visitors.
National Center for Atmospheric Research | 1850 TABLE MESA DRIVE |
Known as NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research is located just five and a half miles from the Pearl Street Mall. It’s far enough from downtown that it’s usually not too busy but close enough that it’s easily accessible and doesn’t take long to get to. Inside the center, you will find exhibits on the sun, climate and atmosphere. On the first and second floors is the 50-plusyear-old Art-Science Gallery. It is currently hosting exhibits titled “Weathering Climate: Art, Science and Sustainability” and “To See Things Differently: A Photographic Exhibit Revealing Change in the Arctic,” which will take you deep into arctic ice caves. NCAR hosts permanent exhibits, too. Some are interactive and let you and the kiddos create a tornado or see how clouds form in the atmosphere, to name a few.
While you’re inside, check out the Community Art Program exhibits on display. This program has been running for more than 50 years, and showcases work by regional artists. The pieces are located in the cafeteria. Currently on display are works of mixed media by Mark Ludy. Also on display are abstract oil and mixed-media paintings by Colorado native Kathy M. Friesz. Directly outside the NCAR building is the NCAR hiking trail, an easy 0.4-mile trail that offers a gentle hike with great views. If you want a longer hike, this trail attaches to many others, including the Mesa Trail, which connects to Chautauqua and an abundance of other trails. The NCAR trail features signs that give information about local weather and climate, including wind, sunshine and UV light, snow, flooding and erosion, fire and drought, plant life and more.
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University Hill, or The Hill, is the group of buildings, casual restaurants and shops near the University of Colorado campus.The famous Fox Theatre is here.The Hill has a strong college vibe, although its colorful personality makes it a popular destination for other visitors, too.
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Albums on the Hill | 1128 13TH ST. |
Fox Theatre | 1135 13TH ST.|
If you’re into music, Albums on the Hill is for you. With vinyl and CDs, as well as movies, T-shirts, posters and other music-oriented merch, Albums is a great place to spend a casual afternoon.
No visit to Boulder would be complete without a trip to the Fox Theatre. Rolling Stone named the Fox the fourth-best music venue in the country. With a capacity of just over 600, the Fox Theatre is a one-ofa-kind experience
Café Aion | 1235 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. | Café Aion is a Spanish restaurant with a farm-to-table menu. From the tapas to the paella, everything is fresh and delicious. And it’s no wonder. The owner and chef, Dakota Soifer, was the champion of “Cutthroat Kitchen,” a Food Network cooking competition.
Dot’s Diner | 1333 BROADWAY | A local favorite for more than 30 years, Dot’s serves a typical diner menu. Biscuits and gravy. Eggs. Pancakes. The green chili is amazing. The house-baked pastries are to die for. But Dot’s isn’t just a breakfast joint. It’s also known for its Nepali food, made by Nepali cooks.
Half Fast Subs | 1215 13TH ST. | You may not think a sub shop is great place to get a drink, but don’t be fooled. Half Fast has some of the tastiest Long Island Iced Teas in town and they’re strong, too.
Hookah House | 1325 BROADWAY | Going out for drinks is always fun, but sometimes you want a more relaxed atmosphere. Hookah lounges are a great way to socialize in a chill way, and Hookah House is among the best.
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café | 1301 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. | As one of only three exclusively poetry bookstores in the United States, Innisfree is definitely worth checking out. Even if you don’t like reading poetry, it often has readings, so you can hear the verses spoken by the author, as it was meant to be heard.
No Name Bar | 1325 BROADWAY | This hole-in-the-wall bar is called No Name for good reason. If you don’t know it’s there, you’ll never find it. With no signage and an entrance that simply looks like a door in the wall, this really is a local secret. But once you get inside, it’s well worth it.
The Sink | 1165 13TH ST. | Serving Boulder for more than 90 years, the Sink is a must-visit for anyone in Boulder. Even some of Boulder’s most high-profile visitors have stopped at The Sink, including Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri and former President Obama.
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YOU’LL SERIOUSLY BE MISSING OUT IF YOU DON’T INCLUDE THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO ON YOUR LIST OF PLACES TO VISIT WHILE IN BOULDER.
If you think a university is just for the students, think again. On the University of Colorado campus, you can find football games, live music and theater, arts and culture, museums, beautiful lawns for picnics, some of Boulder’s oldest trees, cheap and casual food, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and a beautiful outdoor theater, the Conference on World Affairs, various public events and historic buildings. Founded in 1876, The University of Colorado-Boulder has been an integral part of the city ever since, providing jobs, education and yes, entertainment for locals and visitors alike.
Fiske Planetarium | 2414 REGENT DRIVE | CU has sent hundreds of instruments into space on NASA missions, and alum are proud of CU’s long history with space exploration and education, including an on-campus planetarium. The Fiske Planetarium provides a look into the Milky Way in full-dome movies, talks and space education shows. You can also catch laser music shows and kid-specific events. Jimi Hendrix, Journey and David Bowie are just a few of the artists whose music has been put to lasers at Fiske.
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Central Boulder is a little harder than the other neighborhoods to define because it’s mostly residential, but it does encompass some major shopping, including the Village Shopping Center and the large Twenty Ninth Street Mall. This outdoor shopping haven features chain favorites (shopping and casual dining), as well as scattered local businesses.
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WHY IS THE TWENTY NINTH STREET MALL UNIQUELY BOULDER?
In a city that values local, local, local, it’s easy to shrug off the huge Twenty Ninth Street Mall as just another collection of big-box retailers. And yes, the mall has some huge anchors that you can find at any ol’ mall: Macy’s, H&M, Anthropologie. In total, the mall features more than 75 shops and restaurants. But look closer. This mall, located in central Boulder, is surprisingly unique — and it has plenty of those quirky, only-in-Boulder features that make this city special. It’s an open-air mall, fitting for such an outdoorsy community, with sweeping views of the Flatiron Mountains. You might also be surprised to see some of the best mountain views in town from the second floor of the mall. Feel free to bring your dog to the mall, borrow a book from A Little Free Library on-site, take a cooking class at Sur La Table or visit The Barrel, the quirky, outdoor beer garden housed in a shipping container transformed into a bar right in the mall’s plaza.
Don’t miss the children’s play area near Starbucks, where you’ll find a giant checkerboard, bean bag toss and Jenga. For “bigger” kids, there are two BCycle stations on site (near Men’s Wearhouse and Macy’s), where you can rent a bike to ride around. One of Boulder’s biggest and best gyms, the Colorado Athletic Club, is located just east of the main shopping strip. There is also a wildly popular Pure Barre here and a F45 studio, which offers 45-minute high-intensity circuit training. Here’s something you can’t find at every mall. Throughout the mall, you will find scattered igloos. Not made out of ice, but domes with a clear cover on top. Take your meeting inside the igloo (each can hold about six people), eat your lunch inside or duck into the igloo for a coffee break.
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You get to leave your daily life behind to step into a new world, even just temporarily. A new place, new faces, new experiences. Even a different time period. At least thatâ€™s what it feels like here. There are many reasons the Chautauqua landmark in Boulder is one of the most popular spots in town, for locals and visitors alike. One of those reasons is its rich and unique history, which is still prominent today. You can see it in the cottages, whose
renovations have not sacrificed their historical details. As you sit down for lunch in the dining hall, you feel it all around you; the restaurant was one of the original Chautauqua constructions, dating back to 1898. This place is steeped in history, and that adds a layer of significance and interest to what would already be a memorable experience. In fact, Boulderâ€™s Chautauqua is the only chautauqua west of the Mississippi. It is one of only four chautauquas that have been continuously running since they opened.
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What’s a Chautauqua? At its core, a chautauqua today is entertainment and education, the good, ol’-fashioned way. A chautauqua is all about education and culture. It brings entertainment, art, music, speakers, teachers and more to communities. Chautauquas date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You could find them across rural America. In fact, it was the desire for education and entertainment by rural farmers and ranchers that fueled the movement. But as radio and movies took root, followed by cars that allowed rural residents to travel to the city for entertainment, chautauquas began dwindling. At the height of their popularity, there were hundreds, although most have since closed. Boulder’s, one of the last chautauquas standing, has remained strong throughout the years. Although it launched back in the 1800s, it’s still highly relevant today, bringing in famous bands, world-renowned speakers and artists that rival many of Colorado’s flashiest modern theaters. The cool thing about the Colorado Chautauqua is it goes far beyond just a big stage. It’s like a mini-town within a town, with its own lodging, restaurant, store, hiking trails, activities, gathering places and more. You can plan an entire vacation in Boulder just around Chautauqua Park.
See a Rare Historic Landmark The Colorado Chautauqua is a National Historic Landmark — and that’s no status to throw around lightly. It’s not easy to earn this honor. Only some 2,500 locations have been
so recognized for their “exceptional value” in history. There are only 25 National Historic Landmarks in the state of Colorado.
A Look Back Here are a few fun facts about the Colorado Chautauqua’s history:
The Colorado Chautauqua grew out of the desire to start a summer school for Texan teachers in a cool climate. They paired with a chautauqua to make it happen because chautauquas were so popular at the time. It billed itself as the “most comprehensive intellectual retreat ever presented west of the Mississippi River.” The site was chosen for its mountain setting and healthy environment.
How It’s Evolved The heart of the Colorado Chautauqua remains the same, as do most of the buildings: The Community House, the Auditorium, and the Dining Hall are still used for their original purposes. But some things have changed over the years. Today, the Colorado Chautauqua draws more than a million visitors every year. According to Chautauqua’s new executive director, Shelly Benford, “The Colorado Chautauqua is just as relevant today as it was over 100 years ago. Although there are many more options for learning and entertainment now, Chautauqua remains a special place for those who crave community while enjoying the benefits of lifelong learning and the finest entertainment.” Plus, Chautauqua aims to be America’s greenest National Historic Landmark.
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The Colorado Chautauqua is a bit of a rockstar of an attraction. It has an impressive resume of awards, titles and brushes with fame.
Five of Chautauqua’s cottages have earned the esteemed Environmental Protection Agency’s five-star energy rating for efficiency and comfort.
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Chautauqua garnered its most well-known and impressive honor when it was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006. For context, there are only 25 of these landmarks across the entire state of Colorado, and Chautauqua is one of only two in the Denver-Boulder metro area.
The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association awarded Chautauqua the Green Hospitality Award for its sustainability initiatives in the hotel industry. It won the third-place award several years ago, after it began improving energy efficiency in the cottages and lodges, installing water-conserving plumbing and efficient lighting and more. This is a particularly rare achievement for historic hotels and buildings. Along with its other environmental honors, Chautauqua’s biggest goal is to be the most sustainably operated National Historic Landmark in the country. It received a grant from the Governor’s Energy Office and evaluated its water, energy and waste to identify ways to improve. A few features include:
Last-Standing Chautauqua The Colorado Chautauqua is one of only a few chautauquas still around in the nation. It’s the only one west of the Mississippi River that’s been in continuous operation since opening. And it still has its original structures intact and regularly in use. It is also the only chautauqua that still runs year-round, and the only one whose grounds are free and open to the public.
Famous Musicians Over the years, thousands of performers have graced Chautauqua’s stage. Among the famous musicians: BB King, Chris Isaak, Melissa Etheridge, the Indigo Girls, K.D. Lang, John Hiatt, Andrew Bird, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, grandfather of bluegrass Bill Monroe, composer John Philip Sousa, Ralph Stanley, David Byrne, Lyle Lovett and Los Lobos.
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Celebrities In addition to famous musicians, other kinds of celebrities have presented and spoken at Chautauqua. On the list: author Stephen King, orator William Jennings Bryan, prohibitionist preacher Rev. Billy Sunday, “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Vice President Al Gore, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and comedians Paula Poundstone and Steven Wright.
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CHAUTAUQUA GIVES YOU IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO ABOUT 48 MILES OF TRAILS One fun way to experience Chautauqua’s outdoors is via Hiking Plays, presented by Arts in the Open. These are just what they sound like: theatrical productions done on a hiking trail, with nature as the stage. The family-friendly Hiking Plays are offered June through October. Plays in the past have included “Snow White” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”
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THE TRAILS HERE ARE ALWAYS RATED AMONG THE TOP HIKES IN TOWN.
The scenery. Oh, the scenery. These views are the quintessential Boulder postcard shot. No matter your level of activity, spending time outside in Chautauqua Park is a must-do in Colorado. The park spans 14 acres — including Flagstaff Mountain, Green Mountain, the Royal Arch and Bear Mountain — just off Baseline Road at the edge of the foothills. It’s a public park and free to use, although on warmer days, it can be pretty packed and tough to find parking. Luckily, between Memorial and Labor Day weekends, you can hop on the bus for a ride to the park (the steep trek up Baseline from downtown may be too tough for many bikers). Here’s a look at some of the many ways you can enjoy Chautauqua’s outdoor playground, from easy picnic hikes into the trees to challenging climbs up the Flatirons. Before you set off to hike the trails around Chautauqua, make sure you stop at the Ranger Cottage, where you can get a map and the most updated information on the weather and trail conditions, as well as wildlife activity. They can also tell you about events and activities for the day, such as live Meadow Music, concerts, speakers, painting classes and guided hikes. You can set up a donation-based, private tour led by Chautauqua staff or join Boulder Walking Tours for a historic tour. These tours are easy and cover less than a mile of ground in about an hour and 15 minutes. After visiting the Welcome Center, stop by the Chautauqua Dining Hall or General Store to grab a bite to eat to fuel your adventures. It’s important to stay hydrated in the Boulder mountains, even if you’re planning an easy hike. The altitude and intense sun can be hard on your body.
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Mesa Trail: Continue on to the Mesa Trail if you want a longer hike: nearly seven miles, in fact. But it’s pretty flat. This meandering path connects with tons of other trails along the way and branches off in various directions. It’s long, but it’s also fun because there are so many different ways to piece it together. Woods Quarry: This unique trail spins off the Mesa Trail and takes you up about 0.3 miles to an abandoned rock quarry. It’s a unique stop along the way or a destination for some great photos.
Other Outdoor Activities
In true Boulder style, many people also work out in Chautauqua Park. Plan your workout on your own or join a class, like the Fitness For Living Boot Camps and PowerFit Yoga Camps, held at Chautauqua in warmer weather. The boot camps are four-week-long, small-group fitness classes. The yoga classes combine yoga and conditioning in the park. You can try the first class for free. Yoga in Your Park also offers outdoor classes in different locations across Boulder, including Chautauqua Park.
Where to Hike Explore trails individually or link them together for all kinds of different loops. Hiking here can be a choose-your-own-adventure experience.
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The enormously popular Flatirons offer rock climbing for all levels and styles, from bouldering to multi-pitch technical routes. You can take the First Flatiron Trail (1,500-foot elevation gain in just about a mile) to bring you to the First and Second Flatirons. There’s also the Third Flatiron Climbing Access Trail. But be smart, have proper gear and for goodness’ sake, don’t try to make it alone and without ropes. A safe and smart way to climb the Flatirons is through the Colorado Mountain School, which offers various guided, group climbs on the First or Third Flatiron. The first Flatiron route is rated moderately difficult, at 5.6. The Third Flatiron is a classic rock climbing route, rated a 5.4 and great for beginners.
you want an educational experience, go on the self-guided Cultural Resources History Hike along the Chautauqua Historic Loop. The moderate to easy hike will take you from the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage along a 3.5-mile loop. This is one of the park’s most popular hikes, so it can get pretty busy.
Enchanted Mesa Trail: This is an easy to moderate hike,
but it’s short, at about two miles long. The Enchanted Mesa Trail starts on the south side of the Chautauqua Auditorium and features a gentle climb to an overlook with great views of the region. Along the way, look for the historic stone bridge, which miraculously survived the big flood in 2013. The bridge will bring you to Mesa Trail, if you want to continue on.
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Chautauqua welcomes well-behaved dogs on leash, but bikes are not allowed on the trails. Open 5 a.m.-11 p.m.
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CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL
The Most Spectacular Views From a Restaurant in All of Boulder “As a tourist, you get that Colorado cuisine, organic and straight from the farm, served fresh and made daily. There’s great comfort food, as well as inspired dishes.” –Shannon Bock, marketing manager
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The Chautauqua Dining Hall is one of the best places to eat in Boulder. Boulder is a town for foodies. In fact, Bon Appetit named Boulder the Foodiest Town in North America. It can be hard to choose between the many award-winning restaurants and menus made by celebrity chefs. But a visit to Boulder won’t be complete unless you leave the beaten paths downtown for a trek to the foothills, where you’ll find the Chautauqua Dining Hall. The best way to experience this restaurant is after a hike on the nearby trails or after a concert in the auditorium. Don’t be fooled by the casual name or its affiliation with the park. This isn’t your ordinary cafeteria slop or overpriced frozen dishes microwaved upon order. This restaurant offers high-quality, fresh, Colorado-inspired fare, catered by Three Leaf Concepts. Family-owned Three Leaf operates some of the area’s top award-winning restaurants, including the famous Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Huckleberry in Louisville. The food is enough reason to sit down at the dining hall, but while you’re indulging, request a table on the stunning wrap-around porch with views of the Flatirons. The building is one of the original Chautauqua constructions, opened in 1898, and it has been preserved to carefully retain all of its historical charm. You can see echoes of the past throughout the building, such as how the bar is made out of repurposed train car flooring.
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Late November through April, the Chautauqua Dining Hall also offers a traditional afternoon tea service with tea from the Dushanbe Tea House. Add sparkling champagne if you want. It’s served with a three-tiered assortment of fresh-baked sweets and pastries. When the weather outside is chilly, cozy up next to the fireplace with your teapot. The dining hall runs a number of family-friendly and children-inspired tea events, too. These typically sell out, so plan in advance. Always keep an eye out for special events, such as a Mother’s Day brunch.
SPECIAL MENUS This year, in celebration of Chautauqua’s 120th anniversary, the restaurant features monthly anniversary-inspired menus. For example, one menu celebrated the years 1910-1920, when Boulder saw an influx of Italian immigrants coming to work in the railroad and mining industries. What that translated to on the special menu: bison meatballs and the Aviation cocktail, made with gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette and lemon juice. During the off-season (October through May), look for a great happy hour list called Mid-Day Specials from 3-6 p.m.
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THE 120TH ANNIVERSARY Celebratory Events
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The Colorado Chautauqua has an event calendar packed with excitement for 2018. Chautauqua offers cultural programming, dining and lodging year-round. July Fourth this year isn’t just Independence Day. It’s also Chautauqua’s 120th anniversary. Boulder’s Chautauqua opened July 4, 1898. While the trails around Chautauqua are closed on the Fourth of July after the sun goes down (to prevent people from setting off fireworks in the forest), the grounds are open in the morning — and there are plans to help you kick off the holiday right. The Boulder Concert Band will perform music, including Americana, patriotic tunes, Independence Day traditionals and classic concert band tunes on the Chautauqua Green. The
performance is free, open to the public and runs 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring a picnic and relax with your family on the grass while you listen to “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Don’t try to drive your car and park at Chautauqua for this big event. Instead, take the bus, rent an electric bike, hike, carpool or call and Uber or Lyft. There’s a drop-off lane for this purpose. Trailheads (and area roads leading to the park) close at 3 p.m., which is just in time for you to grab food and a seat at Folsom Field for Boulder’s annual fireworks show at dark (approximately 8:30 p.m.) For information on July Fourth celebratory events, visit chautauqua.com/portfolio/boulder-concert-band-on-the-green. Here, you can find performance details, dining options and contact info for free history tours.
Other 2018 Highlights Murmuration
7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. May June21:9: This This show show pairs musicians and dancers in unexpected combos to celebrate creativity, talent and diversity. Picture breakdancers with ballerinas, a harpist with a highschool drumline, a Native American flutist with a slam poet. Murmuration is a Boulder-based organization that’s fun, family-friendly and always popular. Tickets are $20.
2018 Silent Film Series
Step back in time and watch famous silent films accompanied by live music. See classics featuring the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. In this year’s lineup: “Rin Tin Tin,” “The Mark of Zorro,” “A Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and “Beggars of Life.” The last is a newly restored and refurbished film about a train-hopping hobo. The film features a new score written by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. For each film, live music is performed by musicians who specialize in playing live alongside silent films, just like in the ’20s. “It’s such a gem we have here: in a beautiful, historic auditorium with live music and children of all ages, from 5 to 85, sitting there laughing and enjoying
a film,” says Shannon Bock, marketing manager for Chautauqua. “It’s a special treat that Boulder offers.” Another highlighted film is the “Epic of Everest,” a documentary from 1924 following two climbers who recorded their attempt on Mount Everest with a hand-cranked camera. Not only is this some of the earliest film footage of the life of the inhabitants of Tibet, but the two climbers never made it home. The film did, however, which makes this documentary even more special.
Here are a few of the musicians currently on Chautauqua’s books:
Bela Fleck 7/10 Amos Lee 7/31 Bruce Hornsby 8/7 Andrew Bird 8/10 & 8/11 Graham Nash 9/23 The full list of is available at upcoming-events.
musicians and has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for its high caliber performances. The festival opens on June 28 with violinist Vadim Gluzman.
Events at the Community House
The Chautauqua Auditorium isn’t the only place for entertainment. The Community House hosts events from September through May, including concerts, documentary films, speakers, the Space Series, the Explorer Series (featuring famous explorers) and an author series. The Community House is an intimate venue with a capacity of 125. This year, it celebrates its centennial anniversary. “It’s a small space where people can experience special performances,” Bock says. “The Community House was built to be the living room of Chautauqua, where the community and cottagers could get together and have dinner and watch films together. A central meeting place.”
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This is an annual, six-week summer concert series that features the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. The festival draws internationally respected
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You might not be able to have your cake and eat it, too. But you can stay in the mountains and in the city, too, when you book a cottage at the Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder. This collection of historic cottages is easily the most interesting and most scenic place to stay in Boulder. Depending on where you stay, you can get direct views of the Flatirons from your bed or porch, and some of Boulder’s most popular hiking trails may start directly out your back door. At the same time, the Pearl Street Mall and University of Colorado campus are just minutes away. Even if you think you know the Chautauqua cottages, look MISSIONS HOUSE LODGE | PHOTO COURTESY OF COLORADO CHAUTAUQUA ASSOCIATION
again. Twenty-three cottages are scheduled to undergo upgrades in 2018. The renovations will carefully balance preserving the historic integrity of the buildings with providing modern comforts, fun decorations and eco-friendly updates. The Chautauqua is a historic landmark, so it never “remodels” its buildings. But it has made some changes to meet the needs of the modern guest. In the first few months of 2018, Chautauqua updated 12 of its 62 cottages, with plans to complete 11 more by the end of the year. The specific updates depend on what each cottage needs, but you may see energy-efficient appliances, updated paint jobs, new tile and gas fireplaces to make the cottages more cozy in colder months.
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The Academy near Chautauqua. What can we say about this beautiful spot on earth? Just like its name, its visual space would never lead you to think we were a retirement community. But if you could imagine the best of community living, this might be it. It’s lovely, part of a lovely neighborhood, just a walk from Chautauqua and the Flatirons, and it’s filled with the kind of people you’d like to know.
Everything is imminently accessible. Imagine all you could want or need just up the stairs, down the hall, across the street, through a garden. Water aerobics, exercise classes, fine dining, book clubs, bridge, discussion groups, concerts – t’s a wonderful life! Living spaces range from charming one-bedroom apartments to spacious bungalows, each uniquely designed with your taste in mind. Our staff is all about hospitality and your wellbeing, there when you want them, respectful when you don’t. Housekeeping and maintenance are always on call and health services are available if you need them. We like to call it carefree living.
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Where to Stay
The cottages range from about 285 square feet for a studio efficiency unit to about 980 square feet for a three-bedroom. Cottage rates range from $95 for a studio to $312 per night in the summer for a three-bedroom house. In addition to the cottages, there is the Columbine Lodge. This is more hotel-style, with rooms in a large shared building, rather than stand-alone cottages. These rooms are less expensive. Summer prices range from $95 per night for a single to $180 per night for two joined one-bedroom units. All cottages and units in the lodge have a full kitchen or kitchenette, fully stocked with pots, pans, plates, silverware and more. This makes Chautauqua ideal for longer-term stays. Pets are welcome in all lodging except the Missions House and Columbine Lodge. Chautauqua lodging is full of local influences. Cottages are equipped with locally and sustainably made Verlo mattresses, Boulder-roasted Ozo coffee and tea from the Boulder Tea Company. In addition, rooms feature high-quality amenities, such as mahogany hangers in closets. What lodging doesn’t have: TVs or phones. That’s intentional. Wifi is included in the stay but it’s not intended to be high-speed for watching movies. It’s for quick check-ins online, if needed.
Each cottage is different. Here are some inside tips on where to stay, depending on what you’re looking for. If you want: • Trail access out your back door and Flatirons views, stay in a cottage along the perimeter on the west side. These cost about $20 more per night, due to the demand and location. They have immediate access to the Bluebell Trail. • Trail access outside your porch without Flatirons views, stay in a cottage on the perimeter on the east side. These lead straight to the eastern trails, such as the McClintock Trail. • Newly updated space with a rustic-modern character and colorful walls, stay in one of the cabins in the 500 or 200 row. • The best cottage: “We are attempting to make all of them as amazing as the others, in their own right,” Tara says. • A lower price point (no pets allowed): The Columbine Lodge offers 15 units. Built in the 1900s, the lodge has received some recent furniture upgrades, with more planned for the future. • The best views: “The campus is relatively compact. Any time you go outside, you’ll see a view of the Flatirons,” Tara says. But if you want to see them from your backyard, book a cottage on the west side.
The 2018 Updates “We’re really bringing in some fresh life,” says Shannon Bock, marketing manager for Chautauqua. The goal of the updates: a blend of the past that’s relevant to the present, says Wanona Tara, hospitality manager. They replaced outdated wooden chairs with new, metal chairs for a modern-rustic feel. In some cottages, staff has made stairways safer, opened up the kitchen areas, replaced plastic bathtubs with ones made of subway tile, traded classic rugs for vinyl rugs and made the rooms more pet-friendly so they’re easier to clean. “We’re creating wow factors,” Tara says. For example, they swapped out standard refrigerators for retro Big Chill refrigerators in different colors and shapes. In place of a yellow “toast” paint, walls were painted different colors and cuts and accents. Not all of the 62 cottages need to be updated, says Tara. Cottage 6, for example, has a lot of historic character and personality; it was updated with new couches a few years ago, but otherwise left as was, Tara says. “As a design concept, it’s lovely and shows off the character of Chautauqua,” she says. The 100-year-old Community House will also be updated in 2018, with wood floors on the garden level in the Rocky Mountain Climber’s Club. In order to appeal to a broader audience, Chautauqua removed animal trophies, painted the walls a crisp white and upgraded lighting to create soft, well-illuminated meeting spaces.
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BOULDER IS GREAT FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD: FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES.
Time and time again, Boulder has been lauded for being one of the nation’s top college towns. But it’s also great for the younger crowd: for kids and families.Boulder is a playful, spirited city, with a younger population than the national average. Although it’s full of singles and college students, 19 percent of residents have children under the age of 18 living with them. Boulder has also been named one of the top 25 cities for a weekend getaway (Thrillist, 2016), and we think it’s perfect for a family vacation. Here are some of the top ways to experience Boulder with your family.
Downtown Boulder USAToday.com named Boulder one of the top 10 Best Cities to See Street Performers (2015), and downtown is the buskers’ hub. Experience downtown with your kids in a variety of ways: through free entertainment, by playing in the water fountains, through reading or local food, just to name a few.
Outdoor Activities Boulder’s outdoor adventures are extensive, and most are great for curious kids, too. Our favorites include the obvious as well as local secrets, and vary from active to soothing to educational. And with 300-plus days of sunshine each year, there are plenty of opportunities to try them all.
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Head to the 700-acre Boulder Reservoir to cool off. Older kids might enjoy exploring the water on a stand-up paddleboard or canoe, and everyone can enjoy the swim beach, open every day. It’s one of the state’s biggest, seasonally lifeguarded swim beaches, with a designated area for younger kids. Older kids can venture out farther if they can pass a swim test. Looking for more adventure? The city of Boulder even offers sailing, water sports and windsurfing summer camps for kids.
When berries are in season, take your kids to Hoot ‘n’ Howl Farm for raspberry picking. The farm also grows veggies without pesticides or fertilizers and has a honeybee hive.
Walk Along the Creek
You don’t have to head to the mountains to enjoy Boulder’s trails. The Boulder Creek Path is an excellent destination that you can access right from downtown. Follow the shady, paved creek path from the public library to Eben G. Fine Park, which has a great playground and even shallow waters in some areas, if you want to dip your toes. Be careful with little ones, though, because depending on the time of year, the creek can be swift.
While Boulder’s outdoor spotlight is on nature, there are some fun man-made outdoor activities, too. Gateway Fun Park features a substantial mini-golf course, go-karts, a winding maze and batting cages. Inside, there’s an arcade where you can win tickets to redeem for prizes.
Learn About Nature
For an educational afternoon in nature, head to Thorne Nature Experience. This long-standing Boulder institute (since 1954) offers hands-on environmental education through fun experiences.
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with the Amazing Lamont every week.
Rent a bike at University Bikes or Full Cycle and then head to the Valmont Bike Park. Explore family-friendly trails or test your skills on harder tracks. Look for special events, such as Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day, clinics, festivals and more. Younger kids can try the Tot Track, specially made for trikes and striders.
Evert Pierson’s Kids’ Fishing Pond, along the Boulder Creek Path, is just for kids, 12 and younger. This pond started as a gravel pit but was turned into a pond in the late ‘40s. It’s stocked with about 3,000 fish every year by volunteers of the Boulder Fish and Game Club. Kids are welcome to cast out a line, but there is a three-fish-perday limit per child.
Kid-Friendly Restaurants These restaurants offer great kids’ menus and a welcoming atmosphere for youngsters. Some even offer great discounts for kids. If you need to feed the fam, try:
Centro Mexican Kitchen | 950 PEARL ST. |
Every Sunday after 5 p.m. is family night at Centro. Kids eat free.
The Chautauqua Dining Hall | 900 BASELINE ROAD |
This restaurant holds special events for families, such as a Children’s Easter Tea Party, with a special visit by the Easter Bunny, a photo booth, treats and an Easter egg hunt. There’s also a family-friendly Mother’s Day brunch.
Murphy’s Grill | 2731 IRIS AVENUE | This casual restaurant has a kidfriendly menu and atmosphere, but a highlight for families is tableside magic
Mustard’s Last Stand
| 1719 BROADWAY | Grab a burger, corn dog, sandwich, Polish sausage, hand-cut fries or a Chicago-style hot dog. They even have veggie dogs. What makes Mustard’s extra family-friendly is you can ask to borrow a blanket and take it down to the creek for an impromptu picnic in the grass.
Next Door | 1035 PEARL ST. | This restaurant was founded with kids in mind. The goal: to offer families a place to eat where the food was as fresh and local as possible, but in a relaxed environment and with a menu kids enjoy.
Day Trips While there’s enough entertainment in Boulder to keep your family amused for weeks, it can be fun to take a short day trip outside the “Boulder bubble” to see some of the other nearby family-friendly attractions. Broomfield’s Butterfly Pavilion, the Denver Zoo and, of course, the Rocky Mountain National Park are just a few of the destinations you can reach in a short drive. These and other destinations are convenient enough that those staying in Boulder can venture out for the day, then return to base camp below the Flatirons for dinner.
Kid Friendly Shops Pick up a memorable souvenir of your trip or a great gift at some of Boulder County’s fantastic, family-friendly shopping options. There are specialty stores, such as Into The Wind (kites), Liberty Puzzles (old-fashioned, artistic puzzles) and Atomic Goblin Games in Longmont (where teens enjoy gathering to play games). There are also cute places to pick up clothes and some fun toy stores where you’re encouraged to stay and play all day. travelboulder.com
the ultimate guide TO FAMILY FUN Family-Friendly Parks
Wonderland Lake Park
Truly, every park in Boulder is great for families. You can’t go wrong with any of the open-space offerings. But a few parks stand out for their unique play structures or proximity to other natural features. Check out the giant dinosaur at East Boulder Community Park or the tunnels at Arapahoe Ridge Park. Foothills Community Park is close to three other parks, connected by walking paths.
Wonderland Lake Park in North Boulder is a sweet neighborhood park with a playground and picnic tables. But what makes it stand out as one of our favorites is its easy access to Wonderland Lake and open-space trails. So after your kids conquer the colorful playground, they can cast a line in the water and try to catch a fish, look for wildlife and go for an easy family hike on a paved pathway.
This park, near Eisenhower Elementary School, is as cool as it gets. It used to be called The Rock Park for its awesome flagstone tunnels and rocky mazes and nooks for kids to explore. Who needs slides and merry-go-rounds when you can slide into a cave and build sand castles under the cover of rocks? This is how Boulder does a playground, designed by Mother Nature.
Boulder is filled with artists and scientists, so it’s no surprise that some of Boulder’s most exciting activities for families involve arts, culture and science. Learn about our solar system at Fiske Planetarium. Take an art class at Tinker Art Studio. Paint your own pottery at Color Me Mine or Crackpots (in Longmont). Check out one of Boulder’s great museums (we recommend World of Wonder and the CU Museum of Natural History). Whether you’re a family of budding scientists or future artists, or just have hungry minds, ready to learn, Boulder is a great place to get your fill of arts, science and culture.
Arapahoe Ridge Park
Shanahan Ridge Park Shanahan Ridge is not Boulder’s biggest or best-known park and that’s exactly why we love it. Tucked away, off the main roads, this small, intimate playground has some really unique equipment, including a human sundial and climbing equipment that reflects the various elevations in and around Boulder. After climbing up high, kids can get down low and crawl through tunnels. Plenty of open turf means creative play for kids.
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Stroll down the Pearl Street Mall during warmer months, and every block has a different musical busker strumming classic rock on his guitar, pounding upturned trash cans to a tribal beat or even hanging upside down from a tree playing the piano. (Yes, for reals.) You can also find scheduled live music somewhere in town just about any day of the week, from big concert venues, like the Boulder and Fox theaters, to coffee shops with an open mic. Boulder also has a long list of regular musical events that bring the community together. Many of these gatherings are free or inexpensive. Here are a few of the annual musical events in Boulder, plus a look at a handful of the venues where you can hear people play: Bands on the Bricks: This is Boulder’s outdoor summer concert series. Head down to the Pearl Street Mall every Wednesday, the first week of June through the first week of WANDERING NATIVES | PHOTO BY JACOB HELLECKSON
August. These concerts are free and feature an outdoor beer, wine and margarita garden. Boulder Public Library Concert Series: These free concerts feature pianists, musical meditation, sensory-friendly concerts and other musical acts. Concerts in the Park: Summertime in Boulder means free concerts in the park. Boulder’s Parks and Recreation department partners with the Boulder Concert Band to bring these shows to life. Boulder Philharmonic: Boulder’s professional symphony orchestra offers regular concerts throughout their season, which runs for about half the year in the summer. Meadow Music: These family-friendly concerts with Jeff and Paige start with a 30-minute, hike and singalong, and then move to Chautauqua Green for nature- and science-themed songs. These free concerts take place most Mondays, JuneAugust, thanks to the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department.
CU Presents: This organization offers more than 100 events each year across the University of Colorado campus. Performers range from world-renowned musicians to students at the College of Music. The Boulder Bach Festival: This is a series of concerts and other educational events centered around the music of J.S. Bach. Colorado Music Festival: This long-running summer classical music event showcases the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. It also provides music-themed educational and interactive opportunities.
Outdoor Music in Boulder Live music is great. The Colorado outdoors are great. Put them together and they’re even better. On many summer evenings, the Pearl Street Mall transforms into an outdoor stage, as do many of Boulder County’s parks. Even Folsom Field on the University of Colorado campus hosts musicians on occasion (such as recent summers’ Dead and Co. shows). Boulder’s food-truck park, the Rayback Collective, regularly brings live music to its indoor-outdoor space. Boulder’s small bandshell in Central Park is often alive with music.
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Guide to Annual Festivals Near Boulder
Music For Wellness Music is medicine. There’s something about music, especially live music, that can help the body heal and improve quality of life, according to the American Psychological Association. Here are some of the many ways that you can enjoy music for wellness in Boulder County. • Sound therapy: Visit a professional, board-certified music therapist for one-on-one music therapy. • Vibrational healing: Music is a type of vibration, which can have a powerful effect on people. Atma Buti is a sound and vibrational healing school in Boulder that teaches people how to use traditional Tibetan singing bowls. • Somatic dance: Somatic dance is a popular style of dance in Boulder. You can find these classes at dance and fitness studios. • Yoga with live music: Yoga to live music can deepen or transform the practice. You can regularly find yoga classes with live music or live DJs. • Sound healing concerts: These concerts bring together musicians with sound healers to create a meditative concert designed to stimulate overall well-being.
While Boulder’s music venues alone can fill your calendar with concerts, sometimes you want to listen to music outside, festival style. Boulder itself has some amazing festivals that include live music, but there are many larger music-centric gatherings beyond city limits, just a short drive away. Here are a few of the greatest Colorado music festivals near Boulder.
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Lyons The three-day Rocky Mountain Folks Festival takes place in mid- to late-August in the small foothills town of Lyons. The festival includes a competition in which one lucky songwriter earns a spot in the lineup the following year, songwriting workshops and plenty of mellow folk music.
RockyGrass, Lyons Before the folks fest is RockyGrass, an annual, three-day festival in Lyons in late July, held near the banks of the St. Vrain River. This festival takes place at Planet Bluegrass Ranch and is all about bluegress. Other features include water activities on the St. Vrain, a family tent with crafts, and band and instrument contests.
NedFest, Nederland NedFest (properly: the Nederland Music and Arts Festival), late August, is a three-day, family-friendly, outdoor music-andarts festival that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It offers a varity of music from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz, as well as onsite camping, artist and craft vendors galore and food and drink.
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the ultimate guide TO BOULDER'S MUSIC Boulder’s Best Venues The Boulder Theater | 2032 14TH ST.. | Before you even walk inside, it’s clear the Boulder Theater has a unique story. From the Pearl Street Mall, this pastel art-deco-style landmark leaps out from the side of a rock facade. By night, its large marquee glows brightly in red, white and blue. It’s where things are happening in Boulder. During its 75-plus years, the Boulder Theater has been an opera house, a silent-film venue and a concert hall, but became a multi-use space in the ‘80s. It floundered once, but has become a successful venue, after new ownership reopened it in 1994. It’s a Colorado Historic Landmark. It’s seen some big-name musicians, such as Bonnie Raitt and Leftover Salmon, as well as all kinds of performances — pole dancing, tribute shows, stand-up comedy, film festivals, you name it. Its ideal location in the heart of downtown makes it a hotspot for visitors and locals alike, and an appealing destination for performers who want a stage with quick access to the Colorado mountains and the ever-popular Pearl Street Mall. No trip to Boulder is complete without visiting this iconic venue.
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The Fox Theatre | 1135 13TH ST. | The Fox Theatre makes legends. And this Boulder music venue is a legend itself. Located on University Hill near the CU Boulder campus, the Fox was recently named the fourth-best music venue in the country by Rolling Stone. It’s known for the many big-name performers who have taken the stage, its excellent sound system and—with a capacity of just 625—intimate atmosphere. A few of the performers who have played at The Fox over the past 25 years include Muse, Willie Nelson, Coldplay, Sublime and Radiohead. The Fox was originally built in the ‘20s and called the Rialto Theatre. It has a wild history. It was used as a movie theater, (possibly) a vaudeville theater, dance club (complete with jukeboxes on the balcony), rec center, a “soft drink and dancing place” that was closed down for illegally serving liquor, a “bar and grill,” a cafeteria and finally a concert hall. At one point, it even contained shops, including a “shine parlor,” barber shop, penny arcade, florist and life insurance office. The building has even been destroyed by fire and rebuilt. Despite these changes, throughout the years the Fox has remained a constant on the Hill, providing world-class entertainment for locals and visitors alike.
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THE BEST VIEWS IN BOULDER AND HOW TO GET TO THEM Here’s Where to Get the Best Views of Boulder
BOULDER IS Flagstaff Mountain The top of Flagstaff Mountain just NATURALLY west of Boulder easily provides the best STUNNING. views in town. This mountaintop perch SOMETIMES, features sweeping, panoramic views of IT REALLY Boulder and the Front Range. There are SHOWS OFF. plenty of great hiking trails and places to go bouldering or have a picnic, too. Drive slowly and keep your eyes peeled for the many pulloffs and look-outs along the way. Don’t forget to buy a parking pass at the bottom of the mountain. Boulder is notoriously promiscuous in issuing parking tickets. Definitely pack a picnic and a camera and prepare yourself to see birds and deer.
A favorite trail is the Range View/Ute Trail Loop, ideal for travelers not used to Boulder’s high altitude. “You can get an awesome view of the Continental Divide and Indian Peaks with relatively little effort,” says Lisa Melli Gillespie of Boulder, a volunteer with the city’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. The best time to visit is sunrise or sunset (year-round, although the trails may be snow-covered in winter), when the golden glow of the sun makes the city look enchanted. How to get there: From downtown, head west on Baseline Road. Drive past Chautauqua Park (at the top of the hill) and keep going along the winding road until you reach the top (just under three-and-a-half miles up Flagstaff Road). Head to Realization Point, then go about a half mile on Flagstaff
Parking garage at Spruce and 11th
This is a great view for people with physical limitations, as this parking structure has an elevator. Located in the heart of downtown at Spruce and 11th streets, the garage offers dramatic views of the city and the Flatirons and is almost always empty on top. While it’s no Mother Nature’s playground, it’s super convenient, especially if you need to park downtown anyway. Just drive up to the top level and take a few moments to gaze out over the city. How to get there: Easy. It’s just one block north of the Pearl Street Mall.
Locals call this “The Chairs,” but it’s officially the Mesa Trail to Woods Quarry. This abandoned rock quarry is now home to sandstone chunks that have been rearranged to make rude furniture. Take a seat on a rock couch or sofa and gaze out over the horizon. People often move the rocks around, so the, eh, furniture arrangement is always changing. Feel free to do some remodeling if you feel inspired. The hike is easy, surrounded by nature and offers incredible views, often removed from the masses on the Mesa Trail. Plus, where else can you get a mountaintop view from a rock sofa? How to get there: Start at Chautauqua Park, off Baseline Road. From the Ranger Cottage, head up Bluebell Road to Mesa Trail. Hike this trail for a short distance until you hit Woods Quarry and Roose Cabin. Look for the sign on a tree and head behind that tree, until you reach the old quarry.
Mount Sanitas This view is for travelers looking to get their hearts pumping. The Mount Sanitas Trail is very steep and considered moderate to difficult; the Sanitas Valley Loop is much easier. Enjoy the hike (some Boulderites even run this or bring their dogs) until you reach the summit, which peeks out across Boulder from a bird’s eye view. Head here as early as you can, because this trail gets packed, especially in the summer. How to get there: The trailhead is located northwest of downtown, making it convenient for people who want a dose of nature without the lengthy drive. Go a half-mile west of Fourth Street on Mapleton Avenue. Don’t have a car? There’s an RTD bus stop not far away, and you can walk here from the Pearl Street Mall. You’ll start at the Sanitas Valley Trail, which is a wider trail that gets you breathing hard right away. You’ll reach a fork where you can take the Dakota Ridge Trail east or the much steeper Mount Sanitas Trail west.
First and Second Flatiron Trail Hike this in the springtime, when the trail is lined with colorful wildflowers. Don’t forget to pay for parking at the trailhead or the Ranger’s Cottage. Boulder is a rock-climbing paradise, but you don’t have to be a climber to enjoy a hike up to the famous Flatirons. This 2.7mile trail is rated difficult, and you can get off trail if you aren’t paying attention. Rocky and steep, the trail will lead you to the base of the First Flatiron, one of several such impressive rocky sentinels overlooking Boulder. Win: You get the same inspiring views as the rock climbers, without having to scale the stone yourself. How to get there: Take Baseline Road west, past Chautauqua Park. Turn left into the parking lot for the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. HIKERS AT CHAUTAUQUA | PHOTO BY ANN DUNCAN
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THE BEST CAMPING SPOTS IN BOULDER, HEAD TO THE HILLS FOR SOME OF THE STATE’S BEST RECREATION.
Camping is one of the purest and simplest ways to get in touch with Mother Earth and hit the recharge button. You’re out in nature, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, sleeping under the stars, dirt under your fingernails, hearing only the sounds of running river water and birds chirping. It sounds dreamy. If you enjoy a good camping trip, whether in a luxury cabin or out in the middle of the woods with no cell service, you’re in luck. There are plenty of good spots near Boulder to explore and plan a weekend getaway. Options for camping are limited, however, with no campgrounds located in the city of Boulder. But there are plenty of spots to choose from within a 30- to 90-minute drive.
Car Camping St. Vrain State Park
This park, located in Longmont, is only about a 30-minute drive from downtown Boulder. The dog-friendly park is well equipped with 87 campsites, open seven days a week year-round. The campground allows for RVs and tents, with 41 sites equipped with electrical-only hookups and 46 sites that include a full electrical and water hookup. With ponds and trails nearby, campers can fish or kayak, hike or ride a bike, bird-watch or just enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Campsite costs vary, depending on which hookup you choose and the time of year. A primitive campground through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife is $10, up to $28 per night for a full campground hookup. Add $2 a night from May through September. Reservations are highly encouraged, as this is a popular camping destination in Boulder County.
Kelly Dahl Campground
This campground sits in the mountains between historic mining towns Nederland and Rollinsville, less than a 40-minute drive west of Boulder. Open from May to September, the campground offers 46 sites that accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. The grounds provide drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, fire grates and trash services. Plan accordingly, as the grounds do not have electricity hookups or showers. Kelly Dahl Campground experiences heavy usage, so reservations are encouraged. However, sites one through 20 are first come, first served. Each site costs $21 a night.
If you’re looking to get away, Pawnee Campground is located in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area, just under an hour drive from Boulder. Although a little farther from town, this beautiful location is a great place to spend the weekend. The campground is open from June to September only, due to its high elevation and sometimes unpredictable weather. There are 47 campsites that accommodate tents, campers, trailers and RVs. There are no electricity hookups or showers at this location, but it does provide picnic tables, fire grates, water, vault toilets and trash services. The campground is adjacent to Brainard Lake. Campers can hike, bike, fish and enjoy nature here. Vehicle fees, cash or check only, are $11 per passenger vehicle or RV, which is good for three days. Nightly rates range from $21-$42, depending on the type of spot you book.
Glamping Golden Gate Canyon
A little over a half-hour south of Boulder, you can enjoy a “glamping” experience in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Glamping, which means camping glamorously, is perfect for the outdoor lover who prefers to sleep and camp in comfort while enjoying some provided amenities. Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers cabins, yurts and a guest house that accommodates larger groups. Activities in the park
include hiking, rock climbing, biking, hunting, picnicking, fishing and horseback riding. The cabins and yurts offer similar experiences. The cabins are wooden structures with windows while the yurts are round tents with skylights at the top, offering a more rustic feel. Both accommodate up to six people, with two bunk beds, one twin-size bed and one double-size bed. Bedding is not provided, so come prepared with sleeping bags and pillows. The cabins also have a natural-gas heater, electrical outlets, electric lights, a table and chairs, counter and closet. Be sure to bring your own cooler, as cabins do not have refrigerators. Outside, fire pits and grills are set up for cooking. Showers and toilets are provided at the nearby Reverend’s Ridge campground. The Harmsen Ranch Guest House accommodates up to eight guests, with four furnished and fully equipped bedrooms and two full bathrooms. This option provides guests with plenty of amenities, including a full kitchen, linen service and gas fireplaces. Golden Gate Canyon Park also offers tent and RV camping at Reverend’s Ridge and Aspen Meadows, as well as backcountry camping for the more adventurous who are willing to hike. Pricing varies depending on which site you choose and time of year, and can be found on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. Reservations can also be made online or by calling ahead of time.
For a much more upscale experience, WeeCasa, located in Lyons, is a tiny-home hotel where guests can see what it’s like to live small. While you’re not camping out in nature, this experience can provide the same type of feeling that you would expect out of a small cabin or camper. Lyons is about a 25-minute drive north of Boulder. The facility offers 23 tiny homes right along the St. Vrain River, with shops and amenities close by on Main Street. Rates range from $139 to $299 per night.
Dispersed Camping (Hike In) Ceran St. Vrain Trail
This trail, about a 45-minute drive from Boulder, is a great place to really rough it out in nature. This is dispersed camping, meaning no hookups or bathrooms, so you have to fend for yourself and pack everything you’ll need. Because you’re not provided with any amenities, camping here is free. The multi-use trail will take you along the St. Vrain River and you can find your perfect campsite anywhere from a quarter mile to three miles in, eventually turning into a 4-by-4 trail. Campsites range in size and accessibility, but there are various options along this trail, whether you’re trekking in with your tent or just plan on hanging up a hammock. Here you can hike, fish, take a dip in the cool stream and enjoy being outdoors.
Dream Canyon is a climber’s paradise and a perfect spot to pitch a tent off the beaten path. Campsites are just a short hike in from the parking lot, and like any other dispersed campsite, you’ll need to have all your own gear and amenities. Dream Canyon can be a little tricky to find. From Boulder, head up Boulder Canyon Drive, then turn right onto Sugarloaf Road. From there, drive about three miles until you reach Lost Angel Road, which will take you to a parking area at Lost Gulch. This free camping area is great for tent campers and hammock sleepers alike and provides visitors with amazing views and access to multiple climbing routes.
Before you camp, check the following website for potential fire bans: bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/fire-restrictions/
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2. Albums on the Hill 1128 13th St. 303-447-0159 albumsonthehill.com
1643 Pearl St. 303-443-0355 blissboulder.com
4. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art 1750 13th St. 303-443-2122 bmoca.org
5. Boulder Photo Center Darkroom Gallery 4949 N. Broadway 303-444-4568 boulderphoto.com
6. Cedar and Hyde 2015 10th St. 720-287-3900 cedarandhyde.com
1646 Pearl St. 303-447-3760 chelseaboulder.com
8. Hazelâ€™s Beverage World 1955 28th St. 303-447-1955 hazelsboulder.com
9. Installation Shoe Gallery 2835 Pearl St., Suite D 303-440-3820 shoeinstallation.com
10. Into the Wind
19. National Center for Atmospheric Research
1408 Pearl St. 303-449-5906 intothewind.com
1850 Table Mesa Drive 303-497-1000 scied.ucar.edu/visit
11. Island Farm
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1122 Pearl St. 303-444-0282 islandfarm.com
901 Pearl St., Unit 101 303-442-2322 nodandrose.com
12. J. Albrecht Design
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1147 Pearl St. 303-449-2199 prana.com/boulder-store/
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1708 13th St. 559-445-8601 madeinnature.com
1703 Pearl St. 303-442-0404 twosolesisters.com
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TravelBoulder.com/brewery-locator 1. Asher Brewing Co.
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2. Avery Brewing Co. 4910 Nautilus Court 303-530-1381 averybrewing.com
3. Beyond the Mountain Brewing Co.
6035 Longbow Drive 303-530-6981 beyondthemountainbrewing.com
4. Boulder Beer Co.
2880 Wilderness Place 303-444-8448 boulderbeer.com
5. Boulder Beer on Walnut 1123 Walnut St. 303-447-1345 boulderbeer.com
6. BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats 5290 Arapahoe Ave. 720-638-5193 www.bruboulder.com
7. Cellar West Artisan Ales 1001 Lee Hill Drive, Unit 10 720-465-9346 cellarwest.com
8. FATE Brewing Co.
1600 38th St. 303-449-3283 fatebrewingcompany.com
9. Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. 5455 Spine Road, Unit A 720-379-6042 finkelandgarf.com
10. Gunbarrel Brewing Co.
19. Upslope Brewing Co. Lee Hill
7088 Winchester Circle 800-803-5732 gunbarrelbrewing.com
1501 Lee Hill Drive 303-449-2911 upslopebrewing.com
11. J Wells Brewery
20. Vindication Brewing
2516 49th St., Suite 5 303-396-0384 jwellsbrewery.com
12. Kettle and Spoke Brewery 2500 47th St., Unit 12 kettleandspoke.com
6880 Winchester Circle, Unit F 303-530-0642 vindicationbrewing.com
21. VisionQuest Brewery 2510 47th St., Suite A2 720-446-9387 visionquestbrewing.com
13. Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
22. West Flanders Brewing Co.
1535 Pearl St. 303-546-0886 mountainsunpub.com
1125 Pearl St. 303-447-2739 hwfbrews.com
14. New Planet
3980 Broadway Suites 103-115 303-499-4978 newplanetbeer.com
15. Sanitas Brewing Co.
3550 Frontier Ave. Unit A 303-442-4130 sanitasbrewing.com
23. White Labs Boulder
1898 S. Flatiron Court, Suite 213 303-530-0469 whitelabs.com
24. Wild Woods Brewery 5460 Conestoga Court 303-484-1465 wildwoodsbrewery.com
16. The Post Brewing Co.
2027 13th St. 720-372-3341 postbrewing.com/boulder
17. Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 3201 Walnut St. 303-786-9270 twistedpinebrewing.com
18. Upslope Brewing Co. Flatiron Park 1898 S. Flatiron Court 303-396-1898 upslopebrewing.com
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20. Hyatt Place Boulder / Pearl Street
38619 Boulder Canyon Drive 303-444-5445 alpsinn.com 2020 Arapahoe Ave. 420-410-9760 basecampboulder.com
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2040 16th St. 303-835-9197 thebradleyboulder.com
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21. Millennium Harvest House 1345 28th St. 303-647-1050 millenniumhotels.com
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22. Residence Inn by Mariott Boulder Canyon Boulevard
2601 Canyon Blvd. 303-443-2600 embassysuites3.hilton.com
2550 Canyon Blvd. 303-577-7300 marriott.com
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23. Residence Inn by Marriott Boulder
200 Arapahoe Ave. 303-502-5868 footofthemountainmotel.com
3030 Center Green Dr 3030 Center Green Drive 303-449-5545 marriott.com
15. Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder - North 6333 Lookout Road 720-410-9750 hamptoninn3.hilton.com
24. Rodeway Inn & Suites Boulder Broker
16. Hilton Garden Inn Boulder 2701 Canyon Blvd. 303-443-2200 hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com
25. St Julien Hotel and Spa 900 Walnut St. 877-303-0900 stjulien.com
17. Holiday Inn Express Boulder 4777 Broadway St. 303-442-6600 ihg.com
501 W. Main St. Lyons, CO 80540 720-460-0239 weecasa.com
18. Homewood Suites by Hilton
4950 Baseline Road 855-605-0320 homewoodsuites3.hilton.com
555 30th St. 303-444-3330 choicehotels.com
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TOAST TO HAPPY(NESS) HOUR Cheapest Happy Hours Illegal Pete’s | 1447 PEARL ST. | All drinks are inexpensive during daily happy hour 3-8 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Margs: $4. Drafts: $2.50. Wells: $2.50-$3. Select craft drafts: $3.50. Plus, get free chips and salsa with your drink.
Lazy Dog Sports Bar | 1346 PEARL ST. | 50 cent wings are a highlight here 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Drink specials include $3 wells and drafts and $4 house wines. For other food, chow down on appetizers for $5.
Mateo | 1837 PEARL ST. | 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Appetizers start at just $2. Full meals start at $7. Plus, all wine is $3 off per glass and beers on tap are half off. Mateo also runs specials on wine by the bottle.
Salt the Bistro | 1047 PEARL ST. | Apps starting at $2. Plus, $3 select bottled beer, $4 wine, $6 cocktails, $4 drafts. Every day from 3-5 p.m.
Tahona Tequila Bistro | 1035 PEARL ST. |
Monday open to close; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Drinks include $4.50 well margs and house wine and $4 tequila-infused shooters. Food deals include $2.75 tacos and $3.50 tamales.
Walrus Saloon | 1911 11TH ST. | 4-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Get $3 wines and wells; $3 domestic beers and; a $6 cheese pizza. Sundays are even cheaper. On Sunday, get $1 “mystery cans,” $2 domestic beers and $3 you-call-its.
Longest Happy Hours Tahona Tequila Bistro | 1035 PEARL ST. |
Monday open to close; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Chautauqua Dining Hall | 900 BASELINE ROAD |
Winter happy hour 3-6 p.m. daily, with breathtaking views of the Flatirons from right at their base. Drink specials vary but may include $3.50 house wines and $3.50 draft beers. Food includes $4 truffle fries, $6 sliders, $3.50 fried mac and cheese and $3.50 mushroom lentil “meatballs” with cherry tomato ragu and chevre mousse. | 8735 N. FOOTHILLS HIGHWAY. |
| 950 PEARL ST. |
So many happy hours every week. All night Monday and 2:30-6 p.m.
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Centro Mexican Kitchen
Tuesday-Sunday. There is also a brunch happy hour 9-10 a.m. weekends. Drink specials include $3 canned beer, $5 house wine and $5 margaritas. Food specials include $3 (and up) tacos and other appetizers starting at $4.
5-7 Tuesday-Sunday. The Greenbriar is located remotely in the foothills, and the patio provides a romantic ambiance. Drinks include $2 off wine by the glass, $1 off draft beers and $2 off all cocktails. travelboulder.com
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Cheapest Margaritas Centro Mexican Kitchen | 950 PEARL ST. |
$5-$7 coin margs all night Monday and 2:30-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
Illegal Pete’s | 1447 PEARL ST. | $4 margs daily 3-8 p.m. and again 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Bonus: Get free chips and salsa with your drink.
T/aco | 1175 WALNUT ST. | $4.50 house margs 2-6 p.m. daily and all day and night on Sunday. Enjoy with $2 street tacos.
Tahona Tequila Bistro | 1035 PEARL ST. |
$4.50 well margs Monday from open to close; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Cheapest Beer Foolish Craig’s | 1611 PEARL ST. | Coors Light cans are $3 from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5 p.m. to close Sunday. In addition, draft beer starts at
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$3.50 and import and micro bottles are $3.50.
Sherpa’s | 825 WALNUT ST. |
Hapa | 1117 PEARL ST. |
West End Tavern | 926 PEARL ST. |
Hapa beer is $3.50 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday. The food deals are great, too: $7.90 for two beginner rolls and half-price starters.
Oak at Fourteenth | 1400 PEARL ST. | $2 Coors/Coors Lights and $3 craft beer (Avery IPA and White Rascal) 2:30-5:30 p.m. mid-day happy hour Monday-Saturday. Food is discounted, too.
Pearl Street Pub & Cellar | 1108 PEARL ST. |
Bud drafts are $2.50 from 4-7 p.m. daily. Some microbrews on tap are $3.
Roadhouse Boulder Depot | 2366 JUNCTION PLACE |
Get a 60-ounce pitcher of draft beer for $11 from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. Glasses of Coors start at $3 and other drafts start at $4. There are also deals on craft mules, wells, wines and food, including pulled pork tacos, baked brie and pretzel bites.
$2 select draft beer 5-7 p.m. daily. Select “Workin’ Man Cans” start at $2.50 from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and again late-night 9 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday. You can also get $3 PBR Tall Boys and a shot and beer combo for $5.
Best Wine Deals Next Door | 1035 PEARL ST. | Get half off select wine bottles for the late happy hour 9 p.m.-close daily. A glass of wine is $6 during regular daily happy hour 3-6 p.m.
Riffs | 1115 PEARL ST. | Get one-third off the entire wine list by the glass or bottle 3-5 p.m. MondayFriday. Other drink specials include $2 off draft beers and $6 cocktails.
The Attic Bar & Bistro | 949 WALNUT ST. |
$3.75 wines daily 3-6 p.m. and again 9 p.m.-close Sundays.
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