It’s the time of year when many of your friends are fleeing to beaches and other warm destinations. If you’re looking for a wintery adventure, instead, the city of Boulder, Colorado, is ready to help you get active in the snow with plenty of mountains to climb and unique entertainment options to explore.
What to do
When you visit Boulder, you can choose between going on an outdoor adventure and traversing the urban environment — or both.
The city’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it easy to find prime spots for hiking, mountain biking and climbing. If you’re a seasoned rock climber, consider taking on the Eldorado Canyon. According to the city’s tourism website, the canyon offers more than 500 technical rock climbing routes to scale its walls. You can also head west of Boulder to the Flatirons, an iconic natural landmark. The climbing routes here are a bit more challenging, but several hiking trails lead to the top and are dotted spots to sit along the way and take in the natural majesty.
Once you wear yourself out on the trails and rocks around the city, consider exploring Boulder itself. The National Center for Atmospheric Research calls Boulder home, and it has plenty of exhibits about weather and global climate change to visit. If you’re interested in the arts, visit between June and August for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. In 2019, the festival plans to mount productions of “Twelfth Night,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “As You Like It,” “King Charles III” and “King John.” At the end of a long day, you can shop for local goods and national brands at the Pearl Street Mall in the historic downtown area.
Where to stay
Boulder is a major metropolitan area, so if you’re a member of any hotel rewards programs, there is a good chance you’ll find a place in town to use your rewards points.
The city has several hotel options with local character, as well. The St Julien Hotel and Spa offers upscale accommodations, three on-site dining options and a full spa to make sure your time in the Centennial State is relaxing and rejuvenating. The Boulder Adventure Lodge, on the other hand, is all about nature and the surrounding mountains. There are a variety of room sizes and cabins to accommodate your group. The facility helps you get in touch with your wild side by connecting you with the perfect outdoor experience. It also organizes regular events, like movie nights, each month.
If you’re communing with the environment during your stay in Boulder, you’ll find many camping options to choose from, such as the Adventure Lodge or in the area’s Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. There are several rules about where and how to camp near Boulder, so make sure you do your research before you head out and pitch a tent.
Where to eat
Food is far from an afterthought in Boulder, with Bon Appetit magazine naming it “America’s Foodiest City.” There’s something here for almost every palate, and many restaurants strive to use sustainable ingredients. A major advocate for local food is award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market. He operates a butchery and restaurant with meat raised at his nearby farm, and he pairs choice cuts with produce from other Boulder vendors.
If you want to wander and see what catches your eye, experts say that historic Pearl Street is a great place to visit when your stomach starts rumbling. For instance, L‘Atelier offers a French fine-dining experience and the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant serves up Tex-Mex favorites in a casual atmosphere.
Consider heading to Boulder, Colorado, if your ideal vacation includes recharging your batteries in the natural world.