With a storied Western history, rich cultural scene and gorgeous natural landscape, the city of Boulder is well worth a visit. Whether you are a foodie looking for authentic farm-to-table dining, an outdoor adventurer in search of fresh air or simply someone looking to explore everything this quirky town has to offer, Boulder is sure to delight.
What to do
Surrounded by thousands of acres of open recreational space, Boulder is the perfect place to visit if you are a lover of the great outdoors. Whether hiking the Chatauqua or Eldorado Canyon, or simply standing in awe of the Flatirons’ geologic formations, it’s impossible to run out of natural beauty worth exploring.
Exploring Boulder proper is also well worth the effort, and the Pearl Street Mall is a good place to start. This cobblestone area features lots of quirky little shops and a diverse array of restaurants. Outdoor entertainment and food stands are also frequently around.
Boulder is also a font for knowledge. In addition to being home to the University of Colorado at Boulder, the state’s largest college, Boulder can also proudly claim the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art. Touring this unique collection of American art is both an educational and enriching experience. The National Center for Atmospheric Research and Fiske Planetarium are other fun and interesting museums in the city.
Where to stay
Ranked first among all Boulder hotels by “U.S. News & World Report,” the St. Julien Hotel & Spa is located just a few steps away from the Boulder Creek Path in downtown Boulder. In addition to its ideal location, St. Julien boasts a beautiful design, excellent amenities and a friendly and helpful staff. You can check out rates and book your own reservation at http://stjulien.com.
For a more historic inn, consider staying at the Hotel Boulderado. This charming, upscale brick hotel first opened in 1909, and guests over the past century have ranged from actress Ethel Barrymore to jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Fortunately, the hotel has retained its classic appeal, while also featuring modern amenities like free Wi-Fi. Find out more at http://boulderado.com.
Where to eat
Boulder was named America’s “foodiest” town by “Bon Appetit” magazine in 2010, thanks to its excellent Boulder County Farmer’s Market and many top-tier restaurants. Among the many eateries singled out for their excellence was Dish Gourmet, a new twist on the traditional deli that serves up creative sandwiches featuring house-cured meats. The magazine also praised Salt the Bistro, a farm-to-table dining experience that won a 2016 OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award for its authentic, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Meanwhile, Black Cat takes the farm-to-table concept even further, as chef Erik Skokan grows his own produce and raises his own livestock on a farm just a few short miles from the restaurant.
In addition to all of the hip new organic eateries, there are also quite a few Boulder institutions worth trying. The Buff Restaurant, for example, is legendary for its brunch menu, which includes fresh skillets, omelets and “saddlebags” (stuffed pancakes). The humbly named World Famous Dark Horse, meanwhile, has great pub food that includes rocky mountain oysters and burgers with peanut butter and bacon, while college students love the joint for its $2 drafts and $5 25 ounce pours of micro drafts.
Speaking of drinks, Boulder has more than its fair share of brewpubs, where diners can enjoy dinner and a beer. None are more popular than the Avery Brewing Company, which serves up its famous house brews alongside delectable daily food specials.
With so much to do, see and eat, there is never a dull moment to be had in Boulder, Colorado.
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