I’ve lived in gorgeous Boulder Colorado for 25 years, and it’s still amazing despite the mini-invasions of Twitter (and then Google). The very best thing about Boulder is that you can drive 10 minutes to Chautauqua and get on a trail and suddenly feel that you are lost in the woods- in a good way. It’s pretty easy to get to skiing at Eldora and we have the “worst dressed population that looks the best naked” thanks to our high percentage of athletes.
Favorite Boulder Summer Activity- Go to the Farmer’s Market right outside and then step into the cool sanctuary of the teahouse for brunch.
I won’t spoil it for you with too many pictures, because you really have to be there to understand the complexity of the decorations inside. The entire inside is covered with elaborate painted murals. It was shipped to Boulder in pieces and waited in storage for nearly 10 years, but the stunning technicolor designs are still like new.
Yes, the food is good, with lots of vegetarian options. And the outside patio by the creek is just the best place for brunch in the summer. But this is a gem for art lovers!
After brunch, you can wander around the mountains, on wide trails as the smell of hot pine needles fills your senses.
This Chautauqua was part of a nationwide movement in the early 1900’s to create centers of culture and learning for teachers on sabbatical for the summer. These historic cottages have the best spot in town- right inside of the park that rises so spectacularly above Boulder.
In front of the dining hall is a large flat lawn which hosts everything from people playing frisbee with dogs, to spandex-clad yoginis balancing on rocks with one hand, to groups of medievally dressed youngsters having sword fights, to stunning weddings and receptions.
The weekends are definitely the time to go here. Get in early before the crowds and you’ll have plenty of time to walk around on the trails before it gets hot. If you ARE going to hike, remember to wear sturdy shoes and bring copious amounts of water. Also, if you are from a lower altitude, remember that an alcoholic drink packs a wallop at a higher altitude. Be warned!
Rich, creamy N’awlins style food with blackened catfish that’s just spicy enough and hot beignets to dip in your chicory coffee. Luciles is a classic- in a historic house that fit little tables into every room. The very definition of shabby chic! When my folks come to visit, they don’t want to go anywhere but here!
Local tip- if you arrive before 9:15 you probably won’t have to wait for a table!
Snooze is a newer place but the food is spectacular and it’s very popular with the young hipster crowd. They are ONLY open until about 2pm. If you’re a fan of sweets, you can’t go wrong with their prailene waffles. Personally, I like the Bennie Goodman (a variation of Eggs Benedict). The breakfast tacos are also INSANELY good.
Large portion alert! This place has HUGE dishes- Cheesecake Factory sized, so if you are a light eater, you can plan on splitting that plate!