Boulder, Colorado, located about 25 miles from Denver, is one of the more notable and celebrated college towns in the country. As a hub of hippie and new-age-spiritual oriented thinking and culture, Boulder is considered to be one of the more bohemian cities in the US. As Boulder is located in the midst of a ton of beautiful nature, it is an excellent destination for the outdoors enthusiast. The city is also known for its music scene and excellent live music venues.
If you want to stay right in the middle of all the action in Downtown Boulder, great lodging options include the Hotel Boulderado, the St. Julien Hotel and Spa, and the Bradley Boulder Inn. If you are looking for a budget option that is located Downtown, the Boulder University Inn may be your best bet, while the Rodeway Inn and Suites is a great inexpensive option within walking distance of the University of Colorado. Good moderately-priced lodging choices include the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, the Quality Inn & Suites CU Boulder, and the Boulder Outlook Hotel. If you would like a scenic and charming Boulder lodging experience, you might want to stay at the Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, a fully remodeled 1870s mansion located in beautiful Boulder Canyon.
There are so many great restaurants in Boulder that it is hard to even begin to cover. One of the top locals favorites is the Mediterranean Restaurant, known for its tasty tapas and drinks. For a great brunch, you can’t beat the Walnut Café and Southside Walnut Café, while Lucile’s Creole Cafe is a great breakfast spot, particularly if you enjoy the meatier side of rise-and-shine dining. If you are looking for a good burrito, be sure to check out longtime Boulder staple Illegal Pete’s, and for Chinese food, you can’t beat Golden Lotus. For fine dining, you have spots like Frasca and Flagstaff House, while for Italian, Il Pastaio and Laudisio shine bright. If you need a late-night slice of pizza after a night out partying, Cosmo’s Pizza and Abo’s Pizza are great options, and if you need a healthy meal the next day to make up for the night before, Boulder has some great organic restaurants like the Kitchen, Leaf, and the Black Cat.
When the time comes to get out at night and party it up, you will find that your options abound in Boulder. If you want to see some great live music, you will want to look at venues like the Fox Theatre and the Boulder Theater, known for frequently hosting major national acts. Boulderites love their craft beer and the city is this means the city is home to numerous brewpubs, including the Avery Brewing Company, the Walnut Brewery, the hippie-themed Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, and the granddaddy of them all, the Boulder Beer Company. Other local watering holes you might want to check out include the popular Pearl Street Pub, the Catacombs Bar, and the Dark Horse Bar and Grill.
Not only is Boulder home to a major college and all that implies, but it is a hub of culture outside of the college scene as well. If you are into all things counterculture and ecologically/socially conscious, you will likely feel right at home in the lofty Boulder atmosphere. There are not a lot of cities that offer the combination of small-town feel and big-city perks that Boulder does, making it a truly special place that you won’t soon forget if you visit.