The other weekend we went down to Boulder for a night to check out the scene. Boulder is so wild and eclectic - it's like no other city I've been to. Here are a few pictures from our trip, and some recommendations, if you're headed that way...
We stayed at the Alps Boulder Canyon Inn which was amazing. It was up in the hills, but only about five minutes away from downtown. In the morning, there was an incredible breakfast in their dining room (homemade scones!) which was so cozy, with a huge fireplace and lots of newspapers, and in the afternoon, there were fresh cookies and tea in the lobby.
We walked around Pearl St. downtown before our dinner reservation. Boulder has such an incredible mix of people - there are hippies, college students, families, street performers, magicians...
There are also a ton of different restaurants - we chose The Med, a delicious Mediterranean restaurant where we shared tapas like short rib with polenta, falafel, and calamari and then got into the paella and lamb kabobs.
After dinner, we got gelato from Two Spoons and walked around to watch the magicians do tricks and listen to the piano players on Pearl Street.
We also stopped in the Boulder Bookstore which is amazing - it's so cozy, with walls and walls of books and fun cards. (They also sell used books for slightly less which is always nice!)
The next morning we went for a hike. Boulder has lots of hiking - but we decided to try Chautauqua which has a lot of different options. We asked the ranger for a recommendation and did a really nice 4 mile loop.
Then we headed back downtown for lunch at The Kitchen which is one of Boulder's most popular restaurants and has the freshest food around - and the best tomato soup in the world.
Then - you can't go to Boulder without a brewery tour - so we decided to check out Avery Brewery which has a brand new location complete with a full restaurant, pub and porch! We tried a sample of a few of their beers but the winner was their Belgian style ale, called "The Reverend."
Have you ever been to Boulder or are you going? It's such a fun place to spend a few days and there's always something for everyone!