It’s days like that you’d rather not venture out with children in tow. How do you find family-friendly activities in Boulder when the winter sets in –and stay warm?
Boulder Heights is a modern-day mountain subdivision. With lots that encompass several acres, houses in this neighborhood are large and spacious but feel like they are tucked away in the mountains. The reality is that if you live here, you’re actually only five miles from downtown Boulder. Not bad for the chance to commune closely with nature on a daily basis and sleep at elevations up to 8,000 feet, huh?
Open since September 2013, it’s obvious that Sanitas Brewing has already established a following. The folks you see hanging out in their Boulder taproom include beer geeks bellied up to the bar, groups of friends gathered at large tables and families with kids running around. And it’s easy to see why people enjoy Sanitas. There are games, friendly bartenders and delicious beers…what more could you want from the Boulder beer scene?
Tucked away in the northeast part of town, Boulder’s Four Mile Creek is a quiet neighborhood featuring larger homes, modern construction and easy access to the Diagonal Highway. (It’s also an actual stream that flows through Four Mile Canyon so don’t get too confused.) The neighborhood isn’t that far from the hustle of Boulder but with the many cul-de-sacs and few through-streets, it offers a feeling of community that’s lacking in other parts of town. With the large lots and gorgeous landscaping, Four Mile Creek is a great place for Boulder-loving families needing more space.
Billed as more than just a restaurant, but also a community gathering place, Shine has held true to the vision of the triplets that opened it just two years ago in the heart of downtown Boulder. The women had a prior hit in the Boulder restaurant scene when they ran Trilogy for many years, located just next door to Shine’s current location.
This space feels more grown up, with healthier food options, lots of potent elixirs and beer brewed in-house. In addition to the delicious food and drinks, there is free yoga night, music in the back room, and many opportunities to get involved in the Boulder scene.
December in Boulder can mean three-feet blizzards or sunburns caused by daily temperatures in the 50’s. It’s pretty much all over the map. But when it comes to holiday activities and quality time spent as a family, we tend to veer towards the traditional.
For anyone with dietary restrictions, eating out can be a pain. There are complicated orders, lots of questions for the waiters and frequently, not many options that are compliant with a diet that prohibits certain things (gluten-free and vegan folks, I’m looking at you).
Enter Boulder’s Fresh Thymes Eatery in the Steelyards. Open less than a year, this Boulder restaurant is 100% gluten free and offers many nutritious items that fit with a Paleo or vegan lifestyle. Additionally, the delicious entrees and side dishes are affordable and a dinner out here won’t break the bank.
Sandwiched in between Whittier and Old North Boulder neighborhoods, Boulder’s exclusive Hillcrest neighborhood is perched high on a hill above Boulder’s floodplain. This translates to the centrally-located neighborhood being very small and exclusive. There are wide winding roads, homes featuring modern design, and expansive views that sweep from the foothills to the Flatirons. Anyone lucky enough to call this area of Boulder home can (literally) look down on the rest of Boulder.
One step inside Boulder’s West Pearl chocolate store, Piece Love & Chocolate, and you know you’re a goner. I can tell you about the intense smell of chocolate that hits you when you cross the threshold, but this place is one that has to be experienced firsthand to be believed. Yes, it’s a store that sells all things chocolate. But it’s also so much more. If there’s any hope for the existence of magic and fairies in Boulder, it’s probably inside Piece, Love & Chocolate.
It’s Boulder. Everyone has some sort of dietary restriction and is always in training. Sugar is one of those things that people talk about in hushed tones. As in….are you eating it or aren’t you? Do you let your kids have any? Giving in or staying strong?
Well, when you’re done trying to ignore it and your sweet tooth must be indulged, it’s time to head to North Boulder for a stop at Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery. Located just a few feet from Lucky’s Market, this place has the the feel of a neighborhood bakery with the baked treats of a world-class pastry chef.