The return of chilly autumn weather means it’s the perfect time of year to get warmed up from the inside out with a bowl of hearty soup or stew. Whether you’re making it at home or enjoying it at your favorite Boulder haunt, there are plenty of local businesses and
Welcome to Your Boulder, a guide to what’s happening in one of the happiest, healthiest, and creative cities around. Did we also mention that Boulder, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on earth?
The epic scenery, athletic opportunities, and splendid climate captivate you immediately. Then it’s time to discover the world-class restaurants, the vibrant technology scene, and the quirks of an amazing college town that’s more than a mile high above sea level.
We keep you informed about the events, outdoor recreation, restaurants, shopping and real estate news you need to get the most out of Boulder. Plus, we profile who and what’s happening around town with our feature articles – to give you a deeper flavor for this fantastic town.
If you’re visiting or new around these parts, here’s your jumping off point for experiencing the best and brightest that Boulder, Colorado has to offer. Take your pick of topics below, or head to the home page for the latest happenings in Boulder.
Boulder is 25 miles northwest of Denver, in the heart of Colorado. Nestled up against the base of the Rocky Mountains, its elevation of 5,430 feet makes it higher than the Mile High City to the southeast (in more ways than one).
It was gold that truly brought Boulder to life. Fortune seekers made Boulder County home on October 17, 1858, at what is now known as Settler’s Park at the far West end of Pearl Street.
Boulder is often referred to as “25 square miles surrounded by reality” for its progressive politics and laid-back lifestyle, but also for its stunning natural beauty. Even with quick access to the world-class city of Denver and an international airport, there’s often very little reason to leave.
Sitting in a valley at the intersection of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains, Boulder is associated with the immense sedimentary rock formations to its west known as the Flatirons. The city takes its name from Boulder Creek, a rushing tributary powered by melting mountain snow and healthy springs to the west of town.
Boulder has a semi-arid climate that supports a mild but fully distinct four seasons. Add to that 300 days of annual sunshine, and you realize why Boulderites prefer to be outside, immersed in the copious natural beauty.
Yes, it gets cold, and yes, it snows. But the mountains to the west help shield the city from precipitation in winter, and the sun melts the snow before it gets messy. Summers are mild (but watch out for the sun), and spring and fall are pure bliss.
Look up the definition of “progressive city” in the dictionary, and you’ll find See Also: Boulder, Colorado. The town prides itself on creative, independent, and forward thinking, which in turn powers the intellectual vibe, intense athleticism, and technology start-up scene.
Boulder has been named the Happiest, Brainiest, Foodiest, Healthiest, and most Creative city in the United States, among other accolades. People aren’t just content to live here, they’re thrilled by it — which is why protection of the environment, alternative energy, and sustainable practices are a top priority to the citizens of Boulder.
Boulder is home to the flagship main campus of the University of Colorado, also known as CU. The university is considered one of the thirty “Public Ivy League” schools according to The Public Ivies: America’s Flagship Public Universities. Boulder is also home to Naropa University, a private liberal arts college founded by Tibetan Buddhist teacher and Oxford University scholar Chögyam Trungpa.
The Boulder Valley School District is the local public school system, which includes two high schools and several middle and elementary schools. There are also a variety of private schools, including several Montessori schools, a Waldorf school, and a selection of religious and secular private institutions.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a pumpkin problem. National Pumpkin Spice Day may not be until October 1st, but I start indulging in pumpkin-flavored everything as soon as we hit September, from Pumpkin Spice Cheerios to coffee creamer to bagels and everything in between. I’ve been wearing
Expensive dinners, drinks on the town, show tickets – dating can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. With so much to do in and around town, it’s easy to forget that there are ways to stretch your dollar while making a date feel welcome. Relax your wallet and
Autumn is a dangerous season for me in the grocery store, particularly in the produce aisle. Pumpkin, butternut squash, Honeycrisp apples, I want it all! What most often catches my attention, though, is the fresh cider. A gallon of apple cider comes home with me and it’s guaranteed to be
As we approach what I would argue is the best season of the year, many Colorado transplants lament that our little stretch of the Front Range doesn’t quite hold a candle to the all-encompassing immersion into fall colors of their native Northeast or perhaps the Pacific Northwest. However, if you
There’s no doubt about it that Boulder dwellers love their beer. But we also love a well-made cup of coffee, too. No surprise here that Boulder County brewers took note and are combining the two for one delicious brew. The result is often a bold, flavorful beer that has an
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