Boulder County craft breweries don’t just make up a large part of the area’s identity and culture. They are also huge proponents of their local communities, from supporting local musicians and artists through countless live music events to contracting with local food trucks, often using local ingredients in their food
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.
Boulder may be 4,393 miles from Dublin, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re looking to get artistic, listen to Irish music, dine on authentic food, or have a drink, here are some fun Irish-themed activities to do to celebrate. World’s Shortest
March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Yes, there is pretty much a holiday for every food. But hey, who are we to turn down a reason to celebrate? If you adore the creamy, nutty goodness, we’ve found eight spots in Boulder to enjoy a peanut butter focused dish
Boulder and beer are synonymous for a reason – we make great craft beer just as much as we love drinking it. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the brewing process or just get a deeper look into how a brewery works, taking a tour is a great option.
There are over 40 craft breweries in Boulder County, each with their own unique backstory, identity, and personality. Local craft beer enthusiasts here in and around Boulder will have yet another exciting brewery to frequent in just a few months when Gunbarrel Brewing Company, which will feature a broad range
I’m a self-proclaimed history nerd. I took classes on the Civil War in college for fun. I think Cronkite, a biography of Walter Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley, was one of the most riveting books I’ve ever read. My idea for a perfectly acceptable (if not particularly ideal) Friday or Saturday
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