Boulder, Colorado is an absolutely gorgeous city with a very lively downtown (www.boulderdowntown.com), so there is much to do if you would like to make a vacation out of your trip. Below, you will find a list of recommendations for various and sundry activities.
1. If you enjoy shopping and delicious food, then the Pearl Street Mall is a necessary destination – it is one of Rachel’s favorite places to frequent! Pearl Street is a pedestrian mall (much like the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia) with all manner of boutiques, antique stores, bookstores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Our favorite restaurant on the Mall is Lucile’s – it serves the most amazing New Orleans-style breakfast/brunch, complete with warm beignets (it does not, however, serve dinner). Other great restaurants include the West End Tavern, Conor O’Neill’s (an Irish pub), The Walnut Brewery, and The Mediterranean (aka, The Med). And if you fancy some delicious and cheap fish tacos, you might check out Illegal Pete’s.
2. Walking distance from Pearl Street is the Boulder Creek. It runs from the Rocky Mountains and through Boulder and makes for a lovely hike.
3. You also might make a trip to Chautauqua Park: https://bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/chautauqua-park. This is a great location for hiking and picnics. There are trails that lead into the mountains, but you can also just enjoy the scenery in the park itself. And if you feel like dining there, you can eat at the pavilion.
4. If you feel like taking a dip, it will likely be warm enough for you to do so at the Boulder Reservoir. In addition to swimming and sunning, you can also rent paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks here.
5. Flagstaff Mountain is also a lovely local destination. It has many hiking trails and some of the best views of Boulder to be seen. From the right vantage point, you can even see as far as Denver. And if you feel like being fancy, you can eat at The Flagstaff House, one of Boulder’s most famous restaurants.
6. Paul’s alma mater, The University of Colorado, is another great landmark. The grounds are beautiful, and if you would like to see one place where Paul spent a great deal of his time, you might visit Macky Auditorium, the gorgeous concert hall on campus.
7. Denver, Colorado is roughly a 45 minute drive from Boulder and has all sorts of great restaurants and shopping as well. The 16th Street Mall is Denver’s equivalent of Pearl Street – a great place to spend the day. And for those of you who share our bookwormish tendencies, we love the Tattered Cover bookstore (www.tatteredcover.com)!