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Welcome to Boulder, Colorado - the gateway to the Rockies! Whether you're here to play in the outdoors, take a tour, or visit your CU student, our Boulder vacation homes offer you comfort and convenience during your getaway to the Colorado Front Range.
Where is Boulder, CO?
Boulder is located about 29 miles northwest of Denver, nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at 5,430 feet. With its pristine location at the head of the Colorado plains, Boulder's landscape is one of a unique juxtaposition between gently rolling hills and abrupt mountain peaks.
Outdoor Activities in Boulder, CO
Active visitors will love how close our vacation homes in Boulder are to various athletic activities. Yogis, triathletes, skiers, dancers, rock climbers - almost everyone in this region of Colorado has a favorite outdoor pastime. It's no wonder that Boulder is often ranked one of the healthiest cities in the US!
The Flatirons rise to the west of the city like a craggy crown, making them one of Boulder's most iconic features. These unique sandstone formations aren't only striking - they are the site for most of Boulder's activities spring through fall. Hikers and rock climbers can begin at Chatauqua Park, which offers easy access to all three of the major Flatirons. Alhough all three can be hiked, rock climbers often enjoy the challenge of scaling the Third Flatiron. As you hike throughout the park, squint really hard and see if you can spot a climber standing on the Third Flatiron's tip!
Though Boulder is a perfectly drivable place and boasts a wonderful public transportation system, biking is how most get around. Hardcore road riders will enjoy the grueling ascent up Flagstaff Mountain, while mountain bikers have their pick of trails from Sugarloaf Mountain to Lefthand Caynon. If you're in the mood for a more leisurely ride, take the Boulder Creek Trail to your destination. This beautiful paved path is seven miles one way and branches in all directions to cover the major parts of town, as well as the scenic outer rims.
Boulder is host to several races, including the BolderBOULDER and the Ironman Boulder. Even if you aren't here to train, non-competitive joggers have plenty of paved paths to keep up their workout.
If you're in search of trail variety and wildlife viewing opportunities, take the 37 mile drive to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
What about wintertime, you ask? Though the famous mountain resorts in Summit County are about 80 miles away on I-70, guests need only drive 21 miles west to the slopes of Eldora for some serious winter fun!
Tours in Boulder, CO
After a shower and a nap (and maybe a snack!) back in your vacation rental, take a tour or two as a much-needed break from the endless physical activity. Guests who are over 21 can wet their whistles on a brew tour - there are walking tours of local breweries like Mountain Sun, Shine, and Walnut to nearby national brews like Coors (located in Golden) and Oskaa Blues (in Longmont) - or bring some good-tasting beer back to enjoy comfortably at home!
If hops aren't your favorite or you're looking for something that is more family-friendly, try a tour of Celestial Seasonings to experience how teas like Magic Mint of Sleepytime are made - samples are abound.
If you enjoy history, grab a seat on Banjo Billy's Bus Tour. This wood-sided school bus tricked out to look like a hillbilly shack on wheels takes guests around town to tell them chilling ghost stories, local lore, tales of intrigue and crime, and fun historical facts.
Urban Activities in Boulder, CO
Boulder is a mountain town at heart, but a college town in body. Forty percent of its 100,000-person population is made up of students who attend the University of Colorado. Parents, grandparents, and other family members will appreciate the convenience of our vacation rentals in Boulder when visiting students on Parents' Weekend or for a CU football game.
Music enthusiasts will find a rich, varied music scene in Boulder. From the intimate Laughing Goat Coffeehouse to the historic digs at the Boulder Theater to the sweeping views and fresh air of Red Rocks, there's a venue for everyone.
Boulder prides itself on its cultural scene, the heart of which can be found on the Pearl Street Mall. From high-end galleries to street performers juggling fire and writing poems for a nickel, there's a little something for everyone's taste! If you happen to stay with us in the fall, you may catch the CU Marching Band and Chip, the CU mascot, rallying the locals for a home game.
Dining in Boulder, CO
After a long day full of activity, you're probably hungry! If you'd like to cook in your own Boulder vacation rental, grab a recyclable bag and hit the Boulder Farmers Market for locally-grown veggies, fresh breads, and scrumptious cheese and honey. Pearl Street has food that spans the spectrum, from fine-dining at The Kitchen to quirky sushi at Hapa Sushi Grill.
There are a few quintessential Boulder eateries, however, that shouldn't be missed. Take dinner at The Sink, located on The Hill above the University. Its funky decor and late night happy hour will remind you of your college days. If you want breakfast early, get in line at Snooze AM Eatery for a fun, retro atmosphere and delicious pancakes. If you're interested in a real cultural exchange, head straight to the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, a handmade gift from their sister city Dushanbe, Tajikistan, that is pleasing to both the eye and the palate.
Our Boulder lodging welcomes you to experience this mountain town-meets-sustainable urban sprawl-meets-college town with your loved ones in the privacy of a vacation home. With a friendly atmosphere, active lifestyle, and a liberal-minded culture, this unique Colorado city is both quirky and delightful. Grab a brew, a yoga mat, and a bike - your vacation starts here!
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