My go-to list of how to spend 36 hours in boulder, co… what to do, where to stay and all things food + drink.
Boulder is only a short 45 minute drive from denver but at times, can feel worlds away. It is a town I have so much appreciation + love for. (Not to mentioned attended my freshman year of college at!) There is a vibrant mix of people, a booming dining scene + endless activity in every direction. Regardless if you are an outdoorsy adventurer, spa lover, foodie, or someone who is looking for some culture, boulder has it all.
For years, my husband + I head to boulder for a quick getaway shortly after the holidays wrap up. After dozens of visits, taking in all that boulder has to offer, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite spots. Pack your bag, bring your appetite + take in all that boulder valley has to offer.
the st. julien hotel: this elegant but casual hotel is only steps from all the action on pearl street + endless outdoor activity of the boulder flatirons. The rooms are beautiful, the lobby is ideal for a cocktail + the amenities available from the hotel spa do not disappoint.
alpine modern: tucked within the residential area across from campus is this stunning design-forward cafe serving superior coffee + delicious food. Well curated, friendly + a beautiful way to start your day.
oak at fourteenth: my favorite place for dinner on pearl street. New american food in a space that blends contemporary + rustic in the best of ways. The food is seasonally inspired with most dishes cooked on the open wood fire oven.
pizzeria locale: my go-to spot to eat, the moment I arrive in boulder. Classic napoletana pizza with a small selection of salads + starters. The casual but elegant space does not leave any detail over looked. I love sitting at the pizza counter to watch all the action.
the buff: a breakfast institution that lives up to its hype. They are a zero-waste restaurant that has perfected fluffy pancakes, decadent benedicts and spot-on biscuits + gravy.
bitter bar: situated at the far west end of pearl street, bitter bar has made a name for themselves by shaking up some of the best simple cocktails in town. I love the ‘kiss the sky’ made with gin, domaine de canton, lavender syrup + lemon. Oh and it doesn’t hurt that they have with the longest happy hour in boulder.
jax fish house: grab a seat at the bustling bar, order a dozen fresh-shucked oysters + a craft cocktail or locally brewed beer from the friendly staff. This tiny bar packs a lot in between its brick-walls + the energy is infectious.
farmer’s market: one of the oldest + largest farmers markets in colorado, this one is filled to the brim with local artisans, makers, farmers, producers + businesses that care about their community. Their mission is to make fresh products accessible to our community + strengthen the relationships between local food producers + food consumers.
chautauqua park: regardless of your activity level, this 80-acre park has something for everyone and is only moments from downtown boulder. Live concerts in the summer months, 151 miles of open trails, lakes for fishing + swimming, playgrounds + more.
st. julien spa: the premiere spa in boulder valley, the st. julien has incredible treatment rooms, an indoor pool, fitness center and his + hers saunas, steam rooms + locker rooms. If you want to treat yourself to some pampering, look no further.
pearl street shops: if you are looking for a casual afternoon of window shopping + relaxing, this is your place. There is a mix of big-name retailers amongst local boutiques, cafes + breweries.