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Save & Play in Boulder: Ideas for an Extra (Free) Day

Nearly a dozen of Boulder’s hotels are offering a rare deal: you can get a third night free when you book two nights. (The offer’s good Jan. 1–April 30, 2021.) That means you can linger longer and have more time to play at the foot of the Flatirons in this town of foodies and outdoor-adventure lovers.

 

 

Outdoor dining at Japango
Outdoor dining at Japango
A snow-dusted Boulder landscape
A snow-dusted Boulder landscape
The Flatirons are the backdrop for a snowy stroll
The Flatirons are the backdrop for a snowy stroll
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Sanitas Brewing in Boulder
Sanitas Brewing in Boulder
Shopping at Twenty Ninth Street
Shopping at Twenty Ninth Street
Strolling a Snowy Pearl Street
Strolling a Snowy Pearl Street
Winter family hike at Chautauqua
Winter family hike at Chautauqua

How would you spend your free day? Would you spend it adventuring or relaxing, or a little of both? We asked locals what they would do with a spare day in Boulder, and they had plenty of great ideas:

Scavenger Hunt & Hot Chocolate

“My family and I would do the cyber scavenger hunt at Chautauqua Park to find 15 new bear-cub sculptures and take in Flatirons views from the park. Then we’d stop at the cute little Chautauqua General Store for hot chocolate.”

Hiking & Beers

“I’d hike Mount Sanitas or Chautauqua, then off to Sanitas Brewery or Rayback Collective food-truck park for beers on the patio.”

Mural Walk & Cocktails

“Boulder has a ton of new murals that have popped up recently, so I’d go for a nice, long walk and track down a few of them. Afterward, I’d head to River and Woods for fireside cocktails in their adorable courtyard.”

Picnic, Shopping & Spa

“Pick up lunch at Organic Sandwich and head out for a hike up to Mallory Cave, stopping for a picnic lunch with our sandwiches. Then it’s shopping on Pearl Street, followed by an afternoon of massage/hot tub/pampering at the Spa at St Julien and dinner at Frasca Food and Wine.”

Biking & Rock Climbing

“A guided fat-bike tour, mountain biking the Switzerland Trail or a beginning rock-climbing class at Eldorado Canyon State Park — something epic that I can brag about!”

Persian Teahouse & History

“I would have afternoon tea at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and then head to the Hotel Boulderado for a self-guided tour. I'd then have pre-dinner drinks at the speakeasy under the hotel and finish off with dinner at Cafe Aion up on the Hill.”

Sledding & Stargazing

“I know my kids would love some good old-fashioned sledding if there’s snow on the ground. We’d have dinner outside at Pizzeria Locale and then head into the hills after dark for some stargazing in the crisp winter air.”

Farmers Market & Ice Cream

“Walk to Beleza Coffee Bar for a cappuccino, walk or bike to the Boulder Farmers Market [opens April 4, 2021], go out to lunch on Pearl Street, walk to Sweet Cow and have ice cream at North Boulder Park.”

Snowshoeing, Farm Tour & Chocolate

“I’d go snowshoeing, take a farm tour or go fly-fishing, followed by shopping on Pearl Street where my daughter could climb on all the play structures along the Bricks. Then we’d have lunch at Zoe Ma Ma and dessert at Piece, Love & Chocolate.”

 

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