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Our Favorites in Boulder, CO

We recently spent two weeks staying with friends in Boulder, CO.  It is such a wonderful place – so much to do.  It sits at 5400 feet at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and it really is beautiful.  Boulder also leads the way in it’s pursuit to be a zero waste city.  Our friend, Choen Vogt, works for Boulder County as a Sustainability Coordinator and will be a guest blogger in the near future to highlight their efforts.

Here’s a run down of what we got into during our stay in Boulder… oh but there is so much more to do!  We will have to visit again soon.

Hikes/walks:

Mesa Trail – steps from where we were parked.  There are several loops you can take (both 3 and 5 milers).

Part of our 7 mile trek (one way) we took from our friend’s parking pad into downtown Boulder – Mesa Trail past NCAR & Chataqua.  We took the bus back home 🙂

Community Ditch Trail near the mouth of Eldorado Springs. Great easy hike.

Mesa Trail – link to map and trail information

Community Ditch Trail – map and trail information

Boulder Creek Path – 7 miles one way.  It runs through Boulder and in the summer you will see peeps tubing down it (none while we were there – too cold).  The Boulder Creek Festival happens here during the summer too.

Boulder Creek Path

Food:

The Kitchen, The Kitchen Next Door and the Kitchen Upstairs – Organic, vegetarian and vegan friendly – they are committed to environmentally-friendly practices, including composting, wind power, eco-friendly packaging and recycling used cooking oil to power Steve’s car (Steve is a Server at The Kitchen Boulder).  Awesome food!

They are downtown in the Pearl Street Plaza area (outdoor mall type of place BUT way cooler).  Several other restaurants listed below are in the Plaza area too.

The Kitchen in Boulder, CO

Boulder Teahouse – The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.  The Teahouse is downtown near Pearl Street Plaza.

Boulder Teahouse

Leaf Vegetarian – also includes raw, vegan and gluten-free

Hapa Sushi – You wouldn’t think that a land locked state would have great sushi but Hapa does.  Creative rolls and a great sake selection.  Gluten-free and vegetarian options.  They have restaurants all over Colorado.

Linger and Rootdown in Denver (sister restaurants) – They aren’t in Boulder but they were too good to not mention.  The food is amazing!  They follow a “field to fork” mentality and prefer to stay as organic, natural and local as possible. Both restaurants serve “globally influenced seasonal cuisine,” which basically means they go where inspiration leads them. They are not tied to one style or genre — hoping to create one of their own.  The folks at Linger will be guest blogging for us soon…

Rootdown opened in an old gas station in 2008 and was built with reclaimed and recycled materials.  Check out the Linger signage below.  The building used to be Olinger Mortuary and now it’s Linger “eatuary” – very creative.

Linger in Denver

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery – always a standby when you are in downtown Boulder.  There is also Southern Sun in south Boulder.  Hand crafted beer and pub type food.

Pizzeria Locale – Inspired by Naples, Italy. Italian wine on tap…. thin pizza and yummy.

 

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