by Zoie Jordan –
Day 1: Friday
Start the day off at The Buff for a fresh, hearty breakfast and specialty morning cocktail. Or check out another Boulder breakfast favorite: Snooze A.M. Eatery. Get there early to get your name on the list – these local breakfast joints are very popular on weekends but well worth the wait.
Burn off some of the calories after your breakfast/brunch and walk the historic Pearl Street Mall. This walking mall is closed to vehicles and bikes and allows for a pleasant, casual stroll through its many eclectic shops, boutiques, and eateries. Street performers, live music and concerts are common attractions; check out the website to see if your trip aligns with any special events!
Gross reservoir is just the place to explore Boulder’s highly sought-after wilderness and adventure opportunities! Rent a paddle board, canoe or kayak and spend the afternoon out on the water; the view is serene. Or, if you’re not big into outdoor activity, take the scenic drive to Flagstaff Mountain and onward to Lost Gulch Lookout for some spectacular views of the Colorado foothills and backcountry.
End your day with a relaxing dinner at one of Boulder’s favorite dinner spots such as The Kitchen for that farm-to-table craving you’ve been having; Tahona for some speciality margaritas; or walk across the street to Bartaco and sit on their patio lounge area for some quick (delicious!) bites and drinks.
Day 2: Saturday
Start the day off at Walnut Cafe for breakfast before heading to the Boulder farmer’s market, located alongside the Boulder Creek and Pearl Street Mall. This market runs from 8am – 2pm every Saturday (April – November) and is a must for any and all who love fresh, locally grown produce or who want to support local farms. Don’t worry, there are plenty of samples if you’re not looking to bring home any produce!
If the weather permits, take a stroll or rent some bikes and cruise along the Boulder Creek Path. There are many spots along the creek to stop and dip your feet in the water, sunbathe, picnic, or even tube!
Pearl Street Mall parallels the creek and makes for an easy place to grab a quick lunch or afternoon snack. Grab a patio table along the water at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for locally praised tea, food, and atmosphere!
If you have time left in your day, wander up to the famously beautiful University of Colorado campus. The campus features some of the most picturesque spots in town. The campus lies adjacent to another popular Boulder neighborhood, The Hill. Home to funky shops, lively bars and the Fox Theater, The Hill is an upbeat, young, hip area with plenty to do. Once you feel saturated in what brings Boulder some of its soul, enjoy a cocktail and upscale dining at Oak, Frasca Food and Wine, or the famous Flagstaff House.
Day 3: Sunday
Allot a large chunk of time in the morning to visit and/or hike around the iconic Chautauqua Park. The earlier in the morning you go, the more likely you are to beat the summer heat and occasional thunderstorms. There is a trail for every kind of hiker here. Try the Chautauqua Trail for an easier stroll to see the flatiron rock formations, Bluebell Mesa for an easy/moderate trek to the base of the first flatiron, or Royal Arch for the more experienced hiker. Green Mountain Peak (hard) is also accessible through the Chautauqua trailhead (see the trail map here). Remember to bring plenty of water and your camera!
Enjoy some post-hike pub grub at one of Boulder’s popular breweries! Some local favorites include Sanitas Brewery, Mountain Sun, Twisted Pine, Upslope Brewing Co., and Boulder Beer Company. Or try Rayback Collective for a fun mix of outdoor games, food trucks, and drinks.
When planning your evening, check the Boulder Theater calendar for shows you can attend. They host anything from comedy shows to live music and concerts to film screenings. There’s something here for everyone!
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