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Arts & Crafts Classes in Boulder

February 21, 2018
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Do you LOVE to make art? Is it time to try something new? There are a TON of arts and crafts classes in and around Boulder, offered by amazing, talented teachers. Learn how to make ceramics on a potter’s wheel, explore watercolors, try your hand at quilting and so much more!

Nomad Bead Merchants – Wire Squiggle Earrings & More

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Nomad Bead Merchants offers a variety of jewelry-making classes. Upcoming, check out their Wire Squiggle Earrings class! Make one or two long, glorious, swingy pairs of earrings with briolette wrapped dangles. Class will choose from brass, copper or nickel silver wire. You will learn how to shape elegant squiggles and hammer them out, then texture before adding drops. Nomad Bead Merchants offers a variety of jewelry making classes regularly, check their calendar here.

Nomad Bead Merchants is offering the Wire Squiggle Earrings class in Boulder on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 3PM – 5PM. Tuition for the class is $35 (materials will be provided). Call the store at 303-786-9746 to register for this class.

Mudslingers Pottery – Beginning & Beyond Ceramics

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Sling some mud and have a blast! Check out Beginning & Beyond Ceramics at Mudslingers Pottery, learn or re-learn the basic potter’s wheel, hand-building & glaze techniques. Create functional forms like mugs, bowls and vases. Mudslingers also offers kids classes and more advanced ceramics classes.

Mudslingers Pottery offers Beginning & Beyond Ceramics in Louisville on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tuition for the class is $180. To register, call 303.926.0996 or email:

Fabricate – Intro to Quilting Series

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Quilting looks fun, but it can feel a little daunting as a beginner! Whether you are brand new to quilting or need a brush up on your skills, Fabricate‘s Intro to Quilting Series is an excellent place to learn. In this comprehensive three-part series, you will learn all the quilting basics. The progressive steps of quilt-making will be covered, from creation to finished product. Students will explore principles of design as well as the mechanics of rotary cutting, piecing, machine quilting and binding. At the end of class you will have completed your own unique quilt and will have gained the confidence to sew many more. Fabricate also offers intro to sewing classes, sewing project classes and more!

Fabricate is offering the Intro to Quilting Series in Boulder on Sundays in March, from 9:30AM – 1:30PM. Tuition for the class is $150 not including materials (Fabricate will give you a 15% discount for materials purchased in-store). Register here.

The Hidden Treasure 2 – Beginners Crochet Class

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Have you been wanting to learn how to crochet? The Hidden Treasure 2‘s Beginners Crochet Class meets every Tuesday from 6PM – 8PM. Your instructor, Sandy, has been crocheting for many years and is ready to share her knowledge to get you started on your new craft. The Hidden Treasure 2 also offers sewing, quilting and jewelry making classes.

The Hidden Treasure 2 in Longmont offers a Beginners Crochet Class every Tuesday from 6PM – 8PM. The cost of the class is $35 for 3 Sessions plus approx. $10 for supplies. To register, call the shop at 720-340-9951 or click here

pARTiculars Art Gallery & Teaching Studio – Watercolor Experiences

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Try your hand at the beautiful art of watercolor painting! Watercolor Experiences is a class held at pARTiculars Art Gallery & Teaching Studio where you can learn painting with watercolors in a positive and successful atmosphere. Each class will begin with a mini lesson through a demonstration. Participants will experience playing with color and design and will learn many strategies for creating a finished piece. pARTiculars also offers classes in oils, acrylics, jewelry making and much more.

pARTiculars Art Gallery & Teaching Studio in Lafayette is offering Watercolor Experiences on Mondays March 5 – 26, 2018 from 1 -3PM. Tuition for the class is $130. Register here.

Boulder Photo Center – Creative Digital Photography

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Take your photography to the next level by taking Boulder Photo Center‘s Creative Digital Photography class. The course begins with a brief review the basics of f/stops, shutter speeds, ISOs and White Balance, and learn how to use all of these many camera features together, to make shooting faster and easier, so that you can start doing more imaginative photography. Learn how composition works, see how light and shadow can bring your photographic subjects to life, whether you are taking candid people pictures, close up macro photos, landscape shots, high speed sports, snapshots or formal family portraits. In addition, learn to burn and dodge and crop with Photoshop or Lightroom for fine tuning your images and giving them that pro look.

Boulder Photo Center offers the Creative Digital Photography class starting Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6PM – 8PM. Tuition for the class is $175 and includes 4 weeks use of the digital lab. To register, call Don Oberbeck at 303-444-4568. 

Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins – Beginning Knitting

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit? Knitting warm, comfortable, attractive clothing is calming to the mind and soothing to the spirit (and fun!). This Beginning Knitting class at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins covers needles, yarns and basic stitches with lots of time to practice, ask questions and discover the joy of this ancient craft. We will also make a hat! (Hat uses #10 ½ 16” circular needles and bulky yarn to be provided by student.) Straight needles, sampler yarn and book included in the course tuition. Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins also offers weaving and spinning classes!

Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins is offering this Beginning Knitting course in Boulder from 6:30 – 9:30PM Wednesdays starting April 4, 2018. Tuition is $100 for 4 sessions. Register here.

Boulder School of Metals – Intro to Metalsmithing

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Soldering, hammering and polishing? Sounds like fun! Check out Boulder School of Metal‘s 6 week course Intro to Metalsmithing to develop a wide range of fundamental jewelry-making skills that are essential for building a solid foundation. You’ll be introduced to a wide variety of tools and techniques which include: proper use of hand tools, soldering torches, flexshafts, hammers, polishing equipment, jeweler’s saw, doming blocks and more. You will learn how to cut, solder, saw, pierce, dome, texture, drill etc. to create 1-3 pieces in this 6 week session.

Boulder School of Metal‘s Intro to Metalsmithing class runs Tuesdays from 10am – 1pm, April 10 – May 15, 2018. The course tuition is $335 + $60 fee for materials. Register here.

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5 Reasons to Love Boulder

February 14, 2018
Reasons to love Boulder

Boulder is well loved by so many, and we should love Boulder because it makes us happy! So happy, in fact, that last year it was named the happiest city in the United States. Here are five (of the many, many) reasons to LOVE Boulder!

The Great Outdoors

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Photo by Leonardo Brasil, Courtesy Visit Boulder, Colorado

The number one reason to love Boulder is it’s incredible location nestled beneath the breathtaking flatirons, surrounded by mountains and green space. Hikers adore Chautauqua’s meandering trails, NCAR’s scenic pathways and challenging treks up Mount Sanitas and South Boulder Peak. Boulder is packed with dedicated bikeways (over 300 miles!) in the city and throughout openspace, making the city a hub for cycling enthusiasts. More adventurous options for outdoor fun include nordic skiing, rock climbing, hang gliding and paragliding. With 110 miles of walking and hiking trails on over 35,000 acres of protected land, the possibilities for outdoor recreation are endless. Many of these activities can be enjoyed throughout Boulder’s seasons, as gorgeous summer days are kissed with fresh mountain breezes and dreamy winterscapes glitter in the sunshine.

The Beer Scene

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Boulder is home to some of the best craft breweries in Colorado. Throughout the city, enjoy freshly brewed beer in breweries and restaurants alike. Head downtown to the rooftop bar at the West End Tavern to enjoy a fresh craft beer and that unbeatable view of Boulder’s flatirons. Or check out Boulder hotspot, the Rayback Collective, with over 30 beers on tap (including many of the local favorites) as well as a “backyard party” space complete with games, fire pits, and a chill vibe. Or go straight to the brewery! Boulder Beer is heralded for being Colorado’s FIRST craft brewery, featuring favorites like Hazed Hoppy Session Ale, Mojo IPA, and Shake Chocolate Porter. Avery Brewing wows patrons with over 40 different beers a year, along with a dog-friendly patio and delicious brewpub menu. Check out our complete guide to the breweries in Boulder here.

The Fun

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In addition to the outdoor adventures to be had in Boulder, there are a ton of exciting events happening all year round. Boulder is home of the Boulder International Film Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Chautauqua Summer Concert Series and of course, the BolderBOULDER. For a relaxed day of summer fun, go tubing down Boulder Creek. In the winter, try sledding down Chautauqua’s epic sledding hill. Kids and adults alike will have a blast with old school amusements like go karting and mini golf at Gateway Park Fun Center. Boulder is not only fun for humans, it is absolute heaven for dogs! Bring your dog to Boulder for a day of outdoor fun with amazing hikes and dog parks, and relax together at Upslope Brewing  for a pint, where dogs are welcome inside and out.

The Amazing Food

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Photo Courtesy The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

Boulder is a dream not only for the outdoor geeks, but for foodies this town is home to some of the most drool-worthy food on the planet. Start your day at favorite breakfast spot, The Walnut Cafe for a Boulder scramble, a cup of coffee and the cafe’s famous blueberry cornbread. Head downtown to try the Mountain Sun‘s fresh comfort foods like the Colorado bison burger or the speakeasy steak sandwich and wash it down with a freshly brewed Mountain Sun ale. Take a break in the gorgeous Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, sip some tea and relax in the rose garden. To satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by Piece, Love and Chocolate for decadent truffles and mouth watering chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies. Check out Boulder instagrammer, BoulderGRUB to inspire your next meal out.

The… Unexpected

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Boulder is known and loved for its weirdness, and is a mecca for all things alternative and holistic. Boulder’s tendency to be a little off-beat and different draws us in, and allows us to feel comfortable in our own individuality. The Pearl Street Mall street performers wow you with jaw-dropping displays – I’ve seen everything from contortionists to fire eaters to a guy who (very impressively) plays piano dangling upside down. Open your mind by listening to a poetry reading at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore on The Hill. If you are looking for something different to do on a Saturday you might enjoy some forest bathing, get a psychic reading or try goat yoga! Boulder peeps like to take part in out-of-the-ordinary events like Tube to Work Day (loosen your tie and hop in a tube down Boulder Creek!), the Mall Crawl (a free, unofficial Halloween party on Pearl Street that includes an epic Thriller flash mob) and the Polar Plunge (jump in the icy Boulder Reservoir in January for a good cause!). Nakedness is another part of Boulder’s wacky vibe with the Naked Pumpkin Run on Halloween night (run naked down Pearl Street with a pumpkin on your head), the World Naked Bike Ride (a nude bike ride protest against fossil fuels in mid-June) and local participation in World Naked Gardening Day (I feel like I should mention that participating in these activities could result in arrest). If you are looking for something slightly less mischievous but a ton of fun, check out Banjo Billy‘s tour bus, a travelling hillbilly shack that gives you an entertaining look at Boulder’s history. Stay weird, Boulder!


Treat Yo’ Self! Self Care in Boulder

February 12, 2018
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It’s always the right time to show a little love to your mind, body and spirit. Take a well-deserved break from your busy life to relax and focus on yourself. There are many ways to practice self care, from walking meditation, to indulging with some comfort food, or curling up with a good book. If you are looking for a way to schedule in some much-needed me time, or if you are hoping to surprise a special someone with a luxurious hour or two of relaxation, check out these restorative, nurturing services offered right here in Boulder.

Tap Into Your Higher Self With a Somoto-Emotional Release Massage

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Empower yourself with a healing massage by Rebecca Mara of Somadi Mind Body. Rebecca combines breath, touch and awareness to bring you into contact with emotional blockages in your body, allowing you to release tension and find a deeper sense of connection to yourself. To make an appointment or to purchase a gift certificate, click here.

Blow Yourself Away With a Blow Out

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If you are looking for a quick way to revitalize, check out newcomer to Boulder’s beauty scene – Blo! This blow dry bar specializes in offering a relaxing shampoo followed by a catwalk-quality blow out. Walk out feeling fresh and ready to take on the world! Not sure what kind of style fits your mood? Check out Blo’s Hair Menu. Book an appointment or purchase a gift card here.

Rejuvenate Your Face With the Dragontree Gemstone Facial

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Photo Courtesy Dragontree Holistic Day Spa

Dragontree Holistic Day Spa has a menu of lovely skin care treatments, including the unique Dragontree Gemstone Facial. This specialty facial combines breakthrough skincare technology with aromatherapy and of course, gemstones! The gemstones have a positive affect on water molecules in the skin, helping skin to retain moisture. Leave the spa feeling balanced and nourished. To make an appointment or to purchase a gift card, click here.

Relax Deeply With Restorative Yoga

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Achieve deep relaxation and inner peace through Restorative Yoga at Yoga Loft. Restorative yoga uses long, nurturing postures as well as supportive props to relax and restore the body. Check out Yoga Loft’s schedule here or buy a 10 class pass for your loved one here.


Where to Adopt a Dog in Boulder

January 25, 2018
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2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac! To celebrate, I put together a list of rescue organizations in and around Boulder who are working hard every day to take care of homeless dogs (and in some cases many other kinds of animals!). These folks are dedicated to giving these dogs a second chance by matching each one with a human companion that can give them a forever home. Fair warning: adorable faces ahead!! Here’s to all the dogs that make our lives so much happier, may they have a wealth of love and happiness in 2018. To the people who go out of their way to save these precious lives, thank you for all that you do for humans’ truest and most loyal friends — dogs!

Summit Dog Rescue, Boulder Colorado

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Tess, Photo Courtesy Summit Dog Rescue

Summit Dog Rescue, based in Boulder, is on a mission to save dogs who are left in shelters that are overcrowded and therefore unable to continue to care for the animals. Summit focuses on dogs who thrive in the mountain environment, and does their very best to pair these furry sweethearts up with a commited adopter. Summit is always in need of good homes for dogs, as well as foster families for dogs who are awaiting adoption. To find out more about Summit Dog Rescue, follow them on facebook here or check out their website here.

Brighter Days Dog Rescue

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Fitz, Photo Courtesy Better Days Dog Rescue

Brighter Days Dog Rescue, based in Boulder, is a rescue organization that takes calls from all over the U.S. who are in danger of being euthanized. BDDR works hard to find these dogs a loving, stable home. If you are interested in finding out more, visit Brighter Days Dog Rescue on their facebook page, or at their website.

Farfel’s Friends Rescue

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Mingus, Photo Courtesy Farfel’s Farm

The pet-friendly downtown Boulder boutique shop, Farfel’s Farm, also rescues and adopts dogs through Farfel’s Friends Rescue. The rescue focuses on urgent need dogs from southern states, matching them with forever homes here in Colorado. Check out Farfel’s Farm on facebook here or at the Farfel’s Friends Rescue website here.

Gritty Pittie Rescue

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Maya, Photo Courtesy Gritty Pittie Rescue

Gritty Pittie Rescue, based in Longmont, is focused on the rescue and advocacy of pit bull dogs, but make themselves available to help any dog who finds themselves in need regardless of breed. The end goal is to be a matchmaker for dogs looking to land on the couch and in the arms of a responsible home and to find their people. To find out more about Gritty Pittie, follow them on facebook, or visit their website here.

Underdogs Animal Rescue

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June Carter and Johnny Cash, Photo Courtesy Underdogs Animal Rescue

Underdogs Animal Rescue is dedicated to changing the perception of the “underdog” – the forgotten ones, the misunderstood ones, the ones that get picked last (or don’t get picked at all). The rescue saves dogs from overcrowded shelters and places them with foster families as they diligently find forever homes for these deserving dogs. Follow Underdogs Animal Rescue on facebook or visit their website here.

Humane Society of Boulder Valley

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The Humane Society of Boulder Valley takes in dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds and other pets that are in need of a home. Providing shelter to over 7,000 animals a year, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley is in need of loving, stable homes to adopt these precious animals. You can follow them on facebook or visit the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to see adoptable animals here.

Mother Gaia Animal Rescue

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Spot, Photo Courtesy Mother Gaia Animal Rescue

Mother Gaia Animal Rescue, based in Lafayette, is a foster-based rescue that helps find homeless animals committed, loving families. If you are interested in adoption, or if you have room in your home to foster one of these doggies in need, check out Mother Gaia Animal Rescue’s facebook page or their adoptable dogs on petfinder..

Save the Giants

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Flaca, Photo Courtesy Save the Giants

Save the Giants has a Broomfield-based dog rescue (they also rescue throughout Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas), dedicated to rescuing and responsibly re-homing Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Great Pyrenees and English Mastiffs who are rescued from kill shelters and from dire situations/circumstances. To see adoptable dogs, check out their petfinder page, or follow them on facebook here.

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue

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Bart, Courtesy Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue is made up of a small group of volunteers that find and re-home labrador retrievers and lab mixes. Many of these dogs come from high-kill shelters in rural areas that cannot hold dogs for more than 4-5 days. Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue is able to save these dogs with a network of foster homes and eventually forever homes when families reach out to adopt these sweet dogs. If you are interested in adopting a lab, or if you have room in your home to foster a lab, visit Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue’s website or follow them on facebook for updates.

Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue

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Bags, Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue

Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue‘s mission is to rescue, foster, vet and rehome unwanted shelter animals and promote spay and neuter of all animals. The rescue is determined to end pet overpopulation with the Spay It Forward program, providing subsidized spay neuter surgeries for impoverished counties in the South West US. Check out Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue’s website and facebook page.

Do Over Dogs

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Cherry Crumbles, Photo Courtesy Do Over Dogs

Do Over Dogs is a Broomfield-based dog rescue, giving at-risk dogs a second chance at life. Dogs are rescued from high-kill shelters and placed in foster homes until a forever home can be found. To find out more about Do Over Dogs, follow them on facebook, or see their petfinder page here.

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies

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Bernie, Photo Courtesy Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies is a rescue group that helps place unwanted, abandoned or surrendered Golden Retrievers into loving forever homes. GRRR re-homes approximately 300 Golden Retrievers annually. To find out more about Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, follow them on facebook or visit their website.

Longmont Humane Society

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Shortstack, Photo Courtesy Longmont Humane Society

The Longmont Humane Society provides temporary shelter to thousands of animals every year including dogs, cats, small mammals and birds who are lost, abandoned or surrendered. The shelter also provides low cost spay and neutering, as well as dog training. To learn more, follow them on facebook here or check out adoptable animals here.


Practice Hygge in Boulder

January 21, 2018

Warm up these cold, dark days of winter in Colorado by practicing the principles of hygge (pronounced hue-gah), a Danish word meaning coziness and wellbeing. Hygge is much more than a simple term, it is a way of life that cultivates warmth, simplicity and comfort. Practicing these warming experiences is believed to promote feelings of happiness and can even help counter Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The best part is, hygge is a completely personal process, comprised of any and all experiences that give you the warm and fuzzies in the depths of winter. Here are a few examples of how people practice hygge.

Turn Off the Lights, Build a Fire (or Light a Candle)

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There’s something soothing about turning the lights off and cozying up to the fire, or dining by candlelight. Firelight sets a calming mood for a nice, quiet hygge night at home. If you don’t have a fireplace, candlelight will do just fine. Take this principle a step further. Put down your phone and turn off the tv, pick up a book or have a conversation with a loved one. Mindfulness and minimizing distractions can ease stress, allowing for a more peaceful atmosphere.

Indulge in Some Comfort Food

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Give in to those comfort food cravings every once in a while. Think warm and satisfying. Cinnamon rolls or porridge for breakfast, soups and breads for lunches, stews and casseroles for dinner. Whatever food makes you feel good, is hygge. If you aren’t super into baking or cooking, there are some amazing places around town for some true hygge treats. Spruce Cafe makes for a quick stop to grab a bowl of soup and a side of bread. They always have a variety, including a vegetarian option. Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery serves up a variety of delicious desserts – it’s one of my favorite spots for an afternoon treat and coffee.

Warming Drinks that Warm the Soul

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Speaking of coffee, warm drinks are a hygge essential! Whether you prefer cocoa, espresso, herbal tea, brewed coffee or a hot cocktail, warm drinks are sure to make you feel cozy. Brew up your own beverage at home or check out one of Boulder’s many local coffee shops and tea houses. Stop in at The Unseen Bean for a unique drink, like the Sweet Dreams Latte, made with spiced brown sugar mocha and cinnamon. Mmmmmmm… Or settle down for afternoon tea and cakes at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

Get Outdoors to Enjoy the Season

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Hygge is not just about cozying up indoors, it’s also about finding joy outdoors in the wintry season. On snowy days, feel like a kid again by trying out the epic sledding hill at Chautauqua Park. Take a whirl at old fashioned outdoor ice skating in Boulder or Louisville at WinterSkate. Enjoy a winter hike at Wonderland Lake or NCAR. Whatever you do, find something that allows you to soak up the fun of the season.

To learn more about hygge, check out The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking.


10 Must-Follow Boulder Instagrammers

October 19, 2017

Boulder’s gorgeous landscapes, amazing food, stunning hiking destinations and and nail-biting adventure sports have made for some jaw-dropping photos. Follow these 10 must-follow Boulder Instagrammers, guaranteed to keep your Insta feed filled with beautiful photographs, sure to inspire you to get out there and enjoy everything that Boulder has to offer.

#1 @glennasakawa

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See Boulder through the lens of Glenn Asakawa, Pulitzer Prize winner and CU Boulder’s Associate Director of Photography. Glenn will wow you with his photojournalistic style as well as amazing ability to capture Boulder’s most magical moments.

Follow Glenn on Instagram @glennasakawa.

#2 @theboulderhikerchick

Alli Fronzaglia, is the founder of Boulder Hiker Chicks, a local, open hiking group for women in Boulder. Follow Alli for hiking inspiration, mountain adventures and gorgeous Boulder landscapes.

Follow Alli Fronzaglia on Instagram @theboulderhikerchick.

#3 @BoulderGRUB

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BoulderGRUB features IG posts of CU foodies and their deliciously photo-worthy food finds around Boulder. Follow BoulderGRUB will only make you hungry, so be prepared!

Follow BoulderGRUB on Instagram @bouldergrub.

#4 @marysusanstults

Mary Susan Stults is a Boulder and international yoga instructor, as well as stand-up paddleboarder and meditation teacher. Follow Mary Susan for yoga, SUP and travel photos in and around Boulder, as well as all over the globe.

Follow Mary Susan Stults on Instagram @marysusanstults.

#5 @christopherweidner

Chris Weidner, rock climber and Daily Camera writer will make your hands sweat with his stunning photos of rock climbers in Boulder and around the world. Follow Chris if you enjoy adventure photography, rock climbing, and breathtaking landscapes.

Follow Chris Weidner on Instagram @christoperweidner.

#6 @eye.of.ty

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Ty Newcomb is a Boulder-based photographer, delivering dreamy scenes and ethereal landscapes to your Instagram feed. Follow Ty for mind-blowing scenes from Boulder and around the world.

Follow Ty Newcomb on Instagram @eye.of.ty.

#7 @microadventurefamily

Micro-Adventure Family is a Boulder-based family documenting its adventures in Boulder and around the country. Follow this family if you are looking for kid-friendly adventure ideas, family travel tips and travel photos.

Follow Micro-Adventure Family on Instagram @microadventurefamily.


Stephen Shelesky is an outdoor adventure and travel photographer, focusing on landscapes and skiing. Follow Stephen for awesome Boulder photos as well as adventure photography in Colorado and around the world.

Follow Stephen Shelesky on Instagram @stephenshelesky.

#8 @christenbrowntri



Christen Brown is a pro triathlete based in Boulder. Follow Christen for training inspiration for running, biking and swimming, as well as fun travel photos and local landscapes.

Follow Christen Brown on Instagram @christenbrowntri.

#9 @barefootatlas

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Caitlin of @barefootatlas is a Boulder-based photographer who focuses on landscapes, self portraits and travel photography. Follow Caitlin for beautiful local shots, photography inspiration, as well as ethereal portraits.

Follow Caitlin on Instagram @barefootatlas.

#10 @traveledeyes

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@traveledeyes is a photo journal of outdoor life in Boulder. Follow @traveledeyes for a stunning view of outdoor adventure, triathlon training, as well as local landscapes.

Follow @traveledeyes on Instagram.

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Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Boulder

August 26, 2017
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It’s pretty great to be a dog in Boulder. Colorado canines enjoy everything that life could possibly offer — access to super fun dog parks, the very best hiking, great swimming spots, as well as more relaxing activities like hanging with their human pals at the local brewery. I don’t know about your dog, but mine assumes he is invited everywhere I’m going, and he is almost always right! For National Dog Day, I put together a list of my favorite things to do in and around Boulder with my best furry friend.

#1 Hike One of Boulder’s Beautiful Trails

Dogs are at their happiest outside, exploring the world. Boulder has a ton of amazing options for hikes — here are two of my favorites. The Tenderfoot Trail, a meandering, easy Boulder hike, perfect for enjoying some time outdoors with your dog of any age or ability. Totaling just a little under 2 miles there and back, this trail gains only 345 feet of elevation, and boasts amazing mountain views, as well as beautiful wildflowers. If your dog craves more of a challenge, Kohler Mesa Trail is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado. A moderately difficult hike, this trail starts with a steep elevation climb, then backs off with an easier trail. With any hiking, be sure to bring plenty of water and a bowl to keep your pup hydrated and happy!

#2 Take Your Best Friend to the Park

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Boulder offers four dog parks around town, there is sure to be one near you! East Boulder Dog ParkFoothills Dog Park & Valmont Dog Park all have separate areas for small and large breed dogs to meet up, play and have a fantastic time! There is also a fourth park, Howard Heuston Dog Park that is available to dogs with voice and sight control tags. For more information on the dog parks, click here. For information regarding voice and sight control tags, click here.

#3 Bring Your Furry Buddy to a Brewery

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Many breweries in and around Boulder are dog-friendly! Avery Brewing is known for it’s dog-friendly patio seating, great service (wait staff will bring your dog a bowl of water!), as well as world-class craft brews. Boulder Beer offers outdoor seating for patrons with furry friends as well as a “dog door” to access the outdoor area. They are known for taking care of furry customers with a nice bowl of water, as well as offering their human friends delicious food and fresh beer. Outside of Boulder, 4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield is known for it’s dog-friendly tasting room. Since no food is served at the brewery, dogs are allowed inside! Not to worry, if you get hungry, there is almost always a food truck available (food truck schedule here). The brewery also offers incredible craft brews, spacious outdoor seating and close proximity to a public indoor dog pool, pet spa, pet supply shop and animal hospital.

#4 Take Your Dog Swimming

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My dog hates the water, but for some dogs — water is absolute heaven! There are a handful of places to take your pup for a swim in and around Boulder. At the East Boulder Dog Park, there is a small pond where dogs are permitted to take a dip. West Lake at Twin Lakes in Gunbarrel (right across the street from Avery Brewing!) is a local favorite, a nice spot for both a hike and a swim. After Labor Day during the off season, Boulder Reservoir allows dogs to swim at the South Shore. Until then, check out nearby Coot Lake, which always allows dogs.

Happy National Dog Day!

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Free Yoga Classes in Boulder – International Day of Yoga

June 20, 2017
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Take a yoga class for FREE in (and around) Boulder today! To celebrate International Day of Yoga, I have put together a list of free (and donation-based) classes this week to get you started (or re-started!) on your yoga practice. Yoga transforms both body and mind and has been so effective for so many that this physical, mental and spiritual practice is over 5,000 years old. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.

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Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru notes the importance of June 21 in the yogic tradition: “On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.”

Free Yoga In and Around Boulder this Week

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Wednesday, June 21 (International Day of Yoga!)

Community Yoga with Tania
12 – 1PM @PrAna Boulder 1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Yoga for Smiles with Raj Seymour
5:30 – 6:30PM @Core Power Yoga – South Boulder 645 27th Way, Boulder, CO 80305
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Yoga Day! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation is $10. Enjoy free samples from Blue Moose of Boulder and Bobo’s Oat Bars after class!

Yoga for Smiles with Noëlle de Boulder
5 – 6PM @Core Power Yoga – Boulder on The Hill
1129 13th St, 2nd Floor, Boulder, CO 80302 
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Day of Yoga! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation $10.

Yoga for Smiles with Laura
5 – 6PM @Core Power Yoga – North Boulder 
3280 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Day of Yoga! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation $10.

Thursday, June 22

Community Yoga with Alec
12 – 1PM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Neighborhood Yoga Series with Jenna Bee Yoga & Olivia Hsu
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM @North Boulder Park,
 2848 9th St, Boulder, CO 80304
This free series is sponsored by WonderPress, prAna, Topo Designs, and Zeal Optics. Open to the public, donations encouraged.

Outlaw Yoga with Mark Stefanowski
7PM @The Village at the Peaks Mall in Longmont – Village Green, 1250 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501
This free all levels community class hosted by Outlaw Yoga is sponsored by The Village at the Peaks Mall in Longmont along with Whole Foods and Hiball Energy Founding. Come for class and hang around for fun after.

Qoya Yoga & Dance with Sarah Silvas-Bernstein
7:15- 8:15PM @Earth Yoga Boulder3000 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Qoya classes, which are a blend of yoga,dance, and community connection, are based on the idea that through movement we remember. This class is donation-based. Sign up here.

Friday, June 23

Community Yoga with Maggie
12 – 1PM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Community Yoga at Odyssey Yoga in Longmont
5 – 6PM @Odyssey Yoga340 Lashley St, Longmont, CO 80504
Join us for an all-levels Flow led by graduates of Odyssey’s Teacher Training! This FREE class will be accepting donations for local and national charities and organizations.

Saturday, June 24

Community Yoga with Lynsay
10:30 – 11:30AM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Summer Solstice Yoga with Terese Shanley
9-10AM @Athleta Boulder, 1133 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Unite with the power of breath, light and movement within your own body! Through a focused series or breath-work and holds, Terese will guide us to connect with our own life force to change our energy and set our intentions as we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Arrive at Athleta Boulder 10 minutes before the start of class to register, meet the instructor and relax with your mat. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one! This event is sponsored by Eldorado Springs Water. Free Parking in the Spruce Street Garage on Saturdays, 1 block North of Athleta

Heated CorePower C1 Class with Katarina
4:30 – 5:30PM @CorePower Yoga – Westminster, 11940 Bradburn Blvd #600, Westminster, CO 80031
Unroll your yoga mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll explore the yoga postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga in Westminster. Our C1 class is set to inspiring tunes, and is a foundation-building yoga class that will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace. This class will be heated.

Heated CorePower C1 Class with Stephanie
5:30 – 6:30PM @CorePower Yoga – Broomfield Flatirons, 549 Flatiron Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021
Unroll your yoga mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll explore the yoga postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield. Our C1 class is set to inspiring tunes, and is a foundation-building yoga class that will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace. This class will be heated.

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Sunday, June 25

Community Yoga with Devon
2 -3PM @PrAna Boulder 1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Community Kundalini and LIVE Gong
8 – 9AM @The Little Yoga Studio, 
2525 Arapahoe Ave, E-42, Boulder, CO 80302
Practice Kundalini Yoga at The Little Yoga Studio as taught by yogi Bhajan, is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. Practitioners call Kundalini Yoga the yoga of awareness because it focuses on the expansion of sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness and merge it with the Infinite consciousness. 

Summer Sundays on the Hill – CorePower Yoga with Daniel
9 – 10AM @The Hill, 
1325 Broadway Suite 214, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Lululemon is teaming up with CorePower Yoga on The Hill for the first month of “Summer Sundays on the Hill.” This summer, the city will be closing 13th street on Sunday mornings and will celebrate summer with FREE outside CorePower yoga.

OUTLAW Yoga with Mark Stefanowski
10:30 – 11:30AM @Rails End Beer Company – Broomfield, 11625 Reed Ct B, Broomfield, CO 80020
Join Founding OUTLAW Mark Stefanowski for a donation-based all levels OUTLAW Yoga Class in Broomfield, CO at Rails End Beer Company.

Free Community Class at Yoga Loft
11AM – 12PM @Yoga Loft of Boulder, 633 S Broadway n, Boulder, CO 80305
This is a spirited and spontaneous yoga class inspired by recent graduates of Yoga Loft‘s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. These non-heated yoga classes are structured with all levels in mind. Come join in the fun and support these new teachers as they practice sharing their passion for yoga.

Yoga Sculpt: CorePower FREE Teacher-in-Training Class
12 – 1PM @Core Power Yoga – Boulder on The Hill 1129 13th St, 2nd Floor, Boulder, CO 80302 
CorePower‘s Yoga Sculpt combines muscle and yoga. Boost metabolism and build lean muscle mass as you move to upbeat tracks. You’ll combine free weights with CorePower Yoga 2 sequencing and cardio to intensify each yoga pose while mixing in strength-training moves like squats, lunges and bicep curls.

Qoya Yoga & Dance with Sarah Silvas-Bernstein
12:30 – 1:30PM @Earth Yoga Boulder, 3000 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Qoya classes, which are a blend of yoga,dance, and community connection, are based on the idea that through movement we remember. This class is donation-based. Sign up here.

Free Community Yoga with Out Boulder County
1 – 2PM @Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St, Boulder, Colorado 80301
Bring your mat and enjoy a bendy, fun, relaxing, and body-affirming hour of yoga! All abilities and flexibilities (gender, sexuality, limbs) are welcome. No mat? No worries. . . there will be mats available to use. Cost: Donation based, all proceeds benefit Out Boulder County. All inquires contact Out Boulder County.

Free Beginner’s Class with Kelse
2:30 – 3:30PM @CorePower Yoga – Broomfield East, 3700 W 144th Ave c100, Broomfield, CO 80020
Try out this free beginner’s yoga class at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield (East).

Seva Teacher Training Graduates Give Back Donation Class
3 – 4PM @Yoga Pod Boulder, Yoga Pod‘s recent Seva Teacher Training graduates are inspired to give back by offering a donation class, benefiting the Give Back Yoga Foundation. This energetic vinyasa class is suitable for all levels of practitioner. Modifications will be offered for beginner level students while more advanced students can also expect a good challenge. Classes are diverse, as the specific teacher will bring their own creative element, however all classes will focus on proper alignment techniques and safe and intelligent sequencing progressions. Some previous yoga experience is suggested. Classes are 60 minutes long.

Can’t make it this week? Check out this awesome resource for free yoga classes in Boulder here.

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5 Fun Things to Do with Dad for Father’s Day in Boulder

June 16, 2017

Having a hard time deciding what to do with the dad in your life on Father’s Day? I’ve put together a list of unique, fun things to do this Sunday for Father’s Day in Boulder. Whether he loves brews, BBQ, classic cars, go karts or music, there are a ton of fun places to take Dad this weekend, in and around Boulder!

Go Kart with Dad at Gateway Park Fun Center

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Photo Courtesy Trip Advisor

Where: Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 North 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: 10AM – 10PM

Cost: Prices vary based on activity (admission is free) – view full pricing here.

Gateway Park Fun Center is a dad’s dream come true (and so fun for kids too!). Opened in the 1980s, this park has maintained tons of original features, giving it an eclectic, old school feel that will bring you back to your childhood. Many activities include 18-hole mini golf courses — choose from the Windmill Course or the Castle Course, or play both!! The park also offers a full-size driving range for avid golfers.

The park also offers bumper cars, as well as single-seat and double-seat go carts. Gateway is home to Boulder’s only batting cages, with a variety of pitch speeds for softball and baseball. The arcade is filled with different kinds of video and interactive games. Many of the games spit out tickets which can be traded in for fun prizes at the end of your visit. Gateway offers a snack bar as well as a picnic area.

Take Dad for a Beer at a Local Brewery

Photo Courtesy of FATE Brewing Company

There are so many amazing local breweries, I couldn’t choose just one! Many breweries in and around town are offering awesome deals for dads this Sunday for Father’s Day.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons is featuring BBQ shrimp, salmon, and andouille sausage with cheesy mac and coleslaw. Cans of Dale’s Pale Ale will be $2 all day. For the little ones, there will be plenty of delicious kid-friendly options as well as a bouncy castle!

Boulder Beer is hosting a Pig Roast at the Pub to honor dad for Father’s Day! $14/ plate includes smoked pork, two sides, BBQ black beans, macaroni salad and Chef Logan Wolff‘s homemade biscuits!

FATE Brewing Company is celebrating father’s day by offering every dad one free core beer pint. Every father. All day.

Wonderland Brewing in Broomfield is offering a free beer to all dads on Father’s Day.

Deals or no, Boulder has a long list of amazing breweries. Click here for the full list.

Take Dad to a Car Show

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Photo Courtesy Hazel’s Beverage World

Where: Hazel Parking Lot, 1955 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

When: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Hazel’s Beverage World is hosting the Show & Shine Car Show in the parking lot this Sunday for Father’s Day. This is a family friendly event, open to the public with free food provided by MillerCoors. Have a car that you want to show? Classic, muscle, custom, new performance, and special interest cars welcome, no registration required. Participants are asked to display for a minimum of 2 hours. As a thank you for showing your car, show participants will receive a Hazel’s gift card.

Take Dad to See Drive-By Truckers & Rose Hill Drive at Chautauqua Auditorium

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Photo Courtesy Rose Hill Drive Facebook Page

Where: Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80302

When: June 17, 7:30PM

Cost: $35 – $50

Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with “American Band,” they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. On Saturday night, Drive-By truckers will be performing with Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive at Chautauqua Auditorium.

Take Dad Out for Some Amazing BBQ

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Photo Courtesy LuLu’s BBQ

Every dad I know loves some great BBQ… If you and dad aren’t up to grilling this Father’s Day, don’t worry — there are plenty of amazing BBQ spots in and around Boulder! Here are some of our favorites, listed by city.


A Colorado original and a Boulder favorite for over 20 years, KT’s BBQ serves Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides. Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!). My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Boulder at 2660 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304 & 7464 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Moe’s Original BBQ serves quick Southern-style BBQ with rotating sides, so you can try something new every time. Located near campus at 675 30th St, Boulder, CO 80303.


LuLu’s BBQ in Louisville is a casual sit-down restaurant, serving Texas-style BBQ with a TON of amazing sides to choose from including fried okra, potato salad, corn bread and so much more. Lulu’s also has a full bar – ask for the amazing Texas slush! Great spot for bringing the kids, Lulu’s has a kids menu that includes kids favorites like hot dogs, mac and cheese and pb&j as well as a BBQ option. Located at 701 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.


If you want some Wayne’s Smoke Shack – True Texas BBQ this weekend, you’ll need to take Dad for an early Father’s Day lunch as Wayne’s isn’t open Sundays. This lunch-only chain is hugely popular for its Texas-style sold-by-the-pound meat. Located at 406 Center Dr, Superior, CO 80027.


My husband recently tried the new UTurn BBQ in Lafayette, and was blown away by the taste as well as the amazing portions and sides that come along with a meal. UTurn offers a selection of American BBQ styles, try their Texas Brisket, Carolina Pork, Southern Chicken, or Kansas Rib. While you are there, treat Dad to a fresh brew from UTurn’s own in-house brewery. Did I mention they have a drive-thru?? Located at 599 Crossing Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.


The Rib House has been serving mouth-watering Kansas City-style BBQ in Colorado for over 16 years. Try the award-winning Tracy’s Illegal Pork Babyback Ribs, and don’t forget my favorite specialty, the mac and cheese wedges. The Rib House also has a ton of amazing desert options. Located at .


Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!) at the Broomfield KT’s BBQ,serving the same Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides as the original restaurant in Boulder. My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Broomfield at KT’s BBQ799 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Another Colorado original, brothers Chris and Nick O’Sullivan run Brother’s BBQ featuring a variety of American BBQ styles. Try the pulled pork or hot link sandwich paired with your choice of BBQ sauce. Kids will love the mac and cheese. There is even a vegetarian option! Tofu BBQ sandwich.And the fries are incredible. Located in Broomfield at 565 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

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Colorado’s National Parks – National Park Week

April 13, 2017
National Park Week

National Park Week begins this weekend! To celebrate, the National Parks Service is granting free admission to ALL National Parks for the weekend of April 15-16 and April 22-23. Take an adventure by visiting one of Colorado’s four amazing and diverse national parks. I’ve put together a guide for all of Colorado’s National Parks below!

#1 Rocky Mountain National Park

Nymph Lake, Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

Nymph Lake, Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

A Colorado favorite, Rocky Mountain National Park is a great escape into nature. The park encompasses 415 square miles of natural settings including some of Colorado’s highest mountains, lush evergreen forests and fascinating wildlife. Stop by the Alpine Visitor Center to pick up information on the park. RMNP offers many hiking trails for people of all ages and abilities. A favorite, accessible trail for people of all ages is Bear Lake – the trail loops around beautiful Bear Lake, with gorgeous views of Hallet Peak. More adventurous hikers will enjoy trails like Alberta Falls and Nymph Lake. RMNP offers great camping options, but these sites are extremely popular – be sure to book in advance! During the summer season (after Memorial weekend), Trail Ridge Road opens to drivers, a famed scenic byway at the top of the continental divide. The drive is not for the faint of heart with its steep inclines and hairpin turns.

RMNP is just over an hour-drive from Boulder. Estes Park, located just east of RMNP offers plenty of shopping, lodging and dining for park visitors. Entrance Fee to Rocky Mountain National Park is usually $20/car per day, $30/car for a 7-day pass. Annual Passes are $60. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

#2 Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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Photo Courtesy Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is home to the tallest dunes in North America. The park offers endless opportunities for fun and adventure through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! Enjoy the views of Colorado’s beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains from this exquisite and unique Colorado ecosystem. Favorite hikes include the dunes themselves, Mosca Pass Trail and Zapata Falls. The Park offers campgrounds from $20/per night. Reservations can be made here.

The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is just over a four hour-drive from Boulder. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

#3 Mesa Verde National Park

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Cliff Palace, Photo Courtesy Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park offers a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people of Southwestern Colorado, who made Mesa Verde their home for over 700 years (AD 550 to 1300). Mesa Verde National Park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Many of these beautifully preserved dwellings are available only for observation during the spring season. There are many hikes and scenic drives to enjoy these fascinating views. Stop by the Mesa Verde Visitor Center to inquire about seasonal openings, purchase tickets and learn more about the history of Mesa Verde.

The park also houses the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, featuring dioramas, exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and more. If you are interested in taking a tour through a dwelling, the Balcony House is open during the spring. A ticket purchase is required (available at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez or at the park’s Visitor Center) and tours begin every hour between the hours of 10am – 4pm. Tickets are $5/person. The Balcony House involves a climb up at 32-foot ladder, as well as descending a 100-foot staircase. As it can be strenuous, it is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems.

Mesa Verde is a seven-hour drive from Boulder. Camping and lodging options available. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

#4 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Photo Courtesy Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Described as a vertical wilderness, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is an expansive space featuring steep cliffs, craggy spices and breathtaking formations. Adventurers can enjoy the Black Canyon’s stunning wilderness in so many ways – scenic driving, hiking the inner canyon, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing and more!  Stay in one of the park’s campgrounds or in nearby Crested Butte or Montrose. Some of the roads are open seasonally as weather permits, be sure to check in at the South Rim Visitor Center for more information.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just over 5 hours-drive from Boulder. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. Annual Pass $30. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

Happy National Parks Week!