from Travel Boulder
Local food and dining is a major part of the Boulder community, and this year, more than ever, it’s important that we support our culinary neighbors! An opportunity to do just that is on the horizon this week as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.
With 2020 having caused many of us to become reacquainted with our kitchens on a daily basis, cooking up a full Thanksgiving splendor can seem like a looming task. As COVID-19 cases rise, county and state officials are begging Coloradans to avoid private gatherings among two or more households. It is advised that traditional Turkey Day feasts with multiple generations and larger groups hold off until next year, and that gatherings be hosted virtually, meaning many at-home cooks will bear the full responsibility of creating a usually collaborative meal, or perhaps not attempt this massive undertaking at all.
Fear not: You can still get your Thanksgiving flavor fix in Boulder, support local restaurants, and stay COVID-safe by ordering a professionally prepared, cook-at-home feast. Check out a great list of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving takeout here! All that will be left for you do do will be to power up the Zoom to talk to Grandma (there are no time limits on Zoom calls this year for the holiday!), set the table, and wear your mask to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner (and likely lunch the next day, and the next, and the next).
Stay safe & healthy!
Our hearts go out to all the people who have been affected by the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fires in the Boulder area over the past few days. We have several clients who have lost homes, and so many people looking for ways to help.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has listed information on their website about volunteering and donations. There are many donation restrictions due to COVID-19, so through the Boulder County Community Foundation, they have set up a 2020 Fires Relief Fund.
For updates on both fires, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management has created a Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fires Facebook Page.
There is a Virtual Community Meeting on Facebook, October 20th at 730 PM: https://www.facebook.com/events/681744022472350/
The BOEM website also has other great resources, like this Emergency Preparedness Guide.
Also, here is a resource about how to put together an emergency kit.
The State of Colorado also offers resources like these Insurance Tips for Coloradans Impacted by Wildfires.
At Colorado Landmark, Realtors, we love this community that we live and work in, and are here to support you however we can. If there are other ways that we can be of assistance during this difficult time, please reach out to us!
Thanks to The Saul Team for all of their hard work and dedication to this cause, the 2020 One Warm Coat Drive will be available for drop offs at our Louisville office at 1002 Griffith Street OR at Land Title in Lafayette from 8am – 5pm daily.
For pickup, we will be collecting coats throughout Boulder County and Westminster/ Broomfield on November 4th & 5th! Send The Saul Team a message from their Facebook page to be added to the route here.
Help us make this year the best drive yet!!
Amidst the fires in Colorado and California that are threatening so many homes, businesses and the health of thousands, disaster preparedness is top of mind for many, including the team at Organization & Relocation.
The American Red Cross recommends developing a family disaster plan and having an emergency kit – do you feel ready to act quickly if a disaster strikes? Get prepared with tools and resources from the American Red Cross below.
PREPARE FOR FALL
1. Store, Sort & Categorize
Before you begin the overhaul, determine where you will be storing your summer clothes. Make piles for keep, discard, and donate. Get rid of unwanted clothes or clothes that do not fit – if you don’t like them now, you probably won’t next Summer either!
2. Comb Through That Closet
Has work from home life changed your day to day wardrobe? Take inventory of your current “work” clothes and if that pant suit ship has sailed, place it in the donation pile! As you hang those Fall sweaters, ask yourself it that sweater brings you joy! No? Time to go!
3. Furnace Inspection
Hire an HVAC professional to check heating efficiency, test for leaks and change the filter. Also, check for drafts by using a lighted candle around doors and windows and if you see a flicker, inspect for broken or cracked seals.
4. Organize the Shed
As summer items begin to fill up shed space, now is a good time to sort, purge and organize remaining items. Move summer items to the back and winter items to the front for easy access.
5. Set Your Kids Up For Success
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a hectic experience if you’re organized! Label and organize your child’s homeschooling area – for better learning and your own peace of mind!
A few of our favorite organizing tools
It’s already almost August! This summer has been one full of finding new ways to stay active and keeping the family entertained. Here is a list of some great end of summer activities and fun for everyone to enjoy, while also staying safe and 6 feet apart of course!
Virtual classes and entertainment have never been so important and exciting! From concerts and festivals to art gallery tours and Yoga you can almost do it all still, from the safety of your home!
Virtual Bands on the Bricks – Wednesdays, July 15th – August 5th, 2020 from 7-8 pm. Boulder County’s premier outdoor summer concert series has gone online! Nothing brings a community together like music and dance and this summer, nothing is going to stop us! While we can’t all be together in person…you can still bring the music right into your home! Downtown Boulder proudly presents Bands Above the Bricks – coming to you virtually from high above the Pearl Street Mall.
Food Lab – Offering virtual summer camps!
Frasca Food & Wine Dinner Kit – “At Home With” Dinner Kit and Virtual Guide. Bringing the restaurants of Frasca Hospitality Group into your home. Each week features a dinner kit complete with prepared ingredients and a bottle of hand selected wine. View a step by step recipe guide from the included video guide.
Golfing is a great way to avoid crowds and get some fresh air, it’s also a great way keep a safe distance from friends, while still enjoying their company! Here is a list of local, public golf courses to check out.
Flatirons Golf Course – If you are not sick, symptom free and feel safe to golf, please enjoy a round at Flatirons. The course will remain open when everyone adheres to all the safety and physical distancing requirements. View re-opening rules and procedures here.
Foothills Golf Course & Meadows Golf Club – Open and has adapted aggressive policies to address health and safety for golf operations based on State and County public health orders. Before arriving for your tee time, please review the new policies here.
Indian Peaks Golf Course – Opened with strict guidelines in place to keep the health and safety of staff and guests as the top priority. Golf Club staff will be strictly enforcing the safety guidelines and anyone that cannot respect them will be asked to leave. Carefully review guidelines here.
Haystack Mountain Golf Course – Feeling cooped up but want to avoid gatherings? Relax and breathe easy, The Haystack Mountain course is open and committed to taking all necessary precautions the ensure the health and well-being of golfers and staff. Please review guidelines here.
Coal Creek Golf Course – Open for play and operating under a COVID-19 reopening policy. Social distancing is required and will be enforced, please review and follow the published rules and regulations here.
Twin Peaks Golf Course – Tee times are now available from 6am – 6pm. Boulder County Public Health guidelines are in place and must be followed by patrons of the City of Longmont Golf Courses, and will be enforced by staff. Clubhouses will not be open. Review guidelines before arrival here.
Take the family out for some sun and a splash! Tubing, paddle boarding and kayaking are all awesome ways to get outside to play, and stay safely apart!
Whitewater Tubing & Recreation – Now taking reservations! Experience tubing, rafting, paddle boarding, kayaks and canoes. Rentals, sales and instruction available. Have fun safely on the water, every piece of equipment is sanitized in between every use with bleach and soap. Employees have face protection, are washing their hands frequently and using hand sanitizer. Drive through only for check in to minimize any contact and encouraging social distancing. Also, all employee temperatures are checked before the start of every shift. Enjoy the great outdoors this summer safely!
Boulder Reservoir – 700 acres of wowing Flatiron views. Rent stand-up paddle boards on site from either the Rocky Mountain Paddleboard tent (set up in the morning and afternoon on the shore at Hobbie Haven, right by the crew boats, until mid-October) or from the reservoir boathouse.
The Rivers Path Guided Canoe Trips – Profound canoe experiences… at nature’s pace. Experience the magic of a hidden gem on the Front Range for a day trip! Following all COVID-19 protocols which can be found from the main website.
Wilderness Rides & Guides – Open, ready for business and are available for calls, questions and reservations for summer 2020! Enjoy backpacking and multi-day hiking, mountain biking and bike tours as well as fly fishing and rock climbing. You can even zip line and whitewater raft! View company COVID-19 updates and guidelines here.
Don’t leave your furry friends out on all the action! Dog parks and walking trails are also a great way to social distance while exercising and spending some time with your best friend! Please review Dog Park Rules & Etiquette here.
East Boulder Dog Park – 5660 Sioux Dr. Fenced area for both large and small dogs. There is a concrete barrier in the lake that some dogs are able to climb – Large area is about 1.5 acres.
-Small area is about .45 acres.
-There is limited water access to a small lake.
NOTE: Be careful as water quality can vary. Pick up and remove pet excrement to assist with water quality issues. Algae bloom information.
Foothills Dog Park – 800 Cherry Ave. Two acre fenced park with a separate areas for both small and large dogs. – Large area is about 1.6 acres
– Small area is about .5 acres
Howard Heuston Off-leash Dog Area – 34th & Iris, then south to O’Neal Parkway. Please note this as an ‘off-leash dog area’ and has different rules than a ‘dog park’.Please visit the Howard Heuston webpage for a summary of the rules.
– Voice and Sight Control area is designated north of the partial fence only.
– The remainder of the park is leash law.
– The size of the Voice and Sight area is about 1.25 acres.
Valmont Dog Park – approx 5300 Valmont
Fenced area for both large and small dogs. – Large area is about 3 acres.
– Small area is about .25 acres.
– It is a dog park at Valmont City Park .
– A water spigot is available seasonally.
Tail-Wag-Worthy Trails can be found below! Check out Boulder’s color-coded dog regulation map here, that tells you the exact rules for each trail in Boulder. Be a good human and always clean up after your pet! Always be cautious of algae blooms!
Wonderland Lake Trailhead in North Boulder is a nice, leisurely jaunt around a gorgeous glassy lake with Flatiron views in the distance.
South Mesa Trailhead has a network of pleasant trails crossing the South Boulder Creek. Avoid Towhee Trail however, which is closed to dogs.
Chautauqua Trailhead is a popular choice for bikers with their dogs, a variety of trails will put you up close to the Flatirons.
Be safe and have fun out there!
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It’s almost the 4th of July in Colorado and, of course, things are going to be looking pretty different for us this year!
We have adapted to so many changes over the past few months and have learned a great deal of new ways to stay connected, and continue to enjoy some of our favorite moments and holidays.
There will still be fireworks shows and parades held, but most will be virtual and not in person events. Here is a list of cities that are trying new approaches for 4th of July Celebrations! Due to COVID-19 and fire dangers, all events are subject to change.
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Erie’s Parks and Recreation Department is offering “Porch Party Kits” with crafts and games to celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks. They are available through the city’s website.
Longmont’s plans are up in the air, though the city may still hold it’s fireworks celebration on July 4th at 9:30 pm Text LOCO4TH to 888777 or check the city website for more information.
Brighton canceled its celebration in the park, but there will still be fireworks beginning at dusk on the Fourth of July. The display from eastern Brighton will be broadcast on channels 8 and 881, as well as on the city’s facebook page.
Berthoud will still hold its fireworks display on July 3, starting around 9:15 pm. The fire department will set off fireworks from Waggener Farms, though gatherings are prohibited on the property. They also will set them off higher in the sky, so they can be seen from a greater distance and home viewing.
Loveland is collaborating with Fort Collins and Larimer County for its first drive-in fireworks display at The Ranch Events Complex. The gates open at 7:30 pm for cars to enter and fill the parking lots. Participants must remain in or near their cars. Fireworks will start at about 9:15 pm, and viewers can tune in to 96.1 KISS-FM for music to accompany the show.
Windsor fireworks start at 9:10 pm. Instead of Boardwalk Park, this year’s fireworks display will be launched between the Poudre River Trail to the north and New Liberty Rd. to the south and between 7th St. to the east and Colorado Blvd. to the west. This location is considered to be the highest point in town. For those who won’t be able to see it from their home, residents are asked to disperse into open spaces, along sidewalks and on bike paths, observing physical distancing guidelines. On-site viewing will not be available.
Firestone fireworks are moving back to Saddleback Golf Course and will be shot-off just north of the 15th hole around 9:30 pm, visible from Miner’s Park. The Town of Firestone will have parking available for an excellent view of the show at the property that surrounds Town Hall. Food Trucks will be available in the Town Hall parking lot. All participating Food Vendors will have online ordering options for your health and safety. Information on participating Food Trucks will be available the week prior to the event on the website as well as Facebook page.
Colorado Spring’s 4th of July Symphony on Your Porch, from 8:30-10 pm, Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s annual patriotic concert will be broadcast on local radio stations while fireworks will light up the night sky from various locations. Fireworks will also be streamed live.
Morrison’s Bandimere Speedway: Jet Car Nationals & Family Festival is a festival with drag racing, live music, troop salute, jet cars and more at the Speedway. Elimination rounds start at 12:30 pm, Pre-race ceremony at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm and fireworks at about 9:45 pm Tickets run $18 to $30 in advance, $21 to $33 at the gate. Parking is $15. Discount coupons available at participating Brakes Plus & Chick-fil-a locations. Those in the vicinity should be able to see the fireworks. Check the Speedway website for radio stations carrying simulcasts of the music.
Cities with Canceled Fourth of July Shows
- Denver: Civic Center park, Coors Field, Empower Field
- Green Valley Ranch
- Highlands Ranch
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Every year, Boulder Weekly runs a survey for all readers and friends of Boulder County to vote for their favorite businesses that make living here so great and this year, for the 24th annual Best of Boulder publication Colorado Landmark, Realtors has been awarded the Silver Medal.
What an honor to be selected for this highly coveted award by many thousands of neighbors and peers alike, as one of the best and top Real Estate agencies in this gorgeous place we call home!
Click here to read the Best of Boulder 2020 digital edition
Thank You Boulder!
It’s official! Colorado restaurants can resume in-person dining.
Check below to see if any of your local favorites are on the list for Boulder County
*We recommend calling ahead!
1039 Pearl Street
Serving a limited menu to guests with a reservation
The Flagstaff House
1138 Flagstaff Road
Best restaurant views in Boulder! Call or visit Open Table for a reservation, but note all outdoor and window tables cannot be reserved and will be seated on a first come, first serve basis
Frasca Food & Wine
1738 Pearl Street
Boulder’s swanky spot is now open to reservations only; make yours at Tock
Jax Fish House
928 Pearl Street
Dinning room open to guests with reservations
1837 Pearl Street
Patio is now open for guests!
Oak at Fourteenth
1400 Pearl Street
Patio is open for first come, first served seating. Dinning room will open for in-house seating on Wednesday, June 17th
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
Multiple Boulder – area locations
Open with single-use menus and a maximum of six guests per table
1730 Pearl Street
Open to reservations only, available through Tock
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
1101 Walnut Street
Dinning room is open!
Salt the Bistro
Dine in the dinning room or on one of two expanded patios
Santo New Mexican Eatery
1265 Alpine Avenue
New outdoor seating available, reservations strongly recommended
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
1701 Pearl Street
Dinning room is open!
Roadhouse Boulder Depot
2366 Junction Place
In-house dinning available
Louisville, Lafayette & Niwot
121 Second Avenue, Niwot
Open for dine-in service with initial hours of 4 to 8pm Wednesday – Sunday
Lucky Pie Pizza
7916 Niwot Road, Niwot
Now offering patio service for Friday and Saturday nights from 4-8pm to reservations only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation
820 Main Street, Louisville
Now open for dine-in service
817 Main Street, Louisville
Now open for dine-in service daily
Zucca Italian Restaurant
808 Main Street, Louisville
Now open for limited in-house dining! Reservations are highly recommended as they have limited capacity and are ensuring proper social distancing
The Melting Pot
732 Main Street, Louisville
Re-opened with reduced capacity. Reservation only for 4-course dining experience
700 Main Street, Louisville
Now Open! Limited in-house dining and take-out available
917 Front Street, Suite 100, Louisville
Open for dine-in service with modified hours
740 Front Street, Louisville
Offering outdoor patio service & curbside pickup, reservations recommended
1006 Pine Street, Louisville
Enjoy the outdoor patio!
802 S. Public Road D
This breakfast joint is open with indoor and outdoor seating
2770 Arapahoe Road
This fish and chips joint is now seating customers in the dining room
The Post Brewing Co.
Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont locations! Dinning rooms currently open, make your reservation on Open Table
Lucile’s Creole Cafe
518 Kimbark Street
Dinning rooms officially re-opened
Farmers Markets will look a little different this year, but here are some options to shop safely and support your local farms.
Reservations are strongly encouraged at several of them, and will ensure you get to shop while walking up is not guaranteed. As each opening day approaches your respective market channel will explain how to best interact with markets at this time.
Visit www.bcfm.org for more information on reserving a shopping window and to access social distancing guidelines.
Fort Collins – Opens May 24: Sundays, 10am – 2pm. Located at 1001 E. Harmony Road.
Louisville – Opens May 23: Saturdays, 9am – 1pm. Located at 824 Front Street.
Erie – Opens May 21: Thursday’s, 5pm – 8pm. Located on Briggs Street.
Broomfield – Opens June 9: Tuesdays, 4pm – 7pm Located at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church at 1700 W. 10th Ave.
Arvada – Opens June 7: Sundays, 9am – 1:30pm. Located off 57th & Old Wadsworth.
Golden – Opens June 6: Saturdays, 8am – 1pm. Located at the Golden Public Library Parking Lot at 1019 10th Street.
Local farm stands will also be selling fresh produce, while following social distancing guidelines. Check out who is gearing up for the season below!
Cure Organic Farm – Open daily from 12pm – 5pm (weather permitting). Located at 7416 Valmont Road, Boulder.
Sunbeam Farm – Open daily until Mid June. Located at 1005 Cerryvale Road, Boulder.