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!
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!
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.
The Value of Home is More Important Than Ever Before
While we are so grateful to have our homes, especially during this time of Sheltering in Place, being cooped up in your home can get monotonous. How are you spending your time each day? Here are some ideas to spend the time that help stimulate your mind and body, and maybe even increase the value of your home or help the community at the same time!
Virtual Workout & Yoga Classes
Focusing on the health and wellness of you and your family is critical during these times of social distancing. It is important to keep a routine, continue to connect with others, practice mindfulness, and move your body as much as you can. Studios are offering online classes for reduced rates, donations, and even for free!
Amana Yoga Boulder offers a donation-based yoga class Tuesday’s at 5pm
Local instructor Lauralyn Sullivan is offering online donation-based Deep Stretch and Meditation with live Violin
Earth Yoga Boulder offers online yoga and meditation
Soul Tree Yoga in Louisville offers online yoga and meditation classes
Yoga Pod Boulder offers online yoga classes
Yoga Junction Louisville offers online yoga classes (prenatal and postnatal options too)
CorePower Yoga is offering free online classes each week
Peloton is offering a free 90-day trail of their online app that streams various fitness classes (no bike needed)
Physique57 offers Sculpting, core and barre classes, no need for equipment! There are a few free classes available, or you can buy a month for $15, use checkout code, “HilariaBaldwin” –
Cosmic Kids is a great resource of free online yoga and mindfulness classes for kids
Use this time to learn a new craft! Masterclass has 82+ courses on subjects taught by world class instructors on topics like business, home design, culinary arts, writing, music, photography, and fashion.
Classes are taught by the ultimate experts in these fields. Learn about photography from Annie Lebovitz, cooking from Gordon Ramsay, the art of makeup from Bobbi Brown, scientific thinking and communication from Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, or business leadership from Howard Shultz, to name a few.
The annual subscription to access all the classes is $180, and they are offering a Buy One, Get one Free deal now so share it with a friend and each pay $90!
Check it out here: https://www.masterclass.com/
DIY Home Projects
De-cluttering, organizing and creating new spaces in your home or backyard always brings a sense of accomplishment and gives your home life and energy, and you something to do!
Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now
Family Arts and Crafts Ideas to Keep Little Hands Busy
DIY Network offers a great article on 17 ways to get instant curb appeal for less than $100!
Real Simple offers 10 Fun, Quarantine Hobbies to Try Right Now
In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Many of the employees who work at these businesses are our family, friends and neighbors. This is our time to come together as a community and help.
Protect Your Mental Health
Having to make significant changes to our everyday lives in the face of uncertainty and adversity can be overwhelming and stressful. As life continues to change, it’s important that we show ourselves compassion through this process. Here are some ideas to help protect your mental health during this time of crisis.
Here are 6 Ideas from CU Boulder:
14-Day Plan to Help Manage Coronavirus Stress:
The Scientific Reasons Showing Kindness Helps Ease Anxiety:
Online Happiness Class from Yale University:
Travel Boulder is a fabulous magazine launched in early 2018 by well-known journalist and Colorado native Aimee Heckel.
The goal of Travel Boulder is to help long-time residents, those new to, and those visiting Boulder connect with the community and make the most of their everyday experience. They do this by creating what they refer to as the “ultimate guide” which connects you with local arts and culture, family-friendly activities, live music, events and festivals, restaurant guides and reviews, shopping suggestions and more.
This month’s articles included a feature on Boulder’s newest health food restaurant, Flower Child, opened at 2580 Arapahoe Ave. #110 and owned by Hannah Timm who describes the restaurant as “fast and casual” and hopes to bring together a group of “dynamic personalities willing to learn and grow with a great company.” The menu is fresh and flavorful, and the staff is happy to help you find exactly what you are looking for–even if that means making substitutions!
Other articles published recently feature a list of new businesses opening in the downtown Boulder area this year, those that are closing, the announcement of an “American Ninja Warrior” training gym opening in Lafayette and even an article on how to camp (without the tent!).
Though the magazine is still relatively new to the Boulder area it’s already garnering the public’s attention. Their social media pages have been gaining followers consistently and circulation has nearly doubled since January 2018.
Meghan Bach, a real estate agent with Colorado Landmark Realtors, and current advertiser with the magazine appreciates that the magazine features both a print and digital version. “Their site is a great resource, while their publication is already in so many hot spots for Boulder tourism and new buyers… I’m thinking and hopeful this becomes the go-to publication and site for folks visiting and/or considering moving to Boulder.”
Not only is the magazine a great place to advertise, it’s also a great place to get involved and make connections within the Boulder community. Staff writers live in Boulder, are in tune with the pulse of the town and can offer fantastic recommendations, all of the advertisements are for great local businesses, so what are you waiting for?
Check out Travel Boulder online or in print today!
There is a digital version of the magazine available online at www.travelboulder.com, and a print version of the magazine is available at the Boulder Visitor Center, the Boulder Chamber, Chautauqua Park, and numerous other locations around town.
About the Editor:
Aimee Heckel is the current editor of Travel Boulder. Travel writing has always been a focus of Heckel’s which is what inspired her to create and become the head writer and editor for TravelBoulder.com. She has traveled the world extensively to write about humanitarian issues, and even spent time attended college in Germany before graduating from Colorado State University. Since then Heckel was named the top journalism graduate in the nation and has worked as a contributing editor for USA Today, a staff writer for the Boulder Daily Camera for over 15 years and has contributed to more than 40 books both as a writer and editor.