Boulder Remains #1 Best Place to Live in America

Boulder, Colorado

U.S. News  analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. For more information on how we rank, read the  Best Places to  Live  Methodology.


What’s it like to live in Boulder, CO?

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Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker. This city reveals its spectacle at the crest of a hill on U.S. Route 36 from Denver with its iconic sandstone slabs rising from the mountains, prefaced by pine-clad mesas and cradled within the backdrop of the snow-capped Indian Peaks.

 

For residents seeking wellness, Boulder has opportunities from forest bathing and free meditation sessions to an abundance of marijuana dispensaries, spas and alternative health care studios. The full spectrum of yoga disciplines is represented here, as well as a plethora of fitness options to ignite your curiosity, including parkour, aerial dance and “Animal Flow” ground-based movement classes. People looking to bring balance to their work life can find job perks that include participation in the city’s annual Tube to Work Day. Had it with the 9 to 5? Make like Boulder’s climbers and live in a van, work odd jobs and become a fixture at the area’s legendary crags.

 

This blissed-out enclave attracts young professionals, families, academics, scientists, transplants from both coasts, old guards who insist it was way cooler in the 1970s and, above all, lovers of outdoor recreation. Trail runners, hikers, climbers, cyclists and more move here to live in this perpetual playground, where the answer to “What do you do?” is often one’s activity of choice, not occupation.


 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Downtown Boulder

Mother’s Day is coming up and after the past year, the moms in your life may need more appreciation than ever before.  In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Take advantage of the local stores to find cute and unique gifts that mom will treasure forever. You will not only be showing appreciation for your mom, but also for the many local businesses in downtown Boulder that have also had a tough year.

You can shop in many ways, including buying local online, buying gift cards (Downtown Boulder Gift Card or store-specific), or ordering takeout or delivery from downtown Boulder restaurants. Spread the love this Mother’s Day.  #LoveTheLocal


Planner + Bath Bombs from Haven

Self-care essentials are always a go-to when gift giving. Haven’s planner and bath bombs are a great gift combination to help mom manage any stress in her life.


Mother’s Day Cards from Two Hands Paperie

You can’t go wrong with giving your mom a heartfelt card to show her you care! Two Hands Paperie has a wide selection of cards so that you can find one that speaks right to your mom’s heart.

 


Mini Facial Delight from Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply

This gift is the best for moms who need some pampering. The set includes the Precious Face Serum, Meadowsweet Face Serum, Exfoliating Face Scrub & Sweet Honey Scrub.


Bracelet from Starfish Jewelry

A bracelet from Starfish Jewelry is the perfect gift to give your mom to serve as a reminder of your relationship with each other! It looks beautiful, fashionable, and whenever she wears it she will think of you.

 


Wine from West End Wine Shop

A nice bottle of wine is almost always a good gift to give — especially to moms! West End Wine Shop has a large assortment of reds, whites, roses, and even orange wine! Sit down and share a glass while showing love and appreciation for your mom!


Shoes from Pedestrian Shops

Keep your mom feeling fresh and comfortable with a new pair of Birkenstocks from Pedestrian Shops! They spice up almost any outfit and they last for a lifetime.

 


Magnets from Island Farm

These adorable magnets from Island Farm are the perfect way to send a message of appreciation to your mom, while also giving her a gift! They can be used for decoration or practical reasons, and they would look great on any fridge or in any office.


Tea from Ku Cha House of Tea

These little packets of tea from Ku Cha House of Tea are a yummy and affordable gift to give your mom! They look cute and they are easily portable so she can keep them in her purse — just in case she gets a random craving for delicious tea while on-the-go.

 


Face Masks from Bliss

Things are slowly going back to normalcy, but we aren’t fully there yet. Get your mom a cute face mask from Bliss that she can wear during daily activities or while working out (and she will look good doing it)!


Gift Card to St Julien Spa

The St Julien Spa is one of the best ways to get away. Show your mom appreciation by giving her a gift card to the spa that she can use to take care of herself. After all, she did take care of you!


 

Niwot Sidewalk Sale returns on April 17th

One of last year’s favorite Niwot downtown events, the Sidewalk Sale on 2nd Avenue and at Cottonwood Square, is set to return.


“We’ve got a better idea of what people like, what goes, what doesn’t. It’s starting to get a bit of a following and people are actually asking about it now,” said the event’s creator, Deborah Fowler of DRF Realty/Colorado Landmark Realtors.

The Sidewalk Sale is not only coming back, but it is also getting bigger and better. Instead of three dates, there will be six: April 17, May 29, June 26, July 17, Aug. 21, and Sept. 25. Each sale also will have longer hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a larger number of pop-up vendors will complement what’s being sold in the brick and mortar stores

There will be more music available during each sale day. Performance areas will be set up in front of Pinocchio’s, at The Emporium by Old Oak Coffee, and at The Wheel House on 2nd Avenue as well as at Niwot Market and Niwot Tavern in Cottonwood Square. While the final list of musicians was still being determined at press time, it will include locals such as Thomas Dow and Emma Kieran.

“The main thing that works about it is that we’re adding an extra layer of ambiance to shopping in town,” said Fowler. She also believes the event could expose plenty of out of town guests, including groups that are fans of the musicians.

The Sidewalk Sale was established last year to help retailers during the pandemic, and it proved to be especially valuable. “People were worried about going into enclosed spaces during the pandemic and the event allowed them to visit shops but stay outside.” said Kathy Trauner of the retail store  Fly Away Home.

Trauner appreciated how the sale helped her connect with the public. She was so appreciative that this year, she’s helping Fowler organize it. “One of my best revenue days up to that point was the first sale,” Trauner said. “All of them were such a boon to retailers. A Godsend. Something that people looked forward to.”

Fowler said this year’s event will be organized similarly to 2020’s. Merchandise will be sold on racks and tables in front of the store, and customers who choose to can shop inside as well. Where possible, there will be some outdoor point of sale systems available for shoppers.

As with other events held during the pandemic, state and locally mandated health precautions will be followed. As of press time, Boulder County is at level yellow, which requires no outdoor restrictions at the state level but allows for restrictions to be put in place locally. The county has indicated that masking requirements will remain in place for indoor activity, and requests mask use outdoors when social distancing can’t be maintained.

“We will follow the latest guidelines from Boulder County. Whatever they say, that’s what we’ll do,”Fowler said.


 

The Boulder Symphony & Colorado Landmark Present True Love

Save the date! We are excited to present the upcoming concert TRUE LOVEThis performance highlights the music of love, regret, and heartbreak—something that all of us can relate to. Celebrate music from the last one hundred years to today that brings the greatest love stories to life.

 

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Boulder Theater – Purchase tickets here!

Two Shows- 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

 

Program:

Debussy- Danse sacrée et Danse profane; featuring Principal Harpist, Hillary Schefter

Mahler- Adagietto from Symphony No 5

Tchaikovsky- String Serenade


Boulder Symphony Conductor, Devin Patrick Hughes has curated a program featuring the Boulder Symphony String Orchestra and Principal Harpist, Hillary Schefter. Concerts will feature pieces of TRUE LOVE including Mahler’s Adagietto from his 5th Symphony, Debussy’s Danse sacrée et Danse profane, and Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade.


“We know music fans are missing concert experiences, and our musicians are literally aching to play live,” said Hughes. “We are thrilled to partner with the Boulder Theater and present a concert that will keep our audience, musicians, and staff safe.” 

 

Music fans yearning for live performances can join the Boulder Symphony for a live concert at the historic Boulder Theater on March 4th. This show will adhere to all CDC, Boulder County, and State of Colorado COVID-19 safety protocols, and seating will be limited to just 100 attendees. So don’t forget to get your tickets while you can!


To make your evening even better, Boulder Symphony has partnered with The Post Brewing Company, 2027 13th St. in Boulder, for a meal for your table. This add-on is only $48 for a group of 4. This meal includes 8 pieces of gluten-free fried chicken, 2 large sides, 4 buttermilk cheddar biscuits, and a round of Post beers, too!

The Boulder Symphony and the Boulder Theater are committed to making this event safe for patrons and musicians. Here are the health protocols that will be taken at the concert. If you have any questions please email executivedirector@bouldersymphony.org

 

• Wear a mask at all times during the concert

• Please use hand sanitizing stations available after check-in and throughout the venue

• Practice 6 feet of social distancing from everyone outside of your ticket group

• You must provide a valid phone number when purchasing your tickets for contact tracing

• There will be one designated entry and one designated exit

 

 

State’s Shop-Local Campaign Being Extended as Pandemic Relief Project

By BizWest Staff

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is retrofitting its #ShopLocal-Colorado holiday campaign into an ongoing campaign to spotlight and support the state’s small businesses.

The original campaign was established to encourage holiday shopping at local small businesses, especially in light of the effects of COVID-19. Local communities retain 70% of revenue when shopping occurs locally, compared with 40% when shopping non-locally, the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade said in a press release.

The on-going #ShopLocalColorado campaign will equip small-business owners and economic-development leaders with social-media content and tools to encourage the shop local messaging across the state. Each month, the campaign will refresh content and work in collaboration with holidays and national opportunities to spotlight small businesses. February’s campaign will focus on small, black-owned businesses in observation of Black History Month.

“The pandemic’s economic interruption has really highlighted the importance of supporting and shopping our local small businesses,” OEDIT executive director Betsy Markey said in a written statement. “As a former small business owner, I know how important local participation is to business success and sustainability.”

The ongoing campaign serves as a toolkit resource on  oedit.colorado.gov. The toolkit will offer social media copy, graphics and links to information for audiences across the state.

With more than 611,000 small businesses representing more than 99% of Colorado businesses, small business is a driving force in the state’s economy. Encouraging Coloradans to shop their local small businesses is a way to invest money back into local economies and in the communities throughout Colorado.

Access the toolkit at  oedit.colorado.gov/shop-local-colorado-toolkit.

© 2021 BizWest Media LLC

 

Super Bowl Sunday, To-Go!

It’s already February and Super Bowl Sunday is about to touch down! This weekend, support some of your local favorites, save yourself some trouble and checkout these great options for family fiesta packs, meal kits and more.


Oak at Fourteenth is offering Super Bowl Take & Bake options,  presenting OAK style game day dishes complete with instructions for heating and serving. And don’t miss their North Shore Roast Beef Sandwich Special, sure to score big with the family! All orders set to pickup between noon and 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 7th.

 

Get more details on Oak’s Super Bowl Take & Bake here!

 


More Great Local Options Below!

The Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities to Move to in 2021

Americans are making moves. Despite economic uncertainty, home sales rose to a 14-year high in 2020, and the trend looks set to continue into the new year. According to  Pew Research, one in five Americans have moved or know somebody who has due to the pandemic.

Key factors like livability, growth, job opportunities and most importantly, pet-friendliness are top considerations for those considering a relocation this year. For those local to Boulder, it will come as no surprise that we have been ranked as the #1 most pet-friendly city to move to in 2021 by bringfido.com.

“The People’s Republic of  Boulder  is the place to be in 2021. First, you can check excellent public schools and ample job opportunities in a variety of sectors off Fido’s moving list. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this small city within a park is also a gateway to the “grrreat” outdoors. Bring Fido  for a dip  at  Boulder Reservoir, hike the beautiful  Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail,  or meet the local canine community at Foothills Community Dog Park. You can even sign your pup up for a  Boulder Voice and Sight Tag  for off-leash access to designated trails. With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s plenty of time for outbound hounds to experience all that Boulder has to offer. In the summer, the free  Park-to-Park shuttle  welcomes dogs on board. And the city boasts a thriving food and arts scene. Check out  SmithKlein Gallery  with your pooch before visiting Avery Brewing Company to hang in the spacious fenced-in area.”

 

Read on here, and find out which other 9 cities were runner up!

 

Favorite Boulder Holiday Traditions

Article from BoulderColoradoUSA.com

Boulder was named in this list of the  20 Best Places to Spend Christmas in the USAAs your local leaders here at Colorado Landmark, we know just why! 

 

Downtown Boulder  twinkles with lights, the  Flatirons  often have a powered-sugar-cookie dusting of snow, and a lighted star glows above Boulder from  Flagstaff Mountain  every evening. There’s no question that the holiday season is special in Boulder, no matter how you celebrate. Here are a few favorite local traditions.

 

❄️Flagstaff Star

Veteran’s Day Through Second Sunday in January

Boulder’s holiday star has shone from atop  Flagstaff Mountain  every year for over seven decades. Its 365 bulbs are energy-saving LED lights that can be seen from anywhere in Boulder. Over the years, pranksters have changed the shape of the star to form letters representing rival teams or towns, or to make political statements, but the star has been lit every year since 1947. The  Boulder Chamber  is the proud steward of the star, and each year they sell holiday cards featuring a rendition of the star, painted by a local artist.

Photo: University of Colorado Boulder

 

❄️Snow Much Fun Light Displays

Nov. 22, 2020Jan. 10, 2021

During  Snow Much Fun hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the  Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse  and the  Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic  Pearl Street . This year will feature fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside.  Check here for updates.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

 

❄️Holiday Hike

Ask any local, and chances are good that their Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Days start with a refreshing  winter hike Try it and see what it’s like! There’s no better feeling than enjoying the crisp air on the trails in the morning and later sitting down to dinner knowing you’ve earned a feast. Each year, there’s a guided hike, led by a  City of Boulder naturalist on Christmas Day.  Many of Colorado’s State Parks host free, guided  First Day Hikes  on Jan. 1, too.

 

❄️Hotel Boulderado Christmas Tree

Stop in for a gander at this massive tree that towers two stories under the  Hotel Boulderado’s  famous stained-glass mezzanine.

Photo: Historic Boulderado Blog, Circa 1930

 

Check out more ideas for this holiday season in the full article, here.

 

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Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season!

From BoulderDowntown.com

Join us for  Small Business Saturday® (Weekend) on

November 27  – 29, 2020

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The event encourages people to shop at small businesses on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The idea has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.

Small businesses are like snowflakes, each one is unique, and the downtown Boulder shopping district is made up of more than 70% locally owned/operated shops! One small purchase can make a big difference. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

Check out a list of participating businesses here &

shop ’til you drop!

Order Thanksgiving Dinner From These Boulder Restaurants

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!