Posted May 5, 2009 by Kate Hamman
With mountains to hike, open spaces to bike, and a heartfelt concern for Mother Earth, Boulder is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Come eat at a cafe that goes above and beyond its green practices by creating hearty and satisfying dishes. Then shop at an REI with an eco-friendly attitude and design before returning to an inn where you can relax knowing that the innkeepers are doing their part to help nature. Plus, you won't have to go broke to appreciate the splendor of the area.
The Kitchen: The Kitchen prides itself on being green by recycling or reusing 100 percent of everything it discards, using only biodegradable paper products, and relying on wind-powered energy. The bistro's dinner menu, featuring dishes like braised pork cheek ravioli, changes nightly depending on what's fresh. Upstairs, there's a comfortable wine-and-beer lounge, where food is prepared in a wood-fired oven. Dinner features over 20 shared plates and you can dine family-style for $47 per person.
REI: As a prototype for green retail stores, Boulder's REI goes beyond selling outdoor gear and aims to reduce its environmental footprint. The shop is LEED certified and incorporates recycling, composting, water and energy conservation, and indoor air quality improvement into its design. Come shop for all of your adventure needs while taking comfort in how the store is keeping Mother Earth fit for all your future outings. Prices vary from item to item.
Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast: Besides being an eco-friendly place to stay, where recycling and composting are at the top of the list, the Briar Rose aims to bring tranquility and peace into the heart of Boulder. You can have a cup of tea anytime throughout the day next to the wood-burning fireplace, snuggle into organic cotton sheets, and enjoy a full-service organic breakfast. Rooms start at $139 per night.
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