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Watch Your Footsteps, Not Your Wallet, in Boulder

Posted October 20, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Boulder 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.

Eat
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.

Shop
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.

Stay
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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(photo: iStockphoto)

Kick Back in Boulder, Colorado

Posted September 4, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Co-boulder-dushanbe-def Runners, hikers, and bikers have made Boulder a prime meeting spot for outdoor enthusiasts. However, the city also caters to students, with cheap eats, caffeine joints, and places to unwind. Here, you will find a small college town that's as big on down time as it is on activity.

Drink
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: When it's high time for tea, students, locals, and visitors know there's only one place to properly enjoy a spot of chamomile. Received as a gift from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Boulder's sister city, the building was shipped piece by piece and reconstructed here. The exterior panels, interior columns, and ceiling were hand-carved and hand-painted in Tajikistan, which gives the shop an authentic and ethereal atmosphere. The decadent afternoon tea costs $18.95 per person and reservations are required 24 hours in advance.  

Shop
Boulder Book Store: This independently owned bookstore serves as a haven for the city's literati. With a passage to the adjacent BookEnd Espresso Café, it's easy to pick up a latte on the way to the stacks. The bookstore is filled to the brim with a wide range of reading options, and many of the events held here are free. After you've found your book of choice, you can then grab a seat and a bite next door. The cafe serves a wide range of coffee, teas, and baked goods, and the deli section sells tempting sandwiches such as the Great Gatsbrie, a croissant filled to the brim with brie, avocado, fresh basil, and sundried-tomato pesto for $6.25.

Eat
The Sink: In a college town, one comes to expect pizza and burger joints at every turn, but this University Hill dive is one-of-a-kind for atmosphere, food, and history. Since 1950, millions have admired the caricature-covered walls—even Robert Redford, who once swept the floors as a janitor. The Sink's burgers are the best on the Hill, but the specialty pizzas are particularly tasty, especially since you can drizzle the remaining crust with honey for dessert. Happy hour specials run Monday through Friday between 3:30 and 6:00, when specialty appetizers cost $3 and most draft beers cost $2.50.

To search for flights and compare prices to Denver, which is home to Boulder’s nearest major airport, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Dushanbe Teahouse)

Watch Your Footsteps, Not Your Wallet, in Boulder

Posted May 5, 2009 by Kate Hamman

CO-Boulder-Biker-DEF 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.

Eat
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.

Shop
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.

Stay
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.

To search for flights and compare prices to Denver, which is home to Boulders’s closest airport, please use our price-comparison tool.

(photo: iStockphoto)


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