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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)

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)

Denver's Authentic and Affordable Experiences

Posted February 20, 2009 by Jamie Moore

CO-RedRocks-day-DEF If you've ever hit the Colorado slopes in winter you know about mountain air therapy. Come back for another dose in summer, when the Mile High City boasts more authentic and affordable experiences than you'll ever have time for. Let's face it: Any time you go, you're in for a treat. Start with a Red Rocks Park visit or Coors Brewery tour, and then catch a ride on the free downtown shuttle to museums and parks near your historic B&B on Capitol Hill.

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Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre: The Beatles, U2, and hundreds of other bands have belted out tunes at Red Rocks. Surrounded by 500-foot-high red sandstone cliffs, it's one of the world's best known and most loved concert sites. Concertgoers blog about the air, the stars, the gorgeous view, and the acoustics here. Hike the trails around the venue to see famed monolith formations like "Ship Rock" and "Creation Rock," both taller than Niagara Falls. Park admission is free.

Stay
Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn: This lovely Richardsonian Romanesque mansion, built from ruby sandstone with turrets, balconies, and a curving porch, is nestled in the quaint Capitol Hill neighborhood downtown. Upscale restaurants and attractions are just a short walk away. Relax in one of the historic inn's eight rooms, which perfectly combine early 1900s opulence and modern panache. Guests are treated to a full gourmet breakfast and evening wine service featuring Colorado wines. Rooms go for $114 to $199 per night.

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Coors Brewery tour: Drinking cheap is easy in the Mile High City, home to the world's largest single brewery. Take a free tour of Coors and see how the Rocky Mountain brewer turns out up to 22 million barrels of suds each year. The best part, of course, is the tour's finale, when you (with your ID) get the chance to sip back samples.

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(Photo: City and County of Denver)


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