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Debbie Lee

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Fun solo adventures in Boulder?

I'm planning on visiting a friend who goes to school in Boulder sometime in the next few months. While she's at school, what are some fun things that I could do to explore the area? I'd like to take some yoga classes, see some local attractions, and eat some local foods. As far as restaurants go, I don't want to go somewhere too fancy for myself, so some low key places would be nice, like cafes and taquerias. I'll have her car, so I'll be able to drive places. Thanks!

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  • Jacey & Scott Mahaffy

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    You will make friends easily on Pearl St, a pedestrian only stretch through the heart of Boulder with great shop and restaurants. Big fan of OAK at fourteenth and the chef is getting rave reviews for his restaurant there and the latest in Denver. Best restaurant in town is still Frasca Food and Wine and The Mediterranean is one of my favorites. If you are into hiking, a tough trail is Royal Arch Trail and if you are looking for a little less strenuous, go to the same trailhead at Chautauqua Park but after walking up the field path as you approach the tree-line, turn right instead of left and enjoy the leisurely hike there!

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      Thanks so much for the recommendations, Jacey! The restaurants and trails sound great! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Mark Pace

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    Visit the Celestial Seasonings factory. The tour is fun, especially the peppermint room.

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      Thanks, Mark! I actually have a thing for food-related tours, so this is perfect :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Marissa Sutera

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    Hi Debbie! I just moved to Boulder so I have been recently exploring the area myself. There is definitely not a shortage of things to do! I'm not much of a yoga person, but there is plenty in the area and I'm sure someone else on here will have plenty of suggestions in that area for you.

    Depending on the weather, you could spend a few hours at Chautauqua Park and go for a hike or just enjoy the scenery. Alternatively, the University of Colorado Boulder campus is beautiful, so a walk around there would be a good time killer.

    Visiting Pearl Street Mall is a great way to kill some time by yourself as well. There are lots of shops to browse and there are usually street performers you can watch too. There are lots of restaurants along Pearl Street, so you can pretty much take your pick. If you're into sushi, Kasa Japanese Grill and Bar is a good place to go, or for something really casual, you can grab a quick (and delicious) slice of pizza at Pizza Colore. One of my favorites on Pearl Street is Sforno Trattoria Romana, but that is a bit more fancy.

    If you are looking for someplace a bit closer to campus, check out The Sink for a fantastic burger.

    Whenever you decide to go, be sure to see if there are any events going on during that time. There is usually so much going on it's hard to choose what to do!

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      Wow, thank you so much, Marissa! Cool to hear from someone just exploring, too! :) · (1 likelikes)

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    Where do I start?! I graduated from CU. :)

    There are three main areas you'll want to explore. The Hill, Pearl St, and the Flatirons.

    The Hill is right off of campus, with some good eats and mostly CU gear stores. Get a burger at The Sink, a burrito at Illegal Pete's, a sandwich at Half Fast Subs On The Hill and a breakfast sandwich at Salvaggio's On The Hill.

    Pearl Street is a 15 or so minute walk from campus, or a quick car ride. I'd say walk it, where you'll be able to cross the Boulder river. Get sushi at Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar (the #9 with strawberries is my favorite), a sandwich at Snarf's Sandwiches, and a margarita on the rooftop at Rio Grande. Walk up and down the street and enjoy the shops, coffee places, and scenery.

    As for the Flatirons, I'd highly recommend taking in a hike considering the mountains are your backdrop! You can walk up Baseline Road to Chautauqua where you'll find a few trail options to do. The views are beautiful!

    Flatironsimage from instagram.comAs for yoga, I did a lot of CorePower Yoga off of Baseline road, but I'm sure there are a lot of other non chain spots if you'd like a class unique to Boulder.

    Have so much fun - I can't wait to hear about your trip!

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      Wow, so much to do! You've got all my favorite food groups covered :) Thanks, Jillian! · (1 likelikes)

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      You are welcome...let me know if I can help in any other way! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Scott Mahaffy

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    Jillian has some great answers. The only thing I would add is, if you check out Chautauqua Trailhead take a hike up to Royal Arch. Solid hike and rewarding views. If you are there on a Monday night, treat yourself to the prix fixe at Frasca Food and Wine, but reserve at least a week in advance. I would try to catch a breakfast at Snooze Am Eatery and lunch at The Mediterranean. A quick trip up to Eldorado Canyon is fun as well. Safe travels!

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      Oooooh, I'm intrigued by the sound of this Frasca Food and Wine. These all sound great. Thanks, Scott! · (0 likelikes)

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      My pleasure Debbie! It's hard to go wrong with a world class chef and a Master Sommelier at the helm. The $50 Monday prix fixe is a great way to do it. · (1 likelikes)

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      I'm coming from the San Francisco/Napa Valley area, so that sounds like a deal! :) · (0 likelikes)

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      Exactly! Big difference. :) · (1 likelikes)

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  • Stephen "Sven" Minor

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    A lot of this has to do with the time of year you are going. If it is winter time there are a lot of places to go skiing. The best time is spring, summer and the beginning of fall where there are a lot of fall festivals. There are a lot of unique parks, museums and unique libraries too. Don't forget to sample the local food. There are a lot of holistic food places as well.

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      Thanks, Stephanos! Haven't done snow sports too many times, but I do like parks, museums, and especially food! :) · (1 likelikes)

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      If you like the outdoors and are looking for a way to to that during the winter. May I recommend snow skiing, snow boarding or just going to a Ski Resort, be a Snow Bunny (a beautiful girl in a ski Outfit) hang around the fire place drinking warm toddies or wine and enjoy the scenery. If you are looking to learn to ski. This is a great place to take classes or find a friend who knows a lot about skiing to give you lessons.:) · (1 likelikes)

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      Thank you for the advice, Stephanos! Maybe I will hit the Bunny Slope :) · (1 likelikes)

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  • Rick Schulze

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    Hi Debbie. Since you're a yogi (like me!) and you asked about adventures, you might like to check out the Shambhala Mountain Center. It's about a two-hour drive from Boulder, but if the weather is good it can be a beautiful drive.

    You've gotten plenty of food recommendations, but I have to give yet another shout out to The Mediterranean (the "Med" as it's known locally). Good food, great ambiance and location.

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      Yay! I'm a yogi indeed, and so is the friend who I'm visiting there, so this could be a fun weekend trip! And thanks for the tip on the Med, we have a few places in the San Francisco Bay Area called "La Mediterranee" that are totally unrelated to each other, but everyone still refers to them all as La Med :P Thanks, Rick! · (0 likelikes)

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      Mmmmmmmediterranean food! So good, and so good for us. Many vegetarian options. I will try one of those in SF (I get there often; my brother lives in Napa.) I've never practiced yoga in a Boulder studio. Perhaps your friend could suggest a studio? I will be in Boulder again soon. Also, I wanted to add that the @St. Julien Hotel in Boulder has a great lobby scene. Check it out for live music and culture. Thanks Debbie! · (1 likelikes)

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      Oh, cool! My favorite one is actually called Truly Mediterranean in the Mission district of San Francisco, but as you've guessed, everyone calls it Truly Med :P Thanks for the St. Julien Hotel recommendation! I do like me some hotel lobbies :) · (0 likelikes)

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