Here’s How to Spend a Luxurious Weekend in Boulder, Colorado
- Breakfast at Tangerine
You will need your car to drive a couple of miles to Tangerine, located in a small strip mall. Serving Mediterranean-inspired fare as well as American favorites, the place gets a little crowded (a good sign) on weekends. They have fresh juice, chicken and waffles and French press coffee.
- Pearl Street Mall
Back in the 1940s, it was said that Pearl Street was a good place to buy a pair of socks. Today, much has changed with nearly 1,000 businesses, most of which are locally owned. The pedestrian-friendly mall is the place to go to watch buskers (street performers), enjoy local coffee or shop in one of many quirky boutiques.
One of these shops—located in the newer west end of Pear—is Piece, Love and Chocolate. This little gem has a steady stream of loyal customers even on a cold, snowy day. Stop by for artisan flavored truffles or try one of their many hot sipping chocolates like salted caramel.
- Lunch at Dushanbe Teahouse
Located in the same area as the farmers’ market, this large, colorful building along 13th Street was a gift from several cities in Tajikistan, whose artisans created the hand-painted ceilings, wooden carved panels and a beautiful fountain of seven copper hammered sculptures called The Seven Beauties.
The teahouse has a full lunch menu with many items sourced from their own dedicated organic farm. Enjoy the ambiance while sampling their large selection of teas.
- Celestial Seasonings/ Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art
For your afternoon activities, you will be heading to two popular attractions located nearby. Celestial Seasonings, on appropriately named Sleepytime Drive, is the #4 attraction on Tripadvisor. They have tea samplings and free tours, including their Peppermint Room, guaranteed to clear up any sinus problems you might have. Afterwards, take home some tea from their vast gift shop selection.
Located a little bit out of town, the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art houses a large selection of Western art, including 250 paintings and 100 bronze sculptures by various artists. Although the free plant tour is not offered on Sundays, the museum and gift shop are open from 10 to 5 p.m.
- Dinner at Flagstaff House
For your final pièce de résistance meal, have an advance reservation for the Flagstaff House. This Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-rated restaurant sits on a hill at a 6,000-foot elevation and offers breathtaking views of the city, especially at twilight.
Owned and operated by the Monette family, the Flagstaff House is renowned for its 15,000 bottle wine cellar and excellent French-American cuisine with an Asian flair.
Attention to detail and creating a luxury guest experience is the norm here. Ingredients are carefully obtained from local suppliers as well as their own organic garden, and their fish is flown in fresh daily.
Start with a cocktail in their bar by a welcoming fireplace then move to the dining room where you will enjoy personal attention and first class service. There are many first course options such as their roasted pumpkin ravioli and Japanese wagyu beef sausage. For your entrée, their Colorado rack of lamb is a favorite as is their tender belly Berkshire pork tenderloin. If you still have room, try the pumpkin soufflé (seasonal).
- Breakfast at Spruce Farm & Fish
The breakfast here is just as good as dinner, and if you like bagels but can never find a good one out West, give their bagel plate a try. They use Moe’s bagels, a local institution, and these bagels are as close to the East Coast variety as you are likely to find. Add the fresh salmon, cream cheese and onion jam, and this one is a real winner.
- Checkout of the Hotel Boulderado
A local paper once called Boulder “the little town nestled between the mountains and reality.” There’s probably some truth in that, but what you are likely to find is a city that is unlike anything back home. With its offbeat personality, extravagant accommodations and restaurants, your weekend here will be a truly memorable one.
A version of this story was originally published by iseeigo.