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Best Boulder Spots to Pamper Yourself Before Your Holiday Guests Arrive

The holiday season is a whirlwind: the planning, the gifts, the cooking, the family gatherings. It’s a special time of year, but all the excitement can make anyone feel frazzled after a while. This year, give yourself the gift of self-care by indulging in a relaxing massage or a delicious treat before your holiday guests arrive. Here are some of the best places to pamper yourself in Boulder.

Leah Nickie Advanced Aesthetics

Wintertime in the Rockies is not kind to the skin. We’re all too familiar with the chapped, alligator-like feeling that comes from living in a dry climate. Luckily, Boulder is home to one of the best skin care centers around, where you can choose from a variety of services ranging from facials to tinting and waxing.

The Dragontree

For a thoroughly therapeutic experience, look no further than The Dragontree. They offer a wide array of treatments, from Ayurveda to full spa packages, all in a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy a foot bath in the Sangha Room while sipping hot tea, or make it a spa lunch with food provided by Zeal.

Element 6

The acupuncture performed at Element 6 combines traditional Chinese medicine with modern orthopedic/sports medicine, and the results are simply spectacular. Find relief from pain caused by poor posture, work, or injury. You’ll be back to your energetic self in no time!

Spa at St Julien

Treat yourself to a luxurious day at the Spa at St Julien, an award-winning spa that offers everything from mani-pedis to a full-service salon. Their massages are especially rejuvenating: choose from nine different options, including aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue, and the St Julien Classic massage.

Radiance Power Yoga

Yoga is a versatile form of movement that can be whatever you need it to be, whether that’s a work out or a way to soothe your aching muscles. Radiance’s Restore classes provide an opportunity to bring relaxation into your practice with gentle poses that target deep tissue and promote healing.

Wonder Press

Put some pep in your step with one of Wonder Press’s inimitable juice blends. Made to promote health and wellness in mind and body, these juices and nut milks are cold pressed from fresh, organic ingredients. Try a Butter Coffee for an extra-nourishing buzz, or a Turmeric Treat to bolster your immune system.


Emmerson is a new restaurant in Boulder with a café, cocktail bar, and “neo-bistro” serving up tasty plates from morning ‘til midnight. Their menu is packed with intriguing dishes, so whether you’d like to take yourself on a date for some sweet potato gnocchi or chocolate fudge, you’ll find it here.

Fior di Latte

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, this place has some of the best gelato in town. With flavors both unusual and traditional, plenty of vegan options, and locally sourced ingredients, there’s a lot to love about Fior di Latte.

Everyone deserves a pick-me-up every once in a while, whether it’s moving your body or enjoying a nourishing meal. Show yourself some self-love this winter and greet your guests looking fresh and feeling great.

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