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Ideas for Visiting Boulder in Fall or Winter 2020/2021

While many opt to visit sunny Boulder in the summertime, embracing cool evenings and nights out on Pearl Street, our city has plenty to offer in the way of autumn and winter activities, as well. Most importantly, there’s plenty to do while remaining socially distanced. For those seeking a little travel and adventure, visit Boulder to enjoy any of these wonderful activities. 

Fine Dining at the Footsteps of the Rocky Mountains

Boulder’s dining scene has long been making headlines and attracting innovative and famous chefs from around the world. Some of its restaurants even come with a mountain top view. Here are some of our favorites. 

Flagstaff House

The perfect complement to any Boulder vacation is dinner at the Flagstaff House. Perched in the middle of our city’s famous Flatirons, this fine dining restaurant is a hotspot for memorable events, special occasions, and a night to remember. Take in sweeping views of downtown Boulder and its scenic terrain from the outdoor deck or from its panoramic windows. 

Frasca Food and Wine

Known for its incredible and extensive wine list, informative tasting sessions, and authentic Northern Italian cuisine, Frasca Food and Wine is a Boulder staple for high-end dining. A bowl of handmade gnocchi de zucca tastes even better after a day spent hiking around the mountains. Kick off your Boulder vacation or wrap it up with a delicious, award-winning meal at Frasca Food and Wine. 


This elegant establishment is currently reservation only so make yours before traveling to Boulder. The increasingly popular, authentic Spanish restaurant is known for its steaks, sea bass, and scenic views. For wine enthusiasts, Corrida’s list encompasses rare domaines and superior vintages. 

Steakhouse 316

For a luxurious evening on the town or post-hike brunch, book a table at Steakhouse 316. It boasts some of the freshest seafood around and incredible, choice cuts of steak. Bone marrow blue cheese butter, black truffle butter, and sherry mushroom ragout make for a mouthwatering meal. 

Outdoor Adventures in the Mountains

Wintertime offers a plethora of mountain adventures off the beaten path. Rent gear from local shops like Neptune Mountaineering, to support Boulder’s economy while visiting. Plus, the expert staff has ample knowledge on hidden cross country ski trails and snowshoe areas – they’ve even lost a few toes climbing the Himilayan Mountains. 

Caribou Ranch 

Just off of scenic Peak to Peak Highway sits a historic recording studio and lodge known as Caribou Ranch. Beautiful, moderate ski trails wind their way through pine forests and over gently rolling hills before making their way to the pretty red cabin. Pack a picnic lunch and a thermos of tea to enjoy in the warm sun. 

Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Arrive early to grab a parking spot at this popular recreation area. Brainard Lake boasts some truly incredible views and is a hot spot for outdoor adventure all year long. Trails range from beginner to advanced, allowing cross country skiers from all skill sets the chance to play at the base of the Rockies. 

Mountain Town Tour

Just outside of Boulder sit many charming mountain towns with their own distinctive vibes. Spend your trip visiting these nearby enclaves for very different mountain experiences. 

Nederland, Colorado

Just thirty minutes outside of Boulder sits Nederland, a mountain town with an interesting festival known as Frozen Dead Guy Days. While this festival isn’t until March, the town’s special spirit remains year-round. Stroll around the reservoir before bumping elbows with the locals at Pioneer Inn or New Moon Bakery. Visit the coop market or rent fat-tire bikes from Tin Shed Sports and ride along snow-covered hiking trails. 

Gold Hill, Colorado

Known for its awesome concert hall at the Gold Hill Inn, this historic mining town gives folks the views of a lifetime. Situated just 9 miles outside of Boulder, Gold Hill makes for a great day trip. Trail runners visiting Boulder can get in their miles along high-elevation dirt roads that offer breathtaking panoramas. Finish off a morning of fun with lunch at the Gold Hill General Store

No matter what time of the year you visit Boulder, this city has plenty to offer. Make Boulder your homebase for mountain town exploration and outdoor recreation. Bundle up, grab your camera, and get ready to make the memories of a lifetime. 

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