Boulder consistently tops “best of” lists and for good reason. Its gorgeous mountainous backdrop, progressive culture, and ample sunshine attract people from all walks of life. Over the last few decades, Boulder has also become a hub for entrepreneurs, adventurers, athletes, and creatives, fostering a progressive and innovative mindset. If you’re new to Boulder, here’s what you should know.
Our mid-sized city offers some of the best hiking in the state, with convenient back-door access for locals throughout Boulder County. Trail heads are busy throughout the summer, but with ample outdoor and open space, there’s plenty of room to roam for those looking for a more secluded wilderness experience.
Tourists frequent Chautauqua Park because its stunning Flatirons are so captivating. Locals tend to head further up the mountain to tackle more challenging terrain and escape summer crowds. NCAR’s surrounding trail system boasts varied terrain and interwoven trail systems that woods walkers will love to get lost in for hours.
Boulder’s mountains are a playground, and those interested in trying their hand at more adventurous sports can do so in our town. Mountain bikers, climbers, kayakers, runners, paragliders, and skydivers embrace the area’s rocks, rivers, and clear skies. To live in Boulder, one should work hard but play harder. There’s a sport for everyone and a way for all to enjoy the area’s pristine outdoors.
While Boulder’s mountainous terrain and glistening Flatirons may make for a great cover story, it’s dining scene continues to grow and flourish. Coloradans put a lot of stock in local businesses, and therefore, source their food from local agricultural operations and farm homesteads.
So too do local restaurateurs. Boulder’s chefs tend to focus on quality over quantity, creating simple and elegant dishes out of high-end meats, seasonal produce, and the freshest ingredients. Of Boulder’s myriad restaurants, Frasca Food and Wine boasts three James Beard awards, while Blackbelly’s head chef, Hosea Rosenberg, is a “Top Chef” winner. Flagstaff House not only treats its guests to swoon-worthy views, but owns one of the largest collections of Domaine Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Burgundies in the world.
In addition to these award-winning restaurants, the Boulder County Farmers Market has been lauded as one of the best markets in the country, offering a bounty of Colorado grown produce and products.
Boulder’s art scene continues to develop as more people move to Colorado’s front range. Our city embraces its artistic community and offers ample programs, grants, and venues so that its creatives may thrive. North Boulder’s First Friday art walk is a favorite event among locals, while Dairy Arts Center has hosted acclaimed musicians, performers, and painters from around the world.
Boulder International Film Fest is a highly anticipated event each year, attracting international tourists and filmmakers alike. Even a simple stroll down Pearl Street is stimulating and inspiring to the senses. Street performers, musicians, tarot card readers, and the like enjoy sharing their talents with the locals.
Life in Boulder isn’t for the faint of heart, but those who make a home here rarely choose to leave. The culture is competitive and inspiring, innovative and fresh. Adventure enthusiasts are drawn to the region for more than just its mountains. Growing businesses can find top talent, while entrepreneurs can seek insight from others who have found success in our intelligent environment.
While this foothills enclave is often touted as being expensive and exclusive, it rewards residents with picturesque sunsets, stunning mountain vistas, lively nightlife, and intriguing culture. Boulder’s vibe encourages residents to embrace all life has to offer, from its struggles to its triumphs, and everything in between.