With news of COVID-19 rapidly developing, we’ve now seen the first confirmed case in Boulder County, and other parts of the Denver metro area. In an effort to thwart the virus’s rapid progression, many health agencies have recommended to stay put. With schools cancelled for the next few weeks and possibly longer, parents can still keep the family entertained and support local business during this pandemic. Here are some great staycation ideas.
Get Outside in Nature
We’ve been warned to keep a healthy distance from others and to avoid public spaces, but fortunately for us, Boulder has a plethora of wide open space with plenty of room for all. No matter the weather, there’s something fun to do outside.
Bundle up in winter clothes and pack the car with hot cocoa, breakfast burritos, and blankets, then head up Flagstaff Road to watch the sunrise from its many scenic lookout points. Rent snowshoes and hike around Brainard Lake, enjoying the quiet forest and Rocky Mountain views. Take a walk along Boulder Creek Path and grab lunch at many of the open restaurants in town. If you’re really ambitious, schedule a bi-athalon day and ride bikes around Boulder Reservoir then hike up Wonderland Hill. There’s so much to do in Boulder’s great outdoors for those willing to get a little cold and wet.
Itching to get out of town but unsure where to go? Drive a short ways out of town to Lyons, Colorado and play at LaVern M. Johnson Park next to the beautiful St. Vrain River. Hikes just outside of town stay relatively dry throughout the winter; stretch your legs on any one of the trails only a short distance from town. Take the kids to Niwot and let them get their energy out at Whistle Stop Park. Or, bring the bikes and ride along the well-maintained LoBo Trail.
If you’d prefer to stay warm and relaxed, take a drive along scenic Peak to Peak Highway for breathtaking mountain views. Soak in stunning panoramas of the Rocky Mountains and enjoy the open road.
Cater to Your Inner Foodie
Boulder has so many fantastic restaurants that it would take years to try them all. Now more than ever, they need our support during this economic down time. If you’re feeling healthy, order carry-out from one of our city’s lauded establishments. Order lunch from Mountain Sun, T/ACO, or split a few rolls at Sushi Zanmai. Pack a blanket, camp chairs, and a thermos of tea and have a picnic near Boulder Creek in Eben G. Fine Park.
Take an online cooking class or try a new recipe from Food Lab. While we may not be able to take an in-person class at the moment, this Food Lab’s recipes are just as delightful to prepare as they are to eat.
With gym closures and class cancellations, many of us are in desperate need of a workout. Exercise helps boost moods and increase endorphins, which are crucial at a time like this. OPEX Element 6 and Kondition are offering online workouts during this time of social distancing. Many yoga teachers are also offering online practices so their students can stay flexible and relaxed.
Even though we need to use the utmost care when heading out in public, there are still plenty of ways to remain cautious without staying buttoned up for weeks on end. Wash your hands thoroughly and stay home if you’re feeling unwell. Continuing to participate safely and consciously in the local economy can help retail shops and restaurants stay afloat during this uncertain time.