Go behind the scenes of our "Reconnect in Boulder" video and recreate all the smile-inducing scenes you see here — in real life. Zoom around town on bikes, traipse through meadow trails at the foot of the Flatirons and find yourself perched high above it all for an amazing meal at day's end. This is one tourism video you can easily emulate, and we'll show you how.
The historic (and gorgeously updated) 1909 Hotel Boulderado has hosted notables from Robert Frost to Robert Plant. Stop in for a brunch of waffles Foster — a Belgian waffle drizzled in butter rum sauce — at the hotel's restaurant Spruce Farm & Fish. Or at day’s end you can come back here for a cocktail at the hotel’s friendly and buzzing Corner Bar.
Trusted local pros are on staff at Full Cycle, which has been a hub for the local biking community since 1982. You can rent the super-fly bikes you see in the video or a range of other all-weather options, along with helmets.
Boulder is a compact 25 square miles and is super-bikeable. In fact, it’s one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S., according to People for Bikes. You'll find lots of bike racks for coffee breaks and a huge network of well-maintained paths and bike lanes.
Boulder has over 90 murals, most of which have popped up in just the last couple of years. Find our Boulder mural guide here. The one you see in the video is by Gabriel Sanchez and can be found in the alley behind the Boulder Theater.
Stop for a photo-op in front of the Boulder Theater's famous marquee (and perhaps look into who’s playing the iconic venue that evening). Big-name and local musical acts alike love this venue for its art deco architecture, intimate size and cool downtown location.
What better place to reconnect with friends and loved ones than at Chautauqua at the base of the breathtaking Flatirons. They are only five minutes away from downtown by car, 10 minutes by e-bike or a tough all-up-hill 30-minute ride by regular bicycle. Hug, snap a few pics, hike a little, picnic. It’ll do your heart good.
If you’re visiting on a summer weekend, ride your rented bike or take the Park to Park shuttle to Chautauqua to avoid parking fees and congestion.
Park your bikes, and meander down Pearl Street, a historic pedestrian downtown lane that’s closed to traffic for four blocks (though the fun continues well “off the bricks” in either direction). You’ll find dozens of independent retailers, raved-about eateries and coffee shops galore.
Boulder’s newest food hall, Avanti F&B, has one of the best views in town from its rooftop. Order your food downstairs, choosing from seven mini eateries inside. The meal you see in the video is from Quiero Arepas, which are handmade Venezuelan-inspired corn cakes stuffed with goodies like plantains, cheese and black beans. Tasty drinks can be ordered from the central bar downstairs or on the rooftop.
Cheers to a fun-filled day in Boulder!