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    Hiking the Flatirons

    Steve Spencer's Perfect Day in Boulder

    Steve Spencer is a local painter and worked at the tea company Celestial Seasonings for 40 years. He managed the free tour program, where 140,000 visitors per year come to see the tea manufacturer’s original art and take a tour. His own paintings are beloved by locals who find them hanging in local eateries. (Celestial Seasonings is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.)

    How would you spend your ideal day in Boulder?

    I’d start with breakfast at the Chautauqua Dining Hall and a walk up one of the trails around the Flatirons. I’d take a watercolor pad and find a spot to paint one of the spectacular views or just a close-up view of nature.

    Getting around Boulder is best done on foot or bicycle, and it’s all downhill to Moe’s Broadway Bagels for lunch. Then it’s just a few blocks to Pearl Street.

    Boulder Arts and Crafts Co-op

    Several hours and several galleries later, as the sun sets over the mountains, I might watch some street performers or spend the evening at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, dinner at Frasca Food and Wine or Oak at Fourteenth, and a chocolate from Piece, Love and Chocolate.

    Whew! I’m exhausted. But maybe just a quiet walk through a beautiful, older, residential neighborhood to end a day that celebrates the unique quality of life that Boulder offers, where artful living comes naturally.