To say you’ve earned a break after being quarantined at home with your kiddos for...well, way too long...is the understatement of the century. You can’t pour from an empty cup, as they say, so maybe now’s the time to plan a weekend to rejuvenate with your closest mom friends. Sleep in, eat nourishing food someone else prepares, let someone else do the cleaning up, and enjoy some much-needed bonding time.
Boulder offers the safe, easy, and beautiful change of scenery you’ve been craving for weeks now. Just bring your face covering for those times when you can’t social distance; it’s mandated in Boulder County.
Arrive in Boulder and check into your hotel. There are 25 hotels in the city of Boulder, and they are taking extraordinary safety and sanitizing precautions. Check-in and rest your eyes for a bit, if you want — you've got a fun couple of days ahead of you.
Time to get outside without any whining, crying, meltdowns or demands for more snacks. Just you, your girlfriends, and the pine-scented hillside. Breathe deep, mamas. That fresh air will do you a world of good. Our trail pick would be North Fork Shanahan for the beautiful scenery and relatively low levels of hikers. This interactive trails map can also help you pick additional trails that are less traveled, and here are several more hikes to choose from.
You’ve burned some calories hiking, now it’s time to treat yourself. Boulder has closed some streets to traffic so that restaurants can expand their seating out into the street. Make a reservation at The Kitchen for dinner out on their picnic tables, distanced from other diners. The food here is some of the freshest around, from the seared scallops to the smashed fingerling potatoes. Not ready to eat out? Order to-go.
Time for a frozen treat from nearby Gelato Boy, with flavors like salted honeycomb and orange blossom fudge.
Sleep in and let breakfast come to you. Order room service from your hotel, or use Door Dash to order up the famous Arnold’s Eggs from Dot’s Diner or the Green Goddess Avocado Toast from Woodgrain Bagels.
Take a stroll and see some of Boulder's thought-provoking murals and sculptures on this self-guided public art walking tour. It takes you through downtown and beside Boulder Creek for about an hour-long walk.
If you’re up for it, many shops in Boulder are open and are taking precautions. Only a few shoppers are allowed into stores at a time, face coverings are required, and tried-on items go into a 24-hour “rest” period before returning to the floor. Read more about safe shopping here. Pearl Street is lined with boutiques you’ll love, from Island Farm’s elegant jewelry and floaty dresses to Haven’s chic loungewear to Two Sole Sisters’ to-die-for shoes.
Above: Island Farm
The gold standard in picnic fare is Cured, a gourmet deli with sandwiches and cheese plates that are beyond delish. Lots of foods are picnic-portable in Boulder: Le Frigo, Falafel King, Torchy’s Tacos, Fresh Thymes and more. Here are some suggested picnic spots.
Pedego Bikes in Boulder is open and providing tours to small groups. They fully sanitize their bikes between uses, and their experienced guides wear face coverings. If you’ve never tried an e-bike, you’re in for a treat. You'll feel like a superhero zooming up hills with the greatest of ease. This tour takes you through historic downtown, along the Boulder Creek Path and up to the foot of the Flatirons.
The historic Chautauqua Dining Hall is situated right at the foot of the Flatirons and has a large wraparound veranda. It’s a great place to recount the day’s adventures over crispy Brussels sprouts and their rosemary pomegranate sangria.
Boulder has over 20 breweries. Many of those with food service have reopened, and many of those are making use of their outdoor patios. Gunbarrel Brewing is one that has a large outdoor space, where you can raise a glass to you and your badass mom friends with their Anytime Amber or Salt Lick Sour Gose out on the expansive patio. (Be aware that last call is at 11pm by state order, ladies!)
A lot of us have been holding off on this one because it seems so not...essential. But maybe now’s your chance to give it a try. When you’re ready, J Lounge's safety procedures are on point, from taking all customers’ temperatures upon entering to plastic partitions between client and tech at the manicure stations.
Before you head home, make one last stop. At Panorama Point, you can look out over Boulder Valley and take a deep breath, feeling re-centered after a weekend of mom-focused fun, adventure and relaxation.