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    Plan a Moms’ Getaway to Boulder 

    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. 

    Day 1 

    Drop Your Bags, Maybe Take a Nap

    Arrive in Boulder and check into your hotel. There are 25 hotels in the city of Boulder, and all of them 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. 

    Grownup Hiking 

    Time to get outside without any whining, crying, meltdowns or demands for more snacks. Just you, your girlfriends, and the wildflower-sprinkled hillside. Breathe deep, mamas. That pine-scented air will do you a world of good. Our trail pick would be North Fork Shanahan for the beautiful flowers 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.  

    People hiking Shanahan Ridge Trail

    Dinner at THE Kitchen (Not From YOUR Kitchen) 

    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.

    People walking and dining outdoors in Downtown Boulder Streets

    Dessert to Go

    Time for a frozen treat from nearby Gelato Boy, with flavors like salted honeycomb and orange blossom fudge.

    Women Eating Ice Cream Downtown

    Day 2 

    Breakfast in Bed 

    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.  

    Public Art Walking Tour 

    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.

    Statue in Downtown Boulder of woman on a swing

    Retail Therapy

    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.  

    Summer dress and clothing on ranks from Island Farm
    Above: Island Farm

    Picnic Time 

    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 FrigoFalafel KingTorchy’s Tacos, Fresh Thymes and more. Here are some suggested picnic spots.

    Best of Boulder E-Bike Tour 

    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.   

    People taking an E-Bike Tour in Boulder

    Sundowners by 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. 

    People dining on the patio at Chautauqua Dining Hall in Boulder

    Make a Toast...to Moms 

    Boulder has over 20 breweries, many of which are reopening with the 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.  

    Day 3 

    Breakfast in Bed, Again 

    Hey, this might be your last chance for a while! This time, maybe it’s croissants and pain au chocolate from Le French Café or breakfast burritos from La Choza. Or all of the above. 

    Mani-Pedis 

    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.  

    Panorama Point 

    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. 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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