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    Create Your Own Wellness Retreat

    Looking for a way to escape the go-go-go pace of everyday life and focus entirely on your wellbeing for a few days? 

    Boulder has been a wellness destination since the late 1800s when a health retreat called the Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium opened at the foot of the mountains, drawing health-seekers from around the country. While the sanitarium is no longer, Boulder's wellness culture continues to thrive, putting all the ingredients you need to design your own wellness retreat at your fingertips.

    Find Mindfulness

    Boulder is a center for mindfulness and meditation philosophy and practice, which is now recognized by the medical community for its measurable health benefits. You don’t need to go far to find a quiet, soul-reviving place to sit in stillness and observe your thoughts.

    Cairns in Boulder CreekPhoto: Dave Dugdale/Flickr Creative Commons

    Here are a few good choices:

    • Walking a meditation labyrinth is an ancient practice that remains a powerful way to set your mind free. There’s nothing to it. You just follow the path and see what happens.
    • Take some time to meditate outside. Feeling awkward about sitting with your eyes closed in public? Honestly, that’s just an average sight in Boulder.
      • Embrace the sounds of nature and take a seat on the banks of Boulder Creek. A good spot is near the Charles Haertling Sculpture Garden at 9th and Canyon Blvd. 
      • Sunrise Amphitheater is a spectacular perch on Flagstaff Mountain overlooking all of Boulder Valley.  
      • Sawhill Ponds is an out-of-the-way wildlife habitat with plenty of ponds beside which you can plant yourself, listen to birdsong, close your eyes and breath in the cool Boulder air.
      • On the Bobolink Trail are several spots where you can sit on the banks of South Boulder Creek and tune out the rest of the world.
    Relax

    Boulder has been described as “Mecca” for massage education and training, so some of the world’s best massage therapists are right here. 

    St. Julien spa pedicure stations

    • At Siam Sensation Thai Massage Spa — a tucked-away, go-to spa for locals in the know — you’ll be greeted with a steaming cup of ginger tea and kneaded into a state of bliss by experts trained in the art of Thai massage. 
    • A therapeutic foot bath at the raved-about The Dragontree spa can help relieve headaches, cramps and pain, while a full menu of Ayurvedic treatments (steam baths, silk-gloved treatments, warm oil, dry brushing and more) focuses on the integration of the body, mind and spirit to relieve pain, illness and discomfort.
    • Plan to spend a full day at the Spa at St Julien to take advantage of their steam room, sauna, pool, hot tub and patio, use of which comes complimentary with any service. The massage therapists at the St Julien know how to quickly identify your individual needs for an unbelievable, muscle-melting experience.
    • A next-level facial is available at Alchemy Face Bar, which uses only natural, clean products and a holistic approach to skincare. They even have their own line of makeup, Alchemy Minerals, that are actually healthy for your skin, so you’ll be able to take your glow home with you.
    • Feeling a little run down? Visit Hydrate IV Bar in Boulder for an intravenous infusion of saline, B12 vitamins and other minerals and vitamins to help you feel refreshed and nourished.

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    Move

    Get the blood flowing, the heart pumping and the endorphins flowing with some gentle movement on your self-made wellness retreat.

    People participating in Outdoor Yoga at FitLiv Yoga in BoulderAbove: FitLiv Yoga Outdoor Yoga Boulder

    • Yoga Journal called Boulder’s yoga scene “unbeatable.” Some towns have a gas station on every corner; this city has a yoga studio on every corner. You can mix yoga with goats, beer, paddleboards, nature and more — or you can simply choose the studio nearest your hotel. We've yet to come across a bad one!
    • Nature walks are known by researchers to reduce stress and improve mental health. And in Boulder, there’s almost always a nature trail within five minutes or less no matter where you are. Here are a few gentle, scenic strolls:
      • Wonderland Lake Peaceful views on a relatively flat, easy loop around a shimmering lake.
      • Teller Lake Mountain panoramas east of Boulder and lots of birds a-chirping.
      • Boulder Creek Path The creek runs right through the middle of town and is a convenient way to get a dose of the outdoors without going far.  
      • Bald Mountain This short hike up Sunshine Canyon has a scenic overlook that will take your breath away. 

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    Eat Fresh

    Fuel your body with fresh, nutritious, mostly plant-based food for a few days and you’ll see your energy level soar and your happiness increase. It’s the Boulder way, and there are plenty of restaurants to oblige. Check out these healthy places to eat in Boulder.

    One of Flower Child's Bowls sitting in the middle of a table

    • Flower Child A large, cheery café with greenery and flowers and satisfying dishes like the Mother Earth bowl or the Strawberry Fields salad.
    • Fresh Thymes Just point at the salads and dishes that look good behind the case of this clean-eating deli — everything’s tasty.
    • Shine Restaurant and Potion Bar This is comfort food with a conscience. The entire menu is gluten-free and you’ll want to try one of the famous Shine Potions, herbal beverages that can be ordered with a shot of B12 or CBD.
    • Thrive Possibly the hippy-est place in Boulder, and we love it. Everything here is raw, to preserve healthy enzymes, vegan and gluten free — yet is somehow totally delicious.
    • Whole Sol Blend Bar Decadent-tasting frozen acai bowls, smoothies, avocado toast and cold-pressed juices all make eating healthy quick and tasty, right on Pearl Street.
    • Protein Bar Colorful bowls full of grains, legumes and lean meats, plus soups, salads and oatmeals, at this fast-casual café fill you up without the guilt.
    • Wonder Cold-pressed juices, house-pressed nut milks, smoothies and ginger shots are made fresh daily here at this California-inspired juice bar on Pearl Street.

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    Where to Stay

    These comfy places to rest your head put you close to nature or have a full spa on site.

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