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48hrs in Boulder, Colorado

After spending 48hrs in Ft Collins, it was time to see what Boulder has to offer.  When a foodie is sent to ‘America’s Foodiest Town’, all I can say is ‘Challenge: Accepted.’ Also, home to 24 craft breweries, 240km of trails, historic Pearl Street as well as the Flatirons, there’s a lot to see and do. Let us begin! 

Our journey began at the Rayback Collectiveknown as Boulder’s Backyard. There are lots of nooks to work in and areas to meet with friends either inside or out on their gorgeous patio; I could've stayed here all day. 

Inside, there are drink vendors offering tasty kombucha from Rowdy Mermaid, fresh coffee from Carabiner Coffee and rotating taps for both beer and cider. Outside, there are rotating food trucks to keep that tummy happy while you relax around the firepit or play a little cornhole. Such a great vibe! 
From there, Jeff Brown, the President of Boulder Beer and cycling enthusiast, lead our tour to where it all began for beer in Colorado, Boulder Beer. It opened in 1979 by 2 professors from the University of Colorado and is now home to a full tap room with restaurant and large, dog friendly patio. When I was there, 12 brews were on tap as well as a few guest taps and collabs. My favs were Shake Chocolate Porter and Cold Hop IPA. Excellent selection! 
Next, we peddled over to Upslope Brewing Company. This brewery has been around since 2008 and now have 2 locations, one for barrel-aging and the other brews the rest. We were greeted by Chad, Beer Cheer Expert, who told us about the brewery's founders from Cleveland and Argentina coming to Colorado to make killer beer...and they did. Fun fact: ‘Upslope’ is a weather condition. Who knew? There were so many choices on tap, it was hard to choose! My favourites were the Tropical Fruit Sour Ale and the Ozo Coffee Brown Ale. So tasty! 

Our last stop was Sanitas Brewing Company. It was a last-minute decision, so they didn’t know where were coming! They have a large tap room indoors, a large patio outside AND a large picnic type area with a fire pit! They offered a variety of IPAs, sours and lagers. It was getting late, so we only popped in for a taster. A great ending to a great tour! Thanks Jeff!
After this epic bike ride, it was time to check in to our hotel, Boulderado. I laughed at the name too, but it really is incredible. My room was gorgeous; absolute lap of luxury. The bed and living room were incredibly comfortable. The bathroom was HUGE; great lighting, makeup mirror and fabulous shower. This historical hotel has the original staircase and stained-glass ceiling from when it was built in 1909! Throughout this building are pieces of history, furniture, photos and memorabilia. It’s amazing to see so much history preserved so well. The hotel even has a speakeasy in the basementThis is a sheik spot to grab a drink and play skee-ball.  
Before thinking about a nightcap, I had to eat! Blackbelly Market is the first restaurant from the award-winning chef, Hosea Rosenberg. You may remember him from Top Chef, so, no pressure, right? I had high expectations and Blackbelly did not disappoint. They are committed to serving local, sustainable, non-GMO food. The butcher is next door and has a room for dry-aging meat. We started with charcuterie with 3 meats and 3 cheeses. Wow. The meats and cheeses were so fresh and so tasty; the house made pickles, crunchy mustard and sweet preservers made this the perfect beginning to a meal. My main was a tri-tip steak, cooked medium, eaten immediately. Tender, flavourful and the au jus was the icing on the cake. A couple sides were thrown in the mix; fingerling potatoes and 3 sisters veggie mix. SO good! Since there’s always room for dessert, we shared a Summer Trifle. Light and fluffy with local peaches, just what I needed to end an award-winning meal. 
Got up early to visit Chautauqua Park, home of the iconic Flatirons. Boulder has over 45,000 acres of open space, meaning it cannot be built on and is owned and maintained by the residents of Boulder. Amazing, right? While hiking in this gorgeous park, you can see that this city has no high-rise buildings. There is a by-law restricting the height of the buildings, so the views are always beautiful. Chautauqua Park has cottages available for rent in this park, but camping is not allowed. I found this strange, but this is a Boulder-owned park, not a government run park, so the residents have a say on what happens there. So empowering! 
My tummy was rumbling after that hike, so lunch at Bru was in order. In a foodie town, this was another amazing stop. Bru brews beer, makes incredible dishes, several made with their own beer! Ian, the owner, gave us the history of Bru, all starting in his garage, while Ian, our fabulous server, made this an experience to remember.

Started with Artisan Cheese and Meat Board complete with edible butter candle, Saison Steamed Mussels(OMG you will dip all available bread in that sauce) and Wood Roasted Calamari(you won’t want to share it). We had some salad and then dove into the wood-fired pizza. There’s always room for pizza, right? We tried 3(yes, 3) sexy, wood-fired, thin crust, sourdough pizzas. The Mushroom pizza came first smothered in garlic white sauce, grana and taragonSo rich! Next was the special, Chicken Parmesan pizza. You can really taste the IPA in their tomato sauce; gives great dimension. Finally, we somehow ate the classic Pepperoni pizza. The pepperoni had some heat to it and it was awesome! Of course we got dessert..I mean, we’ve come THIS far, why not have some ice cream from Heifer & the Hen next door? SO worth it. If you’re a foodie, Bru is the spot for you.  
Time to walk it off on Pearl Street. Four blocks are closed off to traffic making this the perfect outdoor mall, aptly called the Peart Street Mall. Over 1,000 independently owned shops, art and cafes line the mall, not a chain store to be seen! Don’t feel like walking? This is some of the best people watching you’ll find anywhere, so grab a coffee and get watching! 

Want to do what the locals do? Definitely visit the heart of Boulder’s foodie community, the Boulder’s Farmers Market; the place that started it all back in 1987! Not only can you get fresh food to take home, but you can also sit and eat dishes prepared by local chefs with local ingredients as well as local beer. It doesn’t get fresher than this! Check the website for hours before you go! 
Hope you enjoyed my 48hrs in Boulder, Colorado. There’s so much more to eat and do than what I could fit in, but boy, did I try! Boulder is an incredible city and I hope to go back! A huge thanks to the Colorado Tourism Board for sponsoring this post. As usual, all of the snazzy reviews and opinions are my own. 

Please checkout https://www.colorado.com/ for even more to see and do!  

Cheers, 
Lisa

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