Is beautiful, majestic Boulder, Colo. on your list of must-visit places, too? Well, you're in luck! Lawn Party blogger Julie Fuller is here today to share some of her go-to spots, shops and cafés, all of which we think should be immediately added to your travel to-do list.
Living in Boulder means you can escape to the mountains for a short hike or a quick drive and be back in town by 9:00 a.m. Sometimes you end up in places you realize you really should visit more often. Other times, that happens just walking or riding a bike through town. I feel really fortunate to live here while raising a child with my husband, and to have had the chance to watch the town evolve. Boulder feels like home, and these are some of my favorite places.
Alpine Modern Café:
This café, which is tucked away in a college neighborhood on the west side of town, is a great example of the new wave of local businesses that are thriving here. In the past two years, Alpine Modern has grown from a small home and accessories store to a café and publisher of a national quarterly publication, also called Alpine Modern. A beautiful space in a historic cabin, coffee from Denver-based Middle State and Huckleberry coffee roasters, and a delightful food menu have made this one of my new favorite places to meet a friend or to work from while my son is at school in the afternoons.
Cedar & Hyde:
You’ve arrived home as soon as you walk through the door of Cedar & Hyde. Owners (and also sisters) Christie and Poss have an amazing eye for clothing and home products. A thoughtful selection fills the small space effortlessly; everything is just where it belongs. Being able to shop well-known brands like Rachel Comey and No.6 next to the up-and-coming designers they carry—like Ropemaker and Wwake—is what really makes this store special. Oh, and the sisters are pretty great, too.
Three girlfriends from Boulder recently opened this cold-pressed juice spot right around the corner from Cedar & Hyde on West Pearl Street. The organic juices, which are made from local produce, are amazing, but the homemade nut milks are my current favorite. Wonder has brought a sparse, sunny space to life with simple touches.
The Bibimb’fast Bowl with a frozen almond milk mocha latte from Zeal.
The house margarita at the The Kitchen Next Door.
Favorite way to spend a free Saturday afternoon:
Hiking, hanging out with my boys and an early dinner at Under the Sun.
Best brunch spots:
1. Cedar & Hyde: An all-around great place to shop.
2. Nod & Rose: Unique men’s and women’s brands and accessories.
3. Alpine Modern: For the home.
4. Topo Designs: For the men in your life and stylish camping accessories.
Why do you love to call Boulder home?
Boulder offers an amazing quality of life, and I love that the mountains are our backyard as well as our playground.
We have 24 hours in Boulder—what should we do?
Coffee at Alpine Modern Cafe, a hike in Chautauqua followed by brunch at the Chautauqua Dining Hall, shopping and people watching on Pearl Street, happy hour at The Kitchen Upstairs and dinner at Pizzeria Locale.