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Old 05-13-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Going to be out there for a conference in July from Thursday - Sunday and was thinking about going a few days early for some vacation time with the wife.

What are some good things to do and see there. We like outdoorsy type stuff. I know the obvious hike, mountain bike, etc, but I'm looking for specific recommendations for trails. Strenuous hikes are fine.

Staying at the St. Juilen in Boulder for the conference but can stay up in the mountains for the first part of the week if that is better (cheaper).

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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If you want a strenuous hike you can do Long's Peak. Probably won't make it to the top due to weather constraints (usually very windy) but it's a great hike to just go as far as you can, take in the views and turn back. Make sure you take 3-4x the amount of water you think you need and stay on the trail.

Boulder has a good night life there are a million little bars and the more hole in the wall it looks from the street the better it is IMO.

You can check out the West End Tavern it's pretty close to the St. Julien. The Med (Mediterranean) is a good spot for dinner, and the chop house is right across the street as well.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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I was just there until a day ago.

There's plenty to do out there, rock climbing, catch a show at red rocks, go for a hike along Boulder creek, Boulder is the only municipality in the world to have its own glacier, so if you keep going up the stream you'll see some cool stuff. There's also full cycle off pearl, you can rent some 29er FSR mountain bikes and go nuts on the trails. most importantly there is the beer.


It will probably be cheaper to go anywhere but the st. julien, but it is perfectly located and has a wonderful spa, also just the nicest place in town.

Places to eat at:
Snooze (brunch)
Lucile's (brunch)
Mountain Sun
Under the Sun
The Kitchen
Amu (for sushi)
Sushi Tora
Il Pastaio
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The Med (for happy hour tapa's), it's also pretty much in your building.
Oak at 14th

For beervana head to backcountry tap house, they've also got some pretty decent pizza.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:46 AM   #5
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I was just there until a day ago.

There's plenty to do out there, rock climbing, catch a show at red rocks, go for a hike along Boulder creek, Boulder is the only municipality in the world to have its own glacier, so if you keep going up the stream you'll see some cool stuff. There's also full cycle off pearl, you can rent some 29er FSR mountain bikes and go nuts on the trails. most importantly there is the beer.


It will probably be cheaper to go anywhere but the st. julien, but it is perfectly located and has a wonderful spa, also just the nicest place in town.

Places to eat at:
Snooze (brunch)
Lucile's (brunch)
Mountain Sun
Under the Sun
The Kitchen
Amu (for sushi)
Sushi Tora
Il Pastaio
Pizzeria Locale
The Med (for happy hour tapa's), it's also pretty much in your building.
Oak at 14th

For beervana head to backcountry tap house, they've also got some pretty decent pizza.
Awesome. Thanks. I'll probably stay somewhere else when its on my dime (Sunday - Wednesday) but it sounds like the St. Julien will be nice to be able to explore quickly after my conference is done each night.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:47 AM   #6
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Well the path along boulder creek is pretty but not really strenuous, it is right in the middle of town though. Let me get back to you because I've done a few other nice hikes just outside boulder but don't really remember what they are called. Boulder is several hours from any cool mountain towns to stay in but you could stay in some Podunk town cheap and go hike. Left hand reservoir is nice if you have a truck or suv you can drive to the top and hike from there or in a car you gotta hike from the main road. That one could be strenuous. Let me get back to you.

Edit: haha I think I live the closest but know the least.

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Well the path along boulder creek is pretty but not really strenuous, it is right in the middle of town though. Let me get back to you because I've done a few other nice hikes just outside boulder but don't really remember what they are called. Boulder is several hours from any cool mountain towns to stay in but you could stay in some Podunk town cheap and go hike. Left hand reservoir is nice if you have a truck or suv you can drive to the top and hike from there or in a car you gotta hike from the main road. That one could be strenuous. Let me get back to you.
It's not too podunk but nederland and the like isn't even half an hour away up canyon.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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What is Estes park like? Does that get me closer to hiking? I know it'll save me $200 a night on hotels. Car rentals are damn expensive in Denver. I may look into renting something nice from a small place if it isnt a lot more than the ridiculous airport rent rates that I'm seeing....
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Well the path along boulder creek is pretty but not really strenuous, it is right in the middle of town though. Let me get back to you because I've done a few other nice hikes just outside boulder but don't really remember what they are called. Boulder is several hours from any cool mountain towns to stay in but you could stay in some Podunk town cheap and go hike. Left hand reservoir is nice if you have a truck or suv you can drive to the top and hike from there or in a car you gotta hike from the main road. That one could be strenuous. Let me get back to you.

Edit: haha I think I live the closest but know the least.
Yeah I'll probably do a lot of running along that path in the mornings when I'm at my conference. Looks perfect for that kind of thing.
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