When: First Week in October
Where: Boulder University Inn
Weather: In the 60°F’s
Wear: (see What to Wear – Colorado in October)
Our family is tossing around the idea of moving to Colorado, so we wanted to spend one night checking out Boulder before we headed to RMNP, and it also allowed our kids to get acclimated to the elevation before heading directly into the mountains. They drank lots of water and never complained once the entire trip, so I guess it worked!
We had less than 24 hours to spend in Boulder, and arrived in mid afternoon after driving from the Denver Airport and immediately checked into our hotel, University Inn. I chose this hotel for its location and price (one of the cheaper options in pricey Boulder) and was pleasantly surprised! The room, while on the smaller side, was nicely appointed and clean, and the location was superb. There is a grocery store directly accorss the street, the park is a block north and Pearl Street is less than 5 minute walk away. I am not a huge fan on hotels that have exterior door access to the street, but I felt fine about this one.
We got lucky and on the night we stayed in Boulder there was a farmer’s market going on in Central Park, so we walked the block north from our hotel to feast on delicious and fresh sandwiches, sip on local beer and listen to some live music. The farmers market is offered every Wednesday between May and September and every Saturday between April and mid-November. If you are there during one of these dates I highly recommend a visit! We walked along the creek and found a plethora of ducks that my children chased which brought enormous delight, and then played on the playground by the public library. After all their energy was expelled, we headed back to the hotel for the night.
The next morning my husband needed to catch up on work so I took the kids to the WOW Children’s Museum which was about 20 minutes away in Lafayette. My 5 year old and 20 month old loved this place! It is geared more for younger children (I would say 6 and under), but had a healthy range of exhibits, including a large pirate ship, a dinosaur digging area, a dance floor and stage and a little market where they could sort foods and play check-out.
After the museum we met my husband on Pearl Street for lunch. I love how charming the store fronts are on Pearl Street, as well as how safe to walk around it is, especially for kids since there isn’t a road going through the middle of it. We walked around for awhile and window shopped before enjoying a meal at Next Door Boulder. Its a very modern farmhouse, casual and delicious eatery that offers good kid’s meal options. I would recommend and return to this restaurant.
After lunch we decided to head into the mountains, thus ending our 24 hours in Boulder, but it left us wanting more!