Great for families and anyone who is an outdoor enthusiast and has a passion for the arts!
Theatre-Hikes Colorado will bring a close to its second season here in Colorado with Bram Stoker's classic tale, Dracula: The Death of Nosferatu, adapted by Christopher P. Nichols. Just in time for Halloween, Dracula opens October 9th and runs October 9th, 16th, and 30th at 3pm at Chautauqua park in Boulder. A special performance will be held at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia on October 23rd at 3pm, ticket prices include a tour of the castle, dinner and a cash bar!
Tickets range from $11-$55 and discounts are offered for kids and hiking club/Chautauqua members. Purchase tickets by calling the Chautauqua Box Office at (303) 440-7666 or online at www.Chautauqua.com. The Cherokee Ranch Box Office can be reached at (303) 688-5555 or at www.CherokeeRanch.org. Limited seating is available at all shows, so reserve your spots now!
This is Theatre-Hikes Colorado’s fourth show at Chautauqua Park. After bringing a branch of the Chicago-based company out West and premiering with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in the summer of 2009, Theatre-Hikes had great success with their 2010 summer production of The Little Prince. Audience and actors hike along the beautiful Open Space trails as a full production is performed along the way. A Leave No Trace company, Theatre-Hikes holds strong to its mission of combining the arts and the outdoors while promoting family friendly activity, preservation and theatre in its most natural form.
I loved going on a brief hike in Chautauqua. Be warned, if you are not used to the elevation you will run out of air quick, so be sure to bring water and a sweater/jacket because it is cool. It's nice to bring a lunch so that you can relax on one of the trails and continue going. I've gone on two trails, one leading up to a high elevation where there is minimal bouldering at the top where you can sit down and overlook the entirety of Boulder (very beautiful especially in Autumn!) Or, the longer hike which is great in Spring with the budding flowers (be warned if you have allergies, you may want to take the other trail).
The hike does not take too long and you will notice a lot of runners taking the trail as a daily regimen. Despite the popularity, you are often left by yourself or with your group to enjoy the trail and laugh along. The air is fresh, and you feel very much in-tune with nature. I recommend all the trails. If you look at the website I have provided it shows various hiking trails available around Boulder.
If you are feeling hot in Boulder then drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and have a snowball fight. This will cool you down. The temperature drops 3.5 degrees for every 1,000 feet you travel up or 600 miles you drive north. When youdrive up Rocky Mountain National Park it is the equivelent of driving to the Arctic Circle in a couple of hours.
Tour the Celestial Seasonings factory and find out about this company that is as much a Boulder Icon as the Flatirons.
At one time Celestial Seasonings was the foremost sponsor of Cycling in the USA. This teapot is a reminder of that. Theyalso sponsored a Mini-Classic for young cyclists too.
The heart of Boulder is the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, a multiblock section of Pearl Street in downtown Boulder that is closed to vehicular traffic. This section of Pearl Street is full of interesting shops and fun bars and restaurants. It is also a good place for people watching, with its eclectic mix of yuppie suburbanites, college kids, and granola/hippie folks.
Chautauqua Park is an active center of music, art, and drama. Originating in Chatauqua, New York. Throughout the summer, there are special programs in the arts. The day we visited, there was on-going practice for a theater production for the next month and a gathering of college age people. They rent homes for short and long term use in the park. Unlike many Chautauqua's, this one is unfenced and open so you can easily walk the grounds and see the homes and meeting spaces.
The Chautauqua Institution was opened in 1874, founded by inventor Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent. It was one of the first non-profit arts communities in the country. The charming 19th century institution has attracted a variety of diverse resident artists and lecturers, including George Gershwin, Lucille Ball, and Horace Greeley. All presidents from U.S. Grant to Bill Clinton have given speeches at the Institution.
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Hiking and sun. Boulder is located on the edge of the Front Range and a series of 'hogback' ridges form the western edge of the city. This creates great opportunities for hiking, riding, and getting out doors. On the day we were there, it was in the upper 90's F (low 30's c). No shade was visible, but the paths were busy. We decided to walk around the Chataqua Park (next tip) and enjoy the shade and being outdoors.
Four blocks of public walks, with a few cross streets. Shady and cool on a hot day. The streets are lined with small shops of all sorts. Restaurants abound and depending on the day of the week, there may be a farmers market stretched the length of the mall, or a art fair, or handcrafters. An hour or a day, you can find things to do and places to relax and enjoy the people around.
The buildings that line this stretch of town range in age from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century. Besure to notice the Architectural beauties along this street
The Hill is Boulder's version of the district found in pretty much all college towns with all the bars, shops, eateries, book stores, copy shops, and other places that spring up on the edge of college campuses. It's OK, but it pales in comparison to Aggieville in Manhattan, Kansas. The thing that really bothered me about it is that it sits right next to a very busy and loud street, which pretty much kills the atmosphere. Still, I've have a good time going out there at night, so it's not all bad. If you're looking for a more pleasant experience, try Pearl Street instead.
Is this heaven?
No, it's Liquor Mart.
Seriously, this is the most amazing liquor store I've ever seen. For starters, it looks like it occupies an old grocery store, so that gives you an idea of how huge it is. But it's not just aisle after aisle of the same stuff. It's truly amazing how many different kinds of beer, wine, and liquor this place offers. I found some really obscure Polish vodka that I've only found in one other store in the US. And much to my surprise, they actually had two kinds of it. Another amazing thing is that the prices are actually quite reasonable, which is surprising considering how insanely expensive Boulder is.
The Pearl Street Mall is one of the most successful and pleasant pedestrian malls I've ever visited. I didn't notice any vacant storefronts, and there is a wide variety of shops all along it. There's also a nice mix of restaurants. Overall it's a nice, relaxing, and casual place with plenty to do and see.
Shop and or People Watching on Pearl St. This is quintesentially what people remember of Boulder proper. It's admittedly a small 4 block area but it's quaint if a bit pricey. Mix and mingle with Olympic athletes, homeless, students, all sorts of others. There are a few great restaurants on or near the mall. Some of the best nightlife in Boulder is also located here. Also see the Boulder Bookstore, Bart's CD Cellar, Juanita's, Jax Fish House, Boulder Army Store, Mountain Sun Brew Pub, Rhumba, Trident, University Bikes, Peppercorn, and The newly remodeled West End Tavern, Sushi Tora, Sushi Zanmai, Hapa Sushi, and last but certainly not least...The Boulder Theater.
The Colorado Music Festival is a six-week summer classical music festival at the beautiful, historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. Featuring professional musicians from around the world and Music Director Michael Christie, the festival offers something for everyone.
The 2007 summer season will feature world-renowned percussionist Colin Currie, the Colorado premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s flamenco opera Ainadamar, a unique chamber orchestra performance of Carl Orff’s Camina Burana, acclaimed pianist Simon Trpceski, internationally acclaimed klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection," and much more!
Chautauqua Auditorium is a turn-of-the-century, all-wood structure that is considered one of the best acoustical venues in Colorado. And with its location at the base of the Flatirons, it is surrounded by truly spectacular scenery.
One of the great summer things to do is to enjoy a picnic and a nice bottle of wine at Chautauqua Park prior to a CMF concert.
It's a Boulder summer musical treasure!
I can't imagine why any student here would ever want to leave. It's a beatiful campus with a view of the mountains and flat irons. The architecture is great and it is so nice just to walk around campus and enjoy the views and the atmosphere.
Buchanan's serves a good cup of coffee. It's on the Hill so it gets a great vibe from the students. My favorite part was the view. Just look out the window and the Flat Irons are practically on top of you. It certainly makes you want to linger and relax.