Practicing farm-to-table sourcing, Chautauqua farm gets a large portion of its produce, eggs and meat from Three Leaf Farm of Lafayette, Colo. Sustainable, local sourcing means you can rest assured that your food is high quality and fresh, and your money is going to support local agriculture.
Flowers bloom, as the Flatirons tower above Chautauqua Dining Hall — Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Dining Hall
Some must-try dishes on the menu include Butternut Squash Risotto, Smothered Roast Cutlet and Pan-Seared Trout. Note: Many of the items on the Dining Hall's menu are seasonal and change often.
In addition to a rich history and exceptional food, Chautauqua Dining Hall is quite possibly one of the coziest settings in Boulder. Two fireplaces and sitting areas allow for groups to gather for warm drinks and appetizers.
For those who want to tuck themselves away in a quiet corner for reading and writing, Chautauqua Dining Hall is far more peaceful and elegant than any coffee shop around.
In the mood for more than coffee? Chautauqua Dining Hall offers a fully-stocked bar and one of the best happy hours in town, featuring beer from local breweries, including Boulder's own Upslope and Avery Brewing Company.
For a true Colorado beverage, try the Rocky Mountain Mule, which mixes house-made ginger ale, apple whiskey and salted lime.
Rustic elegance invites you to dine in style — Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Dining Hall
Chautauqua Dining Hall sits near Chautauqua Park and Boulder's well-known Flatirons. Hiking, picnicking and photography are just some of the pastimes you can practice when you come for a visit.
Popular trails include the Royal Arch trail, the Flatirons Loop and the Mesa Trail. Dogs are allowed on nearly all of the trails, but unless they have a Boulder "sight and sound command" tag, then they must remain on leash.
Be sure to stop into the Ranger Station for maps, displays about the various animals you'll find in the Rocky Mountains and more history on this magical place.
If you're a lover of the arts, Chautauqua Auditorium hosts concerts, outdoor films and a variety of other entertainment throughout the year.
See, Chautauqua is an educational movement dating back to the late 1800s, whose main purpose was to bring arts, entertainment and speakers to the community.
Boulder's Chautauqua, founded in 1989, is one of the oldest in the country, and it hasn't ceased in its operation since it was first established. As such, it's been bringing music, culture and exquisite dining to the Boulder area for over 100 years!