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Love Actively: Boulder's Most Exciting, Scenic and Romantic Attractions



Romance abounds in Boulder, Colorado largely thanks to the city's scenic mountains, trails, and local events. Whether you're out for a relaxed afternoon with your honey or planning a romantic evening, Boulder sets the mood for lovers.

 

Topping our list is Chatauqua Park with dozens of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and the scenic splendor of Boulder's famed Flatirons. Picnic tables and shelters can be found dotted throughout the park and along hiking trails for a romantic stop mid-hike and wild-life sightings are common throughout much of the year.

For something a bit more urban, lovely Pearl Street is perfect for couples who want to eat, drink, and merrily take in the sights and sounds of downtown. Charming street performers are a common draw, as are the pop-jet fountains and urban sculptures that can be found dotted along the street. Bars and fine-dining make a romantic dinner top priority, as do Pearl Street's microbreweries, West Flanders, Mountain Sun, and the Walnut Brewery.

If relaxation and intimacy are a top priority, visit one of the spa selections on our list which are certain to leave you feeling refreshed and sensual. 


Stick to our list and you and your honey are sure to enjoy Boulder's romantic attractions to their fullest potential.


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This luxurious and noteworthy spa is known for its retreat room where you can relax as long as you like after your customizable and hand-selected treatments. Spavia truly has something for everyone. For those in need of massage, they offer couples massge, prenatal, sports, and many more. If your skin is in need of TLC, Spavia provides age defense, cleansing, and hydraderm facials. Even men can relax at Spavia with deep tissue and sports massage, as well as hot stone therapy. Beauty treatments include mineral make-up, lash extensions, tanning solutions, and waxing to ensure that you're gorgeous for your stay in the mountains of Colorado.


Named by the "Wall Street Journal" as among America's leading open-air pedestrian malls. Whether it's books, clothing, sporting goods, candy, or jewelry, there's a little something here for everyone. The area includes galleries, entertainment venues, historic sites, and architectural landmarks, while the extensive dining options range from Russian to Thai. The site of frequent outdoor concerts and community events, the Pearl Street Mall is frequented by locals of all ages. Big names such as Patagonia, Athleta, and Prana can be found on the mall, as well as local favorites like Boulder Art Mart, Peppercorn's, and the quaint Boulder Book Store.




Spa at St Julien is the most luxurious spa experience in the Front Range. Manicures, pedicures, and facials are just the beginning of the pampering and pleasures to be experiences at this world-renowned respite. Spa at St Julian employs advanced spa treatments from Europe and Asia, as well as highly trained staff who take great pride and enjoyment in helping you to relax and unwind. Body purification can help you to detox, tea is available for sipping, and robes fit for kings and queens can be worn as you receive your treatments. The St Julien's Gentleman Facial is perfect for men who deserve some pampering after that hardwork and the Facial Freshener is perfect for ladies who need to look fresh and fabulous before an evening out in Boulder.


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This non-profit contemporary arts center exhibits a wide array of current works by local, national, and international artists. Artwork runs the gamut from landscape painting to conceptual installations and everything in between. The multidisciplinary center houses a local theater company and is a venue for avant-garde musical and dance performances. Furthermore, some exhibits have even included artistic food creations to be sampled by the public and numerous live performances by artists. Special activities and workshops for young artists are also offered and teachers leading field-trips are given a special, reduced rate.




This lovely restaurant was a gift from Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which donated the building to the city in the late 1980's. The ornately decorated structure was imported and then rebuilt by workers from Tajikistan. Appetizers include Persian grilled chicken strips marinated in yogurt and spices. Koresht Bademjan, which is Persian braised beef stew with eggplant, onions, tomatoes and spices served with orange currant couscous, and Persian tamarind shrimp are two of the featured main dishes. In the spring, be sure to take a seat on their patio and enjoy Boulder Creek as you sip on their delicious iced chai.




Perched above the small and quirky town of Nederland, Colorado, Eldora Ski Resort is a local favorite for families and powder hounds alike. Unlike the ski resorts on I-70 such as Vail and Breckenridge, Eldora is smaller, easier to access, and less expensive. However, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice great skiing. Eldora has a variety of terrain and their longest run is 3 miles. Most runs are intermediate but, for those hoping to put their skills to the test, advanced terrain is available to be enjoyed including some excellent tree skiing. This season, skiers will also enjoy Eldora's new high-powered ski lift, Alpenglow! After skiing, be sure to stop off in Nederland for a slice of Backcountry Pizza and a beer at Very Nice Brewery.




The Huckleberry is known for its romantic and quaint atmosphere, delicious dishes, and remarkable pies and pastries. On Valentine's Day they serve from a special menu and allow each guest one appetizer, entree, and dessert item for $29. Afternoon tea is also a fun away to celebrate Valentines Day or date-day and is served with delicious pastries made fresh daily. Some of their most noteworthy dishes include their Vegetarian Eggs Benedict Border Burger, and Cast Iron Trout. After enjoying your meal and tea, be sure to walk around downtown Louisville. This small and charming community is the perfect getaway for lovers.


Chautauqua Park
Photo courtesy of © 2014 City of Boulder Parks & Recreation


This meadow-like foothills park is ideal for a lazy afternoon with a book, a family picnic, bird watching, or a vigorous hike on numerous trails that will suit any skill level. The hiking trails take you into the Flatirons and the Bluebell Shelter or the top of Flagstaff Mountain. A century old community center occupies the middle of the park. Numerous lectures and musical performances are scheduled, including the Colorado Music Festival, which is held each summer. The Royal-Arch and Green Mountain hikes are not-to-be-missed but should only be attempted if you're in good shape, have plenty of water, and have had a few days to acclimate to Boulder's altitude. Hungry after your adventure? Chautauqua Dining Hall is a cozy and romantic spot for lovers.


Indian Peaks Wilderness
Photo courtesy of Hope Gately

Indian Peaks Wilderness, located along Colorado's scenic Peak-to Peak Highway just above Ward and Nederland is known for its pristine wilderness, jutting mountains, roaring streams, and challenging hikes. Couples will experience secluded spots during the winter months, where they can be alone and relax. A winter wonderland come January, backcountry skiing and snow shoeing can be accessed near the Brainard Lake area. However, the road is closed, so hiking in is your only option and well worth the effort. Some favorite areas include Lake Isabelle, Blue Lake, and Isabelle Glacier. When skiing or snowshoeing in the backcountry, it is essential to be familiar with avalanche conditions. It is also recommended that adventurers bring an avalanche shovel and avalanche beacons. On the way back to Boulder, love-birds should be sure to stop at Very Nice Brewery in Nederland for a pint.


Located on famous and romantic Pearl Street, Piece, Love, & Chocolate Company is the perfect place for dessert on date-night, Valentine's Day, or for couples who just want to treat themselves. Known for their truffles, decadent cakes, and in-store hot chocolate, this Chocolate Boutique caters to those with a sweet tooth. A local favorite you can't get anywhere else, their truffles made with beer from Boulder's microbreweries are sure to be a hit. Wanna relax instead of taking your chocolate to go? Many of PLC's cakes are served by the slice and can be eaten in their cozy sitting nook or on their Pearl Street Patio.


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Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope

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