The Flatirons in winter
The Flatirons in winter

About Boulder

Living in Boulder is kind of like living with a peculiar relative. You get used to it, it seems kind of normal — if not the way things should be — and your life is much more interesting and rich because of it. You have insights into corners of life that others don’t even know exist, and even though sometimes it can grate on your nerves, making jokes about it seems to be enough to make it all seem quite lovely.

Boulder’s textbook history is that as a beautiful spot at the base of Boulder Canyon, the area was first inhabited by Arapahoe Indians. It became a settlement for pioneers and gold diggers, and was established as a community to supply miners with essentials as well as gambling and drinking establishments.

At the turn of the 20th century tourism became the taproot for growth. With the establishment of the University of Colorado Boulder and a strong Japanese Studies program, Boulder became known to many during the World War II when there was strong interest in Japan. Boulder was also a center for the “counter culture” of the 60’s and 70’s and due to its innate beauty and inviting climate, became a center for many offshoots of these eras.

In addition to the University of Colorado, Boulder is the home of Naropa University and is a major center for Buddhist studies in the United States. There is also a great interest in alternative medicine, natural foods and organic farming, ecological awareness and cutting edge “green” technologies. And, of course, Boulder is a stronghold for yoga. If you live in Boulder, it’s not exactly mandatory (though it may seem that way) that you’re a body worker, that you eat healthy food, ride a bike, ski, rock climb, and yes... that you practice — if not teach — yoga.

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Lodging Options

Boulder has some outstanding places to stay, ranging from luxury hotels to casual bed and breakfasts. These are some we've had good luck with in the past.