Visit to Boulder, Part 1

April 9, 2013

Hello, friends!  I have finally had some time to go through the photos from my mother’s and my trip to Boulder, CO, last week.  My brother and his wife moved to Boulder several months ago and I knew I wanted to visit as soon as I could!  Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, I had heard of Boulder’s natural beauty and the town’s free-spirited, eco-friendly vibe.

Because my mom and I took so many photos between the two of us, I have decided to split them into two posts, today’s will be mostly my mom’s photos about the town’s sites and all of the great places we ate and the next post will be mostly my photos of all the scenic beauty we saw on our various hikes and walks!  So, without further ado, here is Boulder, Part 1.

Boulder, CO - lunch at The Yellow DeliBoulder, CO - dinner at Pasta Jay's

On the first day we arrived, we dropped our bags and immediately headed into the heart of town and went to a great, cozy, rustic place called The Yellow Deli on Pearl Street.  That night we met up with my brother and went out to eat (again) at one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever eaten at called Pasta Jay’s.

The next two days, we headed around town for some shopping, making sure to spend some time on their main drag, Pearl Street, in between a couple walks and a short hike.  If you’ve never been to Boulder, Pearl Street is the heart of town where all the great restaurants are as well a ton of great shopping.

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That night, after another short walk, we went to an area known as The Hill where the college kids hang out for one very special restaurant: The Sink.  I am a HUGE fan of the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (as well as food in general), so when I saw this fun, eclectic place in a recent episode, I knew we were going to go!  It was well worth it – the food was delicious, the walls were covered in floor to ceiling murals and the atmosphere was so much fun!  I highly recommend it if you are ever in Boulder.

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The next day we got started early with a bike ride into town for breakfast at the cutest little place called Lucille’s, where they served homestyle Southern comfort food, including the biggest biscuits I have ever seen!  After breakfast, we got ourselves dressed and ready and then went for a tour of the Celestial Seasonings factory, which included unlimited tastings of all of their delicious teas!  Finally, we ended the day with a short trip up the mountains to a little town called Lyons for dinner at the most delicious BBQ restaurant called Smokin’ Daves.  I had a root beer on tap and we all shared a huge family dinner of meat, meat, meat – my favorite!

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On our last day in Boulder, my brother and I went on a hike in the morning and then we all decided to head to Denver and see a little of what the city has to offer before heading to the airport and back home.  First we stopped at the biggest R.E.I. store I have ever seen.  It was three stories high with a climbing wall in the middle of the store!  Next we headed downtown to walk around and take in the sights.  The city was really cool, with a ton of artistic statues, paintings and tons of great shopping and restaurants…

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…And, of course, the grand finale, a picture of the four of us in which I am laughing and making a terrible face!  We had a great trip and I came home exhausted, but glad to be back in my own bed and in my own home town.  I love visiting new places and experiencing new things, but ultimately, it always makes me appreciate my home that much more.

Thanks for reading :)

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  • ourdailydress

    Is that a dog print sweater in the first pic? And all that food looks sooooooo good.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:10 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Haha it’s actually a deer-print sweater that I made myself, but thanks for noticing! And the food was all soooo delicious, that wasn’t even the half of it!!! ;)

      April 10, 2013 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Arantha

    I used to love Pasta Jay’s when we lived in Boulder! And The Sink! Great photos! Pearl Street is so awesome!

    April 12, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! Pearl Street was SO much fun and both Pasta Jay’s and The Sink were delicious!!! :)

      April 12, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply

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