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10 Must-Follow Boulder Instagrammers

October 19, 2017

Boulder’s gorgeous landscapes, amazing food, stunning hiking destinations and and nail-biting adventure sports have made for some jaw-dropping photos. Follow these 10 must-follow Boulder Instagrammers, guaranteed to keep your Insta feed filled with beautiful photographs, sure to inspire you to get out there and enjoy everything that Boulder has to offer.

#1 @glennasakawa

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See Boulder through the lens of Glenn Asakawa, Pulitzer Prize winner and CU Boulder’s Associate Director of Photography. Glenn will wow you with his photojournalistic style as well as amazing ability to capture Boulder’s most magical moments.

Follow Glenn on Instagram @glennasakawa.

#2 @theboulderhikerchick

Alli Fronzaglia, is the founder of Boulder Hiker Chicks, a local, open hiking group for women in Boulder. Follow Alli for hiking inspiration, mountain adventures and gorgeous Boulder landscapes.

Follow Alli Fronzaglia on Instagram @theboulderhikerchick.

#3 @BoulderGRUB

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BoulderGRUB features IG posts of CU foodies and their deliciously photo-worthy food finds around Boulder. Follow BoulderGRUB will only make you hungry, so be prepared!

Follow BoulderGRUB on Instagram @bouldergrub.

#4 @marysusanstults

Mary Susan Stults is a Boulder and international yoga instructor, as well as stand-up paddleboarder and meditation teacher. Follow Mary Susan for yoga, SUP and travel photos in and around Boulder, as well as all over the globe.

Follow Mary Susan Stults on Instagram @marysusanstults.

#5 @christopherweidner

Chris Weidner, rock climber and Daily Camera writer will make your hands sweat with his stunning photos of rock climbers in Boulder and around the world. Follow Chris if you enjoy adventure photography, rock climbing, and breathtaking landscapes.

Follow Chris Weidner on Instagram @christoperweidner.

#6 @eye.of.ty

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Ty Newcomb is a Boulder-based photographer, delivering dreamy scenes and ethereal landscapes to your Instagram feed. Follow Ty for mind-blowing scenes from Boulder and around the world.

Follow Ty Newcomb on Instagram @eye.of.ty.

#7 @microadventurefamily

Micro-Adventure Family is a Boulder-based family documenting its adventures in Boulder and around the country. Follow this family if you are looking for kid-friendly adventure ideas, family travel tips and travel photos.

Follow Micro-Adventure Family on Instagram @microadventurefamily.

@stephenshelesky

Stephen Shelesky is an outdoor adventure and travel photographer, focusing on landscapes and skiing. Follow Stephen for awesome Boulder photos as well as adventure photography in Colorado and around the world.

Follow Stephen Shelesky on Instagram @stephenshelesky.

#8 @christenbrowntri

 

 

Christen Brown is a pro triathlete based in Boulder. Follow Christen for training inspiration for running, biking and swimming, as well as fun travel photos and local landscapes.

Follow Christen Brown on Instagram @christenbrowntri.

#9 @barefootatlas

Caitlin of @barefootatlas is a Boulder-based photographer who focuses on landscapes, self portraits and travel photography. Follow Caitlin for beautiful local shots, photography inspiration, as well as ethereal portraits.

Follow Caitlin on Instagram @barefootatlas.

#10 @traveledeyes

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@traveledeyes is a photo journal of outdoor life in Boulder. Follow @traveledeyes for a stunning view of outdoor adventure, triathlon training, as well as local landscapes.

Follow @traveledeyes on Instagram.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Boulder

August 26, 2017
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It’s pretty great to be a dog in Boulder. Colorado canines enjoy everything that life could possibly offer — access to super fun dog parks, the very best hiking, great swimming spots, as well as more relaxing activities like hanging with their human pals at the local brewery. I don’t know about your dog, but mine assumes he is invited everywhere I’m going, and he is almost always right! For National Dog Day, I put together a list of my favorite things to do in and around Boulder with my best furry friend.

#1 Hike One of Boulder’s Beautiful Trails

Dogs are at their happiest outside, exploring the world. Boulder has a ton of amazing options for hikes — here are two of my favorites. The¬†Tenderfoot Trail, a meandering, easy Boulder hike, perfect for enjoying some time outdoors with your dog of any age or ability. Totaling just a little under 2 miles there and back, this trail gains only 345 feet of elevation, and boasts amazing mountain views, as well as beautiful wildflowers. If your dog craves more of a challenge, Kohler Mesa Trail is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado. A moderately difficult hike, this trail starts with a steep elevation climb, then backs off with an easier trail. With any hiking, be sure to bring plenty of water and a bowl to keep your pup hydrated and happy!

#2 Take Your Best Friend to the Park

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Boulder offers four dog parks around town, there is sure to be one near you! East Boulder Dog Park, Foothills Dog Park & Valmont Dog Park all have separate areas for small and large breed dogs to meet up, play and have a fantastic time! There is also a fourth park, Howard Heuston Dog Park that is available to dogs with voice and sight control tags. For more information on the dog parks, click here. For information regarding voice and sight control tags, click here.

#3 Bring Your Furry Buddy to a Brewery

Photo Courtesy Boulder Beer Company

Many breweries in and around Boulder are dog-friendly! Avery Brewing is known for it’s dog-friendly patio seating, great service (wait staff will bring your dog a bowl of water!), as well as world-class craft brews. Boulder Beer offers outdoor seating for patrons with furry friends as well as a “dog door” to access the outdoor area. They are known for taking care of furry customers with a nice bowl of water, as well as offering their human friends delicious food and fresh beer. Outside of Boulder, 4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield is known for it’s dog-friendly tasting room. Since no food is served at the brewery, dogs are allowed inside! Not to worry, if you get hungry, there is almost always a food truck available (food truck schedule here). The brewery also offers incredible craft brews, spacious outdoor seating and close proximity to a public indoor dog pool, pet spa, pet supply shop and animal hospital.

#4 Take Your Dog Swimming

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My dog hates the water, but for some dogs — water is absolute heaven! There are a handful of places to take your pup for a swim in and around Boulder. At the¬†East Boulder Dog Park, there is a small pond where dogs are permitted to take a dip. West Lake at Twin Lakes in Gunbarrel (right across the street from Avery Brewing!) is a local favorite, a nice spot for both a hike and a swim. After Labor Day during the off season, Boulder Reservoir¬†allows dogs to swim at the South Shore. Until then, check out nearby Coot Lake, which always allows dogs.

Happy National Dog Day!

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Free Yoga Classes in Boulder – International Day of Yoga

June 20, 2017
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Take a yoga class for FREE in (and around) Boulder today! To celebrate International Day of Yoga, I have put together a list of free (and donation-based) classes this week to get you started (or re-started!) on your yoga practice. Yoga transforms both body and mind and has been so effective for so many that this physical, mental and spiritual practice is over 5,000 years old. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.

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Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru notes the importance of June 21 in the yogic tradition: ‚ÄúOn the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.‚ÄĚ

Free Yoga In and Around Boulder this Week

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Wednesday, June 21 (International Day of Yoga!)

Community Yoga with Tania
12 Р1PM @PrAna Boulder 1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Yoga for Smiles with Raj Seymour
5:30 Р6:30PM @Core Power Yoga РSouth Boulder 645 27th Way, Boulder, CO 80305
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Yoga Day! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation is $10. Enjoy free samples from Blue Moose of Boulder and Bobo’s Oat Bars after class!

Yoga for Smiles¬†with¬†No√ęlle de Boulder
5 – 6PM @Core Power Yoga – Boulder on The Hill
1129 13th St, 2nd Floor, Boulder, CO 80302 
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Day of Yoga! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation $10.

Yoga for Smiles with Laura
5 Р6PM @Core Power Yoga РNorth Boulder 
3280 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Day of Yoga! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation $10.

Thursday, June 22

Community Yoga with Alec
12 Р1PM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Neighborhood Yoga Series with Jenna Bee Yoga & Olivia Hsu
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM @North Boulder Park,
 2848 9th St, Boulder, CO 80304
This free series is sponsored by WonderPress, prAna, Topo Designs, and Zeal Optics. Open to the public, donations encouraged.

Outlaw Yoga with Mark Stefanowski
7PM @The Village at the Peaks Mall in Longmont РVillage Green, 1250 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501
This free all levels community class hosted by Outlaw Yoga is sponsored by The Village at the Peaks Mall in Longmont along with Whole Foods and Hiball Energy Founding. Come for class and hang around for fun after.

Qoya Yoga & Dance with Sarah Silvas-Bernstein
7:15- 8:15PM @Earth Yoga Boulder, 3000 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Qoya classes, which are a blend of yoga,dance, and community connection, are based on the idea that through movement we remember. This class is donation-based. Sign up here.

Friday, June 23

Community Yoga with Maggie
12 Р1PM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Community Yoga at Odyssey Yoga in Longmont
5 Р6PM @Odyssey Yoga, 340 Lashley St, Longmont, CO 80504
Join us for an all-levels Flow led by graduates of Odyssey’s Teacher Training! This FREE class will be accepting donations for local and national charities and organizations.

Saturday, June 24

Community Yoga with Lynsay
10:30 Р11:30AM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Summer Solstice Yoga with Terese Shanley
9-10AM @Athleta Boulder, 1133 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Unite with the power of breath, light and movement within your own body! Through a focused series or breath-work and holds, Terese will guide us to connect with our own life force to change our energy and set our intentions as we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Arrive at Athleta Boulder 10 minutes before the start of class to register, meet the instructor and relax with your mat. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one! This event is sponsored by Eldorado Springs Water. Free Parking in the Spruce Street Garage on Saturdays, 1 block North of Athleta

Heated CorePower C1 Class with Katarina
4:30 Р5:30PM @CorePower Yoga РWestminster, 11940 Bradburn Blvd #600, Westminster, CO 80031
Unroll your yoga mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll explore the yoga postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga in Westminster. Our C1 class is set to inspiring tunes, and is a foundation-building yoga class that will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace. This class will be heated.

Heated CorePower C1 Class with Stephanie
5:30 Р6:30PM @CorePower Yoga РBroomfield Flatirons, 549 Flatiron Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021
Unroll your yoga mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll explore the yoga postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield. Our C1 class is set to inspiring tunes, and is a foundation-building yoga class that will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace. This class will be heated.

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Sunday, June 25

Community Yoga with Devon
2 -3PM @PrAna Boulder 1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Community Kundalini and LIVE Gong
8 Р9AM @The Little Yoga Studio, 
2525 Arapahoe Ave, E-42, Boulder, CO 80302
Practice Kundalini Yoga at The Little Yoga Studio as taught by yogi Bhajan, is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. Practitioners call Kundalini Yoga the yoga of awareness because it focuses on the expansion of sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness and merge it with the Infinite consciousness. 

Summer Sundays on the Hill – CorePower Yoga with Daniel
9 Р10AM @The Hill, 
1325 Broadway Suite 214, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Lululemon is teaming up with CorePower Yoga on The Hill for the first month of “Summer Sundays on the Hill.” This summer, the city will be closing 13th street on Sunday mornings and will celebrate summer with FREE outside CorePower yoga.

OUTLAW Yoga with Mark Stefanowski
10:30 Р11:30AM @Rails End Beer Company РBroomfield, 11625 Reed Ct B, Broomfield, CO 80020
Join Founding OUTLAW Mark Stefanowski for a donation-based all levels OUTLAW Yoga Class in Broomfield, CO at Rails End Beer Company.

Free Community Class at Yoga Loft
11AM Р12PM @Yoga Loft of Boulder, 633 S Broadway n, Boulder, CO 80305
This is a spirited and spontaneous yoga class inspired by recent graduates of Yoga Loft‘s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. These non-heated yoga classes are structured with all levels in mind. Come join in the fun and support these new teachers as they practice sharing their passion for yoga.

Yoga Sculpt: CorePower FREE Teacher-in-Training Class
12 Р1PM @Core Power Yoga РBoulder on The Hill 1129 13th St, 2nd Floor, Boulder, CO 80302 
CorePower‘s¬†Yoga Sculpt¬†combines muscle and yoga. Boost metabolism and build lean muscle mass as you move to upbeat tracks. You‚Äôll combine free weights with CorePower Yoga 2 sequencing and cardio to intensify each yoga pose while mixing in strength-training moves like squats, lunges and bicep curls.

Qoya Yoga & Dance with Sarah Silvas-Bernstein
12:30 Р1:30PM @Earth Yoga Boulder, 3000 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Qoya classes, which are a blend of yoga,dance, and community connection, are based on the idea that through movement we remember. This class is donation-based. Sign up here.

Free Community Yoga with Out Boulder County
1 Р2PM @Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St, Boulder, Colorado 80301
Bring your mat and enjoy a bendy, fun, relaxing, and body-affirming hour of yoga! All abilities and flexibilities (gender, sexuality, limbs) are welcome. No mat? No worries. . . there will be mats available to use. Cost: Donation based, all proceeds benefit Out Boulder County. All inquires contact Out Boulder County.

Free Beginner’s Class with Kelse
2:30 Р3:30PM @CorePower Yoga РBroomfield East, 3700 W 144th Ave c100, Broomfield, CO 80020
Try out this free beginner’s yoga class at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield (East).

Seva Teacher Training Graduates Give Back Donation Class
3 – 4PM @Yoga Pod Boulder,¬†Yoga Pod‘s recent Seva Teacher Training graduates are inspired to give back by offering a donation class, benefiting the Give Back Yoga Foundation. This energetic vinyasa class is suitable for all levels of practitioner. Modifications will be offered for beginner level students while more advanced students can also expect a good challenge. Classes are diverse, as the specific teacher will bring their own creative element, however all classes will focus on proper alignment techniques and safe and intelligent sequencing progressions. Some previous yoga experience is suggested. Classes are 60 minutes long.

Can’t make it this week? Check out this awesome resource for free yoga classes in Boulder here.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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5 Fun Things to Do with Dad for Father’s Day in Boulder

June 16, 2017

Having a hard time deciding what to do with the dad in your life on Father’s Day? I’ve put together a list of unique, fun things to do this Sunday for Father’s Day in Boulder. Whether he loves brews, BBQ, classic cars, go karts or music, there are a ton of fun places to take Dad this weekend, in and around Boulder!

Go Kart with Dad at Gateway Park Fun Center

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Where: Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 North 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours:¬†10AM ‚Äď 10PM

Cost:¬†Prices vary based on activity (admission is free) ‚Äď view full pricing here.

Gateway Park Fun Center is a dad‚Äôs dream come true (and so fun for kids too!). Opened in the 1980s, this park has maintained tons of original features, giving it an eclectic, old school feel that will bring you back to your childhood. Many activities include 18-hole mini golf courses ‚ÄĒ choose from the Windmill Course or the Castle Course, or play both!! The park also offers a full-size driving range for avid golfers.

The park also offers bumper cars, as well as single-seat and double-seat go carts. Gateway is home to Boulder’s only batting cages, with a variety of pitch speeds for softball and baseball. The arcade is filled with different kinds of video and interactive games. Many of the games spit out tickets which can be traded in for fun prizes at the end of your visit. Gateway offers a snack bar as well as a picnic area.

Take Dad for a Beer at a Local Brewery

Photo Courtesy of FATE Brewing Company

There are so many amazing local breweries, I couldn’t choose just one! Many breweries in and around town are offering awesome deals for dads this Sunday for Father’s Day.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons is featuring BBQ shrimp, salmon, and andouille sausage with cheesy mac and coleslaw. Cans of Dale’s Pale Ale will be $2 all day. For the little ones, there will be plenty of delicious kid-friendly options as well as a bouncy castle!

Boulder Beer is hosting a Pig Roast at the Pub to honor dad for Father’s Day! $14/ plate includes smoked pork, two sides, BBQ black beans, macaroni salad and Chef Logan Wolff‘s homemade biscuits!

FATE Brewing Company is celebrating father’s day by offering every dad one free core beer pint. Every father. All day.

Wonderland Brewing in Broomfield is offering a free beer to all dads on Father’s Day.

Deals or no, Boulder has a long list of amazing breweries. Click here for the full list.

Take Dad to a Car Show

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Photo Courtesy Hazel’s Beverage World

Where: Hazel Parking Lot, 1955 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

When: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Hazel’s Beverage World is hosting the Show & Shine Car Show in the parking lot this Sunday for Father’s Day. This is a family friendly event, open to the public with free food provided by MillerCoors. Have a car that you want to show? Classic, muscle, custom, new performance, and special interest cars welcome, no registration required.¬†Participants are asked to display for a minimum of 2 hours. As a thank you for showing your car, show participants will receive a Hazel’s gift card.

Take Dad to See Drive-By Truckers & Rose Hill Drive at Chautauqua Auditorium

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Photo Courtesy Rose Hill Drive Facebook Page

Where: Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80302

When: June 17, 7:30PM

Cost: $35 – $50

Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with ‚ÄúAmerican Band,‚ÄĚ they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. On Saturday night, Drive-By truckers will be performing with Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive¬†at Chautauqua Auditorium.

Take Dad Out for Some Amazing BBQ

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Photo Courtesy LuLu’s BBQ

Every dad I know loves some great BBQ… If you and dad aren’t up to grilling this Father’s Day, don’t worry — there are plenty of amazing BBQ spots in and around Boulder! Here are some of our favorites, listed by city.

Boulder: 

A Colorado original and a Boulder favorite for over 20 years, KT’s BBQ¬†serves Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides. Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!). My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Boulder at¬†2660 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304¬†&¬†7464 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Moe’s Original BBQ¬†serves quick Southern-style BBQ with rotating sides, so you can try something new every time. Located near campus at¬†675 30th St, Boulder, CO 80303.

Louisville:

LuLu’s BBQ¬†in Louisville is a casual sit-down restaurant, serving Texas-style BBQ with a TON of amazing sides to choose from including fried okra, potato salad, corn bread and so much more. Lulu’s also has a full bar – ask for the amazing Texas slush! Great spot for bringing the kids, Lulu’s has a kids menu that includes kids favorites like hot dogs, mac and cheese and pb&j as well as a BBQ option. Located at¬†701 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

Superior:

If you want some Wayne’s Smoke Shack – True Texas BBQ¬†this weekend, you’ll need to take Dad for an early Father’s Day lunch as Wayne’s isn’t open Sundays. This lunch-only chain is hugely popular for its Texas-style sold-by-the-pound meat. Located at¬†406 Center Dr, Superior, CO 80027.

Lafayette:

My husband recently tried the new UTurn BBQ¬†in Lafayette, and was blown away by the taste as well as the amazing portions and sides that come along with a meal. UTurn offers a selection of American BBQ styles, try their Texas Brisket, Carolina Pork, Southern Chicken, or Kansas Rib. While you are there, treat Dad to a fresh brew from UTurn’s own in-house brewery. Did I mention they have a drive-thru?? Located at¬†599 Crossing Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Longmont:

The Rib House¬†has been serving mouth-watering Kansas City-style BBQ in Colorado for over 16 years. Try the award-winning Tracy’s Illegal Pork Babyback Ribs, and don’t forget my favorite specialty, the mac and cheese wedges. The Rib House also has a ton of amazing desert options. Located at¬†.

Broomfield:

Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!) at the Broomfield¬†KT’s BBQ,serving the same Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides as the original restaurant in Boulder. My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Broomfield at¬†KT’s BBQ,¬†799 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Another Colorado original, brothers Chris and Nick O‚ÄôSullivan run Brother’s BBQ¬†featuring a variety of American BBQ styles. Try the pulled pork or hot link sandwich paired with your choice of BBQ sauce. Kids will love the mac and cheese. There is even a vegetarian option! Tofu BBQ sandwich.And the fries are incredible. Located in Broomfield at¬†565 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Colorado’s National Parks – National Park Week

April 13, 2017
National Park Week

National Park Week begins this weekend! To celebrate, the National Parks Service is granting free admission to ALL National Parks for the weekend of April 15-16 and April 22-23. Take an adventure by visiting one of Colorado’s¬†four amazing and diverse national parks. I’ve put together a guide for all¬†of Colorado’s National Parks below!

#1 Rocky Mountain National Park

Nymph Lake, Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

Nymph Lake, Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

A Colorado favorite, Rocky Mountain National Park is a great escape into nature. The park encompasses 415 square miles of natural settings including some of Colorado‚Äôs highest mountains, lush evergreen forests and fascinating wildlife. Stop by the Alpine Visitor Center to pick up information on the park. RMNP offers many hiking trails for people of all ages and abilities. A favorite, accessible trail for people of all ages is Bear Lake ‚Äď the trail loops around beautiful Bear Lake, with gorgeous views of Hallet Peak. More adventurous hikers will enjoy trails like Alberta Falls and Nymph¬†Lake. RMNP offers great camping¬†options, but these sites are extremely popular – be sure to book in advance! During the summer season (after Memorial weekend), Trail Ridge Road opens to drivers, a famed scenic byway at the top of the continental divide. The drive is¬†not for the faint of heart with its steep inclines and hairpin turns.

RMNP is just over an hour-drive from Boulder. Estes Park, located just east of RMNP offers plenty of shopping, lodging and dining for park visitors. Entrance Fee to Rocky Mountain National Park is usually $20/car per day, $30/car for a 7-day pass. Annual Passes are $60. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

#2 Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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Photo Courtesy Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is home to the tallest dunes in North America. The park offers endless opportunities for fun and adventure through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! Enjoy the views of Colorado’s beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains from this exquisite and unique Colorado ecosystem. Favorite hikes include the dunes themselves, Mosca Pass Trail and Zapata Falls. The Park offers campgrounds from $20/per night. Reservations can be made here.

The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is just over a four hour-drive from Boulder. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

#3 Mesa Verde National Park

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Cliff Palace, Photo Courtesy Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park offers a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people of Southwestern Colorado, who made Mesa Verde their home for over 700 years (AD 550 to 1300). Mesa Verde National Park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Many of these beautifully preserved dwellings are available only for observation during the spring season. There are many hikes and scenic drives to enjoy these fascinating views. Stop by the Mesa Verde Visitor Center to inquire about seasonal openings, purchase tickets and learn more about the history of Mesa Verde.

The park also houses the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, featuring dioramas, exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and more. If you are interested in taking a tour through a dwelling, the Balcony House is open during the spring. A ticket purchase is required (available at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez or at the park‚Äôs Visitor Center) and tours begin every hour between the hours of 10am ‚Äď 4pm. Tickets are $5/person. The Balcony House involves a climb up at 32-foot ladder, as well as descending a 100-foot staircase. As it can be strenuous, it is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems.

Mesa Verde is a seven-hour drive from Boulder. Camping and lodging options available. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

#4 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Photo Courtesy Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Described as a vertical wilderness, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is an expansive space featuring steep cliffs, craggy spices and breathtaking formations. Adventurers can enjoy the Black Canyon‚Äôs stunning wilderness in so many ways ‚Äď scenic driving, hiking the inner canyon, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing and more!¬† Stay in one of the park‚Äôs campgrounds or in nearby Crested Butte or Montrose. Some of the roads are open seasonally as weather permits, be sure to check in at the South Rim Visitor Center for more information.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just over 5 hours-drive from Boulder. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. Annual Pass $30. The weekends of April 15/16 and April 22/23 admission is FREE.

Happy National Parks Week!

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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A Guide to Boulder’s Public Libraries

April 11, 2017
Boulder's Public Libraries

Did you know that Boulder offers five public libraries in different areas around town? Each library offers unique programming¬†and convenient location. In honor of National Library Week, here is a guide to all five of Boulder’s public libraries.

Boulder Public Libraries [Interactive Map]

#1 Boulder Public Library – Main Library

Boulders Public Libraries

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Boulder’s Main Branch, located in central Boulder, features a¬†fun Children‚Äôs area, a Teen Space as well as the Seeds Library Cafe, a full-service coffee shop right inside the library! The Children‚Äôs area is glass-enclosed, allowing kids to make some noise without disturbing other patrons and offers a vast collection of books as well as ¬†hands-on activities, a story time meeting area, and kid-sized computer desks and seating. The area has its own private bathrooms for kids & caregivers. The Teen Space is located on the second floor for teens in 6th-12th grade (AND ages 11-18). Teens enjoy the comfy chairs, music, iPads, technology lab, computers, games, crafts, coffee, tea as well as people to answer¬†questions.¬†The calendar for children’s and adult programming at the main library is available here.

The Seeds Library Cafe, located on the bridge overlooking Boulder Creek between the main library and the arts & media area. The cafe is operated by the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets and offers not only coffee and espresso drinks but breakfast and lunch as well. The cafe is open Monday-Thursday from 9-5, Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.

The Main Branch¬†is open Monday ‚Äď Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6. Monday ‚Äď Friday the parking for the first 90 minutes is free, additional time can be purchased for $1.25/hr. Saturdays and Sundays parking is always free.

#2 George Reynolds Branch Library

George Reynolds Library Boulder's Public Libraries

Named for George Reynolds, a retired professor of English at the University of Colorado, the George Reynolds Branch ¬†was built in 1968 and then expanded in the mid 80s, serving¬†the South end of Boulder. Reynolds left the city of Boulder $32,000 from his estate in 1965 to construct the city’s first library. Reynolds left the money with no strings attached, but the city decided to name the library after him anyway.

Located near the¬†Table Mesa Shopping Center the George Reynolds branch great community resource with a wide selection of books, children’s programming, a Teen Space, and meeting spaces. The library’s Teen Space is a place to socialize, browse books, play games, and study with tables, computers, and comfy chairs. Open to grades 6-12. Teen Space hours: Tues-Thur: 2-9, Friday: 2-6, Sat: 10-6,¬†Sun: 1-5. The branch offers a wide range of children’s programming, click here for the calendar.

The library is open Monday – Wednesday 9-8, Thursday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

#3 Carnegie Branch Library for Local History

Carnegie Branch Boulder's Public Libraries

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The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History¬†collects and preserves Boulder’s rich history for future generations of researchers. Written, visual and audible materials created by and about Boulder-area residents are housed in our documents room, and are available to the public and scholars for research. Collections documenting early geographic, cultural and social regions of Boulder County including documents, photographs,¬†oral history interviews¬†as well as historic Boulder and Boulder County newspapers in microfilm ranging from 1869-present as well as the Boulder Daily Camera archives.

The Carnegie Branch Library also holds the Boulder Genealogical Society’s collection. This collection consists of a wide range of materials including obituary indexes (1859-1925 and 1960-present), mortuary and burial records as well as histories and directories for various Boulder churches. This collection is in the process of being cataloged and is searchable online.

The Carnegie Branch is open Monday – Friday 1-5 and Saturday 10-3.

#4 Meadows Branch Library

Boulder PUblic Library Meadows Branch

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Recently updated in 2016, the Meadows Branch has a fresh, modern style. The branch is designed to look like a bookstore¬†and is located¬†inside a shopping complex. Meadows Branch has a¬†nice sized meeting room, computer stations, children’s programming and a great selection of books and periodicals. The Teen Zone caters to kids ages 12-18 to hang out, study, and play. Click here to view a calendar for kid’s and adult programming!

The library is open Monday – Wednesday 9-8, Thursday – Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

#5 NoBo Corner Library

NoBo Branch Boulder Public Library

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Th NoBo Corner Library is Boulder’s newest branch, packing all the amazing services of the Boulder Public Library into a small space. The shelves are stocked with 900 books for children and adults, including a small Spanish language collection, as well as 200 DVDs. The book collection includes board books for very young readers, chapter books for mid-level readers and adult fiction and non-fiction options.¬†Although the collection is relatively small, patrons are able to order books from larger libraries through the inter-library loan system available in the library or through an online account.

The branch is a place for patrons to stop in quickly, pick up books they ordered from other branches, return books or use the handful of computers that sit along the library’s west wall. The library also offers children’s programming. Click here to view the storytime calendar for kids of all ages!

The NoBo Library is open Monday & Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Boulder Breweries – National Beer Day 2017 [Interactive Map]

April 7, 2017
Boulder Breweries National Beer Day

Boulder will rejoice on Friday, April 7th, 2017 – National Beer Day!¬†This national holiday celebrates the day¬†President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition. On that fateful day – April 7, 1933 –¬†the Cullen‚ÄďHarrison Act was enacted after having been signed into law by FDR¬†earlier that year.¬†The law allowed Americans¬†to brew and sell beer, so long as it remained less than¬†4.0% alcohol by volume. For the first time in 13 years, Americans were able to lawfully¬†purchase beer once again.

To celebrate National Beer Day 2017, I’ve put together a guide of Boulder’s locally-owned breweries. Cheers!

Boulder Breweries [Interactive Map]

 

Asher Brewing Company

Boulder Breweries

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Asher Brewing Company, located at 4699 Nautilus Ct S,, is Colorado‚Äės first all-organic craft brewery. Asher offers a laid-back atmosphere to enjoy its unique and tasty brews.¬†Call Asher at 303-530-1381 to schedule a free tour.

Avery Brewing Company

Boulder Breweries

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Avery Brewing Company, located at 4910 Nautilus Ct N, is a family-owned craft brewery. Avery features innovative beers and brews over 40 different beers a year! Excellent brewpub menu & dog-friendly patio. Tours offered weekdays at 4PM, Saturday at 2 & 3:30PM, Sunday at 2PM. Reserve your tour spot here.

Boulder Beer

Boulder Breweries

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub, located at 2880 Wilderness Pl, is famous for being Colorado’s first craft brewery, offering a variety of hand crafted beers as well as a full menu restaurant and pub. Boulder Beer Company produces flavorful beers, including Hazed Hoppy Session Ale, Mojo IPA, Shake Chocolate Porter as well as many other award winning brews. Brewery tours offered weekdays at 2PM, Saturdays 2 & 4PM, Sundays at 2 PM.

BRU Handbuilt Ales

Boulder Breweries

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BRU Handbuilt Ales, located at 5290 Arapahoe Ave, is a sunny, modern brewpub dispensing creative craft beers & inventive American fare in industrial digs. Open daily for lunch and dinner and all day happy hour every Tuesday with 14 rotating ales on tap.

Cellar West Artisan Ales

Boulder Breweries

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Cellar West Artisan Ales, located at 1001 Lee Hill Dr #10, recently opened its doors in North Boulder. Cellar West¬†is open for pours, merchandise and to-go bottle sales every¬†Saturday and Sunday from 1 ‚Äď 8PM.

Fate Brewing Company

Boulder Breweries

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FATE Brewing Company, located at 1600 38th St, is Boulder’s first brew-bistro and a local favorite to experience chef-inspired, gourmet creations with unique, handcrafted microbrews. FATE features local ingredients on the lunch, brunch, and dinner menus as well as 30 taps feature house drafts and rotating guest beer.

Finkel & Garf Brewing Company

Boulder Breweries

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Finkel & Garf Brewing Company¬†located at 5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, is a Boulder favorite for fantastic beer, friendly service and a fun, colorful atmosphere. It’s a great place to grab a beer, let the kids play and even enjoy some tacos. The brewery sells a variety of snack foods and has a ton of games on hand that are fun for kids and adults alike. A new beer is tapped every Wednesday at 5PM!

J Wells Brewery

Boulder Breweries

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J Wells Brewery, the smallest nano brewery in Boulder, is located in a garage at 2516 49th St, Ste 5. J Wells is a tiny brewery & taproom offering tastes of British- & West Coast-inspired beers. Open Mon-Friday 4-9 PM, Saturdays 2-9PM.

Kettle and Spoke Brewery

Boulder Breweries

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Kettle and Spoke Brewery, located at 2500 47th St #12, is a brand new Boulder brewery located in the Green Guru HQ and producing tasty local handcrafted small batch beers. Tasting room open Thursday 5-8pm, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 2-9pm, and Sunday 2-5pm.

Mountain Sun/Southern Sun Pub & Brewery

Boulder Breweries

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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, located at 1535 Pearl St., and the Southern Sun Pub and Brewery, located at 627 S. Broadway St, offers five-star service, fresh, high quality pub fare and finely crafted brews for affordable prices in an environment that’s comfortable like your living room. Stop by for award-winning beers and excellent food!

New Planet Beer Company

Boulder Breweries

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New Planet Beer Company, located at 6560 Odell Place, Unit D, is Boulder’s premier source 100% gluten-free and gluten-reduced craft beers. New Planet does not currently have a tasting room, but you can find these gluten-free beers at liquor stores & pubs around boulder by clicking here.

Sanitas Brewing Company

Boulder Breweries

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Sanitas Brewing Company, located at 3550 Frontier Ave, is regarded for their signature blend of tradition and innovation as well as their use of only the finest ingredients. Sanitas’ Tap Room features a rotation of handcrafted beers and tacos from McDevitt Taco Supply. The outdoor patio is ideal for playing bags or bocce ball with friends and enjoying mountain views.

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place

Boulder Breweries

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Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, located at 2027 13th St, is one of only a handful of women-owned breweries in the country. Shine offers local, organic, nutrient dense, delicious food in a 100% gluten free kitchen.

 

Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Boulder Breweries

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Twisted Pine Brewing Company, located at 3201 Walnut Street, offers 24 from traditional styles to adventurous creations. Twisted Pine is a a happy hour haven for nearby business people, a sunny patio with a gorgeous view of the Flatirons, a site for graduation and birthday parties, home to some of the best pizza in Boulder.

Upslope Brewing Company

Boulder Breweries

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Upslope Brewing Company has two tap rooms located in Flatiron Park at 1898 S Flatiron Crt, and in North Boulder at 1501 Lee Hill Road, Unit #20. Upslope‚Äôs brews are the perfect match for Colorado’s active lifestyle, offering superior quality, hand-crafted ales & lagers in cans for the on-the-go beer enthusiast.¬†Tours offered weekly at Flatiron Park on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 3PM, and at Lee Hill on Friday and Saturday at 4PM. Check Upslope‚Äôs website for tap room events like live music, open mics and food truck schedules!

Vindication Brewing Co.

Boulder Breweries

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Vindication Brewing Co., located in Gunbarrel at 6880 Winchester Circle offers a family friendly community tap room. Using all-natural brewing methods, Vindication features 10 beers on tap. Open daily from 2-9PM.

VisionQuest Brewery

Boulder Breweries

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VisionQuest Brewery, located at 2510 47th St, Suite A2, is a small taproom next door to Boulder Fermentation Supply. If you’re into brewing and want to talk recipes and techniques, this is probably the best place in town to grab a pint.

Walnut Brewery

Boulder Breweries

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Walnut Brewery, located in a historic brick warehouse at 1123 Walnut Street is Boulder‚Äôs original brewpub. The brewery offers award winning house-brewed beers & pub favorites ranging from burgers to fish ‘n’ chips. Make your reservation here!

West Flanders Brewing Co.

Boulder Breweries

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West Flanders Brewing Co., is a Belgian-inspired brewpub located on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall at 1125 Pearl Street. West Flanders offers over a dozen beers on tap and new American cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Make your reservation here.

Wild Woods Brewery

Boulder Breweries

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Wild Woods Brewery, located at 5460 Conestoga Ct, features beer inspired by the outdoors! Visit the taproom on Tuesdays for all-day happy hour and on Thursdays for new beer releases. Guests are welcome to bring their own food or order in. Dogs welcome on the patio.

Happy National Beer Day! 

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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How to Prevent Wildfires in Boulder County

March 21, 2017

Conditions in Boulder County have been extremely dry, causing the fire danger level to rise to Very High. The Boulder County Sheriff has called for a fire ban, prohibiting open fires and other activities that could cause a fire in these extreme conditions. As Boulder County residents, we can prevent wildfires by acting responsibly and being aware to keep our beautiful forests and open spaces safe.

Prevent Wildfires in Boulder County

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Boulder Embraces Winter Storms and Freezing Temps

January 7, 2017
Boulder in Winter

It’s early January and the temps are are in the frigid negatives, but Boulder people don’t cower — they go outside. When we had our¬†first snowstorm here in Boulder, I was more than¬†a little charmed to discover¬†people skiing through North Boulder Park.

Just yesterday, Boulder experienced a major snowstorm, heavy enough to close schools as well as city government buildings. Although Boulder receives snowfall regularly in the winter, these types of closures are a rare occurrence. Today the kids went back to school and as I drove through the streets, here is what I noticed:

Boulder in Winter

Boulder’s Chautauqua Park with Sledding Hill in View

Boulder people bike in the snow — they are cautious but¬†undeterred.

 

At the park you’ll see kids playing in the snow as cross-country skiers glide past. ¬†And it is awesome.

At Boulder’s scenic¬†Chautauqua Park, people are enjoying themselves — ¬†all bundled up they are hiking, running, walking their dogs and of course — sledding!!

chautauqua sledding

The blanket of snow and the freezing temps will give way to warmer days and sunshine throughout January and February. The snow sticks around only for a couple of days, melting in the Chinook winds. It’s all in the ebb and flow of a Colorado winter — freezing and thawing, the dark and the light.

 

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.