Boulder, Colorado, Lodges

by Joe Fletcher

About 30 miles north of Denver, Boulder is a worthy destination in its own right. It's home to the University of Colorado's main campus, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Pearl Street Mall, and is a vibrant city that combines the raw adventure of the mountains and foothills with a sophisticated city atmosphere. Hike, mountain bike or ski during the day and enjoy fine dining and nightlife in the evening. To truly enjoy Boulder's outdoor vibe, stay at one of its rustic lodges.

Boulder Mountain Lodge

The Boulder Mountain Lodge aims to exemplify Boulder's city-meets-mountains balance. A few miles outside of downtown, the lodge offers quiet, scenic accommodations in the foothills next to a babbling stream, and you can step outside and enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing and climbing. You'll even find a full-service, outdoor fitness center. For those who want a cleaner form of travel, you can reach the lodge by bus and take advantage of its free loaner bikes to get into town.

Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

This historic landmark is located in a dramatic setting in Boulder's Flatirons. More than just an average lodge, Chautauqua is a sprawling complex with two lodges, 60 cottages and a dining hall that serves American cuisine. The destination hosts events such as the Colorado Music Festival and film festivals throughout the year. The historic landmark has been preserved with great emphasis on environmental sustainability. In fact, the "National Geographic" blog even referred to it as the "the most environmentally sustainable National Historic Landmark in the U.S." The property is adjacent to hiking trails and other outdoor opportunities.

Lookout Inn Guesthouse and Suites

The Lookout Inn boasts well-appointed executive and king suites. It caters to business travelers by providing meeting space and upscale accommodations and amenities. Suites offer conveniences such as a Jacuzzi, fireplace and kitchenette. A deluxe continental breakfast is provided and the property offers a variety of packages, from romantic getaways to golf vacations. Monthly rates are available for long-term visitors.

Boulder Ski Lodging

While Boulder is a little too far east to be a true ski destination, Eldora Mountain Resort is a 680-acre ski resort just 21 miles from the city. Many of Boulder's properties offer ski-and-stay packages. Some properties that offer Boulder Ski Escape packages include Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, Best Western Boulder Inn and Boulder University Inn. All three aforementioned hotels on this list also offer Boulder ski escapes. The Alps Boulder Canyon is a mountain lodge that serves a full breakfast with stay, afternoon tea, evening desserts and turn-down Godiva chocolates, so you're sure to have plenty of energy for a full ski day. The inn's 12 rooms feature fireplaces, clawfoot tubs and two-person whirlpools.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.