Heather Conkin


4 things to try if you're entertaining guests in Boulder

Finishing our basement was one of the best investments we’ve made in regards to our home. We wanted a space for the kids to play, for family to gather and for guests to relax. You’ve heard the saying, “build it and they will come?” Well, that couldn’t be more true for us and we have loved welcoming a revolving door of guests into our home. One of my dear friends, Analisa Leaming, is on tour with Hello Dolly and when the tour came through Denver, there was no question; she and her hubby had a place to stay if they wanted it. They set up camp at our home and we had a fun time showing them around the area while they worked.

One thing that can be a balancing act (see what I did there Analisa?) when you live in a destination city like the Boulder / Denver area is to not let yourself or your guests be overwhelmed with all there is to do and see. Whether you are an outdoorsman, a skier, a snowboarder, a shopper, a hiker or a climber, there is something for everyone here. There are also many scenic areas and well known destinations in the area and if you’re not careful, you can wear yourself and/or your guests out quickly!

So when it comes to showing my guests a great time and making sure they have time to relax, I like to figure out what they like and I typically follow the “1 thing per day rule.” Basically, if I’m chauffeuring, I only pick one thing to do which leaves room for flexibility in the day. Some people prefer more, some less, but this formula has worked well for me and I love the pace. I definitely used this template for Analisa and Joseph’s trip here and it worked well! They were both working too, so making sure that no one was too exhausted was key! Here are some things we did and saw during our visit! Please also enjoy the results of our impromptu photo shoots!

#1 - Rocky Mountain National Park

You simply cannot go wrong with Rocky Mountain National Park. Full of incredible views and lots of outdoor activities year round there’s some thing for everyone. We weren't there for very long, so we told the scenic and easy Sprague Lake hike.

#2 - Pearl Street

Pearl Street never disappoints. Full of history, food, and fun, this is where you want to take the shoppers in your life that appreciate a view to go with their finds. We had to have a coffee from Boxcar Roasters and a charcuterie for lunch from the adjoining Cured. After we strolled up and down Pearl, we hit happy hour at the St Julien hotel and enjoyed refreshing drinks amidst a beautiful view of the flatirons.

#3 - Chautauqua Park

One of my friends says that Chautauqua park is where she takes her friends and family that she is trying to convince to move here. I can see why. It’s quintessential Boulder. Take a hike or just enjoy the views.

#4 - Avery Brewing

Craft beer is deep part of Colorado’s culture and identify so I feel like you have to hit up a brewery if you are visiting, even if you’re not a beer drinker. We chose Avery based on my limited knowledge and it’s dog friendliness. I love Avery because even if you’re not a beer drinker (like me), the food is awesome too!