A Scouted Weekend Getaway to Boulder, Colorado: BOLDERBoulder Edition

BOLDERBoulder 10K Race
Photography courtesy of BOLDERBoulder.

Whether you’re heading to the Centennial State to run the celebrated BOLDERBoulder 10K, or simply for a weekend getaway to Boulder, Colorado, this is the place to experience the unique blend of culture, nature, and community. Our comprehensive guide is packed with insider tips and recommendations to ensure you enjoy Boulder like a local.


Devil's Thumb Ranch and Resort
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. Photography courtesy of Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.

From stretching out those sore muscles to indulging in a luxe spa, your dedication to doing the very best for your body shouldn’t end when you cross the finish line.

Yoga Pearl. A space of education and exploration, you can find classes of many styles at this zen outpost–from yin to power vinyasa and more.

Bolder Pilates. Voted “Best Studio in Boulder” six years running, this cozy studio in downtown Boulder offers personalized training and small group classes in a welcoming environment.

Namaha Wellness. Complete wellness in the form of acupuncture, holistic medicine, and Vedic meditation, all to promote your highest capacity for healing and self-embodiment.

Una Vida. A wonderful collective of instructors providing services in the meditation and movement space. 

Vasu Skin Solutions. Vasu has an experienced team dedicated to providing tailored skincare solutions, whether it’s laser facials or addressing complex skin issues like acne scars. 

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. A mountain resort offering a range of authentic adventures, including horseback riding, fly fishing, zip lining and more. Amenities include a renowned spa, acclaimed restaurants, year-round heated pool, daily yoga classes, elegant lodge accommodations, and private rustic cabins.


Island Farm
Island Farm. Photography by Be Boulder Photography.

Island Farm. Effortless clothes, original jewelry, curated home accessories and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Beatrice The Divine. Owner April Ware’s passion for high-end fashion and global travels has given rise to a unique shopping experience. From Paris to Milan, she handpicks brands to push your style boundaries and inspire your personal sense of fashion.

Walters & Hogsett. Commemorate your trip to Boulder with an iconic Buffalo Charm from Walters & Hogsett, offering top-notch jewelry and timepieces alongside personalized care.

Jones + Co. This contemporary lifestyle brand connects artists, designers, influencers, and customers. They believe the products we own should have a story that connects us with culture. 

Amundsen. Amundsen wants everyone to embrace nature as one big playground and they combine tradition with innovation to create products to enhance and simplify the life of outdoor enthusiasts.

InMotion Running. This is a community-focused running specialty store and physical therapy clinic led by PT and world-renowned runner Mark Plaatjes.

Neptune Mountaineering. A shop by and for mountaineers whose goal is to gear up people of all skill levels for climbing, skiing, camping, and hiking.


Front Range Anglers
Front Range Anglers. Photography by Be Boulder Photography.

Vinnie Fera. Experience tasting world-class wines with a Colorado soul.

Front Range Anglers. ​​Welcoming anglers of all levels, try some fly fishing on Boulder Creek. For a more involved experience, they offer guided trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Sports Garage. Level up your off-road biking experience at Sports Garage, Boulder’s only full-service, high-end mountain bike retailer dedicated to alternative surface cycling. 

Boulder Rock Club. Craving more adventure? Experience high-tech indoor rock climbing, top-roping, lead climbing, bouldering, and group fitness classes with Boulder Rock Club. 

Mary Williams Fine Arts. Craving some culture? Pop into this lovely art gallery featuring paintings, prints, and sculptures. 

Chautauqua Hiking Trails. Try these hikes for up-close views of the Flatirons, panoramas of Boulder from above, wildlife sightings, wildflowers, and more. Post-hike, stop at the General Store for coffee or the Dining Hall for lunch.


Stella's Cucina
Stella’s Cucina. Photography by Miguel de Guzmán.

Stella’s. Traditional Italian old-world charm meets contemporary aesthetics with a dining experience that engages all the senses with visual art, design, music, and premier service.

Bohemian Biergarten. Travel from the Alps to the Rockies where you can enjoy an authentic Central European biergarten and gastropub with a traditional menu and outstanding European beer selection. 

Chautauqua Dining Hall. Savor spectacular views from the enchanting wraparound porch while enjoying fresh, Colorado-bistro cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Steakhouse No. 316. After seven successful years in Aspen, this world-class steakhouse has moved to Boulder, creating a delicious, elegant, and moody dining destination.


Acme Fine Goods. Photography by Be Boulder Photography.

Boulder is surrounded by nearby charming towns that are begging to be explored.

Located halfway between Boulder and Longmont, historic Niwot is a charming community with a vibrant downtown. Browse independent stores, coffee shops, dine or grab a beer at the brewery.

Farow. Committed to a farm-to-table experience, they source 90% of ingredients from within 10 miles.

Few of a Kind Vintage + Mercantile. A modern-day mercantile filled with found goods and small brands for beautiful living, entertaining, and gifting.

Niwot Jewelry. From grandfather clocks to watches and fine jewelry, Niwot Jewelry maintains a small town atmosphere within the store and customers are still treated like friends.

Voted one of the best places to live in Colorado, Lafayette is a creative, diverse, eclectic community combining small-town Colorado livability.

Vintrey Honest Goods. Eclectic gift shop offering an array of vintage and fair-trade wares, plus goods from local artisans.

The Read Queen. A women-owned bookstore and cafe, their charming space with 100-year-old floors and vibrant red bookcases also includes curated selection of gifts and toys.

When you visit Historic Downtown you’ll find 100-year-old wooden buildings lining Main, Front, and Pine streets. This frames an area that’s home to over 100 businesses and a thriving art scene with galleries, studios, and live music almost every night of the week.

Eleanor. Eleanor brings you a curated collection of contemporary fashion from well-known and local designers. Whether you’re building a wardrobe or dipping your toe into fashion, they’ve got something for you.

Acme Fine Goods. A curated store featuring brands selected for everyday wear and tear.

Small and picturesque, this tiny town is perfect for a long walk, bike ride or discovering hidden gems.

Low Rider. Trust us, just go! Low Rider is a multidisciplinary retailer and design studio selling contemporary and time honored brands of furniture, art, objects, jewelry, apothecary, and more. 

Cafe Fritz. Across the street from Low Rider is the new Cafe Fritz. A great stop for coffee and lunch with beautiful views of the Front Range.

Insider Guides

Eager for more guidance for your Boulder Weekend Getaway? Peruse the Insider Guides of Kristie Shehan, editor/owner of The Scout Guide Boulder: The Best Vintage Shops in Boulder, Boulder Adventure Guide, and Woman-Owned Boulder Food Scene.

Follow The Scout Boulder editor/owner Kristie Shehan at thescoutguide.com/boulder to discover what to do and where to stay, shop, and dine while on your weekend getaway in Boulder, Colorado. Businesses in bold are members of The Scout Guide Boulder.

About BOULDERBolder: For almost 40 years the BOLDERBoulder race has grown to become one of the largest and most highly acclaimed 10K’s in the world. Named America’s All-Time Best 10K by Runner’s World, it is the third largest running race in the United States and the 7th largest in the world.