Weather you want to stay close to home or get away, here are options for every travel lover out there.
I love travel. In some ways, it gives me time to think. In others, it allows me to give myself permission to do things I normally wouldn’t do. “Live a little!” as my grandmother would always say. Whether you like to travel luxuriously, rustic or B&B style, near or far, we’ve got you covered.
LUXURIOUS // ST JULIEN HOTEL & SPA
Luxury is in the details of the St Julien Hotel & Spa. From the incredibly welcoming staff to the sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere, this lavish hotel located in the heart of downtown Boulder is sure to impress. Enjoy a dip in the hot tub or infinity pool then saunter over to the exquisite 10,000-square-foot Spa at St Julien. Take their advice and be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to bask in the full tranquil experience, where you slip into a plush robe and slippers and indulge in early access to the dry sauna and steam room. You’ll be so relaxed before your impeccable spa service that it will bring your bliss to a whole new level. Later bite into a mouthwatering gourmet meal at Jill’s, St Julien’s on-site restaurant. With an array of scrumptious options to choose from, you can’t go wrong no matter what you decide. End with a bananas foster prepared before your very eyes—flames and all. On the way back to the room, a stop in T-Zero Lounge, which serves handcrafted signature cocktail and martinis, might be just what the doctor ordered. It also has one of the best wine programs in Boulder. Listen to live music next to the fireplace or sit out on the terrace overlooking the Flatirons. Slipping off into dreamland will never be easier on a bed that rivals a soft cloud. It’s no wonder St Julien has received a 4 Star Forbes Rating. Warning: bringing yourself to actually checkout in the morning may be difficult. StJulien.com
RUSTIC // COLORADO CHAUTAUQUA
For those of you who want to be one with nature, try booking a stay in a cozy cottage at Colorado Chautauqua. It won’t be tough to unplug here. No two cottages are alike and many include antique furnishings or fireplaces. Available for nightly year-round rental with fully equipped kitchens and screened-in front porches, the Colorado Chautauqua is ideal for either the solo traveler or one with a family. Wake up and step out the front door to explore 40+ miles of open space hiking trails and inspiring views. Then take advantage of its on-site cuisine at Chautauqua Dining Hall and cultural programming at the auditorium. Chautauqua.com
BED & BREAKFAST // THE BRADLEY BOULDER INN For the comfort of staying in a place that resembles home, The Bradley Boulder Inn has this and then some. Tucked into Boulder’s downtown area, this boutique is close to all that Boulder has to offer. Refined and contemporary, it provides 12 rooms and beautiful common areas that help groups gather before they head out on the town. It’s been a favorite secret for CU parents for 15 years, giving them a place to lounge in comfort and style while visiting their kids from freshman year through graduation ceremonies. For events, you can rent the whole house or even just half. The Bradley offers a delightful home-cooked breakfast daily along with a nightly wine and cheese hour. The complimentary health club privileges help balance out the fresh-baked cookies and cakes, with the icing on the cake being that everything during your stay is included in the nightly rate, leaving no additional charges for anything. TheBradleyBoulder.com
GET OUT OF TOWN
LUXURIOUS // GATEWAY CANYONS RESORT & SPA (GATEWAY, CO)
Recently ranked the No. 1 Best Resort in Colorado and No. 12 Best Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, Gateway Canyon is simply spectacular. Book the new Jurassic Experience package and experience luxury accommodations, a round-trip private helicopter tour to the Museum of Western Colorado, a gourmet picnic lunch for two and a keepsake book to boot…and that’s just the beginning. Activities on the grounds include an adventure center, stables, auto museum, Driven Experiences, spa, air tours and more. GatewayCanyons.com
RUSTIC // RED CLIFFS LODGE (MOAB, UT)
For those of you who want to build in some adventure, Red Cliffs Lodge is the ideal springboard for a journey. Every room at Red Cliff Lodge is a mini suite complete with patios that face either the Colorado River or Castle Creek (which runs through the property), making your stay both scenic and private. Between the solid log wood furniture and knotty pine accents inside the rooms and the rustic and magnificent views outside, it’s easy to feel the spirit of the West run deep. Twenty-foot, vaulted ceilings with windows nearly to match make it hard to rush off after a meal. On-site is a complimentary movie museum jam-packed with classic film memorabilia, props and set pieces from Westerns and even a few showcases of modern-day flicks–all filmed in the area. Voyage seekers can saddle up and ride gentle cowboy-trained quarter horses on a trail or experience open range style riding. There’s also tennis courts and hiking trails, and the hotel will help arrange ATV or mountain bike rentals, river rafting, canyoneering or jet boat tours allowing you to truly choose your own adventure. Top off the day with a tasting at Castle Creek Winery, located on the grounds. RedCliffsLodge.com
BED & BREAKFAST // PURPLE MOUNTAIN LODGE (CRESTED BUTTE, CO)
This Crested Butte chic boutique is where you want to go to get away from it all. This traditional bed and breakfast features only six lavish rooms. The owners customize each guest’s stay by recommending and even scheduling activities that are right for them. Do use their knowledge on all things Crested Butte and get the low down on the best places to fly fish, bike, hike and golf this summer season. You’ll love that it’s within walking distance to Elk Avenue—the area’s National Historic District, too. PurpleMountainLodge.com