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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:38 PM

Visiting Boulder

Hard to tell from tripadvisor which hotels that are not the expensive ones are okay, see both positive and negative reviews for each??

Want to be close to downtown so we can walk. Or if you know great one within a few miles and can tell us where to park?

Any ideas? Thanks…we will be staying Dec 26-28…

I have never been to your state and excited for road trip. We live in mountains in WA state and my daughter just moved to Monument. Her husband is major in air force they live off base.

Thought on way home that would be fun trip.

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marlakay Nov 2012 OP
truebluegreen Nov 2012 #1
jody Nov 2012 #2
locks Nov 2012 #3
marlakay Nov 2012 #4

Response to marlakay (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:10 PM

1. Can you PM me and give me your price range?


I think there's a PM function...

Edited to add: and let me know what places you are looking at...

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Response to marlakay (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:43 PM

2. Don't know about hotels but I recommend dinner at the Flagstaff House. If it's full moon the


view at sunset is unbelievable. Prices are steep but service is fabulous.


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Response to marlakay (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:30 PM

3. Welcome to Boulder

Hope you will enjoy your trip. I just visited my great grandbaby in Union WA, they have a great place, lovely view of Olympia Mts and Hood Canal. It rained 3 straight days, something we're not used to in Boulder, but we had fun.
It should not be crowded on those dates as most of the CU students leave (about 25,000 of them) so it will be easy to get around (except coming from Monument and Denver.) All of the hotels listed online downtown and close to CU are ok and about the same price. (Marriot, Best West, Millenial Except the historic Boulderado and the St. Julien which are expensive. We have a few 5-star restaurants, some on the Pearl Street Mall, and Flagstaff which are great and pricey. But many at good prices. Our other "mall" is 29th st. and it has some decent ones; if you like ethnic food or vegan, many of those. There is good parking at both malls, Pearl St from 9th st to 18th is our favorite walking area, has a good bookstore and will be pretty at Christmas. You might be interested in a cottage at our historic Chautauqua Park, about 2 miles from center of town. Wonderful music and theater in the summer and fall but Christmas music at the churches and CU is over by those dates. Lots of hiking and biking trails all around; we've had a beautiful fall but the weather can and does change within a few hours.

If the weather is still good the best place to go is Rocky Mt. Natl. Park; Trail Ridge will be closed by then so that you can't get to the western slope that way, but it's still beautiful in the winter in the park. Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel ("the Shining" are fun to see too. But it's a good day's trip and your mountains are pretty spectacular and you will see some more going home. You are fortunate to have both ocean and mountains. I hope you'll come back in the summer or fall while your daughter is here. CO Springs and Pikes Peak are fun to visit too and I hope they enjoy CO. Good place and good people.

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Response to locks (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:25 PM

4. Thanks for info

I do want to plan a trip later, probably in sept, I have seasonal job and work full time all summer.

We belong to a travel club, called Affordable Travel Club, kind of like a trade B & B, I didn't think anyone would want guests at christmas time but someone 8 miles from Boulder is hosting us for two nights.

That will save us a lot of money as club is $20 per night with breakfast.

We ended up changing things, when I checked into driving across Wyoming that time of year I decided to fly to Denver and rent car for a week.

We are going to Boulder area the 20th till 22nd then going to Monument to visit my daughter till after Xmas.

Yes I love our area too but being in middle of state we only get to ocean a few times a year and not here in WA usually OR coast or while visiting in CA.

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