December 2013

Found 18 blog entries for December 2013.

What will you be doing this NYE 2014 in Boulder, Colorado?  If you still don't know, check out these great events!

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New Year’s Eve James Bond Ball at the Hotel Boulderado
Absinthe House New Year’s 2014
Millennium Harvest House Hotel New Year's Party
Out With the Old, in With the New at Twisted Pine Brewing Company
SALT New Year’s Celebrations & Libations

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Living in Colorado is all about the lifestyle and the many wonderful opportunities our communities offer. Whether you live in an urban community like Boulder or Denver, out in the vast plains of Keenesburg, on the western slopes of Grand Junction, or in a resort town like Vail or Steamboat Springs, the opportunities for excitement, adventure, and unique lifestyle are endless. With that in mind and the new year just a few days around the corner, here is our list of the best Colorado inspired New Year’s resolutions.

  • Climb a 14er! If you have not done it before, this is your year. Probably the most famous in our immediate area is Pikes Peak, but there really are lots of options you can choose from.  This is not something that can be done without a
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Flagstaff Star by: Sally Pohara Hart
Hi Everyone!  It’s Christmastime,
And here is a little holiday rhyme.
It’s that great time of year to trim the tree,
And decorate the house with joy, finally!
Letters to Santa for those Christmas wishes,
Some of us want toys and some just want kisses.
Christmas carols to keep our spirits bright,
And logs on the fire to keep us warm at night.
Oh, and all the glorious food we will eat,
Mashed potatoes, pies and turkey, both white and dark meat!
While getting ready for fun and good cheer,
Let’s not forget the most important part, year after year.
As we are grateful for all the festivities,
The most important thing is being with our families.
This truly is the best time of year,
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Whenever you move into a new city, it's important to choose an area with the right schools for your children. Boulder provides great schools for all age groups and even adults. This is not only a college town, but also a vibrant community with plenty of excellent schools.

For more information and ratings go to:

Boulder Valley School District

This district includes preschools, elementary, middle and high schools serving the area. Top rated schools in this district include:

  • Bear Creek Elementary School 10/10
  • Douglass Elementary School 10/10
  • Flatirons Elementary School 9/10
  • Mesa Elementary School 10/10
  • Superior Elementary School 10/10
  • High Peaks Elementary School 10/10
  • Eldorado K-8 School 10/10
  • Summit Middle
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Staying in Boulder, Colorado can be wonderful. Of course, staying in a hotel isn't always fun. Instead of choosing a regular hotel, why not stay a better way with a Bed & Breakfast in Boulder? Here are some of the top choices throughout the city.

The Bradley Boulder

The Bradley is the most modern choice for your Bed & Breakfast stay. It was built to provide a bathroom for every room and blends the local architecture perfectly. This B&B is located north of Pearl Street, making it easy to walk to the downtown area.

Guests of The Bradley enjoy access to a local health club, TVs, fireplaces and Wi-Fi in their rooms. Along with all these great choices inside the room, guests can enjoy a nightly wine and cheese happy hour. The walls are covered with

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Shopping locally in the Boulder area is gratifying, especially during the holidays.   Local businesses greatly appreciate your support, and we think it is more fun to spend our hard-earned dollars in our own community.  Here are just a few last minute gift ideas to consider with local businesses in mind.

Junestones - Our friend June Lantz just launched her new business Junestones, gorgeous handmade semi-precious gemstone and leather wrap bracelets.  They are one of our favorite gifts that we're giving this year.  Handcrafted, each bracelet is special and unique since the stones are carefully selected and offer distinctive healing energies.  June can even custom design bracelets for specific individuals (or you!). "Each and every stone I work with

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Now that the cold weather has moved into the Boulder area, you are probably looking for something fun to do indoors, right? Well, I am here to remind you about the many bowling opportunities in the area. Although there is actually only one hometown bowling alley in the City of Boulder, which happens to be on the CU campus, there are several other places to bowl nearby, some of which go well beyond your traditional old school alleys. So, the next time you want something to do with your kids, friends, grandparents or for date night, consider knocking down some pins at one of the Front Range's bowling alleys.

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See below for information on the hottest places to bowl around Boulder.
Featured: UMC Connection
1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Even though this is

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Life is a composite of good times and not so good times, highs and lows interspersed with a multitude of middles. As we trek toward the end of another year this is an opportune time to reflect back on the events and circumstances that led us down the path to where we find ourselves today.

From a real estate perspective, Boulder County and the Boulder Valley area have experienced relatively good times in 2013.

Home mortgage interest rates vacillated between 3.34% (January) and 4.58% (August) for the traditional thirty-year fixed rate loan. Not a dramatic shift, but a 1% rate differential on a $615,000 home (median price in Boulder) with an 80% loan-to-value ($492,000 mortgage) is approximately $280.00 per month in additional principle and interest.

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Boulder is a city full of art from performances to concerts and more. Plenty of venues provide events throughout the year. Whether you prefer an orchestra event or you want to attend an entire season of plays, you can find the right choice in Boulder, Colorado.

Some of the city's best performing arts scene including:

Boulder Philharmonic

With performances, such as The Nutcracker and many symphony events, you can enjoy all types of great concerts here year-round. This is the place for amazing orchestra music and the community is a much better place because of the Boulder Philharmonic.

CU Presents

CU Presents is based on the University of Colorado Boulder campus and works to promotes performing arts within the community and

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