December 2013

Found 11 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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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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Colorado is known for ski resorts. If you want to spend time on the slopes, you need to know where to go for your next trip through the snow. Here are the best choices throughout Boulder for your next ski vacation.

Arapahoe Basin

This is a well-known ski resort with plenty to offer. They added the Montezuma Bowl recently and now there's over 600 acres of snowy fun here. This isn't a ski area with very many frills, however. Just chair lifts, a day lodge and a parking lot. However, if you want to enjoy a mealy, the cafeteria has decent food for an affordable price.

Echo Mountain

A big terrain park, Echo Mountain is a great place to enjoy skiing fun. They provide a little bit of something for everybody.


Just a short drive to

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It is our pleasure to support local artisans and craft folk.  Here a few recommended and fun holiday Arts & Craft Fairs coming up in and around Boulder. 

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Firefly Handmade Holiday Market - Friday through Sunday, December 6-8, 2013.  Featuring 80+ Colorado artisans. 1600 Pearl Street, downtown Boulder. 

ARTastic Market - Friday, Dec 6, 2013, 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m.  One-stop, shop your heART out holiday gift market.  Horizons K-8 School, 4545 Sioux Dr., Boulder 
Winter Farmer's Market and Holiday Gift Show - Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8 , 2013. Colorado handcrafted gifts, goodies and local food, brought to you by the producers of the Boulder and Longmont Farmer's Market.  Boulder

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Many restaurants and bars provide great happy hour specials in Boulder, Colorado. If you enjoy trying out a new place when they're providing discounts, the following happy hours will provide the perfect opportunity to try something new.

The Attic Bar & Bistro

Happy hour is from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday and from 9pm to Close on Sundays at The Attic. They provide a number of appetizers for $2, $3 and $5. Along with food specials, you can enjoy $2 well drinks, $2.5o drafts, $3.75 wines and many other drinks specials.

Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern

From 4pm to 6pm on Monday through Friday, you can enjoy a half-price tavern food menu, along with $3 draft beers, $4 glasses of wine, $4 well drinks and $5 specialty cocktails. They also provide

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