Courtesy St Julien
Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
800-444-0447 or 303-442-2911
What’s new: Avery Brewing plans to build a larger operation near Celestial Seasonings’ headquarters. The Dining Hall at Chautauqua is under new management. A guest room upgrade is on tap at the Millennium Harvest House; the Marriott Boulder will rework its lobby and restaurant. A couple of new hotels are planned on the outskirts of town. The Boulder CVB is more assertively marketing the city for meetings in its slower, winter season.
Kudos: Lonely Planet named Boulder among its top 10 travel destinations for 2012. Gallup declared it the U.S.’s happiest city and skinniest city. National Geographic named it one of America’s Best Adventure Towns; Outside proclaimed it a “Dream Town.”
Hotel rooms: About 2,000 rooms in the area. Four hotels —the Boulderado, the St Julien, the Millennium and the Marriott — have significant meeting space.
Location: Boulder sits where the plains meets Colorado’s Front Range. At the city’s back are the five rock formations known as the Flatirons. The city is 45 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, 35 minutes north of Denver and two hours south of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Getting there: It’s a 45-minute drive to Boulder from Denver International Airport. Interstates 25, 70 and 76 come together in Denver.