9- Bikes, bike lanes and bikers. Boulder embraces biking like no other town I’ve ever seen. It’s ranked number two in the country, for mid size municipalities, for bikers- and for good reason.
8- The Music Scene– Boulder and Colorado’s music scene has really come into it’s own. That’s not a hard thing to believe in a college town full of artsy, smart(sy?)people. It doesn’t hurt that (IMHO) the best amphitheater in the world, Red Rocks, is 20 minutes away, and the bustling nightlife in Denver isn’t far either.
7- It’s Heaven for Foodies. Boulder has long been known to be home to nationally renown restaurants like Frasca and Kimbal Musk’s Kitchen – but there is so much more to find on and off Pearl. I can’t wait to find a new favorite happy place.
6- Delicious Beer (and ciders, meads and spirits). A close cousin to the Foodie movement- is the Craft Brewing movement. Colorado is home to more than 330 breweries, with 100+ applications to start new ones, in process, which is second only to California in the US. The progenitor of craft-beer-in-a-can, Oskar Blues/Dale’s Pale, is located in Boulder County and Boulder has an abundance of delicious adult beverages made in and around town.
5- Smart people attract more smart people…apparently it’s magnetic-thing, or something like that. There is no denying the facts that a preponderance of smarty-pants are migrating to Colorado, and to Boulder in particular.
4- The great outdoors, the active and wellness centered lifestyle is embraced by most in Boulder. Access to skiing, hiking, biking, yoga, meditation retreats, whitewater rafting and more. As noted, this was actually number one on my list- Boulder’s Flatirons are a sight to behold and they are just the beginning of the access to National Forests, National Parks, Bureau of Land Management Open Space and more.
3- GREAT Coffee and Tea shops – Caffeine is your friend. I know it’s mine. There are some truly great coffee shops in Boulder including Trident, The Cup, Ozo and Boxcar.
1- Happiness – I’m not sure any of us really know what the definition of happiness truly is, but apparently Boulder is full of happy people. It’s hard to argue. Codementor also points specifically to Boulder as the happiest place for engineers in the country…
So, there you have it! Thanks for reading.
We welcome your thoughts and feedback, and we look forward to having an intellectual conversation about the meaning of it all, on Pearl Street, over coffee, followed by a great meal and an adult beverage- and perhaps some live music.
Dave and The TI Team