Rare were the times I stayed in a motel in Boulder. Why stay at the home of Colorado University when Denver has so much to offer? And with the new — but expensive — turnpike from the Denver airport to Boulder, the trip now takes only about 40 minutes.
For years, our primary dinner destination was the Mountain Man Steakhouse in Commerce City where we would chow down on Trappers Stew, a hearty dish famous for its huge carrot slices and served in a mini-cauldron. This unique eatery is located north of Denver’s old airport on Quebec Street.
Or you can make the long trek farther west to the Casa Bonita, a popular tourist destination that serves Mexican food and eclectic entertainment in equally delightful doses.
If you prefer to stay in Boulder, however, try the Harvest House Hotel. I stayed there for umpteen years on the old Big Eight Skywriters Tour. It’s close to restaurants and shopping, and just as important it’s an easy walk to the CU campus.
Guilty Pleasure: Driving to the top of nearby Flagstaff Mountain, looking off to the expansive east and wondering if I can see Goodland.