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Mother/Daughter trip to Colorado- which city is best?

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Mother/Daughter trip to Colorado- which city is best?

My mom (64) and I (30) will be taking a trip to Colorado at the end of August and I would like some help deciding where to stay. Denver? Boulder? Colorado Springs?

We will be flying into Denver, renting a car, and probably staying 3 maybe 4 nights. We need good restaurants (no chains please! I am trying to expand her gastronomic horizons a bit!), wine bars, a nice spa....and she says she wants to go hiking.

Anyone have any suggestions about which city to stay in, but also which area of the city? Ideas for things to do and places to stay are also of course very welcome! =)

Thank you for the help!!

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1. Re: Mother/Daughter trip to Colorado- which city is best?

I would recommend Boulder. It has all you are looking for - great food, spa, hikes.

I'd suggest staying downtown at the St. Julien hotel: http://www.stjulien.com/

or the historic Hotel Boulderado: http://www.boulderado.com/

The St. Julien has a wonderful spa onsite.

Either hotel will put you in close proximity of the infamous Pearl Street Mall and hiking. http://www.boulderdowntown.com/

http://www.normankoren.com/Boulder.html

boulderdowntown.com/visit/outdoor-activities

www.normankoren.com/Boulder.html#Hiking

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2. Re: Mother/Daughter trip to Colorado- which city is best?

Whichever location you choose, you and your Mom will have a blast.

With food and spas as priorities, I am going to recommend Boulder. Not sure of the budget, but St. Julien Hotel & Spa is very nice.

For hiking, Chautauqua Park / Flatirons, NCAR and Boulder Canyon are right on the edge of town. You can also do a day trip into Rocky Mountain National Park (about a 1 hour drive) easily from Boulder.

For shopping, Pearl Street Mall provides a very "Boulder" feel, with a variety of stores.

Tons of great restaurants too - check out Frasca, Sushi Zanmai, Walnut Cafe for breakfast, The Med (a personal favorite).... Also, check out Dushanbe Tea House for lunch or an afternoon snack / tea. I'm sure others can chime in with additional ideas.

I'd also recommend driving up Flagstaff Road - it is an amazing drive up with a neat view across the eastern plains.

Have fun!

Edited: 14 July 2010, 01:17
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3. Re: Mother/Daughter trip to Colorado- which city is best?

If it is within your budget, I'd recommend the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs - excellent spa and restaurants right on the property. The dining options range from the 5 Star Penrose Room to very fun piano sing a longs at the Golden Bee. Plus great hiking right in the area.

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4. Re: Mother/Daughter trip to Colorado- which city is best?

Agree with everyone. The St. Julien, the Broadmoor are both very nice. I'd give the nod to Boulder for food and hiking though.

In Denver the Oxford.

No worries though all are good choices!

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