Boulder offers a bounty of outdoor activities and attractions, but when clouds gather and temperatures plummet, where can you go to chase away the chills?
Whether or not you believe the predictions of four-legged weather diviner Punxsutawney Phil, Boulder is likely to see more frosty, blustery, or soggy days in the months ahead. Banish the gloom with a few choice wintry weather retreats below:
Tangerine Restaurant – Mod décor in sunny hues and an inspired menu of delightful morning and mid-day selections made with seasonal, local ingredients are sure to brighten your day. Choose from a wide-range of sweet staples such as ricotta lemon pancakes with blueberry sauce or waffle with strawberries, banana, mint, walnuts, and honey-sweetened mascarpone cheese. Elegant twists on brunch standbys include smoked trout and apple benedict or shrimp omelette with spinach, braised leeks, coriander, and avocado. Pair your meal with a divine Bellini or Bloody Mary, or opt for a steaming mug of Boulder-based Conscious Coffee. Vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Open daily 7:00 am to 2:30 pm. 2777 Iris Ave., 303-443-2333, www.tangerineboulder.com
Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery – Dozens of exquisite scratch-made confections, sublime pastries, and luscious layer cakes beckon you to admire their loveliness through enticing glass cases. Indulge in decadent, fresh-baked cream puffs, cupcakes, donuts, tarts, truffles, pies, or even savory croissants, biscuits, or quiches, each expertly and artistically crafted in small batches. Or choose from a colorful selection of organic ice creams in distinctive flavors. Find a seat and savor your delicacies in this charming corner of sweet treat heaven. All-natural, locally-sourced ingredients including organic flours and sugars. Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and specialty options.
Open Mon-Sat: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sundays: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. 3990 Broadway Street, (720) 596-4905, http://www.luckysmarket.com/luckys-bakehouse/
Fiske Planetarium – The sky outside may be murky, but inside you will be ensconced in the clear, effulgent firmament where you will gaze upon 20 million stars and the Milky Way like never before. Equipped with the state-of-the-art Megastar, or digital star ball projector that can project the most number of stars in the world, on a 360-degree domed screen, Fiske Planetarium is one of the most advanced, highest-resolution theaters in the U.S. Don’t miss a diverse line up of brilliant laser light shows, movies, family shows, and live talks that educate as well as dazzle.
Open Thursday and Friday evenings and daytime hours on the weekends. Find tickets at: http://www.ticketswest.com/events/fiske-planetarium/15410/ 2414 Regent Dr, (303) 492-5002, https://fiske.colorado.edu/beta/
jlounge Day Spa – Luxuriate in a pampered oasis where you can choose from a host of revitalizing nail and spa treatments in an airy modern space that will refresh your body and brighten your spirits. Bring your friends and family or visit on your own and treat yourself to individual or full-service options for mani/pedi, facial and skin care enhancements, waxing and make-up applications, massage, and acupuncture. Attentive and friendly expert and licensed staff will indulge you in the finest natural products and distinctive holistic treatments that will leave you radiant.
Mon: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tues-Fri: 9:00 am -7:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun: 11:00 am -5:00 pm. 3003 Walnut Street, (720) 484-6669, www.jloungespa.com
Bramble and Hare – One of the coziest, most charming nooks in Boulder, Bramble and Hare exudes warmth and cordiality in a casual, intimate space. Handsome dark wood furnishings and rustic antiques gesture to an earlier time. Sister to Black Cat Bistro and owned by Chef Eric Skokan and his wife, Jill, meats and produce are freshly plucked from their farm and foraged from the Front Range. Imaginative handmade cocktails include ingredients such as caraway carrot honey syrup, amaro abano, cocoa nib, Szechuan peppercorn, egg white, rose water, mezcal, and absinthe. Dip into sumptuous seasonal plates like choucroute, seafood ragu, and winter vegetable gratin from a menu that changes daily, or try a satisfying three-course farm dinner.
Open daily for Happy Hour: 5:00-6:00, dinner and late-night: 6:00pm to last call at 1:30 am. 1970 13th Street, (303) 444-9110, www.brambleandhare.com
Ku Cha House of Tea – Enter the hushed and tranquil sanctuary of a traditional Chinese tea house in the heart of Pearl Street and you will think you stumbled on a portal to another world. Sip and sample from over 150 varieties of loose teas arrayed on tall shelves and described in a splendid book-length menu. You will discover lesser known yellow, white, and puerh teas and more commonly quaffed oolong, rooibos, yerba mate, and chai teas from countries including South Africa and Tibet, some with medicinal health benefits, others enjoyed for their delicate, complex flavors. Lounge in the serene tea room with a book or a friend, browse the collection of tea ware and gifts, or join a lively tea tasting class or community event.
Mon-Sat: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sundays: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. 1141 Pearl St.,
(303) 443-3612, www.kuchatea.com/index_d.php
Bayleaf On Pearl – An extraordinary gem of a store that will whisk you to Europe where you will meander through eclectic, beautifully arranged country-themed displays of artisanal foods, kitchen accessories, cookbooks, home décor, toys, tableware, pots and pans, natural beauty products, and clothing. Whether you find that perfect gift or shop for yourself, you will linger over this boutique market’s hard-to-find gourmet delights and lovingly curated treasures from Italy, Spain, France, and Britain.
Mon-Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sundays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 1222 Pearl Street, (720) 565-2477, https://www.facebook.com/BayleafOnPearl
What are your favorite indoor places in Boulder? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know by commenting below!
Enjoy more indoor spots we recently highlighted on The Boulder Source:
Dairy Center for the Arts: http://bouldersource.com/2015/02/this-week-at-the-dairy/
Hit the Bricks! CU in Legos: http://bouldersource.com/2015/01/hit-the-bricks-cu-in-legos/
Nest Children’s Boutique: http://bouldersource.com/2014/11/new-boutique-supplies-fresh-finds-for-kids/
Everything You Could Want, Right Here at Home: http://bouldersource.com/2013/11/five-favorite-boulder-gift-shops/