Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in Boulder
The Bradley Boulder Inn
2040 16th Street (map)
Located one block from East Pearl Street, the Bradley Boulder Inn is an elegant, intimate urban inn. Amenities include complementary afternoon wine and cheese, a hearty breakfast with organic coffee, and passes to a local fitness center. The Bradley's comfortable "great room" allows guests to mingle by a fire or play games of Scrabble. Pearl Street shops are a few minutes away, and the next-door vegetarian Leaf restaurant is developing a strong following. The Bradley is a great spot for a romantic getaway. Note that neither young children nor pets are allowed.
Alps Boulder Canyon Inn
38619 Boulder Canyon Drive (map)
The Alps Inn, located within the splendor of Boulder Canyon, is a comfortable, friendly place to stay. Antiques, quilts, and lots of wood accentuate the historical feel of the inn. The Alps is cozy and rustic; those who are seeking posh amenities (or cell-phone service) might want to seek elsewhere. But for visitors who enjoy being near the rock walls and mountain streams of the canyon, the lodge-style Alps will charm you. If you enjoy wild game, try dining at the Red Lion Restaurant, located just slightly up-canyon from the Alps. Interesting trivia: the liquor license for the original Alps Hotel was signed by Teddy Roosevelt.
The Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
2151 Arapahoe Avenue (map)
Boulder's most popular bed and breakfast, the Briar Rose is an ecologically-sensitive, spiritually-friendly place. Run by a Zen monk, the Briar Rose features well-tended gardens and a small meditation room. Tea, cookies, and (rare for Boulder) wood-burning fireplaces give a homey feel to the place. An organic breakfast is served daily. The Briar Rose is located directly across from the Naropa University campus, and is only a few blocks from the University of Colorado. Rooms are available in both the main house and a separate carriage house. While you're there, ask your hosts about the myriad "green hotel" practices of the B&B.