Skiing in Boulder
Skiing in Boulder

Discover Skiing in Boulder, Colorado

When people think of perfect snow, white-capped mountains, skiing, snowboarding, sun and winter fun, they think of Colorado. Well, here’s something else: Boulder was named by National Geographic as a Top 10 Winter Town.

As for top-notch skiing in Boulder, locals recommend their favorite place, just a hop, skip and a jump away: Eldora Mountain Resort – only a half hour away from downtown Boulder. You’ll find that Eldora has a local, laid-back vibe and that there are plenty of options for everyone from the beginner to the extremely advanced.

Whether it’s cross-country skiing, show shoeing, snowboarding or downhill skiing you crave, your next adventure awaits. Just 30 miles from Eldora, we’re proud to be among the top-favorite hotels near Boulder skiing. At the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron, you’ll have fantastic amenities, award-winning onsite dining, breathtaking views and exceptional service.

Top 10 Facts About Eldora:

  1. It’s a gorgeous, picturesque drive up Canyon Boulevard, located just 21 miles west of Boulder.
  2. The slopes there receive a snowfall of approximately 300 inches a year. When it’s not snowing, they boast one of Colorado’s best snowmaking systems… covering 100% of the immaculately-groomed terrain (more than any other in Colorado).
  3. The base of Eldora is 9,200 feet above sea level and top elevation is 10,800 feet above.
  4. There’s live music every weekend!
  5. Many people love taking private skiing or snowboarding lessons (plus, you get VIP service with your rentals).
  6. Lift tickets cost about half the price of most major resorts.
  7. During the week, visitors and locals alike praise the fact that there are no big hassles with crowds or long lines.
  8. Some even say that it can feel like a “private mountain,” which makes them enjoy their Rocky Mountain experience so much more. “It felt like we owned the place,” one family gushed.
  9. There are many slopes to choose from, so you don’t get bored; plus, this works well for the beginner, intermediate and expert skier.
  10. Eldora is the one place where you can go skiing in (or near) Boulder and miss the famous I-70 traffic, which means more time on the slopes and less time in the car.

Relax After a Day at the Slopes at Renaissance Flatiron

After a thrilling day of hitting the slopes, or spending the day in nearby quaint Louisville at Winter Skate (a classic outdoor ice skating rink), come back to us and massage the kinks out in our heated outdoor whirlpool.

Then, unwind in our spacious, all-suite guest rooms with plush robes and Aveda bath products. Next, celebrate with a superb meal and a bottle of wine from an extensive list at our award-winning, onsite Flatz Restaurant and Lounge.

There’s also our heated patio with a beautiful view of the snow-capped Rockies. This is the good life. Happy Skiing!

Mile High Holidays

Mile High Holidays at Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel

Denver is beautiful all year-round, but the holiday season makes it truly sparkle. The Mile High Holidays makes this gorgeous city the ideal place to be. Enjoy fantastic activities from November 25, 2016 – January 22, 2017.

During that time, we’re offering the best specials among Boulder hotel deals, perfect for your budget, so that you can have plenty left over to do some fun holiday shopping. We welcome you to stay at the all-suite, Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel for $99 per night for a limited time only, so don’t miss out!

Save in Broomfield During Your Holiday Travel

The Mile High Holidays is all about magical things to do around Denver during the joyous holiday season. There’s something for everyone, at any age. It’s also about the community being able to give back, by offering discounts, specials and magnificent free shows in the spirit of celebration. From festive parades and millions of twinkling lights to massive fireworks and great holiday shopping, here are some of the best activities:

  1. Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination: Downtown Denver, sprawling from Union Station to the City and County building, will be majestically lit up with bright-colored floodlights on Nov. 25 till the end of December. Gorgeous lighting displays will be at Larimer Square, Denver Pavilions, Skyline Park, D&F Tower and 16th Street Mall.
  2. A Christmas Carol: This cherished, time-honored Charles Dickens’ classic comes to life on stage with Ebenezer Scrooge’s amazing journey from miserable greedy miser to a generous and kind-hearted soul. See it from November 25 – December 24 at the Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
  3. Denver Zoo Lights: Visit Denver’s Zoo from Dec. 2, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017 and enjoy spectacular lights on trees and animal sculptures. Parking can be difficult, so be prepare and bring some hot chocolate!
  4. New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Downtown Denver fireworks are phenomenal. There will be one earlier, family-friendly show at 9 p.m. and a later one at 12 a.m. on December 31, 2016.
  5. The Christkindl Market at Skyline Park: Local artisans and vendors from Germany as well as other countries abroad offer unique handcrafted pieces from November 18 – December 23, 2016. Listen to Christmas carols and live German music while enjoying hot spiced wine and delicious traditional fare.

Our Colorado holiday hotel deal gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy everything the season has to offer. Unwind after a full day and relax in your spacious suite, stargaze in the heated outdoor whirlpool, or enjoy a warm meal at our award-winning onsite restaurant Flatz. ‘Tis the season to come visit and enjoy!

Old Town Louisville’s Outdoor Ice Rink

Celebrate the Holidays at Old Town Louisville’s Outdoor Ice Rink

Experience the small-town American charm of Old Town Louisville, located just a short drive from us. This is a definite must-do among Boulder holiday events. WinterSkate is an old-fashioned, outdoor ice skating rink, hearkening back to simpler times – complete with traditional holiday music and festive cheer for everyone. Located in the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville, the event will be open from Thanksgiving week until the end of February.

Hours are:

  • Monday-Wednesday 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Thursday 2 pm – 10 pm
  • Friday 12 pm – 10 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

**Hours on holidays (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas) may vary.

Admission:

  • Adults $5
  • Kids (ages 4-12) $4
  • Children (ages 3 and under) Free
  • College Students and Military $3
  • Senior Citizens (65+) $3

Skate Rental $4

Parking is free, easy and readily available.

A Short Drive from Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel

Whether you’re in town visiting loved ones or taking your family on a trip, this year’s Boulder holiday events will be the kind you’ll always remember. Historic downtown is reminiscent of 1878, with 100-year-old buildings lining Main, Front and Pine Streets. Spend the day skating, then explore the wonderful little town and have some Sweet Cow ice cream or sinfully delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows. Then, browse one of the unique shops there, like The Singing Cook, By Chance, or Gifts at Cooper’s Corner.

Here are more suggestions:

At Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel, you’re just a short drive away. Enjoy one of the best ice skating rinks near Boulder, then come back to our all-suite upscale accommodations, unwind and relax in serious style. We offer:

  • Hotel Fitness Center – We have an indoor pool and a heated outdoor whirlpool for that extra touch. Or, burn off some extra energy with our state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.
  • Complimentary Valet Parking and On-Site Parking
  • Spacious All-Suite Guest Rooms – Our newly renovated suites are sophisticated, airy and stylish, with extra amenities you’ll love, such as Aveda bath products and plush robes. Experience superior service plus all the modern conveniences you’d need from home while visiting with us this holiday season.
  • On-Site Dining – Our superb, award-winning Flatz Restaurant and Lounge has fresh “Food Forward” seasonal dishes with quality ingredients. We proudly boast an impressive wine list as well. Feel free to sit outside on our heated patio, which overlooks a gorgeous view of the Rockies, take in the beauty… and smile. This is the way life should always be.
Lights of December Parade

Discover the Best Holiday Events in Boulder

Downtown’s beautiful small-town charm truly shines during the holidays. Experience the magic of holiday events in Boulder, when friends, families and kids unite in celebrating tradition and community.

Boulder’s top 4 holiday events you should check out

  1. Switch on the Holidays – Boulder’s holiday season kicks-off on Sunday, November 20, at 5pm, with a holiday sing-along performance by the Boulder Children’s Chorale. For the grand finale, Santa will flip the switch, illuminating lights along the Pearl Street Mall and the Boulder County Courthouse.
  1. Nick on the Bricks – Every Saturday, starting November 25-December 24, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Downtown Boulder Information Center for photo ops. Bring the kids between 11am and 2pm, and don’t forget your camera.
  1. 29th Lights of December Parade – This time-honored hometown parade features floats, a marching band, a fire engine and swing dancing elves! Starting at 6pm, on Saturday, December 3rd, the parade will begin and end at 15th and Walnut streets. What’s more, the darker it gets, the closer Santa comes to making his seasonal appearance.
  1. Small Business Saturday® – Celebrated every year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, people across the country pledge to support small businesses by shopping and dining at local establishments. On Saturday, November 26, look for special holiday themed events and merchant discounts from locally-owned downtown businesses.

*Parking Details*

  • Parking – Recommended parking is located at the City of Boulder garages at 15th and Pearl or 10th and Walnut. All City of Boulder parking garages are free on Saturdays and Sundays. Metered parking is also free on Sundays.
  • Additional city parking garages: 11th and Walnut (Randolph Center); 14th and Walnut (RTD Bus Station); and 11th and Spruce.
  • Lot parking is also available at the Boulder Public Library for 1.25/hour.

Don’t forget …

Downtown is also home to many specialty retailers, coffee houses, gift shops and restaurants. You won’t find stores like them anywhere else. Boulder is a unique one-stop holiday shopping experience where you’ll find something special for everyone on your list.

Located Near Renaissance Flatiron

With so many things to do in Boulder, you’ll be happy to know our hotel is conveniently located near all the fun. Celebrate the season with good will and cheer at Renaissance Flatiron. We offer:

  • Spacious All-Suite Guest Rooms – You’ll feel at home for the holidays with modern conveniences and rooms tailored to your needs
  • On-Site Dining – Our award-winning Flatz Restaurant and Lounge offers fresh, seasonal dishes and a heated outdoor patio overlooking a gorgeous view of the Rockies
  • Hotel Fitness Center – Enjoy state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment, an indoor pool and heated outdoor whirlpool.
  • Complimentary On-site Parking and Valet Service

Join us for Boulder’s magical holiday events, and may the closeness of loved ones renew your spirits this holiday season. It’s “snow” wonder this is the most wonderful time of the year!

 

Discover Boulder’s Adventure Film Festival

Discover Boulder’s Adventure Film Festival

Adventure Film Festival kicks off its 12th year in Boulder this year on September 29th. Discover talented filmmakers and explore a variety of film genres on display at the weekend-long festival. All films revolve around the themes of adventure, environmental activism, and the outdoors, making Boulder the perfect backdrop for this event.

This year’s festival takes place at the Boulder Theater and 14th Street. Hundreds of filmmakers submit their work in hopes to be chosen for the festival. The International Adventure Film Committee chooses over 30 films to be in the running to win awards in their respective categories ranging from things like extreme sports to activism and adventure. The festival is a great gateway for filmmakers in these genres to gain recognition and jumpstart their careers. The films brought to the screen are inspiring works by everyday people who seek adventure or hope to open the minds of viewers with their artistic works of activism.

The festival offers even more than just great cinema. The Adventure Street Fair boasts live music, craft beer from local Boulder breweries and a vendor village filled with local businesses. Multiple giveaways, food and drink samplings, and more surprises will hit the Adventure Street Fair, giving everyone something to look forward to. Parents can enjoy the Family and Kids show occurring during the Community Night kick-off party, featuring family friendly adventure films, live music, and prizes for both parents and kids. Be sure to explore the Adventure Art Exhibit during the festival featuring stunning photography from the Adventure Film Festival Founder, Johnny Copp. If the films at the festival inspire you, take part in the Adventure Film Schools two-day interactive photo and filmmaking workshop featuring industry leaders teaching you the tricks of the trade. You’ll even get the chance to create your very own short film.

Located Near Renaissance Flatiron

A day of watching exciting and inspiring adventure films can easily make you want to seek adventure yourself. But before starting your next adventure, you’ll need a good night’s sleep. Look no further than the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel to get you rested up for your journey. Our all-suite hotel provides guests with upscale comforts in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy a wide array of onsite amenities including our indoor pool and award winning onsite dining at Flatz Restaurant. We even offer a variety of packages and deals to help you save on your trip to Boulder. After a day of watching exhilarating films by aspirational filmmakers, rest easy at our hotel near Adventure Film Festival.

Experience Family Weekend at CU Boulder

Experience Family Weekend at CU Boulder

Fall signifies many things for CU Boulder students: the start of the school year, football season, and of course, Family Weekend. This year’s Family Weekend, taking place September 29th-October 2nd, is a time for all CU families to explore the campus, see their student’s home, attend seminars and classes, and even get to know other Buffaloes and their families

Get ready for four days of CU Buff pride during Family Weekend. Early check-in and campus tours lead the way on day one. Day two offers a plethora of activities and events including departmental tours and family sessions. The second day of Family Weekend also offers a movie night, pep rally, and a chance to see the women’s volleyball team face off against USC. Not only does day three consist of educational activities like campus open house, it is the most anticipated day, as families, students, and alumni alike get ready to cheer on their Buffs at Folsom Field against Pac-12 rival Oregon State. Tailgating for the game opens up four hours prior to kickoff. On the last day of Family Weekend participate in the Fun Run where students and families can participate in a 5k race.

With so many activities occurring during this year’s Family Weekend, it can be hard to figure out how to plan out your days. Here are some of our can’t miss activities:

  • Fiske Planetarium Shows: Check-out one or more of the shows at the Fiske Planetarium this Family Weekend. Screens will surround you as you take in all the sights and sounds of the universe. Some shows even include laser tributes to some of music’s biggest talents like Pink Floyd and Prince.
  • Donuts with the Dean:What better way to get to know the Dean than having a conversation over coffee and donuts? Get your chance to get personal with the Dean on Friday morning.
  • Pep Rally: Celebrate your Buff pride at the Pep Rally on Pearl Street in Downtown Boulder.
  • CU Boulder Vs. Oregon State: The highlight of Family Weekend is the Football game against Oregon State. Wear your black and gold proudly as the Buffs take on the Beavers in this highly anticipated game.

Renaissance Flatiron is the Ideal Hotel Near CU Boulder

Family weekend is filled with activities, and once the day is over, you’ll need a place to relax while your student is back at their dorm. Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel is located just a short drive from CU Boulder, making it ideal for your Family Weekend stay. With multiple suite options, it’s easy to find the right room for your family. Unwind with Rocky Mountain views or take a dip in our indoor pool. If all the action of Family Weekend has worked up your appetite, grab a bite at our award winning restaurant, Flatz. With all the excitement of Family Weekend, you’ll want to be well-rested. Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel offers guests upscale comforts near the CU Boulder campus.

Spend Labor Day Weekend in Denver

Spend Labor Day Weekend in Denver

For most people, Labor Day signifies the end of the summer and one last chance to take a break from work before the fall begins. Kick-off the end of summer in one of the country’s most adventurous locations, surrounding Denver, Colorado. Denver & Boulder each offer unique ways to celebrate the last weekend of the summer.

The Boulder Creek Hometown Festival is arguably one of the best ways to close out the season. Enjoy live music performances from local artists throughout the three-day festival. And sample delicious bites from local food vendors and all the best craft beers of the region from the craft beer garden. Arts and crafts exhibits will be located at Central Park, while the festival also boasts an interactive kids and sports expo. For automobile lovers, the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday is sure to be a hit. And don’t miss out on the 7th annual Hometown Fest 5k taking place Monday morning.

Foodies will enjoy celebrating Labor Day Weekend at A Taste of Colorado in Downtown Denver. More than 50 local restaurants and food establishments will gather at this event. Attendees can get a taste of a variety of different kinds of cuisine from the local area. Live music accompanies the great food at Taste of Colorado with acts like The Afters, Taylor Dane, and Boys II Men. Kids will enjoy the festival too as there are carnival rides, games, a kid zone, and even a kids stage with family friendly performances.

For those looking for a little more adventure, Denver and Boulder are home to a variety of breweries and the Boulder Beer Trail is the perfect way to experience them all, while getting some excellent exercise on your bike. Over 20 breweries, wineries, and distilleries between downtown, Gunbarrel, NoBo, East, and Central Boulder are on the list for you to explore.

Renaissance Flatiron is Near Top Labor Day Events

With so much to do this Labor Day Weekend, you’ll want to stay close to it all. The Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel is located right in the middle of Boulder and Denver, making it the perfect hotel choice for this holiday weekend. This all-suite hotel aims to provide guests with upscale comforts, and unparalleled services and amenities. Relax in a room with stunning views of the Rockies, take a swim in our indoor pool, or grab a meal at our award-winning restaurant, Flatz Whatever event you’re in town for this Labor Day Weekend, Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel is close to all the action.

Where to Stay Near Boulder Ironman

Experience the Action of Boulder Ironman

No matter if you are a participant or a spectator, the Boulder Ironman is an awe-inspiring experience. Not only are the athletes world class, but Boulder provides the ideal backdrop for the August race, with gorgeous views, low humidity, and a relatively fast course. And of course, with the proximity to Boulder there are many great ways to relax and take advantage of all that the area has to offer.

Triathletes will start the first leg of the race with a 2.4-mile swim in the Boulder Reservoir. This is a forgiving body of water, with minimal waves and water temperatures in the 70s. The course will take swimmers through one loop around the reservoir.

The bike section of the race consists of 112 miles through Boulder County. The course takes riders through multiple loops that are made up of a combination of 4,000+ feet of climbs mixed with flat sections where the riders can let their legs recover. For the 26.2 mile run, runners will make their way through a two loop course made up of a shaded bike path that takes the riders up another 670 feet of elevation.

Spectators who want to keep track of the racers can do so at a number of locations. There are many spots along the reservoir dam to see the swimming portion, and bikers can safely be checked out from the I-25 and Co Rd 6 underpass. Additional viewing areas to see the runners breeze past are located at:

  • Boulder High School
  • Scott Carpenter Park
  • Boulder City Library Law

The finish line is located at 1964 13th St, Boulder.

Relax After this High Energy Event at Renaissance Flatiron

Whether you need a break from participating in the Ironman or from watching and cheering on the racers, you deserve to enjoy some time off. The Renaissance Flatiron is the perfect escape for comfort and relaxation near the race.

Our hotel offers multiple opportunities to relax and enjoy the gorgeous Rocky Mountain scenery and weather, whether it is by our fire pit or just sipping a well-deserved cocktail on our sun deck. When you are ready to refuel, our onsite restaurant Flatz Restaurant is known for its fine cuisine made from high-quality ingredients, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in the surrounding area.

Because all of our rooms are suites, you have ample room to move around and stretch your legs. Keep up with the racers with our in-room WiFi or reinvigorate your sore body. Plan on spending a few days after the race relaxing in our hotel and taking advantage of the countless attractions in the area such as nearby breweries, the Flatiron Crossing Mall, or downtown Boulder.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Explore the Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Since 1958, the University of Colorado Boulder has been celebrating William Shakespeare and his abundance of plays in the form of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The festival aims to inspire and challenge not only its performers, but the minds of its audience as well. Indoor and outdoor performances are available, depending on the performance. This year’s schedule is full of old and new classics alike.

The Comedy of Errors

Being performed at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre from June 3 to August 7, The Comedy of Errors is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s best comedy. This tale winds mistaken identities, powerful women, cabaret nightlife and puns into a quirky and unique tale set in 1930s Paris.

  • June 18
  • July 9, 16, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 28, and 29
  • August 2, 3, and 7

Equivocation

By Bill Cain, Equivocation is a story about a reluctant playwright, William Shakespeare himself, who must decide between his artistic integrity and survival when King James I asks him to rewrite history. Can he find a way to tell the truth in a security state much like that we experience today? This play is being performed June 16 to August 6 at University Theatre.

  • June 16, 17, 25, 26
  • July 3, 8, 9, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
  • August 4, 6

Troilus and Cressida

Written by Shakespeare himself, Troilus and Cressida performances will take place at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre between June 24 and August 6. This story features heroes, kings and doomed love, much like other plays by Shakespeare, but unlike some other ones, a sinister clown makes this piece about the Trojan War one of Shakespeare’s best known. The world is on the verge of apocalypse. How will Troilus and Cressida handle it?

  • June 24, 25
  • July 17, 21, 22, 30
  • August 4, 6

Cymbeline

Enjoy Cymbeline, a play by William Shakespeare inside at University Theatre between July 14 and August 7. A mythic romance, this story features humor, heroics, gods and villains, and, of course, love. This story brings together everyone who participated in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for a truly unique performance.

  • July 14, 15, 17, 24, 27, 31
  • August 3, 5, 7

Things to Keep in Mind for the Festival

Ticket prices for each play vary, although you can save as much as 40 percent by signing up for season tickets. Food and drink, including catering, is available prior to performances and during intermissions. Wheelchair seating and assistive listening devices are available for all performances. For everyone’s comfort, late arrivals may not be seated until intermission, and all electronics should be turned off prior to the curtain rising. Children younger than 5 years old are not permitted.

Located Near Renaissance Flatiron Hotel

Whether you are coming to the area multiple times to see performances over the course of the summer or you are performing yourself and need accommodations, Renaissance Boulder Flatiron offers affordable luxury. We offer top amenities such as onsite dining, mini-refrigerators and wireless Internet access in all rooms. A 10-minute drive from the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Renaissance Boulder Flatiron makes the ideal lodging choice when looking for hotels near the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

What to do for 4th of July

Fireworks and Festivals: Great Ways to Spend Your 4th of July Weekend in Denver and Boulder

4th of July is fast approaching. No matter how you want to spend the long weekend, you will find plenty of festivals, firework displays, and other activities in and around Denver and Boulder, Colorado.

Denver 4th of July 1

4th of July Festivities in Denver

If you like both cultural events and traditional 4th of July celebrations, you’ll no doubt find plenty to keep you busy in Denver. Many people flock to Cherry Creek North to celebrate the city’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival. This free event brings in more than 350,000 people each year. Meet visual artists from all over the world, sample new foods from different countries, and check out the entire family-friendly block dedicated to fun children’s activities. Music, dance, and theater about at this can’t-miss event.

If you’re looking for something a bit more tradition, the Independence Eve Fireworks are held each July 3 at Civic Center Park. Come early to attend a free concert of your favorite patriotic songs or simply show up for the beautiful fireworks display. Concessions are available or you can bring a picnic basket. The family-friendly event is easily accessible via several types of public transportation.

If you’d prefer to enjoy fireworks on Independence Day itself, head over to Elitch Gardens. The fireworks start at dusk, but come early so you can spend the day enjoying the many rides and water slides that the theme park offers.

4th of July Festivities in Boulder

Are you someone who would prefer a smaller event? Despite the smaller crowd, Boulder’s 4th of July fireworks are just as beautiful. Gates open at 8:00 p.m. and admission is free, so round up the family and head on over. The display presented by Wright Kingdom Real Estate, the City of Boulder, and the University of Colorado, begins as soon as it gets dark. Check out a number of performances and events before the fireworks, including:

  • The Mighty Twisters and Mad Hops jump rope teams
  • Boy Scouts Color Guard presentation
  • The National Anthem
  • 4th of July photo contest

Relax after the fun at Renaissance Flatiron

Renaissance Flatiron is conveniently located about halfway between Denver and Boulder and is the perfect boutique hotel for your family to enjoy between Independence Day festivities. Each of the hotel’s 232 suites are beautifully appointed with the finest linens and amenities, and the hotel itself features an indoor swimming pool and onsite dining at Flatz Restaurant. With its location in between both cities, Renaissance Flatiron is the perfect hotel choice for those traveling to either Denver or Boulder this 4th of July.