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In light of National Geographic Traveler naming Boulder one of the world’s Top 10 Winter Towns, I thought I’d put together my list of favorite ways to enjoy Boulder in the wintertime:

1. Glide Around the Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza

Each winter, the little courtyard at One Boulder Plaza becomes a delightfully old-timey ice rink, complete with music, twinkling lights and an oval shape. Okay, it’s no Rockefeller Center, but it’s usually not very crowded and is fun to hook arms with your sweetie and take a leisurely spin. On Tuesdays, if you bring a can of food to donate, you’ll get discounted admission!

2. Sip a Steaming Cup of Tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Boulder’s lovely teahouse, located downtown (very near the Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza), was a gift from our sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It was shipped here in pieces and assembled in the late 90s. Inside, trickling fountains, leafy plants and intricately carved and painted walls and ceilings make an exotic winter escape. Order a little pot of tea from the menu of more than 80 flavors, sit back and warm up as you admire the artwork that is this unique building.

3. Get Cozy Inside a Warm Brewpub

Much to the dismay of my waistline, wintertime always has me craving hearty fare. Maybe a big basket of onion rings, a batch of warm, freshly baked pretzels or a cup of cheesy soup. Boulder’s brewpubs are the place to go for this kind of stick-to-your-ribs sustenance. And best of all, you can wash it all down with a handcrafted beer. Perhaps a pint of Buff Gold at The Walnut Brewery, Java Porter at Mountain Sun or Feisty Fiddler IPA at the Boulder Draft House. Or you might opt to go on the Boulder Brew Bus tour to experience Boulder’s legendary microbreweries on a deeper level.

4. Stretch to New Limits with Hot Yoga

Boulder might just have as many yoga studios as Seattle has coffee shops. There’s one on every corner. And one winter-friendly trend among them is Birkram and hot yoga classes, where the room is typically heated to over 100 degrees. The warmth allows muscles to really stretch and your body to detoxify through sweat — which feels surprisingly wonderful in the middle of winter. Yoga Pod and CorePower Yoga are two Boulder studios that offer hot yoga.

5. Take Advantage of Sunny Days with Winter Hiking

Okay, let’s face it. Even though it can be a bit chilly here, Boulder’s average temperature during the heart of winter is somewhere around 46-49 — not exactly arctic conditions. There are enough mild days to make it possible to get out and hike or snowshoe just about anytime of year. One of my favorite winter trails is the Shanahan Trail, starting at the Cragmoor Road trailhead. A relatively easy loop takes you through open meadows and pine forests, with beautiful views of the Flatirons.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Boulder in wintertime?

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My day job (which lately is a night job, weekend and spare time job) is keeping me at home this weekend, so thought I’d point you to some Boulder peeps who are much more interesting than I am this right now. Via Twitter:

BoulderMagazine It’s a gorgeous day in downtown #Boulder for BoulderFest TODAY at noon! Bands, brews, wine, food, free films, scav. hunt!: http://ow.ly/kRgT

BoulderWine Saturday: Live guitar w/Bryan Kemler tonight 6 – 9 pm. Sunday: Brazilian jazz with Carmen 4 – 7 pm.

centroboulder It’s a beautiful day! The sun is shining & brunch happy hour is tasting amazing!

outdoordivas Packet pick up is on today in our Boulder store for the Tri babes triathalon! http://bit.ly/7pXX

thebsidelounge BoulderFest continues today! Come check out the free film showing Comedy shorts @ 1:30p; Shoot Out award winners @ 2:45p. http://ow.ly/kSQS

WholeFoods_Bldr Kids, join us for our Healthy Eating Scavenger Hunt from 1-3p today! Try all the yummy samples around the store and get a gift.

dailycamera I uploaded a YouTube video — VIDEO: Lafayette Peach Festival 2009 http://bit.ly/3Cd5P

BoulderParking HILL FLEA-Every Sunday from 8/23 through 10/25 10a-5p Located in the historic Uni Hill District More info/wkly themes http://bit.ly/3aNaa5

srgruber Just sent Josh and Mads to the Boulder Fringe Fest to see a magic show. #BIFF

Get out there with these folks and enjoy it for me, will ya?

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