There is no admission cost to enter this Boulder restaurant. Boulder's sister city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan sent 200 crates of hand carved and painted pieces of structure and furnishings of a traditional Tajik tea house to Boulder. Here with the aid of Tajik artisans that made the trip with the crates the only teahouse of its kind in the Western Hemisphere was assembled. It was expanded to include a restaurant after it was completed in 1998. The restaurant includes a wide variety of dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
The location is directly next door to the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Bobolink Trailhead is a part of the City of Boulder's Park and Recreation system of trails and open space. This particular segment runs along South Boulder Creek and consists of a combination of habitats including riparian, tall grass and short grass prairie.
There is a variety of wildlife in the area including three types of deer (Mule, White Tail and hybrid where the two species have interbred) as well as the ground breeding Bobolink from which the trailhead is named.
The webpage includes a map to assist the visitor in locating the attraction as well as a list of regulations. There is no cost to use the trail. It is open seven days a week year round.
Loveland Ski Area
Loveland ski area has 1 365 skiable acres. Its base elevation is 10 600 feet with a summit elevation of 13 010 feet. There are a total of 13 lifts of various types. The parking is free. The Loveland Ski area is only 53 miles from Denver.
The slopes are broken down as 13% beginner, 41% intermediate and 46% advanced. The area gets about 400 inches of snow annually and competes with Arapahoe Basin to see which will be the first to open for the year. The ski area does have its own snow making equipment.
The area is open from October to May. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It should be noted this is Loveland Ski area and should not be confused with Loveland, Colorado. Loveland, Colorado is located north of Denver between Longmont, Colorado and Fort Collins Colorado and is located on the prairie. Loveland Ski area is west 53 miles of Denver and 12 miles west of Georgetown at the base of Loveland Pass.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
This annual event is one of the top three Shakespeare Festivals in the United States. It takes place on the campus of the University of Colorado from June until the middle of August. The festival utilizes two venues: the indoor University Theatre, main stage (400 seat capacity) and outdoors at the Mary Rippon Theater (1000 seat).
Several different plays are performed on different days and at either venue. Ticket prices vary according to the venue and day/time of performance. In addition, starting in 2007, the festival is putting on a Christmas performance.
There are a variety of additional programs which accompany the festival. Examples include a chat with Will Shakespeare, strolling through the Shakespeare Gardens, a backstage tour ($5 cost to defray cost of tour guide) and the Green Show which is music while one dines. Further details are provided at the website.
Arapahoe Basin is one of the oldest ski resorts in Colorado, its first lifts opened in 1946.
It is the highest skiable terrain in the US and due to its location, with an average of 30 ft of snowfall per year, skiers can enjoy the season often from October to June.
Arapahoe Basin offers 105 trails for all levels, for beginners there are ski schools available.
The resort is served by 7 lifts which open at 8.30 in the morning.
There are several shops, rental facilities for equipment, cafes and restaurants directly at Arapahoe, the closest facilities for accommodation can be found in Keystone.
The web site provides a snow report, real-time web cams and virtual tour.
Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway
Trail Ridge road lies mostly within the Rocky Mountain National Park, connecting the towns of Grand Lake on the west and Estes Park on the east via U.S. Highway 34. This is the highest continuous paved highway in the United States with a maximum elevation of 12183 ft (3713 m). Mount Evans Scenic Byway is higher but ends in a dead end. The highway is closed during the winter due to extreme snow pack.
Most years the target for opening is the Memorial Day weekend. It remains open until there is a significant snowfall, which is usually in October. Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fees apply. The fee for a private vehicle is $20 and is valid for 7 days. For individuals (pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles) $10 entrance fee is required.
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