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The Mesa Trail winds south from Boulder through the forests and meadows at the foot of the Flatirons. Along the way you're likely to see mule deer, abandoned cabins and vistas of Boulder and Denver.
A very popular spot for the stroller and dog walking crowd. The views of the mountains towering over the lake are only rivaled by the bevies of water birds that stop here to rest.
Hungary was one of the great medieval kingdoms of Europe. After the Battle of Mohacs, however, the Turks overran most of the country and held it for the better part of a century before they finally were stopped at the siege of Vienna. Eger's minaret represents one of the northern and westernmost points of Ottoman expansion. It is a proud symbol of Eger's brave but futile resistance to Turkish invasion. The mosque to which it was once attached is long gone but visitors can climb the minaret for a great view of the city.
Behold the Bangkok Curry bowl: brown rice, kale, cauliflower and tofu laced with ginger and coconut.
You can get the skinny on attractions in and outside the park. The visitor's center is equipped with bathrooms, ATM's and ample literature.
The Bohemian is a brilliant mockup of a German-style watering hole from the solid wooden benches, dim lights and brick walls to the fine ales, pretzels and sausage on offer. An extremely gratifying slice of Europe in downtown Boulder.
Country breakfast five miles from downtown Boulder. Note the mason jar chandeliers and the windows hanging between booths.
The Pearl Street Mall is the pedestrian downtown heart of Boulder. Lined with boutique shops, trattorias, cafés, art galleries and a few local watering holes. Landmarks include the elk statue, courthouse and play areas for kids.
A common stomping ground for locals and skiing/snowboarding visitors, the Stowe Coffee house has that not-a-chain wooden homeyness common to small but fashionable towns like Stowe. From the coffee specials written on the chalkboard to the mountains of scones and muffins, it's a warm respite and all around friendly place.
Stowe is basically a two-street town with historic churches and hotels sidled up to boutiques and fine dining restaurants. It's worth spending an afternoon to explore on foot. Check out the covered bridge, Shaw's general store and, my favorite, House of Jerky (a boutique jerky store).
Shaw's General Store is a great place to pickup cold weather and outdoor gear. The leather goods are particularly fine. I bought a brown leather belt with "Shaw's" and "made in Vermont" seared onto it that is among the nicest I have ever owned.
On our first night staying in a villa at the Trapp Family Lodge no one wanted to cook dinner so we called the front desk and asked for a pizza recommendation and they referred us to Pie-Casso without hesitation. We were delivered surprisingly authentic New York pizza, salad and New England clam chowder.
Glacier sports a satisfying array of ice cream and gelato creations like birthday cake, snickers, bing cherry and peaches & cream. Great on summer nights for teens, college kids and families alike.
I didn't stay here but I stopped in with some family at the Whip bar and grill downstairs for some drinks and PEI mussels. The Christmas tree in the main staircase and the pine garland were Dickensian and welcoming.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill is located in downtown Waterbury. It's an excellent place to pick up many Vermont snacks and souvenirs: cider doughnuts, syrup and lots of jams.