If you want to experience some of the best lodging that Colorado has to offer, consider staying at a Boulder, Colorado bed and breakfast. Less than forty minutes northwest of Denver , in the Front Range region, Boulder, CO represents a world of its own. Framed by the landmark Flatiron Peaks, this free-spirited town of nearly a hundred-thousand residents is a magnet for people seeking a heady mix of nature and culture. The nature-lovers and fitness buffs flock to the extensive network of jogging, hiking, and biking trails on city-owned open space. Shoppers, diners and dyed-in-the-wool browsers find all they bargained for on the pedestrian-only, open-air Pearl Street Mall in the heart of the restored, historic downtown. And for those thirsting for culture and entertainment, the offerings run the gamut from street performances to Shakespeare. Boulder’s intellectual and cultural vibrancy is nourished by the University of Colorado, whose graceful architecture and verdant commons border parts of the downtown and Boulder Creek. The town’s compactness encourages exploration, and most of its attractions are easily accessible from inns and other hotel alternative lodging options inspected and approved by the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado. Summer brings such major events as the Colorado Shakespeare Festival staged at the university, and the Chautauqua Summer Series of concerts, films and talks at Chautauqua Park. Hiking trails lead off from the park, from Flagstaff Mountain – whose amphitheater is popular with wedding parties – and from the National Center for Atmospheric Research on Table Mesa. For more ambitious hikers, the Indian Peaks Wilderness is fifty minutes away. Among the area’s indoor attractions are the Celestial Seasonings tea factory which offers guided tours, the Boulder History Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art , the CU Art Museum, the CU Museum of Natural History, CU’s Fiske Planetarium and the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art.