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Readers’ Choice: Best of the West 2016 – Recreation & Entertainment



Colorado Ski Resort


Hust up Boulder Canyon Drive in Nederland, $349 for the season at Eldora gets you as much access to its varied terrain as you can handle – from the Little Hawk Bunny Slope to the thrilling cliffs of the Salto Glades. And it’s far, far away from I-70 ‘s nightmarish ski traffic.

Fair or Festival

Lafayette Peach Festival

If you’re looking for Palisade peaches, kids’ arts and crafts, peach pie, fresh produce, peach pizza, live music, peach smoothies, arts and antiques, peach jam, family fun or just a slice of warm peach cobbler, the Lafayette Peach Festival is by far the juiciest place to be this summer.

Golf Course

&  Indian Peaks

Indian Peaks Golf Course has a winning combination: affordable price, challenging course, and spectacular views. For less than $75, golfers can play 18 holes on some of the top greens in the state. Indian Peaks also offers a world-class practice facility, featuring a driving range, putting and chipping greens, and practice bunkers.

Live Music Venue

Boulder Theater

The visually rich Art Deco theater from the 1930s boasts extraordinary acoustics, which have shone brightly during epic shows over the past two decades by the likes of the Buena Vista Social Club, Johnny Cash, and Run DMC. And the intimate, richly appointed decor is perfect for political films, dance troupes, and storytelling.

Martial Arts

Boulder Karate

Boulder Karate’s Sensei Brad boasts an impressive record of martial arts competition, and, more importantly, a passion to share martial arts, with everyone from the Tiny Tigers (ages 4-7) to adult self-defense classes.

Movie Theater

AMC Flatirons

AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 has stepped up its game in the face of tough competition from Netflix in bed with a bottle of wine, offering an array of adult beverages for its customers to enjoy alongside its premium cinema, and reserved seating in luxurious recliners so there’s no need to line up beforehand.


Longmont Museum

The museum’s 250-seat venue with state-of-the art acoustics and lighting allows for events like the weekly “Views & Brews, Film & Comedy Series” as well as dance performances, musical ensembles, and plays. The museum offers a wide variety of kids’ activities, exhibits both permanent and rotating, and a much lauded summer concert series.

Rec Center

Boulder Rec East & North (Boulder)

The Boulder rec centers boast the usual menu of cardio and weight-lifting equipment, fitness classes, and pools, but with a uniquely Boulderian mind/body ‘twist’ (pun intended). Want to take your kids to yoga for tots, get certified in Feldenkrais, meditate, learn to dance in a variety of styles (including ballet, hip hop, Bollywood, and hula), sing, or craft? It’s all here.

Lafayette Rec  Tied With Erie Community Center (East County)

The Bob L. Burger Recreation Center in Lafayette offers a spa, climbing wall, sauna, and steam room. Add to that a zero-depth play pool, dolphin slide, and rock waterfall, and we’ve still not exhausted what they have to offer. Personal trainers, indoor running track, dance room, movie screen, weight-room, and child care are also available, in a clean and friendly facility and at reasonable prices.

No matter what you’re into — swimming, basketball, racquetball, or weight lifting — Erie Community Rec Center has a state of the art facility for you. They also have membership ranging from daily to annual rates that are sure to fit your budget.

Theater Company

Boulder Dinner Theater

The performers at BDT take their mission to entertain seriously and with joy. Add food and drink to the mix and it’s a great combination. That’s why people have flocked here for 38 years for special birthdays, anniversaries, and date nights.

Neighborhood to Live In


Walkability, connectivity, and diversity are the pillars of New Urbanism, the concept at the heart of Longmont’s Prospect neighborhood. The antidote to the old-fashioned suburban sprawl, this neighborhood offers a mix of shops, offices, apartments, and homes, with mixed-use within neighborhoods, blocks, and even buildings. The future is here in Longmont.

Old Town


In 2008 Louisville voters approved what may be the nation’s first sales tax dedicated to historic preservation. Property owners in the neighborhood receive financial incentives for preserving the well-loved area. Home to stunning historic residencies, the legendary annual Summer Street Faire, and a variety of small artisan shops, watering holes, and eateries, everybody loves Old Town Louisville.

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