If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution for a healthier year, there’s no better place to kickstart it than Boulder.
When it comes to wellness, the college town of about 100,000 boasts plenty of credentials. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a regular guest on lists taking stock of the happiest, healthiest and even brainiest cities across the United States.
Resolving to be healthy need not be a toilsome task. Here are five healthy (and indulgent) ways to reward your mind, body and soul in the wellness epicenter known as Boulder.
Get a natural face lift at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa:
Start the New Year with a fresh face.
The St. Julien Hotel & Spa is a tranquil winter oasis with stunning views of the snow-capped mountains right out the window. Get a “natural face lift” at the spa, with the Advanced Dermal Complex Oxygen Facial. (The facial has also been dubbed the “supermodel facial” because it’s that good).
The treatment gives a much-needed moisture boost to skin that tends to dry out in Colorado’s winter climate. The oxygen facial instantly lifts, firms and smooths skin by using peptides and Swiss Apple Stem cells to remove wrinkles near your eyes and smile lines.
While you’re there, erase the stress of the holidays with the St. Julien Classic, a Swedish massage to ease sore muscles and reduce tension.
Take a tour of Celestial Seasonings:
Boulder is home to famous tea maker Celestial Seasonings. (It’s located on Sleepytime Drive). In fact, the company’s founder handpicked wild herbs from the nearby Rocky Mountains to use in the first batch of tea in 1969.
Get a glimpse of the tea-making process with a free tour of the Celestial Seasonings tea factory and indulge in the aroma of spearmint and peppermint in the “mint room.” Enjoy free tea samples and visit the tea shop to stock up on the famed Sleepytime tea. The good-for-you, herbal blend includes chamomile, spearmint and lemongrass — which promotes relaxation, settles the stomach and soothes the mind.
Other healthy teas you’ll find in the shop? Green tea can help support your metabolism and rooibos tea is rich in natural minerals like calcium, zinc and magnesium.
Strike a yoga pose and drink a beer:
Boulder is a mecca for craft brew lovers and yogis.
The taps and vinyasa are both flowing on Tuesday nights at Sanitas Brewing Company, a brewery on the eastern edge of Boulder.
Brewhouse Yoga starts at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and, for $15, you’ll get an hour-long yoga class and post-workout brew.
Take a cooking class at Sur La Table:
If you resolved to eat healthier or save money in 2016, become the master chef of your own kitchen.
Learn from culinary pros at a Sur La Table cooking class. The high-end kitchen shop, with a store in Boulder’s 29th Street Mall, has partnered with Health Magazine to offer “Light Winter Favorites” classes.
On the menu? Tequila-poached shrimp with lime cream, lentil and swiss chard soup with lemon, roasted curried cauliflower quinoa salad and a chocolate olive oil cake.
Other classes on the January schedule include “Croissants 101,” “Tasty Thai Favorites” and “Homemade Cheese and Yogurt 101.”
Drop-in for meditation at the Boulder Shambhala Center:
Meditation has many benefits. It boosts your mood, sharpens your focus, reduces your blood pressure and lessens anxiety to name a few perks.
Whether you’re brand new to meditation or it’s a part of your daily life, you’ll feel welcome at the Boulder Shambhala Center, a beautiful retreat in the downtown area.
Shambhala is a global community of meditation and retreat centers founded by Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. (He’s also the founder of Boulder’s Buddhist-inspired Naropa University).
The Main Shrine Room in the Boulder Shambhala Center is open to the public for meditation every day of the week except Saturday. The center also offers meditation instruction.