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Top 10 VRBO Vacation Rentals In Boulder, Colorado

Kavita
Published Jul 19, 2017

As a recent graduate, I’ve been organizing and reviewing my bucket list, or as I like to call it, my wanderlist. While it’s a basic list categorized by region, domestic or international, I also try to subcategorize by “type of adventure.” Will I be lounging on a beach sipping coconut water or even better, piña coladas? Or will I be lacing up my sneakers to start a 5-kilometer (3-mile) inclined hike just so I can zip line back down? Or, will I be in the heart of downtown embracing the food and nightlife while the city lights shine all around me?

While for many destinations I’m easily able to distinguish the type of vacation the locale will lend itself to, Boulder, Colorado proves to be a difficult one to box. With the snowcapped Rocky Mountains on one side, the picturesque Flatirons on another, and a lively downtown right in the middle it’s hard to figure out which box Boulder falls into. Not to mention, it’s known as one of America’s foodie towns. Even though it might be hard to figure out what your vacation should be, don’t fret on where to stay. Keep reading to see some of the best vacation rentals you can find in Boulder, each with its own charm and attraction, and maybe like me, you’ll just give Boulder its own box.

1. Artist's retreat on Boulder Creek (from 292 USD)

The owners call this quaint guest house an “artist’s retreat on Boulder Creek,” and it definitely holds up to its name. Its natural architecture features wall to wall windows allowing for maximal natural light, views of Boulder Creek, and private outdoor work spaces. However, this rental isn’t just for those looking for a creativity-inspiring sanctuary. The guest house is actually only five minutes from the Pearl Street Mall and the University of Colorado. The VRBO rental is listed for just one bedroom, but you can email the owners to get a special deal on the second and third bedrooms as well, making it the perfect getaway for a large group.

Artist's retreat on Boulder Creek

Price: from 292 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 8

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2. Carriage house in downtown Boulder (from 58 USD)

This charming carriage house is just a short walk away from downtown Boulder. While it’s close to all the favorite local coffee shops, ice cream shops, and restaurants, you’ll also be right near Pearl Street Mall with an amazing Flatiron view. This home, meant for long term renters (with a minimum of a 30-day rental), is the perfect place to get to know Boulder. Maybe, it’ll even convince you to move there.

Carriage house in downtown Boulder

Price: from 58 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 2

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3. Luxury townhouse in downtown Boulder (from 325 USD)

This luxurious townhouse, a part of the historic Highland City Club, overlooks Boulder Creek in the heart of downtown Boulder. This high-end townhouse features 200 square meters (2,000 square feet) of high-end finishes and privacy. It has two bedrooms and two and a half baths and can more than comfortably sleep four.

Luxury townhouse in downtown Boulder

Price: from 325 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 8

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4. Newlands bungalow (from 225 USD)

This charming bungalow is in one of the most popular neighborhoods in Boulder, Newlands. It is meant for the urban explorer as well as the outdoorsy individual. It’s a short ride to the Pearl Street Mall and only four blocks from Boulder Park. It’s also only a few short steps away from the Goat Trail and the Mt. Sanitas Trailhead. In the mornings you can see a stunning sunrise over the Flatirons and Green Mountain, and in case you’re not a morning person, you can catch the spectacular colors again at sunset.

Newlands bungalow

Price: from 225 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 8

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5. Victorian apartment in lower Arapahoe (from 71 USD)

This garden level apartment (first floor only) was first built in the 1890s, but don’t worry, it’s been restored and renovated. It features one bedroom and one bathroom, can sleep three and is a great location to make a relaxing trip to Boulder. Although it is still close to all the main attractions (three blocks from the Boulder Creek Path and seven blocks from the Pearl Street Mall), the location gives off a more private vibe, which is great for those looking to see Boulder but also to relax in the serenity of nature!

Victorian apartment in lower Arapahoe

Price: from 71 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 3

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6. Victorian cottage near downtown Boulder (from 72 USD)

The owner calls it an “artist’s property” and that it is. With its high ceilings, beautiful outdoor courtyard (filled with eclectic sculptures and artwork), it’s bound to make those creative juices flow. This cute apartment features two bedrooms and one bathroom and is a quick walk to restaurants, shops, and more.

Victorian cottage near downtown Boulder

Price: from 72 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 3

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7. The artful abode: Vacation retreat (from 714 USD)

This vacation rental is the epitome of luxury and definitely holds up to the steep price. The “artful abode,” as tastefully named by the owners, is located close enough to downtown Boulder to feel a part of the city scene, but far enough away to experience the peace that Colorado nature has to offer. This vacation retreat was strategically designed to allow maximal natural light without compromising on mountain views or room aesthetics. While you may not want to leave the main floor or even the outdoor deck that has its own garden and grilling area, my favorite space is the rooftop deck with an astroturf floor and comfy seating. It’s the perfect place to relax with friends and family and watch the sun set over the skyline.

The artful abode: Vacation retreat

Price: from 714 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 10

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8. Mediterranean villa in Boulder (from 467 USD)

This Mediterranean style villa in Boulder is great for large groups or multi-generation families since it provides its guests with the main house and guest house. The property expands over 0.4 hectares (an acre) of land and features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool, a jacuzzi, and lots of natural light. The villa is located right near hiking and biking trails and just a few minutes away from the Pearl Street Mall.

Mediterranean villa in Boulder

Price: from 467 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 8

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9. Boulder Mountain paradise (from 438 USD)

This luxury home sits on 5 hectares (13 acres) of land in the foothills of Boulder. This home gives you the serenity of the mountains with access to amazing hiking trails and is only 15 minutes away from the downtown scene of restaurants, shopping, and the University of Colorado. The house has three bedrooms, a large living space, sunroom, loft, spacious patio, and more.

Boulder Mountain paradise

Price: from 438 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 6

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10. Artist's treehouse (from 50 USD)

This is a dream come true for all the adventurers out there. Now is your chance to stay in an actual treehouse. The artist’s treehouse was built in an old Linden tree in a gorgeous art-filled garden.

The treehouse has a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and meditation room (that can also be used as a single bedroom as well). Below the house is a courtyard with colorful flowers, a dining area, and outside grill. For anyone looking to fulfill their childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse, now is your chance!

Artist's treehouse

Price: from 50 USD

Number of Guests: Sleeps 2 (or 3)

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Make a bold gesture and book your stay in Boulder

Boulder has so much to offer, from restaurants to shopping to outdoor adventures, so it’s time to take that leap and book your vacation rental today. There are so many options when it comes to deciding where to stay, but there’s a place for everyone, and it may even be one of the amazing places listed above.

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Kavita is an avid traveler, enthusiastic foodie, and aspiring Instagrammer, whose life goal is to renew her passport because she’s maxed out her stamp pages. Kavita’s wanderlust started from a...Read more

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