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.
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
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
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
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.
Price: from 225 USD
Number of Guests: Sleeps 8
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!
Boulder Finest Downtown AND Mountain Location – Garden Apt. at Historic Home
Top guest reviews
Host:seth and jessie responsive to questionsthe owners were very welcoming and responded quickly to any requests we hadseth was a great host and very easy to work with in reserving the apartmentRead more reviewsthe location of the apartment is ideal for exploring boulder and surrounding areaoverall an enjoyable stay in a pretty neighbourhood
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
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.
Artful Abode: Views, RoofDeck, Indoor/Outdoor Flow. EZ stroll to Pearl & Trails!
Top guest reviewsclean comfortable and tasteful in every respecti highly recommend this house in the newlands the house was clean stylish and well equippedvery beautiful home and property spotless clean and minutes from all the best boulder has to offerit was wonderful to stay in a very clean home with functioning amenities including a well stocked kitchen
Host:annie was as gracious a host as we could ask foralso the host was amazing quick to respond and extremely helpfulproperty owner annie was responsive and helpfulthe owner annie has impeccable taste and everything was very clearly labeled and easy to operate/usehighly recommend this house for family getaways annie was very courteous and helpful with anything neededRead more reviewshome location - walking distance through an architecturally eclectic neighborhood to terrific hiking trailsaccess to hiking close by and an easy walk to the restaurants in downtown boulderthe location was also perfectbeautiful home in an amazing locationonly 2 blocks from the beautiful north boulder park too (was great for kids)
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 Style Oasis In N Boulder Open Space
Top guest reviewsthe beds were incredibly comfortable and we loved the steam sauna feature in the upstairs bathroomit was the perfect setting for a relaxing vacation the house is equipped well and so comfortablethe setting with the pool & mountains in the back was awesomeeasily slept 6 people & beds were super comfy very pleased for first time vrbo usersfriendly owner clean and modern home good location as well
Host:the owners are just lovelythe owners were really nice helpful and welcomingowner could not have been more friendlystephen was so welcoming and helpfulwe had a wonderful time and stephen and hunter were amazing and kind hostsRead more reviewsperfect location for proximity to boulder nights and rocky mountain daysperfect location with lots of privacywe really enjoyed our stay and loved our location
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
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!
Price: from 50 USD
Number of Guests: Sleeps 2 (or 3)
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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