Choo Choo Colorado travel blog

Flatirons as seen from our room

Flatirons so named because they resemble old clothes irons

View of Boulder from atop the trail at Chautauqua Park

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Amazing interior

Celestial Seasonings display some cool teapots

A really different teapot

We wore attractive, really flattering hair nets for our tour

A whimsical teapot

Naturally teapots are for sale

Beautiful trees

Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall

Pearl Street has some unique entertainment


Boulder, CO One of the highlights of this tour is a hot air balloon ride and we were excited about it. We set our alarm and went to bed early as we were to be picked up at 6:45 am. Unfortunately, we received a phone call at 5:41 am telling us that the flight had been cancelled because of weather (fog). We were very disappointed and our tour guide was again scrambling for alternative activities between breakfast and lunch. Most of the group scattered to nearby Pearl St Mall and other environs but 8 of us headed up to the Colorado Chautauqua at the foot of the Flatiron Mountains. Started in 1898, it is the only Chautauqua west of the Mississippi River still continuing in unbroken operation since the heyday of the Chautauqua Movement in the 1920s. We saw a couple of the historic buildings but were more interested in the trails in Chautauqua Park. From on top, we had an amazing view of Boulder and beyond. Our lunch was at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship. It seemed logical after lunch at a teahouse that we would enjoy a tour and a tasting at Celestial Seasonings, the nation’s leading producer of herbal teas. They specialize in herbal teas, but also sell green, white, chai, and black teas. This is the only Celestial Seasonings plant in the world and they make 10 million tea bags a day, 5 days a week. The tea comes to us in boxes which sit horizontally on the shelf unless we are Canadians for whom the boxes are made to sit vertically. Now that is handy info!

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