Boulder

Things to do in Boulder

Years as agent: 14. Other specialties: Costa Rica, Guatemala. Consulting fee: Varies. katien@travelpoints.com

When Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May 2008, killing an estimated 140,000 people and devastating the Irrawaddy Delta, the Asia Transpacific Foundation, the charitable arm of tour operator Asia Transpacific Journeys, was there to help survivors with access to purified drinking water via simple clay

Top tip: Don’t miss the Taunggyi Balloon Festival, in Shan state, when villagers convene on the November full moon to display handmade paper balloons. Years as agent: 13. Specialties: Burma, India. Fee: None.

Formerly an online-only venture, this new shop has an impressive mix of all-natural beauty products, jewelry, and gifts, such as Lama Li lokta-bark journals.

The organic local produce and honey from Red Wagon is used by restaurants in Boulder, Denver, Lafayette, and Louisville, and can be purchased at their farm stands at the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets and in Lafayette as well as through their CSA.

The products from this fair-trade, certified-organic coffee roaster garnered Roast Magazine’s 2011 Micro Roaster of the Year award. Located in Boulder’s Arapahoe Ridge neighborhood, Conscious Coffees uses beans from co-ops in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America.

This aristocratic tavern inside the Hotel Boulderado has a high ceiling, tall windows, and wood everywhere, including the classy Old West-style bar area. The Corner Bar’s happy hour runs from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and includes deals on beer, martinis, wines and appetizers.

This Boulder bistro creates French Provençal cuisine in the mountains of Colorado. Seating includes a long bar and two rows of tables with white cloths, bathed in natural light from the windows. Clusters of abstract, tapering pendant lamps cast a golden glow.

Rent climbing shoes here, where the in-store museum features dozens of ice axes and an early pair of Rossignol skis.

The Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, built in the 1800s as a Methodist retreat, now serves up salmon with salsa verde on a wraparound porch. The on-site summer-camp-type cottages provide eagle-eye views toward the flatlands.