Award-winning travel writer Jayme Moye shares her tips for traveling through Boulder, Colorado, like a local.
This is part of The Wanderlost Way’s “Wander Local” series, which invites globe-trotting experts to share insider tips and tricks for a destination they know better than most – their hometown. Enjoy!
As an award-winning adventure journalist, Jayme Moye has pretty much seen and done it all. She’s summited daunting peaks, scaled mountains and rafted through many a canyon. When she’s not on the road, Jayme lives in Boulder, Colorado, and today, she’s sharing her insider tips on how to enjoy this beautiful city!
What is the place you call home, and how long have you lived there?
Boulder, CO, 17 years
Hands down, what’s the best thing about your hometown?
The mild, sunny weather, the access to a variety of world-class outdoor recreation, and all the smart, creative, motivated people who call Boulder home.
How about restaurants?
For being just a medium-sized city, we have an incredible culinary scene. Black Cat Farm Bistro is my fave. Chef Eric Skokan has a 130-acre farm just outside of town and changes his menu daily to reflect the freshest local ingredients. Salt the Bistro, The Kitchen, Oak at Fourteenth, and Frasca are just a few of the other standouts.
For more casual dining, I head to Under the Sun, a fun, unpretentious eatery in my neighborhood that dishes up really tasty pub-style food with a gourmet twist. Special bonus: the establishment is part of the Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries family, so you get 21 of the best craft beers in all of Colorado on tap.
Any great cafes or bakeries we should try out?
Definitely Cured, owned by former professional cyclist Will Frischkorn. Think Euro-style sandwiches, gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, house-made pastas, and fresh salads. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse is the place for creatives, not only for the exceptional coffee (organic and Fair Trade of course), but also the artsy ambiance and assortment of sandwiches and pastries. Spruce Confections is another favorite, a tiny cafe with made-from-scratch everything, including the best scones in town.
What is the most unusual thing to do in your hometown?
Get passed by no fewer than three professional athletes on your trail run at Chautauqua Park.
What inspired you to leave home and explore the world?
I spent the first 23 years of my life living in a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to Boulder shortly after graduating college because I was drawn to the mountains and rock-climbing culture out West. Boulder is still one of my favorite places on earth. From there, I started to branch out, travel-wise, vacationing in like-minded locales like Seattle, Portland, and San Diego.
My first trip overseas was to Paris, for my 30th birthday. I actually had an awful experience, just complete and utter culture shock—everything from the overcrowded city streets, to the language barrier. It was a wake-up call that I had a lot to learn about the world outside of the U.S. I committed to getting out of my American comfort zone as much as possible, and started traveling internationally more and more, using up all my vacation time at work. Three years later, I left my job as a database analyst at Oracle to pursue a dream of becoming a full-time travel writer. I’ve since visited more than 30 countries.
More about Jayme:
Adventure journalist Jayme Moye has written hundreds of narratives for more than 50 publishers, including National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal, New York, and Fodor’s Travel Intelligence. In 2014, the North American Travel Journalists Association named her Travel Journalist of the Year. Jayme’s stories have been anthologized in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10 and Vignettes and Postcards from Paris. Her first book, On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb, will be available September 1, 2016.
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