However, every once in a while it's nice to have a respite from all the hustle, be among some folks who take life one day at a time, and see more pine trees than yucca plants. Enter Nederland. This is a great mountain town about 2o miles west of Boulder with a vibe of a somewhat-cooler Sandpoint.
A particular bright spot in Ned (as it's locally referred to) is a little coffee shop (that conveniently also sells beer, burritos, and bike tires - no kidding) called Happy Trails. Swell place, great staff, can't wait to go for one of their Sunday mountain rides once the snow melts. Took this pic while enjoying a beer and some Thoreau:
BTW, the Left Hand Sawtooth Ale (what else is a displaced Idaho boy to drink?) was splendid, as was the black bean burrito. Word to the wise: consuming beans at 8,236 feet above sea level won't make you the most popular person on the car ride back home.
In any case, highly recommend a trip to Ned and The Happy Trails Cafe if you're ever in the area!