Latest review: 100 Things to Do in Boulder Before you Die by Sandy Bornstein

By Ekta R. Garg

November 9, 2022

Genre: Travel writing

Release date: September 15, 2022

Rated: Bookmark it! / 4 stars

With the easing of pandemic restrictions, more and more people are back on the road, in the air, and finding their way to their favorite vacation spots and new ones alike. Travel blogs and guides abound, but there’s something about the ease and usability of a quick guide that no amount of screen time can replicate. Travel writer Sandy Bornstein takes readers through the charming city of Boulder, Colorado, in an accessible, easy-to-use book that most Colorado enthusiasts will want to add to their “must pack” list in her latest book 100 Things to Do in Boulder Before You Die.

Bornstein breaks the book down into five big sections: Food and Drink; Music and Entertainment; Sports and Recreation; Culture and History; Shopping and Fashion. Given that Colorado often attracts outdoor enthusiasts, it makes sense that Sports and Recreation is the meatiest section of the five at nearly 30 pages. Music and Entertainment is the lightest at 11 pages. Yet Bornstein doesn’t show any favoritism of one subset of Boulder’s offerings over another. All of the recommendations get equal weight and coverage.

In addition to specific recommendations for places and activities—“Breads [at Moxie Bread Co.] made with heirloom grains are a top choice, but make sure to save room for a few delectable pastries”—Bornstein offers tips that are sprinkled throughout the book. For example, there’s a reminder on the page about Rocky Mountain National Park to check the National Park Service’s website in case reservations are required for entry. Also, Bornstein doesn’t limit her recommendations to Boulder proper. In the Music and Entertainment section, in the Tip box that talks about planning for extra traffic when heading to Morrison, Colorado, for concerts, she suggests visiting the nearby town of Golden for a bite to eat.

At a slim 140 pages, readers might assume the book doesn’t offer much in-depth information. On the contrary, the guide does exactly that but in a succinct way that encourages readers to try the recommendations and also explore Boulder on their own. A big plus comes in the fact that the book’s size makes it easy to slip into a backpack, tote, or even oversized purse for quick reference. No need to worry about a cell signal that may or may not exist when visiting some of the less connected areas in the region; the guide introduces new destinations to readers without needing the internet, all while offering addresses, phone numbers, and websites for when those items can be accessed.

The title of the book might come off as a little excessive, but the guide itself is a great find and a must have for anyone planning to visit Colorado soon. I recommend traveling readers Bookmark 100 Things to Do in Boulder Before You Die.

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