Spring is the season of new beginnings — and the start of a whole lot of sober fun for those in recovery. There are so many ways to take advantage of the warm sunshine, fresh air and beauty surrounding us in the upcoming months. In Boulder, CO, spring is a magical time as tulips line historic Pearl Street and wildflowers bloom trailside.
There’s something about nature’s majesty that reinforces your place in the world and puts your life in perspective. This can be very useful when it comes to managing the ups and downs of life in recovery. Residents of Boulder have access to an incredible array of outdoors activities that can help you connect with nature and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit this season.
5 Outdoor Activities for Spring
Here are a few fun and sober ways to enjoy spring in Boulder:
Head to the farmers’ market: Are you ready to clear the cobwebs from your winter diet and get a healthy dose of spring produce? The beloved Boulder Farmers’ market begins on April 6 and is filled with local farmers, cheesemakers, bakers and flower-growers. The atmosphere has been described as nothing less than “effervescent,” with bright displays of gorgeous flowers and ripe produce, live music and free sample of favorites like homemade granola and pasta sauce.
Stop and smell the flowers: Springtime is the season to take a stroll down brick-paved Pearl Street. The awe-inspiring flowerbeds filled with more than 15,000 tulips will ignite your senses and enhance your appreciation of Mother Nature.
Rent a bike: Boulder is among the top bike-friendly cities in the U.S., with plenty of places to rent a bike so you can cruise down the Boulder Creek Path. Meet up with a recovery peer and enjoy a day of exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Hit the trails: There are close to 150 miles of hiking trails in Boulder – and many of them are lined with delightful pops of color, thanks to the swaths of wildflowers. There are also some gorgeous waterfalls along the way. Some favorites trails: Chautauqua Meadow, Big Bluestem Trail Loop, Mount Sanitas, Mesa Trail.
Check out a festival or event: It goes without saying that you should steer clear of any beer or wine fests – but that will be no problem with all of the other fun, sober options in Boulder, including:
- Boulder Arts Week, March 26-April 6: This annual citywide celebration of art is jam-packed with performances and events.
- Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival, April 7 (Rain date: April 14): Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall and “wake up” the 15,000 plus tulips.
- Boulder Plein Air Festival, April 28-May 5: Create your own art or observe master painters in action as they work outside in the fresh air.
- Colorado MahlerFest, May 15-19: If you’re a music lover, you’ll love this week-long festival during which you can explore exhibits of great music items, musical instruments and a live orchestra performance.
A Spring Awakening in the Heart of Colorado
With nearly 300 days of annual sunshine, 50+ mountains and countless miles of paved trails, our beautiful state is the perfect place to enjoy a sober spring. NorthStar Transitions offers detox, residential and outpatient treatment programs for chemically dependent and dual-diagnosis clients. To learn more, call today: 303-558-6400.