On Monday, October 6th, we left the gorgeous mountain scenery of Estes Park and drove the hour and a half southeast to Boulder.
The one thing I wanted to do in the area was get to experience the Celestial Seasonings tour. It's funny because I picked it out as a destination before a big group of healthy living bloggers went on an all-expenses paid trip there just weeks before. I wanted to see how a tea factory worked and I genuinely love behind the scenes food company tours!
Craig wasn't as excited as I was to taste the teas (he's not a huge tea drinker), but I didn't let that hold me back from trying numerous flavors they had offered in the lobby. Because of the time of year we visited, they had many fall flavors to sample.
Our "tickets" for the tour were our Lemon Zinger tea samples.
Craig wasn't so happy about wearing a beard hair net for the first time in his life (not picutred here because he put it on in the factory). Tee hee.
After it was over, we walked into the cafe portion of the building to find a healthy and delicious sounding menu, but I knew I wanted to wait to eat at a restaurant in downtown Boulder, so we passed. The artwork inside there was cute though!
Definitely check out the tour if you go to Boulder!
Next, we checked out downtown Boulder, which was cute and sort of reminded me of a cleaned up version of Berkeley, CA.
We popped in a few shops to browse around and also looked at some restaurant menus because Craig wanted to initially eat somewhere different than the restaurant I picked out for lunch.
I was excited to visit a city that is known for having vegetarian only restaurants. I had researched a few before our trip and settled on Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant based on the excellent reviews it received online.
I ordered the Reuben sandwich, which had tempeh instead of roast beef. It was delicious. The soup that came with it was a tomato feta one and it was amazing! I seriously said two or three times, "mmm, I want to recreate this at home!" I need to get on that soon and this post reminded me of that goal.
By mid afternoon, we decided to leave Boulder and head to Denver, before the true rush hour traffic hit. We found our hotel and settled in there for the night.