When you are traveling through the Boulder, CO area, you will want to stop in and see the historical Chautauqua Park. This Park is located at the foot of the Green Mountain, and has 40 acres of land. It is a historic district that offers special programs, concerts, and lectures to its visitors.
Started on July 4, 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua was only one of about 12,000 other Chautauquas throughout the United States. Their goal was to present to Americans common cultural and educational experiences. This was accomplished through a number of traveling performers, orators, and educators who went from Chautauqua to Chautauqua in a circuit. President Theodore Roosevelt once referred to them "as the most American thing in America."
The Chautauqua in Boulder is one of the only three that remain in the United States, and it is the only one west of the Mississippi River. On the property of the Chautauqua, a number of buildings have been preserved and are currently in use continuing the mission of the Chautauqua - still bringing in performers, musicians, and lovers of the arts perform to live audiences. More than 50,000 people come each year to enjoy the programs - the concerts, the films, and the lectures.
There is an ongoing schedule of performances throughout the year, and guests of the Park can see them do what they love to do best - perform. The Colorado Music Festival is proud to be a partner of The Chautauqua for over 30 years. The Auditorium is a favorite of performers around the country and is rated as being one of the ten best because of its ease to be heard in it.
One great event is the Valentine Getaway Package. This includes tickets for two to stay in a cottage, an opportunity to hear several concerts, and dining hall certificates. Complimentary champagne and chocolates come with it, too.
Children can also have a great time because some of the events are just for them. Some programs are designed to present nature themes to the children, in which they will have an interactive part. There is also some interactive music and activities. The schedule will need to be checked to find out when these programs are being offered and if they are filled or not.
Lodging at the Chautauqua is available in several forms. There are the two larger buildings, the Missions House Lodge, and the Columbine Lodge, and there are also 60 cottages of various sizes.
The renovated Missions House Lodge is available for use for your special event or wedding. It has a great room, and eight guestrooms with private baths, which is the perfect place for your guests. It has a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, and a warm interior.
Getting something to eat is also an enjoyable experience at the Chautauqua in Boulder, CO. The Dining Hall was built back in 1898, but has the reputation now of being a restaurant that you do not want to miss. American cuisine is served on Thursday through Saturday from 8 AM to 9 PM, and on Sunday from 8 AM until 2 PM.