This is a great pick for history buffs and hikers. One of the last remnants of the Chautauqua movement of a century ago—gatherings to educate and inform—the Colorado Chautauqua (est. 1898) is frozen in that heyday on the southern fringes of Boulder. Nestled in aptly named Chautauqua Park below the Flatirons, the location is stunning, with plenty of elbow room. Laid out like a small town separated from the city by open space, accommodations are in a wide range of historic cottages that sleep up to 8 comfortably; there are also lodge rooms. Trails radiate from the cabins into the mountains to the west, and there are concerts in the acoustically renowned auditorium year-round.