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Photo Friday (and a dog jaunt): Boulder’s Chautauqua Park

This week’s picture was taken in the Centennial Garden behind the Dining Hall at Boulder’s Chautauqua. The Colorado Chautauqua opened on July 4, 1898 as part of the national Chautauqua Movement (a “chautauqua” being a place where people gathered to be entertained and educated — at the height of the movement, in the first decade of the 20th century, thousands of communities across the country hosted chautauquas). Though it’s well-preserved enough to be declared a National Historic Landmark, Boulder’s chautauqua is still doing what it was founded to do, hosting performers and educators and encouraging people to spend time in nature.

Chautauqua Park is a delightful place to visit — we loved walking around the main grassy area (a great place for a picnic) and among the historic community buildings and cottages — and the grounds are pet-friendly. Someday we’ll return and rent one of the tiny cottages we passed — they’re very appealing, and most are dog-friendly (for a pet fee of $10 per night, up to $100 maximum).

Chloe by a boulder in Boulder

I really love seeing your dog travel photos — I think shifting the venue to Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page is working well, so would you take a quick trip over there and let me know what you and you dog did outside your home this week? Take a picture, and post it where we can all see your pup! (And heck, if you like Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page, please click the “Like” button while you’re at it!)

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