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Food Scene
"Farm to table, made to order wholesome foods. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Personable staff, quaint atmosphere, all is done with excellence. Slow food movement in quirky Manitou Springs."
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locals recommend
Adam’s Mountain Cafe
26 Manitou Avenue
44
locals recommend
"Farm to table, made to order wholesome foods. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Personable staff, quaint atmosphere, all is done with excellence. Slow food movement in quirky Manitou Springs."
"Located in a historic elementary school turned brewery, wine bar, coffeeshop, distillery, event center and shopping district. Don't miss it!"
Ivywild Kitchen
1604 S Cascade Ave
"Located in a historic elementary school turned brewery, wine bar, coffeeshop, distillery, event center and shopping district. Don't miss it!"
"Some of the most gourmet food in town! A daytime eatery, this is THE brunch and lunch spot. Great bakery, beautiful ambiance, excellent service, and just 15 minutes away!"
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locals recommend
Garden of the Gods Market and Cafe
410 S 26th St
41
locals recommend
"Some of the most gourmet food in town! A daytime eatery, this is THE brunch and lunch spot. Great bakery, beautiful ambiance, excellent service, and just 15 minutes away!"
"Looking for a special occasion spot? This is it. Truly culinary steaks, seafood, appetizers, salads, desserts and drinks - this is the whole package. Three different levels to dine on, all with their own unique experience. If you are celebrating, do it here!"
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locals recommend
Prime25
1605 S Tejon St
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locals recommend
"Looking for a special occasion spot? This is it. Truly culinary steaks, seafood, appetizers, salads, desserts and drinks - this is the whole package. Three different levels to dine on, all with their own unique experience. If you are celebrating, do it here!"
"This place is super quirky and we love it. We nicknamed it the Ewok Village. Manitou Springs hippydom at its finest is presented at this cafe operated by friendly hemp-wearing 12-tribes subscribers. Home-baked muffins and breads, granolas, salads, sandwiches, smoothies - all fresh, organic foods in a truly unique environment. Open 24 hours a day except Friday evening - Saturday evening for religious observance."
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locals recommend
The Maté Factor Café
966 Manitou Avenue
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locals recommend
"This place is super quirky and we love it. We nicknamed it the Ewok Village. Manitou Springs hippydom at its finest is presented at this cafe operated by friendly hemp-wearing 12-tribes subscribers. Home-baked muffins and breads, granolas, salads, sandwiches, smoothies - all fresh, organic foods in a truly unique environment. Open 24 hours a day except Friday evening - Saturday evening for religious observance."
"One of our favorite spots in downtown Colorado Springs. Hip hang out with good food, good wine & beer, great coffee & tea and overall downtown vibes."
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locals recommend
The Wild Goose Meeting House
401 North Tejon Street
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locals recommend
"One of our favorite spots in downtown Colorado Springs. Hip hang out with good food, good wine & beer, great coffee & tea and overall downtown vibes."
"Best coffee with in 20 minutes. Tiny house style. Don't miss it if you love a good brew".
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locals recommend
Story Coffee Company
10
locals recommend
"Best coffee with in 20 minutes. Tiny house style. Don't miss it if you love a good brew".
"Local breakfast joint 5 minutes west in scenic Green Mountain Falls. Extremely popular, home-cooked meals - a bit of a greasy spoon, but delicious none-the-less! They offer Backyard Creekside Cowboy Breakfast Buffet on Saturday and Sunday in the summer with live entertainment!"
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locals recommend
The Pantry
6980 Lake Street
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locals recommend
"Local breakfast joint 5 minutes west in scenic Green Mountain Falls. Extremely popular, home-cooked meals - a bit of a greasy spoon, but delicious none-the-less! They offer Backyard Creekside Cowboy Breakfast Buffet on Saturday and Sunday in the summer with live entertainment!"
"This place has 3 things going for it: local Colorado wine tastings, dining on the creek, and proximity to our home (just 1.3 mile down the road). Everything else from service to food get a "just ok" rating from us. We are admittedly snobby. The lasagna, burgers, and trout have been our favorites so far - in that order."
28
locals recommend
The Wines of Colorado
8045 U.S. 24
28
locals recommend
"This place has 3 things going for it: local Colorado wine tastings, dining on the creek, and proximity to our home (just 1.3 mile down the road). Everything else from service to food get a "just ok" rating from us. We are admittedly snobby. The lasagna, burgers, and trout have been our favorites so far - in that order."
"Closest place to grab a take-out pizza on your way back to the apartment. Pretty decent for a small town, good crust, spice sauce, inventive toppings."
Back Room Pizza
8020 US-24
"Closest place to grab a take-out pizza on your way back to the apartment. Pretty decent for a small town, good crust, spice sauce, inventive toppings."
"This place is underground with great art and a speak-easy feel. Exceptional farm to table food and one of the best Happy Hours in town (both food and drink). Reservations recommended."
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locals recommend
The Rabbit Hole
101 North Tejon Street
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locals recommend
"This place is underground with great art and a speak-easy feel. Exceptional farm to table food and one of the best Happy Hours in town (both food and drink). Reservations recommended."
Great place to eat in Manitou Springs if you are also looking for a good Brew!
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locals recommend
Manitou Brewing Company
725 Manitou Avenue
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locals recommend
Great place to eat in Manitou Springs if you are also looking for a good Brew!
This favorite local specializes in grilled burgers, chicken and steak.
7
locals recommend
Keg Lounge
730 Manitou Avenue
7
locals recommend
This favorite local specializes in grilled burgers, chicken and steak.
One of our favorite Mexican restaurants! Only about 7 miles from our place, and they specialize in fresh and homemade Mexican food with fantastic Margaritas! Sit outside on their patio and enjoy some of the best that Manitou Springs has to offer!
27
locals recommend
Crystal Park Cantina
178 Crystal Park Road
27
locals recommend
One of our favorite Mexican restaurants! Only about 7 miles from our place, and they specialize in fresh and homemade Mexican food with fantastic Margaritas! Sit outside on their patio and enjoy some of the best that Manitou Springs has to offer!
Spend a lovely and romantic dinner out while in Woodland Park, CO. This unique restaurant serves amazing steaks and fish!
15
locals recommend
Swiss Chalet Restaurant
19263 Hwy 24
15
locals recommend
Spend a lovely and romantic dinner out while in Woodland Park, CO. This unique restaurant serves amazing steaks and fish!
Drinks & Nightlife
"This place has the best wine list and pretty decent small plates. Run by a passionate sommelier, you cannot go wrong drinking here. In summer months, their back patio in Manitou Springs feels like something you'd stumble upon in Spain or Italy."
15
locals recommend
Swirl
717 Manitou Ave
15
locals recommend
"This place has the best wine list and pretty decent small plates. Run by a passionate sommelier, you cannot go wrong drinking here. In summer months, their back patio in Manitou Springs feels like something you'd stumble upon in Spain or Italy."
"The best cocktails in town located in a renovated old Elementary School, Ivywild. Truly awesome mixology happening here!"
15
locals recommend
Principal's Office
1604 S Cascade Ave
15
locals recommend
"The best cocktails in town located in a renovated old Elementary School, Ivywild. Truly awesome mixology happening here!"
"Fantastic beer and woodfire pizza in a down-home brewery environment. AMAZING views of Pikes Peak and wonderful outside seating. Live music often, great place to take the whole family."
15
locals recommend
Paradox Beer Company
10 Buffalo Ct
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locals recommend
"Fantastic beer and woodfire pizza in a down-home brewery environment. AMAZING views of Pikes Peak and wonderful outside seating. Live music often, great place to take the whole family."
Entertainment & Activities
"This place is open until 10 most nights and is a super romantic date spot. Soak in your own therapeutic cedar lined hot springs tub while taking in the stars and mountain views in quaint Manitou Springs."
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locals recommend
SunWater Spa
514 El Paso Blvd
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locals recommend
"This place is open until 10 most nights and is a super romantic date spot. Soak in your own therapeutic cedar lined hot springs tub while taking in the stars and mountain views in quaint Manitou Springs."
"This takes "dinner and a movie" up a notch. A 3 room theatre in downtown Colorado Springs showing indy/art films with beer and wine. One of our favorite date spots! Don't forget Josh & John's ice-cream (the best in town) right next door!"
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locals recommend
Kimball's Peak Three Theater
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locals recommend
"This takes "dinner and a movie" up a notch. A 3 room theatre in downtown Colorado Springs showing indy/art films with beer and wine. One of our favorite date spots! Don't forget Josh & John's ice-cream (the best in town) right next door!"
"Really cute historic town turned casino town. It still manages to preserve its mining roots. Fantastic historic theatre, small gauge railway, mining museum, mining tours, and of course gambling. This is worth a day trip - especially for the drive and views - don't miss it during autumn when the aspens are changing!"
75
locals recommend
Cripple Creek
75
locals recommend
"Really cute historic town turned casino town. It still manages to preserve its mining roots. Fantastic historic theatre, small gauge railway, mining museum, mining tours, and of course gambling. This is worth a day trip - especially for the drive and views - don't miss it during autumn when the aspens are changing!"
"Beautiful new indoor swimming and rec center 10 minutes west in Woodland Park. Complete with water slides, exercise lanes and party pagodas."
Woodland Aquatic Center
111 N Baldwin St
"Beautiful new indoor swimming and rec center 10 minutes west in Woodland Park. Complete with water slides, exercise lanes and party pagodas."
"A fabulous Zoo for the young and old! This America's only mountain zoo (wear your hiking shoes!) Open 365 days a year."
162
locals recommend
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
162
locals recommend
"A fabulous Zoo for the young and old! This America's only mountain zoo (wear your hiking shoes!) Open 365 days a year."
"A fabulous day trip to be had! Located in Larkspur, a quaint Colorado town. This is open most weekends in June and July. A wonderfully fun festival for the whole family. Plan your drive times carefully, as back-up traffic is to be expected."
10
locals recommend
Colorado Renaissance Festival
650 Perry Park Avenue
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locals recommend
"A fabulous day trip to be had! Located in Larkspur, a quaint Colorado town. This is open most weekends in June and July. A wonderfully fun festival for the whole family. Plan your drive times carefully, as back-up traffic is to be expected."
"This is such a fun and UNIQUE amusement park! I loved taking my daughter here when she was young. Located only 5 minutes from our house, this is a perfect visit for families with younger children, although older children and adults will find it charming as well. Pet a deer, ride a train, slip down the candy cane slide, visit Santa, watch a magic show, and much more. The prices are reasonable. Open many days from May 18 - Dec. 24, weather permitting."
45
locals recommend
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
5050 Pikes Peak Highway
45
locals recommend
"This is such a fun and UNIQUE amusement park! I loved taking my daughter here when she was young. Located only 5 minutes from our house, this is a perfect visit for families with younger children, although older children and adults will find it charming as well. Pet a deer, ride a train, slip down the candy cane slide, visit Santa, watch a magic show, and much more. The prices are reasonable. Open many days from May 18 - Dec. 24, weather permitting."
Parks & Nature
"Ummmm...don't miss it. That's all."
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locals recommend
Garden of the Gods Park
15
locals recommend
"Ummmm...don't miss it. That's all."
"Like Garden of the Gods but smaller view, local feel, more trails. Hiking, biking, climbing abound.'
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locals recommend
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
3550 West High Street
141
locals recommend
"Like Garden of the Gods but smaller view, local feel, more trails. Hiking, biking, climbing abound.'
"GREAT beginner hiking trail with amazing views. Around 3 miles RT, not too much elevation gain, but a fun scramble at the end with excellent scenery.'
The Crags
"GREAT beginner hiking trail with amazing views. Around 3 miles RT, not too much elevation gain, but a fun scramble at the end with excellent scenery.'
"Eleven Mile Canyon is a gorgeous stretch of scenery with 8 miles of Gold Medal fishing with beautiful picnic/swimming/camping/climbing spots all along the way. Steep canyon walls on either side with gorgeous waterfalls and clear mountain swimming holes. Eleven Mile Reservoir is further west.".
Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area
"Eleven Mile Canyon is a gorgeous stretch of scenery with 8 miles of Gold Medal fishing with beautiful picnic/swimming/camping/climbing spots all along the way. Steep canyon walls on either side with gorgeous waterfalls and clear mountain swimming holes. Eleven Mile Reservoir is further west.".
"Newly remodeled city park in center of Woodland Park. Green grass, wading creek for little kids, lake, picnic areas, playground and basketball courts all with a stunning view of Pikes Peak. Great Farmer's Market in the summer!"
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locals recommend
Memorial Park
117 Center Ave
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locals recommend
"Newly remodeled city park in center of Woodland Park. Green grass, wading creek for little kids, lake, picnic areas, playground and basketball courts all with a stunning view of Pikes Peak. Great Farmer's Market in the summer!"
Local hiking trail, beginning in the town of Green Mountain Falls (just 2.5 miles down the road). Hiking is a popular activity with water falls, lakes and a fabulous view of Pikes Peak. The trails begin at the parking area near the Green Mountain Falls Lake at the intersection of Foster and Ute Pass Avenue. Catamount Falls is a series of waterfalls located west of Green Mountain Falls. To access the falls follow Hondo or Belvidere Ave. The roads provide access to private homes, so beware as cars also travel the road. This is the outflow from Catamount Reservoirs on the north slope of Pikes Peak. The reservoirs are 3 miles from the falls if you're looking for a longer trip.
Catamount Trailhead
11195 Hondo Ave
Local hiking trail, beginning in the town of Green Mountain Falls (just 2.5 miles down the road). Hiking is a popular activity with water falls, lakes and a fabulous view of Pikes Peak. The trails begin at the parking area near the Green Mountain Falls Lake at the intersection of Foster and Ute Pass Avenue. Catamount Falls is a series of waterfalls located west of Green Mountain Falls. To access the falls follow Hondo or Belvidere Ave. The roads provide access to private homes, so beware as cars also travel the road. This is the outflow from Catamount Reservoirs on the north slope of Pikes Peak. The reservoirs are 3 miles from the falls if you're looking for a longer trip.
Sight Seeing
"Because...you know. The Olympics."
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locals recommend
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
1 Olympic Plaza
75
locals recommend
"Because...you know. The Olympics."
"The ultimate viewing experience! Almost 20 miles of unbelievable scenery and panoramic views! There is the Pike's Peak Ascent and Marathon each year in August for the runners, and bicycling is allowed for those serious sports enthusiasts. Great donuts on top!"
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locals recommend
Pikes Peak
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locals recommend
"The ultimate viewing experience! Almost 20 miles of unbelievable scenery and panoramic views! There is the Pike's Peak Ascent and Marathon each year in August for the runners, and bicycling is allowed for those serious sports enthusiasts. Great donuts on top!"
"A beautiful, striking campus with modern architecture. Hike the trails, tour the campus, go to a game, and be sure to see the USAFA Planetarium (opening on 2019)."
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locals recommend
United States Air Force Academy
58
locals recommend
"A beautiful, striking campus with modern architecture. Hike the trails, tour the campus, go to a game, and be sure to see the USAFA Planetarium (opening on 2019)."
"It takes 224 steps to reach the stream that feeds the beautiful falls and leads to two hiking trails. More adventure awaits if you do Broadmoor's Soaring Adventure Course to go ziplining and cross the rope bridge."
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locals recommend
The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Lake Avenue
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locals recommend
"It takes 224 steps to reach the stream that feeds the beautiful falls and leads to two hiking trails. More adventure awaits if you do Broadmoor's Soaring Adventure Course to go ziplining and cross the rope bridge."
" Have fun and adventure with 3 different cave attractions. Very much a tourist experience, but if you want a local cave adventure for your family this is the place. This is an underground cave which is 54 degrees Fahrenheit year round. While in the area, visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, another family tourist adventure."
109
locals recommend
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
100 Cave of the Winds Road
109
locals recommend
" Have fun and adventure with 3 different cave attractions. Very much a tourist experience, but if you want a local cave adventure for your family this is the place. This is an underground cave which is 54 degrees Fahrenheit year round. While in the area, visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, another family tourist adventure."
Shopping Anyone?
"A very quaint shopping district that all will enjoy, but especially the ladies. Located in a historic area of Colorado City, and home to many boutiques, bars, galleries and restaurants. This town has many events during the year to include a farmer's market, concerts, art walks, holiday experiences and more."
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locals recommend
Old Colorado City
130
locals recommend
"A very quaint shopping district that all will enjoy, but especially the ladies. Located in a historic area of Colorado City, and home to many boutiques, bars, galleries and restaurants. This town has many events during the year to include a farmer's market, concerts, art walks, holiday experiences and more."
"The larger historic shopping district of the city, this amazing town is for all walks of life but the hipsters will especially enjoy the activities here. Home of the CityRock Climbing Center, diverse cultural experiences, amazing nightlife, and fabulous restaurants. As with most downtown areas, you must pay for parking."
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locals recommend
Downtown
52
locals recommend
"The larger historic shopping district of the city, this amazing town is for all walks of life but the hipsters will especially enjoy the activities here. Home of the CityRock Climbing Center, diverse cultural experiences, amazing nightlife, and fabulous restaurants. As with most downtown areas, you must pay for parking."
"This is the closest shopping district to our house, and a must see if you've never been there. Quirky, fun loving town with one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, arcade, spring water and home of The Mate Factor Cafe. You will also find SunWater Spa here. Hippy town at it's best. Beautiful area with a stream running through and Pike's Peak above."
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locals recommend
Manitou Springs
202
locals recommend
"This is the closest shopping district to our house, and a must see if you've never been there. Quirky, fun loving town with one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, arcade, spring water and home of The Mate Factor Cafe. You will also find SunWater Spa here. Hippy town at it's best. Beautiful area with a stream running through and Pike's Peak above."
Arts & Culture
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locals recommend
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
30 West Dale Street
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locals recommend
"Great local Colorado Springs theater 20 minutes away with HUGE variety in shows."
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locals recommend
Millibo Art Theatre
1626 South Tejon Street
7
locals recommend
"Great local Colorado Springs theater 20 minutes away with HUGE variety in shows."
"Fun for all you dinosaur lovers! Lot's of replicas, casts and fossils at this cool center 10 minutes west in Woodland Park. Something to consider for a cold or rainy day."
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locals recommend
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
201 South Fairview Street
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locals recommend
"Fun for all you dinosaur lovers! Lot's of replicas, casts and fossils at this cool center 10 minutes west in Woodland Park. Something to consider for a cold or rainy day."