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Karen’s guidebook

Karen

Karen’s guidebook

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Homey bar/eatery since 1985, with vegan options! Adam’s is within walking distance and is a favorite of ours! This is a great place for breakfast!! For dinner, I love the Senegalese vegetables; My husband is a fan of the lasagna.
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Adam’s Mountain Cafe
26 Manitou Avenue
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Homey bar/eatery since 1985, with vegan options! Adam’s is within walking distance and is a favorite of ours! This is a great place for breakfast!! For dinner, I love the Senegalese vegetables; My husband is a fan of the lasagna.
A great bar featuring wine, brews & cocktails, plus small plates. Ask to sit on the back patio by the fire pit …very romantic!
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Swirl
717 Manitou Ave
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A great bar featuring wine, brews & cocktails, plus small plates. Ask to sit on the back patio by the fire pit …very romantic!
A hidden gem serving home-style Mexican mains, local craft beers & great margaritas in adobe-style setting. Charming patio dining is available.
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Crystal Park Cantina
178 Crystal Park Road
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A hidden gem serving home-style Mexican mains, local craft beers & great margaritas in adobe-style setting. Charming patio dining is available.
Excellent locally roasted coffee and fresh baked goods and lots of cute little gifts. Check out their beautiful dog treats!
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Red Dog Coffee
739 Manitou Ave
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Excellent locally roasted coffee and fresh baked goods and lots of cute little gifts. Check out their beautiful dog treats!
Walk down a promenade to find this hidden Manitou treasure! Flights are inexpensive. We like to sit outside and cool off after a hike!
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Manitou Brewing Company
725 Manitou Avenue
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Walk down a promenade to find this hidden Manitou treasure! Flights are inexpensive. We like to sit outside and cool off after a hike!
I usually recommend mainly Manitou eateries, but I had to include one of my nearby favorites. This restaurant has a lively atmosphere and serves up classic Italian dishes with homemade sauces. They have gluten friendly options.
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Paravicini's Italian Bistro
2802 Colorado Avenue
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I usually recommend mainly Manitou eateries, but I had to include one of my nearby favorites. This restaurant has a lively atmosphere and serves up classic Italian dishes with homemade sauces. They have gluten friendly options.
Totally Gluten Free Restaurant which I love. It is about 15 minutes away and parking is easy.
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Coquette's Bistro & Bakery
616 South Tejon Street
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Totally Gluten Free Restaurant which I love. It is about 15 minutes away and parking is easy.
Lovely lunches!
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Garden of the Gods Market and Cafe
410 S 26th St
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Lovely lunches!
This is a “self pour” taproom. They have about 40 taps that constantly rotate. Most are craft beers, but they have 3 wines (red, rose, white), ciders (alcoholic) and maybe one non-alcoholic item. You get a device which keeps track of what your pour and charges accordingly. Pour an ounce if you just want a tiny taste, or a full glass. Sample as many as you like (up to 32 ounces total!). The food is typical pub food and is OK (appetizers, flatbread pizza, brats, sandwiches) but they also have meat pies (yummy) and an option for a salad instead of chips. You go for the beer, not the food, but the food is OK.
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Trails End Taproom
3103 W Colorado Ave
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This is a “self pour” taproom. They have about 40 taps that constantly rotate. Most are craft beers, but they have 3 wines (red, rose, white), ciders (alcoholic) and maybe one non-alcoholic item. You get a device which keeps track of what your pour and charges accordingly. Pour an ounce if you just want a tiny taste, or a full glass. Sample as many as you like (up to 32 ounces total!). The food is typical pub food and is OK (appetizers, flatbread pizza, brats, sandwiches) but they also have meat pies (yummy) and an option for a salad instead of chips. You go for the beer, not the food, but the food is OK.
This is the nearest store where you can buy groceries for the house.
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Safeway
3275 West Colorado Avenue
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This is the nearest store where you can buy groceries for the house.
Sightseeing
Academy Riding Stables is less than 1/2 mile from our house. They offer horseback riding tours through the Garden of the Gods guided by real cowboys! It is a great way to learn about the park, and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
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Academy Riding Stables - Garden of the Gods
4 El Paso Blvd
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Academy Riding Stables is less than 1/2 mile from our house. They offer horseback riding tours through the Garden of the Gods guided by real cowboys! It is a great way to learn about the park, and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
This outfitter also offers Jeep tours, Segway rides and balloon flights! You can book right at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.
Adventures Out West
1680 S 21st St
This outfitter also offers Jeep tours, Segway rides and balloon flights! You can book right at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.
I would also recommend Cave of the Winds (719-685-5444). (My son was a tour guide there when he was in high school :-). The Lantern Tour is especially cool but a little spooky. They have tours just for kids and they also have a new zip line!
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
100 Cave of the Winds Road
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I would also recommend Cave of the Winds (719-685-5444). (My son was a tour guide there when he was in high school :-). The Lantern Tour is especially cool but a little spooky. They have tours just for kids and they also have a new zip line!
Our grandkids love the Penny Arcade ((719) 685-9815) in downtown Manitou. Take a roll of quarters, not pennies :-)
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Manitou Springs Penny Arcade
930 Manitou Ave
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Our grandkids love the Penny Arcade ((719) 685-9815) in downtown Manitou. Take a roll of quarters, not pennies :-)
The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park (just 20 minutes up Ute Pass) is another favorite of our grandkids. The museum includes a fossil preparation lab and a large gift shop!
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Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
201 South Fairview Street
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The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park (just 20 minutes up Ute Pass) is another favorite of our grandkids. The museum includes a fossil preparation lab and a large gift shop!
Pikes Peak Highway is open year round - weather permitting. Want to drive up America’s Mountain? It is magnificent!! Take warm jackets no matter what the weather is here.
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Pico Pikes
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Pikes Peak Highway is open year round - weather permitting. Want to drive up America’s Mountain? It is magnificent!! Take warm jackets no matter what the weather is here.
Visit America's only mountain zoo! Named 6th-best zoo in the nation it has amazing views of the city and plains. Hand-feed giraffes and budgies and ride the open air ski lift. I especially enjoy the carousel build around 1925!
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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Visit America's only mountain zoo! Named 6th-best zoo in the nation it has amazing views of the city and plains. Hand-feed giraffes and budgies and ride the open air ski lift. I especially enjoy the carousel build around 1925!
Great Family Outing! There is zip lining and a giant swing. The cafe had good food and the view is ... fantastic. There are shows that allow you to get up close to birds of prey. There are other shows too throughout the day. It is a one hour drive from Colorado Springs.
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
4218 Co Rd 3A
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Great Family Outing! There is zip lining and a giant swing. The cafe had good food and the view is ... fantastic. There are shows that allow you to get up close to birds of prey. There are other shows too throughout the day. It is a one hour drive from Colorado Springs.
Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy often wish to take in the iconic sights of the beautiful campus.
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Academia da Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos
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Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy often wish to take in the iconic sights of the beautiful campus.
Truly a feast for the eyes. Access is through a narrow valley which has been completely re-forrested and restored since the flooding a few years ago - visitors can walk up to the falls, or take the tram. Visit in the afternoon, viewing the falls in daylight, then enjoyed a trout dinner at the 1858 Restaurant (expensive, but worth it) and then returned to view the falls with the colored lights over the entire cascade. You can also used the elevator to get to the "Eagle Nest" observation deck. There are stairs alongside the rocks that go all the way up to the top of the falls!
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The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Lake Avenue
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Truly a feast for the eyes. Access is through a narrow valley which has been completely re-forrested and restored since the flooding a few years ago - visitors can walk up to the falls, or take the tram. Visit in the afternoon, viewing the falls in daylight, then enjoyed a trout dinner at the 1858 Restaurant (expensive, but worth it) and then returned to view the falls with the colored lights over the entire cascade. You can also used the elevator to get to the "Eagle Nest" observation deck. There are stairs alongside the rocks that go all the way up to the top of the falls!
Jaw dropping elegance like you just stepped back in time and you're a movie star. Walk around the grounds and enjoy the ambiance. Beginning around 7:30 PM, the sounds of a ragtime piano can be heard nightly at the Golden Bee. Modern classics including Sweet Caroline, Margaritaville, and Piano Man are played by request, and patrons are encouraged to grab a songbook, raise their glass, and sing along.
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The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
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Jaw dropping elegance like you just stepped back in time and you're a movie star. Walk around the grounds and enjoy the ambiance. Beginning around 7:30 PM, the sounds of a ragtime piano can be heard nightly at the Golden Bee. Modern classics including Sweet Caroline, Margaritaville, and Piano Man are played by request, and patrons are encouraged to grab a songbook, raise their glass, and sing along.
If you like a physical challenge, the Incline is a great one. The once railroad track now consists of approximately 2,744 steps made entirely of railroad ties! Although it's only one mile in length, the ascension averages a 41% incline (68% at its highest) and a 2,000 foot climb in elevation! Phew! That's a lot of stairs!
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The Incline
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If you like a physical challenge, the Incline is a great one. The once railroad track now consists of approximately 2,744 steps made entirely of railroad ties! Although it's only one mile in length, the ascension averages a 41% incline (68% at its highest) and a 2,000 foot climb in elevation! Phew! That's a lot of stairs!
SunWater Spa is 1.2 miles from the house.! Soak in the mineral bath outside looking up at the mountains! A beautiful new spa, they offer so many services and the atmosphere is relaxed. You will not be disappointed.
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SunWater Spa
514 El Paso Blvd
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SunWater Spa is 1.2 miles from the house.! Soak in the mineral bath outside looking up at the mountains! A beautiful new spa, they offer so many services and the atmosphere is relaxed. You will not be disappointed.
The Manitou Springs Aquatic Center has an ozone-treated indoor swimming pool and spa, a children's pool and a weight room. it is just a 5 minute walk from the house.
Manitou Pool & Fitness Center
202 Manitou Avenue
The Manitou Springs Aquatic Center has an ozone-treated indoor swimming pool and spa, a children's pool and a weight room. it is just a 5 minute walk from the house.