The Benefits of Staying in Manitou Springs, Colorado
Ah, Colorado, I miss you already. I am pretty sure Craig and I will be heading back in the coming years for another visit. But until then, I look back at pictures taken and reminisce the fond memories I have of our time spent in Maintou Springs. This was a first for both of us, and I was happy we found a little gem of an area to stay in. So much to see and do, here is why YOU should stay here when checking out the great State of Colorado!
We started with what we wanted to see and do and worked ourselves backwards from there. I had been to the “Garden of the Gods” before, but I REALLY wanted to do it with Craig! Pikes Peak was at the top of the list since I hadn’t been, nor the hubby, yet and it was like our Mount Everest to conquer. Add easy access to and from the city, a beautiful little Main Street area for shopping, with a highway to heaven staircase to try your climbing skills on and you have a party!
Checking in on a Sunday night, we took a well-deserved nap from all of the driving, and then headed out for dinner. That night we checked out “Old Colorado City” and ate an AMAZING Italian Restaurant called “Pizzeria Rustica.” It was just down the road; we were loving the close proximity to everything in one place. I don’t know about you, but I love being able to get to food and activities close by without having to drive even more. It adds something magical to our trips, peace I think they call it.
The next day we did Pikes Peak and the Cog Railway– HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Around the corner, everything was so easy to get too, and we could see Pikes Peak from our hotel room. Once you are up at the summit, it’s funny how much you can see the Visitors Center from the ground down below.
We explore Manitou Springs downtown area that evening, again after another well-deserved rest. It is an amazing thing to appreciate naps as an adult- WHY did we hate them so much as kids? I love these kinds of areas with their lamplit streets, the town square with some statue, the Christmas store with its twinkling lights, and the smell of something wonderful dancing on the sidewalk. Hand in hand, we just shopped our little hearts out. It was incredibly busy for a Monday night in September, but I think everyone was getting in those last warm, Fall days before the chill starts to set in.
We stayed at Grand Magnuson Pike Peak hotel, and it was really nice. I love a big room, lots of space, and a couch is always nice to sit and chill on instead of the bed. It was clean, we had a nice little balcony we could see Pikes Peak from, and it was right off the Main strip, so we were able to walk or drive to things within minutes. The area surrounding it was very old, lots of hotels that were boarded up or just maybe done for the Season. It was definitely a lot different down the road in their shopping district. We were smack dab right between Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.
I would highly recommend this area to stay in if you are planning anything in the above mentioned. It was also about 10-minute drive from the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, which we also explored and will be posted about at a future date. It was so much fun; I hope you get the chance to check it out. Have a great day!
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