Exploring the Springs

When I found out my brother had a hockey tournament while I would be home for the summer I knew I needed to tag along. I'll take any opportunity to get out and experience new things. We spent a couple days staying in Colorado Springs, the east central part of Colorado. The town of Manitou Springs borders it so we spent some time wandering the streets of the historic part. It was built because of its scenic setting and natural mineral springs. I'm sharing my favorite restaurants in the area and a couple of adventures to take if you're in the area!


The Broadmoor is the ideal home away from home. It's located by a lake and has a ton of amenities if you want to go for a 5 star hotel. Another resort in the area is Garden of the Gods Resort. This is the place to go if you're looking for that room with a view. If you're looking for a cheaper place to stay, check out El Colorado Lodge. It's located in Manitou Springs and each room is in its own historic adobe cabin. I drove by it during my stay and so badly wished I could've spent a couple nights in one.

Eat & Drink

Red Dog Coffee has the best all-day breakfast. It's only 10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs and has a picturesque view of mountains behind it. We stumbled across the cutest dinner spot at Pizzeria Rustica while walking around in Old Colorado City. They've won so many awards and its obvious why. The bruschetta is to die for.


Explore Cave of the Winds, one of the highest caves in all of the United States. If you want a deal, purchase your tickets 24 hours in advance to take a tour early in the morning or night to get $5 off each ticket. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are worth seeing too, they're 700 year old homes of Native Americans!


Pack a jacket even if the weather forecast looks good, storms can roll in and start raining on a sunny day.


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