Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

711 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829
Innkeeper(s): Gwenn David and Randy Hodges

Hosting Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon Runners 1 Jul 2016, 4:12 pm

The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast at the foot of Pikes Peak is excited to be hosting 11 runners in this year’s Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon! Every year we look forward to cheering on the amazing runners of this race. What we love most is witnessing the mass

Pikes Peak marathon start

start of runners that glide past the front of our very own B&B. It’s an inspiring way to start your day, to say the least. We are up at 4:30am in the morning with the runners. Our goal is to ensure they have they need before they head to the starting line. Each runner is different, and we try to accommodate their needs, whether that’s boiled eggs, peanut butter on toast, fresh fruit or a glass of juice. It’s game day for them and we want to make sure they are ready for their big day. Once the runners are off to conquer Pikes Peak, we get a chance to meet their biggest fans, their supporters and spouses that have traveled with them for the weekend. Serving up a full breakfast we get them out the door and ready to cheer on their runner at the finish line.


The city of Manitou Springs and the surrounding area are counting down the days until the Pikes Peak Ascent Marathon on August 20th and 21st.  This racing event begins at the base of Pikes Peak, in our very own town! Runners climb over 7,815 feet to summit the 14,115-foot mountain. Due to the hazards and difficulty of this race, only 800 runners can complete in the race to the top of Pikes Peak and back. For over 50 years, runners from all over the country and world meet at the base of America’s Mountain to complete in this race. Runners, supporters, and spectators can anticipate a 13.3-mile ascent on Saturday, followed by the round-trip marathon on Sunday.

From all of us at the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast, we wish all the runners a swift assent and descent. Hats off to you, the diligent work you have put in, the training you’ve endured, and mental toughness you possess to compete in this challenge.

Summer Vacation in Manitou Springs 27 Apr 2016, 1:12 pm



The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast, an award winning lodging accommodation in Manitou Springs is your perfect home base for summertime! Gearing up for summertime fun includes organizing activities and tours; finding local eateries and breweries to quench your summer cravings; and deciding on where you will stay throughout trip– your home base. Look no further! We sit perched on a hill overlooking the Historic District of Manitou Springs, an enviable location. Out our front down and down the walkway your day begins with shopping
our collection of quaint gift shops, colorful boutiques and classic galleries throughout town.


The Pikes Peak region boasts of more than 30 attractions for all ages. Explore the heritage and history of the area, and revel in the timeless beauty that surrounds Manitou Springs. Within a 10 mile radius on the bed and breakfast, you can find adventure on The Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak, at the Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, The North Pole and Santa’s Workshop, Seven Falls and the famous Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.











Including a great location, the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast offers the highest quality experience with their award-winning establishment. You can expect modernized rooms, private baths, and homemade cookies in the afternoon and a hot tub for guests.






Let’s not forget to mention that the freshly prepared, homemade breakfast served each morning. If you an early riser and need something on-the- go, just let the owner or innkeeper know your plans as they will accommodate with a continental breakfast. We welcome you to make the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast your home base for all your summertime fun.

Easter Brunch ? No better Breakfast 23 Mar 2016, 6:57 pm

The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast an award winning bed and breakfast in Manitou Springs, Colorado, is serving up a scrumptious Easter Breakfast. Our full Easter breakfast consists of homemade baked goods, deliciousus cool fresh fruits, Carrot Cake Waffles, sausage and bacon and complimentary   Mimosas. This is a breakfast feast you will not want to miss. We always serve loca lly roasted coffee from the Colorado Coffee Merchants. Remember this fantastic breakfast is only served to the guests that stay at the B&B, reservations are limited, and rooms are still available. The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast has nationally finished in the Sweet 16 for Best B&B Breakfast recipe competition held by BedandBreakfast.com. and our Maple Nut Cinnamon Twists are now featured on BBOnline.com home page. We provide an experience in our charming vintage boarding house at an enviable location.
Why not wake up someplace special!

Menu for March 27 Easter


Mini-Doughnut muffins
Maple Cinnamon Twists
Fresh fruit parfait
Carrot Cake Waffles
Deviled eggs


Hiking the Barr Trail 22 Feb 2016, 5:50 am

Barr Trail,a very popular hiking trail in Colorado, especially in Manitou Springs. Why? Because it takes you to the top Pikes Peak through some beautiful  country and the most eastern 14teener in Colorado making it so easy to get to and ! The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is one mile from the trail head making home base for your  hiking adventures.

                                                                                                                                                   Pikes Peak is one of the most visited mountains in North America. The Barr trail is about 13 miles one way and goes up 7,900 vertical feet. There is an average of a 11% grade. Consider the weather and time of year. Even in the summer it can snow on the summit.We have had many guests not make it in the spring due to cold snowy weather.

Start early, it makes it easier to find parking near the trail head, which is limited, the lot has about 30 spaces and fills by 5 AM and the cost $10 for all day.

We recommend staying parked down here at the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast and
riding the free summer shuttle up, the shuttle starts at 6 AM. The shuttle drops you just a couple blocks from the trail head at the Cog railway station.






Another reason to start early, the mid- morning sun will get hot on the partially shaded switch backs, it is cooler to start early, and you will be more likely avoid  afternoon storms. Have the proper gear and plenty of H2O!!  Enjoy the meadows and boulder fields as you hike to the top.

Barr camp is 6.5 miles and a great place for a break or plan to spend the night and
finish your hike the next morning, if you are planning on going to the summit.
Reservations are required at Barr camp for an overnight stay.

Valentine’s Day Romantic Getaway 27 Jan 2016, 7:49 am

Time to celebrate love. Time for romance. Time together.

Valentine’s Day all month. Time to show the one you love how much you care and plan that getaway. Romance starts in the beauty of our historic bed and breakfast built into the hillside of our enviable downtown Manitou Springs location.  With one of our packages, your room is waiting with candles, rose petals and a bottle of wine.  A night in the Victorian elegance of the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is warm, cozy, and more intimate. The next morning wake to the wonderful aromas of breakfast; enjoy a leisure gourmet breakfast with a Valentine mimosa. Remember the patio hot tub (robes and towels provided).

Romantic Getaway Package:
Couples massage, one hour
Rose petals, candle light and bottle of wine
Gift certificate to the Mona Lisa ($30)

Package: $175 plus room and tax

It’s a Date Night
Candles arranged around your room. Bucket of beer or a bottle of wine
Cheese and cracker plate
Certificate to Swirl ($40)

Package: $75 plus room and taxes

Walk to dinner, meander the shops of Manitou Springs or enjoy the art galleries.

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off and Mardi-Gras Parade 15 Jan 2016, 7:43 am

Looking for a fun weekend?  Down the steps of the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfasts leads you to the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off at Soda Springs Park.  The Carnivale Parade of Manitou Springs follows the Gumbo Cook-off down Manitou Avenue all happening February 6, 2016.

puppet in parade






In Soda Springs Park at 8:00 AM contestants start cooking for the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off. Amateur and Professionals alike join this “heated” competition. Tasting will start at 11:00 and run till the gumbo runs out about 1:00, samples are only $1 for 2 samples of gumbo. Awards will be announced at 12 PM; a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for People’s Choice and Best Showmanship will be awarded.
The Carnivale Parade down Manitou Avenue starts at 1:00 PM. It takes nothing to join in the fun, just jump in and join the parade. Music and dance fill the avenue. Join the revelry in the streets.
The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast will provide beads and masks. Breakfast will be “jazzed” up to add to the fun!

breakfast table

July’s 3rd Friday Art Walk in Manitou Springs 17 Jul 2014, 9:00 am

Tomorrow is the 3rd Friday Art Walk in Manitou Springs!

This is a fun time to come explore the wonderful art galleries that Manitou has to offer. A lot of the galleries will be having brand new art openings so there’s always something new to see! Some of the artists will be around to discuss their work. A lot of the art galleries have local musicians playing and offer free snacks and drinks.

It’s a fun time to be had by all.

It runs from 5 pm to 9 pm.

It’s a wonderful way to start the weekend!

Hiking in Manitou Springs, Colorado: Barr Trail 10 Jul 2014, 8:00 am

Barr Trail is one of the most popular trails in Colorado, especially in Manitou Springs. Why? Because it takes you through some of the most beautiful Colorado country and to the top of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain!

It is 11.8 miles and it goes up 7,900 vertical feet.

The elevation at the summit is 14,115 feet.

There is an average grade of 11% which might not sound like a lot but it’s still uphill for 11.8 miles plus a huge elevation increase. It definitely takes a lot of endurance.

The trail head is at Ruxton and Hydro.

For more information on the trail click here.

We have had many guests start their hike right from our front door, the  Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast, since it’s only about 1 mile from the trail head. There is paid parking up at the trail head but we recommend staying parked at the Avenue and taking the free shuttle up.

A lot of people love coming back and soaking in the hot tub and getting a massage from one of our licensed therapists. It’s perfect after a day or two of mountain climbing and camping to relieve all of those aches and pains.

Semi-Sweet and White Chocolate Chip Cookies with toasted Pecans 18 May 2014, 3:30 pm

This is a nice variation to a standard chocolate chip cookie. The oats, pecans and hint of cinnamon add more depth to the flavors and more body to the texture. Enjoy!

1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 pure teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup oats
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup roughly chopped, toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium mixing bowl beat room temperature butter, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add sifted flour, salt, soda, and cinnamon and mix together. Fold in oats. Stir and incorporate chocolate, white chips and toasted pecans. Chill dough 30 minutes. Scoop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Add a few extra chips on top the cookie mounds for better appearance. Makes 36 cookies. Bake 10 -12 or until golden brown.

All Aboard! 8 Apr 2014, 7:27 pm

There are many ways to explore and enjoy the beauty of Colorado.  How about a train ride?
In  the Pikes Peak region you have the opportunity to experience 3 very different trains and 3 very different areas.  The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast can be your home base as you head off on these different adventures. You have to travel no more than an hour to any one of the train rides described below.

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway  is the highest cog train in the world and the highest railway in North America.  The Cog train runs year round and chugs to the 14,110 foot summit of  Pikes Peak, a 3 hour 10 minute round trip. A cog train uses a “gear” or a cog wheel that meshes into the track that allows it to climb steeper grades, up to a 48% grade. However the train does move slowly not more than 15 miles per hour.  So this experience on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is one you may not get any other time. The views are spectacular and the conductors humorous and informative.

The Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge is operated by 15 ton steam engine.  A narrow gauge is a railway with a track gauge narrower than a standard gauge and are generally built for more general application and mountain use.  The Cripple Creek and Victor is a ride into history as you see old abandoned gold mines and experience the twists and turns of the narrow gauge in the mountains. The 45 minute ride south out of Cripple Creek takes you past several points of interest to the deserted mining camp of Anaconda, where the train turns and heads back to Cripple Creek. The train runs all summer, every 40 minutes, Memorial Day to Labor Day, adults ride for $12.95 children 3-12 $8.25.

South-west 45 minutes in Canon City is the Royal Gorge Route Railroad a spectacular train ride through the Royal Gorge. In March a new powerful turbo charged locomotive hit the rails.The 2 hour ride in the canyon along the Arkansas River is breathtaking. Experience great food and excellent service during this scenic ride. There are 6 different classes of service or travel options on the train and meal options as well. The Vista Dome offers an enclosed glass dome with great view and seating for lunch. Club Class for comfortable table seating. Coach Class with high back cushion seats and large windows. Check the website for more options and prices.