Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

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

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.

Romantic Getaway 2 Feb 2014, 1:07 pm

Looking for that perfect Romantic Getaway for the weekend?
 A reprieve from the hustle and bustle to spend time alone with your special someone. The historic Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Manitou Springs provides a tranquil comfortable retreat for romance. Meander through Manitou, which is just out the front door, dine at one of Manitou’s great restaurants. Soak in the patio hot tub or have a bubble bath in a Victorian claw foot bath tub. Grab a movie and snuggle into a King or Queen size bed, whisper sweet nothings. Enjoy a delicious leisure breakfast in the morning. Go ahead take time for the two of you!

Add our Romantic Getaway Package:  Couples one hour massage, a bottle of wine, candles and rose petals around the room with a gift certificate to the Mona Lisa ($30)  
 $165 plus the cost of your room.

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world!  by John Lennon


Decorations for a Victorian Christmas at the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast 19 Dec 2013, 8:03 pm

The  Victorian style of the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast inn lends itself to be generously decorated for the holiday season.  There is such a cozy feeling when everything looks more beautiful than ever with all the extra lights glowing and the fireplace warming and cookies baking...  

Here are some of the things we have done for the holiday season.. (click on the pictures for better viewing)

The fireplace garland hangs with giant pine cone ornaments, gold ribbon and glittered picks; a wreath sits atop the deer head mounted above the fireplace.

Christmas sleigh sits in the bay window with a handmade Santa and Mrs. Claus.


The 6 foot snowman Randy and I made.  He is a joy in the entry greeting guests
Library parlor tree with a magnificent tree topper.  
Our staircase goes up the middle of the house.I t is spectacular with all the garland, bows and ornaments
The mirror is surrounded with garland then loaded                                                                   with ornaments and snowflakes. Santa with silver trees and large                                                                   white decorative ornaments sits on the table under the mirror.
The second level hall tree                                             

19th Annual Holiday Tour 30 Nov 2013, 5:49 pm

                               The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is a proud part of the

 the 19th Annual Holiday Tour 
December 8th 
from 1-5 PM. 
This event is sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society and tickets can be purchased at the History Center in Old Colorado City
Come marvel at the glorious decorations of the regions best bed and breakfasts and
historic churches.
This is a fun way to learn some of the history of the area
 and pick up some fantastic holiday decorating ideas.
There are 5 participating bed and breakfast and 3 churches. 
This is a self guided tour. 
There will be refreshments and you can enter a gift drawing at the History Center. 
Tickets for Historical Society members are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. For nonmembers tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Tickets are available to purchase in person at the Old Colorado City History Center or by phone at 719-636-1225.
 Call for information on group ticket pricing.

We will have every room decorated and will be serving refreshments in the dining room!

Christmas decorations: How to build a snowman 18 Nov 2013, 7:25 am

Holiday decorating at the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Manitou Springs includes our homemade 7 foot snowman. Because he is so popular we decided to tell you how we made him!

This project, Randy and I undertook a couple of years ago was a challenge because we had a picture but no instructions  but the results were wonderful!

Quick note: This is a  project with a number of steps so allow enough time and be prepared;
 Supplies: 6 foot aluminum pipe, 24 x 24 – 1/2 inch plywood, L brackets, small cardboard box (12 x 12),  round balloons,  flour, water, newspaper, spray adhesive, batting, Top Hat, button eyes, carrot nose, scarf,  2 – 14 to 16 inch wreaths for between the snowballs, a 10 inch wreath for his head, birds nest and icicles.

First, Randy made the framework for the snow man. It’s pretty much a aluminum pipe screwed on a 24 x 24 piece of plywood board with the “L” brackets. This is also the part where you get to decide how tall your snowman is. Make a hole in the top of the cardboard box and slide it down the pole.  The Snowman base will sit on the box and you will lay lights around the base and more batting to create a snow bank. This is done at the end however.  The individual snowballs for the body will slide over the the pole and stack over the base. The structure is very light weight but does have to have a wide base to keep it upright.

Next, we used weather balloons to make the snow  balls for the body which I ordered over the internet. (http://www.scientificsonline.com) We could not find Styrofoam balls large enough and in a price range for our project but you may for your size snowman. 
Blow up the balloons to the size you want. Our snowball base is about 26 inches high. Make sure the base fits through doorways that you will be carrying the Snowman through.  Make 3 different sized balls for the body. One much smaller for the head.

 For the paper mache, cut paper into strips, news paper works well, and make a mixture of one part flour and two parts water; mix flour and water in a large bowl.  Dip your pieces of paper into flour mixture, make sure they are soaking wet.  Then cover the balloon with one layer of  paper mache and let dry. It will take several coats and several days to dry. Take your time. You will want about 1/4″ thickness so they are nice are sturdy. We used 5 gallon buckets to site the balls on to dry.

Remember to leave holes open on opposite ends of each ball so you can  pop the balloons and slide the balls onto the pole when the time come.

When the balls are dry it is time to add the snow. Start with your largest ball.  Spray the  adhesive  on a section of the ball,  pull the batting apart and stick it to the ball so it is nice and fluffy. Continue until the ball is covered. When the snowball is completely covered slip it over the pole and sit it on the box for the base of the snowman. Continue with the middle ball, before slipping it over and adding it to the snowman take one of  14 -16 inch wreaths and slip it over the pole and rest it on the base of the Snowman and then drop the middle section on.  (We use quilt batting for most of the snow around here!)  It is best to move the Snowman into his location before putting on his head he is easier to move at this point.

We recommend doing the face before you put the head on. It’s just easier to reach that way. We used black buttons and a fake carrot for the noise. A Snowman kit at the hobby store had all these pieces. His head should rest on top of the middle ball and wreath. Add the scarf around his neck. The small wreath sits on his head. Don’t forget the hat!

We use real twigs for the arms. Randy has to specially attach these so they stay in place. We decorate them with more icicles and birds nests. We also add icicles hanging from the middle and bottom wreaths, pine cones, and few snowflake tucked in here and there.

We covered the bottom of the stand with more batting so it looks like he is standing on a snow bank. We also add lights underneath the batting so it gives it a nice glow.

Happy Holidays!!!

Emma Crawford Coffin Races 25 Oct 2013, 10:10 am

The Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Festival celebrates the misfortune of Emma’s remains washing down Red Mountain during a heavy rain storm.  Emma Crawford, a young women of 19, moved to Manitou Springs in hopes the Mineral Springs water would cure her TB. She had a great love for the beauty of the area and Red Mountain. She asked that if she was not cured that she be buried at the top of the mountain. During one of her hikes to the top she marked the spot with a red scarf tied to a tree as to where her remains were to be placed.  Her fiancee and a few other men spent 2 days  taking her up Red Mountain to that very spot.  Some years later her remains were washed down the mountain during a heavy rain storm. This is the 19th year that Manitou Springs has had the coffins races up Manitou Avenue. 

Come join this unique celebration, the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Festival, a great pre- Halloween weekend event. The 50 coffins are decked out in different themes, many local are dressed up as well. The parade starts at Noon with the races following. Trophies are awarded to 1st Place winners of the race, which we sponsor. The Heritage Center performs “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” Haunted Walking Tours that evening every 15 minutes the cost $10 per person.  Friday night the Miramont Castle holds Emma’s wake. Call the castle for tickets.

The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast sits near the bottom of Red Mountain, we have a lovely view of the mountain from our back patio. For guests attending the parade and race a walk out the front door and onto the street and the festivities begin.