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Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, CO 30 Dec 2019, 12:10 pm
Looking for an affordable way to spend some time in Colorado Springs? Yearning to learn new things and feed your inner scientist? The Space Foundation Discovery Center is all those things and more! At just a few miles from our Inn in Manitou Springs, it’s the perfect activity to enjoy deeply for a few hours or squeeze in between other adventures in the area.
The Space Foundation Discovery Center has exhibits that appeal to all ages. First, check out the El Pomar Space Gallery, which offers various exhibits that focus on space travel, the moon landing, current space exploration, and international scientist collaborations, among others. The area puts a fun spotlight on what it’s like to be an astronaut with displays showing space food, space suits, and the Scott Carpenter Station that simulates the isolation of space.
The Lockheed Martin Space Education Center is where you are given the opportunity to use the same visualization and modeling software that astronauts use. The Mars Robotics Laboratory offers the opportunity to program your own rover to traverse a simulated Martian terrain and complete challenges that real scientists might have in their quest to study Mars. (You’ll want to make an appointment for the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, as it is available for group learning, rather than walk-in experiences.)
The Northrop Grumman Science Center offers “Science on a Sphere” which is a projection system that uses numerous data sets to create a 3D projection of the earth and solar system. The visualizations can showcase the sun, planets & their moons, oceanic patterns, tectonic activity, and even air traffic patterns.
Not only does the Space Foundation Discovery Center offer fascinating exhibits and learning opportunities, but they also host unique events that target specific topics. On February 7, 2020, they will be hosting “Pluto Appreciation Night” for their passport members in honor of the 90th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto. Later in February, they will also host an 18+ experience called “Space After Dark Featuring Science Riot” which will feature scientists-turned-comedians sharing the more humorous sides of their line of work. Food trucks and a cash bar make this a perfect night out for science enthusiasts!
Make it a Remarkable Experience
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is just a short drive from the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast. It’s also near Glen Eyrie, so it’d be a great way to combine a couple of smaller outings into one. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at Ute Valley Park or stop by Eim Thai or Roman Villa Pizza for a quick bite between outings. No matter what you choose, you’ll want to stay at the Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast for our luxury accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, and close proximity to all the best attractions in Manitou Springs and beyond.
Healthy Restaurant in Manitou Springs, CO: Adam’s Mountain Cafe 23 Dec 2019, 7:46 am
Healthy Fuel for the Journey
One of the hardest parts of traveling can be finding healthy food options in a new place. Whether you’re in Manitou Springs for business or pleasure, it’s important to fill yourself up with healthy food so that you can enjoy your vacation or stay engaged in your business meetings. So when hunger strikes, consider a visit to Adam’s Mountain Cafe for delicious lunches, healthy dinners, and a cozy, comfortable atmosphere.
A Menu for Everyone
Adam’s Mountain Cafe prides itself on offering a wide variety of choices that are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. The cafe uses the “slow food” approach to preparation, and they source their ingredients from local businesses and people whenever possible. For example, the cafe has established a relationship with both Great Harvest Bread and Pikes Perk Coffee Roasters that has spanned decades and has helped keep business local.
If you’re stopping in for lunch, try their Rural Italian Lasagna or their Small Planet Burger. If you’re looking for something lighter, they have a wide selection of soups and salads sure to satisfy any preferences.
For dinner, try one of their delicious appetizers, such as the Fondue Board, the Charred Cauliflower, or the Sesame Chicken Pot Stickers. For an entree, consider the Buddha Bowl, Vegan “Meatballs”, or Smoked Salmon Enchiladas. There’s no way to go wrong when the food is fresh, local, and healthy.
Don’t forget dessert! The cafe rotates many delicious sweet treats, but they always have flourless chocolate cake, vegan cake, and sticky toffee pudding. If you just need a snack and a place to relax between adventures, the cafe regularly hosts local musicians too!
Cooking classes are another big draw to the restaurant. Learn how to make global cuisine including Mediterranean, Italian, Thai, Spanish, Greek, and Moroccan. The class lasts about 2 hours and, of course, concludes with a delicious feast that you made yourself!
Stay With Us
We share the same philosophy when it comes to the food we serve at our inn. We are more than happy to accommodate whatever food preferences you might have, whether its gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, vegan or something else. Just let us know when you make your reservation, and we’ll whip something up just for you! Book today to see what culinary delights await you in Manitou Springs!
12 Magical Christmas & New Year’s Events in Manitou Springs, CO 2019 23 Nov 2019, 9:41 am
Everything You Need to Plan the Perfect Christmas and New Year’s Getaway
Manitou Springs is the best place to go for fun, festive holiday 2019 events. We’ve handpicked the best ones that we think will warm your heart and fill you with holiday cheer. We’d love to see you at Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast this holiday season, especially if you’re looking for a nice, quiet place to return to when you’re finished with the crowds and the partying. Read ahead and see what events are in store!
- Bear Creek by Candlelight — December 6, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Walk along trails lit with luminaries, enjoy live music while you indulge in Texas Roadhouse chili, or sip some hot chocolate while you create your own luminary to take home.
- Holiday Food & Gift Festival — December 6-8, Find unique gifts at this holiday show just down the road from us in Colorado Springs. Food, art, jewelry, music, photography and more will be available for purchase, so you can finish off your Christmas shopping list with ease!
- Electric Moonlight at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — December 11, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. This 21+ “electric safari experience” will include holiday lights, music, dancing, local food and drinks, and animal meet-and-greets.
- Swirl Holiday Bazaar — December 13, 4 – 9 p.m. Live music with food and drink specials make this holiday shopping experience top-notch. Local businesses will offer gifts such as jewelry, fabric, dream catchers, vintage items, ornaments, and more. Better yet, add the Date Night package to your reservation for a romantic happy hour and a gift certificate to Swirl!
- Christmas Begins in Manitou Parade — December 14, 6:00 p.m. The 4th annual lighted parade will follow Manitou Ave. from Ruxton Ave.to El Paso Blvd. Enjoy watching this delightful parade from the comfort of our B&B property!
- Manitou Holiday Fine Spirits & Music Festival — December 14, 1 – 7 p.m. This festival is in its second year, and if last year is any indication, it is sure to be a hit. Live music and tastings from the region’s best distilleries await you at 12 different Manitou Springs locations.
- Classical Guitarist Wayne Hammerstadt Performance — December 14, 1 p.m. at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center. If you’re coming for the Spirits and Music Festival, make sure to start your time off with a free performance from this talented musician.
- An Urban Nutcracker — December 14 & 15 at the Shockley-Zalabak Theater in Colorado Springs. Experience a different kind of nutcracker in this adaptation of the classic holiday tale that incorporates jazz, tap, Afro-Brazillian dance and more.
Ring in the New Year with Us
- New Year’s Tea at Miramont Castle — December 26th through January 12th, 2020. Sip fine tea and enjoy exquisite treats at this 4-course High Tea or 3-course Light Victorian Tea. The Queen’s Parlor Tearoom is the perfect place to celebrate the new year.
- New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner — December 31 at Briarhurst Manor. You are sure to have a good time at this year’s show, Murder Speaks Easy. Enjoy delicious dining offered by the Briarhurst Manor and ring in the new year by solving a mystery!
- Swinging in the 20’s New Year’s Bash — December 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Loft Music Venue. Don your 1920’s attire to welcome the new year with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a 1920’s-themed live band.
- New Year’s Eve Party with Red Mountain Roots — December 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Kinfolks. Dance the night away with live music from Red Mountain Roots and enjoy their craft beers, wines, and liquors.
Book a Stay
After a fun day or night out, there’s nothing better than our quiet, cozy rooms and delicious, gourmet breakfasts to round out a wonderful getaway. Add a massage or the Roses and Rose’ package to your reservation, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect winter getaway! Book a room today!
4 Amazing Reasons to Visit Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs, CO 10 Nov 2019, 10:37 am
Glen Eyrie is a 67-room castle listed in the National Register
of Historic Places and
located just 15 minutes from the Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast. Constructed by General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, it first served as a dream home to the general and his wife Mary “Queen” Mellon. The rich Tudor-style architecture was enhanced over time as the castle was upgraded. It is now owned by the Navigators and serves as a delightful area attraction for visitors. Here are 4 reasons to visit Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs, CO.
Experience the Rich Beauty & History of the Castle
- Tours—Tours will take you throughout the first and second floors of the castle and along the castle grounds. For $9 per person, you can experience 90 minutes of stories about the Palmer family, the castle architecture, and the local history of Colorado Springs. Make reservations in advance as these tours can sell-out a week ahead of time during peak seasons. (719-265-7050 or book online here)
- Tea—Tea service offerings change with the
season, so whenever you decide to visit, take a look at their
- Autumn Tea—Right now, Glen Eyrie is hosting their Autumn Tea Service (September 1 – November 27, 2019). Along with the full meal, the treats and teas showcase the best of the autumn season and include delicious pastries such as pumpkin chai cheesecake tartlet, cinnamon apple scones, and maple rum pecan shortbread cookies.
- Yule Tea—This menu will be offered November 30 – January 1, 2020. Don’t miss the smoked salmon tea sandwich or the fig and walnut bruschetta. Dessert will include cranberry orange scones, peppermint pinwheel cookies, and gingerbread cheesecake tartlets.
- Bookstore—The bookstore offers materials that support the Navigator’s mission, but you’ll also find gifts, loose teas, tea service wares, and Colorado souvenirs. You may even find a holiday gift for a loved one!
- Holiday Events—Glen Eyrie hosts events
throughout the year, but a few that are coming up are sure to be a
delightful addition to your holiday plans.
- Madrigal Banquet—This holiday tradition has been celebrated for over 30 years and brings the 16th century to life through food, music, and other performances. There are multiple dates offered, so check their schedule for tickets.
- Acoustic Eidolon Concerts—Enjoy the sounds of guitar and cello as musicians Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire perform for their eighth holiday season. December 8 & 29
- New Year’s Eve Gala—Live music and dancing take center stage at this Glen Eyrie event. Ring in the new year with hand-crafted food and delightful entertainment. December 31
Fill Your Visit with Magic
The Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to launch your Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs adventures. Make a day of it by visiting nearby Garden of the Gods and enjoy the splendor of the surrounding mountainside. Or stop by the mineral springs for some healing water. Glen Eyrie is just another way Colorado history comes to life when you visit the Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast. We’d love to host you as you immerse yourself in it. Give us a call or book online today!
Your Ultimate Guide to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs CO 24 Oct 2019, 10:16 am
An Internationally Recognized Geological Wonderland
There is truly something for everyone at the Garden of the Gods. Located just a few miles from the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast, this large sandstone formation is one of the most beautiful features in North America and also one of the most accessible. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1971 and has been hosting visitors for much longer. Whether you want to make it a quick trip by driving through to see the highlights or if you’d rather take it in slowly and deeply, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from and all of them are spectacular.
The park has nearly 6 miles of paved roads that will take you to all the major points of interest and give you a panoramic view of the area. A loop will take you around the main rock formations, and satellite roads will take you to other points of interest such as Balanced Rock and High Point Overlook. Download a map of the park or consider following the self-guided tour put together by “Garden of the Gods Colorado”. There are areas to park all along the routes, so if you want to stop off and hike or have a picnic, this is a good way to do it.
There are 15 different trails to explore in the park, covering 21 miles. Pick up a free, full-colored map at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. From there you can set out on your own or join a free guided hike. The guided hikes are led by naturalists and may cover topics such as flora and fauna, birds, geology, history and more. For ideas on hikes you might want to try on your own, check out “5 Classic Garden of the Gods Hikes“. Every Thursday the park hosts a 5K/Fun Run at 4 p.m., and on Wednesdays they host a “morning wellness walk“.
Even More Ways To Experience the Splendor
At Garden of the Gods, you are not limited to hiking or driving to enjoy the natural wonders. There are several types of experiences offered regularly, including:
- Segway tours
- Jeep tours
- Trolley tours
- Electric and mountain bike rentals and tours
- Rock climbing guides and equipment rental through Front Range Climbing Co. (don’t get caught climbing without a permit!)
There are also regular events offered throughout the year, so check out their calendar to see what’s going on during your visit.
Make It A Learning Experience
The Visitor & Nature Center houses an incredible museum offering exhibits that detail the geological history of the park, the more recent history of the people who lived on this land and the flora and fauna at home in the park. A 30-minute show is offered in the Geo-Trekker theater that details 30 million years of local geological changes. And if that’s not enough, there is also a living history museum called Rock Ledge Ranch that features historical interpreters dressed in era clothing who showcase how people lived on the land long ago.
Make A Day Of It
It is easy to spend an entire day or more at the Garden of the Gods. Make a stop at the Bean Sprouts Cafe for a healthy lunch or browse the gift shop for something special. You can also head over to the nearby Garden of the Gods Trading Post for a delicious meal and to browse their general store and art gallery for a unique souvenir.
Whatever you end up choosing, remember that at 6,400 feet in elevation, the Garden of the Gods can easily make you develop altitude sickness if your body isn’t used to being at that altitude. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen along so that you can have the best time. Because it’s free and very popular, the park gets crowded many days. Considering coming during the week or later in the afternoon if you want to avoid crowds and congestion.
Stay With Us!
The truth is, no amount of words can do this place justice. So if you’re thinking about visiting, stop thinking and start planning your trip now! At just a few miles from this fantastic natural wonder, we are the perfect place to stay to take off on your grand adventures. We will fuel you up with a gourmet breakfast and have you set for a day of spectacular sight-seeing, hiking, climbing, or wherever your ambitions take you.
2019 Holiday Events in Manitou Springs CO 7 Oct 2019, 10:10 am
Just a half-mile walk from the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is Miramont Castle, an ornate, Victorian history museum run by the Manitou Springs Historical Society. The castle began in the 1890s as the home of a French Catholic priest, Father Jean Baptiste Francolon, and was later recognized in 1977 as a national landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. While the museum hosts tours throughout the year, one of the best times to make a visit to the castle is during the upcoming holiday season when they host Victorian Christmas tours and Victorian Christmas Tea in the Queen’s Parlour Tearoom.
They pull out all the stops for Christmas, lavishly decorating the castle with modern and historic decor and offering refreshments of warm cider and fresh cookies to guests. Beautifully adorned Christmas trees are lit, and garland is hung throughout the house.
Tours are self-guided and last about 45 minutes to an hour. Admission is $12 for adults (13-59) and $11 for seniors (60+). Christmas tours will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, November 29 and continue through Sunday, December 1, with the last tour starting at 3:30 p.m. each day.
The Victorian Christmas High Tea requires reservations with a credit card and will occur the same days as the Christmas Tours, with teas beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $37.50, and traditional Victorian or fancy attire is recommended, although neither is required.
While you’re there, make sure to make a stop in the gift shop for a memento of your visit or for a special holiday gift for a loved one. The gift shop offers vintage candies, teas, books about the castle and local history, as well as a room full of unique Christmas ornaments.
So schedule in some break time during the busy holiday season and come visit us at Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast. We are nestled in the history of Manitou Springs and would love to share that rich history with you during the holidays or anytime! Book a room today!
5 Must-See Waterfall Hikes Near Manitou Springs 23 Sep 2019, 11:31 am
It’s no secret that Colorado has world-class hiking trails. Folks from all over the globe visit Colorado for a taste of the exquisite Rocky Mountains. We love to host fellow adventurers as they conquer the outdoor feats of their choice. Give these trails a try for majestic waterfall views that range from easy to moderate in difficulty.
- Seven Bridges Trail–This trail is the crown jewel of North Cheyenne Cañon Park. It’s a moderately difficult trail that gains roughly 1,000 feet in elevation over the course of 3.7 miles. The bridges along these trails are a delight, as is the sweet sound of rushing water that accompanies your journey.
- St. Mary’s Falls Trail–This is another trail near Seven Bridges that will have you working for the scenic views. Rated as moderate, this trail gains 1,400 feet and is 6.3 miles long. It’s worth it when you make it to the top of the falls though!
- Helen Hunt Falls Trail–Families and folks with mobility issues will find this one to be a great choice. It’s quite short (.1 mile!), and the falls can even be seen from the road. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty!
- Lower Columbine Trail–This is an easy trail that gives you great views for minimal effort. It’s especially nice because it’s less trafficked than the other more popular trails. At a 300-foot elevation gain over 2.2 miles, you’ll still have energy left over for more adventures in your day.
- Loud’s Cabin–History buffs will appreciate this one. It’s an add-on to Seven Bridges Trail that covers 6.2 miles (total including Seven Bridges) and gains about 1800 feet in elevation. Follow the path through an aspen grove before reaching the historic Loud’s Cabin, a summer house of Frank Herbert Loud, a local college professor who built the cabin for his wife in 1885. (This hike does not have additional waterfalls that aren’t found in the Seven Bridges Trail, but it does have some really great views of the city and interpretive signs to add context to the beautiful scenery.)
As with any hiking, make sure you pack snacks, water, a map, and anything else you may need in case the unexpected happens. Be particularly careful about bringing enough water and sunscreen, as the elevation in Colorado can dehydrate you quickly, and the sun is more intense, regardless of the season. And lastly, we recommend hiking first thing in the morning so that you are back down from the higher elevations before any afternoon storms roll in.
The Avenue Hotel is the absolute best place to hub out of for outdoor recreation. We’ll get you fueled up with our delicious breakfasts and on your way to all that the Manitou Springs area has to offer. Book a room today!
Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2019 in Manitou Springs CO 13 Sep 2019, 10:41 am
In our last post, we talked about the famed mineral springs of Manitou Springs and their potential healing effects. People from far and wide were drawn to the springs for healing from their ailments. Legend has it, Emma Crawford was one of those people. The story goes that she came to Manitou Springs in 1889 in search of a cure for her tuberculosis. Unfortunately the disease took her, but not before she communicated her last wish to be buried on nearby Red Mountain. Her coffin rested on Red Mountain for years before it got washed away in a particularly rainy season, and her coffin slid down the mountain, landing as a pile of bones and coffin debris that local children later found.
Years later, the town of Manitou Springs decided to honor this local legend by hosting a parade followed by competitive coffin races every October. Teams of five participants, (four “mourners” and one “Emma”), build a coffin vehicle and race it up the 195-yard course to their hopeful victory. Other awards include “Best Emma”, “Best Entourage”, and “Best Coffin”.
This 25th annual silly, quirky event will take place on October 26, 2019. The parade starts at noon, followed by the races. Dress up in your own costume and prepare to get your “spooky” on! There’s really no better way to experience the coffin races than by staying with us at Avenue Hotel. We are located right in the heart of this event, which means no parking hassles or waiting for shuttles. Just enjoy one of our delicious breakfasts and then saunter out for this zany, unconventional celebration of the macabre. We’ll even have some great photo opportunities set up on our front yard for you to capture your own special memories of this event!
Visit Ancient Mineral Springs in Manitou Springs CO 27 Aug 2019, 9:00 am
Follow in the footsteps of Native Americans as they sought after healthy waters; taste the difference between various springs and the minerals they contain; submerge yourself in the healing, warm waters of a natural spring. But whatever you do, make sure your stay in Manitou Springs includes a taste and feel of this sacred, healing water.
The mineral springs have always been an important part of what draws people to the area. Various Native American tribes found the natural springs to be so important, so sacred that they would agree to cease any fighting that was occurring so that everyone could peacefully enjoy these healing springs. A common Native American diet was high in meat and therefore slightly acidic. The mineral waters were a great way to re-balance their bodies. It didn’t talk long for European settlers to discover the healing properties as well, and the area has continued in popularity to this day.
In 1987 a group of citizens determined that these waters should be available to anyone who wanted them. So the Mineral Springs Foundation, along with the city of Manitou Springs and private citizens, restored eight mineral springs. Now, over the summer (May 25th-August 31st), you can take a guided tour of the area lead by a docent. These free 90 minute tours start at 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays and include discussions about the history and mineral content of the water as well as the best part–tastings of course! The walk between 7-Minute spring, across from Memorial Park, and the Iron spring, located near the Cog Railway, is about 1.4 miles.
Can’t make it to the scheduled tour times? No problem. It is easy to take a self-guided tour of the area. Pick up a sipping cup and map at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce (354 Manitou Ave. 80829, or online here) and make your way along historic downtown Manitou Springs. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather!
Want to take it a step further? Nearby SunWater Spa offers full body mineral water soaks in their cedar tubs. These tubs are kept between 100 and 104 degrees, making them the perfect temperature to relax and take in the healing properties of the water.
And the best part? Avenue Hotel is right in the heart of these natural springs. All eight of the springs along the Mineral Springs Foundation tour and the SunWater Spa are within walking distance of our property. So don’t wait, book a stay today, and see why folks from all over the world make a stop in Manitou Springs for our water!
Don’t Miss Manitou Springs Brew Fest 2019 20 Aug 2019, 2:52 pm
Here in Colorado, we love our local brews. So what better way to celebrate local craft beer than with a festival surrounded by a thousand of your closest friends? Join the Manitou Springs Heritage Center for a taste of nearly 30 different breweries, along with entertainment from three unique local bands ranging from modern Celtic to traditional bluegrass to a Pink Floyd jam-band. All proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.
Grab VIP tickets to be admitted an hour early and get a head start sampling the unique flavors this region has to offer. VIP tickets will also entitle you to a commemorative tasting glass to take home with you.
While there are an incredible amount of options to choose from, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. We recommend trying one of Manitou Brewing Company’s flagship beers, High Ground IPA. Or if you prefer a smoother, more mellow flavor, try Fossil Craft Beer Company’s Red Rock Amber Ale. But rest assured there will be no wrong choices at this brew fest. If not everyone in your party is a beer drinker, there will still be plenty of other options, such as cider and kombucha. It’s sure to be a good time!
Get your tickets here.
And don’t forget the best part–Avenue Hotel is within walking distance of this festival, making it the perfect starting and ending point for your craft beer adventures.
Book your stay now for premier lodging at this delicious event!