Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

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

2019 Holiday Events in Manitou Springs, CO 7 Oct 2019, 10:10 am

A Taste of Local History with a Splash of Christmas CheerA photo of Miramont Castle now (colored, top) and what it looked like years ago (bottom, black and white). The outer facade of the castle features beautiful stonework and many windows.

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.

Event Information

Cup of tea with delicious Christmas cookies with candles in golden tone

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.Woman sitting on a mountain overlook under a grey, cloudy sky.

  • 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.)

A long waterfall cutting through a rocky ravine. A hiking path follows along the water.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, Colorado 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.

A team of racers pull their coffin up the hill of Manitou Avenue while onlookers watch and cheer.

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!

 

A man sits on a bench in front of Avenue Hotel. The yard is decorated with spooky tombstones, witch silhouettes, and bones. An eerie fogs looms in the air.

 

Health and Healing Found in Ancient Mineral Springs 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.An outdoor mineral water fountain made of bronze with a large circular opening in the center.

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 SprA bronze sculpture of a girl leaning over the Stratton mineral spring.ings 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!

 

 

Come See Why Locals Can’t Get Enough of Manitou Springs Brew Fest 20 Aug 2019, 2:52 pm

A hand holding a mini beer stein with a graphic that says, "Heritage Brew Festival" written on it.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. A promotional graphic with a glass of beer in the background and a list of the breweries involved in the Heritage Brew Festival event.

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!

American Discovery Trail Marathon 2019 in Colorado Springs 1 Aug 2019, 6:57 am

Woman heading down a dirt trail surrounded by mountains in Colorado SpringsDo you love the challenge of a marathon? Or are you more of a half-marathon or 10K runner? Perhaps you prefer enjoying the thrill of a race from the sidelines, cheering on the participants. Whether you prefer to run or watch, you don’t want to miss the American Discovery Trail (ADT) Races in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019.

These races offer flat, fast courses along mostly hard-packed dirt trails with some asphalt and incredible scenic views. Runners will receive a tech tee, a finisher medal, and be able to enjoy the Labor Day post-race party for some live music, good food, and cold beer.

The Marathon
The ADT Marathon, a certified, point-to-point, Boston qualifying event, is celebrating its 19th year and is recognized as a premier race event by both local and out-of-state runners. Beginning at 6:30am at Palmer Lake, 26 miles north of Colorado Springs, runners will head down the American Discovery Trail (Santa Fe Trail) and finish at America the Beautiful Park. This rare downhill course, which begins at 7,225’ elevation and ends around 6,040’, follows Fountain Creek and provides seemingly endless, stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. Visit the ADT Marathon website for more information and to sign up for this much-anticipated event.

Deep orange brown and steep rock formations jutting into the bright blue skies at Garden of the Gods in Colorado SpringsAmerican Discovery Trail
Be sure to save some time to explore the Colorado Springs portion of the American Discovery Trail. This non-motorized national trail begins at the Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware and runs 6,800+ continuous miles west to Pt. Reyes National Seashore in California, crossing cities, small towns, forests, deserts and mountains. Split into four regions (Eastern, Central-Northern, Central Southern, and Western), the Colorado Springs portion is located in the Central-Southern Route’s Front Range segment. Highlights include Cripple Creek (world’s greatest gold camp), Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak Greenway, US Air Force Academy, and Platte River Greenway.

Lodging
Whether you plan to run, watch, or just explore, we encourage you to book your room at the Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast, an award-winning boutique hotel located in the heart of nearby historic Manitou Springs. In addition to our comfortably spacious guest rooms and modern amenities, you can start each day with a delicious and leisurely breakfast in your room, in one of the dining rooms, or on the porch. After a day of exploring (or running), take advantage of our on-site massages (be sure to schedule these in advance with the Innkeeper). Let us help you make this a trip to always remember!

The Best Colorado Springs Whitewater River Rafting Adventure Awaits 30 Jul 2019, 1:32 am

Have you ever experienced rafting the river rapids? Or are you a rapids addict looking to satisfy your thirst for more? You will find plenty of opportunities to experience the thrill and beauty of whitewater river rafting, no matter your budget, skill level, or personal preference. Be sure to book your stay at the Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast for your overnight accommodations. Our perfect location in historic downtown Manitou Springs puts you close to the river action and to Colorado’s history and beauty, with plenty to see and do.

Which Rapids Class Should I Choose?

• Class I Rapids – Calm, moving water with small waves that tug at the boat.
• Class II Rapids – Easy rapids with waves up to 3’ tall and wide channels. The raft will rock and roll a bit and requires some maneuvering.
• Class III Rapids – More exciting rapids with waves up to 4’ tall and narrow passages that cause water to gush over the sides of the raft.
• Class IV Rapids – Long, difficult, and exciting rapids with narrow channels and turbulent water that requires skillful and precise maneuvering.
• Class V Rapids – Same as Class IV and more, such as long, complex, and gushing adventurous rapids with narrow channels and planet of twisting and spinning.
• Class VI Rapids – For rafting experts only with “un-runnable” rivers or waterfalls. Outfitter raft trips do not go here.

What Are My Rafting Trip Options?

Scenic Floats – Designed for the young and old alike, scenic floats allow rafters to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Colorado river life. You will see truly breathtaking views of the mountains, river banks, fauna, and flora flanking the river. You may also see wildlife, such as river trout, bald eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and ospreys. If you’re lucky, you could see some bighorn elk, bears, or mountain lions. The latter three aren’t common but nor are they impossible. The closer to dawn or dusk the better your chances. While rafting down the river, you will hear the sounds of rippling water, jumping fish, scurrying small animals, a variety of birds, and plenty of oohs and aahs from fellow rafters. Scenic floats will encounter occasional Class II or III rapids but are mostly smooth sailing. The entire experience is just as exhilarating as a more adventurous rafting trip, just in more subtle ways.

Adventure Rafting – If you prefer a more adventurous, adrenaline-pumping rafting experience, then you’ll want to opt for an adventure rafting trip which includes Class III – V rapids. Even if you’ve never rafted before, as long as you’re in good physical condition with strong swimming skills, then you’ll love this thrilling option. Outfitters will commonly offer packages to include other adventurous sports, such as ziplining and mountain biking.

What Are My Outfitter Options?

Echo Canyon – Located near the Royal Gorge in Canon City, Echo Canyon offers a variety of guided rafting options from gentle Family Floats to thrilling Royal Gorge Rafting Trips and even overnight trips at the Echo Canyon Campground. Rafting packages are also available, such as Raft-N-Rail, which includes a train ride through breathtaking scenery of the Royal Gorge, and Raft-N-Zipline, which offers a two-hour zipline tour with your rafting experience. There are more rafting packages, so be sure to check them out.

Several people in a raft floating through the river rapids in Colorado

Whitewater Adventure Outfitters – Also located near the Gorge in Canon City, Whitewater Adventure Outfitters offer a plethora of adventures to choose from, such as the Half-Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trip, one of their most popular, with class III – V thrills. Their Full Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trip highlights the beauty of the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River” so rafters are encouraged to bring their waterproof cameras. Your chances of capturing a Bighorn Sheep are really good as this area is home to Colorado’s larges herd. After stopping for a riverside lunch, you will experience several class II & III rapids in the afternoon. The Browns Canyon Full Day trip is considered to be the most popular rafting trip in both Colorado and the United States. But be careful. If this is your first rafting trip, it most likely will NOT be your last, to which many whitewater addicts can testify. Visit Whitewater Adventure Outfitters for a full list of trips, including overnight options, and rafting combo packages.

Raft Masters – One of the longest, continuous rafting businesses in the area, Raft Masters has been offering safe and fun whitewater experiences since 1989. Located on East Main St. in Canon City, their convenient location, competitive prices and professional rafting experiences make them a company to consider. Their most popular Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half Day Trip takes you nine miles down the Arkansas River through splashy rapids like Five Points, Spike Buck, and Cowgirl Up. Choose between the morning or afternoon sessions. Raft Masters also offers half-day, full-day, and overnight trips, including a 2-Day Multi Day Trip where you will camp overnight and enjoy two days of Class II and III rapids and delicious meals. Check out their specials and combo packages as well.

After a day on the rapids, you will be so glad you reserved your room at Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast! Our spacious and comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and scrumptious breakfasts will have you rejuvenated in no time. Contact us with any questions so we can help make your stay a wonderfully memorable one!

A hiking mecca near Colorado Springs 25 May 2019, 5:30 pm

green rolling foothils blue sky and a green house
The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is nestled perfectly in an outdoor hiking  mecca near Colorado Springs. We are on the border of the Pike National Forest! The days are warmer and longer with the leaves bright and green! It is time to get outside! We sit among the foothills surrounded by hiking options
The Intemann Trail is an urban-access trail that goes along Red Mountain and Iron Mountain. First envisioned by Paul Intemann and carried out by friends and admires after his death, the Intemann Trail is considered an easy hike that brings you to Red Mountain Trail and breath taking views of Manitou Springs and it’s surrounding areas. You can start a section of this trail by hiking up Pawnee Avenue  from the bed and breakfast.
The Incline is one of the most infamous hiking trails and fitness challenges in all of Colorado. It was a cable car that carried supplies to build a pipeline on Pikes Peak. When the pipeline was finished it was turned into a tourist attraction taking folks up to enjoy a spectacular view of Colorado Springs. In 1990 a rock slide took out part of the track so the cable car no longer ran.  In 2013 in was made legal to hike. The result is on of the most difficult hikes in Colorado, a  hike up 2,744 stairs that gains almost 2,000 feet in elevation in less than one mile. Located one mile from the B&B, the free shuttle will take you from downtown to the trail head.
Williams Canyon, just north of downtown Manitou Springs, happens to be one to the favorite hikes in the area. It does not get the same publicity but it has some of the prettiest scenery hiking in the canyon with tall limestone walls, waterfalls and great views. This hike is considered a moderate and is 6 miles there and back. It is recommended that you sign a waiver at Cave of the Winds before hiking the canyon.
Rainbow Falls Historic Site is one of our favorites here at the Avenue. Just a few blocks away on the west end of town. If you want to take a  short walk, get out to stretch your legs, this a good one! The walk  into a to see a beautiful waterfall is only a 1/2 mile , a unique part of Manitou.  The site features an historic bridge, with an open- aching concrete structural design, built in 1932 by CDOT.
Garden of the Gods is world famous for its beauty .  It has 15 miles of hiking trails in the park. They have numerous programs all year long. To add to the splendor of the park, there was a dinosaur fossil discovered in the park that is the only one of its kind! The park is open 5 am to 10 pm in the summer and the Visitor and Nature Center is open 8 am to 7pm. Both are free and open to the public

One of the biggest draws to the area is Pikes Peak. After first being recorded by Zebulon Pike on his 1806-1807 expedition, Pikes Peak has become one of the most visited mountains in the world. The Barr trail starts in Manitou Springs and ends at the summit of Pikes Peak,  a ruggid 13 miles of trail. Here what you whit capped mountain with large red rock in the fore groundneed to know to hike Pikes Peak.

Just a few recommendations:
  • Make sure to take plenty of water with you. This is one of those things that every travel anything has stated a million times but you never realize how bad you need it until it is to late, especially if you are coming from lower altitude.
  • Take a map with you. You might not be a map person but it’s always helpful.
  • Sunscreen is a must! Higher altitude means worse burns. This is not the way you want to spend your vacation.
  • Food is important. Luckily here at the Avenue Hotel we provide you with a wonderful breakfast. If you want to get up early and go on your adventure before breakfast is served we have a “Grab and Go” option available. Just let Gwenn know the night before and she will have it ready for you in the morning.
  • Remember staying here means you are in the mountains so there are all shapes and sizes of critters. Most of the time they are more afraid of you then you are of them but it always helps to carry a whistle or something. (Remember if you run into a bear to make yourself look as big as you can and make as much noise as possible. Most of the time they like to watch and follow you so just be aware of your surroundings.)
  • Beware of the heat. Early in the mornings and in the evenings before dark are some of the best times to go.
  • Make sure to treat yourself afterwards. You are on a vacation after all and nothing feels better then just relaxing. We have a hot tub out back and massages available upon request. (These do need to be reserved, so let us know and we will do the best we can.)
Here at the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast we understand outdoor enthusiasts because we like to go out and play in the outdoors ourselves. We have numerous guests that start their trips from our front door because we are so close to many of the big attractions. We will help to make your experience as wonderful as possible.

Spinach Sausage Quiche, an Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast recipe 19 May 2019, 3:43 pm

Preparing, cooking and serving a full breakfast everyday is what I really love about owning the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast.  It is fun testing and trying different recipes or cooking up old favorites. I generally follow a recipe the first time then make changes to add flavors I like. I found and adapted this recipe years ago.
I generally bake this Spinach sausage quiche  crust-less. It is a hearty quiche with sausage and stuffing mix inside. I generally roast some potatoes and add a side of sausage

1- 9 inch pie shell, unbaked
1½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ pound bulk sausage
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
8 eggs
1½ cups half and half or cream
½ box frozen spinach, thawed,drained,and chopped
½ cup herb stuffing mix
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Paprika

Preheat oven to 375°. Place pie shell on a cookie sheet. Cover the bottom of pie shell with Monterey Jack cheese. In a skillet cook the sausage, onion and garlic; drain.  Add the spinach and stuffing mix. Spread spinach mixture over cheese in the pie crust.  In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and half and half, whisking slightly to combine well. Pour over the spinach mixture. Bake for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

This is easily made crust-less. Combine all the ingredients together and pour into a pie dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or individual ramekins.

Makes 6 servings.

Bon appetite!
Innkeeper
Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

An adult only boutique hotel near Colorado Springs with a hot tub, the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast 7 May 2019, 1:14 am

Our historic boutique hotel is an adult only lodging accommodation near Colorado Springs  for couples or singles with an outdoor hot tub. The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is a intimate nine room Victorian property that offers a spacious retreat in historic Manitou Springs. Pack a bag, leave the kiddos with Grandma and head for Manitou.  The hot tub is open year round from 7 AM until 12 AM.  Ease into the hot water 104-105 degrees and let the tension release.  Find comfy robes and hot tub towels provided in every room. There are many indoor and outdoor areas to sit and relax, enjoy a glass of wine and some munchies in peaceful surroundings. A complimentary glass of wine or beer is offered at check-in.  Leisurely enjoy a gourmet breakfast with several breakfast options available.  Onsite massages are available, a simple add on to your stay. Smoking is permitted outdoors, we are 420 friendly.blue hot tub with patio chairs

The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in downtown Manitou Springs, on the edge of the shopping district.  Walk out the front door and explore the funky bars, unique shops and  locally owned restaurants. We are minutes away from all the adventures in the area, hiking trails such as the Manitou Incline is just one mile, the Terror-dactyl at the Cave of the Winds is 2 miles from us  or Adventures Outwest Zip-line just down the street. We are happy to schedule any adventure for you.  An easy find are the local yoga studios.

pancakes stuffed with eggs potatoes on the side

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