Monday, November 9, 2015

Where to Visit in Colorado


I recently traveled back to my roots. You never really appreciate a place until you're older right? I grew up in Manitou Springs, Colorado. A good old hippie town, that teaches you to slow down and enjoy the outdoors.

If you're like me and you enjoy a good workout, nutritious food, and nature - this is your spot!

Manitou Springs is known for Pikes Peak. The nearest airport is Colorado Springs (about a 30-45 minute drive) or Denver (about a 2 hr drive). There’s an abundance of lodging to choose from in Manitou. I would recommend a place near downtown so you can walk everywhere.

What to do in Manitou Springs?


The Incline:
  • If you love exercise you must hike the incline!
  • Make sure to pack water.
  • If you need a snack or lunch, a break at the top is beautiful.
  • This can take you anywhere from 30-90+ minutes to get up depending on your fitness level.
  • To get to the trail you will park near the cog railway.
  • Distance - 1 mile, climbing 2000ft.
  • Trail Difficulty - Advanced.

Garden of the Gods:
  • Makes your breathless with its beauty.
  • There’s an abundance of places to stop and walk around.
  • A highlight is often the balancing rock and kissing camels.
  • You can spend an entire day here. 



Places to Eat a Nutritious Meal in Manitou:

Adam’s Mountain Cafe - open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and operates according to the Slow Food philosophy.  You will frequently find live music being played by local artists.

Good Karma Cafe - breakfast or lunch, this deli / coffee shop has plenty of healthy options available for eating in, or to carry along while you enjoy the outdoors.

While you're in Manitou Springs, be sure to taste the spring water, play games at the arcade downtown, browse the shops, and take a deep breath of mountain air.







44 comments:

  1. Wow! I'd love to visit these beautiful places!

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  2. Colorado has amazing natural beauty! It doesn't matter the season there is always something to do! Great ideas.

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  3. We visited Colorado last summer. Both these locations were gorgeous.

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  4. my sister lived in Co for a few years but we didn't get to visit. Saved in case we do get there someday!

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    1. These are th places I always go back to :)

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  5. I visited Garden of the Gods this past spring & spent the afternoon in downtown Manitou Springs. We didn't get a chance to do any hiking but I'll keep this in mind the next time we go to Colorado! It was beautiful!

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  6. Great post - this one is on my bucket list, gotta go skiing there sometime! My ski resort hills look like tiny ant mounds compared to your mountains! Thanks for sharing :) Found you at the Fluster Buster Creative Muster!

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    1. There are a lot of great ski towns to visit!

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  7. Colorado is a favorite vacation spot for our family. Love these places :) Thank you for sharing them with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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  8. Looks so beautiful! I would love to go there!

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    1. It's a great spot for connecting back to nature.

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  9. Looks spectacular! What a great place for mind, body and spirit.
    Thank you for sharing on The Maple Hill Hop! Feel free to come back each Tuesday with your wonderful outdoor posts!
    Peace...

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  10. I'm planning to visit Colorado over New Year's. All the pictures I've seen are so beautiful! I can't wait to go.

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  11. I've never visited Colorado but it looks beautiful Perhaps on my next visit to your country I will add it to my list. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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  12. Colorado is a lovely place and I really enjoyed your pictures :-) .

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  13. This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  14. I've never been to Colorado but it's definitely on my list! What a beautiful place to visit. Thank you for sharing Manitou Springs with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  15. Colorado is so beautiful!! Been there lots of times!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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  16. We're heading to Colorado for skiing this year! These places look gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

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  17. Love this post! We just visited there a couple months ago, and I definitely agree with your suggestions! #SmallVictories

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  18. I'd like to visit Colorado, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinned to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

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  19. Wow! Looks like a lovely place to visit. I'm not much of a hiker but I would love to see some of those sights. Visiting from The Sunday Social. ~Lowanda from Sunshine and Elephants

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    1. Garden of the gods is great for walking. There are paved paths.

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  20. We visited Colorado in early September! It's one of my favorite places. Love Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs. Thanks for linking with us this week at #SmallVictories. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. When I think of Colorado I think of those two spots :)

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  21. Thanks for these suggestions! We've never been to CO but it's on our list. I love that these spots are "off the beaten path."

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    1. Hope you get to see them some day soon :)

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    1. I grew up in Colorado but I call Hawaii home :)

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