Daytripper: Colorado Springs

For an elegant start to the day
In the Broadmoor’s Lake View Terrace Dining Room, enjoy dishes that put the hotel’s sophisticated spin on traditional favorites—poached eggs caprese, smoked North Atlantic salmon and cream cheese, and crab cake benedict (plus treats from the Broadmoor’s bakery). 1 Lake Avenue.

For an afternoon of exploration
Built in 1895, the expansive Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs features nine architectural styles, ranging from Queen Anne and English Tudor to Byzantine and Moorish, interspersed throughout the four stories of the museum. Go to admire the Victorian furnishings and relish the equally authentic high tea. 9 Capitol Hill Avenue, Manitou Springs.

For indulging your culinary side
Set in the heart of downtown, Sparrow Hawk offers everything for the devoted cook (or those who love one). Cookware, knives, gadgets, and an assortment of tea, coffee and gourmet goodies fill the shelves at this favorite local gem, dubbed a “toy store for foodies.” 120 North Tejon Avenue.

For locally crafted artisanal microbrews
Firm believers in the sustainability gospel, Trinity Brewing Company walks the walk: they crafted their pub with nearly 100% repurposed materials, use recycled wooden barrels for producing beer and source their ingredients from local, organic growers. With seasonal brews, tastings and new-brew release parties, Trinity is a happening spot. 1466 Garden of the Gods Road.

For a cultural affair
After 75 years in operation, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center shows no signs of slowing. Part museum, part theater and part school, the FAC features permanent and traveling fine art and photographic exhibits, live theatre and one-day workshops, as well as ongoing classes. (Go on April 17th and admission is free.) 30 West Dale Street.

For an inspired meal
Award-winning Chef Lawrence “Chip” Johnson crafts “progressive Colorado cuisine” in a setting that’s special but not stuffy at The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery. Make it a multi-course affair with offerings from a menu of soups, salads and small plates, and entrees highlighting fish and game meats (vegetarians will enjoy the cannellini and brie gnocchi). The atmosphere is as artistic as the food; the restaurant doubles as a gallery, displaying and selling works by local and regional artists. 25 West Cimarron Street.


Once the capitol of the Colorado Territory, Old Colorado City has become a modern-day enclave of shops and restaurants just west of the Springs.

SHOP: Head to The Squash Blossom to browse fine art, jewelry and home accessories, from both local and international vendors. Then hop to nearby Holly Berry House (719-633-2026) to celebrate American folk art with the shop’s collection of primitive birdhouses, garden benches, hand-thrown pottery and more.

STAY: Sidestep downtown hotels and turn in at Old Town Guesthouse, housed in a restored 1892 fire station. Perks include in-room fireplaces, hot tubs on private porches and a gourmet breakfast to get you out of bed.

LINGER: With hardwood floors, overstuffed furniture, strong coffee and live jazz, Jives Coffee Lounge is the perfect spot to while away morning or evening.

Categories: Art, Colorado Destinations