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48hrs in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Before heading back to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, it was time to venture to the Colorado Springs. First stop, Manitou Springs. 

We had the pleasure of meeting with Russell, the owner of Springs Beer Tours, for a 2 hour walking beer tour of this quaint mountain town. He shared the history of Manitou Springs, the stars that have visited as well as some local lore. We had the chance to try a variety of tasty local beers, like stouts, sours and IPAs. Much like Boulder, a lot of the historical buildings are still intact, so when Russell told us stories of the past, he could point at the actual spot where they occurred. The highlights of the tour, besides the beer, were the Penny Arcade, Cliff House and Manitou Brewing. One of the best beer tours I’ve ever been on!  
After all that walking, the Colorado Mountain Brewery was calling us to Colorado Springs. This brewpub offers a large variety of food and beer in this very large venue. There’s a ton of parking and 2 levels of seating with floor to ceiling windows! 

To start, the Fried Pickles and a flight of 6 Colorado Mountain brews were a must. The pickles were crispy and paired perfectly with the spicy remoulade and beer. Nat and I were having trouble deciding, so we got food we could share; the Buffalo Chicken Wrap and Steak Quesadilla. The Buffalo Chicken has some serious kick and the Quesadilla was so cheesy! They both hit the spot!  
 We heard that a school in this town had been turned into a brewery which brought us to Bristol Brewing Company! There are patios on either side of the steps at the top and it felt funny to see adults drinking out front of a school. The Bristol Pub is where we got our notebook(the menu) and hit the books(scouring the beer menu). All employees were in their school uniforms which they had for sale in the swag shop. In true elementary school fashion, the boys and girls washrooms are on opposite sides of the school, making it awkward and embarrassing for anyone assuming they’re close together. Hehehe. A very nostalgic experience! 
Time to head to bed. Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort is on a popular bike trail that connects Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. An optimal location for cyclists to rest that hosts many cycling events throughout the year complete with a bike rack out front. Torie, the owner and passionate cyclist, welcomed us and told us the history of this hotel and how she caters to other passionate cyclists and related businesses. The rooms are clean and comfy where you can park your car right outside the door, making unloading and loading your luggage and bikes easy. 
Waking up refreshed and sneaking in some coffee at Buffalo Lodge’s continental breakfast, we headed to Old Colorado City. 

This history and charming area is in the west end of Colorado Springs and is home to a bounty of local boutiques, museums, galleries, gourmet restaurants and so much more. There, we stopped into La Baguette, a local French bakery for a light breakfast. All breakfast entrees come with bread, sexy French bread, that is. I ordered a veggie omelette and it came with a large, crusty bun and fresh fruit. The people there are so warm and welcoming to new customers; everyone else appeared to be a regular and I understand why! 
 We had driven by Garden of the Gods a few times and now we had time to stop in. Make sure you have space on your phone or camera because you will need it; this is a truly unique experience. You can view the beautiful red rocks of all shapes and sizes from the 24km of trails. You have the option of hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking; a few mountain climbers were spotted too! The park offers Free Guided Nature Walks and a visitor centre with a gallery, activities and shopping. Don’t forget to get a photo at Balanced Rock on your way out! 
 The last stop before heading out of Colorado Springs was some food and beer at Trail’s End Taproom; a self-serve taproom. You mean I get to pour my own beer? Damn right! Upon entering, you order food and are issued a beer card. Grab a glass, head over to one of the 40 taps and pick whatever beer you want and how much of it you want! The brewery, beer name, description and price are all right on the screen. Not sure you’ll like a certain beer? No problem, you only pay for what you pour! To go with my samplings, I had their chicken pot pie with salad. A great combination and a great way to end my trip in Colorado Springs.  
Hope you enjoyed my 48hrs in Colorado Springs, Colorado! It was a great 2 days and I invite you to check it out! A huge thanks to the Colorado Tourism Board for sponsoring this post. As usual, all of the snazzy reviews and opinions are my own. 

Please checkout https://www.colorado.com/ for even more to see and do!  

Cheers, 
Lisa

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