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The Cliff House Blog


Explore the Thrilling Cave of the Winds

04 Feb, 2019

Nestled in the Pikes Peak region of our town is a thrilling experience where nature and man meet. The Cave of the Winds Mountain Park offers amazing caverns to explore, incredible views, and exhilarating attractions perfect for any thrill-seeker.

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Join the Festivities of the Annual Fruitcake Toss

07 Jan, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Join the Manitou Springs community in celebrating a time-honored tradition twenty-two years strong: the annual Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss!

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Be Merry and Hoppy and Take a Holiday-Inspired Beer Tour

03 Dec, 2018

Who says the holidays are only for hot cocoa and eggnog? We like to take our merry beverages up a notch with holiday-inspired brews.

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Support Local Manitou Springs Artists on Small Business Saturday

05 Nov, 2018

While you’re still relaxing with loved ones and recovering from a well-fed Thanksgiving later this month, Manitou Springs will be gearing up for their next small town-tradition.

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Cheer on the Coffins and Dress in Costume for the Annual Coffin Race

01 Oct, 2018

Here in Manitou Springs, we do things our own way. And one of our favorite ways to celebrate Halloween and the month of October? The Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races.

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Get Artsy at the Monthly Art Walk

03 Sep, 2018

Manitou Springs visitors, it’s time to get artsy! A monthly event, the First Friday Art Walk takes place on September 7th this month.

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Cheer On the Marathoners at Pikes Peak

06 Aug, 2018

All that training you did on the Manitou Incline? Now’s the time to show off your skills—or cheer from the side lines—at the annual Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.

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Put Your Hiking Skills to the Test on the Manitou Incline

02 Jul, 2018

Colorado is full of diverse hiking trails for all levels. But if you’re looking for a serious challenge with an incredible view awaiting at the top, we suggest the Manitou Incline.

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Where to Find Excellent Wine Tastings On Site and Beyond

01 Jun, 2018

In case our charming springs and stunning mountain views haven’t convinced you, Manitou Springs is also home to many delicious wineries and wine cellars—one of which is on our very own property!

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Celebrate Mother's Day with High Tea at Miramont Castle

03 May, 2018

This Mother’s Day, treat the mothers and grandmothers in your life to an afternoon fit for a queen. From Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13, you and your loved ones can enjoy a 4-course high tea at the beautiful, historic Miramont Castle in the Queen’s Parlour Tea Room.

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A Close-Up View of Wildlife at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

02 Apr, 2018

Just a twenty-minute drive from our property, you can explore the diverse, wild grounds of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. As America’s only mountain zoo and TripAdvisor’s 6th-best zoo, the wildlife park boasts a bold and varied conservation of over 30 endangered species.

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Discovering Our Natural Mineral Springs

05 Mar, 2018

While you’re out exploring all the natural wonders of Manitou Springs, spend an afternoon hunting down the area’s natural mineral springs. The seven distinct springs are almost all within walking distance and play an integral role in making our town so special—it’s in our name, after all!

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A Glimpse of Hollywood in Our Very Own Suites

01 Feb, 2018

Before they made their way to the big screen in The Greatest Showman and All the Money in the World, P.T. Barnum and J. Paul Getty were once notable guests at our very own hotel. Book one of their Premier Celebrity Suites, to receive the ultimate star treatment. 

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The Great Fruitcake Toss: A Manitou Springs Tradition

01 Jan, 2018

Join us for a Manitou Springs tradition at the Great Fruitcake Toss in downtown Manitou Springs on January 27, 2018. From 1 to 3 p.m., this fun, local affair will have you tossing those notorious holiday treats with all your might.

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Walking in the Garden of the Gods

05 Dec, 2017

Just a short drive from our hotel, the Garden of the Gods, located in nearby Colorado Springs, is one of the most geologically impressive sites in all of Colorado.

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An Underground Adventure at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

06 Nov, 2017

The Cave of the Winds is one of the most famous subterranean sites in the Pikes Peak area. With a variety of tours offered daily, you’re sure to find the ideal activity for a day of underground exploration. 

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Climb America’s Mountain on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway

01 Oct, 2017

There are few forms of travel more romantic or more quintessentially American than the railroad. On your visit to Pikes Peak, we recommend you take a trip on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which has transported hundreds of thousands of visitors to the summit of Pikes Peak since 1891.

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The Rainbow Beneath the Bridge

03 Sep, 2017

An out-of-the-way spot frequented by locals, and frequently overlooked by tourists, Rainbow Falls is a delightful waterfall hidden beneath the Manitou Avenue overpass. 

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A Tribute to Creativity at The Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival

06 Aug, 2017

When it comes to the wonder and beauty of creation, man probably won’t ever surpass nature—and at Pikes Peak, we certainly know a thing or two about natural wonders—but the many artists and musicians who come together each year for the Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival certainly come close. 

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The United States Air Force Academy: A Glimpse into the Lives of Future Leaders

01 Jul, 2017

A testament to the high educational standards of the U.S. Military, the United States Air Force Academy offers visitors a rare glimpse into the lives of the young men and women training to lead in the world’s finest defense force.

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Hike the Red Rock Canyon

02 Jun, 2017

Red Rock Canyon was, in centuries past, an industrialist’s playground: gravel pits, rock quarries, gold refining mill, even a 53-acre landfill. Today, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is the site not of industrial exploitation, but natural preservation.

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American Gothic: Tours and High Tea at Miramont Castle

02 May, 2017

Though America has never been a land of monarchs, in this town built on vast deposits of gold, we do have a castle to boast. Less than 10 minutes by foot from our historic hotel, Miramont Castle was erected in 1895 by French priest Jean Baptist Francolon as a private residence and, for a short time, a facility to treat tuberculosis.

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An Invitation to a Heart-Pounding Trail

01 Apr, 2017

Head in the direction of wafting morning mist and a sunshine filled summit.

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A Handle on the Manitou Cliff Dwellings

05 Mar, 2017

This rare historical treasure is every family’s to explore.

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Elevated Microbrews Served by Mighty Springs

05 Feb, 2017

Indulge in a taste of Manitou Springs’ bubbling waters and tempting spirits.

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The Agia Sophia

09 Jan, 2017

Did you know that meeting for a coffee at a cafe is a tradition that dates back over 1100 years? After coffee came to the middle-east from Africa, coffeehouses began appearing in Mecca, Damascus, and other major cities.

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The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas

05 Dec, 2016

The Marionette Theatre at Simpich Showcase presents a blend of old and new this holiday season.

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29th Annual Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

06 Nov, 2016

Purchase your tickets now for the 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival!

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Schnitzel, Strudel and Chalet Dancers

03 Oct, 2016

Fall is here. To some that means football, falling leaves, and back to school. To others it means Oktoberfest!

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One Million Gallons of Astonishment

12 Sep, 2016

What's so special about the Downtown Aquarium? First, it houses over one million gallons of astonishing exhibitions!

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Still Time to Catch Summer Fruits and Veggies

14 Aug, 2016

It’s August.  Sadly, that means summer is almost over.  But don’t despair just yet.  Growing season isn’t yet finished in Colorado Springs.

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A Trip to United States Air Force Academy

08 Jul, 2016

"I had never met any college students that were so intelligent, kind, and devoted to a specific cause," said freshman Cheyenne Gonzales, Cadet Fourth Class, a student at the United Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs, a 22-minute drive from the Cliff House.

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Explore the Red Rock Canyon Open Space

27 Jun, 2016

Land restoration is on the cutting-edge of conservation these days. The process involves reclaiming natural landscapes and habitats to make them safe again for humans, wildlife, and plant communities. In 2003, the City of Colorado Springs took contro

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Enjoy Pike's Peak's Panoramic Views

03 May, 2016

The Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway dates back to 1889. Zalmon G Simmons, (who happens to have been the founder of Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company), started the project. It wasn't until 1890 that the project was completed, having finally reached

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Easter in a Castle

23 Mar, 2016

Easter only comes once a year. But Easter in a castle? That’s pretty much unheard of, unless you’re in Manitou Springs. Bring the kids to Miramont Castle, just a short walk away from the Cliff House, where they’ll be hosting a Victo

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Feast Your Way Through Colorado Springs

15 Feb, 2016

You’ve climbed the Manitou Springs Incline and explored the Garden of the Gods. Now head to the neighboring city of Colorado Springs to show your taste buds some love with the Rocky Mountain Food Tour. Taking place every Saturday, a foodie expe

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Something's Brewing in Manitou Springs

26 Jan, 2016

If you’re a fan of craft beer, Colorado has some of the best around, and Manitou Springs is no exception! Located just a five-minute walk from our hotel is the Manitou Brewing Company, which boasts both a huge local following as well as a Certi

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Fire(works) on the Mountain

15 Dec, 2015

This December 31st, visitors to the area have the opportunity to witness a New Year’s Eve tradition: fireworks from the summit of Pike’s Peak. For nearly one hundred years, the AdAmAn Club has made the climb to the top of Pike’s Pea

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Christmas at the Castle

11 Nov, 2015

This winter, have a little history with your holiday celebration at Miramont Castle, Manitou Springs’s Victorian-style castle and gardens, built in 1895. Located less than five minutes from our Manitou Springs hotel, on November 27th through th

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Spooky Cinema

07 Oct, 2015

Halloween is on the horizon and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center is getting into the seasonal "spirit" of October. In celebration of Halloween, the center is presenting a series of horror movie classics for free! Beginning at 7pm on October 9th, 1

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Healing Waters

02 Sep, 2015

Manitou Springs is becoming even more of a haven of health and relaxation with the addition of the new SunWater Spa. Located less than five minutes from our Manitou Springs hotel, this gorgeous spa, inspired by the foothills of the Ganges river in In

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Our Own Chef Chris Lynch
Redefines Rocky Mountain Cuisine

28 Aug, 2015

At The Cliff House, our food is anything but ordinary, this is especially true at our Red Mountain Bar and Grille, where we work to redefine Rocky Mountain cuisine.

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Zoo on the Mountain

03 Aug, 2015

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is unique for a few reasons: it's the only mountain zoo in America, it's home to over 950 different animals, including animals you don't see in zoos too often (including moose and hippos) and it has a special area where visitors can hand feed giraffes.

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Explore the Cliffs

30 Jun, 2015

Nearly every museum is the same, "look, don't touch." Not so at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum. Located five minutes from our Manitou Springs hotel, at the outdoor exhibits, visitors are encouraged to reach out and touch ancient Anasazi buildings.

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Have the Climb of Your Life

08 Jun, 2015

On June 28th, start your engines for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds! An annual automobile and motorcycle race that began nearly a hundred years ago, the PPIHC is a twelve and a half mile race to the summ

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Take a Trip Back In Time

04 May, 2015

Think you need to head to Europe to see an authentic castle? Think again! The Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs was built in 1895 as a private home, and now visitors can tour forty-two furnished rooms as well as gorgeous Victorian gardens. Th

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Mineral Magic

01 Apr, 2015

It's no secret that Manitou Springs takes it name from the mineral springs that brought early settlers here to "take the cure." Now you can sample the waters on guided walking tours beginning May 23, 2015. Enjoy a fun and informative hour-long walk a

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Gifts for Giving

06 Mar, 2015

In the mood to spread a little Manitou magic after your trip? Head on over to the Manitou Outpost, the town's largest gift boutique. Located in a historic building on Manitou Avenue, it was once a livery sable and later the Navajo Geyser Pavilion Cafeteria with, yes, a fully functioning geyser.

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Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo

09 Feb, 2015

Taking a culinary cue from foodie friends in New Orleans, some of Manitou Springs' most talented professional and amateur chefs gather on February 14 to compete in the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off, a spirited contest to see who can whip up the best gumbo.

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Take A Hike

12 Jan, 2015

Take your hike to the adrenaline pumping extreme on the Manitou Incline, a one-time cable car track that's now a one-mile workout climbing 2,000 vertical feet over age-old railroad ties. Definitely not for the unfit or faint-of-heart, this heart-pounding advanced hike is a favorite of Olympic athletes and assorted Iron Men (and Women).

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Move Over, Santa...

01 Dec, 2014

The kiddos have had Breakfast with Santa umpteen times...this year, give this holiday tradition a wild Colorado twist. Head to the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center on Sunday, December 21 for Breakfast (burritos!) with the wolves and a meet and gr

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Reconstructing History

01 Nov, 2014

Since Veteran's Day is this month, it's a great time to remember the brave men and women that have served our country and to take time to appreciate their sacrifices.

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Reconstructing History

01 Nov, 2014

Since Veteran's Day is this month, it's a great time to remember the brave men and women that have served our country and to take time to appreciate their sacrifices.

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A Parade of...Coffins?

01 Oct, 2014

Halloween is upon us, inspiring a look back at the history of one of Manitou Springs' most offbeat spectacles. It's the Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade, an annual event honoring the late Emma Crawford, who in 1889 was diagnosed with tuberculosis and moved here seeking the healing powers of the mineral springs.

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Colorado's Spirited Side

01 Aug, 2014

You may have already sampled one of Colorado's plethora of microbrews with fab names like Bee Hive Honey, Laughing Lab and Modus Hoperandi, but did know...

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Red Rock Revelry

27 Jun, 2014

The red rocks of Garden of the Gods are one of Colorado's most photographed wonders - a collection of towering sandstone rock formations that trace their history to cataclysmic geological events a few million years ago.

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01 May, 2014

As we slip into summer, we can't help thinking about the season's colorful wildflowers and those playful yellow-bellied marmots sprawled out on rocks soaking up the sun mid-way up Pikes Peak.

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01 Apr, 2014

Imagine trekking through rugged, age-old caverns with only a hand-held lantern as your guide. At Cave of the Winds, you'll be following in the footsteps of two young and mighty adventurous boys who discovered this natural wonder in 1881.

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01 Mar, 2014

Once called the "Saratoga of the West," Manitou Springs traces its name to its abundant naturally sparkling mineral springs. Native Americans considered the springs sacred, while early explorers to the area wrote of the springs' healing properties.

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01 Feb, 2014

There's more than one way to reach the summit of America's Mountain. Sure, you can hike but if you're in a hurry, hit the highway - the Pikes Peak Highway.

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