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Get In Shape On the Challenging Manitou Incline

17 Apr, 2020

Every destination has a secret spot that only locals know about.

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Get Back to Nature in North Cheyenne Canon Park

02 Mar, 2020

Spring is in the air and warm weather is just around the corner! It’s time to get into the great outdoors and enjoy all the beauty that Manitou Springs has to offer.

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Enjoy a Romantic Valentine's Day Getaway

03 Feb, 2020

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day getaway the most memorable one yet.

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Cheer on the Festivities at the Fruitcake Toss

06 Jan, 2020

There is so much to celebrate in January: the start of a new year, a new decade, and the return of our favorite annual tradition—the Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss!

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Experience the Holidays in Manitou Springs

02 Dec, 2019

Do you feel it? The crisp air of the holiday season is here! It’s our favorite time of year and in Manitou Springs, we take our festive celebrations seriously—transforming our quiet mountain town into a peaceful, jolly getaway to celebrate the season.

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Ditch the Malls and Shop Small in Manitou Springs

04 Nov, 2019

Thanksgiving may steal the spotlight in most places this month, but when it comes to Manitou Springs, we hold a special place in our hearts for the shopping tradition that follows a couple of days after.

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Welcome Halloween at the Annual Coffin Races

07 Oct, 2019

We may be a little bias, but Manitou Springs knows how to do Halloween. Sure, pumpkin patches and haunted house tours are fun, but have you ever attended a coffin race? This year you can at the annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races.

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Taste the Best of Manitou Springs' Eats and Drinks

03 Sep, 2019

On your vacation to Manitou Springs, great eats and refreshing libations are a must!

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Plan an Off-Roading Adventure

05 Aug, 2019

Part of what makes Manitou Springs, and Colorado in general, so mesmerizing is its close ties to the Old West nostalgia of the US.

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Swing Into This Fun Fourth of July at the Park

01 Jul, 2019

Can you feel it? The undeniable buzz of summer is in full swing! With the Fourth of July right around the corner, now is the perfect time to visit our charming Manitou Springs.

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Meet Beautiful Wolves at This Exclusive Event

03 Jun, 2019

Ever wanted to meet real wolves up close? You won’t want to miss out on this exclusive opportunity June 15.

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Make the Most Out of Your Visit to the Garden of the Gods

06 May, 2019

Close to our property, the Garden of the Gods is one of Colorado’s most iconic and impressive sites.

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Discover a Local Secret at Rainbow Falls

01 Apr, 2019

One of our most favorite aspects of living in Manitou Springs is our close proximity to breathtaking trails, hikes, and views. One of the town’s best kept secrets? Rainbow Falls.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras the Manitou Springs Way

01 Mar, 2019

Grab your beads and get ready for a weekend full of festivities as Manitou Springs celebrates Mardi Gras!

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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 its 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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