Historic Manitou Springs
Manitou is just west of Colorado Springs, about 6 miles from one downtown to the other. Plan on about 10-15 minutes for the drive, depending on traffic.
Being tucked up against the mountains and a slightly higher elevation, Manitou Springs enjoys pretty mild weather year around. The highs in the summer average around 85 degrees, and though there are cold, snowy winter days, there are many beautiful, sunny 50 and even 60 degree days.
Manitou is a great place to spend an evening out. There are over 20 locally-owned restaurants, ranging from locally-sourced vegetarian, to one of the best burgers you’ll ever have. Enjoy Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian or good old meat and potatoes. The bars and pubs have just as much variety, whether you’re looking for a place to belly-up, or wine replete with sommelier.
You have to check out the Penny Arcade, for both the kids and your inner child. There are also several great parks, or take them on a walking tour of the mineral springs and decide which is your favorite.