History Buff

Day 2

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History Buff — Day 2

Pikes Peak or Bust, the mantra of many early settlers heading to this region in hopes of striking it rich during our gold rush days. Today, that is the perfect mantra for History Buffs coming here to learn about those early characters and get a glimpse of the life they enjoyed.

Start the day off right

We sent you for donuts and biscuits and gravy yesterday, so today we’re sending you to one of most health-conscious restaurants in town. Adam’s Mountain Cafe has been educating locals about slow, intentional food for over 30 years now and they locally source as much of their food as they can. I recommend the Huevos Rancheros, though it may ruin all other Huevos for you, forever.

Historic Manitou Springs

One of the West's first tourist destinations

Start your visit at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce. They’re friendly volunteers will help you curate the perfect day in this charming little town. The town is full of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and character — both the town and it’s people! Sit for a spell and enjoy a little people watching, or enjoy a few vintage games at the Penny Arcade. Be sure to look for the cold drinkable mineral springs scattered throughout town — the original draw to the area, believed to have tremendous health benefits.

Local’s Tip: The Manitou Chamber has collapsible drinking cups and a map with all the mineral springs. See if you can find all eight!
Time allowance: 3-4 hours

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Miramont Castle

High tea and history mecca!

Originally built by a wealthy priest in the 1890’s, Miramont Castle boast 7 different styles of architecture and houses many rooms of period furniture and clothing. Over the years, the castle has also been the recipient of many private collections and boast a firefighter display, a collection of WWI artifacts, and a sizable bit of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb memorabilia.

Local’s Tip: Be sure to call ahead for reservations for the Victorian High Tea 719-685-1011
Time allowance: 2-3 hours

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Time for dinner!

Manitou is teeming with awesome restaurants. The Keg has great burgers, an awesome berry salad, and a steak that’s slap-your-mama good. The Loop has great Mexican food and even better margaritas. And Swirl is a quaint little wine bar with great wine-worthy food like tapas and cheese boards.

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