Itinerary Day 3

Family Sampler

Breakfast

Energize

If you want a truly gigantic cinnamon roll, you’ll want to show up bright and early to Mountain Shadows in Old Colorado City, because they sell out super fast. But, don’t be too sad if you miss your chance, there’s a stack of fruit-covered pancakes with your name on it. Be sure to peruse their green chili specialties, too!

Cave-of-the-Winds-Tour

Cave of the Winds

Take your adventure back in time and underground

Thrilled by the idea of spelunking, but not exactly equipped with ropes, helmets, maps and other cave gear? Explore Cave of the Winds! The Discovery Tour takes you past formations including Giant’s Bleeding Heart and the Temple of Silence, not to mention cave staples like stalactites, stalagmites and underground streams. At the gift shop, you can add to your rock collection (we know you have one) and pan for gemstones.

Tips

  • You can actually throw a wedding in two different areas of the caves. For small gatherings, ask about the Bridal Chamber. For (slightly) bigger groups, ask about Canopy Hall!

Time

  • On-site: 3-4 hours
  • Travel: ~20 min

Take-away

Look into their above ground packages.  They’ll save you money and let you try a lot more activities.

Lunch

Power up

Head further west to Wines of Colorado and find options for every taste. We think the smoked garlic is utterly delightful and there are even more interesting treats, like veal bratwurst and buffalo lasagna. We strongly suggest dessert (ahem, raspberry white chocolate cheesecake).

Pikes Peak - America's Mountain

Views and fun at 14,115 feet

They say that half the fun of going somewhere is the journey to get there. Pikes Peak takes that adage very seriously, providing a scenic highway that winds up the mountain and offers several places to stop off and relish the beauty of the region. And when you reach your destination? You can see for miles in every direction. By the way, there are hot, fresh donuts and homemade fudge, too.

Thankful Pikes Peak

Tips

  • Give your car a break on the way down. Drive in low gear so your brakes don’t get too hot — otherwise, you’ll have to pull over and hang out till they cool. Yes, someone is there to check.

Time

  • On-site: 3-4 hours
  • Travel: ~15 min

Take-away

Watch for wildlife, marmots and deer are common, pika, mountain goats, elk and moose are a special treat to spot.  And then there’s Bigfoot. . . 

Supper time

Wind down

The Crystal Park Cantina is one of Manitou Springs’ iconic little gems for a number of great reasons.  Most importantly, the food and drinks are totally on point — we like to smother everything with chili, green / red / or Christmas.  But the atmosphere and the owners are about as Colorado as they can be.  Tucked a short ways off mainstreet, and owned and operated by a local legend (Manitou grad who played for the Broncos) this place is best experienced first hand.