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Old 05-08-2019, 05:50 PM
 
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We're thinking of taking a trip to Breckenridge for a few days. Is it very similar to Manitou Springs, especially in town?
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:56 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Not really.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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No...and you will find very snobby, uppity, pretentious people in
Breck...not in Manitou! Bars were better, but still not by much...service was slow, laxidazical. sp?
(I have money...there was nothing to be snobby about...they are 'just clerks'...
very funny....go, you'll see. Galleries were the same.)
Made me laugh.

But, I know some friends' kids in their 20s there....typical ski bums...
similar to Calif surfer bums (usually from $$)...they don't care about anything but themselves...so there is that air there.

Not in Manitou.


Night life and debauchery is better in Breck.
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Old 05-08-2019, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Breckenridge is a ski town; Manitou is an old mining(?) town. Breckenridge has a really pretty location in the mountains; Manitou sits at the foot of a mountain right outside Colorado Springs.

When are you thinking of going? Ski towns are busy in the winter and summer. Not so busy in the shoulder seasons. Mud season is in the Spring after the lifts close and a lot of businesses take a break.

Both rely on tourist traffic for money. Too bad Miss Hepburn had a bad experience in Breck. I've never found it to be as she described.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:48 PM
 
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Breckenridge is a ski town; Manitou is an old mining(?) town. Breckenridge has a really pretty location in the mountains; Manitou sits at the foot of a mountain right outside Colorado Springs.

When are you thinking of going? Ski towns are busy in the winter and summer. Not so busy in the shoulder seasons. Mud season is in the Spring after the lifts close and a lot of businesses take a break.

Both rely on tourist traffic for money. Too bad Miss Hepburn had a bad experience in Breck. I've never found it to be as she described.
Actually, Manitou SPRINGS started out as a sort of spa. Its many springs were considered to have medicinal qualities and people built vacation homes there so that they could come and take the waters - many TB patients did this.

Trivia fact of the evening: Manitou's next door neighbor has no springs at all, but that didn't stop it from stealing part of Manitou's name and calling itself Colorado SPRINGS.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:56 PM
 
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Actually, Manitou SPRINGS started out as a sort of spa. Its many springs were considered to have medicinal qualities and people built vacation homes there so that they could come and take the waters - many TB patients did this.

Trivia fact of the evening: Manitou's next door neighbor has no springs at all, but that didn't stop it from stealing part of Manitou's name and calling itself Colorado SPRINGS.
There are free springs still available for consumption all over town. Some are effervescent, some are mineral laden. Thereís a website with tasting notes. A few are right in downtown.
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:05 PM
 
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Actually, Manitou SPRINGS started out as a sort of spa. Its many springs were considered to have medicinal qualities and people built vacation homes there so that they could come and take the waters - many TB patients did this.

Trivia fact of the evening: Manitou's next door neighbor has no springs at all, but that didn't stop it from stealing part of Manitou's name and calling itself Colorado SPRINGS.
Well there is at least one - Tahama Spring in Monument Valley Park which is not functional right now - it is currently capped after damage in floods in the 30s and 60s. You can still go see the lowly cap. And there are other springs which were never capitalized such as the spring flowing in Stratton Open Space. There's another one that flows between I-25 and highway 85-87 down near the World Arena area - you can see the water in the ditch if you look for it. There are others that are treated similarly poorly.
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Old 05-09-2019, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Agree with others above on most points. Manitou is much more eclectic and funky laid back place. Breck is ski town, full of psuedo glitz. I'd call it the commoners Aspen. Its a ski resort town so it is riff with galleries, touristy stuff, and is spendy for nearly everything, but a little less so than Vail and Aspen. Manitou has maintained more of its historic charm in more of the town. Breck has had to expand and modernize most of itself beyond its core historic area.

Breck is all about outdoor sports and recreation in both winter and summer. Manitou is considerably less focused on that, although it is home to The Mt. Manitou Incline, which has gained international attention as a physical challenge.
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Old 05-09-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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I used to like to bring visitors to Manitou Springs before and after taking them up the Cog Railway (which is reopening in 2021!) for drinks and something to eat. We always had a good time. I never thought it was anything like Breck though. Odd comparison.
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Trivia fact of the evening: Manitou's next door neighbor has no springs at all, but that didn't stop it from stealing part of Manitou's name and calling itself Colorado SPRINGS.
Actually that is not entirely correct There was a spring documented in 1880 on the west bank of Monument Creek, in what is now Monument Valley Park, it was popular with locals and also used for medicinal purposes.

As it became well known and increasingly popular it was named The Tahama Spring and in 1926 a beautiful pavilion with a tile roof was erected around it. In 1935 the pavilion and the spring were damaged in the Memorial Day Flood and in 1965 another flood destroyed the pavilion. The spring was capped in 1965.

There is a concrete pad (which was the floor of the original pavilion) with a stone cairn where the spring is, most people have no idea what it was. There has been some talk in recent years of rebuilding a pavilion and reopening the spring.

Edit: Oops somehow missed that Otowi already posted above about the Tahama Spring! Sorry for the redundancy.

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