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Old 11-21-2009, 08:47 PM
 
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Have a question...we are looking for a spot in Manitou to spend the weekend. Not a busy b&b, but a private rental or hotel within a mille or so from downtown. Also, if anyone has a suggestion for a nice, dimly lit, cool pub or restaraunt...thank you so much!
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:53 PM
 
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There is a beautiful restored Victorian hotel called The Cliff House one block off the main drag. Even if you don't stay there, go have a drink. If you like Tiki, the only remaining original Tiki restaurant / bar in Colorado is in Manitou. It's called Castaways. Very cool place. The decor is amazing. The food is pretty good too. It's part of a motel a few blocks before the downtown.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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Wink The real springs

Unfortunately I haven't spent enough time in Manitou Springs to answer your question exactly. But certainly like the place, with a few suggestions as well.

If staying in Manitou Springs, The Cliff House might be my chosen lodging. This based solely from their web site, although I may have walked past it once. Generally, it has the type of location I would seek.

Which leads me to suggest that Manitou Springs is a very walkable place, and if your chosen lodging within the town itself, rather than on the periphery, that one might not only leave the car largely parked, but likely make the stay all the more pleasant. There are of course many good lodging options in nearby Colorado Springs, more than a few as one nears Manitou Springs, with quite possibly that address, but the aficionado might well wish to remain very much within town. Once there you will probably understand what I am speaking about, whether agreeing or not, as there is a distinct difference between being there or not.

Also, as the name suggests, they have any number of small natural springs scattered about town. They are surely all worth exploring. Most, if not all, have long since been encapsulated within small structures, which can have a certain charm. These springs are literally in the center of town. One, a bit more hidden, can be found just off the road leading west to the trams. It is overarched by a simple wooden roof, no walls. As with at least some of the others, the water runs forth free and clear from the fountain for all to partake of. Nectar of this Earth.
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