Come escape and unwind at this charming Spanish-style bungalow nestled beneath the Garden of the Gods Park in historic Manitou Springs! 'Manitou' is the Native American word for 'spirit' and after you spend time here and the surrounding area, your spirits will definitely become awakened and refreshed.
The bungalow sits high above the road taking you away from all your worries. Snuggle into this quaint bungalow and wake up gorgeous Colorado sunshine and blue skies. Relax in the breakfast nook as you enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and hopefully a visit from one of our local deer. Breathe crisp and cool air as you take a morning hike or bike through a national landmark (Garden of the Gods) - right in your backyard!
Explore Manitou’s unique shopping district, take a sip from one of the nine named mineral springs and stop by the local cafe for a cup of coffee or soothing pot of tea. Later, return 'home' to sit on the deck and enjoy the surrounding mountain range and watching the sky turn bright pink and orange at sunset - all while the barbecue heats up for an awesome grilling experience.
The house is not air-conditioned but we have found if you keep the blinds shut during the day and open the windows at night, most evenings are cool and the ceiling fans provide any cooling needed.
Feel like exploring? Experience the Manitou Incline or one of the local hiking and biking trails just minutes away. Enjoy a soak (and yoga) at the SunWater Spa less than 1/2 mile west on the same street. Stop in for a local beer at the Buffalo Bike Lodge east on the same street walking distance. Shuttle stop to town or take the walking path to the city pool for indoor swimming, gym, and outside kiddie pool.
Enjoy beautiful drives and hiking, tourist stops like the Olympic Training Center, Air Force Academy, Cave of the Winds, and much more. Take a hike, bike, drive, and even run up to the top of the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak! Skiing is available within two hours at several places (which are open in the summer for some great mountain biking)!
Shop for antiques and souvenirs in Old Colorado City, at wholesale outlets in Castle Rock and Dillon and at the Shops at Briargate and Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs. Just ten minutes away downtown Colorado Springs has many unique shops. Wine and dine at local micro-breweries such as Manitou Brewing Company and Bristol Brewery at Ivywild.
Take a stroll past millionaire mansions (Cripple Creek Gold) on Wood Avenue and head to The Broadmoor Hotel which is a beautiful site to explore, as are the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Roger’s Shrine, and Seven Falls. As for other museums, the Fine Art’s Center is stocked with art from all over the region and the Pioneer Museum is a fun place to learn Colorado history.
Other nearby attractions include Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Florissant Fossil Beds, Royal Gorge, Western Mining Museum, Rockledge Ranch (run the old fashioned way with a blacksmith, antiques, etc.), regular and fly fishing, gold medal fishing, pay for what you catch fishing, and tons of hiking trails.
Gamblers will want to try their luck at Cripple Creek casinos. Cripple Creek, once a booming mining town, also offers local mine and jeep tours. Attend interesting local events such as Manitou Mardi Gras parade. Emma Crawford Coffin Races, Springspree, Cripple Creek Ice Festival, Donkey Derby Days, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the Labor Day balloon festival, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Auto Race, etc.
E-mail for more information about the bungalow, local events, or the area - or call us at the number listed below. We are natives of the 'Springs,' and know all the best restaurants and site seeing in the city, and state! We'll help, or not! Just let us know. We’ll keep books and articles about the area in the house, as well as maps for visitors who want to spend a few days driving and exploring ALL of Colorado!
Happy vacationing from our family to yours ~ Karyl, David, Alison, Mike, Owen, & Hilary!