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Manitou Springs Wrap Up

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

We had a wonderful time exploring the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. The apartment we had in Manitou Springs was perfectly located to all the things we wanted to do. It's a very touristy town and we knew it would be, but I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else. Everything we needed and wanted to do was only a few miles away. I have a feeling I might think differently during the summer, but fall is a great time to visit.

We could walk to restaurants and shops, although we only ate in MS a few times. We found restaurants we liked better a few miles away in Old Colorado City. We ate lunch out every day and dinner in, it just seemed easier that way. We enjoyed sitting on our little balcony and relaxing in the evening. I'm sure we could have found another week's worth of activities to keep us busy, but fall has really arrived and feels much more like winter to us...so it was time to move south.

The streets of Manitou Springs.

We were in town for Halloween and they really celebrate here. This is just one of the decorated skeletons we saw.
Fountain Creek runs through town. It ran through the park that was across the street from our apartment.
Views from our apartment. It was wonderful at any time of day.
We had a nice dinner at the Cliff House our first night in Manitou Springs. The Cliff House at Pikes Peak was built in the 1873 and has been open to guests longer than Colorado has been a state. We both had the Rocky Mountain Trout and we shared a Grand Marnier Soufflé. It was an excellent meal. 
Old Colorado City offered more diversity shops and restaurants and was only three miles away.
We enjoyed quite a few great meals while in the Colorado Springs area. We had lunch at Monse's Pupuseria one day. It's a El Salvadorian restaurant specializing in pupusas. They were very good. 

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