You must not miss the Gardens...
You must not miss the Gardens of the Gods. Spectacular even on a sloudy day! My evening at the Manitou Springs Dinner Theatre, and the trip up the Cog Wheel Train to Pikes Peak. We did not go up the mountain on our second trip, and did not have time to check out the theatre, but we will always remember it. Very entertaining and beautiful.
A brief outline of Colorado Skiing
A brief outline of Colorado Skiing from plaque of Colorado Springs sculpture “About the End of an Era – Circa 1960”:
“The first documented use of skies in Colorado occurred in a snowbound mining camp during the winter of 1859 – 1860 near presentday Breckenridge. Ten men left in camp made skis and traveled downvalley where they built a cabin and claimed a town site called Eldorado West. By 1911, Norwegian-born Carl Howelson introduced ski jumping in Colorado. Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs bears his name. Skiing grew gradually, spurred in part by the 1932 Winter Olympic held at Lake Placid, New York. By World War II, civilians convinced the War Department that mountain troops were essential to pursuing the global conflict. This effort resulted in the establishment of the elite 10th Mountain Division. The mountain troopers trained at Camp Hale, near Leadville, Colorado. The division became famous when it defeated German forces in decisive battles in the Apennine Mountains of northern Italy. Once back in civilian life, many of the former ski troopers became instrumental in the expansion of the sport. Today, Colorado’s ski resorts are leaders in the international ski industry.
Bear Creek Nature Center Trails
Two mails of self-guiding nature trails along Bear Creek in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Wildlife is abundant in the area, but you probably won't see much unless you're there at dawn or dusk. (No pets permitted on trails.)
Erotic Exotic Fetish Ball
Enter the world of Hip Hop. Me and a date ventured out to the acclaimed "2nd Annual Fantasy, Flesh, and Fetish Ball" that they were advertising everywhere. I have pretty high standards when it comes to these kind of balls, especially being molded by the famed "Sin City" of Vancouver, B.C. The night was a disappointment when it comes to fetish. It was a disappointment in terms of music. The club was very nice, good staff, good specials. Free drinks till midnight, you couldn't beat that. $10 cover, even beats most other fetish night covers. The place was jammed packed with hundreds in attendance, and quite a lineup to get in. But they didn't care what people wore to get in. No strict dress code. There were lots of hipsters in their jeans and t-shirts and baseball caps. I think for a "Fetish night" - strict dress should be enforced. Any holders of such a night without such, ruins the very concept of the night.
Hell, they could have simply enforced "costume" and it would have been better. There was nothing fetish about the night, except perhaps a few individual costumes involving pvc or leather. Fantasy was covered with a good array of costumes - but hey, it's Halloween. Anything sexual as is a usual feature to "Fetish and Sex Nights"? Nope. It was a hyped up Halloween Costume Party blaring Hip Hop. Not impressed. Rated 2 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/29/2005. Obviously not.
Excellent Game Meats!
Great service and a fantastic fine dining experience! The Craftwood Inn has a very cozy, Colorado lodge feel to it, large fireplace in the dining area and small rooms that make your eating experience feel more intimate and cozy-I loved it.
Built in 1912, it stands today as a symbol of a different type of pioneer. While most think early Colorado was filled with cowboys, cavalry, Indians, trappers, traders and miners; there was another pioneer spirit whose ghost still walks the streets of Manitou Springs. It was the artist and the craftsman who also came to Colorado seeking freedom and creativity in a natural setting.
Roland Bautwell built The Craftwood Inn and The Onaledge Bed & Breakfast, both fine examples of English Country Tudor. In Bautwell's time, Colorado Springs was known as little London. He was an Englishman, an architect, a builder, a photographer and a coppersmith. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement that moved from Europe to the Americas at the turn of the century. The movement was man's humanistic and artistic response to the industrial revolution. Taking the technology of the day and utilizing it for artistic expression within a natural environment was the central theme of the Arts and Crafts movement. For many, Colorado was the ideal setting for such endeavors.
In 1940, The Craftwood became a restaurant. In its heyday the cuisine was exquisite, attracting dignitaries and celebrities in search of fine food and ambience. Cary Grant and Bing Crosby lunched by the window seat and Lawrence Welk and Liberace were also frequent guests. An owner of the Hope Diamond leased the entire estate one summer as did Harry Truman's daughter on another occasion. I enjoyed the Pheasant en Crute dinner which is a Boneless breast of Pheasant stuffed with celery, zucchini, Colorado Harvest Moon and Smoked Gouda, wrapped in phyllo pastry and baked. Served with light Fontina cream sauce and roasted garlic linguine. Delicious!
We also had the appetizer tray that allowed us to sample the many different types of meats you will find at the Craftwood Inn: Combination Appetizer ... Pistachio Pesto Ravioli, Roulade of Bison, Wild Game Quesadilla and Sautéed Loin of Ostrich. I see that it has increased in price from $25 to $35! It is an expensive appetizer plate, but I really enjoyed trying the different types of meats, especially the Ostrich!!
Regional Colorado Cuisine
Wild Game: Elk, Venison, Buffalo, Caribou, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Pheasant and Duck
Full Service Bar
Wine List and Champagnes