We didn’t go to tearoom, however, I heard some good overviews about it. Possibly, it is really worth to try. Refer to Castle’s web site where you can find tearoom’s menu and price list.
11 am to 4 pm, Tue – Sat, closed Sunday and Monday.
Take a picture in old time photography style. They shop has photos examples in its windows, so you may see how other people look like, then pick up the costume you want, and look like you were born in 1800s.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou, Colorado - At the Foot of Pikes Peak
A private sector owned cliff dwellings and museum preserved under a red sandstone overhang, is an authentic Anasazi cliff dwelling that was built over 700 years ago. (1200 BC - AD 1300) Next to the dwellings is a 3-story Pueblo that houses the museum and gift shop. A bit commercialized, as one would expect by a private sector owned site, but it houses lots of history, artifacts, and ruins. Very informative. Some Indian tribal descendants periodical come to do Indian Dances as they performed this date I visited - very empowering and entertaining. (even though its touristy) I give this site a 4 stars out of 5 for a "tourist" stop, if rated with state and federal parks, it would be a 3 star.
We took the world highest Cog railway and were surprised to sit in "our" old Gornergrat cog railway in Zermatt. Don't forget to make reservation at least 1 day ahead. The $ 26.-- are well worth the price. You will enjoy wonderful 360° panoramic views at the 14'110 foot summit.
Even on a sunny day it can get cold up there especially if the wind blows hard. When we were there in June we had only about 28 degrees F and this was rather too cold to stay outside in shorts!
You get the best views from Eagle's Nest, after climbing 185 steps. Okay there is also an elevator....
The falls are pretty small but nice to look at.
You can also walk up 224 steps along the falls (and there is no elevator). To hike to the midnight fall will take you another 20 min. This hike leads through a wonderful forest where you can hear and observe many birds.
Seven Falls is open year round.
A large cave with many stalagmites and stalactites can be seen on a guided tour for $ 15.-- which lasts about 3/4 of an hour. We haven't had to wait for a long time but may be in high season the queue will be long.
The caves are open year round, summer 9 am to 9 pm, winter 10 am to 5 pm.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a wonderful place to experience the architecture of the ancient Anasazi. It is a rather small place so half a day is enough time to see it.
It's open year round, June, July + August 9 am to 8 pm, May and September 9 am to 6 pm, October - April 9 am to 5 pm.
The cliff dwellings at Manitou Springs have long been a favored destination for tourists. They are in a very accessible location, so close to Colorado Springs, and easily visited with little climbing or effort involved. So - if your goal is an introduction to the life of the Anasazi (The Ancient Ones) and other lost cliff dwelling tribes, this is a good place to start. This is especially true if you're traveling with children and don't want to get far off the tourist track to see a cliff dwelling.
However, if you have seen sites such as Mesa Verde National Park or Bandolier, you will be a little disappointed. Manitou Cliff Dwellings shows poorly disguised signs of recent renovation, lots of sidewalks for the tourists, and is very commercialized.
For further photos, see my travelogues for the cliff dwellings.
Discovered in 1880, the cave contains examples of every sort of major limestone formation. There is a 45 minute tour through the main rooms. But try the more adventurous 3 hour explorer's tour if you're not claustrophobic
Memorial Park, east of Manitou Avenue, has some art works, and also gazebo where many weddings are held.
Come to Manitou Springs to watch Christmas Parade. There you can see Santa Claus, old cars, horse riders, and dogs show.
The museum has some old women clothes of Victorian time: every day dresses, nun’s dress, and wedding dress. Notice how small people were those days.
The carpet hanging downstairs is reported to have been commissioned by King Umberto of Italy. It is a commemorative piece of the United States. He had 43 made to represent 43 different countries.
The Castle has many styles mixed together. For example, one of the windows on the top of the staircase, the left one, is Venetian Ogee while the one on the right is Gothic.
The views are really fantastic. You can see Colorado Springs as well as the snow-capped Rocky Mountains