Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Take a break from the Holiday craziness and enjoy the beauty of the Season

What better way to celebrate the beauty of the Holiday season than to participate in the 113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  This year the count starts on December 14 and runs through January 5. For over one hundred years this has been a family tradition - making a contribution to science and conservation.  This Audubon adventure is the longest-running wildlife census. So come equipped with binoculars, bird guides and enthusiasm.  Locally, the Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs) will hold a Count on Saturday, December 15th at 8:30 am.  This event is free but the Center is asking for a $5.00 donation for bird seed! Reservations are necessary at 719-520-6387. So while enjoying the beauty of nature we also invite you to experience the Pikes Peak Area by staying at one of our warm and cozy member B&Bs.  Who knows what kinds of birds you might see right from your Inn?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November is Give Thanks Month for Pikes Peak Area Bed and Breakfasts

The Bed and Breakfasts of the Pikes Peak Area have a lot to be thankful for this year.  November is a wonderful month to gather with friends and family in the Pikes Peak Region and kick off the Holiday season. 

After a long summer the Pikes Peak area is still filled with B&B lodging accommodations and welcoming innkeepers who will nurture your soul.  We all give thanks for the safety of our homes and our businesses and also to all the new friends we have made this year and the future guests who will come to experience our region this Holiday season. 

We invite you to gather at our member Inns and eat, drink and be merry during your stay.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Manitou Springs Pikes Peak Cog Railroad

There are many attractions in the Pikes Peak area, and one of the best is the Manitou Springs Pikes Peak Cog Railroad.

Pikes Peak, at an elevation of 14,110 feet is Colorado's most famous and popular mountain. It is where the song "America the Beautiful" was inspired and written about. The summit can be accessed by road, hiking trails, and the Cog Railway.

The train began taking passengers to the top of Pikes Peak in 1891, and has been operating consistently ever since. It is the highest railroad in Colorado, and the second highest in the world.

While on the train the conductor will share stories of history about the mountain, residents, and the train. It's a great way to learn some of the local Colorado history while enjoying some spectacular views.

The train is now open year round. It's a fantastic way to sit back and enjoy the beautiful Colorado scenery while being taken to the top of America's mountain, Pikes Peak, and learn some history while on your way to one of the most famous mountains in the United States.

There are a number of Manitou Springs Bed and Breakfast Inns you can lodge at while enjoying the train, as well as many other inns in Pikes Peak.

Many of our Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers can help you with finding the Pikes Peak Railway, and can assist in helping to make reservations as well.

So come experience a piece of Colorado history and beauty, and be a guest at our Colorado Bed and Breakfast Inns as well.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park

Halloween Happenings!!!

Halloween is getting bigger and bigger every year.  Here are some of the events going on around the Pikes Peak region.  If you are out and about why not relax at one of the local bed and breakfasts after all of the Halloween fun.

Colorado Springs – Halloween Costume Carnival – Oct 26th – 4-8PM. Starsmore Discovery Center – 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, 80906 – 719-385-6086  North Cheyenne Canon will have fun for the whole family. 

Colorado Springs – Haunted Mines – Sept 20 – Oct 31, Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus Oct 30 and 31st.   Check out for more information.   Western Museum of Mining and Industry – 225 North Gate Blvd. 80921  Tickets: $15 – 719-488-0880

Colorado Springs – Trick r’ Treat at the Museum – Oct 31st – 10AM – 5PM.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum – 215 S. Tejon Street, 80903.  There will be a scavenger hunt and exhibits so wear a great costume.

Colorado Springs – Space and Science Fiction Halloween Ball – Oct 27th – 6:30-11:30PM.  $20 in advance.  Space Foundation – 4425 Arrowswest Drive, 80907, 719-576-8000.  DJ Dance Music, Cash Bar, Costume Contest and classic Sci-Fi films.

Colorado Springs – Noche de Los Muertos – Oct 27th – 7:30 PM.  Marmalade at Smokebrush – 219 West Colorado Avenue – Suite 210, 80903, 719-444-1012.  $15 in Advance. A fire show, dance, performance art and great music.

Colorado Springs – BOO at the ZOO – Oct 26-28th – 4-9PM.  Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – 719-633-9925, ext. 111.

Woodland Park – HalloWINE – Oct 27th – 4-8PM.  Woodland Park will have wine tasting rooms and art gallery showings.  Best costume contest.  Downtown Woodland Park – 719-686-1409.

Woodland Park – A Halloween Celebration – Oct 27th – 1-2:30PM.  Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center – 201 S. Fairview St, 80863.  719-686-1820.  Celebration included with museum admission.  Learn how to be a puppeteer and make your own puppet.  Costume contest.  Treat bags and Halloween stories.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Parade

Emma Crawford's Victorian Wake 
Miramont Castle
Friday, October 26, 2012 6 PM -

Make reservations early 719-685-1011

Emma Crawford's Coffin Race and Parade
Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:00 PM 

Find an area B&B for your weekend lodging.

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Miss Emma Crawford.

 In 1889 Emma came to Manitou Springs in search of her health. She was accompanied by her mother and her fiance, Mr. William Hildebrand. It was the young couples greatest desire that Emma, who suffered from consumption, would benefit from Manitous healing waters and crisp mountain air. She partook of them both abundantly and freely on her many walks in the area and up Red Mountain.

Emma rallied and was busily preparing for her wedding. Life was a blessing indeed. But fate held a different card and the Reaper was not to leave with empty hands. Emma succumbed. She had requested to be buried atop Red Mountain.  Some years later her remains washed down the moutainside due to harsh rains.

In her honor, Saturday, October 27, at 12 noon come watch the Parade of coffins and then the Race up Mantiou Avenue in  Historic Manitou Springs. There are 50 teams participating. Following the race  merchants will have the Emma Crawford Estate Sidewalk Sale.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall is coming to the Front Range!

I'm looking out our library window right now at the scene you see here.  We had a wonderful soaking rain yesterday and it has left our most significant landmark with a spectacular mantle of snow.  There hasn't been snow on our side of the peak since early summer, May probably.  The North facing slopes have snow year round and the rest of the mountain CAN get snow any month of the year but not this year.
You'll notice that the snow doesn't come down very far.  We get snow here in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs but not a lot.  For instance, I rarely shovel my parking lot more than once or twice a winter.  Dusting occur regularly but it often warms up during the day enough to melt the snow and dry the pavement.  That's what I like about winter in this beautiful part of our beautiful state - winter but not a lot of it.
But I digress, this is about FALL.  Temps have fallen a bit with day time highs in the low 70's and nights in the mid 40's, with the cooler temps there's an increased chance of afternoon rains (a blessing to be sure).  The mornings are usually bright and sunny (like the photo above) with clear blue skies stretching along the front range.  The cooler temps bring the change in tree color as well.  The Aspens turn a bright golden yellow and are augmented by maroon bushes and shrubs (Burning Bush is one of them) and, of course the deep green of the evergreen Fir and Pine.  We're probably a couple weeks away from the color peak but there are already some fine areas to drive, bike or hike through.

Fall is my favorite season, great daytime temps (whether your working or playing) and sleeping comfort like you can't believe.  We can leave the furnace fans off and heat and cool the house simply by opening or closing a few windows.  All of the area attractions are still open but the crowds are mostly gone as are the families with kids.

Come and see for yourself what a truly special place this is.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bed and Breakfast Recipes, Bed and Breakfast Cookbook

Breakfast is an important part of a Bed and Breakfast Inn, and many of our Colorado Innkeepers are well known for prize winning recipes.

The Bed and Breakfasts of the Pikes Peak Area Innkeepers have put together several Bed and Breakfast Cookbooks over the years, and are currently selling the 3rd installment of our latest cookbook, Inn the Kitchen Three.

Here is a recipe that is in our current cookbook, submitted by Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins:


  • 4 canned peach halves, drained; or fresh peaches with skins and pits removed
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
  • Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange peach halves in small baking dish, cut side up.
Prepare macaroon mixture in a small bowl by combining almonds, coconut, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly.
Top each peach half with macaroon mixture. Bake 8-10 minutes, until the topping is lightly toasted.
While baking, prepare cinnamon cream (below).
Remove to serving dishes and top with cinnamon cream. Garnish with mean leaves if desired.

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Sir together all ingredients and chill until ready to serve.

Serves 4