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5 Dishes to Try When Visiting Colorado

Colorado has a colorful scene for foodies. There are countless amazing dishes to try at restaurants all over the state. So where can you get a truly fantastic meal out of so many options? Here’s our list of 5 favorite dishes to try when visiting Colorado.

5 Favorite Colorado Dishes for Foodies 

1.  Palisade Peach Caprese Salad -- 626 on Rood, Grand Junction
The typical Caprese salad gets jazzed up in this dish. The area is known for Palisades peaches, and fresh ones adorn this mix of crisp basil and mozzarella, topped with a sauce made from tequila aged in a wooden barrel and infused with mint, basil, and smoked paprika.

DINING_Dinner Dining Wine Cheers Party Concept2.  Rosemary Grilled Buffalo -- Laughing Ladies, Salida
Lean cuts of buffalo are grilled and served with polenta, crispy fried onions, and a special poblano chili pesto butter. Poblanos are mild chili peppers that add a distinct southwestern flair.

3.  Colorado Stream Trout – San Luis Valley Brewing Company, Alamosa
Colorado’s favorite fish is baked in the oven and served with seasoned butter and a generous portion of roasted red potatoes, mashed potatoes, or wild rice. This is a classic answer to the question of what to eat in Colorado.

4.  Blackberry Truffle – Mouse’s Chocolates, Ouray
Belgian chocolate - milk, dark, or white - enrobes a blackberry infused chocolate filling. These are luscious little bites of heaven and one of the must try foods in Colorado.

5.  Colorado Springs
A themed buffet of CO comfort foods features a tender prime rib of beef cut to order. It’s complemented by a side of au jus and creamy horseradish.

Eat Your Way Around Colorado
It’s definitely worth it to try out these favorite Colorado dishes for foodies. While you’re eating your way around Colorado, we invite you to stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Of course, we think enjoying one of the many meals offered at our resort is the perfect dining experience.

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Plan the Perfect Fall Getaway in Colorado Springs

Colorado is known for its beautiful scenery and stunning mountain vistas. However, Colorado in the fall is even more breathtaking. Colored leaves crown the hilltops and the mountainsides with gold, rust, orange, scarlet, and yellow. In particular, the Aspen trees native to the region will be changing colors in a brief yet spectacular display. To truly enjoy these autumn sights, read on and discover the best rides and drives to see Aspen fall leaves in Colorado Springs.

Cheyenne Fall Bike TourFall Drives in Colorado Springs
The perfect fall getaway to Colorado Springs should include taking a jaunt through one of nature’s best shows, the changing leaves. Some of the best drives through the area include Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway in Southeast Colorado; Grand Junction to Grand Mesa in Northwest Colorado; Southwest Colorado’s Kebler Pass; and South Central Colorado’s Cottonwood Pass. The latter route in particular has the most Aspens in various stages of change throughout the season.

Fall Bike Tours
A great way to get out in nature and see the spectacular fall color in a leisurely manner is with fall bike tours. Kebler Pass needs to be mentioned again for its gorgeous and thick Aspen stand; meanwhile, the Scenic and Historic Byways that cross the state are also excellent biking opportunities. For fall-lovers who are also adventure-seekers, Vail Mountain has trails for mountain biking that let you travel down through the trees. Easier paths are also available for those who wish for a carefree ride in the crisp autumn air.

Whether you bike or drive through the gorgeous Colorado scenery in the fall, you’re sure to enjoy your trip. Stay with us and book our Fall Escapes Package at Cheyenne Mountain Resort to complete your autumn adventure.

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Our Favorite Local Hangouts in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is full of great attractions, but if you’re looking for something slightly off the beaten path, search no further. Here are some of our favorite local hangouts in Colorado Springs.

How to Enjoy Colorado Springs Like a Local

Cheyenne Canyon Cheyenne View
Explore a stunning landscape at Cheyenne Canyon. Winding trails give a view of beautiful wildflowers, evergreen forests, rock formations, and waterfalls. Hike, bike, or ride on horseback. Various visitor centers dot the park that offer exhibits about this majestic area.

Ivywild School
Ivywild School is both a marketplace and communal gathering spot. Housed in a renovated school building circa 1915, it’s now a place for eating, drinking, events, community gardening, and more. Dining spots abound, including places for coffee and a pastry or bagel, lunch offerings, and dinner and beers from the resident brewery.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort Aquatics
Cheyenne Mountain Resort not only features four different pools; there’s also a private, 35-acre lake for all of the classic summertime activities in Colorado Springs you love: hanging out at the beach, boating, swimming, and more.

Red Rock Canyon Open Space
At Red Rock Canyon Open Space you’ll find beautiful rock formations without the crowds you might get at Garden of the Gods. Trails here feature wonderful overlooks, as well as the majestic beauty of the Colorado landscape.

Brooklyn’s on Boulder
The only speakeasy-style bar in town, Brooklyn’s on Boulder is naturally unique. Come for the finely-crafted cocktails and stay for the intimate atmosphere. You’ll be transported back to the Roaring 20’s and underground watering holes. Locals especially love the gin cocktails. For drinks, this is one of the favorite places to go in Colorado Springs.

Visit any of these spots to discover how to enjoy Colorado Springs like a local. While you’re at it, stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

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Things to See at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center is the place to get inspired. When you visit this cultural mecca, you’ll find out why it’s one of the best in the state and fantastic for indoor activities in Colorado Springs. For rainy days and sunny days alike, gather up the family and feast your eyes and ears on this must-see institution.

Upcoming Events for Family-Friendly Museums in Colorado Springs

Theater Performances

TheaterShear Madness – This is a whodunit show with interactive elements. It’s also hilarious. The plot follows the murder of an old lady who lives above a hair salon. The audience is invited to help put together clues and narrow down the suspects. The show is different for each performance, so watching it is always a unique experience.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales – Fairy tale characters that everyone will recognize are given new twists in this funny musical production based on the beloved book of the same name.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind – The famous 30 plays in 60 minutes are performed randomly with the audience invited to interact. Two minutes isn’t a lot of time to tell a story, but genres run the gamut from comedy to tragedy to abstract stories.

Featured Exhibits

A Reservoir of Occurrences – A collection of Stephen Batura’s work, which reinterprets historical photos from Charles Lillybridge into unique paintings.

All New Women – An exploration of portraits and self-portraits featuring the work of John Singer Sargent juxtaposed with that of modern artist Cindy Sherman.

Under the Big Top – See how the spectacle of the circus has inspired artists from various backgrounds and time periods in different mediums.

Book your stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort to enjoy some time with friends and family this summer and experience great local attractions, including museums in Colorado Springs. We have a variety of hotel packages and amenities available for the entire family to enjoy!

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2016 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

EVENTS_FESTIVAL_Balloon-Festival-Hot-Air-Balloons-launchingWatch a mass of hot air balloons ascend into the morning sky at the 2016 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. The sight of the brightly colored balloons floating into the sky against the backdrop of the beautiful Colorado scenery is a view you will not want to miss – it’s a postcard-worthy event that will take your breath away. Join the event on Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd – 5th, 2016.

Events at the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Colorado Springs

This hot air balloon festival in Colorado Springs is a wonderful chance to get out and experience something majestic. The balloons on display will be rainbow-colored, checkered, striped, shaped like animals, and more. Read on for some of the activities you can enjoy during this Labor Day family-friendly event.

Balloon Rides

Check in bright and early at 6 a.m. to hop aboard a balloon for a 45-minute ride you’ll never forget. You’ll be escorted to the launch field, watch your balloon inflate, and go on a jaunt in the air among a bevy of other hot air balloons. The experience is one that requires a camera, for the views will be nothing like you’ve ever seen.

Lift Off and Glow

At 7 a.m. each morning during the weekend, arrive to watch the balloons lift off in a spectacular display. Families are invited to walk among the balloons as they inflate, too, starting at 6:30 a.m. Come back each night at 7 p.m. to watch the balloons light up their burners and glow as they rise into the night sky.

These Labor Day family-friendly events in Colorado Springs is not one to miss. In addition to all the balloon excitement, there will be entertainment, including music and skydiving, as well as lake activities to enjoy and vendors to check out.  Cheyenne Mountain Resort wishes everyone a fantastic weekend in Colorado Springs at the balloon festival.

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Ghost Towns in Colorado Springs

If you are looking for something different to do with your family while visiting Colorado Springs, you'll want to check out some of these Ghost Towns around the area. After all, how often do you really get to see a Ghost Town while traveling?

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Day trips to ghost towns in and around Colorado Springs reflect the history of Colorado when Colorado’s mining boom in the late 1800s brought promises of abundant riches to miners and created town after town for the droves of miners who flocked to the mines.

The miners and the industries and businesses that sprang up around them are long gone, but the ghosts of the towns remain as testimony to the starry-eyed people who raced west to get rich. Wander through the abandoned streets where outlaws and others faced off in showdowns. Step into the saloons that offered thirsty miners a respite from the drudgery of digging, some nourishment to get them ready to dig again, and ladies to keep them company while they rested.

Visit the tree-lined streets of Vicksburg and Winfield and look for the ghostly gold-hunting burros. Founded in 1867 after prospectors camping in Clear Creek Canyon’s burros wandered down the creek to where gold lay in the creek, Vicksburg had a unique water system of ditches.

Carson, 12,000 feet above sea level, was somewhat inhospitable to miners, but was still founded for them. Uptop is not completely deserted, as its 1877 railroad depot is now a museum. Goldfield once held the highly productive Portland Mine.

Come visit the ghost towns in Colorado Springs and stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. We offer a wide range of amenities for the entire family to enjoy. After a day visiting ghost towns, you can relax by our pool or enjoy dinner and dessert at one of our on-site restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you!

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5 Family Summer Vacation Ideas in the Rocky Mountains

Formed over 55 million years ago, the Rocky Mountains stretch over 3,000 miles. The dramatic scenic views make the Rockies the perfect place for vacations. Here are some summer family vacation ideas for vacations in the Rocky Mountains.

Experience the Rockies with fun activities on your family summer vacation in the Rocky Mountains

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  1. Rafting trips in Colorado down the Colorado or Poudre Rivers or Clear Creek can be whitewater; exciting and challenging, or serene on a meandering river.

  2. Kayaking along the run from the Estes Park kayak course is thrilling, with the course extending all the way to downtown Estes.

  3. The Colorado Ziplining experience for daring adventurers lets you safely fly from Pikes Peak through the air at speeds up to 55 MPH over cliffs and other intriguing terrain.

  4. Hot air ballooning in the Rocky Mountains is a great choice also, as you glide through the air over Colorado Springs and the majestic Front Range of the Rockies.

  5. Wildlife watching and scenic drives can introduce you to an amazing array of animals in the Rocky Mountains. You can see (and hear) male elks bugling to the lady elks, as they call the ladies to mating season.

The best place to stay while you vacation in the Rockies is Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Lounge at the resort’s beach by the lake, let your children enjoy the Kidz Camp and splash pad, and enjoy the resort’s many other amenities.

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Summer Festivals Are a Great Addition to Your Vacation in Colorado

If you're planning a trip to Colorado, you'll want to see how we kick off the 2016 Summer Festivals! The summer festivals in Colorado Springs are a great way for travelers to experience a diversity of fun activities all summer long.

EVENTS_FESTIVALUpcoming Events: Something for Everyone

The Colorado Springs Summer Festivals offers a variety of attractions:

Springs Spree Festival: Held on August 13-14 at Memorial Park, Springs Spree is the Pike Peak region’s free community celebration that provides live music, food truck competitions, and a beer garden.

Fiddles and Vino 2016: Set to kick off on Sunday, July 31, at the Rock Ledge Ranch, Fiddles and Vino celebrates its 12th year of offering food, wine, and music to guests in Colorado Springs.

10th Annual Springs Beer Fest: Taking place on August 6 at America The Beautiful Park, the Springs Beer Fest offers fresh samplings from over 55 notable crafts, as well as local fare from restaurants and food trucks.

Tiny House Jamboree: Scheduled from August 5-7, this quirky Colorado Springs event offers tiny houses, workshops, exhibits, educational seminars, and more.

Enjoy your stay in Colorado Springs

When you want to rest from all the festivities, Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers accommodations that put you close to the fun festivals in Colorado. Visit our website and book your summer vacation in Colorado in Colorado Springs!

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Top 10 Outdoor Gadgets For Your Colorado Adventure

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If you intend to explore the great outdoors, there are a few things you need to take with you that’ll make the experience even more fun. Outdoor adventure gadgets are any explorer’s best friend and a must-have for the ultimate adventure.

Top Ten Outdoor Adventure Gadgets Must-Have List:

1.  Luci Light

This lightweight, tough little light by Mpowered is the perfect travel companion, and can last for up to twelve hours on a single charge.

2.  Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition

This portable camping stove by Etekcity is one of the Colorado Springs adventure gadgets that should not be forgotten. Its durable material, compact size, broad compatibility, flame control and ‘leave no trace’ feature secures its spot on this list.

3.  Squeeze Water Filter System

Water is life. With the Sawyer Safe Travel water filter system, you’ll never have to worry about the water you’re drinking.

4.  Stay Connected with goTenna

With goTenna, you can turn your Android or iPhone into an off-grid communications tool and stay connected with anyone else using this lightweight, waterproof device.

5.  Heimplanet Tents

Protect yourself from wind and weather with tents by Heimplanet. They’re compact, durable and offer maximum comfort for your outdoor adventures.

6.  ABC Watch + Tactical GPS Navigator

This navigator and watch by Garmin allows you to bring modern technology on your adventures, helping you find your way.

7.  CampStove

Use wood to turn fire into electricity with the Biolite CampStove.

8.  Gobi Gear’s SegSac

Organize your equipment with the SegSac so that you can easily find it when you need it.

9.  VSSL Water-Resistant Flashlight

Keep’s most of your outdoor essentials conveniently packed into one flashlight.

10.  Saved by Spot

Spot offers a family of products will keep you connected using the world’s most modern satellite network.

If you’re looking for a genuine Colorado adventure, Cheyenne Mountain Resort is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and offers all season hiking. Book with us and start your adventure today!

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Enjoy Summer Events Even More with Our Hot Hotel Deals in Colorado Springs!

Summertime is here—the sun is shining and your vacation days are begging to be used. But where should you go? How can you make the most of your summer vacation? CMRpool

Summer Events in Colorado Springs

Why visit Cheyenne Mountain Resort? Not only is it beautiful here, but there is so much to do.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of fun things to do during your summertime stay with us!

Cheyenne Summer Savings Packages for 2016

To give you even more incentives to stay here, let us tell you about our hotel deals we have available this summer in Colorado Springs.

  • Passport to Summer – We offer a parent’s welcome gift worth $200.00 in savings. You will have access to incredible on-site activities like local beer tastings, live music, movies at the pool and much more!
  • Colorado Bed & Breakfast – Do you want to have a relaxing and luxurious vacation? We offer resort amenities, lavish accommodations with a patio or balcony, and a delectable buffet-style breakfast each morning.

How will you spend your summer vacation? We know you will have the time of your life when you take advantage of all that Colorado has to offer. Come visit us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and book your Summer Savings Package today!