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The Best Venues for Live Music in Colorado Springs

There are a lot of great places to catch live music in the Pikes Peak area.  Depending on what you’re looking for in a night of music, here are some of the best venues for live music in Colorado Springs.

Where to Enjoy Concerts in Colorado Springs

The Loft Music Venue
This airy, stylish space with ceiling beams and exposed brick is a stop for many live acts, but it’s especially well-known for its swing dance nights, often complete with a live band. These happen every Wednesday night.

Jives Coffee LoungeConcerts
This music and coffee lounge features a small stage and an intimate vibe. Small, little-known acts often take the stage, so there’s a chance to see burgeoning talent – upcoming shows include Jason D. Thompson on September 20 and Kate Merrill on September 30. Jives Coffee Lounge also hosts open mic nights every Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Zodiac Venue
The Zodiac is an underground venue where you never know what will be happening. One night there might be a burlesque performance, and the next night might involve open mic, karaoke, or feature a local musician. Meanwhile, featured drinks are inspired by the different signs of the zodiac.

Pikes Peak Center
Concerts at Pikes Peak Center boast great acoustics for fantastic live sound. This is a large entertainment venue that hosts big names -- this October, see Rodney Carrington on the 1st and Tears for Fears on the 5th.

Broadmoor World Arena
The premier event center for concerts in Colorado Springs, Broadmo0re seats over 7,000 people, accommodating stadium shows as well as big-name performances such as Disney on Ice and Cirque du Soleil. Upcoming concerts at Broadmoor World Arena include Disturbed on September 28th.

Are you visiting Colorado Springs, then plan to enjoy a getaway with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.  A variety of live music venues are located close to our resort so visit our website to book your stay. We look forward to welcoming you! 

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Learn the Unique Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

What’s a fun activity you can do that involves balance, strength, and makes you feel like you’re walking on water? Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)! This is a fun and challenging water sport you should try. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a relaxing pastime and a great workout.

SUP evolved from surfing, which makes sense, because it’s done on a surfboard. However, instead of catching waves, the goal is to remain standing on the board while propelling yourself forward with a paddle. This requires calmer waters, though you can try it in choppy conditions for a tougher challenge. 

The Health Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

ACTIVITIES_WATER_Stand-Up-PaddleboardingWater sports in Colorado Springs like SUP, give you a great total body workout. In order to stay upright and standing on your board, you have to utilize most of your muscles, including your legs, core, and back. Meanwhile, your arm muscles will be working to move you forward with the paddle.

Another benefit of the sport is that it’s a low-impact workout that eases stress. As you get the feel for gliding across the water, you’ll soak up the serenity of nature.

Find Great Spots for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Colorado Springs
You might be wondering where to paddle in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.

For flat water paddling, try Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s 35-acre recreational lake. This is a wonderful spot for beginners to literally get their feet wet.

For whitewater paddling, rent some equipment and try the Arkansas River at Canon City, just south of Colorado Springs.

Stand up paddle boarding in Colorado Springs is a fun sport that will get you stronger as well as test your balance and agility. Find more outdoor adventures at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

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Host a Meeting in Style with Colorado Springs Events and Conference Venues

For a variety of spaces and accommodations for meetings, gatherings, and events big and small, Cheyenne Mountain Resort has the answer.

With over 40,000 square feet of meeting spaces, including ballrooms with terraces and spectacular views, and extensive catering options, there’s a perfect spot for every type of meeting at Colorado Springs events and conference venues.

Choose from a Myriad of Options for Conference and Event Spaces in Colorado Springs

PEOPLE- Group at Party Ballrooms/Terrace
Ballrooms such as large, airy rooms with views of the surrounding mountains will easily accommodate as many as 450 guests, and the Grand Rivers Terrace boasts over 3,200 square feet of space bordered by gorgeous Colorado scenery.

Beach/Pavilion
The white sand beach and pavilion offer unique conference and event space in Colorado Springs to bring nature’s beauty into your gathering.

Amenities
Cheyenne Mountain Resort amenities provide a total experience for guests attending your event. Just a few of the options include a golf course, 5 swimming pools, and an aquatics center and recreational lake. That’s not to mention the first-rate dining options and our luxurious spa.

Take Advantage of Conference Enhancements and Special Offers
Conference enhancements make executing a business event easy. Choose from a comprehensive meeting package, or work with our audiovisual team to create bold presentations. Our Business Service Center keeps you connected, and our E-Planner Toolkit makes it easy to broadcast event details to attendees.

Take advantage of special offers for our large event space in Colorado Springs. The Crafty in Colorado Beer Tasting Reception is a complimentary add-on to your event when you book a meeting valued over $5,000. The 1 in 10 Comps on Meeting Packages is also a great deal. Book between October and December 2016 and receive 1 complimentary meeting package per every 10 attendees, plus $25 signature experience credit for each guest.

Start planning your event today when you fill out your request for a proposal (RFP) for our event venues in Colorado Springs at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

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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?

Ghost towns worth checking out in Colorado Springs TRAVEL_PEOPLE_couple looking at a map

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

There are many fun things for all ages to do in the Rocky Mountains:ZIP LINING_Woman going on a  zip line adventure

  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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