An August 1999 trip
to Colorado Springs by tamtbell
Quote: While employed in Hawaii as a Lead Support Agent for a large travel corporation, I was lucky enough to be selected to travel with my supervisor to Colorado Springs, CO. How could I have known that after this trip Colorado Springs would forever have a special place in my heart?
Hotel | "Sumner Suites (now Amerisuites)"
The staff at the hotel was very nice and helpful, as they gave us advice on where to go shopping, sightseeing on our days off, where to go eat, and on the last day when we began checking out, we were presented on behalf of the entire staff two mugs filled with candies and gourmet hot-chocolate mixes wrapped up very nicely as a thanks for staying with them. All in all, they made us feel very welcome, as if we were staying with family and not with strangers.
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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 21, 2003
Hyatt Place Colorado Springs
503 W GARDEN OF THE GODS RD
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907
Restaurant | "Carabba's Italian Grill"
The interior of the restaurant is very comfortable and rather reminds me of Tuscan kitchen. The lights are somewhat low, and there is artwork here and there. The staff was somewhat okay, however our waitress seemed rather perturbed that we decided to all move to a large round table rather than our current booth so that we may accommodate our manager and be a little more comfortable. I guess she didn't want to lose her tips to someone else, as we were moving out of her "turf".
Once we become comfortable our server came forward offered us the specials of the day, took our drink orders and then scurried off quickly towards the kitchen. Soon after we were supplied with absolutely delicious crusty loafed warm bread with olive oil enhanced with Italian spices for dipping. YUMMM. I ordered Linguine Pescatore, which was shrimp, scallops, and mussels tossed with linguine in a spicy marinara sauce -- it was delicious. Other than our original server, our next one was all too anxious to fulfill any request (maybe he knew this was a business dinner and that our Call Center manager was paying, who knows).
Dining here was very pleasant as a matter of fact I made it a point to visit the Carabba's in WestLake OH with my husband because I loved it so much. This restaurant is somewhat like Olive Garden, but I feel it has a bit more atmosphere that Olive Garden does now a days. I would definitely suggest this restaurant at least for business meetings, quiet dinners with your significant other and possibly families. For more info, check out their website.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2003
Carrabba's Italian Grill
7120 Campus Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
+1 719 264 0401
Attraction | "Cave of the Winds"
On our arrival at Cave of the Winds, my supervisor, coworker, and I purchased our admittance to the Discovery Tour, which was $15.00 for adults, $8.00 children for a 45-minute guided tour, which actually was very informative and educational but a trifle boring. After purchasing our tickets, we waited, and waited, and...waited, till around 45 minutes to 1 hour later, our tour number was called. During that time of waiting, we toured around the local stores built up around the caves, which sold things such as supposed handmade Indian bracelets, jewelry, and other trinkets. Plus, of course there were popcorn, ice cream, and fast-food vendors here and there to satisfy that sudden hunger that pops up. Also, if you get a chance, take a walk around the deck surrounding all the stores--there’s a great view up there that you can really enjoy, unless you have a tendency toward acrophobia. Upon entering the line for your tour, which unless they have changed it is actually in one of the clothing stores, you are asked if you would like to have your picture taken. I have to suggest to not purchase this, as many of the people (including my supervisor, my coworker, and myself) all ended up with bright-green glowing eyes that made us look like very odd vampires. At which point, after all the picture-taking finishes, the tour begins.
It was amazing to see the beautiful creations of nature; however, walking around reminded me of some kind of carnival act with all the small lights around the paths and the way the guides referred to you as if explaining some unbelievable feat like the bearded lady or the snake woman. On the other hand, for a person just wanting to look at stalactites and stalagmites with little danger, I am sure this would be a great and extremely exciting expedition underground.
Not a bad trip, if you ask me; however, next time I think I’ll spend the $80.00 per person and truly experience an adventurous trip into the mountainside.
Cave of the Winds Colorado Springs
100 Cave of the Winds Road
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
After donating our money we then drove to a smaller building that almost resembles a puritan church or courthouse where the furniture is spare but it the room is still comfortable. Here we watched a movie on the history of Glen Eyrie and its founder, General William Palmer, who was not only a war hero but also a railroad tycoon and the founder of Colorado Springs.
After watching the movie, we drove through pine-covered roads to the castle where we walked through room after amazing room. As I walked through this historic castle that was built in the year 1904, I felt more and more relaxed and more peaceful than I have felt in a long time. You can truly feel the love and hard work that went into both building this landmark and maintaining it.
After we completed touring the building we all decided to tour the grounds. I think by this time we were all affected rather sentimentally by this castle, as we all seemed to be rather quiet and introspective by this time. We went hiking on a trail to the side of the castle where a small fresh water stream filled with cold, invigorating water trickles. We walked as far as we safely could to the serenade of birds chirping in the trees and a breeze slightly stirring the branches of the pine trees. With regret we returned back to our car, took one final wistful gaze at the grounds, and drove away.
The castle is currently owned and maintained by a Christian group called The Navigators. They currently offer afternoon tea, marriage retreats, and other Christian get togethers. I have also heard of people being married at the castle as well. For more information click here.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2003
Glen Eyrie Castle
P.O. Box 6819
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Just a note: first and foremost, entrance to the park is free, which of course is a plus for anyone budget-minded. Second of all, unless you wish to spend the prices that the visitor center charges for a somewhat small lunch, bring it if at all possible. Trust me, you’ll save some money.
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Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 23, 2003
Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
Attraction | "Seven Falls, what a wonder it is"
There is also a lookout on the opposite side; I have heard nowadays the park charges admission for this as well. Of course, there are gift shops at the base of the falls; however, they just sell the normal tourist junk. When I visited, there was also a live performance by Native Americans who dress in their tribal wear and dance around. Really rather neat, plus, if you arrive early (like we did), it fills the time between when you arrive and showtime. All in all, this is a great stop for families and other groups alike to just sit, relax, and enjoy the falls after a long day touring the region.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2003
South Cheyenne Canyon Road
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80901
+1 179 632 0752
After a bit of sleep, we of course had to get up and do a bit of shopping to take advantage of all the great mainland prices. The concierge advised us that there was a great mall right off Academy Boulevard that was relatively close to our hotel. Since we visited the mall during a weekday, it was very empty, which was great, but the staff seemed rather annoyed to see us. Who knows? Maybe we were interrupting the gossip or lunch hour with our presence. After a day or so of adjusting, we went out every night, trying a small restaurant here or a bar there. I have to advise anyone who visits here and stays at the Sumner Suites to stay away from the restaurant right across the parking lot. It was an Applebee’s when we were there; who knows what it is now. Our entire dining party (a group of five) had our waiter first sit down with us and begin to talk with all of us about everything from the weather to how he hated his boss and his work, all while counting his tips on the table. Later, as we waited somewhat patiently for our dinners to arrive, the restaurant manager finally advised us that unfortunately, our server had just quit and wasn’t coming back. Let’s just say that was quite an experience (one you’ll laugh at after enough drinks).
During our stay in Colorado Springs, we toured Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs during a late summer festival, Cave of the Winds, Seven Falls, and Glen Eyrie Castle. Each attraction we visited, each person we met, except for of course that really odd waiter, seemed genuinely happy to be both living here and be happy that we were there. Of course, we were only there for two weeks and didn’t meet everyone or see everything, yet I have a feeling I will someday return to this land of clean air, nice people, pine trees and mountains, and truly amazing scenery and history. Oh boy, I can’t wait!