Hello! This week's travel post is the morning of our last day of our vacation before we make the two day drive home. The last day of every vacation is always the saddest, because I never want my vacations to end. The only vacation I ever wanted to leave was our Springfield, Missouri vacation. We actually talked about going home early because none of us wanted to stay there anymore, but our hotel room was already paid in advance so we thought it was a waste of money to leave early. It's never a good sign when you want to go home early from a vacation.
The morning of our last day in Colorado Springs was gorgeous! The sun was shining brightly, the temperatures were in the mid sixties, and all the trees were exhibiting all their fall glory. We had tickets to take a cog train up to Pike's Peak later that afternoon and needed a little something to do in the morning before our train ride. The lovely town of Manitou Springs is located right at the base of Pike's Peak and only minutes away from the train station, so we decided to check it out. This is what you see when you first drive towards the town:
We stopped at the Visitor's Center just outside of town and we were quite glad we did, because if we didn't we might have missed the best reason to visit Manitou Springs: the natural spring water. The worker at the Visitor Center was so nice and sweet. We explained that we were taking the train at 1:00 p.m and only had a few hours to kill and wondered what there was to do in Manitou Springs in that limited time frame. He then told us a little bit about the history of the town and explained that it was known for their natural, carbonated mineral water and then gave us a map and two plastic cups and set us about on a town hike in search of the springs.
Manitou Springs is often referred to as a 'Storybook Town', and one short visit there I could easily see why. The combination of the natural view of Pike's Peak, with all the mature trees and historic buildings makes it absolute perfection. It is a paradise for shoppers who love to browse quaint gift shops and boutiques searching for unique, one-of-a-kind items. But of course, like most tourist towns, it is expensive to shop there. I didn't buy anything for that reason, and because I also bought a ton the day before in Old Colorado City, so I was already shopped out. I was here just to enjoy the view, the walk, and drink some water!
penny arcade for kids (and adults) to play modern and vintage games for only a quarter each!
And for those of you interested in my fashion posts, I am wearing my striped hoodie from Stitch Fix, an army green jacket (old) from Dress Barn, dark skinny jeans, combat boots (last year) from Famous Footwear, and a burgundy scarf from T.J. Maxx. The bucket bag is from Express.
HERE if you'd like to see a video of this area during a flood. Pretty scary! It still hasn't been repaired since this flood and it's been over a year. They had more floods and violent storms this past summer as well, resulting in some businesses moving out of town.
This gorgeous church is called St. Andrews Episcopal Church and it was founded in 1870.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our visit to this sweet town. Next week will be my final fall vacation post as I finish up the series with our ride to the top of Pike's Peak.
Till then, have a great day! Amy