- Date: January 1, 2018 at 10:00am
- Time: 10:00am
What better place to ring in the new year than at a Bed and Breakfast! Escape to a B&B to have a low-key New Year’s eve weekend with your special someone. Book in advance because the rooms fill up quickly.
Consider staying at The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast for any of this year’s celebrations.
For warm personalized attention and delicious food, plan something exciting for 2018 and booking a room at The St. Mary’s Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Colorado Springs Holiday Events in 2017. Colorado Springs is a happening place any time of year, but there is something special about Colorado Springs during the holidays. But don't take my word for it, see it for yourself. Get out and enjoy these festive holiday activities in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.
Christmas Stroll: Dickens on the Avenue
Old Colorado City's Christmas Stroll: Dickens on the Avenue will last two days this year! Come dressed the part and join in on the entertainment, food, pictures with Santa, and get your Christmas season started in the best way possible!
Carriage Rides and Sleigh Rides
Enjoy the bells as you ride on either a carriage or sleigh ride. Entertainment and dancing are included with your dinner. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Rides will go on, snow or shine.
Festival of Lights Parade
Festival of Lights is a series of events to celebrate the December holiday season, highlighted by the Festival of Lights Parade. The events include cultural and artistic programs, performances and other festivities for the enjoyment and education of the general public.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari
‘Tis the season for lights, animals and holiday spirit at America's only mountain zoo. Take in nearly one million sparkling lights illuminating the crisp winter night, warm up at one of the fires throughout the Zoo, then stop in and see Santa (through Dec. 23).
Broadmoor Holiday Show
The Broadmoor Holiday Show is for children of all ages. It is best described as a variety show. Oodles of talent on stage bringing all types of holiday cheer to one and all.
Winter Wonderland with the Wolves
Spend some times with the wolves in their wonderland retreat in Divide, CO. Festivities include breakfast burritos with the wolves. Space is limited. Please call for reservations.
Nature Hikes and Wagon Rides
Enjoy nature hikes and horse-drawn wagon rides at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Participate in the interactive reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem, make snowflake crafts and join Santa for a hike.
Vintage Market Days – Flannel & Frost
Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings & a little more. The three-day event is held at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Vertical Holiday Lights Helicopter Rides
Get the best view of the Christmas lights Colorado Springs - by helicopter! Multiple packages are available. View the Zoo's, The Broadmoor's and Downtown's lights from up above.
Book them now before they fill up for the season!
Give yourself a wonderful Christmas Present this season with a stay at our bed and breakfast. Because no-home for the holidays can feel downright cozy and charming. The winter holidays are a joyous time of year, but they can be overwhelmingly stressful, especially if you are the host. Why not take the opportunity to pack up and take an exciting holiday escape? Get rid of the stress and be pampered at The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Do you really love the holiday season but hate the pressure of gift-giving and family stress? There is just something tastier about having food cooked for you, especially after a good night’s sleep which is why a holiday at our bed and breakfast is such a tempting prospect.
The month of October is Arts Month. Celebrate by trying something new. The region is rich with culture, live performances, art classes and an abundance of galleries. Hundreds of artists call Colorado Springs home and continue to be inspired by the unrivaled beauty of the area.
Enjoy special programs, history lectures, festivals and October Events. Head to the cultural calendar for the Pikes Peak region to find an intensive list of things to do with the family! http://www.peakradar.com/categories/artsmonth/
Long before Colorado Springs was a resort town, it was inhabited by American Indian Tribes: https://www.visitcos.com/things-to-do/history-and-heritage/colorados-first-cultures/
Photo by Anna Brady Homan
Enjoy these 9 photo worthy murals in the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. These 9 creations are photo worthy as artists use building exteriors as their ideal canvas. https://www.visitcos.com/blog/photo-worthy-murals/
Win this beautifully created “Buffalo Majesty” Painting by artist Tracy Miller. Her bold and colorful contemporary western art features landscapes and wildlife. https://www.visitcos.com/blog/artist-spotlight-tracy-miller/
Classical Music has been alive and well in Colorado Springs for many years. Enjoy some of the local events that the Colorado Springs Philharmonic has to offer. https://csphilharmonic.org/tickets-events/
Have you ever enjoyed an ArtPOP performance? ArtPOP is a series of 20 artist-driven pop-up performances and exhibitions in geographically diverse locations across the region. https://springsmag.com/arts-month-creativity-pops-artpop/
Pikes Peak Arts Council hands out 22 awards in theater, film, music, dance and poetry: http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-arts-council-hands-out-22-awards-in-theater-film-music-dance-poetry/article/1613443
Fall Drives - The aspen trees are starting to change. Make sure you take the time to seek the beautiful fall leaves in Colorado. You will want to get out of the car to enjoy the crisp fall air and to snap some photos of a fall scene of densely wooded, fiery aspen trees. Places to go: Pikes Peak Highway, Highway 67 through Cripple Creek, Highway 67, Rampart Range.
Murder Mystery Train - Enjoy an evening of delicious food, breathtaking scenery, outstanding service and a classic “who-dunnit” murder mystery produced and performed by the talented and award-winning Red Herring Productions. While they do the entertaining, you’ll have a full bar at your fingertips and a menu with a variety of fantastic prix fixe, three-course dinners to choose from – all featuring Colorado-grown and raised ingredients.
Date: Saturdays through October 28, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Corn Mazes - Enjoy a 5-acre corn maze and then go to the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin. Shop for a large variety of in-season fruits and vegetables, local honey, salsa, jellies, fresh baked goods, pasta & fall decor.
Date: Through October 31, 2017
Time: 9 am - 6 pm
Where: Colon Orchards
Scarecrow days in Old Colorado City - Come see the unique, the scary, the creative, and the beautiful scarecrows in Old Colorado City! Merchants in OCC will create a scarecrow and place it in front of their business during the month of October. Make sure you explore OCC to see them all.
Date: October 1-31, 2017
Time: All Day
Where: Old Colorado City
Giant Spirit Tour - Old Colorado City’s finest restaurants join together to create a tour of the best tastings and samples of craft beers and wines around during the Giant Pumpkin Festival 2017. The tour will include specials on food and appetizers. $25 a person, to benefit the Great Pumpkin Common Wealth Pumpkin Growers Contest. *samples only
Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Where: Old Colorado City
Haunted Brew Fest - One hundred different beers, wines and spirits will be available for the tasting at the Haunted Brew Fest. Enjoy unlimited 2 oz samplings, live entertainment, free prizes, and discount tickets to Ghouls Gulch Haunted House. Located at the Norris Penrose Event Center.
Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 2 sessions: 1 - 4 pm & 5 - 8 pm
Where: Norris Penrose Event Center
Emma Cawford Coffin Races - The Parade starts at noon, followed by 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory! Each team consists of one Emma and four runners dressed in costume. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin.
Date: October 28, 2017
Time: Parade begins at Noon, events until 3 pm
Where: Manitou Springs
See the fall colors by Train - Relax and take in the beautiful scenery while riding on one of the area's trains and railways. The Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad is a four-mile round-trip ride through one of the region's best places to peep the changing of the leaves. The Pikes Peak Cog will not only take you to the summit of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain but it also is a great way to see the leaves change.
Segway Tours - The great thing about these tours offered by Adventures Out West, you decide where you want to take your tour - whether it's Garden of the Gods Park, The Broadmoor, or Downtown Colorado Springs. If you'd prefer to sit, jeep tours are also available.
Aspen Hikes - Colorado is well known for its aspen trees, with quaking leaves that change from green to vibrant, translucent yellow. Take these scenic hikes from spring through fall to get a glimpse of the aspens, green or gold, around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.So plan your Fall trip to Colorado and make sure to
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Colorado Springs has so much to offer, including low cost of living, low unemployment rates and a variety of recreation and entertainment options. Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city, but it's first in the hearts of many visitors as a place of spectacular beauty with dozens of family attractions, natural landmarks, unique museums and things to do. This area, which is filled with natural wonders of its own, has the additional allure of proximity to ski resorts like Aspen and Vail without the associated steep costs of living and high levels of traffic.
Here are some recent Colorado Springs accolades:
Colorado Springs, CO
No. 1 - Money, "Big Cities to Live In"
No. 1 - Outside Magazine, "Best Town"
No. 1 - Forbes, "America's Most Pet-Friendly City"
No. 1 - Men's Health, "Best Cities for Dogs"
No. 1 - Zillow.com, "Santa's Top 10 Favorite Cities”
No. 2 - U.S. News & World Report, “Most Livable Cities”
No. 2 – Livability, “Pet Cities”
No. 2 - Men's Fitness, "Fittest City in America"
No. 2 - Women's Health, "The Best Places to Live for Women"
No. 2 – MSN.com, “Cities of Convention Wisdom”
No. 2 – Livability, “Cities for Veterans”
No. 2 – InsuranceProviders.com, “Safest City in the United States”
No. 3 – Hellawella, “Fitness-Focused Cities”
No. 3 - Men's Fitness, "Top Sports Town"
No. 3 - Earth Day Network, “Best Places to Live”
No. 3 - Car and Driver, "Top 10 Best Drivers' Cities"
No. 3 - FedSmith, "Best Southwest City for Defense Jobs"
No. 4 - Frommer's Travel Guide, "Cities Ranked and Rated"
No. 5 - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, "Best Cities to Live, Work and Play"
No. 5 – Kiplinger, “Great City for Young Adults”
No. 5 - MSNBC, "Best Cities to Live, Work and Play"
No. 6 – U.S. News & World Report, “Best Weekend Getaway”
No. 6 - Forbes, "America's Most Wired Cities"
No. 6 - SustainLane, "Top Ten Alternative Fueled City Fleets"
No. 7 – American Lung Association, “ Cleanest U.S. Cities”
No. 7 - Backpacker Magazine, "Best Places to Raise an Outdoor Kid"
No. 8 - Business Week, "Best Places to Start Over"
No. 8 – Sunset Magazine, “Fittest City in the West”
No. 9 - Forbes, "America's Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities"
No. 10 - Forbes, "Best Places for Business and Careers"
Top 10 - Outside Magazine, "Best Big Cities for Active Families"
Top 10 – Fox News, “Least Obese Metro Areas”
Top 10 - Kiplinger, "Great Cities for College Grads"
Top 10 - U.S. News and World Report, "Green Places to Retire"
Top 10 - Men's Health, "Best Teeth"
Top 10 - Budget Travel, "The 10 Coolest Small Towns" (Manitou Springs)
No. 10 - GALLUP - 2012 Least Obese Metro Area
No 10 - CNN Money's -10 Best Places to Retire 2013
No. 11 - University of Toronto, "Best Places to be a Kid on Christmas Morning"
No. 11 - ERC & Primacy Relocation, "Best Places to Relocate"
No. 11 - The Boyd Company, "Best Places to Build a Data Center"
No. 12 - Forbes, “Top City for Careers”
No. 12 - Cooking Light Magazine, "America's Healthiest Cities"
No. 13 - The Advocate "Gayest City"
No. 14 - FreeBackgroundChecksUSA.com, "Safest Cities in America for 2010"
No. 15 - Portfolio Magazine, "America's Top 25 Smartest Cities"
No. 15 – Parenting.com, “Best City for Families”
No. 17 – Farmer Insurance Group, “Most Secure Places to Live”
No. 17 – Relocate America, "Top 100 Places to Live"
No. 18 - Bicycling Magazine, "America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities"
No. 18 - TripAdvisor, Travelers' Choice 2010 "The Best Destinations"
No. 24 – The Daily Beast, “Funniest Cities”
Top 20 - Blue Rhine, "Top Cookout Capitals"
Top 25 - American Style, "Mid-Sized U.S. City Art Destination"
No. 27 – USA Today, “Most Literate City”
Silver Award - League of American Bicyclists, "Bicycle Friendly Community Award"
But don't take their word for it. Come see for yourself! Book your stay at The St. Mary's Inn Bed & Breakfast today!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
FINE ARTS CENTER Museum Free Days - Museum free days are offered the third Friday of each month with hands-on art activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Smith Family Gallery. The goal of museum free days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region. Museum Free Days, as a part of the FAC’s other free and reduced-fee programs (such as scholarship programs at Bemis, and special military discounts through the Blue Star Theaters and Blue Star Museums programs), make an important impact in our community. We believe that a strong arts and culture presence is essential for a healthy community. GE Johnson Construction Company, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund have come alongside the Fine Arts Center to underwrite monthly free days at the museum. Museum Free Days require underwriting to pay for the costs of running the museum. Since the Fine Arts Center receives virtually no government funding, it is not able to offer free admissions without generous underwriting and support. 10:00 a.m. Free to the public
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
Performance: Stand-Up Comedy with Jim Breuer - Named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. During his four years on SNL, Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film "Half Baked."7:30 p.m., SaGaJi Theatre, inside the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets: $36 for FAC Members; $40 regular price. Buy tickets @ http://www.csfineartscenter.org/theatre-events/evening-jim-breuer/. Admission Fee: $40.00
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Music/Concert: Faculty Concert - Underground Clarinet Quartet - 7:30 p.m., Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St. Free to the public
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
Music/Concert: Veronika String Quartet - The Veronika String Quartet presents "The Dvorak Effect," a program featuring "Five Pieces for String Quartet" by Erwin Schulhoff, "String Quartet No. 3" by Bela Bartók, and "Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81, in A Major" by Antonin Dvorák, with CC pianist and Artist-in-Residence Susan Grace.2:00 p.m., Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St. Tickets: All CC students and faculty free (with proper ID) More information at http://www.veronikastringquartet.com/htmls/tickets_info.html. General Public: $25.00, Non-CC Student: $10.00
International companies are drawn to Colorado Springs’ outdoor lifestyle, our quality workforce and vibrant, supportive business community. Unfortunately, it’s lack of name recognition is a roadblock in the competition for oversees prospects.
Colorado Springs has been trying to work on selling Colorado Springs to potential employee candidates. For US Citizens and internationally, a lot of people don’t even know where Colorado Springs is or that it is the 40th largest city in the US being rewarded as one of the best places each month!
Our challenge is to build Colorado Springs’ brand and create broader awareness of what the city has to offer. The Chamber & EDC has launched a talent attraction website: choosecoloradosprings.com which tells the story about why someone, especially potential employee candidates, why they would want to live and work in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs is building a downtown culture and is environmentally attractive to Millennials. Colorado is winning because of our outdoor lifestyle. What makes us attractive is our quality of life, air and water.
The city’s central location helps ease the travel and time zone challenges of doing business all over the world and we offer a very business friendly environment. But Colorado Spring's low unemployment rate can make hiring a challenge.
Focusing on the highlights of our area is something the guests of The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast might enjoy as well. We have 300+ days of sunshine and 7,000+ acres of parks. The scenic beauty of Colorado is unparalleled.
In a city of 400,000 people, it doesn’t feel crowded. We have amazing eateries to enjoy great food. Colorado has some of the best breweries and microbrews in the country.
Our state is home to 4 national parks (Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison). You can ski at some of the best resorts in the world.
You can even travel into the past at some of our famous historical sites including native American Cliff Dwellings, Original Old West Railroads and enjoy Mining Tours, or even prehistorical and archaeological sites.
You just can’t help but enjoy the outdoors in Colorado. We have hiking, fishing, golfing, white water rafting, skiing, hot air ballooning, 4-wheel driving, Segways, Ziplines and much more.
International companies are drawn to Colorado Springs, but so are the tourists. Find out what you’ve been missing! Take a trip to Colorado and stay at the best Bed and Breakfast Colorado has to offer. Schedule your visit today!
When traveling, people are often enticed by the all-inclusive packages that you see online. The idea that for one combined low price, you can get everything you need for your vacation including transportation, accommodations, food etc.
Recent research published in a Huffington Post article revealed that a seven-night stay for two travelers at a European B&B is approximately £300 cheaper per person.
Here’s a little secret: travelers can actually get a better value for their vacation by booking their stay at a B&B.
During a Bed & Breakfast stay, guests have more flexibility in planning their budget and saving money.
The inviting aspect of an all-inclusive package is that food and drink are included. Please keep in mind that you are paying a premium for these conveniences. On a B&B vacation, typically at least one home-cooked meal is included in the stay, and it’s often a delicious breakfast. For other dining experiences, guests can select local restaurants.
Many all-inclusive vacation packages offer branded extras that guests are enticed to purchase once they arrive.
When booking an all-inclusive trip, sometimes the fine print will get you. Yes, food and drinks are often included. But do the beverages only consist of soft drinks and water? Will guests be paying extra for alcoholic beverages? Or, when guests arrive and find out that the products they prefer are premiums they must pay more for to enjoy? Far too many travelers end up at their all-inclusive resort only to find out that not everything there is included in their original booking price. Ultimately, this can make an all-inclusive getaway significantly costlier than a B&B vacation.
A B&B Vacation provides a better traveling experience, since it allows more flexibility in exploring your destination.
In many cases, vacation value isn’t determined by the cost of the package. It’s decided by the experiences guests have during the trip. A Bed & Breakfast vacation is far more valuable than an all-inclusive trip, because it gives travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local area. They spend their evenings sipping wine with the innkeeper on the front porch and the days learning about the history of the region from a guide whose family has lived there for generations.
Guests leave feeling more fulfilled and enlightened than they would after an all-inclusive trip, which is the most valuable experience traveling can offer.
A B&B vacation is a more valuable option for most people. While staying at a small property such as a B&B, they can enjoy an authentic and intimate experience while also being centrally-located to many of the sights and attractions in your property’s destination. They aren’t limited by the activities that are available on the resort grounds, or stuck going through the same buffet-style lines every night for dinner. For many, it’s the best choice for your next trip, you just have to book now.