We love living in Chicago now. We appreciate all the things that big cities have to offer, including the progressive attitudes of the citizens and the people in charge. But Colorado Springs has its charms, and it was really hard to leave. The downtown area is very pretty with lots of trees and flowers (when the city can find it in the budget to water them) and beautiful historic homes and buildings (for now anyway). There are lots of little shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars, a couple of cute parks, a public library, some art galleries, and two museums. It’s flat so it’s easy to walk or bike around, and the views of the mountains are stunning. Here are some of the things we loved about living in downtown Colorado Springs (along with some of our gripes, as usual).
You can walk or bike all over the place. It's flat and the drivers are usually pretty cautious.
Smiley's was just a couple blocks from our house, and we went there many weekends for breakfast. Click this pic for their website.
Homespun handwritten menu at Smiley's
Breakfast at Smiley's is delicious! Probably the best bacon in the COS.
Tejon Street Music has been around a long time. Great place for all your guitar needs. Click this pic for their website.
Pretty residential street in downtown Colorado Springs
Our old apartment downtown. It's since been sold and the new owners "remodeled" it, basically ruining all its old history. Still, it's got pretty neighbors.
Lunch on the patio at Poor Richard's. Best pizza in town! Click this pic for their website.
Cocktails and coffee at Poor Richard's.
Paris Crepe -- one of our all-time faves. Click this pic for their website.
The best crepes are at Paris Crepe. Don't they look delish?
Paris Crepe is across the street from Acacia Park and it's nice to spend a summer evening eating crepes on their sidewalk cafe.
The weather is gorgeous and the views are stunning from downtown.
In the summer there are free concerts in Acacia Park on Saturday evenings.
There's also a farmers market there on Mondays.
Acacia Park and Monument Valley Park are relaxing places to sit and have a picnic.
You can walk everywhere downtown.
Terra Verde and Sparrowhawk Cookware are great locally owned shops with neat items for sale. Click this pic for Terra Verde's website.
The Rodeo Days parade takes place every July down Tejon St. There's also St. Patrick's Day parade, and a Christmas parade.
Tony's Bar. The bar we love to hate. Click the pic for Tony's website.
Zeezo's is the place for all things magic and costume. Click this pic for their website.
If you're young and preferably in the military, you'll love weekends at downtown's faux honkeytonk, Cowboys. They also have bowling upstairs.
The sidewalk cafes at Il Vicino, The Ritz, The Olive Branch, and Jack Quinns are nice places to have a meal.
Catch a movie at The Peak (but be aware that they don't take credit or debit cards). They also have a small bar where you can grab a cocktail, glass of wine, or a beer to take into the theatre.
Then go over to the nightclub compound on Tejon St. and have a drink at the bar with the fire on the roof.
La Baguette has delicious french fare. Click this pic for their website.
A brewpub whose building was saved from the wrecking ball by Governor Hickenlooper (way before he was governor), Phantom Canyon.
The Pioneers Museum is a neat place to spend an afternoon.
Labor Day weekend is the Balloon Festival, we could see them from our bedroom.
Slightly north of downtown is the well-stocked nursery, The Good Earth Garden Center. Click this pic for their website.
The Good Earth Garden Center is a nice place to walk around or pick something out from their vast selection of plants and garden art.
Slightly south of downtown is Bristol Brewing. They make their own beer and have a tasting room. Click this pic for their website.
Beer flight at Bristol Brewing.
We’ve devoted a lot of space on this blog to downtown, and this post is not at all comprehensive (we didn’t even mention Shuga’s!). So please check out our other posts for tons more things to do. And be sure to let us know what your favorite downtown things are and when new shops and restaurants open up! We might not live there anymore, but we still care. And of course we’ll be back at some point. Hell, maybe we’ll even come back and get that coffee truck we’ve been dreaming about rolling.