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October Trip to Colorado

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Amarillo, Texas
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October Trip to Colorado

My sister and I are coming to Colorado in October from Amarillo. We plan to start in Colorado Springs. We aren't into outdoorsy things, but love shopping town squares and little touristy towns. Wineries, etc. What are the best small towns to shop around in?

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colorado springs,co
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for Colorado Springs
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1. Re: October Trip to Colorado

For shopping, take a look at these; www.shopoldcoloradocity.com/ eat at www.bontonscafe.com/

www.manitousprings.org/ , eat at www.eupeancafemanitou.com/ or The Cliff House

www.gardenofthegodstradingpost.com/ , with lunch at www.marigoldcoloradosprings.com/

www.downtowncs.com/ meal at www.overeasycolorado.com/ or www/springsorleans.com/

www.thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com/ with lunch at www.biaggis.com/ Air Force and Focus on the Family are nearby

You might find www.gleneryie.com/ interesting they have tours and high tea (near Garden of the Gods)

The closest winery would be at www.abbeywinery.com/ would be a nice afternoon outing

An absolute must, to walk the grounds of www.broadmoor.com/ a wide selection of eateries

colorado springs,co
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2. Re: October Trip to Colorado

Let's try www.europeancafemanitou.com/

Edited: 11:10 pm, July 17, 2014
Colorado Springs...
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3. Re: October Trip to Colorado

I really like Wines of Colorado. You can try an assortment of Colorado wines and have lunch on the patio. There is also a shop in Old Colorado City that does Colorado wine tasting, so that would be a good combination shopping and wine visit.

Boulder
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4. Re: October Trip to Colorado

How far do you want to drive? What type of shopping do you want to do?

Amarillo, Texas
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5. Re: October Trip to Colorado

Day trips. We like the quaint little towns with artsy and gift shop type things.

WI
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for Wisconsin, Colorado Springs
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6. Re: October Trip to Colorado

http://woodlandparkshopping.com/ A few here might fit the bill check it out. It's a neat little town above and out of the Springs. It's very pretty/scenic too.

Windsor, Colorado
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7. Re: October Trip to Colorado

You might want to consider an overnight at Mount Princeton Hot Springs or in the historic district of Salida. Salida has lots of neat shops, art galleries and restaurants and you will need the hot springs after all that shopping. An added bonus is the beautiful scenery on the way and in the area. Here is a loop trip option from Colorado Springs. You could do this as a day trip with an early start.

http://goo.gl/maps/70rXv

Information on the area

http://www.nowthisiscolorado.com/

http://www.mtprinceton.com/

Boulder
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8. Re: October Trip to Colorado

So will you be based out of the Springs and day trip from there or will you day trip and overnight in another location?

Amarillo, Texas
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9. Re: October Trip to Colorado

No set plan really, we can stay anywhere.

Windsor, Colorado
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10. Re: October Trip to Colorado

When in October are you planning to come? Estes Park (town adjacent to the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park) and Grand Lake (town adjacent to western side of Rocky Mountain National Park) would be great to visit. Both are small little touristy towns - in a good way. All it takes to see amazing scenery and wildlife like elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep and more in RMNP is a car. Snowy Peaks Winery is in Estes Park.

If you are coming in earlier October while famous RMNP Trail Ridge Road is still open, you could make a nice loop trip including Colorado Springs, Boulder (Pearl Street Mall - pedestrian for shopping), Estes Park, Grand Lake, Frisco - Main Street and Breckenridge, Salida and back to Amarillo. You could spend the night in Colorado Springs or Manitou, Estes Park, Frisco/Breckenridge and Salida.

See this link for the route.

http://goo.gl/maps/3dr7f

If Trail Ridge Road is not open, you would skip Grand Lake but still visit the other towns. Your route from Estes Park would be the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and look like this.

http://goo.gl/maps/EXFMO

www.visitestespark.com

www.grandlakechamber.com

http://www.townoffrisco.com/

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