This is a very exciting post to write for ya’ll, as I just returned from my FIRST big solo trip (ever) to Colorado Springs!  If you have seen my snapchat, you probably know who Bandit the cat is. He was my foster kitty, and his parents live here in the Springs. I used the return of Bandit as an opportunity to explore! My friend Nikki and her husband John were the BEST hosts you could ask for! They knew the good places to eat, spa, drink, dance and see. This was an awesome trip all around, thanks to them.

Bonus fact, this was also my first airplane ride. I was terrified! I couldn’t get excited about the trip until after I had a mild panic attack on the way to the airport. After that, it was all a breeze!

A few of the beautiful adventures I encountered…

Upon arrival, we got some of the best Indian food I’ve tasted. Not that I’ve had much…Southern Pines is lacking in that department. This was the Chicken Tikka Saag at Little Nepal. Creamy, spinach-y, curry chicken. It’s inspired me to look for an authentic Indian cookbook. Let me know of any suggestions!
This was taken at Garden of the Gods. A beautiful park for some amazing sight-seeing! This was taken right before it began to snow again, so it was cold! Many others were just driving long and stopping for brief photos. See the big white cloud covering the mountain peak? Yeah…

Saturday evening was the night out. First destination was the Ivy Wild. It is a huge elementary school-turned-brewery. I tasted a flight of Colorado beers and some small plates. We headed out for dancing after this…I can’t remember where. Too much party.

I woke up at 5:30 mountain time, after dancing till 2am eastern time. However we all stayed in bed, relaxing and nursing hangovers (Maybe just me…) before a huge brunch at 11. Brunch was at Over Easy Cafe, located on the main drag in downtown Colorado Springs.  I want one here!!

The gangs’ meals included breakfast tacos, Hawaiian pancakes and omelets.

This one is being framed…

Oh the shopping…I got in lots of trouble at Southwest Silver Company, a wholesale crystal shop. Non-retail folks can still purchase them too, and from my understanding, everything is always 50% off (except books)

Beth’s Boutique is an old house-turned-store FILLED with dreamy hippie-girly clothes, housewares and accessories. Think Anthropology style, but actually affordable. They carry the lines Free People, Flying Tomato, Natural life, and many more. Unfortunately, we stepped in there after I cut myself off. Didn’t stop me…

Coolest map ever?

This was taken at the SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs. If your looking for a scenic, all natural and spiritual-style experience, this is it. They have everything from 7 hot springs, 3 yoga rooms for very traditional style classes, facials, massages, and so much more! I can’t wait to go back here. Pure bliss.

The view of Pikes Peak from the spa.

Following spa time, we were directed to The Heart of Jerusalem Cafe in Manitou Springs. Hummus, falafel and flavor galore! They import authentic herbs and spices from Jerusalem and everything is made from scratch. It was the best Greek food I’ve eaten.


A recap-


  • Garden of the Gods
  • Pikes Peak (There is also a cog train that will take you up.)
  • SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs



Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and I hope I’ve added some adventures to your Colorado to-do list! If you have any for me, please let me know. I know I’ll be back there before long….

Love and light to you all,



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