LIV for Local Flavors: Colorado Springs Edition

Colorado Springs, the state’s second largest metropolitan area, is packed with fun things to do, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and natural wonders to see. Here’s a quick guide that will steer you toward some of the best offerings in the ‘Springs.’

Feed a giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Your Day Starts at a Cafe

Treat yourself to a delicious and nutritious breakfast at Adam’s Mountain Cafe. Here, you’ll find tasty entrees that are made with local, organic, and “clean” ingredients as well as some vegan options. This Manitou Springs establishment’s claim to fame is its Huevos Rancheros. Adam’s take on the southwestern style dish is so beloved that it earned the title of “Best in the Springs” seven years in a row.

Lucky Dumpling is a delicious stop for lunch or dinner.

Explore Your Wild Side at the Zoo

Experience encounters with exotic animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The zoo’s distinctive setting, at an elevation of 6,714 feet, and collection of creatures from all over the world is sure to surprise and delight visitors of all ages. Get up close and personal with the tallest residents of the zoo at the giraffe feeding area or book a custom animal experience to arrange a meet and greet with your favorite species.

Lunch at Lucky Dumpling

When it’s time to take a lunch break, head on over to Lucky Dumpling. This fun Asian eatery is the brainchild of Chef Brother Luck, a transplant from San Francisco who wanted to bring the most delicious dumpling creations to Colorado Springs. From small plates, to gourmet entrees, and of course, a variety of dumplings. Try The Big Bad Mamma Jamma, a dumpling with a uniquely Colorado twist – pueblo green chili!

Make Time for some R&R

Slow down for a moment of relaxation. Visit the SunWater Spa, where you can melt your stress away in the mineral-water soaking cedar tubs and indulge in other spa treatments. This spa is different from your typical spa in that it incorporates the practices of the indigenous cultures that lived on the land many moons ago. Book a 90-minute soak in your own personal tub where mineral water from the famous Seven Minute Spring will soothe tense muscles.

Enjoy an Authentic Italian Dining Experience

Descend below street-level to enjoy drinks at The Rabbit Hole.

For dinner, you have to go to DAT’s! DAT’S ITALIAN is a local favorite for incredible Italian dishes and sharable-sized servings. For more than 10 years, this staple restaurant in the Springs has been serving up the freshest and most authentic Italian cuisine. What’s even more impressive than the menu is the expansive wine list.

After Dinner Drinks Down the Rabbit Hole

Sip on a scrumptious night cap drink in one of Colorado Springs’ best kept secret spots – The Rabbit Hole. This subterranean establishment offers upscale cocktails and bites in a wonderland-like setting. The perfect place to end your day.