Ben & Wanda’s guidebook

Ben & Wanda

Ben & Wanda’s guidebook

Food scene
Close by. Fun atmosphere. Handmade pizza & salad from a self-serve bar star at this Victorian-style site. $$ http://www.fargospizza.com/
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Fargo's Pizza
2910 E Platte Ave
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Close by. Fun atmosphere. Handmade pizza & salad from a self-serve bar star at this Victorian-style site. $$ http://www.fargospizza.com/
Love this place! Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Upscale New American cuisine and cocktails — waiting for you just beneath the Springs. $$$$ https://www.rabbitholedinner.com/
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The Rabbit Hole
101 North Tejon Street
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Love this place! Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Upscale New American cuisine and cocktails — waiting for you just beneath the Springs. $$$$ https://www.rabbitholedinner.com/
A longtime local hangout for brick-oven pizza, salads & sandwiches, plus vegetarian & vegan choices. Live music. Can be crowded. $$ https://poorrichardsdowntown.com/
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Poor Richard's Restaurant
324 1/2 North Tejon Street
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A longtime local hangout for brick-oven pizza, salads & sandwiches, plus vegetarian & vegan choices. Live music. Can be crowded. $$ https://poorrichardsdowntown.com/
Close by. Compact joint serving up generous portions of homestyle German fare & beer in a modest backdrop. $$ http://www.uwesgermanrestaurant.com/
Uwe's German Restaurant
31 Iowa Ave
Close by. Compact joint serving up generous portions of homestyle German fare & beer in a modest backdrop. $$ http://www.uwesgermanrestaurant.com/
Delicious, our favorite German restaurant! Rustic Bavarian beer garden & eatery where folk music accompanies the classic dishes like schnitzel. $$$ https://edelweissrest.com/
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Edelweiss German Restaurant
34 E Ramona Ave
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Delicious, our favorite German restaurant! Rustic Bavarian beer garden & eatery where folk music accompanies the classic dishes like schnitzel. $$$ https://edelweissrest.com/
Gourmet burgers, salads & sandwiches pair with local craft beers & cocktails at this trendy haunt. $$$
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Colorado Craft
15 S Tejon St
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Gourmet burgers, salads & sandwiches pair with local craft beers & cocktails at this trendy haunt. $$$
Burger & bun options with choose-your-own toppings go with fries & frozen custard in funky digs. $$ https://skirtedheifer.com/
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The Skirted Heifer
204 North Tejon Street
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Burger & bun options with choose-your-own toppings go with fries & frozen custard in funky digs. $$ https://skirtedheifer.com/
Family-friendly chain outpost pairs familiar pub fare with an extensive list of house brews. $$$ https://www.bjsrestaurants.com/locations/co/colorado-springs
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
5150 N Nevada Ave
Family-friendly chain outpost pairs familiar pub fare with an extensive list of house brews. $$$ https://www.bjsrestaurants.com/locations/co/colorado-springs
Great little joint for burgers and ice cream. $ http://places.singleplatform.com/bjs-velvet-freez/menu?ref=google
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BJ's Velvet Freez
1511 North Union Boulevard
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Great little joint for burgers and ice cream. $ http://places.singleplatform.com/bjs-velvet-freez/menu?ref=google
Popular locavore restaurant offering breakfast, brunch & lunch staples in comfy, brick-walled digs. $$$ https://www.urbaneggeatery.com/
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Urban Egg
28A South Tejon Street
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Popular locavore restaurant offering breakfast, brunch & lunch staples in comfy, brick-walled digs. $$$ https://www.urbaneggeatery.com/
Modern counter-service chain serving Baja-style tacos & other Mexican eats, plus beer & margaritas. $$ https://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
3111 North Chestnut Street
Modern counter-service chain serving Baja-style tacos & other Mexican eats, plus beer & margaritas. $$ https://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/
Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! https://blackbeardiner.com/location/academy-black-bear/
Black Bear Diner
975 N Academy Blvd
Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! https://blackbeardiner.com/location/academy-black-bear/
Great for breakfast! Longtime diner with a homey interior offering breakfast classics, sandwiches & salads, plus a patio. $$ http://omeletteparlorcs.com/
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Omelette Parlor
900 East Fillmore Street
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Great for breakfast! Longtime diner with a homey interior offering breakfast classics, sandwiches & salads, plus a patio. $$ http://omeletteparlorcs.com/
Always a friendly environment, stellar food menu, and what seems like an infinite drink menu thanks to their exceptional lineup of bartenders. $$$ https://pjbarandgrill.com/
Patty Jewett Bar and Grill
900 East Espanola Street
Always a friendly environment, stellar food menu, and what seems like an infinite drink menu thanks to their exceptional lineup of bartenders. $$$ https://pjbarandgrill.com/
Colorado Springs’ Chamorro restaurant. Island food hide-away. $$ https://www.facebook.com/hafaadaifiestafood/
Hafa Adai Fiesta Food
109 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs’ Chamorro restaurant. Island food hide-away. $$ https://www.facebook.com/hafaadaifiestafood/
Italian chain serving grilled sandwiches, pasta & pizza, plus beer & wine, in a casual setting. $$ https://www.paninosdowntown.com/
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Panino's Restaurant
604 N Tejon St
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Italian chain serving grilled sandwiches, pasta & pizza, plus beer & wine, in a casual setting. $$ https://www.paninosdowntown.com/
Down-home breakfast & lunch dishes (plus Thursday-Sunday early dinner) in a cozy converted house. $ https://mtnshadowsrestaurant.com/
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Mountain Shadows Restaurant
2223 Colorado Avenue
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Down-home breakfast & lunch dishes (plus Thursday-Sunday early dinner) in a cozy converted house. $ https://mtnshadowsrestaurant.com/
Tiny joint for burgers, shakes and Ice cream $
Tasty Freeze
2309 North Weber Street
Tiny joint for burgers, shakes and Ice cream $
Enduring bakeshop/market offering German–style pastries, prepared foods & grocery items. $$$ 2321 Bott Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
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Wimberger's Old World Bakery and Delicatessen
2321 Bott Ave
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Enduring bakeshop/market offering German–style pastries, prepared foods & grocery items. $$$ 2321 Bott Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
3-story brewery housed in a historic building features microbrews, a billiards hall & American fare. $$$ 2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
2 East Pikes Peak Avenue
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3-story brewery housed in a historic building features microbrews, a billiards hall & American fare. $$$ 2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Oak-fired pizzas supplemented by seasonal Italian dishes star at this casually stylish parlor. $$ 330 S. Nevada St Colorado Springs, CO 80903 https://www.whitepie.com/
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White Pie Pizzeria
330 South Nevada Avenue
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Oak-fired pizzas supplemented by seasonal Italian dishes star at this casually stylish parlor. $$ 330 S. Nevada St Colorado Springs, CO 80903 https://www.whitepie.com/
Best breakfast burritos! $$ 110 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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King's Chef Diner
110 E Costilla St
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Best breakfast burritos! $$ 110 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Neighborhoods
Manitou Springs is a resort city in Colorado, just outside Colorado Springs. It’s known for its mineral springs and mountain landscapes, dominated by soaring Pikes Peak. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a group of reassembled ancient cliff structures. Hundreds of steps lead up a steep slope on the Manitou Incline Trail. Manitou Avenue is home to art galleries and specialty boutiques.
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Manitou Springs
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Manitou Springs is a resort city in Colorado, just outside Colorado Springs. It’s known for its mineral springs and mountain landscapes, dominated by soaring Pikes Peak. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a group of reassembled ancient cliff structures. Hundreds of steps lead up a steep slope on the Manitou Incline Trail. Manitou Avenue is home to art galleries and specialty boutiques.
In Old Colorado City, galleries and quaint gift stores cluster alongside jewelers, candy shops, and tattoo parlors in 19th-century brick buildings along Colorado Avenue. Dining options range from American eateries to Italian trattorias and Greek tavernas. The Old Colorado City History Center Museum has exhibits on early pioneer settlement, and Simpich Showcase features puppet productions and a folk doll museum.
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Old Colorado City
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In Old Colorado City, galleries and quaint gift stores cluster alongside jewelers, candy shops, and tattoo parlors in 19th-century brick buildings along Colorado Avenue. Dining options range from American eateries to Italian trattorias and Greek tavernas. The Old Colorado City History Center Museum has exhibits on early pioneer settlement, and Simpich Showcase features puppet productions and a folk doll museum.
Downtown is a buzzing hub of indie boutiques, peaceful parks, and global eateries. The area is a designated creative district with sculptures dotting its leafy streets. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum chronicles local history, while the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is known for American art. A lively nightlife scene encompasses breweries, wine bars, and dance clubs, plus concerts at the Pikes Peak Center.
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Downtown
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Downtown is a buzzing hub of indie boutiques, peaceful parks, and global eateries. The area is a designated creative district with sculptures dotting its leafy streets. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum chronicles local history, while the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is known for American art. A lively nightlife scene encompasses breweries, wine bars, and dance clubs, plus concerts at the Pikes Peak Center.
Parks & Recreational
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States. At an elevation of 6,714 feet above sea level, it is the highest zoo in America. The zoo covers 140 acres, 40 of which are in use.
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States. At an elevation of 6,714 feet above sea level, it is the highest zoo in America. The zoo covers 140 acres, 40 of which are in use.
Helen Hunt Falls is a waterfall located on Cheyenne Creek in the North Cheyenne Cañon Park of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The falls are located on North Cheyenne Creek immediately off North Cheyenne Canyon Road in the North Cheyenne Canyon Park.
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Helen Hunt Falls
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Helen Hunt Falls is a waterfall located on Cheyenne Creek in the North Cheyenne Cañon Park of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The falls are located on North Cheyenne Creek immediately off North Cheyenne Canyon Road in the North Cheyenne Canyon Park.
Palmer Park is a regional park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Located at 3650 Maizeland Road, the park is several miles northeast of the downtown area. Elevation Outdoors Magazine named it Best Urban Park in its Best of Rockies 2017 list
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Palmer Park
3344-3376 Paseo Rd
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Palmer Park is a regional park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Located at 3650 Maizeland Road, the park is several miles northeast of the downtown area. Elevation Outdoors Magazine named it Best Urban Park in its Best of Rockies 2017 list
Museum housing money-related historical & cultural artifacts, plus a working coin-minting machine.
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American Numismatic Association
818 North Cascade Avenue
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Museum housing money-related historical & cultural artifacts, plus a working coin-minting machine.
UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) is marking 40 years in 2020. Our flagship site is at the Ent Center for the Arts, with a downtown satellite gallery. GOCA's mission is to spark engaged dialogue about contemporary culture through visual art exhibitions, public programs, and special events that articulate aesthetics, current issues and diverse perspectives. All exhibitions are free and open to the public, as are most programs. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery was designed as a flexible and transformable museum-quality exhibition space. This 2,600 square foot white cube gallery is state-of-the-art. The gallery's flooring system and grid of strong points in the ceiling can accommodate art installations in nearly any configuration.
UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
5225 N Nevada Ave
UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) is marking 40 years in 2020. Our flagship site is at the Ent Center for the Arts, with a downtown satellite gallery. GOCA's mission is to spark engaged dialogue about contemporary culture through visual art exhibitions, public programs, and special events that articulate aesthetics, current issues and diverse perspectives. All exhibitions are free and open to the public, as are most programs. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery was designed as a flexible and transformable museum-quality exhibition space. This 2,600 square foot white cube gallery is state-of-the-art. The gallery's flooring system and grid of strong points in the ceiling can accommodate art installations in nearly any configuration.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife.
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Great Sand Dunes-þjóðgarðurinn og verndarsvæði
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife.
The City of Woodland Park is the Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous municipality in Teller County, Colorado, United States. Woodland Park is a part of the Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
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Woodland Park
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The City of Woodland Park is the Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous municipality in Teller County, Colorado, United States. Woodland Park is a part of the Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Crystal Creek Reservoir is a reservoir on Crystal Creek on the northwest side of Pikes Peak in Teller County, Colorado. The reservoir is impounded by Crystal Creek Dam, which is on the border of Teller and El Paso counties. The reservoir and surrounding Pike National Forest land offers opportunities for boating, fishing, camping, and hunting, among other activities and can be accessed from the Pikes Peak Highway. It is one of three reservoirs that are part of the North Slope Recreation Area located northeast of Colorado Springs.
Crystal Creek Reservoir
Crystal Creek Reservoir is a reservoir on Crystal Creek on the northwest side of Pikes Peak in Teller County, Colorado. The reservoir is impounded by Crystal Creek Dam, which is on the border of Teller and El Paso counties. The reservoir and surrounding Pike National Forest land offers opportunities for boating, fishing, camping, and hunting, among other activities and can be accessed from the Pikes Peak Highway. It is one of three reservoirs that are part of the North Slope Recreation Area located northeast of Colorado Springs.
Lake Pueblo State Park is a state park located in Pueblo County, Colorado. It includes 60 miles of shoreline and 10,000 acres of land. Activities it offers include two full-service marinas, recreational fishing, hiking, camping and swimming at a special swim beach.
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Lake Pueblo State Park
640 Pueblo Reservoir Road
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Lake Pueblo State Park is a state park located in Pueblo County, Colorado. It includes 60 miles of shoreline and 10,000 acres of land. Activities it offers include two full-service marinas, recreational fishing, hiking, camping and swimming at a special swim beach.
Unique open space with distinctive color variations & rock formations plus 4 miles of trails.
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Paint Mines Interpretive Park
29950 Paint Mine Road
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Unique open space with distinctive color variations & rock formations plus 4 miles of trails.
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers are two campuses created by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee as training facilities for its Olympic and Paralympic athletes. They are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Lake Placid, New York.
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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
1 Olympic Plaza
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The United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers are two campuses created by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee as training facilities for its Olympic and Paralympic athletes. They are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Lake Placid, New York.
The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre zoological garden located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. It is the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area.
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Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street
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The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre zoological garden located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. It is the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area.
Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains.
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Denver
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Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains.
Museum with a large collection of restored aircraft & artifacts from World War II, plus a gift shop. https://www.worldwariiaviation.org/
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National Museum of World War II Aviation
755 Aviation Way
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Museum with a large collection of restored aircraft & artifacts from World War II, plus a gift shop. https://www.worldwariiaviation.org/
City/town information
Downtown Denver is dominated by the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian strip lined with gift shops, street food vendors and al fresco bars and restaurants. In the lively theater district, musicals, plays and concerts are staged at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Nearby, the landmark Brown Palace Hotel offers weekly guided tours and is a popular spot for afternoon tea.
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Denver
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Downtown Denver is dominated by the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian strip lined with gift shops, street food vendors and al fresco bars and restaurants. In the lively theater district, musicals, plays and concerts are staged at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Nearby, the landmark Brown Palace Hotel offers weekly guided tours and is a popular spot for afternoon tea.
Shopping
Busy, modern outlet mall featuring a variety of popular stores, along with a food court.
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Outlets at Castle Rock
5050 Factory Shops Blvd
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Busy, modern outlet mall featuring a variety of popular stores, along with a food court.
Park Meadows is an enclosed shopping mall in Lone Tree, Colorado. Opened on August 30, 1996, the mall features Forever 21, JCPenney, Dillard's, Nordstrom, Macy's, Crate and Barrel and Dick's Sporting Goods as its anchor stores.
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Park Meadows Mall
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Park Meadows is an enclosed shopping mall in Lone Tree, Colorado. Opened on August 30, 1996, the mall features Forever 21, JCPenney, Dillard's, Nordstrom, Macy's, Crate and Barrel and Dick's Sporting Goods as its anchor stores.
Familiar retail stores & eateries make up this outdoor shopping complex with seasonal events. 5262 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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University Village Colorado shopping center
5262 North Nevada Avenue
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Familiar retail stores & eateries make up this outdoor shopping complex with seasonal events. 5262 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian and transit mall in Denver, Colorado. The mall, 1.25 miles long, runs along 16th Street in downtown Denver, from Wewatta Street to the intersection of 16th Avenue and Broadway.
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16th Street Mall
1001 16th Street
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The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian and transit mall in Denver, Colorado. The mall, 1.25 miles long, runs along 16th Street in downtown Denver, from Wewatta Street to the intersection of 16th Avenue and Broadway.
Antiques. 1815 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
American Classics Marketplace
1815 Academy Blvd N
Antiques. 1815 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Other
Splash park for those hot, dry summer days!
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John Venezia Community Park
3555 Briargate Pkwy
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Splash park for those hot, dry summer days!
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America the Beautiful Park Fantasy Playground
126 Cimino Drive
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Bars, Night clubs
Honky-tonk offering live music, free country dance lessons & casual bar eats. Downtown, 25 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Cowboys
25 N Tejon St
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Honky-tonk offering live music, free country dance lessons & casual bar eats. Downtown, 25 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Loud live music. Intimate standing-room-only concert hall with a cutting-edge punk- & indie-rock vibe & graffiti art. Walkable: 2106 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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The Black Sheep
2106 E Platte Ave
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Loud live music. Intimate standing-room-only concert hall with a cutting-edge punk- & indie-rock vibe & graffiti art. Walkable: 2106 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Exclusive piano gay bar, serving fine cocktails. Downtown, 3 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
ICONS
3 East Bijou Street
Exclusive piano gay bar, serving fine cocktails. Downtown, 3 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Speakeasy-style nightspot specializing in gin-based cocktails & light bites in a stylish setting. Downtown, 110 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street
110 E Boulder St
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Speakeasy-style nightspot specializing in gin-based cocktails & light bites in a stylish setting. Downtown, 110 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Craft cocktail lounge with chic decor & activities including pool, TVs, live bands & happy hour. Downtown, 124 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Bar-K
124 E Costilla St
Craft cocktail lounge with chic decor & activities including pool, TVs, live bands & happy hour. Downtown, 124 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Comfy Irish pub home to traditional cuisine, grog, sing-alongs & a local running club's home base. Downtown, 21 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant
21 S Tejon St
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Comfy Irish pub home to traditional cuisine, grog, sing-alongs & a local running club's home base. Downtown, 21 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903