1. Pike’s Peak
At 14,511 feet with a 19 mile highway Pike’s Peak is a must see. Especially if you are first visiting Colorado. Being a native Chicagoan where everything is flat – my breath was taken away by the beauty of the mountains that are around every corner.
My breath was almost taken away as well because of the high altitude. If you are traveling at a high altitude for the first time I highly recommend you take some cordyceps a month in advance to prepare your lungs. I know I did, and it definitely helped me when I reached the top of Pike’s Peak!
I adventured with Dianne from Blanche’s Place to the top of Pike’s Peak – I highly recommend driving up to the top. There is a little train as well, but you can see more of the mountain this way.
So what will you see when you venture upwards?
When you reach the top you will see the amazing geological formations over millions of years. As a flatlander – the affectionate nickname I procured while visiting – it was amazing to see red rock and sandstone for the first time.
Not only that, when you reach the top there is a little restaurant and gift shop that shows the short films about the history of Pike’s Peak. I won’t spoil it, but Pike’s Peak was pivotal in the growth of Colorado Springs and also inspired a little song called “America the Beautiful.”
No big deal.
This is definitely the place to stay to get away from the hustle and bustle of work. Nestled between sandstone, forest, and high peaks Glen Eyrie is a little hidden Gem of Colorado Springs.
Each room is different – as this used to be General Palmer’s house. My room was a perfect size for me. A queen sized bed, beautiful bay window with a seat that I used to do my writing, a personal desk, beautiful bathroom with all of the amenities… needless to say I spent the morning of my tea time enjoying a bubble bath.
For the entrepreneurial nomads the wifi was on point. Very fast – I livestreamed through Periscope a few times giving tours of the room and the grounds.
Things to do at Glen Eyrie Castle:
– The Historic and Architectural Tour
The tour guides of Glen Eyrie are wonderful. Whether you want to focus on the people, the history, or the architecture bring your questions and curiousities. They are a wealth of information. I knew a little bit about the general history, but I liked hearing the hidden and human story behind the castle.
Fun Fact: General Palmer was basically the community gatherer for Colorado Springs. His Great Hall in the castle was used for the whole town of Colorado Springs. Their Christmas party was a big celebration every year.
– Afternoon Tea Time
I had the pleasure of having tea with the marketing team of Glen Eyrie. Each tea time has a different menu, a selection of 5-7 teas you can try, locally sourced and organic foods, and a very creative chef.
You can choose 2 teas to share with friends.
Never did I think that wontons, watermelon, and balsamic would pair so well together. The combinations and serving sizes are small so that the focus can be on every bite and on the conversation.
I highly recommend the Angel Mist tea – naturally sweet, floral and just the right amount of pucker.
– Visit to the Cafe
Before going on the tour stop by the Glen Eyrie cafe – it used to be General Palmer’s horse
stable – you would never be able to tell though! They have paninis, coffee, tea, and a variety of smoothies. I had the Queen’s Cup – a yummy raspberry and vanilla smoothie.
I also had the Glen Eyrie grilled cheese – their own special thousand island dressing, sauteed onions, and rye bread.
The patio outside the cafe is great to bring your laptop, journal, or just read.
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