Top Reasons to Visit The Inn at Palmer Divide
- Situated in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, this upscale resort offers sweeping views of the Front Range.
- Built in a modern lodge style, the resort features high, wooden-timbered ceilings, river-rock walls, and expansive balconies overlooking the mountains.
- Denver is a one-hour drive away, and the shops and restaurants of downtown Colorado Springs are 25 minutes away.
- Stays include complimentary daily breakfast.
- The onsite moZaic Restaurant serves European fare with a twist in a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Menu items include roasted chicken with jalapeno cheddar risotto and seared scallops with lobster and shrimp ravioli.
Colorado Springs, Colorado: Cultured College Town Where the Mountains Meet the Plains
Colorado Springs is the second-biggest city in Colorado, but it still has a frontier feel; there are vast plains and towering mountains just east of the city. At more than 14,000 feet, Pikes Peak dominates the landscape. The mountain—once thought to be insurmountable—inspired part of the lyrics to “America the Beautiful.” You can hike the mountainside or take in the surroundings by car along the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway, which doubles as a racing course for motorcycles and cars during the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
You can easily reach the summit of Pikes Peak via the Cog Railway, a three-hour train ride that makes a steep climb past boulders, streams, and trees that are roughly 2,000 years old. Along the way, keep an eye out for Colorado's state animal, the bighorn sheep; they gather in herds in the mountains.
Though a lot of activity here skews toward the outdoors, Colorado Springs has plenty else going for it, particularly in the artistic realm. Downtown you’ll find the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, home to masterpieces by contemporary American painters that include John Singer Sargent and Georgia O'Keeffe.