Inspired by their daughter's nickname on the softball field, Don and Linda Eckles named Scooter's Coffee & Yogurt for both their young player's speed and their shop's speedy service. Today, across more than 90 locations in seven states, Scooter's pours custom-roasted coffees and blends espresso into white-mocha frappes. Each highly trained barista also blends fruit smoothies and dishes out cups and top hats for self-serve frozen yogurt. To add signature flair, the baristas label each cup with one of three happy-face stickers designed by a children's book illustrator.
Steaming cups of english breakfast, chocolate-coconut, and masala chai tea tantalize taste buds alongside earl grey tea bread and hearty sandwiches on croissant rolls. Visitors to Moon Kats pair these nibbles, which include vegetarian and gluten-free options, with a variety of flavorful loose teas and tea bags that arrive by the cup or pot, as well as with an assortment of Amazing Origins coffee and tea ciders. Guests can mix and match teas and treats at their leisure or partake in prix fixe afternoon teatimes named Hansel and Gretel in honor of the tearoom's gingerbread walls. In between bites, visitors surf the net with free WiFi or stock up on brand-name teas and accessories from the shop.
The menu offers a white mocha ($3.25 for 12 ounces), latte ($2.60), cappuccino ($2.60), hot chocolate ($2.50), steamers ($2.10), blended drinks such as the Frozen Hotty ($3.85) and more. Coffee comes in A, B, and C-sized perky cups. An A-cup of house blend costs $1.75, so this Groupon could caffeinate your mornings for an entire workweek. Add a $.40 flavor shot or a $.50 soy shot for an extra boost. Freshly baked pastries are available daily to complement the coffee. Cold drinks include an iced latte ($2.60 for 12 ounces), mocha ($3), and coffee ($1.55) as well as an Italian soda ($2.75) and an Arnold Palmer ($2).
At 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak's rocky summit looms over the region, once inspiring songwriter Katharine Lee Bates to pen the lyrics to "America the Beautiful." Those seeking a close-up look of the mountain can take one of Pikes Peak Cog Railway's red train cars, which meander up the mountainside past wildlife and crashing waterfalls. The area's diverse geography lends itself to outdoor recreation, from hiking the pine-fringed trails of the Garden of the Gods to hot air balloon rides. A booming town during the Colorado Gold Rush, Pikes Peak Country pays homage to its history with interactive mining sites, where visitors can sift through ore in search of precious gems or their spare hotel key.