Everyone wishes they could skip those long airport-security lines?and Springs Aviation holds the key to doing just that. Its experienced, certified instructors teach aspiring flyers the skills and knowledge they need to earn their private pilot license, opening up an airborne world of possibilities. Students train on fixed-wing aircraft, including 1985 and 1997 Cessnas, and they also spend time in ground-school classrooms. The staff of pilots also makes civilians' dreams of flying come true during flights, which put flyers in the cockpit of a small airplane before they take over the controls for most of the flight, so the instructor finally has time to finish his airplane-peanut art project.
Recognized by the Professional Photographers of America as a master of her craft, Mary Lynne Ashley won a second place award for her entry in Professional Photographer Magazine's 2010 cover contest. While this certified pro photographs children, families, and expectant mothers, she snatches honest smiles and inquisitive gazes from the mists of time with a hair-trigger shutter. After she adorns newborns with wreaths of flowers, headbands, hats, and tutus, Mary Lynne stealthily captures their subtle expressions as they slumber on antique chairs and barrels overflowing with fuzzy blankets. She displays her versatility by documenting these bundles of joy in the comfort of her studio, in front of scenic landscapes, or in the arms of their loving adoptive androids. In addition to photographing humans, she snaps pictures of beloved pets and imparts her knowledge of digital photography during workshops and classes.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.
With a stay at Holiday Inn Colorado Springs (Airport) in Colorado Springs, you'll be near the airport and close to Peterson Air Force Base. This hotel is within the vicinity of United States Olympic Complex and Colorado Springs City Auditorium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 115 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Colorado Springs? This hotel has 2000 square feet (180 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).
Briarhurst Manor Restaurant has overlooked Garden of the Gods Park in the shadow of Pikes Peak since 1876, when Manitou Springs town founder Dr. William Bell constructed the pink sandstone Tudor-style manor. The English country architecture showcases elegant flourishes such as a tiled fireplace, dark-wood boiserie, and a garden room where sunlight streams through towering windows. Not surprisingly, Briarhurst Manor has been hailed as one of the 100 most romantic restaurants in the country according to OpenTable's 2012 and 2013 Diners' Choice awards.
The cuisine matches the interior?s opulence: Chef Neal Moreno glazes duck-shank confit in a gooseberry cassis, and augments the flavor of Colorado lamb chops with chestnut fig jus. Cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays from Napa Valley punctuate the restaurant's extensive wine list and give beer a reason to feel as insecure as a styrofoam rabbit marooned amid a pack of real wolves.
When Happy Hounds Pet Grooming owner Barb Berntsen isn’t volunteering as a groomer at the National Mill Dog Rescue or tending to her own pets—five dogs and one rescue cat—she’s pampering her clients’ pooches. For more than 15 years, she’s conditioned and groomed fur, cleansed anal glands and ears, and helped canines combat shedding with FurMinator Shed-Less procedures. Soothing oatmeal baths inspire tail wagging and applications of dip shield dogs against fleas and ticks more effectively than a sweater made out of mosquito net.