3 Days in Colorado Springs

A wine-soaked getaway at the base of Pikes Peak.

Mention Colorado Springs, and the conversation invariably turns to The Air Force Academy, The Olympic training center, or a stunning natural formation such as Garden of the Gods. While it’s true that these attractions are synonymous with the Springs, a lesser-known fact about Colorado Springs is that it is also home to one of Colorado’s best wine scenes. There are a few wineries within spitting distance of the city, and its easy to find a glass on wine lists at swank wine bars.

  • Suggested time: Multi Day
  • Transportation: Car (designated driver if needed)
  • Cost $100+

Day 1

Stop 1: Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is one of the must see landmarks in Colorado. Its dramatic views and insane rock formations are among the gems of the natural world. The 300-foot sandstone spires that jet out of the earth are all set against the backdrop of snowcapped Pike’s Peak. Garden of the Gods offers free, guided walks, hiking and biking trails, rick climbing and more.

Stop 2: Wines of Colorado

The ultimate Colorado wine tasting room is just a short 15-minute drive into the mountains from Colorado Springs. It’s a restaurant and tasting bar wrapped into one, featuring dozens of local wine selections to sip and bring home. The tasting room is staffed by knowledgeable local wine experts, and glasses and bottles can be purchased to go alongside lunch!

Stop 3: The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor is a Colorado institution. It’s arguably the state’s premier resort with a championship golf course, world-class spa and fine dinning restaurants on site (to go alongside a fitness club, tennis courts, gardens and  shopping). It’s the best place in the Springs to kick up your feet during an adventure and all of its onsite restaurants offer Colorado wine. Tip: Online deals are aplenty — look for the Sommelier Boot camp that include interactive wine seminars as well as a “Wine paring 101” dinner.

Day 2

Stop 1: Brunch at the Lake Terrace 

Nestled alongside Cheyenne Lake, the elegant Lake Terrace dining room overlooks Cheyenne Lake, a beautiful experience inside the Broadmoor. During the week, it offers a traditional breakfast menu, which transitions into an elaborate, full-service brunch on Sunday, featuring more than 150 enticing items, elaborate ice sculptures and live piano music.

Stop 2: Pikes Peak Cog Railway

The state’s 14,000 foot peaks can be intimidating to many, requiring a long, steep climb to the top. Luckily, Pikes Peak has a train. It ushers guests to the top of the mountain in the most leisurely of settings. There’s even a restaurant on top of the peak.

Stop 3: The Famous Steakhouse

A steak, cooked to a perfect mid rare, alongside a juicy Cabernet is one of the quintessential wine pairings of the world. The Famous does it as well as anyone in town, and the well-curated wine list is strong in its Colorado offerings.

Day 3

Stop 1: Air Force Academy

On the way out of town (back to Denver or wherever else you came from), stop at the Air Force Academy campus on the north side of the city. There’s something so stunning about the perfectly manicured landscaping juxtaposed against the backdrop of the rugged Rockies that makes this one of the prettiest campuses in the country. It’s also a great place to show respect to the future leaders of the U.S. military.