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Palmer Lake's community arts center not only offers classes and art shows, but also hosts numerous lectures on Tri-Lakes history as well as live music by regional and national acts.
Best Of 2015: Place to Work Out in Winter
The oldest formations in Garden of the Gods, such as Kissing Camels, started as sand dunes some 300 million years ago. It's a magical place. So we're beyond fortunate that the Perkins family gave 480 acres of the park to the city in 1909 — with the stipulation that it always remain free to enter and open to the public. Since then, the city has expanded the park to more than 1,300 acres. In addition to the famous rocks, the Garden is also home to a nonprofit-owned visitor and nature center, which recently was expanded and remodeled. It now features state-of-the-art exhibit halls where you can explore the area's geology, flora and fauna; learn about early explorers; and even look at photos of the Garden from each of the past 365 days. — J. Adrian Stanley
Best Of 2015: Store for Accessories
Best Of 2015: Store for Women's Fashions
Many years ago, I told my husband if he ever wants to buy me a gift, all he needs to do is go to Terra Verde. It doesn't take much to hit a winner here, whether a super-soft scarf or a stylish hat or a piece of fashionable clothing or jewelry. I'd be happy to add pretty much anything from their collection to my closet, and have felt that way for the entire 23 years they've been open downtown. Side note: I shop here a lot because I know my friends feel the same way. — Kirsten Akens
With daily specials like meatloaf, barbecue and open-face pork, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, Sheldon's supplements its regular diner dishes of simple omelets and American breakfast items, plus burgers, melts, salads and soups. Two locations and many years in biz say a lot.
Get the: Mocha
Serranos is a locally respected roaster whose coffee is served in many restaurants, and whose Web site offers gift-basket options. Its local shops also double as comfortable and welcoming drink spots. Go for an expertly prepared mocha.
Best Of 2015: Deli
Wholesome flair and well-priced eats make it worth the walk to this locally owned deli, residing in the outer Colorado College solar system on North Tejon Street. Wooglin's offers homemade taste that comforts its fair share of homesick students, but also staff and faculty. It's also a great little lunch spot for the corporate set, with standouts such as $6.99 half-pound burgers with crisp, house-made chips; loaded cold sandwiches; daily quiches; and thick slices of creamy cheesecake. With all these goodies, the walk there and back really isn't such a bad idea. — Bridgett Harris
Best Of 2013: • Indy Pick: Chicken pot pie
I didn't pick this just because of the heart-shaped cracker that comes on top of each pie. It helps, but this heaping dish hardly needs much décor — the crispy, flaky top covering creamy vegetables and healthy chunks of chicken are more than enough. According to the general manager, this house specialty is by far one of the restaurant's most popular items, and starts out as nothing more than a chicken dumpling soup blanketed with a puff pastry crust. And since it's a mere $8.95, you have cash left over to indulge in the joint's more adult namesake offerings. — Edie Adelstein
Bites 2013: Carrot Cake
Though it comes in the shape of a slice, this huge monolith of dessert has more layers than Shrek, feeds up to four people, and fits just fine in a completely empty, jumbo-sized freezer (because you're not eating this whole thing at once). It's a symphony of creamy frosting, soft layers of cake and all the caloric guilt you can muster. ($9.95)