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Best Hiking Trail
Because its loops hook together for 13 diverse miles, joining up with the Paul Intemann Memorial Trail and Section 16, giving intrepid and intimidated hikers alike plenty of options. Because Manitou's Incline and Barr Trail are crowded and dull next to the comparatively deserted Red Rock Canyon trails that roll through some of the prettiest topography in Colorado. Because, for free, you can picnic comfortably with your family and Fido, then spend the afternoon exploring cliffs and marshes. And because, in addition to the Chaco-wearing dog-walking crowd, runners, rock climbers and equestrians are also welcome. — Deidre Schoolcraft
Source: Purple Mountain Coffee
Get the: Spicy sipping chocolate
Rico's features a rotating selection of 20 wines by the glass. Look for an assortment of varietals including organic, vegan and sustainably harvested wines.
Rico's serves Purple Mountain Coffee products brewed in fancy Chemex carafes. You can also order sipping chocolates, alcohol and eats from Poor Richard's next door.
Best Of 2014: Non-Chain Book Store
Best Of 2014: Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift
The growing gift section at Poor Richard's now takes up nearly half the business. Co-owner Patricia Seator says, "We choose products with both quality and price in mind, allowing anyone to find a nice gift at a great price." They also focus on products made locally or in the U.S.; most of the vintage jewelry case, for example, is filled with pieces by local artists. But despite the increase in wearables, home decor and Shakespeare-quoting wallets, you can rest assured that there's no shortage of reading material. Poor Richard's always has a steady stream of pre-owned tomes replenishing the floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and Seator says they are starting to add more new books to the selection. — DM
Best Of 2014: Local Coffee House
It may not be the fictional Double R Diner, but The Perk is your favorite place in town to get, you'll pardon my language, a damned fine cup of coffee. The 6-year-old downtown location hosts two floors: a cozy cafe downstairs, which shows little to no sign of the fire that shut down the business earlier this year, and a more open space upstairs that routinely plays host to everything from music to Bible study groups to business meetings. General manager Ashlynn Moore also credits her awesome baristas with the Perk's success. Add in awesome food and prime Tejon real estate, and it's a spunky local joint for everyone. But none of this would matter without good coffee, which it has in spades. —Griffin Swartzell
Best Of 2012: Local Coffee HouseWhile you were voting for your favorite local bean empire this year, change was under way behind the scenes at said empire. Don and Kay Heaberlin, owners of Pikes Perk's downtown branch, split from roaster Rick Roehrman, purchased nearby Purple Mountain Coffee Co., and commenced with their own roasting operation. Hence the two names you see above. Moving forward, the north Perk should offer more of what you've come to expect and reward, including live music on Friday and Saturday nights, while the downtown business has announced changes around environmental consciousness, meaning more fair-trade and organic goodies. Truly, it's a whole new flavor. So be clear next year in your voting, and until then, chug some caffeine in both Perks' honors. — Matthew Schniper
Insider Guide 2010
Piramide specializes in eco-conscious clothing, accessories and jewelry, emphasizing natural fibers that are comfortable. It's also one of the best places in town to pick up a hat when the Colorado sun's baking your head.
Best Of 2011: Chinese
Best Of 2010: Chinese
Good Chinese food is hard to come by, especially in Colorado Springs. Rest assured that even though you might not be able to get your favorite stir-fry from the local stall on the corner, you can always get your fix at P.F. Chang's. The national chain gracefully mixes the tastes of China with more contemporary cooking, and covers all the bases: beef, lamb, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetarian options ... Whether you're considering the $39.95 prix fixe menu for a decadent dinner for two, or just looking for a workday lunch to savor, be sure to try Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps and the Mongolian Beef, the restaurant's signature dish. — Ken Voeller
Really, who could possibly not love a French toast rendition constructed out of a house-baked cinnamon roll? (Hello, sugar!) There's also the locally famous cinnamon raisin toast, plus lunch items like burgers and sandwiches — great for patio dining in the summer.