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Best Of 2015: Easy Hiking Trail
It says something when the category is "Easy Hiking Trail" (singular) and the winner is an entire park. With over a dozen trails — many of which are actually "intermediate" or "advanced," according to the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department — Red Rock Canyon Open Space is arguably the most popular park for locals looking to hike, run or cycle close to home. With so many good trails, it's no wonder that Red Rocks enjoys such a following. Now we just need to figure out which trail is the best. — Hiking Bob Falcone
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 2015: Non-Chain Book Store
Best Of 2015: Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift
Best Of 2015: LGBT-Friendly Business
How you see Poor Richard's probably depends on how long you've been in town. Founder and co-owner Richard Skorman notes that the store was a meeting place for LGBT groups in the wake of the statewide passage of anti-gay Amendment 2 in 1992. Skorman stuck his neck out at a time when doing so was actually dangerous, and he faced down death threats because of it. Skorman's wife and the current co-owner of the store, Patricia Seator, remembers being scared during those times, though she didn't get heavily involved in the business until more recently. Those who came to town after the mid-2000s are probably more familiar with the Poor Richard's that Seator helped create — the café, gift shop and new façade are based on her design input. So is the paring down of the used book store, and the addition of new books to the inventory. — J. Adrian Stanley
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.