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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 2013: Non-Chain Book Store
Poor Richard's has won this category every year since 2005. "I think the secret to our success is we keep our prices affordable for used books," says manager Marie Poole. "But what a lot of people don't know is we also carry new books, and we can special-order new books, too. Plus, we carry very unique and affordable cards, purses, scarves, jewelry and gift items. We've always been very concerned with issues related to the community, so the community supports us, too." But back to the books, since that's what we're talking about here: "The beauty of used bookstores is you'll see books about things you didn't even know existed," Poole says, "or you didn't even know might spark an interest in you. I like to think we sell ideas." — Kendall Kullman
Best Of 2013: Local Coffee House
Hold on to your travel mug, and cruise through your commute knowing you are making a difference. The Perk Downtown has carried ethically traded coffees for a while, but now you can go onto its Facebook page and order a pound of Purple Mountain Coffee's Traffic Jam, proceeds from which "Help Push to End Human Trafficking." Owners Don and Kay Heaberlin don't want to just bag coffee. "We want to be a part of things. People need to know that trafficking happens, and not just overseas, but right here in the U.S. and in Colorado." With the addition of their new rooftop lounge area, they hope to expand the space where people can meet and talk, as well as maybe add a spot for local wine and beer tastings.. — Bret Wright
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.