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Best Of 2010: Place to Buy Art
Want a unique piece of original art by a Colorado artist? Seek out Commonwheel Artists Co-op, a fun shop that features some of its co-operative members' best works. Since 1974, this collaborative has been promoting art in the Pikes Peak region. The store is the main avenue, along with gallery events and a Labor Day art festival. A wide array of sculpture, mixed media, fibers and fabrics, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography and other creations makes Commonwheel a must-visit on a Manitou afternoon. Artists take turns manning the counter and are on hand to chat about selections. — Debbie Kelley
Commonwheel pervades all seasons and creeds as a source for quintessentially Manitou Springs fine arts and crafts. With more than 30 years under its belt, the co-op offers pottery, ceramics, wall art and jewelry crafted by locals. Like the arcade up the street and the stream behind the building, this outlet is a cornerstone of the community.
Insider Guide 2010
Colloquially known as "The Indy" or "The Single Most Amazing Piece of Local Print Owned or Not Owned by a Megalith of Publishing" (used interchangeably), the paper boasts 126,000 regular readers and, unlike the local daily, has yet to force-feed a copy of the New Testament to its readers.
Best Of 2012: Bang-for-your-Buck Restaurant
Best Of 2012: Power Lunch
Best Of 2012: Tourist Destination
The animals have finally beaten the rocks. Throughout Best Of history, Garden of the Gods has stood tallest in this category. Now, the giraffes (and lions and tigers and bears) have something to crow about. Marketing director Jenny Hillard credits locals for their ever-growing support: About 61 percent of visitors are from the Pikes Peak region, with 13 percent from the Denver area. Soon, visitors will see the new $13.5 million-dollar Encounter Africa exhibit, "which will provide new homes for our African elephants and lions, feature an improved meerkat exhibit, and bring the majestic black rhinoceros back to the zoo," Hillard says. — Rhonda Van Pelt
Insider Guide 2010
This fully functional "off-leash" dog park boasts eight bag dispensers and nine trash cans, plus a donated ball dispenser and several trails that span 25 fenced-in acres. The park also has a separate area for small dogs, so if your Chihuahua doesn't play well with the big doggies, he'll have a place to prance.
Best Of 2012: Place to Eat Local/Sustainable
Best Of 2012: Restaurant for Herbivores
Best Of 2012: Neighborhood Restaurant: Manitou
An institution in downtown Manitou Springs, Adam's takes multiple titles each year. There are a couple major reasons, says owner Farley McDonough: "First, we try to be as consistent as possible. ... Second, we don't waver from that which we do well." And why would they? Look at the huevos rancheros, for instance. "It seriously rocks: The green chile is great, the avocado is fresh, the beans are spiced just right, and the eggs are local," says McDonough. As for those most partial to dining on Adam's creekside patio, McDonough has more good news: "My hope for the future is that we can find a way to keep the patio open all winter," she says. — Celine Wright
Bites 2013: Christmas Mountain Falls
Yeah, the menu says Green or Red Mountain Falls, but locals know you can mix them to dramatic effect. Onto a bed of toasted polenta (yup — 'dem ITALian corn grits) capped in cheddar cheese come the vegetarian chilies garnished with scallions and tomatoes and cooled slightly by a dollop of sour cream. Get the added eggs your style (over medium, perhaps?) because the yolk adds another pleasing dimension. There you have it: Christmas year-round. ($7/$10.25 with two eggs).Click here for Adam's Mountain Cafe's Indian Braised Romanesco Recipe!