David M Dombach Photography 
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David M Dombach Photography was started out of my love of sharing the beauty of the world around me. My hope is to inspire you… More »

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    Bites 2013: Alaskan Burger

    Big Mac-esque but better because A) it's not Ronald's monstrosity from a mega-chain B) it features quality Ranch Foods Direct beef C) locals say so. A middle bun and layers of chopped lettuce split two quarter-pound patties cloaked in melted American cheese. A house Thousand Island dressing wets the buns and your chin. ($6.35/$8.85 with fries and a drink)

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    InSider 2010

    If the Donut Mill isn't enough to get you out to Woodland Park, the Crystola Roadhouse should be. Great sound and sightlines, plus a formidable lineup of touring blues acts, make this wood-hewn getaway a destination spot for music fans throughout the area. Owner Darryl Maggs used to play professional hockey in Canada, and his love for roots music shines through in the bookings.

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    If it's time to take a break from the casinos, consider stopping into this three-building complex. It features artifacts relating to the Native American era and to the frontier and mining history of Cripple Creek and Teller County.

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    IndyPick • Best Of 2011: Caretaker of Colorado Springs History

    We're lucky here at the Indy to have the Pioneers Museum right across the street. It's a great building to look at, has lovely grounds to stroll and plenty of nice spots to take lunch. It's even better on the inside. Gorgeously built in 1903, the museum possesses an astounding 60,000-piece collection, ranging from early photos of the Springs, artifacts like rifles, Native American objects, medical equipment and much more. Feel free (literally) to browse an exquisite mural by local artist Eric Bransby, ride the metal cage elevator, and wander through the beautifully restored courtroom upstairs. Many of the exhibits there are interactive, but guests can go a step further, and register for the Museum Experience, a course in which they help design and build an exhibition. — Edie Adelstein

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    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.

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    Best of 2015: Cultural Attraction/Museum

    Best of 2015: Art Exhibition

    The selection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Eloquent Objects as "best" in these respective categories makes perfect sense in 2015 (The Year of O'Keeffe, according to the FAC). Of the four institutions to host the traveling exhibition nationally, the FAC is geographically closest to O'Keeffe's landscape muse. And the museum's deep ties to the American Southwest radiated from the lower galleries throughout the building thanks to impressive and diverse pieces from its permanent collection. They served both as stunning support to the visiting works of O'Keeffe and 25 of her contemporaries, as well as the aesthetic connector responsible for transforming the FAC into an eloquent object in its own right. As former Indy Arts Editor Edie Adelstein noted in her coverage of the exhibition in June, "The arts center itself may be the real star of the show." Indeed. — Vanessa Martinez

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    Drink 2010

    Source: Barista Espresso and Specialty Roasting

    Get the: White Zombie (white espresso, Ghirardelli white chocolate)

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    Under new ownership with a slightly revamped menu and later hours, the Coffee Exchange serves breakfast sandwiches and drinks like Irish coffees (thanks to its liquor license). Barista coffee products and four beers are available on tap.

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    Best of 2015: Chinese

    You know what I love? Restaurant prices that begin with the number six. All the items on the lunch menu at the Coal Mine Dragon on Eighth Street are under $7 and include side items like egg rolls, cheese wontons and soup. Save some bucks — check their website for coupons before you go. The Coal Mine Dragon on Uintah, separately owned and operated, boasts a sprawling dine-in and delivery menu, along with family dinners and quick lunch options, including everything from five pasta variations to crispy duck (by the half). Pro tip: Stretch your dollar with dinner combo plates that start at $7.55 for an entrée, wonton, egg roll, soup and choice of rice. — Amanda Lundgren and Craig Lemley

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    Best Of 2015: In-Store Wine Selection

    Big changes have come to Coaltrain over the past year. A major renovation increased space by 4,000 square feet, allowing the store to add such features as a separate tasting room and a beer cave. Perhaps one of the coolest additions shoppers will find, though, is the temperature-controlled, high-end wine room. Office manager Chelle Mason says that room currently holds about 300 selections — and counting. Of course, the front room is still filled with wines from all over the world, with especially impressive offerings from France and Italy. — Kirsten Akens

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    Insider Guide 2010

    Spelunking, stalactites, stalagmites ... Cave of the Winds offers two tours for those hankering for some Colorado rock: the family-friendly, 45-minute Discovery Tour, and the 90-minute Lantern Tour, where children under 5 are not permitted and it's possible somebody will get lost forever. (Not true.)

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    Camp Guide 2011

    Catamount Institute's Adventure Camps

    Week-long adventures include Creepy Crawly Safari (ages 6 to 8); Outdoor Explorers Camp (9 to 11), with rock climbing, interaction with wolves and camping; Wilderness Leaders Wild & Green Career Camp (11 to 13), building the next generation of outdoor leaders, and featuring camping and CPR certification; and Backpack Beyond (13 to 16), learning wilderness survival skills before a four-day backpacking trek through the Collegiate Peaks.

    471-0910 ext. 104

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    Best Of 2015: Hotel

    Whether you stay in the historic Broadmoor Hotel, the longest-running 5-star hotel in the country, or book at one of the newer "luxury wilderness" retreats, you're bound for something special. The Broadmoor, which has entertained U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries, offers amenities including a private lake with paddleboats, three golf courses, a spa and an infinity pool. Impeccably trained staff members remember your personal preferences and greet you by name. And then there's the food. The hotel's seven restaurants range from casual to formal, but it's the Lake Terrace Dining Room that wins Best Sunday Brunch, with 150-plus offerings that together compose an unparalleled flavor orgy. — Jill Thomas

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    Best Of 2015: Neighborhood Bar: North

    It can be a hell of a trek from Briargate to downtown just to catch some live music and share a drink or two. Fortunately for the northerners among us, there's the Back East Bar & Grill. (And for the northern northerners among us, Back East's new Monument location.) Convert your Friday night cab fare into tasty food, cold beers and live music right in your own backyard. And if you think "Back East" is just a moniker, find yourself pleasantly proven wrong when you discover the many pizzas, Philly cheese steaks and other East Coast favorites. — Bridgett Harris


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