Have you ever visited a new location with a trusted guide to show you the ins & outs and local favorites? Maybe a friend or relative? How about a local artist, poet, actor or musician who shares your interests or aesthetic? Welcome to Creative Stays! We’ve asked 13 diverse creatives from the Colorado Springs arts community to curate their personalized recommendations for favorite lodging accommodations, community attractions, restaurants, entertainment activities, hidden hangouts and not-to-miss cultural destinations — so you can have a perfect three-day getaway weekend in and around Colorado Springs!

“A lot of people know about Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region for its amazing natural beauty, but there also is this wonderful arts and cultural community here,” says Andy Vick, Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (aka COPPeR). “Fortunately, there’s been great cross-sector collaboration between the arts, tourism, outdoor recreation, sports and lodging communities, and Creative Stays is another example of that. It all makes Colorado Springs a very vibrant destination to experience and enjoy — especially with the help of some insider tips.”

Perfect for out-of-town visitors and local residents, Creative Stays offers a whole new way to explore and discover the wonderful attractions and amenities that Colorado’s Pikes Peak region has to offer! You can follow these itineraries exactly, or pick and choose to customize your own favorite experiences. Either way, follow along as these colorful stories and guides unfold in videos, photos, narratives and social media over the coming months.

Sometimes all you need to make your weekend getaway perfect is a little creativity!

Couple standing beside lake and cliffs at Red Rock Open Space near Manitou Springs

The Westside Is the Best Side

If you’ve been to the Pikes Peak region, you may have been to Manitou Springs and not even known it. The tiny mountain hamlet blends seamlessly into the greater Colorado Springs area, but is indeed its own incorporated town....
Live art experience as Diego Jaguart paints with fluorescent paint

Roll With It: Bicycles, Art & Culture

When you visit a new place, you don’t just want to look. You want to experience. For Diego Arnedo, art is the same. Its creative process is something to share, to feel and be moved, to experience with passion....
Scenic soaking at the SunWater Spa hot springs in Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs

Move Your Body in Colorado Springs

Dancers experience the world through movement, so it’s no surprise that this Creative Stays itinerary will keep you moving in and around Colorado Springs. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of rejuvenation too. “My itinerary is meant to seek out...
Stunning view from the Rocks Lounge at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs

Views, Voices and Vittles in Colorado Springs

And maybe a Vieux Carré. This itinerary for a weekend getaway or three-day stay blends amazing views near Garden of the Gods, live music and theater, delicious food and drinks and more. You’ll definitely go home inspired

Discovering Downtown Colorado Springs

The downtown scene is thriving in Colorado Springs, and you can easily spend an entire weekend exploring the central area. Hosted by Latinx mixed media artist Jasmine Dillavou, this three-day itinerary will introduce you to local arts, shopping, dining, drinking and entertainment. Follow along for an elevated yet accessible experience.
Poet, nerd, scholar Michael Ferguson hosts a Creative Stay in Colorado Springs featuring poetry readings, comic shops, video games, soul food and more

A Local Poet and Nerd’s Tour of the Springs

If you’re drawn to spoken word and poetry or comic shops and indie movie theaters, this is your itinerary for touring Colorado Springs. Local self-proclaimed nerd will guide you to his favorite spots and help you connect with welcoming community.
Lady Fingers Press owners Morgan Calderini and Arley Torsone

Near and Queer to Our Hearts in Colorado Springs

Don’t you love visiting a new place by stepping into a friend’s world and connecting with their community? This is that getaway tour of Colorado Springs. Morgan Calderini and Arley Torsone, the owners of Ladyfingers Letterpress, guide you through their favorite boutiques, eateries, local art and inclusive businesses as you focus your three-day stay downtown.
Andy Vick riding around town on a bike

Exploring the Visual Arts in Colorado Springs

Step into the gallery and visual art scene in and around Colorado Springs with Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. You’ll base yourself at a historic, boutique hotel; celebrate First Friday Art Walks; discover public art, classic arcade games and live music; and eat delicious food all along the way. This is the perfect introduction to the Creative Stays series.

Watch for more Creative Stays itineraries in the coming months!


 

                 

Creative Stays is a collaboration between the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and Springs Media, grant funded by the Colorado Tourism Office, with support from Visit Colorado Springs.