a winter wonderland in colorado: 4-day itinerary (part two)

Colorado was the most fun I had in a long time. I brushed on not being interested in ever visiting in part one but I am so glad I did!

I got to spend 4 days in the snow and enjoyed 0-30F temperatures. 

There was no official itinerary for this trip. I had browsed around but found nothing quite of interest. And as it turns out, going with the flow was such a great choice!

Here’s everything I did in my 4 days in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and Woodland Park!

You can see what I packed, here.


thursday: day one

My entire trip was so fast paced that we got right down to business when we landed. The entire flight was 100% full, but with pre-boarding, I scored a window seat near the wing – my favourite. We landed at night and headed to Safeway to grab what we needed before heading to the hotel.

The entire car ride, I was completely amazed by how much snow was on the ground! Living in a desert state, it doesn’t snow unless you head up North. So, the snow was a real treat, and I immediately fell in love with Colorado.

Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs

I hadn’t ever stayed at a Days Inn before so I had no idea of what to expect. We were greeted with a very friendly and hospital receptionist. They were very pleasant! The hotel had a pool and hot tub indoors, as well as a simple game room, laundry, and free breakfast, although the breakfast was really just cereal and toast.

The décor was incredibly outdated. I felt like I went back into time. Some things were stained. The shower was a bit finicky – you either took a cold one or your skin would catch on fire. And at one point, the handle even fell off.

The walls were also very thin. A not so PG thing happened on the other side of the wall and shook my bed. I couldn’t sleep after that. I think I’m still a little haunted.

All in all, I wouldn’t stay in this hotel again.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Living in Arizona, there’s a lot of great Mexican food. When we landed, I was craving it so much that I had to get it for dinner. We ordered Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and I got a bean and cheese burrito. 

It was amazing. Truly. So good. 

Everyone enjoyed their food and I’m really glad we ordered.

cost: $

Rating: 5 out of 5.

friday: day two

Friday was such a fast paced day and I had a lot of fun! It was full of new experiences as I started the day grabbing toast from the hotel’s free breakfast and ended it by going to IHOP.

Buttermilk pancakes, anyone?!


First on our itinerary was sledding! I hadn’t ever been before! I was hesitant to try, but am so glad I went. I had only gone thrice. It was enough excitement for me!

We had stopped by Walmart to purchase sleds but they were all out so we grabbed snow tubes. So. Much. Fun!

Our destination was near a middle school that had a great snowy hill to have fun on. I wish I remembered the name, but there are lots of good hills around.

cost: free if you own a sled, or $-$$ to purchase sled

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Colonel Mustard’s Sandwich Emporium

Okay. When I heard about going to a sandwich shop, I was a bit iffy. I don’t really care for sandwiches. But, Colonel Mustard’s had a vegan burger and, as a vegetarian, I was all for trying. I ordered – to be specific – the Black 40 Vegan Burger ($9.95) without vegan cheese.

It was amazing! I forgot to get ketchup and mustard but despite that, it was heavenly! I mean, truly. Whether you’re vegan or vegetarian or not, you have to try it! I have no idea what the burger patty was made of but, again, so, so, so tasty!

As it’s a very small (and very busy) sandwich shop, we got our orders to go and ate at the hotel. I would have loved to ate in the shop but our group was too big for the business.

cost: $

Rating: 5 out of 5.

hockey game

After lunch, we headed into the mountains for an outdoor hockey game. The drive up was beautiful. Absolutely stunning. I fell in love with Colorado because of this drive. The snow? The trees?! The mountains?!? I am still in shock and awe of people who actually live in the snow. You guys just wake up in a winter wonderland?! It’s not just on the television?!

Needless to say, the hockey game was outside. It was beautiful. The game was nice. My toes did freeze and I stuffed HotHands in my gloves, but my jacket and thermal leggings kept my body warm.


IHOP is one of those places you don’t plan on going to. It’s where you end up. And it’s where we had ended up after the hockey game. Our waitress was patient with our group and very kind. In fact, everyone we encountered in Colorado was lovely!

Nothing like a good ole hot cocoa with some pancakes and hashbrowns. Yum!

cost: $$

Rating: 5 out of 5.

saturday: day three

On Saturday, I needed a reset. I’m someone who gets overstimulated easily, and to take care of myself, I often withdraw for a day or two to set my head on straight before any breakdowns or spirals occur. So, Saturday was my day to stay in the hotel and do just that.

I greatly enjoyed the peace and quiet and even worked on the blog a bit.

AJ’s Pizza

When night fell, though, I was ready to go back out and enjoyed a nice evening with our group, catching up, getting to know others, and just having a nice night.

For dinner, some had sushi. As I’m (unfortunately) allergic to seafood and shellfish, I ordered cheese pizza from AJ’s Pizza. My only regret is not getting a bigger pizza! I went to get seconds and it was all gone!

So yummy!

cost: $$

Rating: 5 out of 5.

And just a side note about Ubers/Lyfts/car services in the area: they’re incredibly hard to come by at night! Make sure you have a ride set up past 8/9 PM back to your lodging or you might be stuck!


sunday: day four

We woke bright and early Sunday morning to head to another hockey game – while it was snowing! I was utterly amazed the form of snowflakes. I wish I had taken a picture!

While I lost feeling in my toesies, I had a great last day and really enjoyed myself.

Uncle Sam’s Pancake House

This is a little dinner in Manitou Springs we had stopped by for brunch. It was spacious and had great food. The staff was wonderful, as well.

I kept up my pancake cravings and got two giant pancakes with a side of hashbrowns and a hot cocoa. Is there anything else to order when it’s cold?!

cost: $

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Downtown Manitou Springs

Downtown is the cutest area ever and you could tell the locals love it as much as the tourists. There were so many cute shops and buildings all around. Kids enjoyed time at the Penny Arcade while some of us went across the street to The Cliff House. It was a nice time before we had to head to the airport.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Colorado Springs Airport

This quaint airport was neat. We walked in, handed off our bags, and made our way down through security. I had to get my hair searched for the first time in my life. It was absolutely bizarre.

Once we made it through, we sat in their food court. Everything except the bar was closed, and all I could order off the menu were pretzels – which were great. 

Our plane got delayed by 30 minutes. Not bad, but everyone was aching to get home. Our flight was 100% full again. Once we were on the plane, it was only an hour before we landed. I got to watch a bit of Game Night (which I rented once I got home to finish and it’s amazing!).

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There you have it! My trip to Colorado! 

I definitely have to go back some other time, most likely to Denver, or to ski resort! That sounds like so much fun and I’m sad we didn’t get to fit that in our schedule. 

As I type this up, I’m currently off to more travels! Can you guess where I am?! 

As much as I love travel, I’m so excited to get back home to my bed and back into routine.

Have you been to Colorado? If not, would you ever visit?

Until next time! Ciao!

Hi, I’m Jade Madison!

When I am blogging, I work to bring you quality lifestyle and personal content, as well as printables to make your life easier.


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