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What do you love most about COS?
Pikes Peak! It’s visible along the whole front range and directly outside our conference room. We also love our mild climate and warm winters. We have snowy days, but we also have 60-degree days (just don’t tell too many people — it’s our secret).
What are the first 3 things people should see when they visit COS?
Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy and the Broadmoor.
What is our favorite happy hour spot?
We flock to Shuga’s for summer mojitos on the patio, and descend into the Rabbit Hole for underground cocktails when it’s snowy.
You can’t always get what you want by the Rolling Stones. There’s also always a Foo Fighters song playing somewhere in the background!
Most heard saying in the halls of the COS office/office motto?
Do you know where Heather is? Do PR. Who wants coffee? Food’s here!
Noisiest time of day?
Our 8am coffee run and rally of the troops
Most ordered office lunch?
Favorite in-office activity or antic?
Heather Kelly staff videos, unnecessary use of the intercom and rearranging office furniture. Bonus: the afternoon wine cart.
What do we love most about our COS office?
Our office is bright, modern, and right in the heart of downtown. We love that it’s laid back, has lots of snacks, and that we get to work with the best group of people you could ever hope for.
We love coffee… how many cups collectively power us every week?
About 30 cups per day and 150 cups every week! Is that even healthy?
Our Perfect Day in Colorado Springs
The history of Colorado Springs is rooted in the American Gold Rush and the settling of the American frontier. Railroads brought tourists and visitors to the area from other parts of the United States and abroad, as the dry air and mountain setting made it a popular tourist destination and health resort for people with weak lungs or tuberculosis.
Today, this sprawling city sits at the base of Pike’s Peak—the purple mountain majesty inspiration for “America the Beautiful” and home to the nationally renowned Seven Falls, Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel.
Start your day at the King Chef purple castle—a local institution famous for it’s enormous diner style portions and service as spicy as the house made green chili. Order The Grump, or side with The Food Network and get the Breakfast Burrito, named the ‘Tastiest Breakfast in Colorado’. Polish off your portion for the Clean Plate Club sticker award.
While King Chef is kitschy and bustling, fifty fifty coffee house is hidden among the downtown craftsman homes. Sink into the iconic yellow couch and chat with regulars over a fifty fifty iced coffee– cold brewed and shaken with brown sugar syrup and milk, and a breakfast sandwich on a house made English muffin. Plan ahead for a tour of the Olympic Training Center—then stroll 3 blocks east for an insider’s look at the Olympic Training facilities. Keep your eyes peeled for your favorite celebrity athletes on their way to practice!
Head north to the United States Air Force Academy in time for Noon meal formation. Stand at the Chapel wall and watch the entire cadet wing march to lunch in this daily formation. Walk up the steps to the Cadet Chapel on your way out and take in the soaring modern architecture that makes it the most popular man-made attraction in Colorado.
Lace up your sneakers for a leisurely afternoon hike around the red rocks at Garden of the Gods, one of the area’s most famous attractions. Prefer a heart-pounding workout? Hit up the The Manitou Incline for a hike up a historic cable car line with a gain of almost 2,000 feet of elevation in one mile. Bail at the halfway point and take a leisurely stroll down the Barr Trail switchbacks, or make it past the false summit and claim your reward of panoramic city views.
Refuel at Adam’s Mountain Café, a Manitou Springs institution for almost 30 years and the ultimate Colorado slow food experience. Take it from us– avoid the wait and make new friends at the community table.
Visiting during the winter or prefer indoor exploring? The Fine Arts Center brings masterworks to live with rotating exhibits like Georgia O’Keefe.
Sunny? Do dinner at Shuga’s for creative cocktails and the signature spicy Brazilian coconut shrimp soup. Blustery? Descend beneath the street into The Rabbit Hole for cocktails and bites with an Alice and Wonderland themed menu.
Wind down with the custom laid back Colorado nightlife. Head to The Principal’s Office, a coffee and cocktail bar located in the renovated Ivywild School and the place to soak in local culture after dark. Ask a suspendered bartender to mix you a cocktail from their array of custom bitters, or go with our favorite—a Moscow Mule made with spicy and sweet house-made ginger beer.
Prefer a quiet nightcap? Head through the unmarked wooden door to the left of La Baguette French Bakery’s entrance. At the top of the stairs you’ll discover a cozy speakeasy that is still a secret to many locals. Choose from the selection of unique wines, absinthe fountains or deserts like the lemon desert tart and converse about the highlights of your day next to the fire.