Described by the New York Times as a “Hippy Mayberry”, Manitou Springs features annual coffin races, haunted Victorians, numerous healing mineral springs, public art, street musicians, a plethora of hemp and magic crystal stores, Mexican-day-of-the-dead, cowboy and Celtic paraphernalia, a spiritual vortex, Wiccan culture… and… I know I’m forgetting some things. Just suffice it to say that Manitou Springs is one of the coolest, most unique places in the world.
image from: travel.nytimes.com
It is also very picturesque. Set at the base of “America’s Mountain” (Pike’s Peak) just west of Colorado Springs, it has a beautifully preserved historic district with many eye-popping Victorians both large and small and everything in between.
This stunning mountain home located just west of Denver, Colorado seems to defy being categorized. The outside is linear and ranch-style – a bit of a mid-century feel – but also has some cottage-y elements with the decorative green trim and cupola-like thing jutting out from the roofline.