Family Getaway: Colorado Springs, CO

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

We celebrated a new job and Mother’s Day with a little getaway to Colorado Springs. It’s only 1.5 hours away, but we tend to forget about this area usually choosing Winter Park or Breckenridge. With it being so early in the season, we decided to stay in a hotel rather than the camper. When you talk about Colorado Springs, everyone talks about the Broadmoor, but we stayed at the more wallet-friendly, Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Our view

This place really is beautiful. Out our balcony, we overlooked Cheyenne Mountain and Pikes Peak. After checking in, the kids were restless from the drive so we headed straight to the pool. There is something about a hotel pool that really gets you into vacation-mode. Anders loved swimming around, while Wyatt mainly wanted to be held in the water. His new favorite word is no. Wyatt do you want to go in this floaty boat we brought just for you, “no”.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

We did most of our meals at the hotel since we just had to walk out from our room. The best was the breakfast buffet. We opted out of the official Mother’s Day Buffet, because it didn’t start until 10 a.m. Given that our kids wake up at 5:30 a.m. and nap by noon, we needed to get in and out and on with our day. The kids’ breakfasts were free. I’m sure other tiny kids don’t eat that much, but my kids really gave them a run for their money. What was there favorite thing? Fruit Loops. Not the waffle made on the spot or other gourmet offerings. I’m sure the lack of sugary cereal in our house will be something they talk about in therapy one day.

My boys even spoiled me with a spa treatment on Mother’s Day. I think I will keep them around. The spa is top-notch with fancy bathrobes, a steam room, and a hot tub. The massage therapist consulted with me beforehand on pressure and problem areas. She incorporated essential oils throughout my 50 minutes of indulgence. This being a mom thing has its perks.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was at the top of our list of things to do here. It did not disappoint. We all agreed, we like it better than the Denver Zoo. The kids got to feed the Giraffes. Anders is still imitating the giraffe slurping up the lettuce at dinner.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO
Hungry Giraffe

This gorilla was really checking everyone out.


We petted goats and rode the carousel. A good time was had by all.

Garden of the Gods

Before going to the Garden of the Gods, we stopped at the visitors Center. Anders loves dinosaurs, and I think we oversold the idea of the visitors center having dinosaur replicas. There was one. Then on the hike, he was so excited that dinosaurs once walked there.

Garden of the Gods: Colorado Springs, CO

There are so many paths and routes to take. We took this paved one and were able to push a stroller through. It was more of a walk than a hike, but certainly family-friendly with great views.

Rudy’s BBQ

On our way out of town, we stopped at Rudy’s BBQ. There are a few around Colorado, but this was our first visit. The food was good. It was messy and loud. Perfect for two messy toddlers.

Ice cream face

Things we didn’t get to

We only stayed two nights, and didn’t make it to everything we’d like to see. On our next trip we’d like to check out:

Cave of the Winds

Manitou Springs Penny Arcade

Great Wolf Lodge

Broadmoor Seven Falls

Hooray! We survived a family vacation with kids. Traveling with two toddlers is hard work. There is wining, crying, and tantrums. We are TIRED. One night, I fell asleep at 8:30 p.m. holding Anders’ hand. This is real life. One day we will go out to eat and no one will cry and nothing be spilled. Until then, we keep trying. We made memories as a family, and I think that is worth it.

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