Planning a quickie visit to Manitou in mid-September (actually have to be in Colo Springs, but Manitou seems more fun), and looking for local/experienced advice. We've blown our travel budget this summer, and will be leaning heavily toward the cheap. You get it: No Broadmoor for us (thus, no Cliff House, I'd presume); we need less on the fine dining side, and more on the fun and local chow (good beer and/or wine is still okay).
Lodging: Cheap and clean is the theme, and we'd like to go local and stay away from chains or places that look like the chains. Character is good. Minimal bugs would benefit my marriage.
Location: Would like to be by a creek ... maybe even with access by patio, deck, window, back door.
Location (part 2): We like to "tromp" ... not serious hikers, but like to wander around on foot, in or out of town, to sights and scenery or to food and booze, whatever is available. Access to good tromping would be a plus for a motel.
Activities / Attractions: Thinking of a tromp through The Garden (or a cave, if it's really bad weather), maybe a drive or cog train up the Peak (which is better?). Would be open to quirky, fun, less-touristy ideas.