THE CANYON MOTEL – Todayz Colorado Travel and Recreation Guide 2011/2012

The Canyon Motel - Colorado

By Michelle Ochsner

The greatest thing that you’ll take pleasure in here at The Canyon Motel is the Rocky Mountains. For all lovers of nature from the hunter, fisherman, bicyclist, photographer, winter sports enthusiast, golfer, or vacationer. The Canyon Motel is your place to stay for your Colorado getaway.  Enjoy quality, comfort, and value in our AAA Approved rooms.  All rooms have Serta Luxury pillow-top beds, in-room organic coffee & tea, refrigerator & microwave, free Wi-Fi, 7 HBO movie channels, and phones with free local calls. Kitchen units and an outdoor grill area available for your convenience. Pets are always welcome for a small fee.

Your mountain getaway can be found in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado along the scenic byway on US HWY 40. The foremost attraction in the area is the world-famous mineral hot springs. The Canyon Motel offers packages for hot springs retreats or romantic getaways. The general setting is a small town surrounded by beautiful canyons and mountains at an elevation of 7,670 feet above sea level.

Book your reservation today by logging on to or call          1 888- 489-3719 anytime from 07:30 AM to 10:00 PM MT.

LAKESIDE COTTAGES – Todayz Colorado Travel and Recreation 2011/2012

Lakeside Cottages

By Michelle Ochsner

Breakaway from life’s day to day burdens and hide from the outside world here at Lakeside Cottages nestled in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, just 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs. Beneath the shadows of Pikes Peak, guests are able to delight in hiking deep in the pine forest surrounded by wildflowers, fishing for trout, site-seeing breathtaking views, stunning photography, or just enjoying nature.

Newly remodeled and complete with full amenities, Lakeside Cottages are clean comfortable cottages completely furnished including linens, dishes, cooking utensils, coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, cable TV and telephones. Within walking distance to restaurants, the local market, and in the winter guests can enjoy ice skating.

From romantic getaways to family vacations, Lakeside Cottages is perfect for travelers from all around the world, who want to hang out and enjoy the mountains. Come in and say hello to the owner, Kim Rust who acquired the establishment in 2006. She enjoys meeting new people from around the world and making new friends.

For directions and more information log onto or call             (719) 684-9576.

LEADVILLE, COLORADO & SOUTHERN RAILROAD Todays Colorado Travel and Recreation

train rail during golden hour
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Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

By Michelle Ochsner

Historic Leadville is rich with working-class traditions and spectacular views. Located at the base of Colorado’s highest peak in an alpine valley, this former mining town is home to the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad (LC&S). Once operating service all the way to Denver, this famed line now runs tours on an 11.5-mile stretch of ascending track overlooking some of the most breathtaking scenery the state has to offer.  In the fall passengers will enjoy spectacular views as the colors change for the season with amazing displays of gold, red and orange Aspen trees lighting up the mountainside.

The train runs from Memorial Day weekend in May through the end of September. Special packages include three wildflowers tours in July and August, a night ride barbeque special in July, a fall photo special ride in September, and a daily raft and rail ride put on in conjunction with Noah’s Ark Rafting. The LC&S ride is sure to be a blast for the whole family. Even well-behaved pets are allowed on board.

The tour train has been running since 1986, shortly after the area’s mines shut down. It has served as a great boost to the local economy. “Our company and crew are like members of the family,” says Kirstin Olsen, Director of Sales and Marketing.

For more information visit or call 1866-386-3936

CAFE DE PARIS Todayz Colorado Travel and Recreation 2011/2012

Cafe de Paris Logo

By Michelle Ochsner

This extraordinary gem is a coffee shop and bistro-style restaurant located in the heart of Louisville, Colorado. Providing a relaxed comfortable environment and fresh made-to-order beverages, at Café de Paris every cup of Novo coffee is made fresh every time. This specialty coffee is meticulously selected, roasted, and brewed.  We carry over 50 kinds of premium organic loose-leaf tea via International Tea Importers and Mountain Rose Herbs. For Chai lovers, we offer Bhakti Chai and a flavorful but not spicy Third Street Chai.

Café de Paris serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an appetizing menu including panini’s, bagels, sandwiches, crepes, soups, and salads. In addition, we have an excellent wine selection that is served by the glass or bottle, as well as microbrews. Happy hour specials change daily.  All beverages offered are also served with milk substitutes and delectable gluten-free foods are available upon request. Here at Café de Paris we really pride ourselves on the fact that we pick up the food ourselves so we KNOW it is fresh and use organic as often as possible, thus also supporting the local businesses.

Along with a cozy atmosphere, consistent drinks, and delicious food, Café de Paris offers free Wi-Fi, eclectic music, street terrace, and live events in support of local talent. Owner Bryn Hudson says, “I enjoy the customers. This is a great community with phenomenal people.” Our hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 9:00pm, from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

To view detailed information about Café de Paris, please visit: or call (303) 665-9761.


Lakeside Cottages


One of Colorado’s best kept secrets

Getaway and experience the quiet beauty of the Colorado Rockies here at the Lakeside Cottages. A short fifteen minute drive west of Colorado Springs, the set up is beneath the shadows of Pikes Peak in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. While hiking deep in the pine forest surrounded by wildflowers, fishing for trout, site-seeing, or really getting into impressive photography; guests will experience contentment like no other.

Complimented with full amenities, Lakeside Cottages are clean, comfortable, and furnished with bedding, tableware, coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, cable TV, and telephones. These units are within walking distance to the local market, restaurants, and ice skating in the winter.

Whether it’s a romantic liaison or a vacation for the family, Lakeside Cottages is perfect for those wanting to blot out the outside world and spend time in the mountains. Meet up with owner, Kim Rust, who attained the business in 2006. She enjoys meeting new people from around the world and making new friends.

For more information and directions; visit or call 888-684-9576 .