Going Local While Traveling
My husband and I had a pre-planned, quick trip to Colorado Springs this week which coincidentally started last Saturday, the last day of the Green-Lemonade “Going Local” challenge. It would have been nearly impossible to eat 100% local given our travel schedule and unfamiliarity with a new place, so it would be somewhat useless to give you a final run down on everything I ate on Day 7. We did, however, do our best to support the local economy throughout our trip. Here are a few examples:
Accommodations – First, my husband decided to pass on the usual hotel chain and opted for cute little locally owned boutique hotel called the Hotel San Ayre. The small, very affordable, hotel has been renovated in the last few years and now boasts about a dozen comfy, yet chic rooms, with a cottage next door and a luxury “mountain suite” upstairs complete with a couple bedrooms and a kitchen. It is located perfectly between Old Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs (Manitou Springs, incidentally was just named one of Budget Travel’s “10 Coolest Small Towns” in their September issue) and what I really enjoyed about this hotel is the personal service (which included lots of great recommendations on places to eat, see and run) and their philosphy on conserving our natural resources.
Food - I always think it’s fun to try the local spots while visiting somewhere new and Adam’s Mountain Cafe hit the spot. This place is a member of the “Slow Food” movement and reminds it’s customers that while the food may take longer it’s because it’s fresh, quality food, never pre-cooked, microwaved or warmed under a heat-lamp. We also came across The Matte Factor, a great little cafe which serves up specialty drink called a Yerbe Mate tea and a variety of wholesome breakfast and lunch items made from scratch daily with natural ingredients.