Bustang to Colorado Springs

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A recent NYT article was titled “Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse”. The point of the article was that the author believed privately owning a car will soon be a hobby rather than a necessity. With all the options of transportation these days, especially in cities, I don’t see him being far off.

I had the opportunity to experience one of those public transportation options here in Denver, Bustang. You’ve most likely seen the purple buses floating around town, but did you know they can bring you far outside of Denver’s city limits? MrNomz and I took the South Line down to Colorado Springs for a much needed getaway and I’m here to tell you all about our trip! 

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While our tickets were compensated in exchange for testing out the system, from Union Station to Downtown Colorado Springs a ticket for a single, adult passenger is only $12! Not bad for an hour and a half ride to some great sites. 

The Bustang buses are fully equipped. Wifi, bathroom, tray tables. My favorite convenience is taking the stress out of traffic. I never had to think about whether someone was going too fast or too slow. I simply read my book and arrived in peace. 

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But let’s talk about Colorado Springs! We arrived Saturday afternoon to beautiful weather. Perfect for a walk around the city center. Along our stroll we found a soap market, an all-women owned collective, a lemonade shop (which we stopped in for refills on Sunday), and so many other locally owned stores! 

On our to-do list was visit Ivywilde which is a high school that has been converted into a space for businesses. We stopped at Bristol Brewing inside for a flight and some shuffleboard – obviously, I won. 

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What was really neat, was getting a DM from a follower who mentioned 291 Distillery being right around the corner! Just a hop, skip and a jump away to one of the best decisions we made all weekend. Such an amazing experience to taste through their entire stock of whiskies. We left with a bottle of their Colorado Rye which won 2018 Best Rye in the World! Highly recommend making a point to stop in here.

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Before heading to dinner, we stopped in at out hotel, a funky place that was more hostel vibes than hotel. We had our own room featuring two queen beds with urban, lofty décor. Dinner was spent at Four by Brother Luck. Their tasting menu is the way to go. 

The real fun started when we put our names down at Brooklyn’s on Boulder St – a recommendation from the 291 staff. Technically the tasting room of Lee Spirits Gin, this ‘speakeasy’ really plays up to the role. From the street, you only see a small lit up haberdashery filled with men’s ties and clothing. A ring of the doorbell and a small sliding door opens asking what you’d like. Once you get the text that your table is ready, there’s a password to be said and the full door opens to a dark but vibrant room. We cozied on some chairs while looking over the menu. A must stop for anyone enjoying the nightlife in the Springs! 

After a cocktail, and leaving through the backdoor, we headed to Supernova which reminded me of Denver’s 1Up bars. We had a few beers before heading back to the hotel.

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The next morning, we knew there was only one place for breakfast – King Chef Diner. The wait was less than 10 minutes, enough time for the host to tell us the best dishes to try and to be sure to get a cinnamon roll (which actually isn’t even listed on the menu). A truly delicious, but filling breakfast, we decided to stroll around downtown again to catch the shops we missed.

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Before catching the bus back, we had time to stop for a coffee at Story Coffee Company, which is a beautiful little shop made from a trailer. Right in Acacia Park, it was 54 and sunny and perfect for a latte. Two blocks later we’re at the bus stop stepping on Bustang to head back to Denver.

Thank you, Bustang for the opportunity to check out the South Line and explore such a beautiful city! We’re already planning our trip to check out Manitou Springs, The Broadmoor and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 

Julie Rodriguez