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Arnie'sArmy
Joined: 25 Jul 2017, 13:30

13 Oct 2017, 16:35 #1

Just received a job offer in CO Springs, heading up the first weekend in November to scope it out. My family is from south central Colorado, but I have never lived there. My wife is hesitant to leave the south, so on our trip I need to sell the hell out of it. We want to check out some cool neighborhoods and locales that a young professional couple would be into. I'd be working on the east/southeast side of town.

Live music? Good food? Access to Denver? Milehighreb? What do you know?
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Dirty Yards
Joined: 11 Aug 2017, 16:41

13 Oct 2017, 17:35 #2

For restaurants, I would recommend Marigold Cafe, Sonterra, and Pepper Tree. For live music, I would recommend The Black Sheep, Loft, and the Zodiac, but Boulder has the best music venues on the front range. Most of the big names play shows at Red Rocks in Morrison. Do not forget that Colorado is micro-brew heaven. Check out Red Leg Brewery and Field House. I do not know that much about the neighborhoods though, but the further you go east on the prairie, the more house you get. Housing is VERY expensive compared to the South. I-25 North from the Springs can be a nightmare during rush hour, but on average takes about an hour or so to get to Denver.
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elmsurfer1
Joined: 20 Feb 2008, 01:58

13 Oct 2017, 23:59 #3

Ski season starts in a month, most of the tourist are from Texas and the locals hate them. Agree housing is very expensive.
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TomnolenReb
Joined: 08 Jul 2006, 19:08

14 Oct 2017, 01:35 #4

Arnie'sArmy wrote: Just received a job offer in CO Springs, heading up the first weekend in November to scope it out. My family is from south central Colorado, but I have never lived there. My wife is hesitant to leave the south, so on our trip I need to sell the hell out of it. We want to check out some cool neighborhoods and locales that a young professional couple would be into. I'd be working on the east/southeast side of town.

Live music? Good food? Access to Denver? Milehighreb? What do you know?
Here's what I know....I'd move there yesterday.  My advice to you is to tell them no and send the job Tomnolenrebs way. 
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milehighreb
Joined: 26 Feb 2008, 15:12

14 Oct 2017, 19:54 #5

I miss the area. We lived in Banning Lewis Ranch on the far East side of town. Great neighborhood with an elementary school inside the neighborhood. The Colorado Springs chapter of the Colorado Rebel Club should have a watch party if you want to catch the game with some rebs. Down season so the crowd tends to dwindle.

I worked in Denver and drove every morning and night. Even in rush hour wasnt bad. Housing is more expensive than southern states - but Colorado Springs is quite cheap compared to Denver. Average house price is something like $300k. Great breweries all around. Check out Bristol Brewing. They took over an old school south part of town. Check out front range BBQ. You'll feel at home there.

The part of the country is "rude" in my opinion. They certainly aren't friendly like the south. Travel+Leisure ranks it in the top 10 rudest cities. Large military population who generally move every three years so making friends is difficult. I guess don't bring that part up to the Mrs. That said, we enjoyed our time there and would not have left if we weren't lured away by large bags of money.
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milehighreb
Joined: 26 Feb 2008, 15:12

14 Oct 2017, 19:57 #6

We enjoyed the north east part of town, but it is mostly families. If we had been a young couple we would have stuck with Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, or Closer to downtown Colorado Springs. Definitely go downtown and check out King Chefs diner for breakfast lunch and/or Skirted Heffer for lunch. Some favorites I miss.
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