The Craftwood Inn has magnificent views of Manitou Springs and the mountains. The ambiance can be casually elegant on the patio during the summer or cozy and cared for in front of the fireplace when the snow flies. The Colorado cuisine deserves your full attention, so be prepared to take the time to fully savor the experience. DISHES NOT TO MISS: Rack of lamb ($36), Wild Boar Two Ways ($32)
Are you the sort of person who skips ahead and just looks at the ratings? If so, go ahead. You’ll see a slew of fives there, a number I’m not prone to dispensing freely.
The Gazette “Best Colorado Cuisine” awards that line the walls of Craftwood Inn’s cozy bar may be repetitive (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) but they’re well-earned. The menu is a polished intersection of our state’s rugged wilderness and its gourmet culture, and it features the best selection of wild game in town: deer, elk, antelope, quail, venison and boar.