Colorado Springs, the Centennial State’s second-largest city, is just as much a haven for outdoor exploration as it is for its urban activities. Just minutes from the red-rock beauty Garden of the Gods, it gives visitors easy access to everything from hiking and biking to ziplining and cave touring. Exciting sports games, delicious restaurants and specialty boutiques offer great ways to explore the Springs. After your escapades, fall asleep with stunning mountain views outside your window at Kinship Landing.
Feel as if you’ve found your home away from home with Kinship’s mix of comfort, nature and style. The lobby and common area are bright and full of warm tones. Sit back and sip your coffee at a banquette in a cozy, wood-paneled nook. Set up your computer in the lush garden oasis that doubles as a co-working space. When you need a break, just look around and admire the delicate leafy tresses hanging down from rows of plants overhead.
Upstairs, choose the type of stay that suits your adventure, from the private single- or multi-bed suites to the bunk rooms and glamping-ready Camp Deck. Guest rooms feature a mix of light-wood accent walls and cabinetry that stand out alongside dark wood or tile floors. Rest up for your next escapade in custom-built beds with padded leather headboards and thick, luxurious bedding. Open your garage-door-style window to let in refreshing breezes — here you can see both beautiful cityscapes and rugged mountains that touch the sky.
What makes it special?
Kinship Landing’s ethos is very much based on building community and connections. The open downstairs space offers excellent opportunities to hang out and make new friends. Strike up a conversation with friendly locals at a sip-and-paint event or chat with your bunkmates over breakfast at the all-day Homa Cafe + Bar.
The most Colorado thing about this place
Feel the crisp morning air on your skin as you roll out of a fleece-lined sleeping bag. Breathe it in and let it energize your body as you stretch before a stunning view of Colorado’s famed Pikes Peak. The best thing about this experience? You can do it all from Kinship Landing’s Camp Deck. It’s a fourth-floor, open-air room that’s tailormade for enjoying camping perks without losing modern comforts. You can set up tents, hammocks (hanging hooks are provided) or sleeping bags for up to six people on turf flooring — and rest your head beneath the sparkling stars.
Unlike regular camping, this space comes with a private bathroom, complete with flushing toilet, sink and walk-in shower. You’ll still want to bring your camping essentials, like warm blankets and folding chairs.
Just a few steps from the lobby is their outdoor patio space, The Yard. With firepit lounges, umbrella-shaded tables and lawn games, it’s an ideal spot to share lunch or get to know other travelers with a round of drinks and corn hole. In the evenings, The Yard is set aglow beneath strings of lights and, during special events like bachata night, you can get your groove on as music fills the air.
Most unexpected amenity
We’re definitely going with the bunkbeds in the Family Suite. These custom-designed, Adler-wood pods offer a wealth of comfort and privacy. Each pod comes with a charging station, shelf and reading light — so everyone has somewhere to plug in. Curtains around each bed allow kids to stay up late without disturbing others, and the extra length at the end of the mattress is ideal for full-body morning stretches or stashing must-have essentials nearby.
Our favorite traveler review
“There is so much to say. Comfortable bed, cool rooms, you've thought of everything — the amenities included. The space is well used, and staff are nice. The outdoor courtyard is super great. I was alone and felt safe. It's close to everything. The mountain view is amazing. Overall, a great experience. Bravo, well done.” — Carole B., Tripadvisor
Things to see & do nearby
With Kinship Landing as your home base, there are plenty of adventures within walking distance of your room. See a concert or watch a soccer game at Weidner Field, home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Bike or take a longer walk to explore Memorial Park. Relish swimming and fishing along Prospect Lake, a walk on the 1.25-mile trail loop or some friendly competition at one of their sports fields.
For those seeking thrills outside of the city, hop in the car and head west towards the mountains. Visit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to see cute waddling penguins or to feed blue-tongued giraffes and carrot-loving rhinos. Kids and adults alike will revel in lantern-lit cave tours and wild heart-stopping cliffside rides at Cave of Winds Mountain Park. Nature lovers will appreciate stunning views at the top of sweat-inducing climbs through forested Rocky Mountain paths.
Photos courtesy of Ashlee Kay Photography, Sam Starr Media, Richard Seldomridge and Kinship Landing