Hot Spot: Lush Life
Hiking By Brian Norton | March 30, 2018
If you want to inject a little class into your outdoor lifestyle, point your van toward Colorado Springs and the Broadmoor. Situated on 5,000 lush acres below Cheyenne Mountain, it both supports a wide range of outdoor activities and makes you feel like a minor celebrity. Plus this year, the Broadmoor will celebrate its centennial with special offers and events. So forgo the Ramen noodles on the tailgate and partake in a little taste of the good life here.
The Broadmoor provides an excellent basecamp for exploring wild spots in the Front Range. Head out on a solo hike in nearby North Cheyenne Cañon Park (we recommend two-mile Mt. Muscoco and 5.9-mile Kineo Mountain via Seven Bridges) or hire a Broadmoor guide. They offer private instruction and gear for a bevy of family-friendly excursions including your standard horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, fat biking and fly fishing— and—say what?—falconry.
Even if guided tours are not your thing you need to hit The Broadmoor’s Soaring Adventure. This unique outing consists of a series of exhilarating zip lines spanning secluded South Cheyenne Canyon. This is no kids’ ride, these aerial adventures will get you soaring at speeds oif 40 to 50 miles per hour. Three different courses include routes that wind through the pines, wobbliy rope bridges, and even a controlled 180-foot rappel (a guide will lower you) overlooking the cascade of Seven Falls.
Committed to health and wellness, the Broadmoor encourages vacation exercising. Hit their state-of-the-art fitness center, with a year-round outdoor lap pool, indoor spa pool, and whirlpool. Choose from an extensive selection of health and wellness programs, including yoga, cardio, and weight training classes, plus personal training and fitness evaluations for all ages and skill levels.
Get your vacation within a vacation at the Broadmoor’s spa. Here you will find all the luxury you expect at a high-class resort: steam room, sauna, and/or oxygen room, as well as an array of restorative treatments. Choose from a variety of massages, skin care therapies, and hydrotherapy treatments, luxurious offerings sure to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. Afterward, spend some time in the Mountain View Room, a bright, airy spot overlooking the lush golf course and peaks beyond, reflecting, enjoying a chamomile and relishing in the delight of pampering yourself.
With 20 distinct dining experiences on the property, you really can’t go wrong filling your stomach. Grab an espresso, croissant, light lunch or homemade-icecream milkshake at Espresso News, a cozy café in the main lobby. Fo your morning fuel-up, head to Lake Terrace for a Sunday brunch. Splurge at Ristorante del Lago for breakfast (try the brioche French toast!) or later for a romantic Italian dinner—with plates that range from traditional antipasti to homemade gnocchi and pizzas to pork chops. Want to really set your paycheck on fire? The Broadmoor is also the home of Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant, the Penrose Room, where you can actaully savor contemporary European cuisine at a decent price if you opt for one of the tasting menus. If you want to immerse yourself in the Broadmoor’s history, chill out with memorabilia from the Roaring ’20s and a whiskey or a port at the lively Hotel Bar, which also happens to serve the most delicious popcorn we’ve ever tried.
The resort will commemorate a different era in its history during each month in 2018 with special activities and deals. The focus for March is “Rocky Mountain Wellness: Spa and Wellness From The Beginning To Today,” which celebrates the fact that this was one of the earliest spas for both men and women, becoming the model of resort wellness that is still maintained at high-end spas across the world today. Highlights include a Women’s Weekend of Wellness featuring keynote speaker 1968 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Peggy Fleming, special 100-minute spa treatments all month long and juicing classes led by Broadmoor chefs.
All year, the resort will offer a Broadmoor Centennial Celebration Package. Get accommodations, a copy of the new pictorial history book “The Broadmoor Story,” sparkling wine and a candy nut tin during the first night’s turndown service; a $60 breakfast credit per night; and suites available at 25-percent off published rates. Rates start at $190 per person for January–April and November–December, 2018; $325 per person for May through October, 2018