You can get right into the holiday spirit in The Rockies of Colorado Springs, Colorado since it is cool, crisp and often snowy at this time.
It was my first choice to bring in the New Year here in the Pike’s Peak region 6,035 feet above sea level with the dynamic rocky-mountain setting.
Old Colorado Springs celebrated its old fashioned holidays with parade and festive street decorations, while downtown Colorado Springs had its tradition Festival of Lights Parade.
My plans were set for an exquisite holiday getaway at the pride and joy
of Colorado Springs, AAA’s Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star longest running consecutive award-winning and “Grand Dame,” The Broadmoor. It was created and built in 1918 by Spencer and Julie Penrose, who gave so much to the city, including this world-class resort set on 300 acres on Lake Cheyenne.
The Broadmoor is where luxury meets The Rockies. Every one of my visits here have been a timeless pleasure, yet none as beautiful as the holiday season. In its tradition the hotel is generously decorated in all public areas augmented by the culinary masterpiece Ginger Bread House in the lobby. No doubt about it the night lights twinkling on the trees, with its 150,000 lights, are magical and mesmerizing.
When it comes to The Broadmoor, the experience begins on arrival at the airport with their welcoming booth. They were expecting me and greeted me warmly, then whisked me away to the resort for some quality time during the last days of the old year with anticipation of the
It was easy to relax in a welcoming suite that was innovatively styled with one touch system controls and lake view, which I loved. I looked forward to early morning strolls around the lake. Here there are many dining options and it is a way of live to eat, drink and be merry. The ultimate in fine dining is consistent at the historic Penrose Room; however, I do favor the chic Summit Restaurant, a French bistro with an American touch and classic dishes. If the Broadmoor’s walls could talk, they would reminisce over the many Presidents, celebrities, entrepreneurs and persons of interest that have savored the lifestyle and plush dynamics of this all-inclusive resort during the decades.
My wish list on my short sojourn included a day at The Broadmoor Spa for my favorite Hot Rocks Massage; this is the place to kick back, relax and renew with treatments galore, refreshing indoor pool and comfy lounge- a time to forget all cares. Late afternoon, it was shopping time in those stunning fashion boutiques, where I indulged in some jewelry and knitwear while taking advantage of the winter sales.
Sure, it’s effortless to spend every moment at The Broadmoor and never leave the resort, yet there is a curiosity to visit Downtown Colorado Springs. The temperature was brisk and fine for walking and to stop by
Acacia Park to watch the ice skaters in the middle of the city. Through
December there are holiday events like: holiday afternoon tea, Colorado
Springs Philharmonic concerts, a train excursion to Pike’s Peak on the Cog Railway with Mr. and Mrs. Santa, sleigh rides and round the city holiday performances.
New Year’s Eve in Colorado Springs draws the crowds downtown for entertainment and music broadcasted on large screens plus fireworks.
The Broadmoor delights with its year New Year’s Eve gala and offers a special NYE package with overnight visit, dinner and party. The New
Year’s Eve party was sensational with orchestra and entertainment, joined by visitors from near and far. My New Year’s sojourn here is what memories are made of, those moments have stay with me through the year. Georgia O’Keefe once said, “If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it-it’s your world for the moment.”
Colorado Springs has its own year round style, check out www.visitcos.com or call Colorado Springs CVB at 800-888-4748.
Find out everything about The Broadmoor at www.broadmoor.com or call 855-634-7711. Happy New Year!
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