Reconnect, rejuvenate, and bask in the Rocky Mountain beauty of The Broadmoor.I'm the mother of a 2-year-old. I’m the wife of an engineer who has clocked in 18-hour days on a project for the past 10 weeks. To say I needed a getaway would be obvious. Let’s say my husband and I needed an extended weekend to reconnect, rejuvenate, and rejoin the land of the living.
Our destination: The Broadmoor, a 95-year-old picturesque resort nestled at the base of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The clean, brisk air; the luscious green golf course; and the European-inspired spa called to us as we put our rambunctious toddler on an airplane with his doting grandparents.
The Broadmoor’s sophisticated old-world elegance was first exhibited in our Lakeside Patio Suite facing a swan- and duck-filled Cheyenne Lake complete with a mountain view and the distant chiming of the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. Nature is on display at the Colorado Springs getaway. Encouraged by our beautiful surroundings, we armed ourselves with a sack lunch and water bottles and ventured out on a 5-mile hike up the North Cheyenne Canyon, which starts mere blocks away from the gate of the resort. We wound our way along the canyon trail and perched on a point to enjoy our packed lunch, the vast view, and each other. We talked, uninterrupted, the entire excursion. Reconnecting.
Drawing inspiration from the lush landscape surrounding the resort, the treatments took on a holistic nature. My 90-minute Premium Facial, for example, began with anointed oils and a mild back massage to help me relax. The eight-step facial was customized specifically for my skin type. Taking in the fact that the dry air commands you keep a water bottle in hand at all times, the spa treatments left you feeling luscious and … rejuvenated.
Part of embracing parenthood is accepting the fact that long gone is the notion of spending five nights a week at the gym. We needed to take a hard look at taking better care of ourselves, and The Broadmoor had just the program. We met certified fitness supervisor Bev Stewart in the state-of-the-art fitness center for our “Fitness Jumpstart” — an in-depth session that includes body composition and fat analysis to calculate your metabolic rate and ideal caloric intake.
The most indulgent part of our trip was the two-and-a-half-hour meal we enjoyed at The Penrose Room, The Broadmoor’s premier dining option and Colorado’s only five-star and five-diamond restaurant. While I’m a more adventurous gourmand than my husband, he indulged me and we both selected the chef’s tasting menu. Executive chef Bertrand Bouquin did not disappoint with a meal that included roasted pumpkin and sage soup, Colorado lamb loin with farro risotto, and pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras. Superbly paired with wines from around the world, we dined and drank and danced (halfway through the meal, the four-piece jazz band played our wedding song).
Three days of sleeping in and holding hands, we were ready to rejoin our little boy back home. And with all The Broadmoor has to offer the whole family — horseback riding nearby; seasonal water slides; kids club; and Play, the new entertainment area opening this spring with a bowling alley and games geared toward families — we can’t wait to bring our son back.
Weekend rates start at $445. Rates vary depending on season.