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Colorado Springs Dining: Broadmoor Restaurants

Friday June 27, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 0 Comments

"Penrose Room" chandelier

Magic happens under the Penrose Room chandelier at The Broadmoor

If I had to pick where to eat my last supper, it would have to be at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. With 19 restaurants, cafes and lounges on the Colorado property, I’d be able to keep my dining options open and wander from restaurant to restaurant like a never-ending progressive dinner. Colorado Springs dining at Broadmoor restaurants offers something for everyone, from vegan options to housemade charcuterie, fresh baked artisan breads, some of the best barbecue in the Colorado Rockies and hand crafted truffles. Let the feasting begin!
 

"Ristorante Del Lago" breakfast

Breakfast at Ristorante Del Lago by Cheyenne Lake


Broadmoor’s Ristorante Del Lago

Designed by restaurant architect Adam D. Tihany, Ristorante Del Lago, located on the ground level of Broadmoor West, reminds me of dining on Italy’s Lake Como. The open air restaurant and bar with its exposed wood beams, terra cotta tile and indoor/outdoor fireplace creates a welcoming atmosphere to break bread with friends and family. To drink up the flavors of Italy start with Sanguinello Campari, Limoncello and blood orange cocktail for $11.75. Check the website for current pricing and menu items.
 

"Summit" restaurant "The Broadmoor"

Summit wine bar

Broadmoor’s Summit

Located adjacent to Broadmoor Hall, Summit restaurant feels like a cocktail party followed with dinner at your best friend’s house. Inspired by Colorado Springs Pike’s Peak, architect Adam D. Tihany blended wood, glass, metal, leather and fabric to give this American brasserie a contemporary feel.

Start your meal with a glass of Summit Sangria featuring Absolut pear vodka, Belle de Brillet liqueur, honey syrup and pomegranate juice with Mendoza Malbec $11.75 followed with a Wagyu beef burger from Eagle’s Nest Ranch, Colorado topped with Maytag blue cheese, radicchio, apple slaw and Summit fries on the side.
 

Charcuterie "Summit restaurant"

Charcuterie platter, Summit restaurant, Colorado Springs, CO

La Taverne at Broadmoor

Located in the Broadmoor main lobby, La Taverne has had a foothold at this Colorado Springs resort since 1939. La Taverne is a restaurant for classic cocktails (I’m looking at you Zombie!) steak lovers and carnivores of all types – they have seafood, too. I ordered the Colorado rack of lamb and was rewarded with my local selection. Our group of four began the meal with the shellfish platter of Maine lobster, shrimp, oysters and smoked mussels. Carb-lovers take note, our party couldn’t keep our hands out of the bread basket. La Taverne also features an ever-changing pie of the day.

Johann Willar, Broadmoor head baker extraordinaire, is a third generation baker from northern France. Willar creates beautiful breads, brioche and buns that are lovingly hand crafted for the entire Broadmoor campus in his bakery.
 

Broadmoor Baker "Johann Willar"

Broadmoor Baker Johann Willar

Another unsung hero is Broadmoor Chocolatier Ana Musia. Musia works magic with her wide array of chocolates – from Felchin – the work horse of the chocolates, to the creamy milk chocolate Valrhona Bahibe. When asked to name her favorite creation, Musia was hesitant to single one out, “I touch a lot of the desserts at The Broadmoor.”

For me, I couldn’t decide between the chocolate crunch bar served at Summit or the peanut butter truffles available for purchase at Espresso News.
 

Broadmoor Chocolatier "Ana Musia"

Broadmoor Chocolatier Ana Musia with peanut butter truffles

Play at The Broadmoor

A six lane bowling alley and game room might keep kids and adults happy in foul weather, but I’ll opt for horseback riding in Pikes Peak national forest anytime. Play restaurant, located in Broadmoor West, will bowl you over with Southwest vegetarian chili, Hawaiian flatbread or burgers and dogs.

I didn’t have a chance to dine at Penrose Room, the only five star, five diamond restaurant in all of Colorado, the English pub Golden Bee or the recently opened Natural Epicurean. As I said, Colorado Springs dining options offer an endless progressive dinner opportunity at Broadmoor restaurants. This isn’t my last supper at The Broadmoor…I’ll be back!
 

flatbread "Play restaurant"

Hawaiian flatbread from Play at The Broadmoor

Insider Tip

If barbecue is your preferred method of cooking you simply must attend Barbecue University with Grill Master Steven Raichlen. This three day interactive grilling course at The Broadmoor will have you re-kindling your connection with your inner caveman in Colorado Springs.

If You Go:
The Broadmoor (855) 634-7711
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

Article and photos by Food & Wine Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of The Broadmoor for restaurant review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Historic Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Friday June 20, 2014 at 6:06 AM | 20 Comments

"Broadmoor" Colorado Springs

Historic Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

The historic Broadmoor reins supreme as the grand dame of Colorado Springs in Colorado. The resort holds the titles of the longest running Forbes five star and AAA five diamond property in the country – they have held this distinction since The Broadmoor’s official opening on June 29, 1918. Located on 3,000 acres with three golf courses, 779 rooms, 19 restaurants, cafes & lounges and a Forbes five star spa, the historic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado radiates luxury.

Broadmoor Wilderness Experience

Situated in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor serves as an upscale base camp for outdoor explorers and sports enthusiasts.

While I’m not the golfer in the family, The Broadmoor offers several top-notch golf courses on property. In the summertime, complimentary golf clinics are offered certain days of the week, as are complimentary tennis round robins. While not exactly a wilderness experience, the kids (and kids at heart) might want to take a spin on Cheyenne Lake in a paddle boat. Check with the concierge for further details.
 

Golf course view from Broadmoor Spa

Golf course view from Broadmoor Spa


 
I have made a promise to myself that I will return to The Broadmoor with my husband to experience The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. This exclusive ranch property is just a 30 minute drive up the mountain from The Broadmoor. Surrounded by the majestic Pike National Forest, the all-inclusive ranch offers fly-fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding in beautiful Colorado Springs. Cloud Camp, an all-inclusive 54 guest resort that sites on the site of the original Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, is another Broadmoor Wilderness Experience I have yet to try.
 


 

"Broadmoor" "Penrose Room"

Dining at Broadmoor’s Penrose Room

 
Broadmoor restaurant dining

I mentioned in another post that dining at The Broadmoor is like one continuous progressive dinner party. If you like barbecue and enjoy hands on cooking classes, you’ll want to sign up for Barbecue University at the Broadmoor. I could be cut off from the outside world and be perfectly content living off The Broadmoor with its 19 restaurants, cafe and lounges. As long as I’m left behind with the head baker, chocolate maker and spa director, I know I’ll be in good hands.
 

"Broadmoor" Spa

The Spa at The Broadmoor

 
Spa at The Broadmoor

Speaking of good hands, my massage therapist, Deanne from Mississippi, delivered a 50 minute session of deep tissue heaven to my body. Make sure to pack a swim suit and arrive early or stay late to take advantage of the co-ed indoor and outdoor swimming pools and outdoor hot tub. Additionally, there is a steam room, sauna, aromatherapy room (recommended for acclimating to the Rocky Mountain altitude of 6000 feet above sea level) and fireplace lounge. The co-ed mountain view room and terrace, looking over the golf course, is a great place to relax and recharge before your spa treatment.
 

"Broadmoor" hotel room

Broadmoor West Premier King


Broadmoor West renovation

The Broadmoor resort is composed of several hotel buildings; Broadmoor Main, Broadmoor South and Broadmoor West. Walking to different parts of the resort is easy via the Cheyenne Lake Bridge. There is also 24/7 complimentary shuttle service available for hotel guests.

During my stay, the Broadmoor West had recently undergone a complete renovation. My lovely premier king, room #4443, with Juliet balcony and view of Cheyenne Lake, rented for $465 per night (check the website for current rates). Pets are welcome at The Broadmoor with a charge of $50 per pet, per night (maximum two dogs per room.) The pet fee includes special Broadmoor bedding and pet food bowls, as well as a treat for your four-legged friend.
 

"Broadmoor" hot tub

Soak in The Broadmoor hot tub



Broadmoor resort fee

Love them or hate them, resort fees are here to stay. The Broadmoor $32 daily resort service charge includes wireless high-speed internet access, local telephone calls, daily newspaper, Fitness Center access & two daily fitness classes, incoming faxes, Little Theater movies, in-room beverage service, daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service, bottled water and arrival gift. Being from California, where we are experiencing drought conditions, I was a little miffed to see that sheets and towels were changed on a daily basis. Housekeeping quickly fixed my environmental dilemma, replacing my hand written note requesting my bedding not be changed with a pre-printed no sheet-changing card.
 

"Cheyenne Lake"

Paddle boats on Cheyenne Lake at The Broadmoor

Insider tips

The Broadmoor is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The historic Colorado Springs property offers complimentary art and history tours on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Western art aficionados take note, as Broadmoor owner Mr. Philip Anschutz owns one of the largest collections of Western art. Horticultural tours are offered seasonally on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Golf clinics are offered free to hotel guests on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @TheBroadmoor on Twitter.

If You Go:

The Broadmoor  (855) 634-7711

1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

Article written by, video and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of The Broadmoor. All opinions and experiences are my own. I’d love to hear about your visit to the historic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Do Napa Like a Local

Friday May 23, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 14 Comments

"Silos"

Silo’s for live music in Napa

A lot has changed over the years in the world famous Napa Valley wine country. My husband and I lived in downtown Napa in the early 1980′s. While there were plenty of things to see and do in Napa in the day time, the night life was like a vintage California wine in an underground cellar – cold, dusty and waiting to be uncorked. We’ve since moved to the East Bay, but when we visit Northern California wine country I still like to do Napa like a local.
 
 

 

"Luna Vineyards"

Wine tasting at Luna Vineyards in Napa, California

Napa wine tasting like a local
 

With over 400 wineries in the Napa Valley, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when wine tasting. To do Napa like a local, pick up the downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card. This ($30.) wine tasting card offers access to 12 downtown Napa tasting rooms all within walking distance. On my latest visit to downtown Napa I visited Bounty Hunter Bar, Capp Heritage, NakedWines.Com (yep, the online retailer has a tasting room in downtown Napa), Napa General Store and Trahan Winery. Dog lovers, taste Sadie’s Red Wine, an adorable wine label with the winery mascot, Sadie, who is now in doggie heaven.
 

"deviled eggs" "Kitchen Door" napa

Dining like a local at Kitchen Door


Napa dining like a local

For the foodies visiting Napa, there are currently 65 restaurants in downtown Napa within a 20 block radius. I noshed my way through Napa with dinners at Carpe Diem and City Winery, breakfasts at Napa General Store and C Casa (inside Oxbow Public Market), followed with lunches at Oenotri, Bounty Hunter and Kitchen Door (also inside Oxbow Market.) Napa locals know to order the house made pasta and charcuterie plate at Oenotri, the beer can chicken at Bounty Hunter, the deviled eggs and mushroom soup at Kitchen Door, huevos rancheros at C Casa and olive oil cake with caramel gelato at City Winery. I may not be a local any more, but I can personally recommend all of these local favorites.
 

"City Winery" cake

Locals know to order City Winery’s Olive Oil Cake with Caramel Gelato


 
I was also impressed that sophisticated City Winery, with locations in Chicago, New York and Nashville, chose to open a joint in downtown Napa – inside the historic Napa Valley Opera House! Not only do they serve good food paired with live music, locals know that City Winery offers 35 local wines on tap.

 

"Alan Shepp" mosaic

Alan Shepp mosaic fountain tells the story of Napa Valley


 
Napa culture

If you think Napa only offers a food and wine scene you’d be wrong. Explore the ARTWalk in downtown Napa, with outdoor sculpture exhibitions – you can even learn the dance moves to the Cha, Cha, Cha! Or wonder over to the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater by the Napa River Walk for free Friday night concerts in the summer.

Looking for big name entertainment? The Uptown Theatre, with its restored 1937 art deco interior, has hosted Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Chris Isaak, Pat Benatar and even Snoop Dogg. Silo’s, a wine bar and jazz club located in the Historic Napa Mill, is also an evening option with blues, rock, jazz, pop and country music. The Napa River Inn is also part of the Historic Napa Mill and has a sweet waterfront location.
 

"Nancy Brown" bike

Nancy Brown explores Napa like a local at Luna Winery


 
Explore Napa outdoors like a local

Napa locals love their outdoor adventures and are generally fitness-minded. When I stayed downtown, I noticed visitors and locals alike walking and jogging on the river front promenade. The Vine Trail is currently under construction with eight walkable miles in downtown Napa. It used to be that horseback riding was open to the public in Napa, but horse lovers have to head to Sonoma for wine country horseback riding. Kayaking is popular on the Napa River and, my personal favorite, bike riding on the Silverado Trail. Our group used Getaway Adventures and they set us up with new Specialized bikes & helmets for a leisurely ride from Oxbow Public Market to Luna Vineyards – one of the first wineries on the Silverado Trail – so an easy bike ride.

 

"Trahan Winery" "sadie"

Do Napa like a local at Trahan Winery


Insider Tip:
The Spa at Napa River Inn is new since my last visit to downtown Napa. Tell me what you think?
 
How do you do Napa like a local?

Article, photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. Thanks to the folks at Downtown Napa Association and the Napa Tourism Improvement District for inviting me to Do Napa like a local.

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