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.

Willett Distillery: An Intimate Stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail

Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM | 0 Comments

Willett Distillery

Willett Distillery: where smooth, rich tasting goodness is made.

About this time last year, I was learning about bourbon in Louisville, Kentucky as I traversed the Urban Bourbon Trail. This month I added to my bourbon know-how at Willett Distillery in Bardstown.

Founded in 1936, Willett Distillery is still owned and operated by a Willett. For anyone who likes intimate tours where the tour guide offers to take pictures of visitors, and you can taste several types of bourbon as a finale, come here.

Just a few minutes drive from the heart of Bardstown, southeast of Louisville, Willett Distillery fits the craft bourbon category. Operating as a micro-distillery, Willett is a smaller scale operation than the mega distilleries like Heaven Hill, a major player in the Bardstown landscape. Willett bourbon tastes anything but small.

I savored each of the offerings and settled on a bottle of private stock Johnny Drum as a gift for my husband who was not with me on this venture.

The 45-minute tour includes a close look at each of the steps required to produce bourbon whiskey thanks to a guide who points out each step of the bourbon making process and explains what makes Willett’s whiskey a bourbon stand out. What part of the process you’ll see depends upon what day you visit. Because our tour was on a Saturday, the distillery was quiet. We did get a whiff and a taste of fermentation as the yeast did it’s work in a few of the tanks.

In the aging warehouse.

In Willett Distillery aging warehouse.

I particularly enjoyed the aesthetics of the distillery’s architecture.  The mix of wood, brick and large glass windows is lovely. My other favorite stop on the tour was the aging warehouse where rows of stacked oak barrels filled with bourbon give off a mild whiff of dusky sweetness.

Tours are seven days a week except for Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. Mon.-Sat. tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour. Sun. tours from March-December are 12:30; 1:30; 2;30 and 3:30. 

We paid $10 which included the tour and a souvenir glass. Otherwise tours are $7. Each tour includes tasting.

Military members with ID are free, but if you want the glass, it’s $3. We did not have reservations but according to the website, if you’re visiting Friday-Sunday, reservations are recommended. Call 502-348-0899 or e-mail visitorcenter@willettdistillery.com.

A few of Willett's bourbon offerings.

A few of Willett’s bourbon offerings.

If you go, pick up a Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour passport. As you visit each of the 9 craft bourbon distilleries featured on the do-it-yourself-tour, get the passport stamped. After you’ve visited each place, you’ll get a free T-shirt. The craft bourbon distilleries are in different parts of Kentucky which makes for a festive way to take in the Bluegrass State.

Post and photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein of Midwest Travel Writers Association

Travel Shoe Review: Arcopedico

Friday June 13, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 2 Comments

"Arcopedico Shoes"

Arcopedico travel shoe review

If you are a frequent flyer, you know the rules of packing light and probably travel with carry-on luggage so as not to be a victim of lost luggage. Not to get personal, but maybe your feet swell a little during flight? I’ve found a pair of travel shoes that are lightweight, comfortable, fashionable and flexible. The folks who design Arcopédico Shoes asked me to review their LS Shocks travel shoe.

Comfortable travel shoe

We’ve all seen what happens to a half full bottle of liquid shampoo after our luggage has spent time in a non-pressurized airplane compartment. The air expands in the bottle, forcing the liquid out, resulting in a mess of goop in your luggage.

While airplanes transport us in pressurized cabins, our bodies still feel the pressure. As pressure increases with altitude in a plane, our feet tend to swell. The LS Shock Arcopédico Shoe protects feet with flexible, circulation-supporting shoes. With its sock-like fit on the top of the foot, blood-flow is increased, which makes for happy feet.

Made in Portugal

Handmade in Portugal, Arcopédico Shoes feel like you are wearing a bedroom slipper. The knit upper with twin arch-supporting construction helps prevent foot fatigue while traveling. The knit shoes are washing machine friendly – although I have not washed my shoes yet! Arcopédico Shoes have slip-resistant polyurethane soles lined with anti-microbial SanSmell deodorizing technology that won’t leave you with stinky, sweaty feet.
 

"Arcopédico Shoes"

Arcopédico Shoes review

Family owned Arcopédico Shoes

Arcopédico Shoes is a family owned business that was formed in 1983 by Manuel and Virginia Simas. During a trip to Portugal, the Simas realized that they needed to create a successful travel shoe, one that was flexible, reliable, supportive and ultra-comfortable. After over 30 years in the business of crafting shoes for world traveling women, Arcopédico has created the perfect line of footwear.
 
 
Where to Buy

Arcopédico Shoes (LS Shocks)

Suggested Retail Price: $99

 

Arcopédico shoe photos and review written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Arcopédico Shoes supplied me with this travel gear for review.

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