The Broadmoor: Colorado Springs Staycations

There's something for everyone at The Broadmoor. But we've also got tips for when it's just the two of you.

Roasting marshmallows at The Broadmoor.
Family fun at The Broadmoor. Photo by Kevin Syms.

Entering The Broadmoor grounds is like crossing some unseen portal that presses pause on the hectic pace of life—even with the kids in tow. We’ve loaded up our two boys—ages 6 and 2—and headed across town to what instantly feels like a luxurious respite from the daily grind.

After getting settled in our spacious and stately room, our family heads downstairs to Play, the six-lane bowling and dining venue in Broadmoor West. With house-made strawberry lemonade for the kids, Colorado cocktails for us adults and truffle-infused popcorn for all, bowling commences. Like all dining options at the Broadmoor, Play has a distinctly aligned menu. We indulge in crab cake sliders and an order of shrimp and grits, and while we savor the fine dining, the kids do their thing: pool, foosball and Xbox. Pro-tip: Play is the spot to pick up a couple drinks and late-night snacks to go after the kids are off to bed—or just phone room service for delivery.

Bowling at Play, The Broadmoor.
Play: the well-named dining and entertainment venue.

Stay for Romance

Leave the kids behind and experience The Broadmoor as your romantic oasis with options like these:
• Schedule an in-room couple’s massage—or head to the spa to add hydrotherapy Signature Showers with 18 heads that feel like a cascading waterfall.

• Time your stay with one of the Broadmoor’s Taste and Savor Moveable Feasts. Each of the monthly culinary events features notable chefs, winemakers, mixologists or restaurateurs in demonstrations and decadent multi-course feasts.

• Request a window table for dinner at Ristorante Del Lago, or splurge on reservations in the Penrose Room overlooking the lake and resort from the top of the South Tower.

Winter rates start at approximately $210 a night

What to do the next day? The beauty of the Broadmoor is that there is literally something for everyone. For older kids, there are active adventures such as zip-lining and geocaching. And it’s a wonderful spot for parents to trade turns watching the kids with the likes of a spa appointment, cooking class on, say, sushi making, a fly-fishing lesson or simple walk around the lake to enjoy the silence and majesty.

We consider an excursion to the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Zoo but opt instead to explore Seven Falls. Our knowledgeable and engaging shuttle driver delivers us to the base of Seven Falls after a 15-minute drive. The views are stellar, and our boys love the fact that the elevator to the main viewing platform sits at the back of a 200-foot cave. We’re all impressed with the mining-cabin architecture, decor and food of 1858, the restaurant named for the year the Colorado gold rush began. Treat yourself to the best deviled eggs in the West followed by the Rocky Mountain trout, prepared a variety of ways. Go with the Cast Iron Classic, sautéed with hickory smoked bacon, brown butter, lemon and parsley.

Our staycation concludes much too soon. We hardly have time to sip the bottled water placed in our car by the valet. In 15 minutes, we’re home—relaxed, refreshed and dreaming of future adventures just across town.

—Ryan Bañagale and Katie Pratt

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