Friday, May 24, 2013

The Broadmoor

100_6390About the last thing we did in Colorado Springs was to tour the Broadmoor hotel complex.  The Broadmoor is among the most famous of hotels and resorts in the country.  The resort dates from 1891 but most of the current resort was built in 1918.  It was THE resort destination of the Rocky Mountains in the age of railroads.  Over the years it has successfully reinvented itself and is now largely a luxury conference center with over 700 rooms and a world class spa.  It is rated 5 stars/5 diamonds by whomever is doing such ratings.

100_6401It was once the main home of figure skating in the US, but now is most noted for its tennis center and three 18-hole golf courses with designs/redesigns from Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, and Jack Nicklaus.  We walked down to the starter’s building at the courses.  Gary asked the starter a few questions including, “how much does a round cost”?  Well, you have to be a course member or a hotel guest to play and for hotel guests the price of a round is $225.  Nope, we didn’t play, but then we couldn’t as we weren’t guests at the hotel.

The shops and boutiques were impressive.  We had a drink in on of their bars thinking maybe they would validate our parking in their garage, but no such luck.  Somehow, we’re thinking we are unlikely to be staying here in any of our future travels, but it was interesting to see how the “other half” vacations.


100_6409We rolled out of Colorado Springs and moved only about an hour up the road to the Denver area.  When we were looking for a campground we had a lot of difficulty finding a space as our stay includes the Memorial Day weekend.  It was with some trepidation that we booked a place that had mobile home in its name ahead of RV.  But the reality was we found a real winner, a nicely treed urban oasis with a swimming pool, clubhouse, easy access to great city bicycle trails, nearby access to the light rail systems and affordable golfing right next door.  But on our way out of Colorado Springs we had to get one last shot of Pike’s Peak out the windshield of the motor home.

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