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Colorado Springs: Rustic Charm

Words by Carolyn Steere
Photos courtesy of The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has a longstanding reputation for its luxury accommodations, world-class service and extraordinary cuisine, but now guests can experience all this and more in a rustic setting surrounded by 100,000 acres of pristine national forest. At an altitude of 8,200 feet, this new all-inclusive mountain retreat, located a short 45 minute drive from its parent property, defines rustic charm at its finest. If you are looking for a private escape without sacrificing creature comforts, look no further.

During your stay you can enjoy hiking, biking or horseback riding and the dedicated staff will even patiently teach you the fundamentals of fly fishing in their well-stocked, pristine alpine lake. After your day of mountain activity, a glass of fine wine is only steps away accompanied by the scent of pine and a Rocky Mountain sunset that rivals any you’ve seen. Soak away any remaining stress in the outdoor hot-tub or relax in your private mountain log cabin by a roaring fire.

The beautifully appointed Grand Lodge is the hub of activity and where the carefully prepared meals are served. The same fine dining you would expect at the Broadmoor is found here with chef-inspired gourmet offerings at every meal and snacks in between. For added variety, guests can be whisked down the mountain for a round of golf, pampering at the spa, a few sets of tennis, shopping or dining in one of the Broadmoor’s fine restaurants. The two properties offer the best of both worlds.

The Ranch at Emerald Valley is a perfect romantic honeymoon retreat for those who love the outdoors or are looking for a mountain setting for an exclusive destination wedding event. The expertise that has been refined by the Broadmoor staff will have every detail covered. This is truly one of our “Dearly Beloved” properties.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2014 issue. You can order a copy here.

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