The grand entrance to The Broadmoor, which crosses over Cheyenne Lake
Most 100-year-olds have a hard time reinventing themselves. They usually prefer to maintain the status quo and are ready to call it a day and snooze a bit. The Broadmoor, the AAA five-diamond and Forbes five-star grande dame hotel about 1½ hours south of Denver in Colorado Springs, Colo., does not seem to be following suit.
Celebrating its centennial in 2018, the massive family-owned luxury resort—spread across 5,000 acres—isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Take Play, its quirky neon bowling alley with reservation-only laneside dining and cocktail service, for example. The boozy adult milkshakes make for entertaining fodder between rolls.
Then there’s the Summit fine-dining restaurant with its Instagram-worthy Space Age wine room behind towering panes of glass. The recent hire of chef de cuisine Luis Young, an alumnus of The French Laundry in California, has no doubt influenced its reimagined global menu. The five-course tasting and wine pairing extravaganza ($75 per person, $135 with premium wine pairings) is for the adventurous who want to put themselves in the expert hands of the chef and the sommelier for a culinary journey that bends to their whim.
Still not ready to settle, this storied manse has introduced a challenging Soaring Adventures zip-lining ropes course ($140 to $242 per person) that has you careening over gorges and spotting waterfalls from above; falconry lessons (price upon request) with a serious pro; and Prospector’s Pick, a custom beer created specifically for the hotel from local Red Leg Brewing Company. With loads more centennial celebrations planned for the next 12 months—and its own brew with which to toast them—you may have a hard time keeping up.
Room rates from $285 per night, cottages from $1,505 per night, 1 Lake Ave., 855.634.7711
Originally published in the January/February issue of Silicon Valley