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The Broadmoor 5-diamond resort unveils new bowling alley & luxury log cabins [ON LOCATION] GIANNA WYATT T here are few hotels in the country as elegant and effortless as The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The 744-room hotel encompasses a scenic 3,000acre mountain playground of pristine wilderness. This summer, the 5-diamond hotel is adding two creative new venues for groups to mingle in completely opposite ways. The luxurious Ranch at Emerald Valley is a new lodging option and meeting venue hidden among the spruce and pine trees in Colorado’s Pike National Forest. It’s located eight miles west of The Broadmoor, surrounded by 100,000 acres of native mountain majesty rimming Colorado Springs. The all-inclusive getaway features 10 log cabins hosting a total of 16 individual attendees or 32 couples. The small village borders two lakes and a full-service stable for group activities including fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and volleyball. All activities and meals are included with the exception of alcohol. “The ranch is perfect for executive buyouts,” says Connie Dorsey, ranch manager. “It’s a total wilderness experience but it still includes all of The Broadmoor’s amenities.” The cabins are super cozy and comfortable with fireplaces and warm woods with lots of windows framing the great outdoors. Dorsey says that they are the most luxurious cabins you’ll ever see. The furniture is provided by Tweeds, a local company that custom creates Ralph Lauren-inspired furniture described by Dorsey as “rustic elegance,” with lodge-style plaids and stone accents. The kitchen onsite serves family-style cuisine three times a day inside the Grand Lodge, with the availability to bring in The Broadmoor’s top chefs. All group meals are customizable. There’s something about the ranch’s slow-paced energy that really brings groups together. After a day of recreation and meetings, everyone can gather around the fire, sip wine and connect with nature. At any given time, you’ll see running deer and bald eagles soaring overhead. At night, create themed events around movies, card games and bingo. “The Ranch is an incredibly unique destination for executive retreats and board meetings,” says John Rovie, director of sales. “The setting and service truly present a one-of-akind opportunity for groups, and it is yet another point of differentiation for The Broadmoor when it comes to venues.” We’re also a big fan of the other new addition, PLAY. The groovy sports bar and 125-seat restaurant features a 6-lane bowling alley, shuffleboard and a bunch of interactive video games. We tried all kinds of delish comfort food, including roasted jalapeño corn dogs, eggplant flat breads with zucchini and short rib sliders. Drinks include handcrafted cocktails, milkshakes and a variety of craft brews. During our trip, we spent the majority of our first night at PLAY. As we filed in, we were extremely surprised to see such a modern eatery in such a traditional sports bar setting. The fun factor really kicks in when everyone started tossing 8-pound bowling balls down the lanes. I am the world’s worst bowler but the staff was very helpful perfecting my form. The experience really got us all mingling and teaming up, and I ended my night with a strike and a celebratory toast of shaved ice with a rum floater. There’s lots more to come at The Broadmoor. Starting late this year, a $60 million room expansion will add 31 more luxury suites. Total meeting and event space is 185,000 sf.; | 51 51-Broadmoor.indd 51 7/3/13 10:19 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue July/August 2013

Planner's Pick: New Zealand
Fresh Meets: Autograph Collection
Bureau Buzz: Monterey County
Good Business: South Africa
sea Shores: Small Ship cruising
The Local Kitchen
Special Section: Caribbean
Dominican Republic
On Location: Hilton/LXR, Puerto Rico
On Location: The Broadmoor
The South, Florida & Las Vegas
On Location: Starwood Resorts, San Diego
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On Location: Moon Palace Cancun
On Location: IRF Cancun
Check Out: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Prevue July/August 2013