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5-diamond resort unveils new bowling alley & luxury log cabins
[ON LOCATION] GIANNA WYATT
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
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
“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.
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