The Broadmoor is a Five-Diamond, Five-Star Resort and Hotel on hundreds of acres in southwestern Colorado. Every local and nearly every visitor seems to know that. But what makes the Broadmoor most magical in my mind is it’s enduring history in my own story.
My wife and I had the good fortune to celebrate our wedding reception at The Broadmoor.
Since we had a winter wedding, complete with ice fog that made the last night of holiday decorations that much more memorable, every year at New Year’s we revisit the Broadmoor for the holiday decorations. It’s hard not to want to spend a good couple hours amidst the beauty that is wrapped in the season’s coldest air.
For those looking for the simple route, and are not staying as guests at the hotel, simply park across the street in the International Center Parking Garage. Must-do’s once there include:
- Admiring this year’s themed gingerbread creation. Last year (above) it was The Broadmoor Chapel. A couple years’ ago, the Gingerbread creation was the Cog Railway. Even if you hate making gingerbread houses – or are gluten-free for that matter – the intricacy of these creations is really special
- Dress warm so that you have time to wander blissfully around the lake. If it isn’t too cold, a true wander around the entirety, especially at the toll of the bells from the Will Rogers Shrine at 5 pm, is the preferred way to do it.
- Linger around and wait for a seat to warm you and your kin alongside The Bar’s massive fireplace
- Pose for a memorable photo with the Neo-Renaissance Towers popping to life with the splendor of bedazzled holiday lighting
- Or, if you’re really into doing it right, stay the night or stay for dinner at either The Tavern or Summit, or singing Carols (generally after 8 pm) and getting yourself a Santa Bee at the Golden Bee.
If it’s the most wonderful time of the year, than doing the Broadmoor has to be on the list.