The typical vacation to Colorado is often thought of as shredding through the snow on the slopes for the Rocky Mountains. However, there are a lot of other options for a Colorado vacation. My family recently took a trip to Colorado Springs and stayed at the Broadmoor Resort. There is no shortage of things to do at the Broadmoor, a historic resort that has been around since 1918. The resort is sprawling – in the summertime, you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with two waterslides (which my kids went down endlessly), a lake with paddle boats, movie theater, bowling alley and spa. There are a number of restaurants throughout the resort – one of my favorites is the Golden Bee, an authentic British Pub that serves some great pub food (be brave and try the Scotch Eggs!) and has live music nightly. If you are looking for an fancy, romantic dinner don’t miss the Penrose Room.
For an incredible golf experience, hit up one (or both) of the world-class golf courses – the East Course is set to host the 2018 US Senior Open and has some of the most devilish greens I’ve ever putted on. Just remember, every putt breaks away from the mountains. The West course is also a great track and a little less exhausting the East course.
If you get the itch to get off the resort there are no shortages of things to do as well. A couple of my favorites are Seven Falls and Garden of the Gods. Seven Falls is a collection of seven cascading waterfalls; the grounds have hiking trails and stairs to climb to the top of the Falls for a wonderful views, just make sure you wear some comfortable shoes! There is a restaurant as base of the falls that serves as a great spot to relax after exploring. Seven Falls also recently added zip-lining above the waterfalls – we didn’t partake in this adventure, but judging from the screams of those above us, it sounds like a thrilling ride. The Garden of the Gods is a hikers and explorers delight. The red rock formations are located nearby in the Manitou Springs (also known as a hotspot for witches…not kidding) and has a seemingly endless network of hiking paths and rocks to climb and discover. If it wasn’t for our 10 month-old’s naptime, our older kids would have spent all day exploring.
For those with kids along on the trip (or are a kid at heart), don’t miss the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. This is only a few minutes up the road from the Broadmoor and boasts that it is the only mountain zoo in the country. Although Nebraskans are spoiled with the zoo in Omaha, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is quite a treat. Feed the giraffes, ride the old carousel, or check out the elephants, rhinos or grizzly bears.
So, if you are looking for a Colorado getaway that doesn’t involve skiing, I highly recommend you check out Colorado Spring and the Broadmoor.