The Broadmoor ~ Elegance & Beauty in the Colorado Mountains 2

Fourteen years ago Hub’s drove me up Lake Avenue in Colorado Springs to the grand entrance of The Broadmoor. It was love at first sight for me. Honestly, and not to sound cliché but, I felt like I was home. We have been back each year, sometimes several times per year to experience its grandeur. Ten years ago Hub’s and I tied the knot at The Broadmoor. So, the resort holds a very special place in our hearts. For this reason, I want to share this incredibly divine resort with you. Surrounded by 3,000 pristine acres, The Broadmoor sits at the base of the Cheyenne Mountain range.

Located only 15 minutes from the Colorado Springs airport or 90 minutes from Denver International Airport, The Broadmoor is destination worth putting on your Bucket List!

In 1916 Spencer and Julie Penrose purchased the 40-acre site of The Broadmoor Casino & Hotel (no casino now!) along with 400 surrounding acres. Their goal was to create the most beautiful resort in the world. I do believe they succeeded and would indeed be proud to see the accomplishments of present day. In 1918 The Broadmoor becomes a five-star and five-diamond resort and still maintains the same accolades today.

Since our wedding was on Memorial Day weekend, we spend this special time each year at The Broadmoor. From the active outdoor pool activities to the fine dining, relaxing spa treatments to world-class golf courses and tennis, we never leave property on our visits.

On Memorial Day weekend, The Broadmoor provides many activities for families with little ones. The children enjoyed Cotton Candy treats, Face Painting, Movies in the Little Theatre, Magicians and Paddle Boat Races just to name a few.

At dusk, a bag piper entertains the guests around Cheyenne Lake while some guests are roasting smore’s on one of several open fire pits and others enjoying fine libations at The Hotel Bar.

If you aren’t in the mood to work your muscles in the upscale fitness center, you can peruse one of a dozen shops from clothing stores, cosmetic and pet boutiques, Yarid’s Shoes to fine art at The Hayden Hays Gallery. Dining is a real treat at The Broadmoor. Dance the evening away at the award-winning Penrose Room while looking over the Cheyenne Lake high atop the Broadmoor South building. Enjoy a NY vibe at The Summit Restaurant or casual dining at The Tavern, Golf Grill or at the 19th Century English Pub, The Golden Bee.

You will certainly view the abundant wildlife on property from deer, swans, ducks, geese, turtles and an occasional black bear running across the fairways.

So next time you want to leave your Glamper behind and luxuriate in style, I highly recommend a stay at this fabulous 5-Star resort. It never disappoints and you’ll find yourself wanting to re-visit to explore all that The Broadmoor has to offer.

If you want to explore “off property” here are a few fun sites:

Seven Falls, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cave of the Winds, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Enjoy all that Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor has to offer! Happy exploring.

Photo Source: Anna Sullivan Photography

US & Canada Campgrounds Reply

I found this amazing website that guides the RV’er to all US and Canadian Campgrounds~all 11,500 of them! USACAmgrounds includes information on National Parks, National Forest, State Park and Provincial Campgrounds as well as all regional, county, city and utility-owned campgrounds. It is considered the most comprehensive and geographically accurate US & Canada public campground locator available. Happy Glamping!

 

Willkommen bei Fredericksburg 3

So, here ends our Easter weekend journey where we actually started our trip, Fredericksburg, Texas. We have traveled to Fredericksburg many times and we always discover new fun places each time we visit. We really adore this little German town in the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. In 1970, Fredericksburg was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas. With its humble beginnings as farm and ranch communities of German heritage, you will still find many German beer pubs, bakeries and authentic German cuisine to satisfy your cravings for Kartoffelsuppe, Schweinebraten or Dampfnudel.

The architecture in Fredericksburg always peaks my interest. “Sunday Houses” are unique to the German culture of the Texas Hill Country. Rural farmers would build Sunday Houses to use on weekends when they would come into town to provision and attend church services. They are small dwellings usually made of limestone coated with a whitewash. Many of these historic houses have been restored and some are being used as B&B’s.

From fine art galleries to wineries, pie shops to museums, live music to scenic drives, Fredericksburg is the perfect getaway to please all discerning tastes. Some of our favorites include:

Favorite Fine Art Galleries: InSight Gallery, Artisans at Rocky Hill, Whistle Pik Gallery, and RS Hanna Gallery. First Friday Art Walk is always a fun way to experience the art scene in F’burg!

Favorite Scenic Drive: Willow City Loop. We rose early one morning to beat the bumper to bumper traffic you might experience during Bluebonnet season. We were not disappointed. The Bluebonnets (Texas State Flower) and other wild flowers like the Indian Blanket, Green Thread Winecup and the Square-Bud Primrose were in full bloom and were breathtaking. Folks drive for 100’s of miles to witness this once a year, spring extravaganza.

We photographed my favorite Texas Longhorns who’s gentle disposition and intelligence along with their distinct horns (that can extend tip to tip up to 7′ wide) make them one of my cherished moments. 

The drive wouldn’t be complete without viewing the Burro’s (small donkeys). The “Loop” is a long winding road through private ranch lands. The ranchers kindly ask all spectators to respect their lands and stay in their cars!

Favorite Live Music: Hondo’s and Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse (they serve up some fine Shrimp and Grits).

Favorite Food: Alamo Springs Cafe (best burger!), Fredericksburg Herb Farm (peaceful and delish!), Bejas Grill (fun to sit on the outside patio and enjoy a margarita and exceptional shrimp soft tacos), Mahaley’s Cafe (sensational burritos), August E’s (Nouveau Texas Cuisine) and the Fredericksburg Pie Company (simply divine pie!).

The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX is a local favorite (we usually stop here on our way to Fredericksburg from the Austin airport).

Favorite Things to Do: Browse the National Museum of the Pacific War, Shop at Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market, Taste at Becker Vineyards, Hike the Enchanted Rock, and shop all up and down Main Street till your heart’s content.

And stay at one of many private cottages, guest houses and B&B’s, reserve at: Absolute Charm or 1st Class B&B. Or book the stunning cottages of Settlers Crossing.

 

Photos: Anna Sullivan Photography

Fredericksburg Herb Farm 1

I couldn’t imagine a more peaceful and lovely spot to spend Easter Sunday. I have visited Fredericksburg, Texas many times but, wanted an extra special restaurant for Easter brunch. I called the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and they highly recommended the Fredericksburg Herb Farm. What an incredibly special compound only four blocks off Main Street. Upon entering the Herb Farm you will be immersed with luscious gardens abound. You can stroll through herb gardens, flower gardens, browse the Poet’s Haus Gift Shop, relax in the Nature’s Spa, dine in the Farm Haus Bistro and even stay in one of the fourteen Sunday Haus Cottage’s. Sunday house cottages are unique to Fredericksburg.  German settlers would build these small “City Houses” to use on weekends when they came to town to buy provisions for the week and to also attend Sunday Church services. 

Now you can see the Herb Farm close up and personal with this new 360 degree adventure of the property, watch here!

Our lunch was spectacular and the weather was spring perfection. We sat in the “glass room” next to a huge picture window overlooking the front garden. Our Easter lunch was superb and the atmosphere was tranquil. I highly recommend a visit and a stay at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm.

Photos: Anna Sullivan Photography