Monday, October 27, 2014

Broadmoor has its head in the clouds

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

There's a reason The Broadmoor resort earns five stars. Not satisfied to just keep on keeping on, the luxury hotel has been adding features in recent years. In 2013, it opened the Ranch at Emerald Valley southwest of the resort where visitors stay in cabins and can fly fish, do archery, hike and horseback ride.

This year, the hotel opened its second wilderness property, Cloud Camp. We're late in sharing this new feature, which was publicized a couple of months ago, but better late than never.

Built on the site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose's 1920s adobe lodge on Cheyenne Mountain, Cloud Camp has roughly 20 rooms — a few in the main lodge and the others in cabins scattered across the property — which can accommodate up to 60 people. It's an exclusive setting that costs a lot of money, to be sure. And it's intended for those who truly want to escape the rigors of daily life. There's only one TV on the entire property.

From a bird's nest cabin high above Cloud Camp, a telescope helps guests zero in on the Air Force Academy Chapel and other sights. The view is without compare.

Cloud Camp closes for the season this week and reopens in May.

Here's a few photos I shot during an end-of-season tour over the weekend, for which I can thank Krista Heinicke, food and beverage marketing and PR manager.

click to enlarge Dining table in the main lodge where meals are served to guests.
  • Dining table in the main lodge where meals are served to guests.
click to enlarge The lodge is surrounded by a deck that affords spectacular views.
  • The lodge is surrounded by a deck that affords spectacular views.

click to enlarge Make yourself at home in one of the guest cabins.
  • Make yourself at home in one of the guest cabins.

click to enlarge Here's a view of the lodge from the bird's nest, a guest accommodation that towers above the property in the spot where a Forest Service lookout point once stood.
  • Here's a view of the lodge from the bird's nest, a guest accommodation that towers above the property in the spot where a Forest Service lookout point once stood.

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