Best Of 2012: Local Hotel/Motel
Best Of 2012: Bar for a Fancy-Pants Cocktail
You could sit at any one of The Broadmoor's snazzy bars to slowly sip through a fancy-pants cocktail, like bartender Dennis Schuler's Harvest Old Fashioned, a Summit "Hall of Fame" drink that features house-made cinnamon cocktail bitters. But I'd save that for when it's too cold to be under the stars. In the meantime, the resort's gorgeous outdoor patio has an immense stone fireplace to warm your skin as you cozy down with friends or a loved one in oversized couches. On a cool Colorado eve, order your drink from the Broadmoor Main bar and head outside. The area overlooks Cheyenne Lake and gives you a gorgeous view of the heart of the 3,000-acre, Five-Diamond and Five-Star property. — Kirsten Akens
We're talking about a property with a record 52 consecutive years of five-star status, and it shows at the dining table. The five-diamond Penrose Room is the priciest pinnacle, and simply incredible. Summit sports the same chef in a more relaxed, contemporary setting known for killer cocktails. Lake Terrace Dining Room is the superlative spot for a 100-item Sunday brunch buffet. Charles Court boasts truly local Colorado cuisine, and serves fantastic small plates at the adjacent West Lobby Bar. The more relaxed Tavern does delightful things with steak, seafood and a wide menu. And most relaxed, the Golden Bee is styled as a 19th-century English pub, complete with ales by the yard.