In 1998, Family Travel Forum asked a dozen top travel writers to share their “favorite family resorts” with readers. Here’s one of their picks.
When a (temporarily) inexpensive airfare to Colorado Springs was announced, it seemed to be the solution to the question: “What are we going to do over spring vacation?” We chose to stay at The Broadmoor (866/837-9520) and both the resort and the area turned out to be great choices, especially considering that due to a freak snowstorm (over 24″ in mid-April) we were marooned there for a few extra days. Not such a bad thing!
Located in the Pike’s Peak Region amidst the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, breathtaking views appeared at every turn. The venerable and gracious resort was comfortable and inviting, and our son (then 11) quickly made several friends in the spacious indoor pool. The Broadmoor offers a full range of activities including golf, tennis, a fitness center and spa (offering massages), plus several restaurants and a children’s program (ages 3-12) we never had a chance to try.
We found so many interesting ‘snowy-day’ places that we had to prioritize our sightseeing list and talk about a return trip. We really enjoyed the U.S. Olympic Complex which offers free 1-hour tours of the Olympic Training Center; the Western Museum of Mining and Industry; driving down Pike’s Peak Highway; visiting the Garden of the Gods, a spectacular and fascinating lesson in geology; and touring the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, an Anasazi Indian city dating from AD 1100-1300.
We had also heard the area’s terrain was perfect for mountain biking, hiking and rafting on the Arizona River, weather permitting. But I wasn’t disappointed. One of my fondest memories of this trip is of my husband and son, sitting in the outdoor hot tub during the snowstorm, while the flakes gently tumbled down, covering their heads, along with the buildings, lawns and trees in a blanket of white.
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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