Meeting planners looking for a fresh way to impress C-suite executives will want to plan an event at The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp. The wilderness retreat opened in August and is situated at an altitude of 9,200 feet, about 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor, on the historic 1924 site of Broadmoor Founder Spencer Penrose’s original Cheyenne Lodge.
“Cloud Camp is ideal for C-suite executives as it provides a location far away from distractions, providing the perfect environment for creativity,” says Allison Scott, director of communications for The Broadmoor. “There is a great balance between rustic and luxury when staying at Cloud Camp.”
That rustic-meets-luxury experience starts with the transportation up to the lodge, which can be a teambuilding experience in itself. Attendees have the option of either taking a 3-hour guided hike, a 1-hour mule ride or playing it safe with a 4-wheel vehicle. All three modes of transportation take guests further up Cheyenne Mountain, which overlooks Colorado Springs.
Upon arrival, the 8,000-sf Main Lodge awaits attendees, complete with two stone fireplaces and art depicting the American West. Adirondack rocking chairs, a dining table for 28 and a cozy library with books and board games entice guests to gather in the relaxed environment. The Main Lodge features seven guest rooms, while 11 cabins are a short walk away—all of which combine to sleep 56 attendees total.
Cloud Camp’s culinary program is inspired by the Rabbit Club, a social eating and drinking club for the Philadelphia elite, which Penrose brought to Colorado Springs in 1914. It’s so exclusive that members more or less had to inherit their membership. Menu items inspired by the club include Beef Wellington and Apple Tarte Tatin. These are served with the retreat’s signature drink, spiced rum punch—a nod to the club’s famous hot punch concocted from a recipe that still remains a secret.
Cloud Camp is the latest addition to The Broadmoor’s Wilderness Experience portfolio, which also includes the recently launched Fly Fishing School. The catch and release classes will help beginning or advanced participants learn the art of fly fishing for Rainbow and Kamloop trout alongside the new Adirondack-style lodge. The Broadmoor provides any necessary equipment, and meeting planners can organize classes for as long as the group desires, says Scott. After a day of casting, attendees can meet in the lodge, which has a 20-person dining table, large stone fireplace and expansive covered decks.