5-diamond lakeside luxury
Hidden among the spruce and pine trees in Colorado’s Pike National Forest, the luxurious Ranch at Emerald Valley is a new accommodation option and meeting venue operated by The Broadmoor. It’s located eight miles west of the 5-Diamond property surrounded by 100,000 acres of native mountain majesty rimming Colorado Springs. The all-inclusive getaway features 10 log cabins hosting a total of 16 individual attendees or 32 couples. The ranch is scheduled to open this summer, and during a construction tour last week, all of the executives we spoke to are very excited about the possibilities for group events.
“The ranch is perfect for executive buyouts,” says Connie Dorsey, ranch manager. “It’s a total wilderness experience but it still includes all of The Broadmoor’s amenities.” The cabins are cozy and comfortable with fireplaces and warm woods with lots of windows framing the great outdoors. Dorsey says that they are the most luxurious cabins you’ll ever see.
All of the furniture is provided by the Tweeds, a Colorado-based company that custom creates Ralph Lauren-inspired furniture described by Dorsey as “rustic elegance,” with lodge-style plaids, forest greens and stone accents. The deluxe cabins feature indoor hot tubs and small in-room kitchens. All of the cabins will have wraparound porches that overlook the Rocky Mountain majesty. For a more intimate experience, there’s a 4-bedroom house onsite with a full kitchen, private chef service and an expansive living room for parties.
The Grand Lodge features an indoor common area for reading, small meetings or relaxation. The lodge also has a square courtyard for outdoor events.
“The Broadmoor has so much to offer to large groups,” says John Rovie, director of sales. “The ranch and stables are just an added blessing.”
The small village borders two lakes and full-service stables for group activities including fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and volleyball. All activities and meals are included with the exception of alcohol. The kitchen onsite serves family-style cuisine three times a day, including barbecues on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The meals are served in the Grand Lodge, including large portions of healthy and hearty cuisine by a gourmet chef. Group meals are customizable upon request.
There’s something about the ranch’s slow-paced energy that will really bring groups together. After a day of recreation, meetings and meals, everyone can gather around the fire, sip wine and connect with nature. At any given time, you’ll running deer and bald eagles soaring overhead. At night, create themed events around movies, poker and bingo.
It’s a quick trip down the mountain to the Broadmoor where groups can bowl at PLAY, the hotel’s new 6-lane bowling alley and bar/restaurant. Daytime options include the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, located up in the mountains about 15 minutes away.
The ranch was originally founded by Spencer Penrose who built the hotel in 1918. The ranch was purchased in 1923 and used as his own personal getaway. As you walk across the green village, it’s almost as if you feel the Penrose family spirit reconnecting.
“The Ranch at Emerald Valley is an incredibly unique destination for executive retreats and board meetings,” says Rovie. “The setting and service truly present a one-of-a-kind opportunity for groups, and it is yet another point of differentiation for the Broadmoor when it comes to meeting venues.”
The Broadmoor currently offers 744 guest rooms, some of which will be expanded in an upcoming $60 million renovation. The project is scheduled in late 2013, early 2014 and will expand to 775 rooms. Total meeting is 185,000 sf.