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Asher on Aspen: Mountain Luxury Beyond Aspen

Shannon Asher
Asher on Aspen
The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.
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From the moment I stepped out of my car and turned my keys over to the valet, I felt like royalty. A set of gold double doors opened just for me, and I smiled at the bellman with gratitude. I was escorted to the room by a butler who graciously showed me to my suite and asked if it was to my liking. After observing the luxurious living room area, fireplace, and game room, I nodded with approval. I plopped myself down on the overstuffed couch and gazed out the window with endearment while scanning the views of The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.

Moments later after I had settled in, I heard a knock at the door. A beautiful charcuterie board appeared along with two cold beverages. This lovely welcome gift was delivered just in time. My friend Kenzie, who was just joining me for the weekend, arrived just moments later. We sat and conversed as we munched on the meats and cheeses while acting the part and discussing our glamorous agenda.

Butterflies began to wrestle around in my stomach as we left the property and began our drive to The Broadmoor Soaring Adventures’ zipline course. It included five zip lines, two rope bridges, and a 180-foot assisted rappel. After obtaining our gear and getting a thorough safety lesson, we ascended to the launch pad to prepare for takeoff. With the sky above us, the trees below us, and the wind in our face, it truly felt like we were flying. We soared through the open sky, and I could feel the rush of adrenaline pulsing through my veins.



Each of the five ziplines were terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. We soared over steep drops, unique rock formations and jagged cliffs. We even ziplined across the breathtaking Seven Falls Canyon—a series of seven, stunning cascading waterfalls. The most frightening part of it all was crossing the custom-built suspension bridges that swayed over enormous canyons. I never thought I had a fear of heights until I felt my knees shaking as I walked across this “Indiana Jones” style bridge. In total, the course took us about two hours to complete.

After our afternoon adventure, we moseyed back to the room to get dolled up for dinner. On our stroll back to the room, we marveled at the opulent Christmas decorations that filled the lobby spaces. The detail in the decor was immaculate, and I could have spent hours wandering the halls. We had dinner reservations at a restaurant on the property called Summit. Known for its regional cuisine, the food was prepared in its native style with a contemporary twist. My tastebuds were in heaven this entire meal. The most impressive and visually striking aspect of the restaurant was the glass-enclosed wine turret that stored over 500 bottles.




The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs
Courtesy photo

The next morning, we escaped to The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. This is the highest cog railway in the world, and we learned that the view from the summit is where “America the Beautiful” was penned. Apparently, people have been climbing to the top of Pikes Peak since 1891. It was an especially windy day so unfortunately, we didn’t quite make it to the top, but the ride alone was wonderfully exciting and there was an especially amusing conductor who provided us with riveting statistics and stories.

Later that day, we indulged in an afternoon at the five-star Broadmoor Spa where we treated ourselves to a relaxing massage that left us feeling calm and rejuvenated. Our weekend wrapped up with dinner at Ristorante Del Lago—an Italian hot spot on the property that is known for their wood-fired pizzas, a selection of meats off the rotisserie, and pasta made fresh in-house. They also have an aging room that boasts authentic salmi and formaggio imported straight from Italy. I tried and quickly finished the gnocchi con calamari.

Providing the most vibrant and enchanting atmosphere, the Broadmoor made for one very magical weekend getaway and I’m already looking forward to my return visit.


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