Hotel of the Week: Olympic Glory in the Rockies

The first time I visited the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs Colo, I thought it was just another big hotel. I slowly realized I was wrong, as it has a lot of charm and old-fashioned class.

Broadmoor Hotel, CO

It doesn’t hurt that it is set in a spectacularly beautiful location  that is under-the-radar fun and wholesome. It reminded me a little of being in Switzerland.

The Broadmoor IS big, don’t get me wrong – 744 rooms… but it is a nice bit of luxury out in the West. There is a well-known golf course, and a lake in the middle of the property that gives some calm to the large numbers of visitors.

A beautiful main pool  and tennis courts too.

The Broadmoor is a nice base for a family vacation – I went to a rodeo and hiked Pike’s Peak while I was there…….. www.broadmoor.com

But right now I want to highlight a timely attraction: The US Olympic Training Center  nearby.  (Cue that chill-provoking Olympic theme we are all about to hear night and day!) It is an exciting time to visit with the Olympics starting today (Go USA!) and a great place to take the kids. They can be inspired where some of the best in the world have trained. Best of all – it is FREE!

Public tours of the Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs are conducted year-round. The tour includes a 12-minute moving film and 45-minute walking tour of the complex. Nearly 70% of the tour is out-of-doors.

During the tour, visitors  view athlete training facilities including Sport Center Gymnasiums, weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the USA Shooting Center,  and the Aquatics Center. Life-size figures with narrative panels provide information about Olympic Sports.

There is also an Olympic Hall of Fame…featuring athletes like gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar…. and an Olympic flame display on the rooftop terrace.

The experience will make you proud to be an American.  www.teamusa.org/About-the-USOC/Training-Centers-and-Sites/Colorado-Springs.aspx

Let the games begin! Good luck to our athletes!

7:30 PM tonight- NBC – airing opening ceremonies. Be there. Go for Gold. Always.

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