A weekend in the lap of luxury at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO, is something I recommend to everyone. I found myself there recently to attend the 2nd annual Women's Weekend of Wellness presented by Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.
My adventure started when I met my daughter, Beth Blair, at Denver International Airport. I picked her up in my red Mustang convertible and we headed South for a grand time together. We made a quick detour through Garden of the Gods (above) before arriving at our true destination. We knew it would be a fabulous weekend when we found ourselves being escorted down the highway by the Hell's Angels. How often do you get this close to a bunch of them?
Upon arriving at the Broadmoor Hotel, a five star, diamond rated resort, I was amazed at the opulence unfolding before me. Everywhere I looked was a wall of marble or hand painted motifs. Elegance was everywhere.
Our room was a South Superior room on the 7th floor. The beds were so high I had to take a running leap to land in mine. It was rather thrilling I must say.
Our bathroom had a TV in it.
The coffee nook started our day out just right.
Cheyenne Mountain and Cheyenne Lake provided us with spectacular views through automated window dressings. The windows easily opened so fresh breezes lulled us to sleep at night.
The Women's Weekend of Wellness was held in the Rocky Mountain Ballroom in the Broadmoor West building across the lake. From our room we had a hike down the sidewalk, across the bridge you see in the photo below to the far end of the building across the lake. My wellness conference therefore, offered me a healthy hike back and forth a couple of times a day. At the slightly higher altitude I admit I did some huffing and puffing at first along the way. By Sunday afternoon the way became much easier.
Settling into such lush accommodations, was a wonderful entry into a most inspiring weekend with presentations by top professionals in the field of wellness. Many of the speakers were from the Denver area's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Topics included top-notch information on the importance of exercise, how to eat right, the mind-body relationship, better sleeping, stress, how to lose weight and keep it off forever. One of my favorite presentations was the last program titled: The Colorado Mindset: Your approach to Life Impacts Your Health by Dr. Holly Wyatt. Colorado is the leanest state in the country and Dr. Wyatt offered hope to those who do not live in the beautiful state of Colorado by offering that you too can develop a Colorado mindset by: 1) Finding your motivation 2) Expecting success 3) Making healthy decisions automatically and 4) Creating a supportive environment.
Saturday and Sunday mornings we were offered activity choices. They were AquaFit, Guided Hike, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi or Sunday morning's Historical Tour of the Broadmoor. Since I have always loved aqua exercise that was my immediate choice. My daughter stepped out of her comfort zone and accompanied me on this early morning adventure. We had an hour of a great workout and lots of fun and laughter. I wish I could have had leisure time to return to the gorgeous pool area. It was very inviting and was connected to the exercise room and spa.
All the walking and aqua fit kept our appetites ready for our next meal. Four meals were provided for our "healthy" weekend. We were served a dinner, lunch and two breakfast buffets. I had visions of luscious choices of exquisite foods. I admit I was a bit taken aback at what we were offered. How silly of me to forget that this was a "wellness" weekend. The first night our meal started out with a lovely spring salad with a lemon basil vinaigrette, along with a choice of two healthy breads. Entree was a very plain poached halibut (no seasoning), soba noodles, daikon, edamame and konbu. Everyone at our table had fun guessing and trying to identify what was the daikon and konbu. I will someday look it up on Google as we never figured it out. Later a table mate admitted she tried to doctor up her halibut by adding butter to it when no one was looking. Dessert was a chocolate red banana tart.
Breakfast brought visions of scrambled eggs and bacon to my mind. Even though that wasn't to be, we were delighted with the offerings. Quinua pancakes with berries, egg whites with trout, homemade granola, fruit, choice of baked muffins and a smoothie selection delighted us.
Lunch was lots of tofu and a few carrots and lettuce. We left quite hungry from that meal, although we did try everything on our plate. The next morning tabbouleh with fruit and toppings and egg whites with spinach rounded out our meal. Smoothies were identified with name tags and choices went from the daring tofu to beets to the safe strawberry varieties.
The lake side terrace was a lovely spot to sit and sip a glass of wine. The weather was beautiful and the relaxing view of the lake and mountain definitely added to a feeling of wellness.
On Saturday evening we joined a group of new friends and had dinner at the newly opened and renovated Golden Bee at the Broadmoor Hotel. This is a 19th Century English pub featuring all the great items one would be looking for in such a place. Around the table orders were taken for bangers and mash, The Bee's famous fish and chips with mushy peas, cottage pies and a great variety of beers. Ragtime sing-a-long music added to the festive atmosphere and the good time had by all.
I've been back from my wonderful Women's Weekend of Wellness at the Broadmoor for a week now. I came back renewed and refreshed. I didn't want to waste all that healthy-weekend lifestyle so I've been motivated to live my Colorado mind-set each and every day. I hope you'll join me in seeking wellness and living a life of joy.