Already one of the elite traveler’s top family resorts, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Broadmoor is hungry to keep the distinction attached to its name for the foreseeable future. From fun pub offerings to French-inspired eateries, this 3,000-acre property has a host of new and refashioned dining attractions to get lost in.
Even before this new entry came into the fold, The Broadmoor had the gourmet gambit well covered with places like the traditional Summit and the Five-Star Penrose Room. With Play, the retreat offers a fun, new take on dining. More luxury retro than anything else, it has warm woods and red leather chairs dotting the dining area while chef David Patterson’s roasted jalapeño corndog and cherry mint julep shake dazzle on the menu. But if you took a hint from the name, you’d know Play goes well beyond lunch and dinner. Play is also a good old-fashioned gathering place that’s highlighted by a six-lane bowling alley and game room. Come here to fill your stomach and your inner adolescent spirit at the same time.
One of The Broadmoor’s signature attractions since 1961, Golden Bee underwent a five-month renovation back in October. Those who’ve visited the 19th-century bar (the original Bee was made of panels and fixtures from an English pub from the 1800s) before won’t be disappointed by the facelift. The Ragtime charm and aroma of ale-dipped fish and chips still permeate the air; only now there’s double the elbow room (including a rooftop terrace) and an expanded menu to enjoy, giving the Bee an updated feel without forgetting its past. And speaking of which, buzz on by the spot around 10 p.m. for the nightly live piano sing-along — don’t worry, songbooks will be handed out and plenty of pints will be poured.
Another favorite of guests at the Colorado Springs hotel is this one-time American chophouse that’s been serving fine steaks and seafood since 1939. The restaurant has been given a dramatic French makeover that can be seen from the updated dining hall (the former Mayan Room has been renamed Entre Deux and softened with stained-glass panels) that connects the Tavern to the fabulous new atrium, Le Jardin (outfitted with a Parisian street mural, lush greenery and a 16-foot chandelier), to the fresh items on the menu (Dover sole meunière, Dungeness jumbo lump crab cake). To enhance the overall dining experience even more, the Tavern Orchestra plays live soft rock every Thursday through Sunday evening.
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