New Specials & Booking Options at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins 

January 2009

VALENTINE WEEKEND
 SPECIAL!
Valentine Specials at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cbins
Valentine's Day is just around the corner! And it happens to fall on a 3 day holiday weekend this year, so it's a perfect opportunity to sneak away with your sweetie and spend some quality romantic time with them.
 
Book 3 nights in our Bed & Breakfast Lodge for the holiday weekend (February 13, 14 & 15 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights), and receive complimentary roses and chocolate truffles.
 
Dear Debbie, 
 
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We had a lot going on ourselves, and you can read about our family events later on if you'd like.
 
We know the economy has been tough for everyone lately, and we have several new options we're offering to help ease your pocketbook and still have the option to have a wonderful vacation and Colorado getaway. Read on for all the new options available, and we hope to see you soon!
 
Brian & Debbie
New Lodge Rental Option
 
If you don't need all 6 rooms you can now rent the Lodge with just the 5 rooms in the main Lodge (without the Cascade Suite) for a discounted price.
 
High Season: $700 per night
Low Season: $600 per night 
 
Check out the Lodge Rental Page for more details about renting the Lodge.
Lower Minimum Night Stay Requirement
 
We have lowered our minimum night stay requirement for Lodge Rentals during the summer months from 4 nights to 3 nights.
Opt out of Breakfast for a discount
 
If you're not necessarily the Bed and "Breakfast" type and don't wish to sit down at the table and have breakfast with the other guests, or you need to head out and about early for your day, you can still enjoy our beautiful and peaceful setting and opt out of the breakfast for a bit of a savings.
 
$20 discount per room, per night
Stay for as low as $85 per night
 
Visit our Bed and Breakfast page to check out all the rooms in our Colorado Bed and Breakfast Lodge.
Upcoming Events
 
February 8-10 and 15-18: 2nd Annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival - World renowned ice sculptors will use chainsaws and assorted tools to create a larger-than-life winter scene of a mountain setting with a steam locomotive driving out of a tunnel, weighing over 30,000 pounds. Plus, you'll be able to wander thru a garden of wildlife including wolves, eagles, a moose, a buffalo and an elk. This exciting event is free to the public and is welcome to preview the work in progress from approximately 10am to 6pm February 8 & 9. After all the carving is done enjoy the ice sculptures daily thru February 18. A night visit is a must as they are spectacularly lit for everyone to enjoy. Other exciting events include a Beer Garden with a nine-foot ice bar with a liquor luge, live entertainment open during the weekends, and a Downhill Gravity Race will be taking place on Saturday, February 16. 
 
February 21: Annual Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff & Carnivale Parade - Fabulous Chefs competing with their secret recipes! Gumbo begins cooking at 8:00 a.m. Public tasting will follow the judging (10:45 a.m.) There is no entry fee for contestants and winners will receive cash prizes & trophies. Carnivale Parade in Downtown Manitou following the cook-off. 

May 27: US Air Force Academy Graduation - The week long events for Air Force Academy Graduation begin Thursday, May 21st and culminate with Graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, May 27th. We still have our Lodge and Cottage available for USAFA Graduation. You can rent the Lodge and have plenty of room for all of your family members. With it's 6 bedrooms and large great room/dining room there is room enough to sleep up to 17 people and host up to 30 people. The Cottage can sleep up to 6 more people. And it's also not too early to think about AFA Graduation for 2010 either! 
 
June 6: Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival - The festival begins at Memorial Park from 12 noon to 6:00pm. Over 20 wineries will be pouring samples of the wines they produce. Live entertainment will be performed throughout the afternoon. Specialty food & wine related gift booths will also be located throughout the park.
 
June 13 - August 2: Colorado Renaissance Festival - The 32nd Annual Colorado Renaissance Festival is held each weekend from June 14 through August 3. This eight-week extravaganza features court jesters and jousters, a King and his Queen, fun acts, turkey legs, a petting zoo, dashing knights, musical programs, comedians, artisans, and more.

July 19: 86th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the world's highest auto race and one of the most grueling events in all of motor racing. The start line at 9,400 feet is high enough to leave anyone short of breath. And the climb to the towering 14,110 foot finish punishes drivers and their vehicles.
 
August 15-16: 54th Annual Pikes Peak Ascent and Pikes Peak Marathon - One of America's greatest races, of any kind, will redefine what you call running. The first leg has you heading in the direction "up". During the next 10 miles you gain almost 6,000 vertical feet. For the last three miles, with still over 2,000' of vertical to go, you'll realize where the Marathon got its moniker - America's Ultimate Challenge. A race for the serious runner, not to be missed!
 
September 5-7: 33rd Annual Colorado Balloon Classic - The Colorado Balloon Classic is an annual family event, admission is free, held each Labor Day weekend. Mass ascensions of over 100 balloons are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with a Balloon GloŽ scheduled for Saturday and Sunday evenings. Each year a variety of concessions are available and entertainment is provided during each event

Visit our Calendar of Events page to check out all the upcoming events in the area.

Featured Recipe

Molten Chocolate Cakes with Raspberries and Cream 
 

1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, plus 1/4 pound (1 stick)
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon nut-flavored liqueur
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
4 sprigs mint
Sweetened cocoa, as garnish

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease and flour 4 (6-ounce) ramekins or baking dishes with the 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of flour in each, tapping out the excess flour. Set on a baking sheet.
 
In a double boiler, or a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the remaining 1/4 pound of butter with the chocolate, cream, and powdered sugar, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and salt until thick ribbons form, about 3 minutes. Sift 2 tablespoons flour into the egg mixture and fold together. Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture. Divide among the prepared dishes and bake until the sides of the cake are set and the tops are puffed but still soft, about 12 minutes.
 
Remove from the oven and let cool in the ramekins for 2 minutes, then unmold onto dessert plates.  
 
Meanwhile, in a bowl whip the cream until beginning to form soft peaks. Add the sugar and nut liqueur and beat until stiff peaks start to form. Spoon a dollop of the whipped cream on each unmolded cake, and garnish each plate with raspberries and a sprig of mint. Sprinkle cocoa over the cakes, and serve.
 
Serves 4
 
Visit our Recipe Archive page for more recipes.

Reynolds Family Update Sean & Rachel Hays

 
We have had a busy couple of months here in the Reynolds family home. Our daughter Rachel was married here in the Lodge Great Room on December 20th. We had anywhere from 10-23 family members staying with us for the wedding and over the holidays.
It was a wonderful time with family.
 
And we are expecting another Grandbaby next week from Bethany and James. It's another boy... Micah Brian. We are very excited to be Grandparents again!
 
Nate is in his second year of college at CU Boulder, working 2 part time jobs, busy as all get out, and loving life.
 
We took a vacation a couple weeks ago to Cancun. It was wonderful to sit out on the balcony of our hotel and watch the ocean and listen to the waves crash while drinking our coffee, reading a book, and just enjoying each others company. We came home refreshed and ready for another great year!
That should about cover everything for the time being. Check our availability calendar and book your next stay with us, we would love to have you back again! 
 
Blessings!
 
Brian & Debbie