from Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins
 
Dear Debbie, 

It's hard to believe that the holidays are here already! They sure did sneak up on us. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your friends, family, and loved ones, and want you to know how much we appreciate you! Read on for some upcoming specials we're introducing, and we hope to see you back again!
 
Brian & Debbie
Early Bird Family Reunion Discount
 
Colorado Family Reunion LocationThinking of having a family reunion this coming summer? We can help with that! In case you didn't know, we rent the Lodge out in its entirety for Family Reunions, Weddings, and Retreats. The Lodge can host up to 30 people, and has beds to sleep up to 17 people. If you have more people the Cabin and Cottage can sleep an additional 13 more people, for a total "heads in beds" of up to 30 people.
 
Book your Colorado family reunion by December 31, 2008 for the summer of 2009 (Memorial weekend thru Labor Day weekend) and save 10% off the Lodge Rental!
 
See our website's Specials Page for all the details. 
Valentine's Day Special
Colorado Valentine's Day Romantic Getaway 
No, it's NOT too early to be thinking about Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day 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 any of our facilities for the holiday weekend (February 13, 14 & 15 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights), and receive complimentary roses and chocolate truffles.
 
Consider adding on a relaxing massage or a romantic 6-course dinner at the famous Black Bear Restaurant as well.
 
See our Packages Page for all the romance packages available, and other add on items.
Gift Certificates Available
Click here for Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins Gift Certificates 
Not sure what to give as a gift? We sell Gift Certificates for stays in any of our facilities. They make great Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Thank You, and "just because" gifts. 

Click here for information on purchasing Gift Certificates. 
Upcoming Local Events
Glen Eyrie Castle Christmas Madrigal Banquet 
November 29, December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20: Glen Eyrie Castle Christmas Madrigal Banquet - A true Colorado Springs tradition! Let Glen Eyrie take you and your loved ones centuries away-spend an evening immersed in the joyous festivities of a Renaissance Castle Christmas! Enjoy a gourmet five-course meal, song, dance, and tales presented by the Lord and Lady of the Castle. Sit back and enjoy being treated like royalty for a night! A joyous and unforgettable way to usher in the season!
 
December 5 - January 4: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Winter Wildland (Formerly the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari) - A Wildly Festive Experience" is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's reinvention of its traditional holiday light celebration, now in its 18th year. Zoo grounds are illuminated by hundreds of thousands of holiday lights, with new color combinations and light-themed clusters.
 
January 3: 14th Annual Great Fruitcake Toss - Held every first week in January since 1995. Compete in any number of events. There's tossing (by hand), launching (by catapult), and hurling (by any other method); a Fruitcake Derby (fruitcakes with wheels); a Fruitcake Art Show; the Farthest Traveled Fruitcake (fruitcakes have arrived from Hong Kong and New Zealand); and the obligatory Fruitcake Relay.
9:30am - 2:00pm; Manitou Springs; Memorial Park 
 
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. 
8:00am - 1:00pm; Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs
 
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 all of our facilities 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 Cabin and Cottage can sleep up to 13 more people. And it's also not too early to think about AFA Graduation for 2010 either!
 
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. Cascade, Colorado
 
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 1 - 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 Glo® 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 for all upcoming local events.
Featured Recipe

 PUMPKIN PIE BARS

Cake:
1 (18 1/4-oz) pkg. yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 Tbsp. (1 stick) butter, melted

Filling:
1 (8-oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 Tbsp. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar (3 ¾ cups)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
 
Preheat oven to 350˚

Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

Serve with fresh whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.
Short and sweet today since we know you've got a lot going on with the holidays coming up. Enjoy them! And we hope to see you in 2009!
 
Blessings & Happy Holidays!
 
Brian & Debbie
 Our Adorable Grandson Josiah
Reynolds Family Update...
 
For those of you that have become our dear friends, here's a snippet on what's going on with our family...
 
Bethany & James are doing well and their son Josiah turned 1 year old in September. They are expecting another son due in February. We couldn't be more thrilled about more grandbabies on the way!
 
Rachel & Sean
 
Rachel is engaged to be married to a wonderful guy she met while in High School and is now in the marines. They will be getting married here at the Lodge on December 20th, just a few weeks away!
 
Nathan is in Boulder going to college and working 2 part time jobs, he's a busy guy and comes home once in a while for a good home cooked meal and to raid our pantry. We don't get to see him nearly as much as we'd like.
 
After Rachel's wedding we will be completely empty nesters... I'm not sure how I feel about that... pretty bitter-sweet I suppose.
 
 
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