Springtime at the Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins
May 2009
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Twittering & Blogging
It's NOT too late for a Mother's Day Getaway!
New Special for Procrastinators
Upcoming Area Events
Featured Recipe
Reynolds Family Update
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Dear Debbie, 

Springtime in Colorado... hmmmm, seems more like an oxymoron around here actually. We've had more snow the past month than we've had the majority of the entire winter. I was stuck in the Denver airport overnight a few weeks ago when I missed a connecting flight due to a major snowstorm (April 17th), we had 18" of snow here at the Lodge. Had another foot the following weekend. And about 4 inches last weekend (May). It's been cold and foggy the past week (in the 30's and 40's), and today it's in the 60's, it actually seems like Spring is here. But not to get hopes up as it's supposed to be in the 40's over the weekend again. But not to worry, spring, and summer, are just around the corner, truly in a matter of days, if not weeks.
 
So get those calendars out and start planning your Colorado vacation getaway. We have plenty of availability this summer, especially if you're looking for a Bed and Breakfast getaway or Family Reunion. Read on for news about what's been going on around here, and what's coming up...
Book a Mother's Day Getaway!
There's still time to book a last minute getaway for Mother's Day! We have our Cabin available, along with the Manitou, Ramona, and Ute Indian Trail Rooms available in our Bed and Breakfast Lodge. So surprise your Mom (wife, or significant other) with a weekend getaway!
 
As an added bonus, take 10% your stay with us this weekend! (Mention the newsletter Mother's Day special; applies to new reservations only)
 
New Special for Procrastinators!  
We can get SO busy in life sometimes that we just need to get away for a weekend to recharge our batteries. Not to worry if you haven't made your plans ahead of time, we have a special just for the last minute traveler!
 
Make reservations 1 to 2 days in advance and stay with us for 2 nights or more in our Manitou Room, Ute Indian Trail Room, or Midland Room now through May 20, 2009 and take 20% off your stay! Some restrictions may apply.
 
See our Specials Page for all our active specials and discounts!
Upcoming Local Events
May 15-16: Summit Brewfest & BBQ - The first ever Summit Brewfest & BBQ brings together the finest beers of Colorado with the best BBQ in Southern Colorado. Over 30 Breweries will be pouring tasters to match the region's best BBQ establishments.
 
May 23-25: 34th Annual Territory Days - Territory Days is a three-day street festival held annually over Memorial weekend. Territory Days will celebrate its 34th year in Historic Old Colorado City with over 200 craft, commercial, nonprofit and food-vendors manning booths lining Colorado Avenue. This is a great family event with activities for everyone!
 
USAFA GraduationMay 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!
 
June 1: Experience Colorado Springs' 8th Annual Women's Golf Scramble - Held at the mountain course at The Broadmoor. Events include a continental breakfast, tournament, trunk show and luncheon complete with awards.

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.
 
June 27-28: 78th Annual Cripple Creek Donkey Derby Days - Now in its 78th year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown, drawn by a chance to watch a race inspired by the town's resident donkey herd, distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town's Gold Rush days. Enjoy games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other family activities at Donkey Derby Days, Cripple Creek's biggest event of the year.  
 
July 12: Barr Trail Mountain Race - 10th Annual Pikes Peak Run up to Barr Camp and back, 12 miles.    7:00am

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.
 
The State Games of America is the premier national multi-sport event for athletes of all ages and abilities held every biennium under the banner of the National Congress of State Games. Medal winners from 49 State Games nationwide earn the right to compete against other winners, as well as Colorado athletes, and match their skills and competitive desire in a national arena.
 
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.
 
September 17-20: Go Fast Games - It's a sight unlike any other, these annual games feature B.A.S.E. and bungee jumping from the world's highest suspension Bridge at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Canon City.

Visit our Calendar of Events page to check out all the upcoming events in the area.
 
Featured Recipe 
ORANGE BREAKFAST WHIP
(aka Orange Julius)
 
  • 1/2 of a 12-oz can (6-oz) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whip on high speed until smooth and frothy.
 
Serves 4

Visit our Recipe Page for current recipe of the month, and to see all our archived recipes.
Reynolds Family Update
Micah BrianIn February we were blessed with another Grandson... Michah Brian (2 1/2 months old in this picture). He's a big boy, we've determined he's going to be a big football player. Debbie had the pleasure of staying with Bethany, James, Josiah & Micah for 2 weeks to help with the the boys. It was bliss! Unbelievable how fast they grow up! Micah's now 3 months old, and Josiah's just about 20 months old!
 
Josiah Thomas - 18 months oldJosiah & Micah absolutely adore each other!Bethany, Rachel & Nathan March 2009
 
Bethany has her hands full being a stay at home Mom with the 2 boys; she's still in the exhaustion mode from sleep deprivation, but adores the boys! James just finished his Master's Degree. Rachel will be coming back home in July as Sean is being deployed for 7 months, they're sad about that as they're still newlyweds after just getting married in December. And Nate just finished his 2nd year of college (today as a matter of fact). The kiddos are all doing well, we're proud parents. It is strange having an empty nest, so it will be good to have Rachel back home for a few months.
 
Brian's been working hard (as always) on maintenance on all of our facilities, but mainly spending hundreds of hours refinishing all the windows and doors in the Lodge. By the time he's finished he says he will have refinished nearly 500 window panes, each with 4 sides, making nearly 1,000 edges he's sanded, repaired, and painted. He will be so glad when he's done. Make sure to tell him how nice the windows look the next time you come!
 
And Debbie's been working on a cookbook for the past 2 years and is now in the final stages. I just have to finish proofreading it and off to the publisher it goes. Hopefully it will be ready for sale by the end of the summer, so watch for the announcement about it!
We thank all of you for being our guests, and look forward to having you back again. With this strange economy, we have lots of availability this summer, especially in the Bed and Breakfast and Lodge Rental, so check our availability calendar and come sneak away for a little R&R, we'd love to have you back again!
Blessings,

Brian & Debbie Reynolds
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