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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
In 1918, Mining baron Spencer Penrose converted the Broadmoor Gambling Hall into the hotel it is today, hoping to fuse European elegance with frontier hospitality. But Penrose was no stuffy entrepreneur. A fierce anti-prohibitionist, he invited 55 New York hoteliers out west in 1920 and asked them to bring five bottles of their favorite "cologne". Today, you can admire Bottle Alley on the lobby level of the hotel and see the remains of what his conspirators imbibed during Prohibition; some bottles have their original dust. The Broadmoor remains dedicated to indulgence, featuring opulent chandeliers, marbled floors and detailed ceiling and wall murals. (www.broadmoor.com)

While you are here: Play a round of golf at one of the Broadmoor's three championship courses, designed by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, Sr and Nicklaus Design. Not into golf? Ride the cog railway 14,110 feet above sea level to Pike's Peak, where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write "America, the Beautiful". Green fees from $100 to $235; roundtrip rail tickets from $27 to $33 per person. (www.cograilway.com)

 

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