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Broadmoor branches out with a ranch

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A ranch that was the private retreat of the Broadmoor’s founder will open as an intimate luxury retreat, the Colorado AAA Five Diamond resort has announced.

The Ranch at Emerald Valley, eight miles west of the Broadmoor, will open in August with 10 cabins served by the Grand Lodge, a central gathering spot where guests can meet, drink and dine.

The cabins will house up to 34 guests in rooms with wood-burning fireplaces. Meals prepared by Broadmoor chefs will be served in the Grand Lodge, which will have a lobby, a bar and a terrace.

Guests of the ranch will have access to all Broadmoor amenities. The resort shuttle will transport them to the Broadmoor to use its swimming pools, fitness center, golf, shops, spa and dining options.

John Rovie, the Broadmoor’s director of sales, described the ranch as a “unique destination for executive retreats and board meetings.”

Spencer Penrose, the gold and copper magnate who built the Broadmoor in 1918, bought the ranch in 1923, constructed additional buildings on site and turned the property into his getaway.

“Reconnecting the history of the Ranch at Emerald Valley with the Broadmoor is a perfect complement to our heritage,” said Steve Bartolin, president and CEO of the Broadmoor. “We’re excited to offer guests an authentic Colorado wilderness experience. The service and cuisine at the ranch will be at Broadmoor standards, while guests can enjoy access to the outstanding amenities at the resort.”

The Ranch at Emerald Valley will be open from May through October.