The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is a high-end, pet-friendly resort that has a long history associated with animals. Many dignitaries including US presidents, actors and actresses, and others have stayed in the luxurious surroundings.
But my preference is the resort’s Pitty Pat Club.
Pet guests are welcomed to the Broadmoor’s own unique Best Friend in Residence Program. A $50.00 per pet per day fee is added to your room charge. With that surcharge, your pet receives a special Broadmoor identification tag to wear throughout their stay. There are designated outdoor pet areas with clean up packs provided. The 24-hour Pitty Pat Pet Menu offers room service including Blue Buffalo adult dog food and health bars in three flavours: apples and yogurt, bacon, egg & cheese, or chicken liver.
You are also encouraged to take your dog off-property in a safe manner. A map of dog exercise areas is provided. These off-property areas include:
- North Cheyenne Canyon – dogs allowed on leash
- Stratton Open Place – dogs allowed on leash
- Bear Creek Park – off leash area called the Dog Loop Trail
- Garden of the Gods – off leash exercise allowed in designated areas
A comprehensive list of other services is also given to dog owners. This includes information on local veterinary practices, pet stores, and groomers. Dog sitting and walking services can also be arranged.
If Colorado is on your list of destinations, then why not indulge yourself and your dog and stay at The Broadmoor?
The animal history (and how the Pitty Pat Club got its name):
Back in 1880, the land that the resort is situated on was a dairy farm. In the 1890s, the owners realised that they could make more money by selling parcels of land for residential and commercial development. A casino was built that was purchased in 1916 by Spencer Penrose, an entrepreneur from Philadelphia, and he began its transformation into a resort.
Mr Penrose saw the value of promoting Colorado Springs as a tourist destination. He built the Pikes Peak Road leading to the summit as an alternative to the Cog Railway and he established the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, which is still considered one of the finest privately owned zoos in the United States. Hence, another strong connection to animals.
Mr Penrose’s wife was Julie and she was accompanied everywhere by a Poodle named Pitty Pat. So, when the resort decided to offer pet-friendly accommodation, it was a natural fit to name the program after Pitty Pat!