Flat Brutus Week Part 2: The Broadmoor

Mayzie: Happy Cheezeday/Chewsday to all my dear furends!

Okay, so we’re continuing on with our Flat Brutus tour. Is everybuddy ready?

So’s the next place we tooks Flat Brutus to was this building called The Broadmoor. The Broadmoor is this fancy schmancy place where fancy schmancy peoples stay at.

Fancy Schmancy Flat Brutus

Ranger: Ah, but there’s more to it than just that, little sister. There is a lot of history behind the esteemed Broadmoor hotel. It all began in 1890 when the Broadmoor Land Investment Company  purchased the land that the  Broadmoor sits on. In 1891, the Broadmoor itself originally opened as a casino.

In 1897, it was purchased by the estate of Winfield Scott Stratton, one of Colorado Springs’ founding fathers, and it was converted into a boarding house and day school for girls.

Winfield Scott Stratton with his fancy-schmancy mustache.

In 1916, it was purchased by Philadelphia entrepreneur Spencer Penrose and his wife, Julie. They also purchased 400 adjoining acres and set out to create the finest resort in the world.

Painting by Maxfield Parrish, commissioned by Spencer Penrose.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia for you. Do you notice anything different between the painting above and the first picture of Flat Brutus in front of the Broadmoor? Look carefully.

That’s correct. In reality, the Broadmoor Lake is actually situated behind the Broadmoor. Spencer Penrose commissioned the painting to use in advertisements back east. Ever the marketer, he asked Maxfield Parrish to put the lake in front of the hotel because he thought it would have a greater appeal to potential guests.

Spencer Penrose would be proud. To this day, the Broadmoor is regarded as one of the world’s premiere resorts and has received the Forbes 5-star rating for 50 years running and a AAA five-diamond rating for 34 years straight. Nine U.S. Presidents have stayed here, as well as celebrities like John Wayne, Clark Gable, Elton John, Jay Leno, and Walt Disney. Last year the US Senior Open was played on its golf course and this year, it will host the US Women’s Open.

Looking out from the main hotel across the lake at an additional wing which was built in 1976.

Despite, as Mayzie puts it, its fancy schmancy reputation, it has quite a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, according to my mother and dad (decidedly UN-fancy schmancy people) who stayed there on one of their wedding anniversaries.

Note: Mother is standing on one of the steps as she is, shall we say, height-challenged.

Mayzie: Oh, Brudder Ranger! Did you tell ’em that they lets peoples bring their dogs with ’em? They even have this super HUGE painting of a dog that looks a whole lot like Cuzin Bridger!

Most unfortunately, we didn’t gets to go into the hotel this time around but Flat Brutus was okay with that. Cuz he was all excited about our next stop…

To be continued…



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29 responses to “Flat Brutus Week Part 2: The Broadmoor

  1. Now that has gots to be every little girls dream to go to a school that used to be a casino…ok, wells it would be a dream of mine…hehehehe!
    I’m glads to know there is a hotel near you. Now, all i haves to do is tell mum and da bout this and talk them into a TRIP. And I can tells them it would be an educational vacation too. I sure hopes they don’t haves a clause bout doggies. It prolly says, “Dogs welcome but NOT Puddles”…yep, theyve prolly already heards bout me.
    Mayzie, you has a very pretty mom and dad. Well, I don’t know if you’d call him pretty but he’s handsome. And they look sweet togethers.

  2. I was so taken away by your descriptive powers, and was clicking away at links, and looking at the scenery, that before I could comment I was taken away to other pages. But I came back!
    We had Flat Puglet visit with us, and may have to ask FB for a visit too. Seems he like to be more adventurous.

  3. Now that looks like a great place to stay. If ever we get to Colorado Springs I’m telling the family that we’re staying there for sure. And I hope we do get there someday. Not only is it near Mayzie, but we just read that it’s one of the most dog friendly places in this whole country! I think we should move there.

    wags, Lola

  4. Mayzie,

    This is so much fun! It sure looks like Flat Brutus is having a wonderful time with you and your mom and dad. Can’t waits for the trip to the zoo!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  5. Dear Mayzie…first and foremost you have two very beautiful parents…probably explains why you and your siblings are so beautiful!!
    We did so enjoy these pictures that looks like a lovey place to visit….

    Alaska question answered by Mom (Madi is still upset we left her) LOL
    The trip was a life long dream of mine. Hubby took me there in 2005 for our 35th wedding anniversary. There simply are NO words to express the beauty we saw. If I said it once during the trip I said it 100 times…if I were 30 years younger I’d stay!! HA Of course we were there in May (our anniversary is 2/14/70) I probably would sing a different tune if there in February. We were there for 11 days. 4 days land tour which included a trip into Denali oh my stars it was a cloudy day and chilly but heck we were in Alaska. We didn’t see Denali in person but I’m told it is a rare for one to see it. It is most spectacular in the dead of winter. Denali has its own weather system which is not very predictable. We saw our first black bears, moose, Dall sheep, and tmagins, snow shoe rabbits oh I could go on and on. We took a day trip on the White Pass and Yukon rail system…amazing. If you get an opportunity to go DO IT!!
    I’d go again right now. Absolutely the best trip I’ve ever been on. The one thing we didn’t see was an Orca in person. We arrived on May 20, were on the cruise May 24-31…a little too early for their migration. Just another reason to return. I took close to 800 pictures. Thank goodness they were digital so I could pick and choose what to print.
    Madi and Mom

  6. Oh Oh…Muzzer is adding that to her list of “places to order room service.” And we are glad to know doggies can stay there…you don’t think we would let them go by themselves do ya?


  7. A very fancy place. FB looks like he is having a great time.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  8. Frankie Furter

    Mayzie and Ranger and F. Brutus, that is just a grrrreat place. I really liked learning all about it. Especially how that one guy just up and MOVED the Lake… I guess he never heard of Truth in Advertising. hehehe
    Your mom and dad look all AWWWWWW CUTE!!! I can see why you picked them.
    I like how you TEASE us with what’s coming… ZOOOOOOO I do hope you will SKIP the Squirrel cage though.

  9. You two are great hosts to Flat Brutus! Maybe you should open your own tour company… you could calls it ‘The Flat Doggie Tours’… if you do, let us know cuz we’ll mail ourselves out to you so we can have as much fun as Flat Brutus!

    Sam and Pippen!

  10. I love seeing all these spots in your city, and from Flat Bruno’s expression it looks like he is having the best time ever. It’s also nice that it is dog friendly; I wonder what it’s like for a dog to stay there.

  11. Very entertaining and informative … even for someone who used to write for The Broadmoor magazine! Thanks, Ranger and Mayzie!

  12. That place sure does look fancy schmancy! I can picture myself lounging on a bed there, being fed from fine crystal and silver and having my pillows nicely fluffed. It would be very nice to get used to!

    Your mom and dad are so cute together!


  13. Thanks for the great tour.:)

  14. Loved the piktur of your mom and the fancy painting/Cuzin Bridger dog!

    I thinks that place would be a pawsome place for a blog-dog convention! heehee Wonder if they give group rates?!?!?

    looking forward to The Zoo!!!


  15. Hi Miss Mayzie,

    Oh, we are really enjoying your flat Brutus posts! 🙂 You and brother Ranger are wonderful hosts, gosh, we wish WE could package ourselves up flat and visit too!

    We loved hearing about your fancy Broadmoor place – in the You Kay Broadmoor is a notorious prison, very different! Hey, we loved the photo of your mom with the cousin Bridger picture!

    We were delighted to hear that flat Brutus is helping out around the house, what a good mannered chap he is! He sure deserved that yummy meal. And the photos of him with your kitty brothers are delightful! 😀

    We can’t wait to find out about the zoo trip!

    Schnauzer snuggles – JD and Max.

  16. Christina


    3 things…

    1. Now I know where woo get your stunning good looks from. Your momma is most beawooootiful!!

    2. Be very jeally of flat Brutus because if he goes to the zoo…then…well….thats a whole lot of animals to CHASE!

    3. I missing woo and lubbing woo!

    Wags and woofs,
    Mack and Mia

  17. Kendra, Daisy and Bella

    They let dogs in? Wow, maybe we could get a blog dog convention going or something. Flat Brutus is really seeing lots of things!

    Was that painting the first of false advertising? And doesn’t Mr. Stratton look a bit like a schnauzer?

    Can’t wait to see the zoo pictures.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  18. Brother Ranger is ever so smart….we learned lots today and can’t WAIT until the zoo tomorow!

    Smiley & Snuggles!
    Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

  19. Woo are such a great hostess fur FB!

    Thanks fur sharing KholWOOrado with us too!


  20. Pretty snazzy looking place indeed! But the best part is that the furry family gets to come along! On our Earlventure we’ve been both surprised and confused by where doggies can & can’t be! Glad that Flat Brutus got to see the Broadmoor, interesting to learn about the history too (we’d never heard of it before)! Can’t wait to see who he meets at the zoo!

    Brutus the traveling Frenchie

  21. Miss Kylie

    Mayzie you are doing a great job hosting F.B.. And Brudder Ranger too!! Your Mommy looks very pretty next to that painting!! I say she would count as Fancy Smancy!


  22. Sure does look like FB is having fun getting around seeing the town.

  23. Mango

    That looks like a swell estate. Maybe you should move there.


  24. What a great place to take Flat Brutus. Mom was there once many years ago on a business trip with Dad. It was all expenses paid for them and they got the royal treatment. Mom said it was just so beautiful there. She spent a lot of time in the spa getting all sorts of fancy treatments. But she loved most just walking around and seeing all the beauty.

    Thanks for bringing back a lovely memory to her.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  25. miss mayzie,
    first and most important like, i am so so so so sorry that my mama was totally meansies and full of the dorkdom and posted that most terrible picture of me. i am way embarrassed. now when you saw that picture, i thought you would drop the booker man like a hat, but you did not! be still, my labradog heart! i have the most fair ‘n lovely ‘n kindhearted girlfriend evarrr! i am forevarrr and hopelessly devoted to you.
    now that i got that off my chest, what a grrreat field trip with FB to the broadmoor! it sure is a fancy schmancy hotel, and i give them 50 gazillion gold stars for letting doggies come stay, too! your mama sure is a pretty hooman, btw.
    happy cheeseday!
    the booker man

  26. Hi, Mayzie!
    Reading your post I felt like I was there too!
    Kisses and hugs

  27. He sure is learning lots from all his travels!

  28. This was SO interesting! We love stuffs like this! AND they lot dogs take their two-leggers with them – pawsome!! Mom barely noticed the lake because she was gazing longingly at the mountains. She’s from Arizona and still misses those big mountains!


  29. Looks like a pretty swanky place, and I’ll bet that Flat Brutus enjoyed his tour. We LOVE places that let pets stay. That is why we LOVE La Quintas and usually stay in one if we are overnight somewhere. All of them have been great with us!

    Oooo… a Zooooo…. lots of animals to bark at! The CC Pups

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