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February 2012

2012 Wine Festival of Colorado Springs - The Premier Wine Event in the Front Range

Join wine enthusiasts from throughout the area for the 2012 Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, March 9 - 10, 2012. Presenting The Wines of Napa Valley, the 2012 Wine Festival of Colorado Springs can be enjoyed at The Broadmoor, Garden of the Gods Club and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

The weekend of events include tastings, auctions, cheese pairing seminars and much more. Learn about the best wines of the Napa Valley at the 2012 Wine Festival of Colorado Springs.

Each event venue is located just minutes from the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, which offers modern amenities and supreme comfort that are sure to please. With its breathtaking views and premium accommodations, the Cheyenne Mountain Resort is the perfect place to relax while remaining close to the events of the 2012 Wine Festival of Colorado Springs


Cheyenne Mountain Resort Makes the List for "Best Luxury Hotel" in 2012

Cheyenne Mountain Resort was recently named one of the “Best Luxury Hotels” in the United States for 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. Read on for the full press release.

Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading US-based hospitality management company, has announced that 19 of its properties have been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report listing of the “Best Luxury Hotels” in the United States for 2012.  Included in the listing were 10 of the company’s new Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels SM properties.  U.S. News announced winners in separate categories, including the “Best Luxury Hotels in the U.S.A.” and the “Best Luxury Hotels by State.”  Benchmark Hospitality hotels were represented on both lists.  Burt Cabañas, chairman & CEO, made the announcement.

“It is indeed an honor to be recognized in this way by U.S News & World Report,” said Mr. Cabañas.  “To have a large number of our properties represented on these prestigious lists of Best Luxury Hotels is especially gratifying.” 

“I am extremely proud of this impressive list of properties within the 2012 U.S. News Best Luxury Hotels ranking,” said James Simkins, chief operating officer for Benchmark Hospitality’s Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels.  “We believe each of our hotels and resorts is extraordinary, and it’s wonderful to have this underscored with such important recognition.” 

“The goal of the Best Hotels rankings is to help travelers identify the top hotels based on the opinions of many people, including both experts and other travelers,” said Chad Smolinski, vice president of rankings and reviews at U.S. News & World Report. “Our consensus-based approach allows us to rank hotels and provide guidance to travelers in an unbiased way.” 

Over 1,500 hotels were analyzed by U.S. News & World Report.  Benchmark Hospitality International hotels and resorts that achieved a placement on the Best Luxury Hotels list for 2012 include: 

    Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale

    Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant, Spa, Yountville (Napa Valley)
        A Benchmark Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property  
        (Bardessono also placed on the prestigious overall “Best Hotels in the U.S.A.” List)

    Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz

    Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs

    ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Miami Beach
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property 

    Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property 

    Naples Bay Resort, Naples
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property

    Marenas Resort & Spa, North Miami
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property

    Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property 

    Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago

New Jersey
    The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick

New Mexico
    Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe

    The Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga

    Hotel Contessa, San Antonio - Hotel Granduca, Houston
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property 

    Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Moab
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property 

West Virginia
    Stonewall Resort, Weston

    Hotel 1000, Seattle 
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property  
        (Hotel 1000 also placed on the prestigious overall “Best Hotels in the U.S.A.” List)

    Sorrento Hotel, Seattle
        A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property

U.S. News & World Report established the Best Luxury Hotels lists to identify the top properties across the country. To create this year's rankings, U.S. News evaluated the strength of accolades and ratings that elite hotels received from major travel publications. By combining this published recognition with online user ratings, U.S. News identified hotels that are loved by experts and consumers alike.  The U.S. News hotel rankings are updated annually.

The complete list of top hotels and resorts in the United States by U.S. News & World Report is available here.  For the full hotel rankings methodology, click here

To see what makes Cheyenne Mountain Resort one of the Best Luxury Hotels in the United States, visit our website. Click here to make reservations for your Colorado Springs getaway. We look forward to welcoming you.

Enjoy a Night of Family Fun at a Colorado Springs World Arena Event

There’s fun for the whole family at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, just minutes from the Cheyenne Mountain ResortColorado Springs World Arena, the premier entertainment and sports arena in Southern Colorado, hosts world-class concerts and events like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Cirque du Soleil: Dralion. World Arena and the World Arena Ice Hall are home to elite figure skaters, the Colorado College Men’s Ice Hockey Team and the Colorado Gold Speedskating Team. 

Get the family together for one of the upcoming Colorado Springs World Arena events. 

Harlem Globetrotters - March 1, 2012
Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2012 World Tour to World Arena in Colorado Springs. Watch feats of athleticism, theatricality and comedy as this exhibition team performer. Outstanding rookies include Colorado Springs' own Fatima “TNT” Maddox. Maddox is the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth in team history.  

The Thorn - March 30 - April 1, 2012
The Thorn is a live, dramatic portrayal of the passion of the Christ featuring live music, dance, martial arts, special affects and aerial gymnastics.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic - April 5 - 8, 2012
Join Disney on Ice as they celebrate 100 years of magic. Watch 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, the Disney Princesses from 18 beloved stories like The Lion King, Mulan, Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more come to life during this skating spectacular. 

For additional upcoming events, check out the Colorado Springs World Arena Event Calendar.

The Colorado Springs World Arena is less than 2 miles from Cheyenne Mountain Resort.  Enjoy Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s breathtaking views, modern amenities and delicious eats from a convenient location that is sure to keep you close to all of the action at the World Arena.

To learn more about the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and other area attractions close by, visit our website. Call 800.588.0250 to book your reservations. We look forward to welcoming you!

Frontier Airlines launching Non Stop Flights from Colorado Springs to LA, Phoenix, Seattle & Portland!

Great news for travelers this past week when Frontier Airlines announced it will launch nonstop flights in May from Colorado Springs to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle  and Portland, Ore., the largest expansion of air service in Colorado Springs in more than a decade!

“Passengers will no longer have to drive or fly to Denver to get our low fares,” Daniel Shurz, a Frontier senior vice president, said during an interview after the flights were announced. Frontier began service in Colorado Springs with flights to Denver nearly four years ago.



Frontier will launch daily nonstop flights May 18 between Colorado Springs and Phoenix, nonstop flights between the Springs and Los Angeles six days a week and nonstop flights to Seattle four days a week. The carrier will begin nonstop flights three days a week to Portland on May 20. Both the Portland and Seattle flights are seasonal, ending Sept. 16 and resuming in May 2013.  Frontier is offering introductory one-way fares, which include taxes and fees, of $49 to Phoenix, $69 to Los Angeles and $89 to Portland and Seattle. For details, go to


Cheyenne Mountain Resort, An Ideal Wedding Venue in Colorado Springs

If you're looking for a wedding venue in Colorado Springs, look no further. Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers a number of beautiful wedding venues perfect for your special day.

Centennial Ballroom
- The Ballroom can be divided into three individual ballrooms accommodating weddings from 80 to 350 guests. There is also additional space ideal for a cocktail reception leading to an Outdoor Terrace.

Remingtons I & II - Our most intimate function room, Remingtons I can accommodate up to 100 guests for dining and dancing by the magnificent stone fireplace. For larger parties, add the adjacent Remington II, for parties up to 175 guests.

Colorado Ballroom - The Colorado Ballroom can be divided into three ballrooms to accommodate weddings from 90 to 500 guests. A large built-in stage is ideal for entertainment or projection screen presentations, with additional space available for cocktail receptions.

Cheyenne Ballroom - The Cheyenne Ballroom can be divided into two individual ballrooms. The entire ballroom can accommodate weddings from 90 to 180 guests, and there is outdoor space perfect for cocktail receptions in the Cheyenne Courtyard.

Pavilion at the Country Club of Colorado - The Pavilion offers spectacular views of the golf course and private lake. Have your ceremony on the beach, then celebrate at the pavilion with up to 110 of your family and friends. At the end of the evening, gaze at the stars and relax on the beach next to a roaring bonfire!

In addition to offering premier Colorado Springs wedding venues, the Cheyenne Mountain Resort has a variety enhancements and amenities to make planning and coordinating your special day a breeze. Additional packages and services include: Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners, Farewell Brunch, Bridal Spa Package, Vendors and much more.

For more on choosing Cheyenne Mountain Resort as your Colorado Springs wedding venue, or to view our wedding specials and offers, wedding menu and much more, please visit our website

Cheyenne Mountain Resort Ranked a Top Hotel in Colorado Springs

Cheyenne Mountain Resort was recently ranked third among the Top 55 Hotels in Colorado Springs by U.S. News & World Report's Travel Section. U.S. News & World Report ranked each hotel “based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews”. The article explains that Cheyenne Mountain Resort is ranked a top hotel in Colorado Springs because “it stands above the others for its high quality.”  Click to read the U.S. News & World Report’s Travel article.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort is set against a backdrop of extraordinary mountains and picturesque views of Colorado Springs. Tucked away amid breathtaking vistas are over 300 guest rooms and suites and over eight residential lodges. Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers modern amenities and supreme comfort, making it an ideal setting for rest and relaxation. 

Winner of the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2012 Award and a Frommer’s Very Highly Recommended Resort, the Cheyenne Mountain Resort has something for every guest.  Recreation facilities include a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis club, spas, golf and much more! If you seek to explore, Cheyenne Mountain Resort is just minutes from the most popular attractions in Colorado Springs. 

Visit Cheyenne Mountain Resort, a top ranked hotel in Colorado Springs, to experience the best the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Take in our breathtaking views as you achieve ultimate relaxation amid picturesque surroundings.

Must-See Colorado Springs Winter Attractions!

With so many must-see Colorado Springs winter attractions and activities just a few miles from the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, it is easy to find things to do!

Cave of the Winds
Celebrating over 130 years, Cave of the Winds offers something for every level of adventurist! Check out the mild and family-friendly Discovery Tour, the more rugged Lantern Tour suited for those over age 5, and after your tour enjoy the 3-mile Williams Canyon trail and overlook, browse the Visitors Center and Gift Shop, or pan for gemstones!

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Home to over 1,200 animals, you can walk the spacious zoo and be instantly transported to wild places around the globe through exhibits including the African Rift Valley, Asian Highlands and Budgie Buddies of Australia. Set on a majestic mountainside, many visitors tour the zoo from the sky on the Mountain Sky Ride

Seven Falls

Located in a natural box canyon, Seven Falls is the only waterfall in Colorado on the National Geographic International Waterfalls List. Take a winding one-mile drive along the South Cheyenne Creek and enjoy the stunning views. See Seven Falls from the Eagle’s Nest Observation Platform, accessible by a 224-step stairway or an elevator inside the mountain.

Old Colorado City 

Visit the oldest city in the Pikes Peak region. Established in 1895, Old Colorado City was home to quite the cast of characters giving this town a very colorful reputation. Browse shops, attend one of the Old Town events, dine at any of the delicious Old Colorado City restaurants all while taking in the history and grandeur of Old Colorado City.

Don’t miss out on these wonderful Colorado Springs winter attractions and activities, perfect for all ages! Book your room at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort today!