It won’t be long before the leaves of the quaking Aspens turn a dazzling yellow, so grab the bags, the family and camera to take advantage of the last days of summer in Colorado Springs, CO. The Pikes Peak region is a great destination for a Labor Day escape. Experience the state’s largest balloon festival. Explore the arts, culture and unique crafts of the Commonwheel Artists 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival or several of the 50+ attractions and activities. To make the Labor Day Weekend trip even sweeter, area lodgers, restaurants and attractions are offering deals and discounts on places to stay, dine and play called Savings with an Altitude. See all discounts at www.VisitCOS.com/deals.
Labor Day in Luxury at The Broadmoor – Three-night package, September 2-7, 2010
The longest running Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel in the United States is offering accommodations for three nights, a one-hour horseback trail ride or jeep tour, bicycle and paddle boat rental, 50% discount off adult priced ticket at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 10% off select spa services and golf tee times. Children ages ten and under stay and eat for free and enjoy complimentary access to the Broadmoor movie theater. Suites are available at 30% off of published rates. Package prices starting at $459/person.* www.broadmoor.com or 800-634-7711
* Not applicable to groups. Based on double occupancy. Subject to availability.
A Lazy Labor Day Weekend Retreat at Garden of the Gods Club, September 1-7, 2010
Enjoy a lazy Labor Day weekend with a two-night stay at the Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club. After sleeping in, savor a gourmet breakfast for two each morning in the dinning room while taking in fantastic views of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods’ vibrant red rocks. Relax with a soothing massage or facial at the spa and receive 20% off. Catch up on some reading beside the infinity pool or tee off at the 27-hole championship golf course. Priced at $339 (a 35% discount). Restrictions apply; call for details. www.gardenofthegodsclub.com or 719.632.5541
An Affordable Getaway at Hampton Inn & Suites I-25 South, September 4-6, 2010
Stay Friday night and Saturday night at regular rate and receive Sunday night at half-off. Take advantage of some downtime with two free in-room movies. www.coloradospringscosuites.hamptoninn.com or719-884-0330
Float and Fish with Arkansas River Tours, September 3-5, 2010
The Gunnison Gorge is arguably the most beautiful three-day float fishing trip in the West. The Gunnison River is world famous for its prolific German Brown and Rainbow trout population with more fish per mile than any other Colorado River. The latest counts show 7,000 fish per mile. Float fishing is the only way to access several prime holding areas in the canyon. This three-day fly fishing trip is offered at the price of $900 + fees (a 25% discount) and includes: guides, boating gear and all meals. Rental camping gear is available. www.arkansasrivertours.com or (719) 942-4362
Free Events for the Entire Family
Look to the Sky at the 34th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic, September 4-6, 2010
The Colorado Balloon Classic has grown to be the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as the State of Colorado. This event is held in Memorial Park near the shore of Prospect Lake. Mass ascensions of over 100 balloons are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with a Balloon Glo® scheduled for Saturday and Sunday evenings. Each year a variety of concessions are available, and entertainment is provided during each event. The Colorado Balloon Classic is an annual family event that can’t be missed. Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs if offering lodging deals. www.balloonclassic.com or 719-471-4833.
Commonwheel Artists 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, September 4-6, 2010
Over 100 booths showcasing pottery, jewelry, fine art paintings, stained glass, handmade paper, masks, sculpture, wood and more. Visitors can satisfy their hunger with unique food offerings like Greek, BBQ, crepes, Thai, smoothies, homemade root beer and shrimp. There’s plenty for the little ones like art to take home, giant bubbles and balloon animals. www.commonwheel.com/festival or 719-577-7700