The Broadmoor is the historic heart of Colorado Springs' time-tested tourism industry, and its dining is a huge highlight. There are no less than 19 restaurants, lounges, and cafes to pick from at the landmark resort, and I highly recommend having at least one meal here to experience the splendid architecture and mountain scenery.

The Penrose Room is a highlight, atop Broadmoor South. The jacket-required formality, a rarity in Colorado, is matched by splendid views and prix-fixe dinners that marry culinary tradition and innovation. The Tavern, where the focus is squarely on beef, is another standout, with an authentic garden room and original Toulouse-Latrecs. Summit is the bold, contemporary one, with outside-of-the-box design and cuisine. In Broadmoor West, Ristorante del Lago opened in 2014, serving upscale Italian fare.

There are more affordable options at Play, a new-for-2013 bowling alley and gastropub, and The Golden Bee, an authentic British pub shipped to, and reassembled in, Colorado, was expanded in 2013. It's known for fish and chips and nightly piano sing-alongs. Lake Terrace features breakfast buffets, and there are several slick bars to have a drink and an appetizer. Natural Epicurean offers healthy fare with local ingredients.