Last week, RB49 and Hubby flew to Denver for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar. I usually have an aisle seat on an airplane, but this time I had the window seat, and I saw some beautiful scenery below.
We picked up the rental SUV, and drove south to the city of Colorado Springs, where we found the Broadmoor Resort, a very old, and very beautiful, hotel at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. We barely had time to get settled in our beautiful room, before it was time to attend the President’s Club reception. Here’s the view from our room.
At the reception, we met up with some people we already knew from Ricochet, one couple who live in Colorado Springs, and a woman from Texas (yes, Hillsdale has supporters all over this country). We went in to dinner, and had a very nice meal. Tuesday’s dinner was Frank Luntz, a well-known pollster, who told us that he became a conservative gradually, while learning about what motivates the people he polled over the years. His theme was “how to speak about conservatism”, and he emphasized some of the points I have been saying over the years (you can’t convert liberals by arguing with them-you need to appeal to their emotions). Here’s one of the many slides he showed about better terms to use in your conversations.
After that dinner, Hubby and I went on a little walking tour of the building. The Broadmoor has dozens of original paintings and sculptures by Western artists, accumulated over the more than 100-year history of the property.
In a dimly-lighted lounge, I spotted this cleverly-designed footstool. Very cute!
Can you tell that he’s a turtle?
We fell into bed, exhausted from our busy day. The room was sumptuous by our standards, and very comfortable and quiet, even though it was just across the hall from the elevator.
The next day, after continental breakfast, there were more speakers, including Sharyl Atkisson, a rather famous journalist (whose computer was compromised by Obama stooges), and Mollie Hemingway. Both ladies had very interesting stories to tell. Mollie used to be an editor at Ricochet, before she went to The Federalist.
After a nice lunch and one more speaker, the conference adjourned. We had a bit of time before we had to head back to Denver for our 8:00PM flight, so we went to the hotel bar for a quick drink. The main building is across a small lake, and I got to capture some of the beauty of the resort on the way over.
Once we arrived at the hotel bar and ordered our drinks, I had the opportunity to pay more attention to the inside of the bar. Very beautiful! This picture must have been of some patrons from the Robber Baron days of the late 19th Century. I didn’t find out who they all were.
After our nice drink, it was time for us to head home. As is my normal, I pay attention to architectural detail wherever I am! Here are some creatures who saw us off from the main entrance.
We made it back to the airport in time, dropped off the rental car, and boarded our plane. It was a very rushed trip, but certainly productive. The venue was gorgeous, speakers were fascinating, and our friends warm. What more could a person ask for?