Monday, April 27, 2009

Family Reunions in Colorado...

Family... it's one of the most important things that are permanent in our lives. Many people and relationships come and go in our lives, but our family are always there and major players in our lives, whether we see and have contact with them frequently, or not as often as we'd like. But always, they're a major, important presence in our lives, never far from our thoughts.

Our family are scattered throughout the United States. Brian's family live mostly along the East Coast, and Debbie's live primarily in the west. We are the only odd ones that live in Colorado. It's actually not a bad thing because it's a beautiful, and central location for them to all come to visit.

When our kids graduated from high school, and got married, it was always wonderful to have our family come for the celebrations and have a family reunion. It seems the older we get the more we miss our family and can't seem to find nearly enough time to spend together.

I recently went to Arizona for my brother's wedding and the remaining 4 of us brothers and sisters, and our parents, gathered together one evening and just visited and laughed and teased and reminisced, and it seemed the night ended much too quickly with all of us saying we must make this a regular thing, even if it's just every year or two.

So, in lieu of all of that said, how often do you gather together with your family to visit, laugh, tease, play, and fellowship together? I'm sure like us, you realize it's been far too long. Here at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins we can help you with your family reunion plans.

Did you know that we frequently host family reunions here? And that's primarily all we do during the summer month? And for major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Our Colorado vacation rental Lodge is nearly 5,000 square feet, is on 2 1/2 acres of property, and can host up to 30 people for group gatherings. With the 6 bedrooms (each with a private bathroom), the Lodge has beds to sleep up to 17 people.

One block down the street is our 2 bedroom Colorado Cabin and our Colorado Cottage. The Cabin can sleep up to 7 people, and the Cottage up to 6 people. Between all 3 properties we can sleep up to 30 people.

Thre are kitchens in all 3 units so you can eat together if you'd like as well. Or there are many fabulous restaurants in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and surrounding towns, and caterers that can come to the Lodge and provide meals for you.

There is also MUCH to do in the area, with activities such as horseback riding, whitewater rafting, Pikes Peak, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Focus on the Family, hiking, biking, golfing, and many more activities for everyone from young to old.

So why not get in touch with your family and start planning a family reunion today. We still have some dates available for the summer of 2009, as well as Christmas and Thanksgiving. Or start planning ahead and plan for 2010. We're even offering an "Early Bird Discount". If you book your 2010 family reunion from May through October 2010 and book in 2009, we'll give you 10% off the Lodge rental (some restrictions may apply).

Visit our website at for more information about renting the Lodge for your next family reunion.

Here's a few pictures from family reunions held at the Lodge...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring in Colorado

Yesterday was Easter and we had several inches of snow here at the Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins. Weather in the Colorado Rocky Mountains can be interesting. It can be in the 70's one day and snowing and in the 30's the next. It's supposed to be in the 40's and 50's this week, and down to the 30's and snowing this coming weekend, then back into the 50's again.

If you're coming to Colorado to visit it's always a good idea to dress in layers. Plus being at high altitude makes the sun more intense, so even though it may be 50 degrees out, it may seem warmer when the sun's out, which we're fortunate here to have an average of 300 days of sunshine a year!

Speaking of weather, we've had a pretty dry winter this year, so we've welcomed these spring snow storms. However, the ski resorts have had a great year and we're anticipating another great year for whitewater rafting. So if you haven't made your summer vacation and activity plans yet, you may want to consider a rafting trip while you're staying here in the Pikes Peak region of the Rocky Mountains.

We offer rafting trips at our packages page at so check it out, along with the other activities and Colorado adventure packages we offer.

Since yesterday was Easter, it's always my job to bring desserts to family gathering. With 14 people gathering at my daughter's in-laws house I made 2 cheesecakes and a red velvet lamb cake. Here's the recipe for the cheesecake I made, it's Rachel's favorite...

Raspberry Cheesecake

2 c. chocolate graham crackers, crushed
1/3 c. butter, melted
3 Tbsp. sugar

Combine above ingredients and press into the bottom and 1” up the side of a greased 8 or 9” springform pan. Place in refrigerator.

2 ½ c. fresh or frozen (thawed), red raspberries
2/3 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. lemon juice

In a blender, blend the raspberries until smooth. Add water, if necessary to equal 1 cup. Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan; stir in blended raspberries. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 more minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Remove ¾ cup sauce; cool slightly without stirring. Cover remaining sauce and chill until serving time.

3 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
½ c. sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg whites
1 c. whipping cream
1 c. fresh or frozen (thawed) red raspberries
2 Tbsp. raspberry liqueur or orange juice

Combine cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixture until light and fluffy. Add egg whites, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in cream. Pour half the mixture into crust-lined pan. Drizzle the ¾ cup raspberry sauce over cheese mixture in pan. Carefully top with remaining cheese mixture, covering sauce.

Place springform pan in a shallow baking pan in a preheated 375ยบ oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until center appears nearly set when shaken. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen crust from pan sides. Cool 30 more minutes; remove sides of pan. Cool completely. Chill at least 4 hours.

At serving time, top cheesecake with 1 cup raspberries. Stir liqueur or juice into remaining sauce and heat until warmed; spoon over cheesecake.

Serves 12

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