Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Briarhurst Manor Estate, 404 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado  80829

(Please note that advance reservations are now closed.)

Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 p.m. – Registration and Cash Bar
  • 6:30-8:30 – Plated Dinner*, dessert and Awards Program

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please call Roxanne Eflin, Board President, at (207) 229-9465 for information or click here.

$45 for Current Members / $60 for all other guests, includes six-month membership

Advance RSVP with payment required by October 11.

*Your choice from four delicious entrées with complementary sides including a vegetarian option:  Herbed Organic Chicken Provencal, Rocky Mountain Trout Amandine, Beef Bourguignon or Fettuccine Primavera (Vegetarian)

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About the historic Briarhurst Manor Estate:

Briarhurst Manor Estate, also known as William A. Bell House, is a finely grained pink Victorian sandstone manor house listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the city of Manitou Springs, Colorado. It is the second building on this site.

Construction of the original Briarhurst began in 1872. Dr. William Bell, the home’s owner, left for England to marry a woman named Cara, who agreed to live with Bell in Colorado as long as her children were born in England. Under Mrs. Cara Bell’s direction, Briarhurst became “the social center” of the community, hosting the internationally famous of the day, President Grant, President Teddy Roosevelt and Oscar Wilde after his lecture in Colorado Springs in 1882.

One winter night in 1886, while Dr. Bell was away on business, Mrs. Bell awoke to a bedroom filled with smoke. Burning embers escaped from a fireplace in Briarhurst. She woke the children and servants. Cara stayed in the burning house and with the help of gardener Schneider, they rescued a prized oil painting by Thomas Moran, the “Mount of the Holy Cross”. The family escaped safely, but lost all of their belongings and returned to England. They returned in early 1887 to begin reconstruction of a second, more elaborate Briarhurst Manor, complete with schoolroom, conservatory, cloister and a library with a special alcove to display the “Mount of the Holy Cross.”

The Tudor Revival style home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Fountain Creek passes through the estate and the home is in the shadow of Pikes Peak.

Today, the Briarhurst Manor Estate is an exquisite full service restaurant and event venue, ranked as one of 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the US. The finest Colorado cuisine is served in an amazing atmosphere alongside Fountain Creek with spectacular views of Pikes Peak and close to Garden of the Gods.

The Tudor-influenced design is constructed of massive 23″ pink sandstone and features antique stained glass and leaded glass windows. The floor layout features 11 dining rooms with lower and upper patios – lovely backdrops for framing private dinners and events from two to 800 guests.