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What’s New at the Spa and Salon

Skin Authority event at Garden of the Gods Club's Spa & Salon

Skin Authority "testers" at the skincare event

A few weeks ago, we hosted a complimentary skincare event featuring hors d’oeuvres, hands-on demonstrations, door prizes, and most importantly, our new Skin Authority and Clarisonic products.  The event was fun and educational, and we were thrilled with the great turnout.  A few brave guests — and even a couple of our employees — were brave enough to allow us to remove the makeup from one eye and treat it with the Clarisonic Opal and Skin Authority products (Reviving Eye Brightener, Dramatic Eye Lift).  This way everyone could compare the treated and untreated eyes.  The results were astonishing!

As described on Clarisonic’s website, the Clarisonic Opal “uses proven sonic technology to apply eye serum more effectively than manual application…  Opal users have noticed that skin feels refreshed and hydrated immediately and looks noticeably firmer within as little as 4 weeks. After 8 weeks, users also noted that fine lines and puffiness are visibly reduced. Opal is designed for application around the eyes, but can also be used on the lip, brow and forehead areas.”

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Skin Authority display

With 25 home-care products and 19 professional products, Skin Authority‘s line focuses on offering the highest concentration of proven ingredients at the lowest penetrating pH to accelerate resurfacing and increase penetration of nutrients where new cells form.  Creams and cleansers are free of artificial fragrances, dyes, and parabens. According to the company’s website, “Bio-Identical™ formulations balance science and nature to work with the skin’s biology to restore the skin’s regeneration cycle. Innovative AOX™ Technology combines powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids into super groups that deeply penetrate where new cell and collagen formation occurs.”  Skin Authority even offers skincare products designed just for men!

Spa boutique

Spa boutique

During the month of August, we’ll be offering a complimentary hand and foot treatment with the purchase of our Anti-Aging Facial.  Compliments of Skin Authority, we will treat your hands and feet with our new 20% glycolic treatment.  This deep exfoliating and intensive moisturizing formula softens and hydrates dry, cracked, callused, and rough skin on the hands, feet, and all over the body.  It may be used on the face and neck as well.  To make your reservation, please call our Spa Concierge at 719.520.4988 or email ggcspa@ggclub.com.

In addition to Clarisonic and Skin Authority, we have also introduced beautiful new jewelry, handbags, and clothing to our spa boutique.  If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, stop by and check out new items from Halo Boutique, or take a whiff of the new scents from Rosy Rings.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Colorado Springs

This edition of “Things to Do This Weekend in Colorado Springs” is particularly fun for me to write because I have family coming into town this weekend from Arizona.  In my quest to find the best ways to entertain them during their short visit, I’ve compiled the following list of events that are happening this weekend in Colorado Springs.

We’re simple people, so we’ll probably just end up taking them hiking and to our favorite picnic spot beside a mountain creek, but my hope is that my research might be helpful to you as you’re figuring out how to spend your own precious time off.  Let’s make a point of enjoying the rest of the summer while it lasts!  (If you know of any great events coming up this weekend that I’ve failed to include, please share via a comment on this blog post.)

  • El Paso County Fair — Friday and Saturday, 8 am to 10 pm, El Paso County Fairgrounds (Calhan).  Gather up the family and yell “yee haw,” ’cause it’s county fair time!  The festivities include cow milking, line dancing lessons, 4-H shows, gunfighters, live entertainment and music, vendors, and even a watermelon seed-spitting contest.  Admission is $7 per adult, $5 for seniors (55+), $3 for children 3-12, and free for children under 3.  www.elpasocountyfair.com
  • Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

    Courtesy of pikespeakcenter.com

  • Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers — Friday, 8 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  Tickets $39.50-$59.50.
  • Taylor Hicks — Friday, 7 pm, World Arena.  Tickets $7 per adult, $5 for youth and seniors (55+).  www.worldarena.com
  • Colorado Wine Festival — Saturday, 12-5 pm, Springs Liquor Outlet parking lot.  The Colorado Springs Tasting Society presents this free event featuring 15 different Colorado wineries with dozens of wines for you to try.
  • Acacia Park Summer Concert Series — Saturday, 5:30-7:30 pm, Acacia Park.  Free summer concert in the park (usually indie/folk/rock music).

Have a great time sharing the weekend with those you love!  Until next week…


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    Kissing Camels Men’s Golf League at Garden of the Gods Club

    Men’s Golf League

    If you’re curious about what is happening in the Kissing Camels Men’s Golf League (MGL) over the next couple of weeks, read on!  We have finished day one of the MGL Championship that consists of two days of individual stroke play. Day two is today (Wednesday, July 27); lunch and awards will follow play after the round is completed.

    The Men’s Golf League will continue to have scheduled games every Wednesday until the end of September. It is never too late to become an MGL member, and we would love to have you play.

    The annual Men’s Golf League Lamb Roast for 2011 will be held on Wednesday, August 10th.  The game is scheduled for a 1 pm shotgun with dinner to follow at 6 pm in the Sunrise room. The format will be a four-person scramble and is open to MGL members only. The MGL will cover dinner for the players, and wives and guests are welcome for dinner as well.  If you have any questions regarding the format, or if you want to sign up, please contact the Golf Shop.

    The Kissing Camels Men’s Club Championship will be held on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, at 8:00 am.  This will be your chance to show your skills in a two-day individual stroke play championship. Last year’s winner was Mike Harrington with an impressive win.  We would like to see this event grow and have a better turnout than in years past, so we encourage you to participate!  Contact the Golf Shop for more information:  719.636.2520.

    For information about golf memberships at Garden of the Gods Club, please visit our website, www.GardenoftheGodsClub.com, or contact Tracey Kalata, our membership director, at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.


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    How to Plan Your Perfect Fall Wedding Here in Colorful Colorado

    In Colorado Springs, summer is not the only time to have an outdoor wedding.  With the changing colors of the Aspen trees, fall is a beautiful time of year to say “I do” in the Rockies.  The season’s sunny days and cool nights make it the perfect time to have a wedding outside at Garden of the Gods Club.  And with 87 guest rooms at our Lodge, our property is an ideal spot for couples who are looking for a destination wedding to escape the craziness of New York City or the busy traffic of Los Angeles.

    To plan a wedding that your guests will remember for years to come, be sure to keep an eye on the latest wedding trends.  According to our expert friends at theknot.com, cutting-edge couples are moving away from the standard salad as a first course. One popular alternative is soups.  For a fall wedding, consider serving squash bisque in mini pumpkins or butternut squash soup ladled over crumbled blue cheese.

    Fall wedding cake at Garden of the Gods Club
    Fall wedding cake at GGC

    For the main dish, you can’t go wrong with serving the classics; filet, roasted chicken, and salmon will always be crowd-pleasers.  However, theknot.com’s experts point out that couples who want to set their wedding meals apart are looking beyond these standbys. You may want to consider offering a less typical red meat, such as a rack of lamb or a cut of veal. Cornish hens are also a stylish, unexpected alternative to chicken.  An option that’s more homely but still hearty and surprising:  pot pies filled with chicken and fall vegetables like carrots, turnips, onions, and leeks.  As for the cake — well, you can never go wrong with the cake!

    Whatever you decide, it is your day, and our professional staff will be with you every step of the way to point you in the right direction.  Please let us know if we can help in any way.  For all of you who find this week’s post a topic of interest, congratulations on your upcoming celebration!


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    In the Kitchen With Chef Nicholas: Pan-Roasted Scallops

    Last week, we told you about our seafood supplier, Foley Fish, who provides us with our amazing scallops.  We thought we’d follow up by sharing one of Executive Chef Nicholas Arnold’s popular recipes with you:  pan-roasted scallops with apple-leek slaw.



    Pan-Roasted Scallops With Apple-Leek Slaw

    1 lb. jumbo scallops
    ¼ cup olive oil
    salt and pepper, to taste
    1 Granny Smith apple, julienned
    1 leek, washed, trimmed to white part only, and julienned
    1 T chopped parsley
    ½ lemon, juiced

    Heat a sauté pan up to medium-high heat, and add olive oil. Remove the “hinge” from the scallops and season with salt and pepper. Add scallops to the pan and cook until golden brown on one side. Turn scallops over and remove from heat; reserve. For the apple leek slaw, start by mixing together the Granny Smith apple, leek, parsley, juiced lemon, and salt and pepper. Serve with lemon butter sauce (recipe below).

    Lemon Butter Sauce

    1 tsp. minced shallots
    2 black peppercorns
    1 bay leaf
    parsley stems, thyme stems
    4 ounces Chablis
    2 each lemons, juiced
    4 ounces heavy cream
    6 T cubed, unsalted butter, cold
    salt and black pepper, to taste
    pinch of cayenne pepper

    Combine shallots, peppercorns, white wine, bay leaf, parsley and thyme stems, and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Add heavy cream; reduce to nappé (a consistency that coats the back of a spoon). Add the butter a few pieces at a time, whisking constantly to blend the butter into the reduction and making sure that the heat is quite low. Continue to add butter and whisk until all of the butter is incorporated.

    Yield: 1 ½ cups

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