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Love Blossoms in Colorado All Year Round

January 15, 2020 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Colorado inspires romance with gorgeous views, outstanding adventures and intimate experiences to choose from. The Centennial State is the perfect place to toast true love all year round with its collection of romantic retreats, honeymoon getaways, unique wedding venues and signature Valentine events all lovebirds can appreciate. For more information, visit www.Colorado.com.

Romantic Retreats

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs: The Broadmoor is home to mountain vistas, relaxing spa breaks and romantic adventures. Whether couples are looking for a relaxing getaway or to try something new, The Broadmoor offers everything from couples spa treatments, quiet romantic dinners, and authentic Colorado adventures such as hiking, zip-lining and more. Couples can experience Penrose Room, Colorado’s only Forbes five-star, AAA five-diamond restaurant. Guests looking for a more backcountry experience can experience The Broadmoor’s three, all-inclusive wilderness properties, which offer authentic Colorado adventures and one-of-a-kind Colorado vacations seamlessly blended with The Broadmoor’s signature luxury and hospitality.

Claremont Inn and Winery, Stratton: Located in the Colorado countryside, Claremont Inn is a perfect setting for couples looking to relax, unwind and reconnect. The inn gives guests the opportunity to experience a romantic weekend away with special packages like the Taste, Dine and Stay experience. It includes overnight accommodations in one of 10 luxurious guest rooms, complimentary happy hour wine tasting with appetizers, a country-style breakfast and a Chef’s Menu dinner.

Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores: Just across the mountain from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs is a romantic 1800’s ghost town set in an extraordinary alpine valley in the San Juan Mountains. Couples can soak in the calcium bicarbonate hot springs pools before enjoying local fare at the onsite, western-style saloon. Couples can book a spa treatment and enjoy the specialized, all-natural treatments in a relaxing and rejuvenating environment. Those looking for a more intimate soaking experience can rent the Wellness Cabin, which features a private hot springs bath.

Golden Horseshoe Sleigh Rides, Breckenridge: A private romantic sleigh ride is the perfect way to propose, celebrate an anniversary, have an intimate wedding or just snuggle up during a romantic getaway. Couples glide through a snow-covered forest in a majestic one-horse open sleigh while taking in the mountain surroundings of the White River National Forest.

Madeline Hotel & Residences, Mountain Village: This ski-in, ski-out property celebrates mountain spirit and style with spacious suites, cozy guestrooms and ski home-style residences. After the snow melts, couples can enjoy a private trail ride through the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains or enjoy a mountainside picnic prepared by the Madeline dining team. Couples can enjoy breakfast in bed or indulge at the onsite spa with a nature-inspired treatment.

Smith Fork Ranch, Crawford: This Gunnison National Forest ranch ranks among the best in the delicious meal category (though couple’s massages and guided adventures for two amp up the three-night Romantic Mountain Getaway package). Shade-tree picnics, a world-class wine cellar and private candle-light dinners focus on farm-to-table cuisine, with many of the ingredients harvested from the ranch’s own garden.

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, Leadville: Couples can take a one-mile ski, snowshoe or hike to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse in Leadville and savor an elegant evening of four-course dining in an idyllic backcountry setting. Tennessee Pass Cookhouse is open for lunch and dinner and features a variety of delicious appetizers, entrée selections and seasonal, homemade desserts. For a truly unique backcountry experience, couples can stay in the Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts.

Woody Creek Distillers, Basalt: This small-town distillery offers award-winning vodka, rye, gin and bourbon and is a gorgeous setting for any couple looking to expand their knowledge of Colorado craft spirits. Woody Creek grows and harvests many of its own ingredients and sources grains from Colorado farms for a true, local tasting experience. After sipping or taking a distillery tour, couples can take a stroll along one of the town’s several riverside paths.

Zapata Ranch, Mosca: Zapata Ranch, a working guest ranch near Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, is a romantic getaway for outdoor adventurers. Zapata offers excellent cuisine and features ranch-raised bison meat along with other local and fresh meats and produce. Breakfast is made-to-order while dinners are expertly prepared each evening and presented with a flair for guests to enjoy in the lodge-style dining room. For spring 2020, Zapata will offer a special two-night stay package that can include a horseback ride, guided hikes, time with a naturalist, incredible fireside dining and dune-sledding. Summer activities include rock climbing, photography tours and fly-fishing.

Honeymoon Getaways

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa, Ridgway: This riverside resort offers a honeymoon package for couples for five nights or more. The package includes wine, truffles and flowers upon arrival and three-day ski tickets at Telluride Ski Resort. Couples can also receive a 50-minute customized therapeutic massage and/or a spa facial and a gift card for the onsite Four Corners Restaurant.

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park: Della Terra allows guests to break away and find themselves above Estes Park at the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. With the booking of any suite, couples can opt for a romantic setup that includes champagne, rose petals and flameless candles upon arrival. To experience Estes Park in true extravagance, a two-hour road trip in a 1939 Rolls Royce rental from Boulder Denver Limousines comes complete with chauffeur, red carpet service and more.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Glenwood Springs: Glenwood Hot Springs Resort offers the Romance Package where couples are welcomed to pure relaxation with chocolate truffles and a bottle of champagne (or sparkling cider) in their rooms upon arrival. Couples receive a $100 spa credit that can be used at Spa of the Rockies for a couple’s massage or individual treatments. Plus, a full hot breakfast is included in every overnight stay, with a $30 gift card for lunch or dinner at nearby dining offerings. Perhaps the best thing about the package is the unlimited hot springs soaking.

Limelight Hotel Snowmass: The new Limelight Hotel Snowmass is a sleek, modern property featuring 99 spacious suites, a lobby lounge with a bar and restaurant, spa pools and more. The happy couple can unwind in the Limelight Lounge – with the longest happy hour in Snowmass. Set in a community-style living room, The Lounge features a game and TV room, a live music stage and outdoor patio. Further the property offers a number of complimentary activities such as first tracks, fat biking, snowshoes and more. Couples can even test their climbing abilities on the on-site, five-story climbing wall–the largest of its kind in the state.

The Little Nell, Aspen: The Little Nell is Aspen’s premier ski-in, ski-out five-star resort. With especially romantic amenities, like in-room massages and bottles from the award-winning wine cellar, this luxurious mountain retreat is the perfect honeymoon spot for those looking for a quintessential mountain getaway. The Little Nell offers a variety of accommodations from traditional guest rooms to luxury suites. The Little Nell also offers several exquisite dining options, and honeymooners can enjoy a live jazz performance at Jas Café, where world-renowned artists perform in a comfy lounge setting.

The Springs Resort and Spa, Pagosa Springs: The Springs Resort & Spa, located along the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs, is a romantic honeymoon destination year-round. The property features 23 therapeutic hot springs mineral pools, a 79-room hotel, and a full-service day spa along the bank of the San Juan River. The hot springs pools are terraced into the landscape along the river and each boasts its own unique experience through their individual size, design, views and temperature. Hotel guests of the resort enjoy 24-hour unlimited access to the soaking pools, plus VIP pool access. The full-service day spa offers a complete and comprehensive line of skin, hair and body treatments — perfect complements for the honeymooners.

Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Avon: In the heart of the Vail Valley, the Westin Riverfront is located at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain where guests are surrounded by spectacular views of snowy peaks and dense forest. The hotel’s Spa Anjali offers a Spa, Sparkling and Savasana package for couples. A three-night minimum stay includes luxurious overnight accommodations, a spa credit, a bottle of champagne, valet parking, unlimited yoga/fitness classes at the athletic club and a credit to Maya, the Westin’s modern Mexican kitchen.

Unique Wedding Venues

Bella Vista Estate, Steamboat Springs: Tying the knot at Bella Vista Estate is much more than just one day–it is a “save the weekend” experience. Bella Vista Estate provides a special opportunity for the couple’s family and friends to mingle, bond, relax and have fun before, during and after the big day. With endless views and complete seclusion in the privacy of the estate, the Bella Vista is the ideal destination venue for weddings. Lodging accommodations for 28 friends and family and wedding packages are available in multiple-sized options.

Black Mountain Lodge, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area: Perfect for a summer wedding, Black Mountain Lodge is surrounded by wildflowers and towering peaks and provides elegant, elevated cuisine and personal service. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and features vaulted ceilings, timber and stone design elements and an option for an outdoor ceremony on the spacious deck.

The Buffalo Rose, Golden: The Buffalo Rose recently went through an extensive renovation keeping many historical aspects true while upgrading the space. The beautiful indoor event space is now open for weddings and is a nice option for couples looking for historic charm in an upscale setting. Conveniently located in downtown Golden, the venue is near many of the town’s hotels and the onsite restaurant/bar is one of the oldest in the state. The venue features an on-site event planner and charming bridal and groom suites so the wedding party can get ready on-site for a smooth and enjoyable day.

Denver Botanic Gardens: Denver Botanic Gardens offers more than a dozen indoor and outdoor spaces from intimate gazebos to extravagant ballrooms and can accommodate 10 to 1,200 guests. This romantic setting provides an unforgettably stunning backdrop for the couple’s big day.

Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway: This resort offers a luxurious Southwestern feel with spacious and elegant facilities that can accommodate intimate ceremonies and large celebrations alike. Gateway Canyons offers six venue options from a traditional ballroom setting to a Pueblo-inspired amphitheater. With 58 guest rooms and suites and 14 casitas onsite, guests have no shortage of accommodations to choose from.

The Historic Royal Gorge Mansion and Carriage House, Cañon City: The Historic Royal Gorge Mansion is an elegant wedding venue in Canon City. The 6,500-square-foot Mansion and expansive, manicured, grounds sit on four, tree-lined acres, complete with a spectacular fountain to provide the perfect setting for an intimate wedding. The Mansion features four on-site suites for guests, a dining room, large kitchen, sunroom, two parlors, huge media room and beautiful veranda.

Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Fort Collins: The iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre (called “The Mish” by locals) is a picturesque and natural-setting wedding venue near Fort Collins. Couples can rent out the riverfront deck or the historic dancehall (or both) at this 100+-year-old venue for weddings and more. In the winter, guests dine fireside and can enjoy a s’mores and hot chocolate station. Of course, the venue can help couples arrange a live band and even offers shuttle transportation to and from Fort Collins.

Pennington Place, Walsenburg: Pennington Place is a large bed and breakfast with stellar views of the Spanish Peaks, an underground wine cellar and adjoining tasting room, an aromatherapy room and the smallest chapel in southern Colorado. It specializes in intimate ceremonies and offers three onsite venues to choose from with a picturesque garden bar available for a reception or cocktail hour.

Platte River Fort, Greeley: Platte River Fort is a historical and relaxed backdrop for an unforgettable indoor or outdoor wedding. Couples can choose from a riverfront setting, a historic western barn, an upper patio with views of the Rocky Mountains or a lush tree grove with ample space and views. On-site event specialists work with the couple to ensure the wedding is perfect in every detail. Platte River Fort offers an uncommon selection of guest accommodations, including guestrooms, suites, bunkhouses, yurts and a Conestoga covered wagon for an unforgettable glamping experience.

Willowtail Springs, Mancos: Perhaps the best-kept secret in the Mountains and Mesas region, Willowtail offers a special elopement package for couples. Starting at $1,500, the package includes a two-night stay in a Bungalow Cabin or Garden Cottage with the option of having the ceremony on the property or in the cabin. Willowtail provides complimentary champagne and chocolate e’clairs and couples can customize their experience with a longer stay, on-site photography/videography, a wedding cake, wedding flowers and more.

Valentine’s Day Signature Events

28th Annual Mountaintop Matrimony, Loveland Ski Area – Feb. 14, 2020: This annual, mass wedding ceremony is perfect for couples looking to wed or renew vows on Valentine’s Day at 12,050 feet. Participating couples are eligible for the two-for-one lift tickets on the day of the ceremony. After the ceremony, couples and guests will ski or snowboard down the mountain for a casual after-party with cake, music and prizes.

Valentine’s Day Special Train, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – Friday, Feb. 14, 2020: Visitors can experience a beautiful day riding this vintage train through the pristine wilderness to Cascade Canyon. Once riders reach the canyon, they can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fire or during a walk on the snowy paths along the river. The train returns guests to Durango at twilight to enjoy a romantic dinner at the historic Strater Hotel accompanied by live harp music.

Valentine’s Swing Dance, Boulder – Feb. 14, 2020: This holiday tradition is an evening of romance, swing dancing, live music and more. Key of She (joined by the Don Elwood Big Band) will perform dance music from the Fabulous Forties while guests dance with their sweethearts on Boulder’s best dance floor. Not a dancer, but want to learn? Tickets include a free dance lesson prior to the party’s kick-off. Swing era attire is encouraged and light refreshments are provided.

2020 Sweetheart Festival, Loveland – Feb. 14-15, 2020: The nation’s largest Valentine’s Day festival returns to downtown Loveland. Held in the new Foundry Plaza, the festival is an extension of Loveland’s storied history embracing sweethearts near and far. The community invites families and lovers across the world to gather in downtown Loveland to celebrate the Valentine season with free fun for the entire family. Festival highlights include a group wedding, the Sweetheart Classic 4-mile run, the Palace of Sweets featuring local candy and dessert makers and an official Valentine beer produced by local craft brewery, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse.

Moonlight Dine & Ski: Valentine’s, Copper Mountain – Feb. 15, 2020: Couples can experience Copper Mountain after dark this Valentine’s Day with a gourmet dinner date on the mountain. This date night includes a chairlift ride to mid-mountain, hot cider and Prosecco, a three-course meal, and night skiing back to Center Village as the evening concludes.

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