Romantic Getaways in Colorado
A romantic getaway in Colorado can include gentle hikes with breathtaking vistas of sky-piercing mountains, quiet dinners in restaurants that trace their lineage to the days of gold-seeking pioneers or a relaxing night nestled in front of the fireplace at a remote cabin or a slopeside ski lodge as the first – or last – snowflakes of the season waft to the ground outside. Here are just a few suggestions for lovers who seek some time alone in one of the most beautiful states in the country.
Romantic Getaways in Colorado: Estes Park
You can spend the day browsing Estes Park's chic shops and restaurants before retiring to your cozy mountainside cabin or condo for the evening. During the fall and winter, you and your significant other can enjoy wildlife watching through your window as large numbers of elk and the occasional bighorn sheep migrate from higher elevations into the town's streets and yards. Fans of Stephen King, horror movies or old hotels will find it all at The Stanley Hotel, which was built in 1909 and was the setting for Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," based on King's novel.
Romantic Getaways in Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park
Natural beauty abounds in this sprawling wilderness. You can pack a picnic lunch and take a short hike to a thundering waterfall, or camp under the stars in one of its handful of primitive camping areas. You can explore the park on your own or participate in a ranger-led program. A couple can even hold their wedding or vow renewal at designated sites on the property.
Romantic Getaways in Colorado: Mining Towns
The mountains of Colorado are rife with small communities that trace their roots to the Gold Rush of the 19th century. Some are true ghost towns, with nothing but a few wooden structures remaining, while others, such as Leadville, have been preserved and restored. Either way, there's something romantic about treading on the same wooden floorboards that echoed with the footsteps of gold miners more than 150 years ago.
Romantic Getaways in Colorado: Denver
The biggest city in Colorado and its state capital offers romance beneath the vibrant hum of a thriving metropolis. Couples stroll through its beautiful city parks or snuggle aboard horse-drawn carriages on their way to the opera or ballet, or just through the downtown streets at night. Lovers of luxury can book a room at the historic Brown Palace Hotel and indulge in an afternoon tea or tantalize their taste buds on Sundays at the Dom Perignon Champagne Brunch.
Romantic Getaways in Colorado: Ski Resorts
No matter what the season, romance abounds at Colorado ski resorts. After the snow starts falling in fall, of course, you can hit the slopes or for the less exuberant or non-skiers, bundle up under some blankets on a romantic sleigh ride. The action doesn't stop during the spring or summer, as many resorts hold concerts, festivals and other events. Regardless of when you visit, snuggling by your room's fireplace in the evening adds a touch of loving elegance to your day.
Photo by Gerard Walen