5 Romantic Colorado Destinations
Seek out these mountain hideaways for memorable couple time.
By Lisa Blake
There’s something extra sweet about a tucked-away destination. A cozy nook in the mountains to call your own, a restaurant that oozes with dreamy ambiance, a secluded snow-loaded escapade or a simple off-the-grid winter waterfall—Colorado is chock-full of sweetheart spots.
Here are five to get you going.
The idyllic mountain town itself is a sublime romantic locale, due in large part to geography. The hamlet nudges up against Rocky Mountain National Park and the sidewalks and trails that are jam packed all summer mellow out to a low buzz in the winter, making Estes Park a magical Colorado cold-weather cozy-up. Snowshoe or hike (depending on snow) to Chasm Falls. The five-mile round-trip trek rewards visitors with frosty waterfalls and majestic views. Stay at one of many riverside cabins and cottages and spend evenings sipping locally crafted brews and boutique wines before hitting an old-fashioned steakhouse.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
There’s a reason savvy Colorado brides and grooms flock to Devil’s Thumb for their special day. The 6,000-acre guest ranch is situated in remote Tabernash, just 10 miles from Winter Park, with the snow-capped Continental Divide as a breathtaking backdrop and luxury-meets-western-rustic amenities everywhere you turn. The pristine Nordic skiing is matchless, the winter sleigh rides are like being courted through a fairytale and the refined ranch fare and modern cabins are fit for royalty.
Grab your favorite person and get on board for a snowy sleigh ride to Uley's Cabin in Crested Butte. The fine dining mountain experience is named for local legend Uley Sheer, a miner, moonshiner and woodsman. An Uley’s Cabin Sleigh Ride Dinner unfolds in a backcountry French feast that begins with nuzzling under soft blankets while a snowcat-pulled sleigh carries diners up the mountain. Arrive at a luxurious cabin for your five-course fireside meal built around Colorado-inspired flavors and approachable French flair.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Steamboat Springs is a legit Colorado cowboy town with famous Champagne Powder skiing and a charming historic district lined with locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants. When you’ve had your fill of city life, head north six miles to one of the state’s most beloved natural hot springs. (Note: You’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle with snow tires to traverse the last two miles of the steep, winding road.) Relax in 104-degree mineral water and book private Watsu therapy pool massages for the ultimate treat. The calming, warm-water bodywork experience is said to be meditative and transformative.
Ski Tip Lodge
Keystone’s high-end reservations-only restaurant draws the epicurean set with New American cuisine and thoughtful wine pairings. Four seasonal-inspired courses begin with choices among soups, salads and appetizers followed by gourmet entrée selections like duck breast, Wagyu beef and Colorado lamb. The night is topped with decadent desserts served in front of a massive fireplace. Book a room and settle in for an unforgettable slumber at the former stagecoach stop turned upscale bed and breakfast.