6 Romantic Colorado Mountain Towns
Grab your favorite person and head for the hills. These romantic Colorado towns will have you swooning for a mid-winter mountain getaway.
Colorado Springs’ funky westerly neighbor nuzzles up to the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak with magical charm emanating from picturesque bed and breakfasts, lovely antique shops and famed mineral springs fountains. Soak up the therapeutic Colorado-resort vibe, stroll the historic Penny Arcade, munch on caramel corn and then settle into a celebrity suite at the Cliff House at Pikes Peak, where you’ll find a steam shower for two, heated towel racks and a private fireplace.
Looking to treat yourselves to a Colorado Valentine’s Day mountain escape? Embrace Beaver Creek’s “not exactly roughing it” theme and go big with a roaring fireplace and slopeside s’mores at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. During the day, ski like royalty and indulge in perks like heated walkways, meticulous mountain grooming and the resort’s legendary après chocolate chip cookies. Sign on for couple’s spa treatments and book a fairytale evening sleigh ride to a mountaintop multi-course wine dinner.
It’s the Gold Rush Victorian charm that really turns up the romance factor in Georgetown. The historic and adorable Colorado mountain hamlet sits along I-70 at 8,530 feet, without a single stoplight and brimming with all the fixings for a darling weekend away. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad through narrow Clear Creek Canyon to Silver Plume and back. Take in stunning stained glass in downtown’s National Historic District, visit the Hotel de Paris Museum and linger over tea and pastries at Dusty Rose.
Yes, it’s pricey. Yeah, it’s the playground of the rich and famous. But saving your pennies for a weekend away in Aspen will leave you surrounded by lavish hotels, over-the-top amenities and some of the best dining and shopping the state has to offer. In addition to world-class skiing, guests can take an Aspen Mountain Powder Tour via snowcat (gourmet lunch included), embark on a pristine snowshoe outing or just relax and people-watch over wine and fondue.
Travel to the heart of Colorado for a more tucked-away, isolated experience with all the same spoil-yourself comforts. Toggle between town and the ski resort—just a slim three miles apart. Cherish Crested Butte’s art galleries, homegrown restaurants and Victorian storefronts along colorful Elk Avenue. Go Nordic, downhill or backcountry skiing, or take a horseback ride or snowmobile adventure together. Cabin, condo or cozy suite, area lodging is designed around genuine hospitality and Western charisma.
Colorado’s own private Switzerland, Ouray is an old mining town with unique winter wonderland appeal. Slip into this striking box canyon for a true taste of small-town southwest Colorado. Visit the Box Canyon Waterfall and Park to see the ice climbers and be sure to soak in the mineral-rich waters of Wiesbaden Hot Springs. Sip and nibble at restaurants and cafes set in ornate Victorian buildings while welcoming the peaceful, friendly, content feel that makes Ouray so special.