Colorado Road Trip: 6 Romantic Fall Destinations
By Lisa Blake
The changing of seasons inspires a slow-down sensibility, moving us to reconnect, draw the things we love closer and prepare to cozy up for the coming winter.
Carve out some quality fall time with your favorite person and head to these romantic Colorado destinations.
Make the trek to this tucked-away Southwest Colorado mountain town for a secluded escape among the San Juan Mountains. The soaring iconic peaks hug you in tight while unfolding in a wide array of outdoor adventures. Be sure to visit Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs, take a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and stroll the downtown historic district.
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy Steamboat. After the summer rush has passed and before the winter ski season gets underway, Steamboat is prime for fly fishing, restaurant and pub hopping, boutique and souvenir shopping and, of course, a soak at Old Town Hot Springs or Strawberry Park.
For the ultimate lineup of romantic lodging and stellar restaurant options, the capital city is a date-night goldmine. Go urban-luxe with downtown’s jazz cafes, wine bars and skyline hotel vistas. Or slip away to upscale Cherry Creek for art walks, high-end independent shops and couples’ spa treatments. Shut out the city buzz and travel back in time at the prestigious, well-appointed Brown Palace Hotel.
Blessed with abundant natural healing pools and hot springs, Glenwood has been Colorado’s longtime go-to for a restorative reboot. Stay at the 107-room Glenwood Hot Springs resort and soak until your heart’s content in the world’s largest hot springs pool. Or head further west to Iron Mountain Hot Springs where 16 naturally shaped pools brim with iron-rich thermal waters along the banks of the Colorado River.
The gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park slows its visitor intake as winter approaches, making for an idyllic Colorado mountain hamlet hideaway. Book a riverside bed and breakfast, sip wine at a local steakhouse, hike in the park, snap photos of the season’s rutting elk, book a horseback riding excursion or just kick back and soak up the slower pace.
This historic Colorado gold mining town radiates romantic getaway with its elegantly restored Victorian hotels and museums, quaint dining options and easy-access train rides. Walk around the crystal blue lake, hike surrounding mountainside trails and take a leisurely drive to 11,669 feet on Guanella Pass, a designated Colorado Scenic Byway.