Planning to travel this Valentine’s Day, or want to surprise your love with a romantic winter trip? If so, then this is the post for you. Colorado has no shortage of romantic destinations, in fact, nearly every town is a special place if you experience it with your one true love, however, I have a few recommendations of towns that are sure to turn up the romance in your relationship.
I can think of few places more romantic than Ouray. This easily walkable town boasts breathtaking mountain views, an array of top-notch eateries and hot springs. Not to mention that it’s downright adorable; like something straight from the pages of a fairy tale.
Fans of John Wayne can enjoy a cold beer or cocktail at The Outlaw, the place the Duke ate while he was filming “True Grit” in the neighboring town of Ridgeway. He left his hat on purpose, and it still hangs in the restaurant. Open since 1969, The Outlaw is the oldest operating restaurant in Ouray.
Amp up the romance by renting out the Lorelei private hot springs pool at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings. I’ve previously written about our stay here. Guests and non-guests can reserve the pool by the hour. After a good long soak, enjoy a show or movie at the historic Wright Opera House.
What’s more romantic than a weekend in the Sweetheart City? I have previously shared with you the My Big Date Night package, available for two weekends February. Nothing like this has ever been offered in Loveland; a brewery or distillery tour, dinner and overnight stay at one of three Loveland hotels.
Author’s Note: My Big Date Night has been transformed. Now, you can get married or renew your vows in Loveland, Colorado on Valentines Day (Tuesday, February 14, 2017). Learn more at ValentinesDayinLoveland.com.
When you wake up the following morning in Loveland, plan to spend a little time exploring the town. Take a romantic stroll at Benson Sculpture Gardens, one of the town’s secret gems. Enjoy a spin with your sweetheart around the ice skating at the rink at the Promenade Shops at Centerra, a well-appointed outdoor mall that includes everything from Macy’s to Barnes & Noble to a delightful locally owned dog boutique.
Don’t miss Loveland’s charming downtown with its galleries and restaurants.
What’s more romantic than wine and pink sunsets? Absolutely nothing. These are two of the things I remember most vividly from our visit to Palisade last March. We stayed in Grand Junction, but I know there are a number of bed and breakfast type lodging establishments in Palisade.
I love the fact that you can literally walk between at least four wine tasting rooms, and if you rent a bike you can visit even more. And don’t forget – if you’d like to hit the ski slopes at Powderhorn in the morning and tour wineries in the afternoon, that’s entirely possible on the Colorado’s Western Slope (and it’s exactly what we did last year).
Palisade is a small town, but there are a few galleries to browse. Be sure to stop by Casual Gal Silversmith at 317 Main Street and tell her “hi” from the Mayor of HeidiTown. Don’t miss Peach Street Distillers. I will never forget driving up to the distillery as the sun was setting on the Book Cliffs. As the setting sun quickly turned the brown cliffs to bright pink, I remember thinking that I had neglected visiting Colorado’s Western Slope for way too long.
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