Romance in the Rockies
3 hidden gems in Colorado high country
'Tis the season of marriage proposal, wedding planning, and Valentine’s Day. If you are looking for the perfect romantic getaway with your loved one this winter, either to pop the question or rekindle the fire, here are a few options to consider.
First of all, Colorado has many hot springs destinations and these are always a good idea for romance. See The Heidi Guide’s 5 Romantic Hot Springs Getaways in Colorado post from last year for some recommendations.
Manitou Springs is a town filled with magic. Whether it comes from their natural mineral springs or something more spiritual, one can’t visit the town without feeling it, and this makes it the perfect place for romance.
The Cliff House courtesy Visit Colorado Springs
One could make a strong argument that The Cliff House at Pikes Peaks is one of Colorado’s most romantic hotels. With its Queen Anne architecture that includes a turret, it is like something straight out of a fairytale.
I believe their King Suite is lovely enough to please even Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, of Downton Abbey fame. And it’s not just the size and accoutrements of The Cliff House’s rooms that are impressive; their bathrooms are equipped with heated toilet seats, something that must be experienced to be truly appreciated.
While in Manitou Springs, wine lovers won’t want to miss The Wines of Colorado, just a few minutes up the road in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Cascade. This wine shop and restaurant is one of Colorado’s best hidden gems and is a romantic pit stop for couples looking for a cozy evening of food and wine.
Photo courtesy the Hotel Chateau Chamonix Facebook page
Hotel Chateau Chamonix is all about romance. Located along Clear Creek in Georgetown, Colorado, this hotel caters to couples looking for amenities such as private hot tubs, wine, fireplaces, and fresh baked croissants every morning.
Spend the day skiing at Loveland Ski Area or touring the many museums in the vicinity, including my all-time favorite “house” museum, Hotel de Paris. There’s a good amount of shopping in Georgetown, as well. Don’t miss the Georgetown Valley Candy Company. Founded in 1979, this shop brings out the kid in everyone.
Back at Hotel Chateau Chamonix, enjoy a soak in your room’s private balcony hot tub or kick back in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine.
If you are looking for charm, Crested Butte has got it in spades. With rainbows in the summer and big snows in the winter, Crested Butte is a longtime favorite of Colorado natives.
A stay at Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast is accompanied by squeaky wooden floors and welcoming rooms that make guests feel right at home. This bed and breakfast also has an onsite spa, so adding a couples massage to your romantic stay is a breeze.
Crested Butte is a town brimming with delicious dining options. There are high-end establishments, ethnic restaurants, and down-home joints. Crested Butte is also home to Montanya Distillers, The Heidi Guide’s favorite Colorado rum-maker.