Denver, Colorado may not have the romantic reputation of a city like Paris, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of activities to do here to make couples feel more connected. Denver has its own flair of romance that mixes the rustic mystery of the mountains with its contemporary chic of the city. Whether you are looking for an intimate adventure alongside nature, or a lively experience in the city, Denver has something special to offer every couple.
1. Music at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Hearing music ring out through the crisp evening air is a truly spectacular phenomenon for anyone to experience. Everyone knows music has a special way of bringing people together, and open-air amphitheaters are especially enchanting alongside one’s partner. The Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre is the largest outdoor amphitheatre in the city with an 18,000-person capacity.
It is located in the Greenwood Village neighborhood on the southeastern section of the greater metropolitan area, near Cherry Creek State Park and right next to the Palazzo Verdi, and is operational from May to September. The amphitheatre features a mix of 7,000 fixed seats that are closer to the stage, as well as a general admission lawn that can admit approximately 10,000 people in its outer sections. So guests have the option, depending on the type of ticket they purchase, to sit in the rows of seats or pull up a blanket and spread out and relax on the lawn; the choice is yours!
Accessible seating is available for guests who need it on the AXS website where you purchase your event tickets. Ticket prices vary depending upon the act of the evening and the type of seat purchased, but seem to range between 30-90 USD. It is a good idea to pack lightly for the event, as there is a security checkpoint to get into the amphitheatre and many prohibited items to ensure the safety and enjoyment for all guests. It is recommended to check the list of prohibited items before arriving at the venue to ensure a smooth passage through security, these can be viewed under the Policies section of the venue’s website. Camera policies are also dependent on the act(s) of the evening, so it is recommended to check with the venue on the day of the event to get the specific policy for that day.
As an added bonus, Samson Park, a small addition of the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is attached to the property of Fiddler’s Green, where visitors can go for a small stroll through the sculpture garden.
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Address: 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111-4930
Price: from 30-90 USD
Access: Approx 25 minute car ride from city center via I-25 South, Approx 43 minute on the Denver LightRail E-Line from Union Station to Arapahoe at Village Center Station and a 10 minute walk to Fiddler’s Green
Contact: +1 3032207000
Website: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
2. The intimate allure of mountain waterfalls
Sometimes the most romantic adventures are the ones that are the simplest. The Denver area has some of the best mountain views you can get, and their quiet and subtle beauty can be the perfect backdrop for an afternoon picnic with your loved one.
The Rocky Mountains outside Denver are a prime location for great sights, and I’m specifically talking about waterfalls. Located in the Rocky Mountain National Park are three waterfalls that are easy hikes for all skill levels. The first being Adams Falls, a .6 mile (9.6 km.) round-trip hike is open from May-September and has only slight elevation gain, so those not used to high altitude may not have too much of an issue.
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The next is Alberta Falls, a longer and slightly more difficult hike, but also a great scene. Alberta falls is a 1.6-mile (2.5 km.) hike also open from the spring to autumn.
Boulder Falls is our final waterfall on this list. Another easy hike at only 100 yards but it’s a great waterfall to behold. Boulder Falls is also a closer drive from the center of Denver than Adams and Alberta, so if you are under a time constraint, this may be the best option. In addition, Boulder Falls is free while Adams and Alberta both require an entrance fee into Rocky Mountain National Park that, for a standard car, is 20 USD. It is also worth mentioning that Boulder Falls sustained damage from significant flooding during 2013, and has been temporarily closed but its restoration was hoped to be completed by the end of 2016, so it is worth checking to see if it will be open again when you plan a visit.
3. Delectable dining at Bistro Vendôme
Welcoming eateries are abundant in Denver, and are best enjoyed with your loved one by your side. The Bistro Vendôme is a fantastic eatery in Larmier Square in the LoDo neighborhood of Denver, not far from Coors Field and Elitch Gardens. This restaurant gives you a pinch of Paris cuisine and scenery in the heart of Colorado. Guests can sit inside among the extensive decorations (including a mural on the ceiling) or on the small exterior patio.
The bistro even holds movie nights on Mondays where guests can view screenings of French movies, along with a three course prix fixe menu, and brunch matinées on Saturdays. There is limited seating available for these events so it’s a good idea to make a reservation.
Address: Larimer Square, 1420 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Price: from 11-30 USD, Movie Mondays 55 USD per person
Opening Hours: Monday- Friday 5pm-10pm. Saturdays 10am-2pm & 5pm-11pm. Sundays 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm. Closed on public holidays.
Contact: +1 3038253232
Website: Bistro Vendôme
4. Relaxation at Glenwood Hot Springs
If you are able to make the trip outside the city, some time at one of Colorado’s many hot springs will do any couple some good. One such location is the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. This historic hot spring dates all the way back to 1888, and is home to the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool. A wide variety of options await you at Glenwood, including a simple day pass to the hot spring, to overnight accommodations that include unlimited swimming, and a distinct Romance Package that includes chocolate truffles and champagne waiting in your room upon arrival and 100 USD for each adult to use towards the Spa of the Rockies.
It is worth noting that Glenwood is the only hot spring that can be reached by passenger train. The Amtrak train, the California Zephyr, has a stop on the other side of the Colorado River that arrives a few hours before the standard check-in time.
The prices for day passes have a few variables including the guest’s age, and the time of year you plan to visit. For adults over the age of 13, a day pass during the Value Season is 15.75 USD before 9pm, and after 9pm the cost goes down to 10.25 USD. This price is increased during the peak attendance of the summer months, and the spring is closed for maintenance on scheduled days, so it is recommended that prospective visitors check the schedule on the spring’s website under “Rates” for the most accurate and detailed information.
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Address: 401 N River St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Price: 15.75 USD
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-10pm. Closed on public holidays.
Access: Approximately 3 hour drive from Denver via I-70E, or via Amtrak Train the California Zephyr
Contact: +1 9709472955
Website: Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
A romantic getaway doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. With a bit of planning any couple can have a relaxing visit to Denver that is sure to renew the love between partners no matter your individual interests. Simplicity is the key formula for a successful romantic getaway. After all, you and your partner are there to enjoy the company of each other, at the end of the day where you are is simply the backdrop to a loving bond between couples.
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