Just picture it. The stunning Rocky Mountain landscape and its snow-capped peaks, a cosy ski lodge and a roaring log fire. Sounds like a little slice of heaven, doesn’t it? Well, visit Colorado and you’ll find destinations where imagination becomes reality. Colorado Springs is a worthwhile destination in and of itself with plenty of superb vacation rentals. With spectacular outdoor hiking and trekking spots at Pikes Peak, spectacular cascading waterfalls at the Broadmoor Seven Falls, memorable rock formations at the Garden of the Gods, and charming bed and breakfast, there’s plenty to make your Colorado holiday a memorable experience. But if you’re looking to truly escape the rat race, then why not venture further afield to some of the romantic getaways that you can experience in the small towns of the wider state? Read on for some of the romantic getaways near Colorado Springs, that are out there just waiting for you.
While on your Colorado Springs getaway, take a little detour to Aspen. This world-famous town and ski resort has a reputation of being a playground for the rich and famous. So whether you fancy a day of snowsports fun with your partner, or the chance to rub shoulders with your favourite celluloid hero, then you’ll almost certainly want to make a beeline for Aspen. What’s more its fame as a jet-setters’ playground means that all manner of famous - and famously luxurious - brands have set up home in the resort, making it an ideal place to pick up a piece of designer wear, jewellery or a fragrance with which to treat your partner. Top brands include everything from Gucci and Prada to Dior, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. And the luxurious touches don’t just extend to goods, but to salons and restaurants too - making it a great spot to grab a romantic meal.
Couples seeking a romantic getaway with a little adventure thrown in for good measure may well enjoy a trip to Buena Vista. This popular town is home to a host of adrenaline-fuelled activities - from river canyon rafting at the likes of Browns Canyon Rafting to the kayaking, climbing and biking fun of the Buena Vista Whitewater Park. Those seeking more sedate charms will find walking and cycling trails within the area as well as hot springs and picturesque landscapes - perhaps unsurprising in a town whose name literally translates as ‘good view’. Indeed, the likes of the Surf Hotel & Chateau is just one of the hotels that enjoys these 'good views’, thanks to its riverside setting and rooms and terraces offering mountain vistas.
Imagine waking up and throwing open the curtain to gaze upon deep snows and stunning mountains. Well, if you brave the 4-hour 40-minute journey (240 mile/386km) from Colorado Springs to Snowmass Village, you will have such an experience. This popular winter snowsports resort near Aspen is home to the biggest of four ski areas that are collectively known as the Aspen/Snowmass ski resort and boasts everything from wide cruiser runs to extreme skiing experiences. And, for the romantic getaway, it is also home to a wide array of lodging for that peaceful snow-bound escape from the rat race. And, should you wish to venture away from the ski resort, the area is home to all manner of jaw-dropping scenery in which to enjoy your romantic break - from the waters of Maroon Lake to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.
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No matter what type of romantic break you’re after, you’ll likely find the perfect activities to suit you in Boulder just 90 minutes north of Colorado Springs (97 miles/156km). Its popular downtown pedestrian precinct is home to all manner of boutiques - for a little romantic memento - and eateries in which to wine and dine your significant other. Those who prefer the charms of the outdoors in which to go for a romantic stroll or hike amid beautiful scenery will also love the city’s position in the Rocky foothills - and within easy reach of the trails through the craggy Flatirons and Flagstaff Mountain overlooking the city. Sounds like a nice spot for a proposal, doesn’t it?
This town, which is set on the Big Thompson River and the waters of the picturesque Lake Estes reservoir, lies 133 miles (214km) - or roughly a 2-hour 15-minute drive - north of Colorado Springs. Its picturesque setting makes it a popular stopping off point for exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park and it is also home to a number of attractions which really maximise its location. These include the Estes Park Aerial Tramway, which ferries people to the top of Prospect Mountain by cable car, for some truly beautiful and romantic vistas. The area is also home to a number of lodges in which to enjoy a romantic getaway while exploring the landscape and spotting some of the impressive local wildlife, such as elk.
Looking for your next destination after your Colorado Springs romantic getaway? A gateway to the snow-sports of the Beaver Creek Resort, the town of Avon is another option for visitors who simply can’t resist the call of the slopes at winter. Located 151 miles (243km) north-west of Colorado Springs, Avon can be reached in about 2 hours 45 minutes. And, as well as the resort, there are a number of other attractions which will vie for your attention, including the Walking Mountains Science Center - which provides the option of exploring nature while learning about the science of the local environment - as well as a number of other natural outdoor attractions, such as the 48 acres of Harry A. Nottingham park and its mix of lake, swimming area, trails and fishing. And if you’d rather enjoy a romantic pamper instead of exploring the wider area, the Westin Riverfront Resort contains spa facilities.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley
Address: 126 Riverfront Lane
Swimming pool Lift Shuttle service (free) Fishing All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Spa and wellness centre Sun terrace Breakfast in the room
If it’s a romantic city break you and your other half crave, then why not make the short trip north out of Colorado Springs to the bright lights of Denver, just 71 miles (114km) to the north (1 hour and 8 minutes away via the I-25). The state capital, which dates right back to the days of the Old West, is naturally home to a host of cultural attractions to keep you and your partner entertained, from summer concerts at the Botanic Gardens’ sunken amphitheatre to its vibrant live music scene and nightlife. And speaking of amphitheatres, the iconic natural Red Rocks Amphitheatre - just 10 miles (16km) outside the city - is another site you’ll probably want to visit. The 80-acre Denver Zoo - the most popular paid-entry attraction in the city - is also deserving of attention. And, after taking in the sights, why not enjoy a slap up romantic meal in one of the city’s many restaurants.
Located immediately to the west of Denver and just 81 miles (130km) north of Colorado Springs (an 80-minute journey) lies the town of Golden. Unsurprisingly, given its name, the town played a role in the gold rushes of the 19th century - something which is remembered at the likes of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum and its mix of mining history and sciences. Indeed, the town will be a great place to visit for fans of times past. Nearby is also the Colorado Railroad Museum with its wide array of vintage trains - allowing you to explore the romance of a bygone era of travel. And then there are the natural charms of the local area - be it the striking mesa of South Table Mountain or the popular Lookout Mountain - home of Buffalo Bill’s grave and a museum dedicated to the Old West. And speaking of past eras, the likes of The Dove Inn with its period touches and Victorian exterior is sure to make a romantic setting for a romantic break.
Another Colorado town that will make for a great romantic getaway for fans of skiing and snow-capped mountain vistas, Vail is 142 miles or 229 km away (a near 3-hour drive) from Colorado Springs. It is nestled at the foot of the large Vail Ski Resort, which features more than 5000 acres of skiing trails in which to spend your time. What’s more, it is home to three picturesque Swiss-style villages - complete with lodges, eateries, shops and heated cobble streets. There are even open-air ice rinks for a little romantic skating with your loved ones. Spa facilities and nightspots mean that you can enjoy a relaxing stress-free getaway or a vibrant slice of fun depending on which way your mood takes you. And, in what has to be the ultimate romantic gesture, the resort even organises weddings. Away from the resort, the town itself is also home to a host of health spas and boutiques for a little TLC, while the wider area boasts zip-line trails and rock-climbing fun.
One of the most picturesque municipalities in the state is Breckenridge, which is approximately two hours from Colorado Springs. It is a well-known ski resort that is formerly a mining town. Main Street is filled with quaint structures and shops that seem to only exist on holiday postcards. When in Colorado Springs, brave the two-hour drive and pay a visit to this majestic town. Should you decide to visit, we highly recommend staying at One Ski Hill, A RockResort. The four-star situated at the base of the resort’s Peak 8.
Almost four hours away from Colorado Springs is the sleepy and idyllic town of Steamboat Springs in Yampa Valley. The municipality houses the Howelsen Hill ski area and the Steamboat ski resort. If soaking in hot springs is something you would fancy during a Colorado winter, make it a point to see what the town has to offer. One of the best accommodations in the area is The Steamboat Grand, a four-star hotel that’s within walking distance of the ski area. After an exhausting day of skiing and walking through snow, a nice massage at the full-service spa is surely deserved.
How does a romantic steam rail journey through stunning canyon landscapes sound? Then you’ll definitely want to make a beeline for Durango. It is home to the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This historic loco winds its way along a 45-mile (72km) route to Silverton that takes in some impressive and romantic landscapes. And, if you’d rather explore the area’s other charms, there’s arts at the likes of the Durango Art Center, ski trails in the San Juan Mountains to the north and ancient cliff dwelling in the Mesa Verde National Park. But if you are thinking of using Durango as a romantic getaway while in the Colorado Springs area then you’ll likely want to spend more than a day or two there though - or split the trip between other destinations en route - as it’s just over 300 miles away (485km) and around a 5-hour and 20-minute drive.
Leland House and Rochester Hotel
Address: 726 East 2nd Avenue
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From relaxing spa complexes and stunning mountain settings to the romance of steam rail travel and striking architectural gems of times long past - there’s a host of great romantic getaways in Colorado for you to explore and experience.
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