10 Best Romantic Things To Do In Vail, Colorado - Updated 2022

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Elah Angelica
Elah Angelica 
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Whenever you’re in Colorado, one of the best towns that you should consider stopping by is the quaint town of Vail. Home to many different types of dwellers, Vail is a hidden gem to be uncovered. Known as the winter ski destination in the city, outdoor enthusiasts make sure to keep this little town on their list to visit. But what other people don’t know is that there’s so much more to Vail than meets the eye. There are a lot of things to experience and wonders to see when in Vail, including zip-lining, hiking, dining, and relaxation. Before you begin your trip, take a look at the top Vrbo and Airbnb vacation rentals in Vail. Next up is our list of the romantic things to do in Vail, Colorado.

1. Admire the scenery at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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Posted by Betty Ford Alpine Gardens on Wednesday, December 9, 2020

One of the best ways to spend a romantic trip is to simply take a moment and admire what’s around you. With our busy lives, we forget that it’s the little things that make our days bright and better. Take your loved one to see the beauty of nature at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Newport. It is one of the world’s highest botanical garden, with it being nestled in the Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). The garden is open daily with free admission. Slow down with your partner, and marvel at the colorful flowers in full bloom!

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Address: 522 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657, United States

Website: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Opening hours: 10am - 4pm (daily)

2. Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame

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Posted by Colorado Snowsports Museum on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

When you find yourself in Vail, chances are you’re there for the very thing it is famous for: winter sports. If icy activities are you and your partner’s jam, take a little detour and delve even deeper into the roots of Vail. At Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, you will get to know the history of snow sports, especially the most popular ones in Vail like skiing and snowboarding. You may even purchase films like the documentary Climb to Glory, which tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division during WW2.

Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame

Address: 231 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657, United States

Website: Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 6pm; Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sun: 11am - 6pm

3. Enjoy the view from the Vail Scenic Gondola

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One of the best ways to enjoy your Vail trip is to admire the spectacular views from above. Book a ride with Vail’s Scenic Gondola at Vail Ski Resort and revel in the valleys while cozying up next to your loved one. This specific tour elevates you up to 10,000 feet (3048 meters) and gives you the experience of a lifetime. If extreme winter sports are too intimidating, you can simply enjoy this excellent attraction and your trip to Vail would still be one of the best memories ever.

Vail Scenic Gondola at Vail Ski Resort

Address: 699 I-70 Frontage Rd, Vail, CO 81657, United States

Website: Vail Scenic Gondola at Vail Ski Resort

4. Splurge and join a brewery and wine tour (from USD 376.0)

One of the best ways to celebrate your love is to clink your glasses of fine wine and toast to all the times you’ve shared. When in Vail, pay tribute to your romance and join this Vail Valley Brewery & Wine Tour. You’ll be cradled in your vehicle of choice as you go up the mountains and greeted by the spectacular views. During the tour, you’ll get to taste the finest tap beers and wines from three breweries in the valley and be served with delicious bar snacks.

Vail Valley Brewery & Wine Tour

Duration: 4 hours

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5. Hike the beautiful Booth Falls Trail

Top of Booth Falls
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Nestled in the pleasant Eagles Nest Wilderness, Vail’s Booth Falls Trail is one of the best hiking spots and romantic attractions in Vail, Colorado. Boasting breathtaking uphill trudge through aerial forestry, wildflowers, exotic wildlife, and vivid waterfalls, it’s an adventure that’s perfect for couple travelers. If you’re one of those couples who are always looking for a green signal for some thrilling adventures, Booth Falls Trail is always an excellent choice to spend your day with your partner surrounded by spectacular views that will set the mood. To easily steer the place, avoid packing heavy bags; pack light.

Booth Falls Trail

Address: Booth Falls Rd., Vail, CO 81657, USA

6. Enjoy jaw-dropping views at The Wedding Deck

Gore Range Overlook, RMNP, July 2016
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Being such a picturesque place, one of the romantic activities in Vail, Colorado is sightseeing. Tucked away at the top of the majestic Vail Mountain, The Wedding Deck offers the best breathtaking views of the Vail Valley and Gore Mountain Range. If you’re one of those couples who are big fans of outdoor thrills, you might consider giving this place a chance to prove its beauty. Whether you’re after the sceneries or for making amazing memories, The Wedding Deck is a place that promises to give you the wondrous memories to remember. It is also an excellent venue for you to get some wedding ideas for future purposes.

The Wedding Deck

Address: Bottom Lift 7, Vail, CO 81657, United States

Website: The Wedding Deck

7. Enjoy a stay at Sonnenalp Hotel

The Sonnenalp Resort in Vail, Colorado today
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Featuring 112 lavish suites, Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colorado, welcomes all types of travelers including families, a group of friends, and couples. Promising you a vacation with the best relaxation, Sonnenalp Hotel is an ideal place to retreat to whenever you get tired of the outdoor exploits. All guestrooms available contain European elegance. Queen-sized beds, comfy couches, private baths, and a kitchenette are also in every room. Breakfast, lobster night, a spa day, and of course, the views of the Gore Creek, are something to look forward to that will help pass the time.

Sonnenalp Hotel

Address: 20 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657, United States

Website: Sonnenalp Hotel

8. Indulge in mouth-watering food at Harvest Restaurant & Bar

Beef tenderloin - Guillaume at Bennelong
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Boasting New American cuisines by Chilean Executive Chef Rosa Provost, Harvest Restaurant & Bar is beyond the stunning Vail Valley. Dining in this homey restaurant brings all the warmth you’re missing in your life. Its ambiance, from its style and decor, complements the outside views. If you want some intimate dining with your partner, Harvard Restaurant and Bar should be at the top of your list. Not only do you get to eat tasty food made from fresh local ingredients, but you also get to enjoy the best of everything. Make memories that will last only at Harvest Restaurant & Bar, for something worth more than dining.

Harvest Restaurant & Bar

Address: 1265 Berry Creek Rd, Edwards, CO 81632, United States

Website: Harvest Restaurant & Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7am - 3pm; 5pm - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm

9. Ride the Camelot Balloons with your partner

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If you’re planning to visit Colorado between June and September, one of the best things to indulge in during these times is the infamous Camelot Balloons. It’s a perfect date to go with your loved one while being up on the high sky. Arriving at the place, you’ll already witness a lot of hot air balloons floating above the majestic Eagle River Valley. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, joining a tour above won’t be a problem. There’s nothing more exciting and romantic than being with the one you love with the whole world below as your audience.

Camelot Balloons

Address: 110 Bowie Rd, Gypsum, CO 81637, United States

Website: Camelot Balloons

10. Visit the historic Bearcat Stables

Trading Horses
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Situated on the historic Bearden Homestead, Bearcat Stables, originally named The Bearden’s, is popular among both locals and travelers alike for its rustic and cozy ambiance. Whether you’re after a romantic horse riding around the stunning Cordillera Valley or intimate dining, Bearcat Stables will give you the best of both experiences. Imagine drinking wine on a cold night enjoying scenic views with your partner and quietly talking about life in general, wouldn’t you have that feeling that life couldn’t get any better than that? If you want to indulge in some peaceful time with your loved one away from the watching eyes, Bearcat Stables offers you the best spot to retreat.

Bearcat Stables

Address: 2701 Squaw Creek Rd, Edwards, CO 81632, United States

Website: Bearcat Stables

Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)

Explore Vail in all its glory

Best Romantic Things To Do In Vail, Colorado
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Whenever you’re looking for the perfect place to travel to when in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Vail is always a town to consider. Promising you a relaxing escapade with your loved one, it’s a place worth visiting. Your choices aren’t limited either as Vail has many things to do besides skiing. If you’re looking for a place to stay, there are nearby Vrbo accommodations in Beaver Creek and Airbnb vacation rentals in Avon. Make your holiday something to remember by traveling with your special someone and check out our list of the best romantic things to do in Vail, Colorado, for a great start.

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Elah Angelica Casallos is a Psychology student who hopes to see the world one day. Right now, she's currently exploring the world around her through writing. When she's not busy with school works...Read more

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