Valentines Weekend Getaways Within an Hour of Denver
on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 9:48am.
With Valentine’s Day only about a month away, it’s time to start planning. Instead of waiting to make a last-minute dinner reservation, why not surprise your Significant Other with a romantic weekend at one of these Colorado destinations within an hour (ish) of the city. (Bonus: February is a great time to travel, especially within Colorado, because you are likely to get off-season rates.)
If you’re thinking “staycation”, our top recommendation for a romantic hotel right downtown is Hotel Teatro. Located next to the Denver Performing Arts Complex (“Teatro” means “theatre” in Italian), this Denver hotel has a rich history. Originally built in 1911 as the Denver Tramway Building, Hotel Teatro has been impeccably refurbished as a boutique hotel, complete with full-service restaurant. Fun fact - my husband and I got engaged here! Hotel Teatro is pure elegance and class, but if you want to take it up a notch, book the Romance Package Experience, which includes: a bottle of Prosecco delivered to your room upon arrival, with champagne glasses to keep; chocolate covered strawberries, and a $40 breakfast credit in the morning through in-room dining or The Study.
Arrowhead Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn https://arrowheadmanor.com/ 9284 US Highway 285, Morrison, CO 80465 303-738-8454 Rates from $165-$283
We’ve all probably driven by Arrowhead Manor a hundred times. It’s the mansion-y looking house right off 285, with the horse statue. According to their website, Arrowhead provides one of the best romantic weekend getaways around. Think: private hot tubs and a movie gallery. They also offer a romance package that you can add on to your booking for only $39; it includes: six chocolate covered strawberries, silk rose petals sprinkled on your bed and a stuffed animal.
Broadmoor http://broadmoor.com 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 719-623-5112 Rates from $210-$725
Nothing exudes romance like the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, the only hotel to achieve AAA’s Five-Diamond rating for 41 consecutive years. Since it first opened its doors in 1918, the Broadmoor has remained unmatched in accommodations, activities, and experiences, and has hosted a slew of world leaders, champion athletes, and Hollywood icons. Its beautiful location on 3,000 acres with views of Cheyenne Mountain is perfect for an intimate weekend, still within close proximity to the city.
The Stanley Hotel is in a class by itself. Everyone knows it as the haunted hotel featured in Stephen King’s The Shining, but did you know it is also a romantic destination in beautiful Estes Park, just a little over an hour’s drive from Denver? Built in 1909 by Yankee inventor Freelan Oscar Stanley and his wife, to emulate the posh hotels “back east”, The Stanley is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. Before Stephen King came to visit, however, the hotel was in major disrepair. Without his visit in the 70s and subsequent penning of The Shining, his first hardcover bestseller, The Stanley may have closed forever. But the book and movie made it a popular spot once again and the hotel was restored to its former glory.
I love this description from Stephen King of what went down that night:
In late September of 1974, Tabby and I spent a night at a grand old hotel in Estes Park, the Stanley. We were the only guests as it turned out; the following day they were going to close the place down for the winter. Wandering through its corridors, I thought that it seemed the perfect—maybe the archetypical—setting for a ghost story. That night I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in the chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.
The rest is history, as they say. A visit to The Stanley should be on everyone’s Colorado bucket list. Check out the “Romance at The Stanley” package which includes: 15% off accommodations, a bottle of sparkling Prosecco, and four chocolate covered strawberries.
Hopefully one of these venues will impress and delight your bae. Happy Valentine’s Day!