Five Unforgettable Romantic Destinations For Your Weekend Away
Everyone needs a break, and Colorado offers several perfect romantic getaway options for you and your significant other. Enlist a babysitter or a family member to keep your kids company for the weekend, and head for one of these destinations to kick back, relax and feel the love.
To Unwind: Dunton Hot Springs
If you and your partner need some uninterrupted alone time, book into Dunton Hot Springs (52068 Rd. 38, Dolores, CO), a collection of luxury cabins in an old Western ghost town. The cabins are rustic with thoughtful touches to help you relax and—there's a great spa onsite. Activities vary based on time of year, but the hot springs are open daily and available in six different areas of the site. It's not a cheap night away from home, but all the rates are inclusive of two people and include all food and drink. You'll come home refreshed.
To Luxuriate: The Little Nell
Aspen's chicest hotel is The Little Nell (675 E. Durant Ave., Aspen, CO), a boutique property known for its high-end service and high-class amenities. You and your sweetie will love taking a break at the 5-star hotel located in the center of the Colorado ski town. In the colder months, you can ski in and out (and there's a ski concierge onsite) and in the summer, you can bike, fish and explore the mountains. The hotel is so accommodating, featuring everything from nightly turn-down service to a complimentary in-room mini bar, that you'll want to spend every minute enjoying its luxe spaces.
To Party: Hotel Teatro
If you're looking for a lively night out with your partner, head to Denver. Book into the chic ART Hotel (1201 Broadway, Denver, CO), situated across the street from the Mile High City's world-class art museum. The hotel is endlessly cool, with artwork scattered through the rooms and outdoor firepits along the terrace. It's near some great nightlife and lots of local breweries, so it helps that the hotel offers complimentary, coffee service every morning in its Living Room area.
To Explore: The Stanley Hotel
Don't be put off by the lore behind The Stanley Hotel (333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, CO). The hotel was the inspiration behind Stephen King's The Shining, however it has since become a charming, historic property located only a few miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. While staying at the hotel, venture out into the mountains for hiking, fishing and horseback riding in the summer, and snow-shoeing, snowmobiling and sledding in the winter. It's a great place to get close to nature with your honey and see what Colorado has to offer.
To Adventure: The OPUS Hut
You don't have to break the bank to plan a great weekend away. The OPUS Hut (Forest Rd. 679, Ophir, CO), located in the San Juan Mountains, is an affordable eco-lodge perched at 11,600 ft. There's a wood-burning fireplace, and all meals are included in your room rental. In the summer, you can drive to the property, but in the winter when the roads are snowy, it's a 3.5-mile hike. Go backcountry skiing or mountain biking right from the doorstep. Enjoy the views and the fact that you aren't being inundated with work emails. Private rooms start at $120 per night.