The Most Romantic Getaways in Colorado

From Aspen to Telluride, discover the perfect destination for you.

Couple looking at mountains and lake in Colorado

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Couples in need of some relaxation, romance, or even adventure can often find it right in their own backyard. Nothing proves this better than Colorado, a place that offers you and your S.O. the ability to get involved with some of the country's most striking nature, including mountaintop vistas, skiing, snow sports, and other outdoor activities. And let's not forget opportune locations for soaking in a private hot tub or two.

We've rounded up some top romantic getaways in Colorado to inspire your next couple trip.

01 of 09

The Little Nell

A cozy hotel room at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

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The pinnacle of casual, mountain-town luxury, even in a place like Aspen known for its competitive luxury offerings, The Little Nell’s five-star service stands out and is hard to beat. There's even a dual-sided fireplace as the centerpiece of the lobby, giving it a cozy, cuddly vibe.

Positioned at the base of the iconic Silver Queen Gondola in an unbeatable location in the center of Aspen, The Little Nell will be an instant hit with couples interested in wine, thanks to their world-renowned vino program. The recently opened and sophisticated wine bar even has a dedicated sommelier to help you both find the perfect glass.

02 of 09

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club

View at the Garden of the Gods Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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File this one under a bucket list trip, especially if you and your partner have a penchant for wellness. Situated atop a mesa, Garden of the Gods Resort and Club is one of the most romantic getaways in Colorado Springs and lives up to its unique name in every way, thanks in part to its unreal views. People from around the globe visit the Garden of the Gods park each year, but if you’re lucky enough to stay here, you’ll have access to a highly Instagrammable infinity pool, plus posh, comfortable, and romance-inducing rooms, suites, casitas, and cottages with private fireplaces.

Couples looking to practice mindfulness and reset can do so with the on-site STRATA Integrated Wellness and Spa, which offers customized treatments and other wellness offerings including acupuncture, detoxification programs, dry flotation therapy, touch therapy, and massages. And that’s on top of the nutrition, fitness, and meditation practices offered here, which are rooted in both Western and Eastern practices.

03 of 09

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

The bachelors lounge at the Ritz Carlton in Avon, Colorado

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Surrounded by beautiful wilderness and Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is top-tier with skiers but is a wondrous place to visit any time of the year. In the winter, the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access to a high-speed chairlift whisking you up the mountain is a major advantage. The nearby Skier’s Bridge, which doubles as one of the hotel’s wedding locations, offers couples the chance to take in a quiet moment surrounded by snow-filled Aspen trees and stellar views over the surrounding valley. And if the timing’s right in the early summer, you can even expect to hike through fairytale-like fields of wildflowers.

The hotel is built in a lodge style and boasts contemporary, masculine rooms featuring dark wood and stone textures and large marble-clad bathrooms with soaking tubs and double vanities. Plus, as a destination in its own right for spa aficionados, you’ll love spending time outside the room relaxing together at the stone-lined grotto after a soothing treatment in one of the facility’s 19 treatment rooms, which includes both a room dedicated to a couple’s services and even a copper soaking tub fit for two.

Look out for the hotel’s resident canines, Bachelor and Scout—we’d argue their cuteness is worth the trip alone.

04 of 09

Dunton Hot Springs

The Dolores cabin at Dunton Destinations in Telluride, Colorado

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Romance abounds at Dunton Hot Springs, a remote resort just around the mountain from Telluride, which was built in an abandoned town in the 1800s. Today, it’s home to 12 super-luxe and private log cabin rooms, each with unique decor, some with wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, and others with features like outdoor showers. There’s even a dreamy tent suite, and you can bring your dog along too since some of the accommodations are pet-friendly.

Every couple will appreciate the 1,600 acres of land and the ability to enjoy everything that the majestic San Juan Mountains have to offer. And they offer a lot—picnics, hikes, horseback riding, photography tours, and romantic stargazing. Active couples will appreciate the fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and even ice climbing in the winter—and yes, there’s certainly a cozy River Farm House with a roaring fire to warm up in afterward.

Even better, the year-round natural mineral hot springs are the main draw here, renowned for their ability to heal body and soul and an always ideal way to unwind after a day of any kind of adventure. 

05 of 09

The Gant

Outdoor area at The Gant in Aspen, Colorado

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Set on the edge of town with Aspen Mountain creating quite the dramatic backdrop, a stay at The Gant is one of the finest couples getaways in Colorado we can possibly think of, especially if you’re looking to do an extended staycation together.

Each of the condo resort’s accommodations has a distinctly different decor, meaning you’ll feel at home no matter if you end up in a modern, minimalist room or a rustic ski chalet. Many of the offerings include large kitchens, living rooms, and outdoor patios to stretch out on.

The property also boasts a steamy, year-round heated pool and multiple hot tubs, as well as activities including private rafting, backcountry Jeep rides, downhill road biking, and stand-up paddleboarding excursions.

06 of 09

The Broadmoor

Room at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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This Italian Renaissance-style luxury resort surrounds Cheyenne Lake, giving it a similar aesthetic to Lake Como, Italy. The Broadmoor is a romantic getaway in Colorado Springs that’s attracted visitors for over 100 years, and it’s easy to see why—it is situated across an impressive 5,000 acres and gives you the option of exploring both town and country. In fact, the resort is the home base for three separate, seasonal wilderness properties—also expertly run by the resort—which include a down-home dude ranch, a private fly-fishing camp, and a compound of cabins situated high above the clouds on a mountaintop.

Feeling patriotic? A short drive away is Pikes Peak, the spot that inspired the song “America the Beautiful." It’s one of Colorado's top tourist attractions, and the view from the top will give you all kinds of feels. There's also a brand-new visitor's center, as well as a new train experience—which happens to be America’s highest railroad and the world’s highest cog train. Wrap your arms around your S.O. and let it take you to the top, where there are plenty of hiking and biking options.

07 of 09

Halcyon, a Hotel in Cherry Creek

Guest room at Halcyon at Cherry Creek, Colorado

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If an urban oasis is more your scene, this Denver hotel—located in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods—is the right blend of trendy and modern mixed with Colorado’s stunning natural beauty. For one, its splendid rooftop pool, complete with comfy sofas and private cabanas, has views of the Rockies and the Denver skyline. The linear fireplace and painted, white-bricked walls of Halcyon's lobby also make for cozy, private nooks and corners couples can slink into as they sip wine or clink Champagne in celebration.

Pairs can also take a romantic Vespa scooter ride through the streets of Cherry Creek or downtown Denver by visiting the Gear Garage. The hotel’s on-site service provides complimentary bicycles, sleds, snowshoes, Go-Pros, and other well-appreciated equipment.

08 of 09

The Lodge at The Stanley Hotel

The lobby at The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park in Colorado

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Culture-obsessed couples will probably recognize The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park as the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining, even though the film was not shot there. The property has come quite some way from those rundown times when the author put pen to paper in the ‘70s.

Today, the historic hotel resembles its former glory as a sparkling and beautiful old hotel. Originally built in 1909 and surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the best-kept secrets of this place is a stay at The Lodge at The Stanley Hotel, which itself was, in more formal times, where bachelors were housed.

The special retreat offers lovebirds the experience of getting cozy at this iconic property in the most intimate of settings. Plush rooms with updated, traditional decor are what guests should expect, plus all the historical charm of the main hotel. The park's well-known fly fishing, mountain biking, and campfire-building opportunities are also nearby.

09 of 09

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

View at the Getaway Canyons in Colorado

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Designated International Dark Sky destinations throughout Colorado make for dreamy nights filled with you and your S.O. sprawled out on a blanket, gazing at the constellations and other twinkling stars, and perhaps even catching a shooting star or two if you’re lucky. Positioned along the Colorado/Utah border, the setting for Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa makes it the ideal home base to take in those unpolluted Colorado skies once the sun goes down.

In the daylight, this nature resort is equally stunning. The scenic Western Colorado landscape sits at the convergence of five jaw-droppingly beautiful canyons, and guests of the resort have a direct, dreamy view of a Palisade rock formation from pretty much everywhere they look.

And while Gateway Canyons’s location will certainly beckon couples outdoors, the 72 rustic-luxe guest rooms and suites—some of which offer amenities like outdoor patios with fire pits or private hot tubs—are all awesome for when you’re seeking shelter. Take the romance to the next level in one of the property's 14 private casitas, which have custom furnishings from Peru, soaking tubs, and stone-tiled outdoor showers.

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