Couples in need of some relaxation, romance, or even stimulating adventure can often find it right in their very own backyard. Nothing proves this better as a destination than Colorado, a place that offers you and your S.O. the ability to get involved with some of the U.S.’s most striking nature, mountaintop vistas, skiing, snow sports, and other outdoor activities—not to mention opportune locations for soaking in a private hot tub or two. If you’re looking to toe-dip back into travel right now, consider exploring these top romantic getaways in Colorado together, and remember to stay smart and safe when it comes to social distancing.
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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. A dual-sided fireplace welcomes couples and is the centerpiece of a lobby with 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 pairs interested in wine, thanks to their world-renowned vino program. The recently opened and sophisticated Wine Bar is even serviced by a dedicated sommelier so you can both find your perfect glass.
File this one under bucket list trip, especially if you and bae 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 possible, 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, and 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.
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 Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch itself 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, 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 include both a room dedicated to 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.
Romance abounds at this 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 Fido along too since some of the accommodations are pet-friendly.
Every personality of couples will appreciate 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, and flower peeping in incredible nature settings, 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.
Better still—the soothing, year-round natural mineral hot springs are the main draw here, famed for their ability to cure body and soul, and an always ideal way to unwind after a day of any kind of adventure.
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 stay or work-cation trip 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 or rustic ski chalet. The Gant is also within walking distance of everything you'd need for work from anywhere jaunt, and many of the offerings include large kitchens, living rooms, and outdoor patios to stretch out on.
But if you're both working hard, you'll want to play hard too, right? A steamy, year-round heated pool, multiple hot tubs, and—new this summer—the ability to get in on some quality socially-distanced experiences are highlights for that at The Gant. These activities include private rafting, backcountry Jeep rides, downhill road biking, and stand-up paddleboarding excursions. It's all also a great value right now, thanks to acurrent promotion offering 15% savings on published rates for summer stays in one- to four-bedroom condominiums when booked before April 30, 2021.
Missed out on your Lake Como, Italy trip due to the pandemic? This Italian Renaissance-style luxury resort surrounds Cheyenne Lake, giving it a similar aesthetic. Lake aside, 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 home base for three separate, seasonal wilderness properties—also expertly run by the resort—which include a down-home dude ranch, 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 very 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. Opening this May is 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 tippy top, where there’s plenty of hiking and biking options to get involved in.
If an urban oasis is more of your scene, this Denver hotel—located in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods—is the right blend of trendy, modern cosmopolitan hotel meeting Colorado’s stunning natural beauty. For one, it’s 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 together—just uh, make sure to hold on tight—through the streets of Cherry Creek or downtown Denver by visiting the Gear Garage, the hotel’s on-site service that provides complimentary bicycles, sleds, ham boards, snowshoes, Go-Pros, and other well-appreciated equipment.
Culture-obsessed couples will probably recognize The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park as being the inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining, although it is notably not where the movie was filmed and has come quite some way from those rundown times when the author took pen to paper in the ‘70s.
Today, the historic hotel in the enchanting town of Estes Park better resembles its former glory as a sparkling and beautiful, grand 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 lovers the experience of getting cozy at this iconic property in the most intimate of settings. Plush rooms with updated, traditional decor is what guests should expect, plus all the corresponding, historical charm of the main hotel, not to mention the park’s celebrated fly fishing, mountain biking, and campfire building opportunities ... all just steps away.
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. We’d recommend amping up the romance in one of the 14 private casitas, which have custom furnishings from Peru, soaking tubs, and stone-tiled outdoor showers.