Splurge-worthy Colorado romantic escapes for winter
Sure, many Coloradans prefer experiences that require only jeans and a fleece, but there are plenty of places to seek out luxury experiences — especially when it comes to reconnecting with that special someone.
Whether you want to cozy up in a fancy hotel or indulge in the great outdoors, these high-end couple’s getaways will have you appreciating the finer things in life.
IF YOU LIKE … HOT SPRINGS
Tucked in a remote corner of southwest Colorado, Dunton Hot Springs Resort is set in a restored ghost town comprised of 13 hand-built, exquisitely furnished log cabins; a saloon and dance hall; library and bathhouse. Book the Well House cabin to have your own private hot spring inside, or spend hours soaking in the waters of the five others on-site. Options include under the stars at the source of the springs and out on the river at Christoph’s spring.
Perched on the banks of the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs, The Springs Resort & Spais home to the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring, featuring 23 different pools of varying temperatures with serene names like Tranquility and Serendipity. The Relaxation Terrace is an adults-only haven with five pools, a waterfall, fire pit and roman shower. For your stay, the resort offers a collection of Signature Suites, including The “O,” where Oprah herself was a guest — outfitted with a hot tub, private sauna and large balcony.
IF YOU LIKE … WINING & DINING
Synonymous with glamour is Aspen’s The Little Nell, a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond hotel, with Aspen Mountain’s only ski-in/ski-out access. In fact, a Ski Concierge team handles everything from boot warming to tune-ups and equipment storage to arranging lessons, so you’ll have more time to spend with your honey. When it’s time to indulge in the impressive culinary offerings, Element 47 is a showstopper. But for an ultra-exclusive meal, book a private wine-cellar dinner for two in the Red Light Lounge, complete with your own chef and sommelier for the six-course dinner and custom wine pairing.
Blissfully removed on the eastern plains in Stratton, Claremont Inn & Winery affords a quiet respite for relaxation. Choose from one of 10 luxurious guest rooms, where you can enjoy a country breakfast in bed each morning. With a small-batch winery on-site, you’ll have the chance to sip 28 different varietals or even create your own bottle. Plus, a Cooking Weekend package combines a two-night stay with a hands-on cooking lesson. Prepare a gourmet dinner together featuring appetizers, a salad, entree, dessert and bread — all complemented with wine.
IF YOU LIKE … SECLUSION
High up on Beaver Creek Mountain at 9,500 feet amid aspens and pines, Trappers Cabinis the ultimate hideaway. Just outside your door, take advantage of access to skiing and snowshoeing, or absorb the peaceful solitude of your surroundings in the outdoor hot tub. The Premium Package ensures every need is tended to by a personal chef and cabin staff, while the White Glove Package adds perks like a helicopter ride from the Eagle Airport to the base of Beaver Creek, private ski lessons, and a starlight snowcat ride to a five-course dinner at Beano’s Cabin in an on-mountain meadow.
Above Estes Park near the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Della Terra Mountain Chateau is nestled in the majestic grandeur of the Rocky Mountains on 14 secluded acres. When you’re not basking in the plush amenities of your swanky suite, savor a chef-curated breakfast each morning, stop by the dry-heat sauna or reserve the state-of-the-art theater room to screen — we won’t tell anyone if it’s a rom-com!
IF YOU LIKE … VIEWS
With a name like Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor, you know you’re in for some skyscraping vistas. This all-inclusive wilderness retreat sits 3,000 feet above the famously glam Colorado Springs resort, with unobstructed, 360-degree views of Pikes Peak and Pike National Forest. To feel like you and your sweetie are truly on top of the world, choose the Fire Tower Suite, housed in a former lookout tower. And don’t let the remote location fool you — Cloud Camp guests still have access to all the top-notch amenities The Broadmoor has to offer.
The gondola ride from Telluride to this Mountain Village locale is breathtaking enough, but just wait until you see the bird’s-eye views from a penthouse at The Peaks Resort & Spa. Gaze out from one of three units to feast your eyes on the ski resort below, as well as the stunning San Juan Mountains, including fourteener Mount Wilson. Rejuvenate at the 42,000-square-foot spa, or delight in the panoramas from Altezza Restaurant — taking Italian cuisine to new heights, literally.
IF YOU LIKE … ADVENTURE
Daredevil couples will feel right at home at Gateway Canyons Resort on the far reaches of the Western Slope, with an Adventure Center to coordinate hiking excursions, helicopter tours over Unaweep Canyon, horseback riding, off-roading and more. Wind down a day of adrenaline in romantic fashion, watching the sunset over the Palisade red-rock formation from the deck of a well-appointed Stargazer Casita. Inside, snuggle up in front of the living area’s fireplace.
From early January to mid-February, Vista Verde Ranch shifts to adults-only vacations at its upscale, all-inclusive dude ranch north of Steamboat Springs. Delight in snowy adventures like snowshoeing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides, balanced out with wine tasting, gourmet meals and soaks in your cabin’s hot tub. The personal service and warm, Western hospitality ensure an unforgettable experience. More Colorado cabins for winter >>
IF YOU LIKE … PAMPERING
The location of the Four Seasons Hotel Denver puts you right at the cultural heart of the city just down the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Hit Larimer Square for dinner — the lights over the street make for an enchanting photo op — then take in a play or touring Broadway musical. Rejuvenate the next day with a couples’ massage at the hotel’s incredible spa, where two suites are equipped with dual massage tables, private showers and sunken tubs.
Vail Valley’s Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon marries luxury with comfort, making it the perfect choice for a romantic rendezvous. The massive Spa Anjali is an award-winning oasis of tranquility, where services include sumptuous massages, sublime facials and body treatments like the Moor Mud Wrap. After you’ve been properly pampered, float up to your room and sink into your one-bedroom, condominium-style suite’s signature Westin Heavenly Bed.
This article originally appeared on Colorado.com. Visit the site to learn more about things to see and do around Colorado.