Get away for a few days and bond with your significant other with a relaxing babymoon in Colorado. Enjoy beautiful outdoor sights and historic locations during the day, and spend your evenings dining on delicious food. If you love animals and nature, visit the Colorado Gators Reptile Park in the small community of Mosca. Take photographs of what might be the world’s largest one-man building project, located in the San Isabel National Forest. Book a stay at one of many relaxing Colorado vacation rentals for your upcoming babymoon. No matter where you choose to visit in Colorado, these fantastic cities and towns will allow you to catch up on rest while bonding and reconnecting with your partner.

Bishop's castle
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1. Rye

Rye is a historic community, which was once part of the travel route for Spanish, Indian, and American explorers, ranchers, and traders. Now, the town puts you near historic buildings, parks, and great food. Visit Bishop Castle, a fortress created solely by Jim Bishop — who is still building today — that reaches over 16 stories tall, contains three cathedral windows, a steel fire-breathing dragon, and a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs. Enjoy small-town hospitality when dining at Rye Cafe, which serves everything from biscuits and gravy to steak dinners. If you’re craving some barbecue, Obie’s Fillin’ Station serves pulled pork, slow-cooked brisket, ribs, and burgers, and the restaurant offers takeout, so you can grab your food and enjoy an intimate meal at your vacation rental.

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2. Florence

Florence vacation destinations place you nearby the Desert Reef Hot Spring. These naturally-heated hot springs are a great place to unwind while soaking in the warm water and enjoying the peaceful desert atmosphere. Before heading to the springs, be sure to check if they’re open, as the resort closes a few days out of the week. If you want to sight-see, Florence has a 20-block downtown area with a local art center, antique stores, and a grocery store in case you’re hungry. As you venture west of town, you’ll discover the Royal Gorge Bridge, voted as the “number-one place to steal a kiss” by Colorado.com and the highest suspension bridge in the world. When you start to get hungry, Ito Japanese Steakhouse Sushi & Thai Restaurant is an excellent place for lunch or dinner, and Papa’s Italian Restaurant is a good choice for delicious comfort food, such as fettuccine Alfredo, stuffed mushrooms, and a brownie sundae.

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3. Colorado Springs

Located at an elevation of over 6,000 feet, Colorado Springs puts you in position for amazing views of nature. Experience stunning mountain scenery and iconic red rock formations at Garden of the Gods park. Don’t forget to bring some food along, so you can enjoy a romantic picnic with your partner at the Scotsman picnic area or the South Spring Canyon picnic area. Snuggle up with your significant other while enjoying amazing views of the sweeping plains and mountains from a hot air balloon ride, offered by Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company. Enjoy a romantic dinner at Pepper Tree restaurant, a high-end steakhouse with stunning skyline views, or enjoy seafood, pasta, duck, and lamb at Carlos’ Bistro.

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4. Mosca

Mosca vacation rentals put you next to the Colorado Gators Reptile Park, where you can go through an interactive self-guided tour and see alligators, snakes, iguanas, tortoises, large pythons, and beautiful foliage. Purchase a bucket of gator chow to feed the animals, or get your picture taken with a small alligator. Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa is a short distance away from the city, where you and your loved one can relax in the rejuvenating water, enjoy a soothing massage, and see the incredible views of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range. As Mosca is an unincorporated community, many of the popular restaurants are nearby in Alamosa. Feast on tacos and enchiladas at Calvillo’s Mexican Restaurant, grab a burger and fries at The Rubi Slipper or have a few slices of pizza at Bistro Rialto.

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5. Bailey

Positioned near the South Platte River, Bailey offers lovely canyon and mountain views. Head to McGraw Memorial Park where you can see historic buildings, such as a one-room schoolhouse built in 1894 and a log cabin from 1864. Pack a lunch and share a meal together at the park’s picnic facilities. Bailey isn’t far from Pike National Forest, where you can spend an evening together viewing lakes, greenery, and mountains. If you want a bite to eat after relaxing at your vacation rental, head to Coney Island Boardwalk — a whimsical roadside restaurant shaped like a giant hot dog — which offers tasty hot dogs and fries.

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6. Keenesburg

See more than 450 rescue animals at The Wild Animal Sanctuary, the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world. Open every day from 9 a.m. to sunset, the sanctuary has an elevated, 1.5-mile footbridge called the “Mile Into The Wild,” where you can view the animals from a safe distance without disturbing them. If you want to get some food at the sanctuary, the Lion’s Den Cafe serves salads, sandwiches, pizza, and steak sandwiches. For a full day of luxury, head to New Spirit Wellness Center & Spa in Denver and enjoy a romantic couples’ package for two, which includes a wonderful aromatherapy foot bath complemented by award-winning chocolate truffles and a 60-minute massage.

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