Crisp air, majestic mountain vistas, and romantic adventures await when you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Colorado. Book a stay at one of many incredible Colorado vacation rentals, which range from charming houses to snug cabins in the woods just steps from the ski slopes. Wondering what to do and where to go in Colorado for a romantic getaway? Try one of these towns and cities.

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1. Loveland

What better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in the nation’s Sweetheart City, Loveland. If you’ve yet to tie the knot or want to renew your vows, don a tux or white tulle dress, strap on your skis, and head to the top of Loveland Ski Area for a mass wedding at 12,050 feet. Following the 30-minute ceremony, you and sweetheart can head down the slopes to the after-party for wedding cake, champagne, and the ‘best-dressed couple’ honeymoon trip results. The gorgeous Loveland Fire and Ice Festival is free, and you can wander through ice sculptures shimmering with valentine-themed lights, bounce along to live entertainment, snuggle together in a horse-drawn carriage, then bundle under a quilt while watching some magical fireworks. For some quiet conversation in a cozy, romantic corner, go to Generations Wine and Martini Bar on the west side of picturesque downtown for some tapas and fine wines.

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2. Evergreen

Evergreen, just 35 minutes west of Denver at an elevation of 7,200 feet, treats you to gorgeous scenery and a mountain-town feeling. You can ice skate on Evergreen Lake in one of the most scenic areas of the world. The weather is often mild in February, so you can enjoy a hike along one of the many trails in the mountain parks that surround Evergreen. Gracious hospitality abounds in Evergreen, and you can’t beat the scenery. Book a stay in a secluded chalet with tons privacy or choose a bed and breakfast with luxurious appointments such as hot tubs and fireplaces. Take in a Broadway-style show such as ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at the Venue Theater, then stop by the Bistro Colorado for a romantic dinner with delicious farm-to-table fare and superb wine.

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3. Glenwood Springs

Situated in the heart of the rugged Rockies, Glenwood Springs is a resort town known for its hot springs, majestic mountain vistas, and abundant wildlife in the nearby White River National Forest. Skies at altitude are clear, so do some stargazing after dark at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool following a romantic dinner at the historic Riviera. Snuggle into a corner at Riviera’s piano bar, choose your favorite wine from an extensive list, and treat yourself to a seasonal, locally sourced meal. If you love authentic Thai, head over to the Chang Thai Restaurant which locals claim is the ‘best in town.’ Share time with your special someone at the Yampah Vapor Caves, a deep underground cavern that produces mineral-rich, relaxing steam. The caverns are dimly lit for a very romantic ambiance.

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4. Gunnison

This charming, western-style college town, located in the West Elk Mountains, has its very own Nordic Center with groomed cross-country trails, snowmobiling, and ice skating, while the Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Monarch Mountain are less than 45 minutes away from your vacation rental in Gunnison. Enter the romance of the Roaring 20s at the Gunnison Art Center’s murder mystery party, ‘Murder at the Juice Joint.’ An array of characters enjoys the party as well, but keep your eyes peeled for that ‘shady’ character that may surprise you. If mystery theater isn’t your thing, head over to Crested Butte for a Dreamy Night on the Town where you imbibe in a five-course meal and dance the night away. Spark up the romance on a moonlit, midnight stroll along the trails before returning to your cozy love nest.

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5. Colorado Springs

Want to know where to steal a kiss in Colorado? Plan your Valentine’s Day romantic getaway in Colorado Springs, then take your special someone to the Royal Gorge Bridge. Suspended 1,250 feet above the Arkansas River, steal that breathtaking kiss in the middle of the highest suspension bridge in the U.S., then drink in magnificent views that can take your breath away again. Whether you stay in the historic Broadmoor Hotel or the quaint turn-of-the-century guesthouse at the St. Mary’s Inn, you are just minutes from the General Palmer’s Glen Eyrie castle where you can stroll through the lovely grounds while keeping our eyes open for the ‘spooky’ elements that visitors sometimes encounter. Enhance romance with a breakfast or lunch at La Baguette Bakery and Cafe and savor a French-inspired menu that is seasonally fresh. Share some savory and sweet fondue dipping sauces at The Mona Lisa, or surprise your sweetie with a delightful Mediterranean meal at the Caspian Cafe. The surprise is the belly dancers who perform at your table.

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6. Denver

Ignite that romantic spark with a romantic nighttime horse-drawn carriage ride along Downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall. You can take in the beautiful sites such as the historic Daniels and Fishers Tower at one end and the Brown Palace Hotel at the other from the intimate confines of a classic carriage. Ask the carriage driver to drop you off at the Brown Palace and enjoy a sumptuous signature soak at the spa nestled in the opulent hotel lobby alongside a soothing waterfall. Wine and dine your love in rustic sophistication at the Barolo Grill and share a dish of fried prawns and calamari pooled in grilled lemon cream. For flirting fun and romance, head to Larimer Square’s Bistro Vendome and treat yourself to a decadent menu of duck confit, escargot, steak tartare, mussels, and frites. If gaming is your thing, head ‘up the hill’ to Black Hawk, a short drive west from Denver into the hills.

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7. Estes Park

Fan your burning desire as you watch skilled glassblowers melt and create artistic masterpieces before your eyes. Take a tour of the historic Stanley Hotel, the setting for Stephen King’s over-the-top-scary novel, ‘The Shining.’ Take the 90-minute walk through Colorado history and discover the secrets of hotel explosions and Shining moments, along with some F.O. Stanley steam cars displays. Slip into comfy robes and spa sandals and concentrate on one another as you indulge in a couple’s chocolate-themed massage at the Riverspointe Spa. Breathe in the fresh air on a free ranger-guided stroll through the Rocky Mountain National Park to learn how the abundant wildlife adapts to winter conditions in the park. Enjoy a classic Italian meal at the cozy Dunraven Inn, or enjoy excellent food and live music from local jazz musicians at the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern.

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