The holidays in and around downtown Denver can be a mixed bag filled with joy, excitement and stress. Whether people are expecting a busy holiday season or just need to escape for a couple days, there are some ideal getaway spots just outside of Denver at which to rejuvenate.
Romantic River Song
1766 Lower Broadview Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
The Romantic River Song bed and breakfast matches the charm that this town has maintained through the years. Known as the “gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors can shop, dine, hike and even hunt for ghosts.” The rooms at Romantic River Song are named after Rocky Mountain wildflowers and feature private baths, fireplaces, showers and large tubs. The rooms have fantastic views of the snow-covered mountain wilderness and the area provides frequent elk sightings. Romantic River Song offers a variety of rooms from a bungalow to country cottage room and serves gourmet breakfasts and tea and treats in the afternoons.
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge
415 E. 6th St.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Just steps away from the relaxing mineral hot springs, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Starting as low as $231 per night, it offers a winter package that includes two lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort, free shuttle, room, full hot breakfast at the poolside grill and unlimited access to the hot springs pool. Spend the day on the slopes and come home to a romantic and relaxing soak in the hot springs. With plenty of shopping and dining possibilities, this resort is a luxurious and convenient way to enjoy the beauty of Glenwood Springs.
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Bears Inn Bed and Breakfast
27425 Spruce Lane
Evergreen, CO 80439
Built back in 1928 and filled with charm, the Bears Inn Bed and Breakfast is a close getaway that will help visitors leave all of their city stress behind. Even the breakfast table has the guest names written on ceramic placards for a warm welcome. On nice days, there are many Jefferson County trails to hike and the Hiwan Homestead Museum makes for a fun visit. The rooms have views of the meadow and snow-capped Mt. Evans, and some even have romantic claw foot tubs. Warm and friendly service will make any guest feel right at home.
Hughes Hacienda Bed and Breakfast
12060 Calle Corvo
Colorado Springs, CO 80926
Guests to this Colorado Springs getaway feel the warm welcome with beautiful lighting and soft music playing in every room of the hacienda. The Hughes Hacienda Bed and Breakfast features a southwestern welcome with its Kiva fireplaces, Mexican tile floors and on sunny days some rooms have private balconies with tables, chairs and lounges. The rooms have ideal views of the mountains and unique home-cooked breakfasts served to your room, fireside or on the patio. This bed and breakfast is only 10 minutes outside of Colorado Springs and close to several good restaurants.
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
The luckiest visitors to the Broadmoor will have snow on the resort grounds to reflect the beauty of the lighted trees. A weekend stay at this five-star hotel will take guests back in time to the luxury and beauty that the resort opened with way back in 1918. Some of the rooms are a bit small but guests will forget about that and lose themselves in the charm. This makes for a perfect weekend escape and you can be back in no time. On nice days, there is plenty to explore such as hiking at Garden of the Gods Park, The Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the quaint shopping and dining at Old Colorado City. The spa at the Broadmoor offers pampering and relaxation with massages, manicures, hair and make-up care and in-room salon services.
Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.