It has been three long months of keeping the kids entertained at home or out in the hot summer sun, and no time off for mom and dad means back to school is looking pretty good right about now. Escape for a day to rekindle that romance. Just because you have kids and responsibilities and bills to pay doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be allowed to pamper yourselves every once in a while. These five options will take you from a romantic hike to a hip bar in downtown Denver and plenty of stops in between. Book that sitter and head out for a day filled with fun just for the adults.
Alberta Falls at Rocky Mountain National Park
U.S. Highway 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
Price: $20 per automobile
Alberta Falls is the perfect picturesque spot to start your romantic day. Just a short drive west of Denver will take you to Rocky Mountain National Park. From there, at about 9,400 feet above sea level, is the beauty of Alberta Falls. It is a smaller falls hike, at about one mile round trip, so you won’t both be worn out before you get back to the car. Bring a lunch and find a spot to have a romantic picnic by the falls. Be sure to bring a camera, you will want some memories of this stunning waterfall.
The Spa at the Brown Palace
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
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After a hike, it is time to pamper yourselves with a trip to the spa at the Brown Palace. The couples retreat spa package is just what you need to relax and forget about all of your worries. It comes complete with a 50-minute couples massage, a 25-minute Artesian Plunge, a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Book a room and stay the night at this historic hotel or venture out into downtown Denver and enjoy the night.
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Denver Carriage Rides
16th and Tremont
Price: from $75
Nothing says romantic more than a carriage ride through downtown Denver. The summer nights in Denver are perfect for a slow carriage ride, and it is the ideal getaway from the noise and chaos of the kids. Denver Carriage Rides offers packages that all include the best views of downtown Denver and feature elegant horse-drawn carriages. Rides start at 16th and Tremont and last around an hour, depending on which ride you purchase.
2030 W. 30th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Venture north into the Lower Highlands district of Denver and you will be rewarded with one of the best restaurants in town. Linger is a fantastic option that infuses a great variety of cultural influences. The highly original and always fantastic food also comes complete with some of the best views in all of Denver. Make your reservations very early, however, because Linger books fast. And don’t miss the complimentary valet parking starting at 5:30 p.m. every night.
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
Price: roughly $12 to $25 average
After that romantic carriage ride through the city, head over to Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Lannie’s is one of the most beautiful venues in Denver, and it features everything from naughty burlesque to jazz and everything in between. Located in the historic Daniels and Fisher Tower, the first skyscraper to light up the skyline of Denver, you’ll spend the night in one of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks in the state. With a full bar, delicious food and plenty of adult entertainment, Lannie’s is the perfect place to get away for a few hours.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.