(credit: Della Terra Mountain Chateau)
Colorado offers romantic, gorgeous and unique properties all within driving distance from Denver. Estes Park and Manitou Springs were hit particularly hard with the flooding of 2013, but these resorts are fully back in business and ideal for a weekend getaway.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
3530 County Highway 83
Tabernash, CO 80478
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is an impressive working ranch spread across 6,000 acres with breathtaking views of the Continental Divide. The main lodge offers 52 guest rooms with fireplaces, bathtubs and furnishings, including antiques and heated flooring which is especially appreciated on a cold winter’s night. Beyond the Lodge, there are private cabins including dog-friendly casitas with dog beds and a welcome treat. A full spa, fitness center, theater, bistro and pub, miniature bowling alley and romance packages create endless reasons for heading out of town.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau
3501 Fall River Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
Della Terra offers an intimate and romantic destination in Estes Park. Privately owned by family members, the Chateau includes 14 luxury suites with see-through fireplaces, walk-through jetted showers, soaking tubs and private balconies with hot tubs. Each suite offers daily complimentary breakfast. The property also includes rustic but updated mountain cabins scattered below the Chateau. Renovations include log siding, fireplaces, hot tubs, kitchens and modern baths. Overlooking the Rockies, Della Terra is just above Estes Park at the Fall Rivers entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Forest.
Romantic RiverSong Bed And Breakfast
1766 Lower Broadview Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
The Romantic RiverSong bed and breakfast is also near Estes Park, winding through 27 forested acres that also serve as an animal refuge. The Inn features 10 guest rooms all named after local wildflowers. Private cottages offer fireplaces, down comforters, waterfall showers, suspended beds and jetted tubs for two. Several rooms offer incredible views from rooftop showers to large Palladian windows with clear views of the Rocky Mountains. Romance packages will impress with an engagement package offering everything but the proposal to an actual “elopement” package including a private wedding ceremony.
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Stone Mountain Lodge
18055 N. St. Vrain Drive
Lyons, CO 80540
Stone Mountain Lodge and Cabins in the town of Lyons dates back to the founders of the city in 1880. Set on 45 acres with a heated pool, a private pond and mountain views, the private cabins have been renovated to offer small kitchens, modern baths, fireplaces, traditional knotty pine furniture and free wireless. The Lodge houses 15 guest rooms with refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. The property is modest but charming for a weekend getaway and offers several romance packages that won’t break the bank.
306 Canon Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Nestled in the hills of Manitou Springs, the Cliff House went through an extensive remodel in 1999 which unveiled 54 carefully appointed guest rooms and luxury suites. Winning the AAA Four Diamond award and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, both the hotel and restaurant are destinations for those seeking refined style of the 1800s. With each room offering sweeping views, guest rooms include steam showers, spa tubs, towel warmers and gas fireplaces. Luxury suites are named in tribute of famous past guests including Clark Gable and J. Paul Getty, and offer marble bathrooms with two-person jetted tubs, steam showers, period décor and a selection of romantic packages.
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