Taharaa Mountain Lodge(credit: Taharaa Mountain Lodge)
The most romantic time of the year is nearly here, which means you’ve got some planning to do. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, but you’ve only got a couple of days to show your sweetheart just how much you care, you’re in luck. There are lots of great spots located near Denver that are perfect for a romantic weekend for two. You don’t have to drive hours and hours from home to find a picturesque place to say “I love you.” Instead, check out these five destinations, all within a couple hours of the Mile High City.
The Broadmoor In Colorado Springs
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(855) 634-7711

If you want a romantic hotel destination without a long drive from the Denver area, you can’t go wrong with a trip to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Not only is it a truly historic hotel that dates back to 1891, but it’s one of Colorado’s premiere vacation destinations, a five-star and five-diamond hotel. The beautifully maintained grounds are perfect for a romantic stroll around the lake, and you’ll find lots of options for a candle-lit dinner at the very fancy and elegant dining rooms, or you can enjoy some couple’s spa treatments and a relaxing evening in your room. The Broadmoor is certainly one of the most romantic destinations in Colorado and should absolutely be on your list of potential getaways with your sweetheart.

St. Julien Hotel In Boulder
900 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO 80302
1 (877) 303-0900

Another wonderful, historic hotel that is just a short drive from Denver, the St. Julien Hotel is a beautiful place for a romantic escape for two. You can enjoy the large spa with 12 different treatment rooms and the two-lane infinity pool, or you can opt to keep to your luxurious room with a large soaking tub and a separate glass shower. While you’re there, swing by the T-Zero Lounge for a tasty cocktail or two, or head into Boulder and catch a show at one of the theaters or stroll along the Pearl Street Mall with your sweetheart. It’s a perfectly romantic way to enjoy a weekend for two.

Taharaa Mountain Lodge In Estes Park
3110 S. Saint Vrain Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 577-0098 

Colorado is known for its mountains, so why not enjoy a bit of the Rockies as you pamper yourself and your special someone? The Taharaa Mountain Lodge in Estes Park is a picturesque country lodge that spans five acres. The rooms are also wonderfully romantic, with floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces, panoramic decks and incredible views of the Rocky Mountains. Not only is this lodge a romantic place to escape, but breakfast and happy hour drinks are included in your hotel cost. With great service and plenty of amazing views, you may find that you don’t ever want to leave the Taharaa Mountain Lodge.

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The Brown Palace In Denver
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-3111

You don’t even have to leave Denver to enjoy a wonderfully romantic getaway. The Brown Palace in Denver has been synonymous with elegance and romance since it opened its doors in 1892. This hotel is so celebrated that nearly every United States president has stayed there, along with many stars and celebrities. It’s a luxurious way to spend a weekend as you dine in one of the six different restaurants and bars or spoil yourself with a massage or facial in the boutique spa. Take one of the historical tours on Wednesdays or Saturdays and you can learn just how important this hotel was as the city of Denver grew up around it.

Winter Park Resort In Winter Park
85 Parsenn Road
Winter Park, CO 80482
(970) 726-1564

There isn’t a more “Colorado” way to unwind than to hit the slopes, and Winter Park is one of the closer resorts to the Denver area. Just a little more than an hour away, you’ll enjoy a full resort filled with classes and seven different territories with more than 3,000 acres of terrain. From the smallest bunny hills to the black diamonds, you’ll find a slope that will work for you. When you’ve had your fill of skiing or snowboarding, hit the village and enjoy one of the many different restaurants, grab a massage or do some shopping. There is certainly no shortage of things to do and ways to enjoy yourself in Winter Park.

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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.