The Broadmoor Hotel (credit: CBS)The Broadmoor Hotel (credit: CBS)

A beautiful sentiment combined with the perfect weekend getaway spot will make memories for a lifetime. A romantic picnic in the shade of Denver’s summer heat can bring a wonderful healing to soul. A night out on the town with a fun night’s stay at a swanky downtown hotel can be fun, but is it truly a romantic getaway? An ideal romantic getaway requires charm, uniqueness and, most importantly, some distance from the everyday city life.

Victoria’s Keep Bed & Breakfast Inn
202 Ruxton Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
(719) 685-5354

Just a little over an hour drive will bring couples to the quaint town of Manitou Springs. Victoria’s Keep Bed & Breakfast, nestled just outside of town and up a short hill, is a romantic getaway in a Queen Anne Victorian-style home which will melt a couple’s cares away after just two nights. Not only does the inn boast delicious food and six gorgeous Victorian-style rooms, but there are also amazing views out of every window. Inside each room, guests can return to yesteryear with four-poster queen beds and décor to make visitors forget what year it is. Of course, this place is not without its luxuries. There is a whirlpool hot tub, private baths, fireplaces and Victorian antiques all around.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge
415 E. 6th St.
Gleenwood Springs, CO 81601
(800) 537-7946

The Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge is just under a three-hour drive from Denver and the ideal destination to find peace and romance. Its summer rooms start as low as $179 with packages including a delicious breakfast, unlimited trips to the fabulous healing hot springs pools and even pampering spa treatments. Visitors will be able to beat the heat of the plains and lose themselves in quaint coffee shops, restaurants and a stroll around the town. For the more adventurous couples, there’s nothing more romantic than a hike up to the breathtaking Hanging Lake. Simply a three-mile round trip, this is a steep climb up to experience gorgeous waterfalls and spectacular scenery.

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The Broadmoor
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 623-5112

A weekend stay at this five-star hotel will saturate a couple in the pampering romance that only the wealthy experience on a daily basis. This historic hotel, opened back in 1918, is situated at the base of the Pike’s Peak splendor. Some of the rooms and bathrooms are a bit small, but guests will forget about that and lose themselves in the charm. Not only are the grounds of the hotel the perfect place for a stroll or a picnic around the lake, but there are also plenty of places in the area to explore such as hiking at Garden of the Gods Park, The Pike’s Peak Cog Railway and the quaint shopping and dining at Old Colorado City.

The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera
2205 Cordillera Way
Edwards, CO 81632
(970) 926-2200

Just outside the high-class and snobby atmosphere of Vail is a hidden treasure called The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. Although it offers the comfort and feeling of a home away from home, this completely out-of-the-way resort offers private balconies with crackling fireplaces and the bonus of the beautiful outdoor wilderness. You might catch a deer or two strolling by while dining in the indoor/outdoor restaurant which is surrounded by huge windows. There is a cozy outdoor fire pit next to the pool and jacuzzi where couples can mingle with cocktails. Better yet, the amazing room service will bring everything guests need for their own private party.

The Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 577-4000

Romance is not only about high tea, flowers and old fashioned hotel lobbies. The historic Stanley Hotel in breathtaking Estes Park will combine a sense of adventure to go along with its old fashioned character. The hotel has been renovated with the very same romantic flavor that F.O. Stanley originally created. For the couple who is seeking not only romance but a bit of an adventure, this beautiful haunted hotel is best known for being the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” For just $15, visitors can take the ghost tour to hunt for ghosts on their own and learn about the fascinating history that surrounds F.O. Stanley. The hotel is not air conditioned but ceiling fans and the cool and crisp mountain air will make it a memorable experience.

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