Romance is in the air this Valentine’s Day in Denver. Show your sweetheart you care by indulging in one of these activities in the Mile High City. Take a carriage ride through LoDo, be pampered at a hotel, or dine at a romantic restaurant. For the more adventurous, try a couple’s massage class – or even take the ultimate plunge at Loveland ski resort. From packages to flowers, and specials to weekend getaways, Valentines Day in Denver, Colorado will never be more fun than it is after you read this comprehensive guide to the holiday. There’s a plethora of activities for Valentines Day available. Make it a romantic holiday for your love or your family by showing up with a sweet gift or going on an inventive outing together.
The Rocky Mountain backdrop you’re lucky enough to have as natural scenery makes the perfect setting for any outdoor activity, and we’ve got plenty of those to suggest. And showing your love doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some Valentine’s Day ideas for every price point in Denver. And don’t forget the Valentine’s Day flowers and roses!
1. Take a “Stay-Cation” to Estes Park
Easily one of the most beautiful places in Colorado, Estes Park is a quick hour-drive from Denver. Marys Lake Lodge and Spa in Estes Park offers several different romantic packages for you; some include champagne and strawberries, others include romantic candlelit dinners and spa packages. Visit www.maryslakelodge.com for information.
2. Enjoy a Romantic Carriage Ride
A horse-drawn carriage around LoDo’s cobbled streets evokes the romance of a bygone era. Reserved carriage rides range from $55 – $175, and blankets are included. Be sure to take note of Denver’s unpredictable weather before embarking on your horse-drawn journey – frostbite is not romantic! This Denver Valentines idea works for families too as kids will love the horses!
3. Botanical Garden
Visit your local, renowned botanical garden for a self-guided tour. A tour through nature’s beauty is a great idea for the family or for lovers. Follow it with a visit to the local farmer’s market where you can get fresh ingredients for a home-cooked romantic dinner. While you’re at the Farmer’s Market, grab a bouquet of flowers to mix up when you get home. (They actually have special rose bouquets for sale at the botanical garden for Valentines Day.)
4. Go Skiing at Loveland Resort
Love is in the air here on Valentines Day; it’s the City of Love, after all. If your love of the mountains matches your love for each other, a day on the slopes might be just the ticket. If downhill skiing isn’t risky enough, you can take even more of a plunge and get married in a mass wedding at the top of the mountain on Feb. 14. Lift tickets at Loveland are $54 per person, and wedding participants get one ticket free.
5. Get Lucky in Love at Hotel Monaco
The downtown boutique hotel offers a unique package for Valentine’s Day: champagne, Godiva chocolates, and a lottery ticket. Chances of winning a prize in the lottery are 1 in 37. Odds of getting lucky the rest of the night are up to you. For Feb. 14, the Lucky in Love package starts at $338 a night.
6. Opera Colorado
Opera Colorado presents a matinee performance of “The Barber of Seville” on Feb. 14, 2010. The romantic farce by Gioachino Rossini follows a lovelorn Italian barber. Tickets range from $30 – $160.
7. Warwick Denver Hotel
The downtown hotel offers a unique package for Valentine’s Day with its Toast to Love. The package includes chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne upon arrival, followed by a four-course aphrodisiac meal for dinner at Randolph’s Restaurant. For Sun. Feb. 14, 2010, the Toast to Love package starts at $289 a night.
8. Ice-Skating in Denver
Perfect for the kids or for a twosome, ice-skating in Denver for Valentines Day is a unique and romantic choice that costs next to nothing. Check out Valentines Day weekend specials at Big Bear Arena (303.343.1111), Skate City (303.457.0220), and Foothills Ice Arena (303.986.4119).