What makes a romantic getaway these days? Is it the location? Attractions? Or perhaps a combination of everything? We're firm believers that the romance lies within the individuals as the heart is the most powerful thing on this earth. If you really want a romantic getaway you don't even have to leave state lines. We here at Colorado Culture want you to know that you can make your own adventure by just stepping outside. Colorado has endless possibilities for you to enjoy, and all you have to do is choose a direction to drive so you can discover your own favorite slice of this state and enjoy it all to yourself! We hope that you join us in our effort to experience the world without walls. Whether you're looking for a day trip or weekend be creative and have some fun.
1) Day Trip to Hanging Lake, and possible weekend stay in Glenwood Springs one of Colorado's Best Kept Secrets.
It is an absolute shame that people don’t do enough solo trips into the mountains. Whether you live along the Western Slope or near the Front Range, you can drive out to Hanging Lake within a couple of hours along I-70. This is the perfect place to go on a day hike, see a gorgeous geological gem and take some jaw dropping nature photos to send your buds out of state, or maybe to the people on dates waiting for their name to be called on a list at a three star restaurant. You’re going to have this adventure all to yourself, and be able to tell cool stories about your experience at one of the most beautiful destinations that Colorado has to offer. If you find yourself hungry, don’t sweat it! Glenwood Springs has all sorts of options for mountain grub for you to choose from. Want a preview? Here is a serene video for you to get your zen on and get excited about your day in the mountains!
2) Grab a bike and head up to Fort Collins
This town has an incredibly cool vibe and has something for everyone. If you have a bicycle, you should definitely bring it because this place is bike friendly, and you can get anywhere you need to in a matter of minutes around the downtown area. What most people don’t know about Fort Collins is that it is one of the best places for the self-proclaimed “foodie” because the restaurants here are all bringing their A-game and serving it right to you. If you find yourself getting tired, the perfect place to get a pick me up is near the center of town. Go visit the Alley Cat, the coolest 24-hour coffee shop in Fort Collins and order yourself a florentine
3) Head up to Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder
It's no secret to the Boulderites that this is one of the best spots in to bring your main squeeze. Just beyond Chautauqua Park is a winding road that leads to a resting area where you can experience a breathtaking view. It's a prime spot for having a romantic picnic, and a perfect place to take a couple of selfies. If it happens to be snowing, no worries! Go to one of the many cafes in Boulder to pick up some hot chocolate and enjoy the snow together. Boulder is a gorgeous city no matter what the weather looks like!
4) Denver Art Museum
Are you on a first date with a new person this weekend and you want an easy way to get to know them? First, find out if they like pretty things like art! If so, then look no further than the Denver Art Museum. The usual fee is $16 if you aren't a member, but going here to see the exhibits is worth the cash. If you and your date need some help starting conversation, why not go along with one of the museum's daily tours? (11:00-11:45am, every day). Don't want to deal with a group but still want to learn about the art? Some exhibits have pre recorded tours so you can share earbuds and admire the art together.
5) You Need Pie (Estes Park, CO)
Up for some mountain adventure with your sweetheart? Or, just need an amazing slice of pie? This place is right by the famous Stanley Hotel, so if you are a fan of horror movies and want to get your Shining on, take a stroll around the grounds and then walk your way down to You Need Pie! for a slice and some coffee. Colorado Culture recommends trying some classic flavors, like apple or cherry pie. The mountain drive down to Estes is worth it alone, and also brings you within a mile of Rocky Mountain National Park where you and your date can admire some big horned sheep and wild elk bugles along with the natural beauty of the landscape.
Stay tuned for more great ideas for fun and romantic getaways. Until then go out there and live some culture.