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11 Perfect Romantic Getaways in Colorado

by Sarah Lamagna
Updated October 14, 2021

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Why not create a spark with your special someone in Colorado? Assuming it’s a metaphorical spark, of course.

Colorado might be going through an historic drought (hello, climate change), but that doesn’t mean your relationship has to go through a dry spell, too. The Centennial State has all the backdrops you could want for a romantic getaway for two, including mountain summits, snow-globe slopes, river valleys, and desert canyons.

And there’s a romantic getaway in Colorado for most couples, no matter their preferences. History nerds will love the old-fashioned saloons and mining towns, those with an affinity for rocks will love the petroglyphs and ancient ruins, and cowboys and cowgirls will love the working ranches throughout the state where they can get a little dirty — both physically and metaphorically. Whether you’re looking for midnight trysts, life-long partnerships, or a secret rendezvous, check out the top spots for romantic getaways in Colorado below.

1. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa
Photo: Gateway Canyon Resort & Spa

Why you should stay: Romantic casitas with high-end amenities and classic Colorado activities.

  • Nearest town: Grand Junction
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $332/night

If there was ever a place to truly immerse yourself in an authentic Coloradan experience, it’s at Gateway Canyons. It’s an ideal place to rekindle a flame or simply enhance the one you already have burning. Whether a romantic retreat means sitting by a fireplace reading next to your partner of 50 years or shooting clay pigeons all day, there’s no judgement at Gateway Canyons.

For the most romantic type of stay, book one of the resort’s casitas. The Stargazer casita specifically is exceptionally special, with an second floor sky viewing areas for snuggling under the stars (and roomy outdoor showers for whatever else might be on your mind).

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Follow ’em: @GatewayCanyons

2. The Little Nell

The Little Nell
Photo: The Little Nell

Why you should stay: If you want to shred some pow (and also maybe some bed sheets?)

  • Nearest town: Aspen
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $439/night

Staying at The Little Nell means you’ve picked the ultimate ski-in/ski-out, luxury getaway. But from the rooms, you wouldn’t know if you’re staying in the mountains of Colorado or the heart of Manhattan (except for the views, of course). The rooms are chic, sleek, and modern full of comfortable amenities. But what really sets The Little Nell apart from other accommodations around town are its dining options.

You’ll need sustenance after your late night, so start your day at Element 47 with some lemon soufflé pancakes (you read that right. And, no, they aren’t a dessert.) After skiing, grab some après-ski munchies at Ajax Tavern before heading to The Wine Bar to treat yourself to rare wines and the advice of the finest sommeliers in the state. When it’s time for a night cap, slip through the bookshelf to enter Little Nell’s personal speakeasy, The Board Room (only available as a private space).

But if you’d rather never leave your room (and hey, its your romantic Colorado getaway, after all), the in-room dining options are plentiful. There’s even a late-night menu you can order from between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. if you work up an appetite.

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Follow ’em: @TheLittleNell

3. Della Terra Mountain Chateau

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Photo: Della Terra Mountain Chateau

Why you should stay: Come for the romance, stay for the tubs.

  • Nearest town: Estes Park
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $255/night (suites)

Are you in the French Alps, or the gateway to the Rocky Mountains? You won’t totally know from just looking at the views and style of the Della Terra Mountain Chateau. Make sure to book one of the luxury suites (and not the cabins) for the ultimate romantic retreat. All suites are adults-only, with a two-person maximum occupancy. But hey, no judgement if you have two special someones you’d want to bring – you’ll just have to book two different weekends.

Each suite is outfitted with deep, free-standing soaking pubs meant for two. Your balcony even has a private hot tub if you’d like to take the romance outside. All showers have multiple heads and are also meant to fit two people. It’s a reoccurring theme throughout the chateau and a true “choose your own adventure” bathing experience.

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4. The Couple’s Retreat

The Couple’s Retreat
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Why you should stay: Lux house complete with hot tubs and ski storage for a couples’ ski trip.

  • Nearest town: Black Hawk
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $599/night

A short, 45-minute drive from Denver gets you to some beautiful, pristine wilderness, and this romantic getaway in Colorado is smack in the middle of it. The minute you set foot into this secluded property, you’ll see why it’s called The Couple’s Retreat. Take no time to shed your clothes and slip into one of the Turkish robes provided for you. Actually, with absolutely zero neighbors for miles and miles, you can walk around in whatever you want.

After a day on the slopes, you can cuddle up together during a scary movie or go for a rom-com in your very own theater room. Or you can sip a glass of wine while soaking in one of the two (yes, two) hot tubs. On a warm, sunny day, don your birthday suit on the sun loungers to get rid of those tan lines from your mountain bike shorts, or leave the shorts on and head out for an exploratory hike around the property.

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5. The Broadmoor

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Photo: The Broadmoor

Why you should stay: Historical hotel that’s oozed romance from day one.

  • Nearest town: Colorado Springs
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $310/night

You’ll feel like kings and queens when staying at The Broadmoor. Each room at the resort is filled with superb elegance that exudes regality. Seriously, even the curtains look fit for a dining room within Buckingham Palace — and hey, Prince Harry has even stayed here. You can leave your footmen, butlers, and valets at home, though, as The Broadmoor has everything you’ll need.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Colorado but have the kids in tow (cough, mood-killers), don’t worry: the hotel has a children’s program, childcare services, and even a children’s concierge if you need to entertain the kids on their own for a few hours. They’ll be busy with the numerous swimming pools, water slides, tennis courts, and movie theater so you and your loved one can fully focus on each other (at least for one evening).

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Follow ’em: @TheBroadmore

6. Dunton Hot Springs

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Photo: Dunton Destinations

Why you should stay: A private waterfall and sensuous hot springs in a pseudo-ghost town to awaken your spirit.

  • Nearest town: Telluride
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $790/night

Feel like you’re in the middle of a 1930’s miner’s camp without being surrounded by tired miners — or having to, you know, work in a mine. Dunton Hot Springs has all the rustic allure of a bygone era, complete with restored log cabins once built by miners, but it adds no shortage of elegance and luxury, too. Book a couple’s massage at the spa, dine at “the Saloon,” or soak in private hot springs.

Your jaw might be on the floor looking at the price tag, but it includes all meals and beverages (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic). So if you do the math, and maybe don’t think about it too much, it’s a good deal. It’s a special occasion kind of place, perfect for a long overdue romantic getaway, Heck, there’s even a mountain romance package complete with couple’s activities and massages for an extra-romantic stay.

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Follow ’em: @DuntonHotSprings

7. High Point Hideaway

High Point Hideaway
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Why you should stay: When the only neighbors you want are ponderosa pines (oh, and epic skiing).

  • Nearest town: Breckenridge
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $405/night

The hills have eyes here — wait, that’s not so romantic. How about “the hills are alive with the sound of music” when you plan a romantic weekend at this charming A-frame cabin just outside Breckenridge. The High Point Hideaway is an idyllic setting for travelers who want to spend time focused on just two things: nature and each other.

The pendant lighting throughout the home gives off the perfect mood for your romantic retreat and the twinkle lights around the hot tub create an intimate setting made for cozying up. But if it’s not too cold, you might consider turning off all the lights to get a perfect view of the night sky – it’s breathtaking there.

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8. Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch

romantic getaways in colorado
Photo: Canyon of the Ancients

Why you should stay: Lasso your way into your cowgirl’s (or cowboy’s) heart.

  • Nearest town: Cortez
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $250/night

Get down and dirty at the Canyon of the Ancients working guest ranch. You can help the ranch hands with wrangling horses, feeding the animals, weeding the gardens, or setting up irrigation.

But if work isn’t what you’re after, there’s plenty of relaxation — after all, it’s a romantic Colorado getaway, not a working one. Guest can take a leisurely horseback ride through the desert or hike your way into one of the many national parks and monuments in the area, and archaeology buffs will enjoy the surrounding ancients ruins and petroglyphs.

When you’ve had enough of stimulating your mind, you can head back to one of the private cabins at the Guest Ranch to start a fire in your stone fireplace and stimulate something else (your relationship, of course!)

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Follow ’em: @canyon_of_the_ancients_ranch

9. Romantic Historic Home

Romantic historic home
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Why you should stay: Lovely getaway that puts Denver at your fingertips.

  • Nearest town: Denver
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $111/night

This restored Victorian retreat  is perfect for the couple obsessed with “Pride and Prejudice,” “David Copperfield,” or heck, maybe even “Penny Dreadful?” But that’s all because of the Victorian stylings – there’s certainly nothing dreadful about this stunning and airy rental in downtown Denver. The home has gorgeous red leather armchairs and an intimate porch swing for a morning coffee as you plan your day exploring the city.

But when you get back, it’ll be all about the ornate claw-foot tub perfect for two people. Just make sure to draw the curtains of the large windows that flood the residence with incredible light before you strip into your birthday suites.

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10. Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa

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Photo: Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Why you should stay: What’s more romantic than shooting rifles while skiing?

  • Nearest town: Tabernash
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $359/night

Don’t worry about bringing your loveliest evening gowns or three-piece suits to Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa — blue jeans are considered formal here. But just because it’s a more casual setting doesn’t mean its rooms, amenities, and dining options aren’t full of luxury.

Dine at the Ranch House Restaurant for a true farm-to-table (or perhaps ranch-to-table) experience before heading back to your room. Pick from one of the more affordable lodge rooms, or stay in luxury at one of the private guest houses. But the big draw to this place is its plethora of amenities and activities. Have some fun with your partner at the “paint & sip” classes or astronomy star parties. Or book out the theater room to watch a romantic classic, or see who’s better at 10-pin at the private bowling alley.

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Follow ’em: @DevilsThumbRanch

11. Front Range A-Frame

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Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: Charming 1960s A-frame for a quick romantic getaway from Denver.

  • Nearest town: Bailey
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $186/night

There isn’t a cozier place to snuggle up with your bae than the Front Range A-Frame. The blue plush sectional sets the stage for the feel of the home when you step through the front door, and a beverage cart is stocked with everything you’ll need for a cocktail (minus the alcohol) if you’re toasting to a special occasion.

But the real treat is the cedar hot tub just outside your door. The warmth of the water might just get a bit hotter with two lovebirds, in there so make sure not to stay in for too long at once.

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Follow ’em: @frontrangeaframe

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