Leave the beaches, string bikinis and strawberry daiquiris to newlyweds who don’t live in Colorado (those unfortunate souls). We prefer our sunburns in the shape of goggles, and we’ll take hiking boots, rafting helmets and ski pants over bikinis almost any day. Couples can find a great honeymoon in just about every nook and cranny of the Centennial State, but we have narrowed down our favorites to these eight. Choose from yurts to suites and unexpected gems in between.
I Got You Babe
Queen Anne Urban Bed and Breakfast, Denver
No frills, doilies or cute little tea pots at this chic B&B. The Queen Anne was Denver’s first bed and breakfast and offers a historical yet artistic honeymoon getaway without having to leave the city. Spend a few nights under the trees in the Aspen Room, which has an original mural of an alpine aspen forest covering the walls and ceiling. Or choose the Rooftop Room for a soak in the hot tub on your private balcony overlooking the city. As a bonus, this haven is working toward making Queen Anne a zero-waste property.
Let’s Get It On
Vacation Yurt Rental, Woodland Park
Simplicity makes this Colorado honeymoon a perfect choice for couples that don’t need all the extravagance. This surprisingly spacious yurt sits on 10 acres surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest. The yurt, a portable round, tent-like home, has a perfect 360-degree view of the natural backdrop and doesn’t lack any amenities (rest easy on the queen-size Sleep Number bed). For snow bunnies, bring snowshoes and trek acres of fresh powder.
Wine Country Inn, Palisade
Wine Enthusiast recently recognized Wine Country Inn as one of seven premier vineyard properties in the country. The inn is the only accommodation in Palisade situated on a vineyard. In addition to access to the vineyards, it also offers special packages catered to your interests. Rent cruiser bikes to explore the valley or keep to yourselves with private label wines and massages. Autumn is the best season to visit because it’s harvest time. Plan your trip around the annual wine festival so you can sip on a variety of local wines and even have a go at stomping grapes.
One in a Million
The Home Ranch, Steamboat Springs
The Home Ranch is the only Relais & Chateaux (a haughty way of saying really good food) getaway in Colorado. As an all-inclusive upscale dude ranch, guests enjoy outdoor adventures during the day and luxury at night. Spend the week horseback riding, hiking, fishing, doing yoga and swimming. Stay in a private cabin and lounge on the deck overlooking the picturesque Rockies. Indulge on exceptional mountain cuisine and sip wines from around the globe. Cheers.
You Are So Beautiful
Journey’s End Ranch Vacation Estate, Buena Vista
This custom-built home is aptly named. The spacious house rests on a secluded piece of land with perfect views of the river, nearby mountains and the vast blue skies Colorado is famous for. It boasts four bedrooms, two full baths, two half baths, a gourmet kitchen and an expansive living room with a panoramic view. Journey’s End is only minutes away from natural hot springs, some of the country’s best rafting, hiking trails, hot air ballooning and the quaint downtown of Buena Vista.
More Than Words
St. Regis, Aspen
Aspen is undoubtedly one of the most ideal Colorado mountain towns. This is a wonderful destination year-round, from horseback riding to downhill skiing to lounging in luxury. The St. Regis is at the base of the mountain and, while this iconic destination already oozes with romance, the Presidential Suite is sure to make your sweet nothings seem like, well, nothing. The 2,300-square-foot luxury suite is described as “contemporary alpine style.” It flaunts huge French doors, a lush king-size bed, dining room, living room stocked with a 60-inch flat screen TV (because you’ll want to catch Top Chef on your honeymoon) and a baby grand piano (for a late night rehearsal of Chopsticks). Not enough? You will also have a private butler at your service 24 hours a day.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, $, nps.gov/romo
Not only is camping the best way to honeymoon on a budget, but it can also be the most romantic way to spend time together. Hike the 359 miles of trail, photograph the abundant wildlife and explore the meadows filled with wildflowers. Rocky Mountain National Park offers five drive-in campgrounds and all have something different to offer. Research the options to choose the one that’s right for you and be sure to make your reservation in advance. We recommend going in the down season, that way there aren’t as many people searching for a buck and, instead, find you buck naked.