For a bride, nothing is more time-consuming than planning her wedding. After making the big announcement with a status update on Facebook or a picture of your ring on Instagram, all that is on your mind are bands, cakes, dresses and guests. But that doesn’t mean you should let that interfere with post-nuptial sexy time. To make your honeymoon stress-free, without booking flights and renewing passports, stay in beautiful, relaxing Colorado.
Manitou Springs//A Romantic Getaway at the Cliff House
The Cliff House is a historic building near the small town of Manitou Springs. The beautiful views and updated amenities make this Trip Advisor award-winner a great place for a romantic getaway.
The second oldest operating hotel in Colorado has been a vacation spot to Theodore Roosevelt, P.T. Barnum, Thomas Edison and Clark Gable, all of which have premier suites named after them.
“The rooms are just so different from any hotel you’ll stay in,” said Paul York, general manager of the Cliff House.
Armed with jet spa tubs, heated toilet seats and the occasional fireplace, the spot is described as a unique luxury boutique – a “B&B on steroids,” says York. Some of that bed and breakfast attention can be seen in their romantic escape package offering tuxedo-covered strawberries and a bottle of wine.
Right at the foothills of Pikes Peak and a five-minute walk to Garden of the Gods, the Cliff House is in the middle of the natural splendor of the Colorado Springs area. Taking a trip on the cog to the top of Pikes Peak or a walk to see the kissing camels at Garden of the Gods will remind you of the romance of your relationship before all that wedding planning got in the way.
During your stay, you can enjoy a short walk to Manitou Springs, where there are unique shops, art galleries and restaurants on and near Manitou Avenue. While strolling through town, stop at D’Vine Wine, Swirl Bar or the Wines of Colorado for a wine tasting.
If you are looking for a relaxed restaurant where you can cozy up and gaze into each other’s eyes, The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant was voted most romantic spot by diners in the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
Visiting the historic town of Manitou Springs and staying at the Cliff House will start your marriage off with a relaxing, romantic escape.
Gateway Canyons Resort//Soak Up the Desert
If you’ve never meandered your way out to the red rock country of far west Colorado, you’re missing one of the last places that feels pulled from cowboy days gone by. One glimpse of Unaweep Canyon and it’s easy to understand why John Hendricks (who also happens to be the Discovery Channel founder) knew this is the land he wanted to build Gateway Canyons on.
Here, where Utah is within sight, towering buttes and mesas break up the canyon’s rambling grasslands that have played host to ranchers and cattle rustlers for years. The real enchantment of this place, though, comes from the Anasazi, Ute and Fremont tribes whose history the area is steeped in and reminds you of.
Experience any of it, all of it, by utilizing Gateway’s adventure center. Mountain bike up monoliths to garner views as far-reaching as the sky is blue (it’s really blue here), or float down the Dolores River towards wine country. Air tours will give you a different perspective (with price tags to match the height), as will a horseback ride at The Stables—just be sure to don the all-important boots and hat. But it doesn’t have to be all go, all day; there’s ample opportunity to sit back, too. Dream up a custom treatment at the spa, where natural ingredients lend muscles their restorative effects. Or soak in the pool, shadowed by the nearby palisade and complimented by the Cantina’s tequila. Food-wise, there are other southwestern flavors to be enjoyed at on-site eateries that support local farms by featuring produce from the Colorado plateau.
At the end of the day, when you head back to your Casita (private house) or room in one of the luxury lodges, you’ll be greeted by the picturesque adobe setting that Hendricks wanted to share with his guests. Fluffy pillows and deep bathtubs aside, the real scene-stealers are outside your window: ancient canyons and high-desert beauty. The Earth-friendly amenities (geothermal energy included) and American auto museum are just bonuses.
Hot Sulphur Springs//Rejuvenate and Relax
Relaxation is all you want after worrying about entertaining your 200 closest friends, and hot springs and massages are the only things that will do. If that’s the case, the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa in Sulphur Springs is your honeymoon destination.
One of the nation’s oldest and largest natural mineral springs resorts, there are many options for bathing together – private baths, solarium pools, a therapy pool and a summer swimming pool. After a rejuvenating soak, the spa offers various massage techniques, body treatments, facials and waxing, allowing your bodies to heal and relax. After all that planning, you deserve it.
Your relaxation continues as you cozy up for the night. The resort has 17 rooms for basic lodging, an apartment and a cabin. For a little after-hours sexy time, the honeymoon cabin grants access to the hot springs after closing and has a wood-burning fireplace and complimentary champagne.
Waking fully refreshed, you can wander the 80 acres of the resort and picnic near the rushing waters of the Colorado River.
The spiritual connection that you and your husband feel is real. Ute tribes, the first inhabitants of the hot springs, believed in the healing qualities of these “magic waters.” Since it’s opening to the public 140 years ago, the resort has been visited by people from all over the country to experience the enchanted waters.
“We’re more laid-back and quiet. The pools are more personal,” says Samantha Watson, manager at the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa.
The small town of Sulphur Springs is a great place for fishing, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. Pioneer Park, a state wildlife area, also has disc golf courses if you and your husband have a little competitive side.
The short drive to Granby, only ten minutes away, will offer more opportunities for dining. You and your husband have different dining tastes, so The Brickhouse 40 will give you that variety, from steaks, Mediterranean inspirations, gluten free dishes and vegan items.
If you venture throughout Grand County, you can enjoy hiking, golfing, hunting, 4-wheeling, hot air balloon rides and horseback rides.
One of Colorado’s main attractions is skiing, so if you are opting for a winter honeymoon at Winter Park or Ski Granby Ranch, Sulphur Springs is just a short drive away. After a few hard days on the slopes, come to the hot springs to relax your sore muscles and enjoy some romantic time with each other.
The therapeutic experience at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa will reinvigorate your relationship after the stress of wedding planning.
The Stanley Hotel is known for its haunted history. But the spectacular views of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park and the superb service are sure to make your honeymoon anything but scary.
“There’s a romantic charm – some of it the history, some of it the location,” says Jesse Freitas, the guest services manager.
There are many choices for rooms in this National Register of Historic Places hotel, including the traditional historic rooms, haunted rooms or suites in the main building; guest rooms at The Lodge, the boutique hotel adjacent to the main hotel; or Overlook Condos, which are located throughout the 55-acre grounds of the hotel. In some of the rooms, you may even experience extra service from the friendly spirits that roam the hotel, such as being tucked in at night or having your things unpacked.
Enjoy a continental breakfast made by the innkeeper while staying at The Lodge at The Stanley and relax in the lounge of the smaller, more leisurely building of the hotel.
Whiskey is your husband’s favorite drink, so he will be willing to deal with any strange events to have a taste of the more than 700 varieties of whiskey at The Stanley, the largest collection in Colorado.
The Stanley Hotel//Not Just for the Paranormal Experience
Do you want to be sure you made the right decision to get married? You can schedule an appointment with Madame Vera, the Resident Psychic of the Stanley Hotel, to find out about your future.
With all the options in town, it may be hard to choose a place to eat. You want a rustic atmosphere and can get that at Nicky’s Steakhouse. Sitting near the windows with views of the creek, you have a choice of seafood, chicken, Greek and Italian entrees, along with steaks and burgers to enjoy at the restaurant, which has been serving its own aged and cut meat for more than 47 years.
You both love the adventurous activities of Colorado – hiking, climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting and kayaking – and can experience all of those in Estes Park. For those that want to have a more easy-going honeymoon, you can hold hands along the many strolls and light hikes, scenic drives through Rocky Mountain National Park, birding, and museum and gallery walkabouts.
Many water activities are allowed in Lake Estes and the Marina rents out equipment to enjoy a variety of activities. Riding across the lake together on a foot-powered paddle boat or sailboard will give you impressive views of Longs Peak.
Downtown Denver//The City Lovers
From modern to iconic, Downtown Denver has a list of award-winning hotels where honeymooners can enjoy all the city has to offer.
The contemporary Hotel Monaco provides luxurious and innovative amenities for a “playful and passionate atmosphere,” said Alana Watkins with Voca Public Relations. A yoga mat and an “intimacy kit,” provided in each room, may be just what you need to get your honeymoon off on the right start. You can also request a companion goldfish during your stay if you want to test your husband’s parenting skills.
The spa has massage and body treatments, skin care services, and if all you want to do is stay in your room in newlywed bliss, they even offer in-room massages.
“The Hotel Monaco is a hip, sexy, edgy hotel in Denver that makes it a fun place to stay,” said Watkins.
The recently-renovated hotel is positioned well in Denver so you can easily access all you want to do downtown.
If a more historic hotel is your taste, then you will both enjoy the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver’s only Forbes Four-Star hotel. The Victorian-style accommodations have hosted distinguished guests such as The Beatles and nearly every U.S. President since 1905, so you know you will receive remarkable service. Traditional afternoon tea is served each day, making your stay even more elegant.
The romance package at the hotel will spice up your stay with a candlelit couples’ massage at the spa, a bottle of champagne and breakfast for two at Ellyngton’s restaurant. Another option for romance is a private soak in the couple’s suite at the hotel’s spa.
If you haven’t spent all your money on the wedding, you can shop at the boutiques in the Cherry Creek Shopping District or the galleries, wine stores and boutiques of the charming Old South Gaylord Street. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city while walking along the 16th Street Mall, where you can get sexy lingerie at Victoria’s Secret or some cowboy souvenirs at the local retail shops.
After pulling off your amazing wedding, you and your husband will need a drink or two. Luckily, Denver has numerous laid-back places to drink exceptional micro-brewed beer. Wynkoop Brewing Company and Breckenridge Brewery, among many others, are two downtown restaurant breweries where you can enjoy microbrews and a bite while out on the town.
Enjoying a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field may be just the ticket if you enjoy cheering for the home team. Before and after the game, you can walk to restaurants, bars or clubs in LoDo to enjoy more city activities.
While in the Mile High City, why not get a newlywed picture at exactly a mile high? The 15th step on the western entrance to the Colorado state capitol building says “One Mile Above Sea Level.”
A downtown Denver honeymoon will give you the splendor to start your marriage off right.