Some guides describe Denver as not a particularly romantic destination. Don’t believe that! We found some ideal places for couples here during a recent 3-night weekend escape, and with just a little bit of planning, your romantic getaway in Denver (or honeymoon) can be a trip you’ll truly treasure.
1. Confluence Park – this is a very attractive spot right next to the downtown, and the combination of green grass, the rushing river and the city skyline makes Confluence Park a rather special place. There's a number of nice trails, but the best part is just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. For a nice little break, hop across the street to Ink, one of the better Denver coffee shops (1590 Little Raven St).
2. Explore Denver’s Highlands Neighborhood – if you find the downtown just a little too busy, escape to this fun area of town which also has it's share of Denver’s romantic places to eat. We spent a great afternoon here, including lunch at Linger (2013 W 30 Ave) and a couple of cones to go just below at Little Man Ice Cream (2620 16th St). A short walk over top of noisy Interstate 25 (don’t worry, there’s a pedestrian bridge) brings you to colorful Platte Street, with it’s handful of specialty shops and wine bar happy hours, like the one at Eat + Drink (1541 Platte St).
3. South Platte River Trail – while it's a nice walkway for cycling or strolls, we loved the opportunity to just relax on the rocks and dip our feet in the River on a hot September afternoon.
4. Couple of Cocktails Please – two spots stand out as Denver’s most romantic lounges, the first being the incredible art deco Cruise Room (1659 Wazee St). Or if the Mile High City is just not high enough for you, hop on the elevator at the Hyatt Regency and don’t get off till you arrive at the 27th floor and the Peaks Lounge (650 15th St). Sure, you’ll be paying for the view, but oh, what a view!
5. 16th Street Mall – the pedestrians only mall is the hub of downtown Denver, and you could easily plan a romantic night out here with dinner followed by a horse and carriage ride. (www.irishrosecarriages.com for more info)
6. Elitch Gardens Ferris Wheel – old-fashioned Ferris wheels are very romantic, and Elitch Gardens has a good one. Over 100 ft tall, with nice views of the city and the Rockies. Since you’ve paid and you’re already in the park, try the Observation Tower too. (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO)
7. Denver Gourmet Tours - not just one, but a wide variety of escorted tours based on themes like food trucks, local craft brews, taco shops and neighborhood-specific adventures. Outings are scheduled between Friday to Sunday, fitting the itinerary of your romantic getaway in Denver on a weekend. (www.denvergourmettours.com)
Hotel Monaco Denver - think romantic getaway in Denver (or downtown in many major U.S. cities) and Kimpton Hotels quickly comes to mind. Besides the leopard-skin robes and luxury bath amenities, they can even provide you with a goldfish for your stay! (don’t worry, they feed and look after it)
Romantic Touch: the one-two combo of their evening wine hour followed by dinner in-house at the Monaco’s Panzano Italian restaurant is hard to beat. What Other Couples Said: "Free Champagne and Chocolates on our Honeymoon”… “Exceptionally Clean and Quiet Boutique Hotel”…”Probably the Most Friendly Hotel We’ve Ever Stayed In.”
JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek - this romantic high-rise Marriott resort is positioned in the heart of Cherry Creek, one of Denver’s most attractive neighborhoods. Besides being able to walk to dining and shops, you have in-hotel access to Antoine du Chez, one of the top-rated spas in the country.
Romantic Touch: outdoor fire pits give you an extra spot to cuddle on those cool Denver nights. What Other Couples Said: "Wonderful Room Overlooking the Mountains”...”Walk to the Botanic Gardens”… “Fabulous Night for our 29th Anniversary”.
Hotel Teatro - pure pampering and awards galore sum up the 4-diamond Hotel Teatro. With oversize soaker tubs and rain shower heads, plus 24 hour room service, the Teatro certainly ranks as one of Denver’s most luxurious honeymoon hotels.
Romantic Touch: if you're a couple who enjoy beer, they have a very cool "Craft Brewery by Bike" package their concierge will set up for you, including two of the hotel's own vintage bikes. What Other Couples Said: "Modern Design, Charming Rooms, Great Staff"..."Our New Favorite Hotel"..."Old World Feel, Modern Amenities".
Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast – a romantic 9 room inn from the late 1800’s in Denver’s Capitol Hill area. Selected suites have their own private outdoor hot tubs, and they cater to special getaways with romance and honeymoon packages.
Romantic Touch: Engaged and want to get married? You can even elope in Denver here with their small weddings packages. What Other Couples Said: "Affordable and Romantic with a Great Location”…Charming Victorian B&B”…”Homey Atmosphere, Delicious Breakfasts”.
Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn – this historic 9 room romantic Denver Bed and Breakfast has rooms with views of the city and Rocky Mountains, plus gourmet breakfasts in the morning and a hosted wine reception each evening.
Romantic Touch: gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs in select suites. What Other Couples Said: "Close to Downtown without the Hustle and Bustle”…”Beautifully Restored, Superb Garden and Eating Area”…”Our Fantastic Romantic Staycation in Denver”.
Hotel Monaco Denver Romance Packages – officially there’s 1, but this Kimpton Hotel actually has several combos for a special anniversary or honeymoon getaway in Denver. They include all sorts of treats like a romantic turn down service with chocolates and rose petals, sparkling wine, tickets to the Botanic Gardens, local brewery walking maps and much more.
Hyatt Regency Romantic Getaway in Denver Hotel Package - book your romantic getaway in Denver CO at the Hyatt and get a romantic room, champagne & chocolates, turn down service, breakfast for two (in-room or at the hotel's restaurant) and a 1:00 PM late check-out.
*Based on Tripadvisor.com Ratings & Reviews from Couples as of Sep 2014.