If you love great mountain scenery, fresh alpine air, recreation and some seclusion, Colorado is for you. And there's no shortage of romantic things to do in Colorado as well, and the state has an abundance of cozy mountain honeymoon cabins, romantic resorts, great hot springs getaways and more.
Aspen - quite possibly the most romantic place in the Colorado Rockies! The restaurants, brew pubs and accommodation are all top notch, and the people (and celebrity!) watching can give it added appeal.
Naturally, a town this cute with these amenities doesn't come cheap, and even a weekend here can be an expensive getaway, so come prepared.
Breckenridge - the Country Boy Mine has some fun activities in the summer: you can tour an 1800's Breckenridge gold mine and pan for gold, or go for a fun dinner hayride with a western barbeque dinner! (970-453-4405)
Colorado Springs - the Garden of the Gods is the big attraction here, and they're big enough so that you can enjoy a romantic hike in the surrounding parks and trails relatively easily most times of the year.
Crested Butte - this relaxing destination in Northern CO remains one of the state's premier outdoor playgrounds. It's fun to explore, and if you've never tried hanging on to your special someone while whitewater rafting, this is a great spot to start. For activities a little easier on the blood pressure, try one of the many local area hikes, or a romantic evening with dinner at Le Bosquet or Timberline.
Durango - very popular for romantic getaways in Colorado during the summer, and for good reason. The gorgeously restored Main Ave combines Victorian-era Hotels and Wild-West Saloons, giving the city a remarkable atmosphere. There's plenty of scenic drives nearby, and the steam-engine narrow gauge rail journey up to Silverton is a wonderful daytrip.
Manitou Springs - a wonderfully scenic small community just 25 minutes NW of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs has a charming and historic downtown, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and one of the country's most romantic small hotels, the Cliff House at Pikes Peak (see below).
Ouray - just an hours drive from Telluride (you'll feel like you're in Switzerland!). This rustic old mining town is home to one of the best hot springs in Colorado, Wiesbaden Hot Springs. A soak in these mineral waters is a must-do daytrip from Telluride, and one of the most romantic things to do in southwest Colorado.
Steamboat Springs - home to excellent skiing in the winter, and summertime attractions like riding an inner tube down Yampa River, or hiking to scenic Fish Creek Falls.
Telluride - with a wonderfully Western Main Street and delightfully secluded location deep in the Southwest Colorado Mountains, Telluride is must-see stop for romantic travel in CO.
Vail - well known in Colorado for fun times with dance, music, food & wine festivals galore. Romantic trail rides and sleigh rides in the winter are available from Copper Mountain Stables (970-968-2232)
Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa - a ranch vacation can certainly be one of the most romantic getaways in Colorado. And the Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort is really a special place for active couples. There's 3 types of accommodation (Bunkhouse, Lodge and Cabin), and outside an opportunity to experience some very romantic adventures like wagon & sleigh rides, zip-lining, horseback riding and evening campfires.
Traveling romantics rave about the Ranch Creek Spa, a quiet oasis of soothing in the middle of a peaceful meadow. As well, there's two restaurants, a wine cellar and a coffee shop. Oh, a word about their pool: it's heated geothermally, and since you actually enter it indoors and swim to the outdoor part, it's great on colder days and evenings. Room Tip: the quiet cabins offer the most privacy and seclusion, and would be ideal for a honeymoon on a Colorado ranch.
Estes Park CO Romantic Log Cabin Rental - this new luxury log cabin in the High Drive area of the park comes loaded with amenities like flat screens TV's, gas fireplace, WiFi, and beautiful mountain views from the huge private deck.
The Most Romantic Cabin in Colorado? The Wildwood Inn near Estes Park, offers a private outdoor hot tub, fireplace, sun/spa room and fabulous mountain views, all just 90 minutes from Denver.
Romantic Secluded Cabin on the Colorado River - a romantic cabin rental in Northwest Colorado. You'll love the peace & quiet of this riverfront cabin with peaceful sounds and views of the Colorado River, wood burning stove, fire pit, covered deck, and jetted spa tub.
Luxury Mountain Resort: You'll find Dunton Hot Springs Resort nestled deep in the an alpine valley. The 19th-century cabins are outfitted with deluxe amenities, and are just a short walk to an historic saloon and bar, dance hall, hot springs and waterfalls. 52068 County Road 38, Dolores, CO (970) 882-4800
A Romantic Colorado Spa Resort: The Springs Resort overlooks the San Juan river and is an oasis of relaxation and romance. The resort features 18 different therapeutic mineral soaking pools, full spa services and deluxe accommodations. They've got romance packages perfect for weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries too. And with Wolf Creek Ski Area just a short distance away, this could be a very romantic Colorado winter vacation.
Estes Park CO Romantic Log Cabin Rental - this luxury log cabin flat screens TV's, gas fireplace, WiFi, and beautiful mountain views from the huge private deck.
Denver Airport is a major hub for United, Frontier and Southwest Airlines, so getting to Colorado is rarely a problem, and often quite affordable.
*Based on Tripadvisor.com Ratings & Reviews from Couples as of Dec 2014.