We’ve mentioned some restaurants in the Northern Colorado area that would make the perfect Valentine’s Day destination, but we realize some might want to escape from it all instead of heading downtown to the action on a holiday weekend. That brings us to our next point! We were thrilled to discover that Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, as we looked ahead on the 2016 calendar.
Valentine’s Day, weekends, getaways…what does this all mean? We’ve got it! Let’s delve into a list of some Valentine’s Day weekend getaways for you to consider visiting with your loved one this year. We found several in Colorado and several in Wyoming, but they all have one thing in common: they are each designed to create a relaxing, romantic and restful experience for their guests. These places vary in style and proximity to your home, so take a look through the descriptions or simply pick the distance that you prefer to travel this Valentine’s Day.
So pack your bags, tell your significant other you’ve got the Valentine’s Day plans set this year, and jump in the car for a weekend of relaxation and romance. On the other hand, you might want to surprise your valentine instead! Imagine their excitement when they discover that you have reserved a room overlooking a magical mountain range or a cozy cabin in the woods where you’ll spend the weekend together without a care in the world.
Whichever direction you go — literally — you are sure to experience the perfect getaway as a couple.
Location: 1400 David Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517
Distance from Fort Collins: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
The beauty of Estes Park (and yes, it is beautiful on its own without these factors) is the secluded mountain feeling that you can experience without having to venture too far from home. Staying at the Estes Park Condos is the perfect way to immerse yourself in this charming town and get spoiled with amenities within their one-, two- or three-bedroom condos with cabin-like decor.
Each condo has a full kitchen, a living room, and a jacuzzi bathtub, and some have personal hot tubs or spas. You can use some of their free fishing poles and supplies, and go fishing amongst majestic pines in Fall River. If you get cabin fever during your stay, adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park just a mile away or to the bustling downtown just 3 miles away.
Location: 1148 Highway WY-11, Laramie, WY 82070
Distance from Fort Collins: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes
We happen to think cabins make for the perfect wintery and romantic escape, and the cabins at Albany Lodge will not disappoint. The Snowy Mountain Range in the Laramie and Cheyenne area provides a beautiful and adventurous setting, with a wide range of activities from snowshoeing to snowmobiling. Unwind and unplug from society at this Valentine’s Day weekend retreat at Albany Lodge!
Pricing: $150-$225 (Cabin & Cottage)
Location: 4680 Hagerman Road, Cascade, CO 80809
Distance from Fort Collins: 2 Hours, 20 Minutes
We searched far and wide to find some of the best cozy cabin experiences in surrounding areas and discovered this gem tucked away in the Rocky Mountains at the entrance to Pikes Peak. Rocky Mountain Lodge and Cabins is a rustic yet elegant bed and breakfast and cabin rental experience. This destination is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and homebodies alike, as the outdoor activities are endless and the amenities inside will make you feel right at home.
Spice things up with one of their romance packages, ranging in contents. Their Basic Romance Package is far from basic, as it includes a bouquet of roses, a bottled of chilled sparkling cider, chocolate covered strawberries or chocolate truffles, a fruit and cheese platter, and two souvenir champagne flutes.
Location: 601 Pic Pike Road, Saratoga, WY 82331
Distance from Fort Collins: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Wyoming has some impressive natural hot springs scattered throughout the state and one of the best locations to enjoy them is at Saratoga Resort and Spa in Saratoga. Submerge in one of their five teepee-covered hot pools, cozy up to a fireplace with a fireside drink from the resort’s microbrewery, and treat yourself and your valentine at their full-service spa.
Travel to Saratoga Resort and Spa nestled between the Snowy Range and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, where rustic elegance meets the great outdoors.
Distance from Fort Collins: 3 Hours
This luxury dude ranch in Saratoga provides majestic scenery and endless adventure atop 30,000 acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness. You may be surprised by the price of a night’s stay at the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, but there’s good reason for the pricing. It was voted the #1 Resort in the U.S. and #1 Resort in the U.S. for the second year in a row! The list of reasons for these awards is too long to list, such as their activity options, spa experience, and overall feel of their luxurious lodging spaces.
Brush Creek Ranch sure knows how to make couples have an unforgettable experience during their stay, with horseback excursions, spa packages, trail adventures, destination dining and more.
Location: 2205 Cordillera Way, Edwards, CO 81632
Distance from Fort Collins: 3 Hours
This next place is the perfect destination for the skiing couple, or those who enjoy a gorgeous mountain view — wait, isn’t that everyone? The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera provides an impeccable ski lodge experience, and is regularly on the list of the top 10 spas in America.
Listed as the #5 ski resort in the USA, it provides guests access to Vail and Beaver Creek skiing thanks to its central location between the two. Eat a warm meal after an adventurous day on the slopes at one of their two restaurants, which gave the Lodge & Spa the title of the #1-rated Colorado resort for food and service. Don’t miss their luxurious spa, as you unwind with one of their spa treatments or a massage.
Location: 315 East Dean Street, Aspen, CO 81611
Distance from Fort Collins: 4 Hours, 20 Minutes
If your budget allows for a more grandiose experience, you might consider traveling to Aspen for a romantic getaway at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. It’s simple — this resort provides the best of both worlds for those seeking adventure and luxury all in one contemporarily packaged mountainside manor.
Take part in the winter activities in the town of Aspen, such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, winter fly fishing or dog sledding. Indulge in the epicurean experiences with their various dining options, and retreat to your private and elegant accommodations at the end of the day.
Location: 3385 Cody Lane, Teton Village, WY 83025
Distance from Fort Collins: About 7 Hours
Make Teton Mountain Lodge your base camp for your Rocky Mountain adventure during a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway. This upscale lodge provides chic rooms and suites, some including whirlpool tubs, multiple levels, full kitchens, gas fireplaces and terraces. All of this luxury exists slopeside to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and near Grand Teton National Park, so you’ll truly be in the center of it all within Teton Village. You’ll also have the opportunity to completely relax and unwind in this cozy lodge with the one you love.
Distance from Fort Collins: 7 Hours
We think Valentine’s Day is one of the best reasons to celebrate love and the person you get to share it with. So prepare a “Celebration Package” at the Rusty Parrot Lodge in Jackson for a getaway you’ll never forget. With an extensive history and list of awards, the lodge is sure to impress its guests. Curl up in fine linens and awaken in the morning to explore the area around you. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry — Rusty Parrot’s front desk staff will steer you in the right direction.
Location: 16919 CO-140, Hesperus, CO 81326
Distance from Fort Collins: 7 Hours
Travel all the way south to Durango to a ranch nestled on 200 secluded acres with breathtaking views of the La Plata Mountains, lush meadows and gardens, and a private lake. This ranch welcomes guests all year long but we think it’s particularly special during the colder month of February because of its special romantic touches. Most of their accommodations feature private decks with breathtaking mountain views and romantic fireplaces. We recommend the king bed suite in the Ranch House for a more intimate getaway.
Now, get out there and escape to one of these weekend getaways this Valentine’s Day!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Estes Park Condos, Albany Lodge, Rocky Mountain Lodge, Saratoga Resort and Spa, Brush Creek Ranch, The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, The Rusty Parrot Lodge and Blue Lake Ranch