With famous destinations around the world and unparalleled alpine scenery, Colorado provides a honeymoon experience that no married couple could forget.
Love in the Wilds
Colorado Springs offers an ideal placement amongst Colorado’s natural bounty. Pike National Forest contains over a million square acres and the famous Pike’s Peak. Newlyweds can take a romantic journey to the peak’s summit via the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or, for some serious alone time, hike it on the 13-mile Barr Trail. The Cliff House resort won inclusion as one of “Conde Nast’s” top resorts in the West, with suites that feature gas fireplaces and two-person spa tubs. A romantic evening in Colorado Springs can include dinner at the Penrose Room at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado’s only Five-Diamond and Five-Star restaurant.
Glittering Alpine Elegance
Aspen delivers honeymooners into a world of glitz, glamour and luxury. The slopes established Aspen’s prestige, yet the town has much to offer year-round, from the transcendent bouquets of fall foliage to the summer festival season. Honeymooners can stay in a world-class resort like St. Regis Aspen, which “Conde Nast” voted the No. 1 resort in the West. Guests in the Presidential Suite enjoy 2,000 square feet of space, plenty of room to create honeymoon memories. Aspen’s red-brick downtown houses exquisite restaurants like Casa Tua, an Italian bistro, and Matsuhisha, which serves up Japanese cuisine in a Victorian mansion.
Colorado has many boldface travel destinations, yet the couple that wants a singular honeymoon might find a ghost town more appealing. Dunton Hot Springs, which “Forbes” chose in 2013 as one of its top 10 most romantic resorts in North America, was once a mining camp. The 13 original cabins now form the lodgings of an isolated resort. The abundant outdoor hot springs complement a range of activities like horseback riding and skiing, and facilities that include a saloon, dance hall and vineyard. Adventurous couples can explore nearby archaeological sites and Monument Valley, while the lucky ones can reserve the cabin with a private hot spring.
Culture on the Slopes
Telluride presents an ideal choice for honeymooners who want ski resort glamour with a dose of the arts. With its backcountry terrain, chalets and snowy peaks, Telluride appears lifted from the Alps, and the couple that enjoys European art-house can cuddle up at several preserved theaters, including the Sheridan Opera House. The town has its share of resorts, including Fairmont Heritage Place and Lumiere, which earned spots among “Conde Nast’s” top four resorts in the West. After a day on Telluride’s pristine slopes, couples can retreat to hilltop eateries like Alpino Vino, which specializes in Tuscan fare, and Giuseppe’s, which features home-style cooking.