There’s nothing more conducive to romance than a private space. Add warm, crackling flames from the fireplace, a jetted hot tub for two and tumbling mountain waters through a lush forest. It’s the perfect recipe for an unforgettable weekend to rediscover or strengthen love.
Estes Park provides this kind of romantic escape for those who barely have time to plan a trip. Just 90 minutes from downtown Denver, it’s a scenic mountain drive from just about anywhere in the Front Range. Plus, the road isn’t clogged with the traffic often encountered on I-70.
When they arrive, guests find that the breathtaking surroundings of the towering Rockies, the rushing Fall River and Big Thompson River and sparkling Lake Estes inspire romance. Sunrises and sunsets just seem more vivid here, sparking even more closeness between two people.
Castle Mountain Lodge has plenty of options for this kind of holiday, offering some of the most romantic cabins in Estes Park. Six have a private hot tub and wood-burning fireplace—one of which, Castle Tower, has a gas log fireplace. Eleven more units have their own fireplaces, and you can book private time in the common hot tub. Those wanting to hear the “river song” should reserve one of the eight units close to the banks of Fall River. In addition, six units are located near the spa.
Located on the less-traveled Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Castle Mountain is just minutes away from all this unique place has to offer. Visitors can thrill to amazing natural vistas, take part in heart-pumping physical activity—or do both.
After an active day of biking, horseback riding, golfing or hiking, couples return to their cozy hideaways, relaxing to the sounds of churning river rapids, soaking in the comfort of a private hot tub or warming up by the fireplace. At night, they find the trees blanket the mountains like velvet and the moonlight illuminates the peaks.
Everyone knows that sharing wine or Champagne fosters romance, especially if it’s only meant for two. One well-kept secret here is Colorado-produced wines; most come from the Western Slope, but a few originate nearby. Visitors are often surprised at the wines’ quality.
Looking for a special dinner out? We’ll be happy to recommend fine-dining establishments in town that will sustain that romantic spirit—and keep it going long after the getaway is over.
Thanks to our sources: Estes Park Visitors Center, www.estes-park.com, National Park Service, Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
Photo courtesy of www.baysider.com.
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