With so much to do in our beautiful city of Denver, it's easy to get overwhelmed or lapse into a routine. Here are some ideas to help you break the mold and spark a little romance with your special someone!
Top Romantic Places You've Gotta Try
Gondola Ride at Venice on the Creek
The Italian Riviera may not be close, but Venice on the Creek brings gondaliering to Denver. For select dates during the summer months, candlelit punt boat rides through the lock system of Cherry Creek are a unique way to spend a blissful summer evening. Propelled by the pole operator, guests glide effortlessly down the creek. Candlelit rides begin at sunset, lasting about 40 minutes on the water, enjoying a unique experience on the creek navigating the world's smallest lock system. Couples are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own picnic for an unforgettable dining experience as the city drifts by in one of Denver's best-kept romantic secrets. Coutesy justluxe.com.
Dive Lounge at Downtown Aquarium
With the only thing missing in Denver being an ocean, the deep blue sea is closer than you think. Downtown Aquarium's Dive Lounge affords that ocean fix while mixing up fun cocktails and affording tranquil sea life to drift by your table. The aquatic ambiance coupled with the unique fare, themed décor, and exceptional collection of fish and friends make for a remarkably romantic evening under the sea. From the mosaic bar to the coral-encrusted walls, don't be surprised if you spend hours swimming in your date's eyes or being mesmerized by the myriad of sea life just beyond your table. Coutesy justluxe.com. (photo credit: Stilfehler at wikivoyage shared [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Garden Patio at Bistro Vendome
Larimer Square is home to the romantic courtyard location of Bistro Vendome. Noted for its superb French bistro fare, both the outdoor and indoor dining areas are charming. From the sparkling lights to the breezeway entrance, the romance is palatable in the air. Inspired by the neighborhood feeling of famous Place Vendome of Paris, Denver delights in the atmosphere and culinary creativity of Bistro Vendome. An exceptional dining option for an anniversary or special occasion, the ambiance coupled with some of the best service and fine dining in Denver create a picturesque and enchanting Denver romantic spot without having to go to the Chans de Lise via Paris. Coutesy justluxe.com.
Rooftop Deck at Linger
Mortuary-turned-eatery Linger holds claim to one of the best views in Denver. Overlooking the city from the Highlands Neighborhood, the unique and funky culinary establishment doesn't skimp on views or cuisine. A perfect date night or occasion celebration, Linger's rooftop is one of the newest romantic spots and not to be missed. For couple's with a macabre sense of humor, the Corpse Reviver cocktail and dessert menu printed on toe tags make for a thrilling date night while sampling small plates from around the world. Sister restaurant to iconic Root Down, the cocktails are clever, the food eclectic, and the views to die for. Coutesy justluxe.com.
Monet Deck Café at Botanic Gardens
Whether bringing your own bottle of favorite wine or enjoying the offerings of the gardens, the Monet Deck Café at the Botanic Gardens is definitely a romantic spot of Denver. With twinkle lights in the tree canopy above the elevated deck, Mother Nature lends her hand in romance with the serene view of the Monet Water Lily Garden. Sure to stir the inner artist, the picturesque pools are peppered with blooming lily pads and hovering dragonflies, the reflection off the water doubling the lush garden atmosphere that envelops young lovers and lifelong partners alike. Pull up a chair and uncork and unwind in this spectacular botanic spot. Coutesy justluxe.com (photo credit: By Daderot (I took this photograph.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Clock Tower on 16th St.
Time stands still at the most romantic spot in Denver, the D & F Clock Tower on 16th Street. From a perfect spot for that all-important question "will you marry me?," to the wedding ceremony itself; for a special anniversary dinner or spectacular family celebration, the Clock Tower was Denver's first skyscraper and remains the premier romantic location in the Mile High City. Intimate spaces for two or areas for small group ceremonies are all found within the truly unique and edgy atmosphere, playing off the theme of time itself, making for fantastic and memorable photographic opportunities and stories to tell for years to come. Five floors in all, the chic interiors and smartly decorated spaces with unbelievable 360-degree views of the surrounding city and foothills land the Clock Tower as the romantic destination of Denver. Coutesy justluxe.com. (photo credit: By Natkarch2 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Your Guide to a Romantic Date Night in Denver
1. Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace
Start your date with a touch of Old World charm at downtown Denver’s historic Brown Palace, one of the city’s oldest and grandest luxury hotels. You’ll be treated like royalty by the hotel’s staff, while you nibble on freshly made scones, pastries and sandwiches and enjoy a wide variety of teas. Soak in the elegant atmosphere of the Brown Palace, with a soothing soundtrack provided by a pianist or harpist. Traditional Afternoon tea takes place between noon and 4 p.m.; reservations are suggested during the holiday season.
2. Watch the sun set over the Rockies
There’s nothing quite like seeing the sun dip behind the Rocky Mountains with the one you love — and Denver is perfectly situated for this swoon-inducing activity. Where are the best spots? The Pinnacle Club (on the lofty 38th floor in the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown) is great for sipping a cocktail and gazing out at the breathtaking Rocky Mountain panorama. Over at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, couples will be treated to a stunning, unobstructed view of the mountains and the Denver skyline in the Leprino Family Atrium and Sky Terrace, a three-story high glass atrium. Or, head to LoDo’s in Lower Downtown and spend a little quality time on their relaxing rooftop patio. Finally, the Capitol Hill neighborhood offers many prime vantage points for you and your date to hold hands and watch night fall on the city.
3. Treat yourselves to an extravagant dinner
No romantic night out is complete without a delicious, candlelit dinner for two. And in Denver, you’ve got dining options galore for those special nights when only the best will do. Almost every type of cuisine is featured here; choose from traditional steak houses, tres chic French bistros, adventurous fusion menus and much, much more. Lower Downtown (LoDo) boasts countless great restaurants, but you might also want to check out the offerings in some of Denver’s other neighborhoods, including the buzzing Highlands Square and the cozy Old South Gaylord district near Washington Park.
4. Explore Denver’s vibrant nightlife
Once you’ve filled up on the best food Denver has to offer, get ready to work off a few excess calories by hitting a few of the city’s choice after hours spots. If you and your darling find yourselves in the mood for dancing, there are plenty of hopping dance floors in the city. And any tour of Denver’s nighttime scene requires a trip to the South of Colfax Nightlife District, where you’ll pay a single entrance fee and enjoy four different nightclub venues, all within walking distance of each other. Need something a little mellower? Wander into a chilled-out wine bar, or a groovy jazz club like Jazz At Jack’s or Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, both downtown. Settle back and enjoy the good vibes. (Check out a detailed overview of Denver's glamorous nightlife here.)
5. Make a night of it and check into a luxurious honeymoon suite
Finish off your perfect evening with a nightcap in one of the city’s most romantic honeymoon suites at the Brown Palace, the Hotel Teatro, the Oxford Hotel, the Magnolia Hotel or The Curtis. Each is unique, but they all feature out-of-this-world amenities – spa treatments, incredible views, hot tubs, and of course, all the room service you desire. No request is too extravagant when you’re a guest at these hotels. You and your sweetheart may never want to check out. (courtesy denver.org)
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