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The Short Version: If you and your partner are looking for the perfect blend of nature, culture, and inspired eats for your next getaway, Colorado Springs is a great place to be. People come to this city to unwind against a backdrop of gorgeous mountain scenery. No matter when you visit, there’s an assortment of activities for every interest. Part of the Pikes Peak region, the area includes three counties and seven lovely communities. A romantic repose in Colorado Springs is sure to help you forge a deeper bond with your love.
Full of majestic mountains, impressive red sandstone formations, and a variety of animal species, Colorado Springs is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the United States. It’s easy to see why the city was the inspiration for words to the poem, now the patriotic love song, “America the Beautiful.” But that’s not all Olympic City USA has to offer.
Colorado Springs is also home to a bustling food scene and over 30 different breweries, wineries, and distilleries to boot. Discerning and obliging palates will be delighted by its most sophisticated and simple eats. Not to mention adventurers of every level will never run out of outdoor activities to try, including mountain biking and fishing, among others.
Chelsy Offutt, Director of Communications for Visit Colorado Springs, added that the optimistic, laid-back vibe in Colorado Springs also keeps people coming back for more.
“We are a very hospitable town with true Western charm. People are quick to smile or wave hello while hiking, provide directions, and generally just love being here,” she said. “We have the extensive amenities of a large city, without most of the hassle that comes with it.”
Colorado Springs has no shortage of parks and recreational areas to satisfy outdoor lovers. Those looking for a true challenge can start by hiking the Manitou Springs Incline, which is a full mile up, and then taste the natural mineral spring water once you’re done. Another morning, head over to Cheyenne Mountain State Park for the gorgeous views and prairie-to-peak ecosystem and wildlife. To really get your blood pumping, try a hot air balloon ride, zip lining, or whitewater rafting
Chelsy also told us about several romantic nature-themed ideas: “There are so many options for ways to connect in Colorado Springs, from morning or sunset hikes at places like Pulpit Rock, Seven Bridges, and Red Rocks Canyon Open Space. A guided e-bike tour or rock climbing excursion is always a fun way to try something new.”
Finally, a trip to Colorado Springs isn’t complete without a visit to the Garden of the Gods, one of the most visited sites on Earth. According to VisitCOS.com, the garden “is a unique biological melting pot where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinyon-juniper woodlands characteristic of the American Southwest and merge with the mountain forest of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak.”
It’s nearly impossible to get bored in Colorado Springs. Chelsy said, “We’re home to more than 55 things to see and do. Even as a native of the area, I’m always discovering something fun and exciting. A lot of the people who enjoy our area tout the abundance of outdoor recreation, and how accessible it all is.”
As for specific ideas, she recommends visiting the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, taking a Jeep tour through the Royal Gorge region, or stealing a kiss on North America’s highest suspension bridge. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also offers a handful of adult-only evenings, including the Electric Moonlight event.
For a distinctively unexpected but brilliant afternoon, pop by Glen Eyrie Castle for a Victorian High Tea. It’s one of two castles in the area, and you’ll feel like you’re in an episode of “Downton Abbey.”
Colorado Springs boasts 30 breweries, distilleries, and wineries that can quench any thirst. For starters, Phantom Canyon, the city’s oldest brewery, is a must-visit. Enjoy one of its 14 to 19 beers on tap and award-winning eats in its historic building.
If you enjoy grain-to-glass crafted liquors, Blue Fish Distillery sets the standard. Liquors are all mashed, fermented, distilled, and bottled at the distillery, and you can get to taste the clean beauty of raw ingredients with your favorite person.
Once you’re ready for something to eat, check out Colorado Springs’ famous restaurants as well as a few hidden gems. If you’re looking for something upscale, Chelsy suggests the Famous Steakhouse, the Pepper Tree, or Four by Brother Luck, a contestant from the 2018 season of “Top Chef.”
If you want a casual meal, many restaurants offer patio dining. In the warm months, al fresco dining gives couples an opportunity to reconnect under beautiful sunsets and inspiring landscapes. In winter months, cozy up by the fire at an international restaurant like Edelweiss, which has Bavarian fare as well as live music.
After a few days of seeing and doing all the entertaining things in town, take a moment to unwind with your honey by taking a stroll through some of Colorado Springs’ local shops. You’ll find everything from French chocolate confections to gourmet bath and body products.
After your shopping trip, head to one of the nearby spas. Alluvia Spa, at the base of Cheyenne Mountains, offers massages, and Sunwater Spa, in Manitou Springs, has cedar mineral soaking tubs.
While there’s a lot to do in Colorado Springs, city officials never stop thinking of what the community would like next.
“Ground has broken on the US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, and we continue our branding of being Olympic City USA,” Chelsy said. “We’re currently undergoing the process for a new Summit House at the top of Pikes Peak slated to open in a few years. We’re also undergoing a 10-year destination master plan and hope to have those results on how we can better our destination in June.”
With so much to do, the friendliest people around, and an environment that just suggests romance at every turn, Colorado Springs is the getaway you and your loved one need.