This post on romantic things to do in Denver is a guest piece by Dan Bagby.
Denver is a vibrant city surrounded by natural wonders and scenery perfect for a romantic trip or even a honeymoon. Most of the year there is sunshine to enjoy with a few months of a winter wonderland. Whenever you go there is always access to adventurous outdoor activities.
The city has a bustling food scene, beautiful art and plenty of romantic and entertaining things to do during your trip. Here are 15 romantic things to do in the city, plus a few Denver day trips nearby that are perfect for couples.
Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens
View a wide range of plants while strolling together through the 24 acres of the Denver Botanical Gardens.
If you come during February you can take a love potions tour together and learn about aphrodisiacs tropical plants.
Enjoy a Wine Tasting
Just 10 minutes from downtown you will find Balistreri Vineyards. While you will find yourself in a commercial area, the grounds will transport you into a typical vineyard setting.
At the tasting room, you can try any of the wines available. The restaurants make for a perfect destination for dinner.
Have a Romantic Dinner
Speaking of Dinner, Denver’s food scene has several restaurants perfect for a romantic night out.
For Italian, Barolo Grill has a comfortable, elegant ambiance and handcrafted modern cuisine highlighting locally sourced ingredients from regional farms and artisans.
Sputino is an intimate, Italian inspired restaurant nestled into the heart of the historic Potter Highland neighborhood with everything made in-house including the bread, cheeses, pasta, gelati, and Amari.
Bistro Vendôme, a French restaurant, provides another option for a cozy and inviting romantic evening located on historic Larimer Street.
These are just a few of the dinner date ideas Denver has to offer.
Make Dinner Together
Take a few extra cooking skills home with you by taking a class at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. Date night classes focus on preparing food from a specific region in the world.
Not only is it a fun date, but when you are back home you can continue to cook for each other.
Enjoy a trip on the Winter Park Express
If you come in the winter, go for a ride on the Winter Park Express for a fun day in Winter Park. The train ride leaves early on the weekends, taking you to Winter Park where you can enjoy a day skiing and snow tubing.
For romance, you can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride together. After a day enjoying the ski town you can take the train back to Denver on the same day.
Southwest Rink at Skyline Park
Another great winter activity, at Skyline Park you can go ice skating hand in hand outdoors. Not only is it fun, but it is free to skate and rentals are very cheap.
Red Rocks Park
Located just outside of Denver is the world renown Red Rocks Park. It is famous for the outdoor amphitheater with amazing acoustics, but if there is not a concert scheduled you can make a reservation to dine at the Ship Rock Grille, which has amazing views from the outdoor patio.
You can also go for a hike on the trail and enjoy a picnic together surrounded by picturesque scenery and wildlife.
Tea Service For Two
Enjoy tea service as a perfect daytime date at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. Enjoy freshly made scones, pastries and sandwiches and a wide variety of teas in the hotel’s luxurious lobby.
Enjoy a Spa Day
Denver has plenty of spas perfect for a romantic time to unwind and recharge.
Consider planning to spend most of your day at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa by booking a couples massage before or after your afternoon tea where you will receive a message in the candlelit VIP Couples Suite.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at D-Bar Desserts
Owned by Keegan Gerhard, one of the nation’s top pastry chefs, this dessert and wine bar has a menu full of amazing treats.
Go For a Paddle Boat Ride
If you are looking for a romantic thing to do in Denver during the summertime, rent a paddle boat at one of the lakes. At City Park’s Feral Lake you can rent paddle boats and later relax in the park with a clear panoramic view of the city skyline.
South of Colorado is the Chatfield Reservoir and the Scenic Sunset Paddle at Sloan’s Lake.
Grab A Drink and Some Jazz at the Crimson Room
Each night you can hear an acoustic set while enjoying drinks crafted tableside, small bites and desserts. The Crimson Room provides an elegant and sophisticated setting for a romantic night in Denver.
See a Show at the Theatre District
At the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, you can see a variety of shows from Broadway musical to comedy acts that make for part of a great romantic evening.
Go For a Downtown Horse & Carriage Ride
Go on a romantic ride through downtown Denver on a horse-drawn carriage ride at the 16th Street Mall.
Salsa Dancing at the D-Note
Every Sunday night you can learn some new dance moves at D-Note, a delicious pizza joint where any skill level is welcome.
Romantic Day Trips From Denver
Right outside of Denver are plenty of destinations to visit during your romantic trip.
Located about an hour away from Denver, you can make your way up the highest paved road in North America summiting above 14,000 feet on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.
The amazing scenery makes for a romantic drive perfect for a day trip away from the city.
Located about 40 minutes from Denver, you will find the downtown area of Boulder with plenty of restaurants, breweries, and shops.
You can enjoy an afternoon stroll down Pearl Street and take in a view of the Flatirons. The area is well known for the miles and miles of hikes.
Make sure you visit Piece, Love, and Chocolate to get a treat and write a love note to tuck into the brick wall.
Past Boulder, but best for a day trip of its own is Rocky Mountain National Park where you can enjoy stunning mountain views together on a trip through.
Have you been to Denver? What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple?
Author Bio: Dan Bagby is a travel blogger at Honeymoon Always based in Austin, TX. He and his wife Michelle blog about their travels and adventures and how it brings them closer together.