Note: the photos in this post represent small businesses that have partnered with EstesPark.com to provide gifts for our Romance In the Rockies essay contest. Details here.
There is something romantic about the mountains. The snowcapped mountains. A secluded log cabin with a fire in the fireplace. Snow-covered trails through the thick, pine forests. Waterfalls are frozen in majestic beauty. Estes Park and the surrounding area have all this and more, making it an ideal place to renew your love with that special someone in your life. So bundle up and make the trip to Estes Park for an extended Valentine’s Day weekend.
The first step is to find a romantic place for your stay. Imagine a deck with a view of the mountains. Trees heavy with snow. Cold, crisp air as fine as crystal. An outdoor hot tub to share with your love. Our EstesPark.com website and lodging search tool feature dozens of cabins, lodges, condos, and vacation rentals to choose from. Many have stone fireplaces, large decks, jetted hot tubs, and a plate of homemade cookies in the lobby.
Rocky Mountain National Park welcomes all couples celebrating their love. Drive into the Park and the postcard in your head comes to life before your eyes. The silence is almost mystical. If you are lucky you will witness a bull elk in a snowy meadow or bighorn sheep crossing the road. Hire a local photographer and get your picture taken with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. It’s a keepsake that you will treasure forever.
Better yet, explore the snow-covered trails of the Rocky Mountain National Park on snowshoes. If you can walk you can snowshoe. One great destination is Alberta Falls which is frozen into a thing of beauty during the winter months. It’s only 1.6 miles round trip through an aspen and pine forest. Or, snowshoe the two-mile loop in the forest above Sprague Lake. Afterward, relax next to the lake with a thermos of hot tea and marvel at Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain in the distance.
After an exhilarating day in the Park, stop by the Stanley Hotel and relax before the fire with a warm drink. The historic hotel was built in 1909 by inventor F.O. Stanley and has a spectacular view of Longs Peak from its front porch. If you’re brave and want to hold your sweetie tight, take the Ghost Tour. Don’t be afraid. Over Valentine’s Day weekend, the Stanley Hotel offers a vow renewal package that features a ceremony and lunch, followed by a love seminar.
How smart are you? Rock Cut Brewery has a trivia contest every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Join together with some of your “smart” friends, enjoy a microbrew and show off your knowledge. Win prizes! When you get the munchies order something from the onsite food truck Two Chicks Wings & A Henhouse.
If you’d like to lose yourself in a romantic comedy, stop by the Snowy Peaks Winery and enjoy actors and musicians perform Sharon Glassman’s “Blame It on Hoboken.” Sit back and relax with handcrafted local wine, cheese and chocolates and marvel at how this classic love story of Cupid and Psyche is turned into a modern romantic comedy. The Valentine’s Day special events take place on February 10, 17 and 24 from 4-6 p.m.
A Valentine Day weekend celebration would not be complete without a romantic dinner for two at one of Estes Park’s fine, locally-owned restaurants. Have a champagne toast in front of a roaring fire at a historic dining room or go for a touch of elegance at an upscale restaurant.
Relax in style. At Riverspointe Spa you can have side-by-side massages in their special couples treatment room. Luxuriate in body wraps, scrubs, facials and massages. Take advantage of their Valentine Day specials.
If Estes Park worked its magic and you popped the question, don’t miss the Estes Park Wedding Association Bridal Show on Sunday, February 19 from 11 a.m. 0 2 p.m. at the Estes Park Events Center. Wedding professionals will assist you in making your dream wedding perfect and easy to plan.
Estes Park is for lovers. Why not make the trip and find out why? If you already have a romance story about the Estes-Rocky area, please share via response to our Romance In the Rockies Facebook post: http://bit.ly/2jhjmiv.
Written by Steve Mitchell