Romance is in the air and we’ve got the lowdown on love and Valentine’s Day in Colorado Springs. Whether you’re looking for a special evening for your longtime partner in crime or a celebration of singlehood with your BFF, there’s no shortage of Valentine’s Day fun to be had. Now, if you’re a person who thinks this is just a holiday created to sell chocolate (cough, cough, love Grinch), we still think you should read on. You might find your little anti-Valentine’s Day heart grow two sizes too big … or you might ignore us and binge on discount chocolate the following week instead. For the rest of us, the hopeless romantics, the seeking singles, the newlyweds and oldlyweds, the platonic best friends and everyone in between, this love’s for you.
Valentine’s Day High Tea at Miramont Castle
The Queen’s Parlour is a gorgeous place to treat your significant other this Valentine’s Day. Decorated in a luxurious Victorian style, complete with lace tablecloths and delicate china, you and your guest will feel quite royal indeed. Miramont’s romance specialists promise a specialized High Tea, which means you’ll get multiple types of tea, tasty scones and other fab fare for an easy $42.50pp, tax and gratuity included. This tea is at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16. These seats fill up fast, so you can’t delay in making your reservation. Please call 719-685-1011, or 719-884-4109 to make a reservation.
Romance in Manitou Springs
The city of fresh and fine healing springs is a hotbed of romance this time of year. Take your beloved on an evening stroll and then pop in to one of the local restaurants for dinner. Reservations are a must! Super romantic spots include Mona Lisa Fondue, Swirl Wine Bar, and the Cliff House. For a more casual experience, check out The Loop, Manitou Brewing Company, Hell’s Kitchen Pizza and Adam’s Mountain Café. There will be live music and karaoke at a couple venues, too, so you could possibly croon your sweetie a love song or take a turn or two on the dance floor. Lulu’s Downstairs has been booking some great acts in their first year, so keep an eye on their venue. If you really want to get fancy, why not do dinner and a show? ? The Iron Springs Chateau is performing “Death by Valentine…A Murder Mystery,” a hilarious melodrama that will have you and your date rolling with laughter and cheering for victory. They’ve got a great Valentine’s Day special running Feb. 14-15: Two adult dinners and show tickets, plus two bar drinks (soda/juice/beer/wine/cocktail) for $100.00! Just mention the “Couple’s Special” when you make your reservation. Call 719-685-5104 to get your tickets!
Elevate Your Game with a Date at the Cripple Creek Ice Festival
We’re sending you way more than a mile high to the stunning mountains of Cripple Creek, where their famous ice festival will be in full swing. This year’s theme is Carver’s Choice, so you’ll get to check out sculptures that are 100 percent inspired by whatever the artist has on their minds. Pack a thermos of hot cocoa and warm clothes and venture west. While you can totally go during the day, it’s pretty darn romantic at night with lots of chances to snuggle for warmth as you check out the masterful works of icy art. On the other hand, if you go during the day, there will be live music, fancy drinks, a beer garden and unique vendors where you can snag a gift for your beloved. There are a few places to dine and cozy hotels if you want a night away. You’ll also find the local gaming establishments are in on the fun, with love-themed promotions, drawings and live music.
Hike, Wine & Dine Your Sweetheart at Seven Falls
Get outside for a romantic hike on the affectionately termed “grandest mile”. The roaring falls and beautiful scenery offer a superior backdrop for love, custom-made by Mother Nature. Climb the steps and steal a kiss or two at the overlooks. You can also snap that perfect selfie with the falls behind you and have a lasting memory for your mantle. We recommend hot cocoa or hot cider to accompany you. And since you’re up there anyway, why not make reservations at one of the Broadmoor’s elite restaurants? You have your pick. Closest to the falls, you’ll find Restaurant 1858, a fantastic place to dine with a menu that is quite Colorado in its cuisine. (Wild boar green chili anyone?) Of course, you can also ride back to your car and then hit Old Colorado City for more dining options. Snag your true love a rad gift while you’re walking the streets together!
Take a Relaxing Ride to the Top of Pikes Peak
Want to cruise to the summit of Pikes Peak, but also gaze lovingly into the eyes of your Valentine? Gray Line Tours has you covered with their Pikes Peak Tour. You and your date can hop on to their roomy, comfortable coach in Colorado Springs, then let the driver do the rest. With stops for photo opps and fresh air, you’ll have plenty of quality time to talk, hold hands and be a couple without having to worry about hairpin turns and guardrails. At the top of Pikes Peak, share the world’s best donuts, hot, fresh and oh-so-good! There’s also homemade fudge (without chocolate, is it even Valentine’s Day?) warm beverages … and the breathtaking views, of course.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO’S GOT LOVABLE FUN
Just visiting the zoo is already a great idea for a day date. However, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also offering a limited number of gorilla adoption packages that are tailored for the holiday. Your beloved will get an adorable silverback gorilla stuffed animal, a full-color photo, an adoption sheet and monthly recognition for being a sponsor all for only $65. Every time you visit the gorilla enclosure, you’ll know you helped with the care and feeding of the zoo’s resident gorilla troop. You can also digitally adopt other wild animals. The zoo also has limited availability remaining for their kids’ overnight on Feb. 15. Have a great date night while your kids tour the zoo after dark, snack on s’mores and get to spend the night at the zoo. It’s $50.75 for members and $60.75 for non-members. Kids must be 5 years and over to attend and these overnights fill up incredibly fast, so do not delay in reserving your spot!
With so many options for Valentine’s Day in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, there’s really no excuse not to have some sort of outing — yes, even for those who don’t believe. Oh, and for you non-couple-y folks? There’s absolutely zero reason not to take you and your favorite friends out to do any one of these fun activities. After all, love is love and that’s what the holiday is all about. Pick your favorite and start planning right away!
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