Valentine's Day in Colorado Springs & the Pikes Peak Region
Valentine's Day High Tea at Miramont Castle
Think outside the candy box this Valentine’s Day with a date for High Tea at The Queen’s Parlour in Miramont Castle. Luxuriously appointed with beautiful Victorian décor, Miramont’s tearoom has long been a special place for special events. Valentine’s Day is no exception and the castle’s team of love experts make every effort to impress to make the day memorable. High tea is more than sipping steaming cups of leafy goodness. It’s a four-course experience featuring delightful scones and toppings, seasonal fruits, tea sandwiches and some of the most scrumptious desserts around. You and your guest will get your choice of two different teas during the meal. While the tearoom is certainly romantic, it also makes a lovely venue for celebrating the lasting bonds of friendship and camaraderie. Tea off for just $45 per adult or $30 per child, tax and gratuity included. Seatings available at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11-13. Reservations are required and guaranteed with a debit or credit card. 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.
Dine & Drink in Manitou Springs
There are lots of ways to wine and dine your sweetheart in the lovely town of Manitou Springs. The town is so in love with love that they even have a real-life Lovers Lane! Manitou is a very walkable destination packed with eclectic shops and lots of locally owned pubs and restaurants. If you have a craving for it, you’re probably going to find it tucked along the main drag. If you’re looking for peak romance, the Mona Lisa is the perfect blend of atmosphere and tasty food, plus they have their own wine bar. If vino is all you care about, you can also stroll on over to D’Vine Wine for even more options. Venues like Lulu’s and Armadillo Ranch offer live music most weekends, so you can add local entertainment to the agenda, too. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with snagging an ice cream cone from one of the local shops or picking up a bowl of baby beignets to go from Rocky Mountain Beignet for dessert. Maybe take your treats down to Lovers Lane for a sweet walk with your beloved while you’re at it. We won’t tell a soul.
Adopt Love at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Show some love to the animal fanatic in your life with a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The mountainside zoo offers plenty of opportunities for handholding and gazing out on incredible views in addition to oohing and aahing over adorable animals. While a day at the zoo is its own special present, you can take your V-Day game to the next level by adding in a special gift — adopting one of the zoo’s many sweet and sassy animals. For just $65, your favorite human can be a loving and faithful contributor to their favorite animal. The adoption package includes a full-color photo, an adoption sheet and monthly recognition for being a sponsor. Not only that, it comes with a soft plush stuffed version of the animal you are adopting. Your choices include zebras, elephants, giraffes and bears. These packages sell out quickly. In fact, many other animal adoption packages are already gone, so it’s best to make your selection ASAP. Pro tip: Take a trip to the zoo and gift the stuffy as a surprise when you visit the adopted animal’s enclosure.
My Bloody Valentine Tour at Cave of the Winds
If your sweetheart is anything but traditional, we’ve got an unforgettable Valentine’s Day event you just won’t want to miss. Take a journey of fear in the coolest cave in the Pikes Peak regions, Cave of the Winds. The title is a tad scary, but we promise you won’t be pursued by a vengeful serial killer at any point on your date (but you still have to sign a release). You and your guest will be given handheld lanterns and invited on a subterranean adventure filled with spooky tales, local history and a little unexplained lore. Tours run on Fridays and Saturdays and cost just $45 for a two-hour excursion. Now, this may not sound like the most romantic event in the world, but it has been proven that fear is an excellent aphrodisiac and a great excuse to cuddle close and hold hands by the flickering light of your lantern. This adventure is actually scary, so it’s not advised for folks who don’t dig fear. We also advise that you leave the heels and suits at home for this one (or change in the car before dinner). And while we are on the subject of dinner …
A Tasty Time in Old Colorado City
Old Colorado City has long been known for having some of the best restaurants in the Pikes Peak region. You can start the day off right with a Valentine’s Day breakfast over at Bon Ton’s Café, where they often have tasty, themed pancake specials and excellent hearty meals. For a light lunch, you can pay a visit to the British Pantry for a spot of tea or enjoy lovely small plates at TAPAteria. Monse’s Taste of El Salvador is another light option and their papusas are great for people with dietary restrictions. The whole menu is 100% gluten-free. Old Colorado City is not weak in the dinner department, either. From great Greek fare at Jake and Telly’s (hello octopus), to down-home cooking at the Mason Jar, you’ll find a lot of ways to enjoy an evening with your sweetie or your fellow singles. While we’ve recommended a few places, this list isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Your best bet is to park the car and follow your heart … er … nose. No matter what you pick, you’re going to leave happy and full.
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!