Weekend Romantic Getaways in Colorado

by Lindsay Pietroluongo

About Lindsay Pietroluongo

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As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.

Weekend Romantic Getaways in Colorado

Visitors to Colorado can enjoy outdoor activities that range from daring to relaxing. Whitewater rafting, ATV rentals and offroading are exciting ways for brave couples to spend an adrenaline-filled weekend. Colorado is also full of beautiful scenery to enjoy while mountain biking, horseback riding or hiking. Take a romantic time-out in Colorado.

Pikes Peak Resort

Pikes Peak Resort and its private log cabins are located on the 200-acre Mountain Ranch, enclosed by Pike National Forest. Choose from two types of accommodations, either the Westcreek Lodge Bed and Breakfast or individual cabins. The Westcreek Lodge is accented with log decor and stone fireplaces. You can hear the waterfall from the lodge's decks and patios or indulge yourself in the spa area, complete with dry sauna, steam room and exercise equipment. The lodge's guest rooms--Timberline, Cascade, Evening Star and Aspen--include single or double jetted tubs, double soaking tubs, fireplaces, Internet access, flat-screen televisions, microwaves, miniature refrigerators, coffee makers, personal entrances and balconies. You can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the dining room each morning. Room amenities at the Eagle Crest Cabin, Wilderness Cabin and Elk Ridge Cabin include satellite television, DVD players with surround sound, Internet access, iPod dock stations, fireplaces, hot tubs, full kitchens, washers and dryers plus access to a gas grill and campfire pit outdoors. Pikes Peak Resort 943 County Road 78 Woodland Park, CO 80863 719-687-9777 pikespeakresort.com

Shelly's Cottages

Shelly's Cottages, with nine chalets, is located on 900 ft. of waterfront property between Boulder and Estes Park. Shelly's is an adult-only resort (13 years old and over), ensuring quality romance. You can hike at nearby Rocky Mountain National Park and can also enjoy the Colorado Rockies. Area restaurants include Andreas, Cilantro Mary, La Chaumiere and Villa Tatra for romantic dinners. You will have access to outdoor river swings, lawn furniture and grills. Amenities include personal hot tubs, full kitchens, satellite televisions and fireplaces. Shelly's Cottages 16188 N. St. Vrain Dr. Lyons, CO 80540 303-823-6326 shellyscottages.com

Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs

Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs is located in the southwest corner of Ouray, Colorado. You and your special someone can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast before a day full of hiking, rock climbing, biking and ice climbing. Afterward, spend a romantic evening drinking in the scenery or stargazing from one of the four outdoor mineral hot springs tubs. The lodge's rooms have pine tongue-in-groove paneling and marble sinks and countertops, and the honeymoon suite offers a marble garden tub. Amenities include microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, Internet access, HBO and DVD players. Certain rooms also offer fireplaces, full kitchens and balconies. Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs 45 Third Ave. PO Box 439 Ouray, CO 81427 970-325-0223 boxcanyonouray.com

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