Nothing says love is in the air like February in Estes Park! With crisp mountain breezes whistling through frosty pines, the month of love calls for a romantic escape to this enchanting destination.
Show your sweetheart how much you love them with a trip to the mountains. We know you're busy, so we've made it easy by providing you with a complete itinerary that will make them think you’ve been planning for months! Shhhhh… we won’t tell!
Day 1: Embrace Nature
Begin your romantic escapade with a snowshoe hike around a frozen Alpine Lake. Bear Lake, Sprague Lake and Lily Lake all boast pristine beauty and unmatched tranquility. Though intertwined hands might keep each other’s fingers warm, don’t forget to dress in layers for your walk through a winter wonderland.
As the sun sets, retreat to a private cabin at Mountain Village at Lake Estes or Fall River Village. End the day with a homemade dinner in your private kitchen. We recommend getting fresh and delicious ingredients conveniently at the Country Market and Deli. Then, curl up by the fire or maybe hit the jacuzzi.
Day 2: Delight in yummy treats and Charming Streets
Then treat your sweet to some sweets. Meander through the charming streets of downtown Estes Park, stopping by many of our homemade candy shops like The Old Fashion Candy Store, the Taffy Shop and Laura’s Fine Candies.
For a fun-filled afternoon, rent sleds from the Estes Park Mountain Shop and zoom down the snowy hills of Hidden Valley inside Rocky Mountain National Park. If you would rather keep warm indoors, visit the Estes Valley Community Center for a heated pool and lazy river experience and maybe a dip in the hot tub.
Come evening, indulge in a romantic dinner at Twin Owls Steakhouse, known for its mouth-watering steaks and romantic serenades of live Spanish guitar.
Day 3: Toast to local culture and history
If you’re in town on February 3, head to the Estes Park Events Complex for the annual Wine and Chocolate Festival, where you and your honey can sample sweets from the region's finest chocolatiers and enjoy pours from an array of wineries, all complemented with live music to create a romantic ambiance.
Any day of the year, immerse yourselves in local culture by visiting The Stanley Hotel, famously known as the inspiration for Stephen King's, The Shining. Take a historical tour to unravel secrets about its founder, F.O. Stanley, and enjoy special events and live music. Before bidding farewell to the historic hotel, savor a moment of relaxation at the Cascades Whiskey Bar & Lounge. Enjoy a delicious Old Fashioned while basking in the grandeur of the surroundings, then head downstairs to The Vault to pick up your favorite bottle.
For those who plan to put a ring on that finger, or possibly already have, explore some of Estes Park’s breathtaking wedding venues, such as Della Terra Mountain Chateau, The Pavilion at The Stanley Hotel and Black Canyon Inn.
Before you head home, finish off your trip with some ice skating at the YMCA of the Rockies while sipping hot chocolate!
Check out more romantic Estes Park lodging packages and special offers, and make this the year for a romantic winter getaway you and your sunshine will never forget.