Top 10 Romantic Spots in Denver Slideshow
November 11, 2011
Where to take that special someone for a first date, anniversary, or proposal
#10: Anschutz Family Sky Terrace at the Denver Museum
Stunning views of City Park and the Denver skyline make for one of the most romantic spots in Denver. Perfect for weddings and receptions, the open-air terrace frames Denver's skyscrapers with the majestic Rocky Mountains. A stroll through the extensive collection — ranging from dinosaurs to gems and minerals, African wildlife to the wonders of the universe — shows that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has something for every interest. Always evolving, with new additions such as the Anschutz Family Sky Terrace built in 2002, the museum is a perfect symbol for budding and blossoming relationships both new and old. Whether an afternoon, sunset, or star-speckled occasion, the Sky Terrace is a perfect way to start wedded bliss or celebrate an anniversary milestone.
#9: Afternoon Tea at The Brown Palace
Beneath a stunning stained glass canopy in The Brown Palace's main atrium, afternoon tea is anything but stuffy. Playing host to a wide range of previous guests, from royalty to presidents and A-list celebrities to historic figures, The Brown Palace is steeped in a rich history since its opening in 1892. With delicate finger sandwiches, artfully crafted tea pastries, and live melodic piano or harp music, the ambiance will take you back to a more civilized time, while enjoying tea at The Brown Palace Hotel, where the service is as sparkling as the polished silver and beautiful crystal suited to dazzle your date.
#8: Gondola Ride at Venice on the Creek
The Italian Riviera may not be close, but Venice on the Creek brings gondoliering to Denver. For select dates during the summer months, candlelit punt-boat rides through the lock system of Cherry Creek are a unique way to spend a blissful summer evening. Propelled by the pole operator, guests glide effortlessly down the creek. Candlelit rides begin at sunset, lasting about 40 minutes on the water, presenting a unique experience on the creek navigating the world's smallest lock system. Couples are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own picnic for an unforgettable dining experience as the city drifts by in one of Denver's best-kept romantic secrets.
#7: Dive Lounge at Downtown Aquarium
The only thing missing in Denver is an ocean, but the deep blue sea is closer than you think. Downtown Aquarium's Dive Lounge affords that ocean fix while mixing up fun cocktails while tranquil sea life drifts by your table. The aquatic ambiance coupled with the unique fare, themed décor, and exceptional collection of fish and friends make for a remarkably romantic evening under the sea. From the mosaic bar to the coral-encrusted walls, don't be surprised if you spend hours swimming in your date's eyes or become mesmerized by the myriad of sea life just beyond your table.
#6: Garden Patio at Bistro Vendôme
Larimer Square is home to the romantic courtyard location of Bistro Vendôme. Noted for its superb French bistro fare, the restaurant has charming outdoor and indoor dining areas. From the sparkling lights to the breezeway entrance, the romance is palpable in the air. Inspired by the neighborhood feeling of the famous Place Vendome of Paris, Denver delights in the atmosphere and culinary creativity of Bistro Vendôme. An exceptional dining option for an anniversary or special occasion, the ambiance, coupled with some of the best service and fine dining in Denver, creates a picturesque and enchanting romantic spot without having to go to the Chans de Lise via Paris.
#5: Rooftop Deck at Linger
Mortuary-turned-eatery Linger holds claim to one of the best views in Denver. Overlooking the city from the Highlands Neighborhood, the unique and funky culinary establishment doesn't skimp on views or cuisine. A perfect date-night or celebration spot, Linger's rooftop is one of the newest romantic places and not to be missed. For couples with a macabre sense of humor, the Corpse Reviver cocktail and dessert menu printed on toe tags make for a thrilling date night, while sampling small plates from around the world. At this sister restaurant to iconic Root Down, the cocktails are clever, the food eclectic, and the views to die for.
#4: Couples Massage Room at Ritz-Carlton, Denver
The only Five Diamond property in Denver, the spa is not to be missed at Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The Couples Massage Room is a sanctuary in the city, affording A-list services, beautifully appointed rooms, and a cozy hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. An extensive spa and dining menu await in this luxurious romantic getaway and retreat suite including the Couple's Romance Package — a 50-minute couple's massage, 50-minute couple's tranquility wrap, and two complimentary glasses of champagne to be enjoyed in the beautiful adjoining Mentersia Spa Suite, complete with wet bar and lounge area. Couples can also book side-by-side manicure or pedicure services in this private venue for an all-encompassing spa experience. The spa is available to both couples not staying at the hotel as well as in-house guests to the Ritz-Carlton, Denver.
#3: Monet Deck Café at Botanic Gardens
Whether you bring your own bottle of favorite wine or enjoy the offerings of the gardens, the Monet Deck Café at the Botanic Gardens is definitely a romantic spot of Denver. With twinkle lights in the tree canopy above the elevated deck, Mother Nature lends her hand in romance with the serene view of the Monet Water Lily Garden. Sure to stir the inner artist, the picturesque pools are peppered with blooming lily pads and hovering dragonflies and the reflection off the water doubling the lush garden atmosphere in sure to envelop young lovers and lifelong partners alike. Pull up a chair and uncork and unwind in this spectacular botanic spot.
#2: Peaks Lounge at the Hyatt Regency
On the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center is the stunning Peaks Lounge. High above the city with phenomenal views, this pinnacle lounge is the peak of perfection affording award-winning service and breathtaking views for a romantic evening out in the city. From sunset to late night, the ambiance is perfect for a first date or a relaxing getaway in the heart of Downtown Denver. Order a Paradise Sunset cocktail or a glass of fine wine for an unforgettable evening high above the city. Often offering unique culinary and wine pairings, the Peaks Lounge always presents a welcoming and sophisticated atmosphere paired with an extremely wonderful overall experience.
#1: Clock Tower on 16th Street
Time stands still at the most romantic spot in Denver, the D & F Clock Tower on 16th Street. It's a perfect spot for everything from that all-important question, "Will you marry me?" to the wedding ceremony itself or for a special anniversary dinner or spectacular family celebration. The Clock Tower was Denver's first skyscraper and remains the premier romantic location in the Mile High City. Intimate spaces for two or areas for small-group ceremonies are all found within the truly unique and edgy atmosphere, playing off the theme of time itself, making for fantastic and memorable photographic opportunities and stories to tell for years to come. Five floors in all, the chic interiors and smartly decorated spaces with unbelievable 360-degree views of the surrounding city and foothills land the Clock Tower as the most romantic destination of Denver.