Denver Date Night
Paris, France, may be the legendary “City of Romance,” but Denver has its very own love power. The city is rapidly becoming a popular spot for romantic rendezvous, spontaneous weekend getaways and intimate nights out on the town. Below you’ll find some suggested spots to get your Denver Date Night going.
Step #1: Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace
321 17th St.
Start your date with a touch of Old World charm at downtown Denver's historic Brown Palace, one of the city's oldest and grandest luxury hotels. Pick up a bouquet of exquisite flowers for your sweetheart at the on-site flower shop and then escort him or her into the Brown's famous atrium lobby for the traditional Afternoon High Tea. You'll be treated like royalty by the hotel's staff, while you nibble on freshly made scones, pastries and sandwiches and enjoy a wide variety of teas. Soak in the elegant atmosphere of the Brown Palace, with a soothing soundtrack provided by a pianist or harpist. Traditional Afternoon Tea takes place between noon and 4 p.m.; reservations are suggested during the holiday season.
Step #2: Watch the sun set over the Rockies
There's nothing quite like seeing the sun dip behind the Rocky Mountains with the one you love - and Denver is perfectly situated for this swoon-inducing activity. Where are the best spots? The Peaks Lounge (650 15th St.), on the lofty 27th floor in downtown's Hyatt Regency Denver, is great for sipping a cocktail and gazing out at the breathtaking Rocky Mountain panorama - when you're not gazing into one another's eyes, that is. Over at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd.), couples will be treated to a stunning, unobstructed view of the mountains and the Denver skyline in the Leprino Family Atrium and Sky Terrace, a three-story high glass atrium. Or, head to LoDo's Bar & Grill (1946 Market St.) in Lower Downtown and spend a little quality time on their relaxing rooftop patio. Finally, the Capitol Hill neighborhood offers many prime vantage points for you and your date to hold hands and watch night fall on the city.
Step #3: Treat yourselves to an extravagant dinner
No romantic night out is complete without a delicious, candlelit dinner for two. And in Denver, you've got dining options galore for those special nights when only the best will do. Almost every type of cuisine is featured here: choose from traditional steak houses, très chic French bistros, adventurous fusion menus and much, much more. Lower Downtown (LoDo) boasts countless great restaurants, but you might also want to check out the offerings in some of Denver's other neighborhoods, including the buzzing Lower Highlands (LoHi) and the cozy Old South Gaylord district near Washington Park.
Step #4: Explore Denver's vibrant nightlife
Once you've filled up on the best food Denver has to offer, get ready to work off a few excess calories by hitting a few of the city's choice after hours spots. If you and your darling find yourselves in the mood for dancing, there are plenty of hopping dance floors in the city. And any tour of Denver's nighttime scene requires a trip to the South of Colfax Nightlife District (1155 Sherman St.), where you'll pay a single entrance fee and enjoy four different nightclub venues, all within walking distance of each other. Need something a little mellower? Wander into a chilled-out wine bar, or a groovy jazz club like Jazz@Jack's (500 16th St.) or Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (1601 Arapahoe St.), both downtown. Settle back and enjoy the good vibes.
Step #5: Check into a luxurious honeymoon suite
Finish off your perfect evening with a nightcap in one of the city's most romantic honeymoon suites at the Brown Palace (321 17th St.), the Hotel Teatro (1100 14th St.), the Oxford Hotel (1600 17th St.), the Magnolia Hotel (818 17th St.) or The Curtis (1405 Curtis St.). Each is unique, but they all feature out-of-this-world amenities - spa treatments, incredible views, hot tubs and, of course, all the room service you desire. No request is too extravagant when you're a guest at these hotels. You and your sweetheart may never want to check out.