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It's that time of year again! Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are showing up in shops, couples are walking hand-in-hand and love is in the air. Denver is a wonderfully romantic city in which to spend this lovers' holiday. 

ROMANTIC EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK

WHEN: Through Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: 16th and Arapahoe

Take a whirl on the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park​ with your sweetheart, right in the heart of downtown Denver. It's a cheap date, too; if you bring your own skates, the rink is free (and skate rentals are just $6–$8).

VALENTINE'S BRUNCH COOKING CLASS

WHEN: Feb. 10, 2018
WHERE:
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Spice up your love life with a morning at the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts that's guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes! Take your relationship to new heights by joining the Valentine's Brunch class, which includes recipes for eggs Benedict, sweet crepes and a mimosa bar.

LOVE POTIONS FROM THE VINE TOUR

WHEN: Feb. 10–16, 2018
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Celebrate the season of love with an enticing tour of aphrodisiac plants to tease the senses and spark the imagination. Tour participants will receive a romantic souvenir to take home.

VALENTINE'S DAY 4 MILE

WHEN: Feb. 11, 2018
WHERE:
Washington Park
Come run your heart out at Denver's Valentine's Day 4 Mile and Kids Fun Run on Feb. 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. Meet Cupid and maybe find a sweetheart (or run with your sweetheart). Participants are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite couple from a TV, movie or book — or dressed ready for a fancy date night. 

FONSECA AND FRIENDS VALENTINE'S DAY SHOW

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Denver Improv

Laugh and love at a special Valentine's Day evening with Fonseca and Friends at Denver Improv.

YOU HAVE MY HEART, VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Denver Clerk and Recorde​r's Office

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson will be hosting the 11th annual Valentine's Day celebration at her office on Feb. 14, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Judges and clergy will be on hand to perform free marriage ceremonies for couples! Food and beverages will be available for the couples. Drawings will be held for gifts donated from local businesses, elected officials and other city agencies. Register in advance on Eventbrite.

UNCLE NASTY'S MASS WEDDING

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Want to get hitched along with hundreds of your closest friends and neighbors? Valentine's Day at Red Rocks is the day and place to do it, as Uncle Nasty performs a mass wedding and vow renewal!

VALENTINE'S DAY 3-COURSE BEER PAIRING DINNER

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Briar Common Brewery + Eatery

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two with a three-course meal all paired to Briar Common Beer.

HEARTS FOR ART 2018

WHEN: Feb. 7–14, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Show your love for fine art by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of your "artwork crush" at Denver Art Museum's Heart for Art 2018

NINE DAYS OF VALENTINE'S DAY

WHEN: Feb. 9–17, 2018
WHERE: coohills.

Chef Tom Coohill will serve up nine days of six-course dinners, featuring such tempters as foie gras with green apple fritter and apple gastrique; an Aspen Ridge ribeye served with gnocchi, Hazel Dell mushrooms and marrow herb butter; or, for vegetarians, buckwheat blinis with truffle nage and red grapefruit-sparked hearts of palm with roasted cauliflower.

COUPLES SPA ESCAPE

Unwind together! The Ritz-Carlton's Couples Spa Escape offers two hours of relaxation with your partner, including side-by-side massages and full, private access to all spa facilities.

IRISH ROSE DRAFTS DOWNTOWN HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDE

Take a romantic ride through downtown Denver. Sit up high, snuggled under a blanket, in a Cinderella carriage drawn by magnificent draft horses. As you slowly clip-clop along the streets, you'll get a different perspective of the sights and lights of downtown Denver. There are various pick-up points along the 16th Street Mall. 

PAINT AND SIP

You'll laugh at your artistic abilities (or lack thereof), loosen your conversation with wine and come away with two memorable pieces of art after a paint-and-sip evening. Several spots are available around town, including Whimsy Paint and Sip Art Studio (8246 Northfield Blvd. #1425), Sipping n' Painting Highland (4995 Lowell Blvd.) and Canvas and Cocktails (249 Clayton St.).

MORE VALENTINE'S DAY EVENTS

ORCHID SHOWCASE

WHEN: Jan. 16–Feb. 19, 2018
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Surround yourselves in blooms and tropical warmth in the Orangery and Marnie's Pavilion at Denver Botantic Gardens. Stroll through the annual Orchid Showcase to see hundreds of exotic blooms that are part of the gardens’ living collection.

THEATER AT DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has five evening shows to choose from on Valentine's Day: "American Mariachi" (a musical about an all-female mariachi band determined to make it in a male-dominated industry), "The Great Leap" (the story of an American college basketball team that travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989), "Zoey's Perfect Wedding" (a tale of a disastrous wedding), "STOMP" (the international percussion sensation) and "First Date" (a hilarious blind date gone awry).

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Love sports? Then what better way to spend Valentine's Day than with an evening of hockey at Pepsi Center?

ROMANTIC LOCATIONS IN DENVER

TRADITIONAL TEA AT THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL & SPA

Experience a touch of elegant, Old World charm at the historic Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. The Traditional Afternoon Tea takes place between noon and 4 p.m. in the hotel's gorgeous atrium lobby and includes freshly made scones, pastries, sandwiches and a wide variety of teas.

GREEN RUSSELL

Steal away to a speakeasy in Denver's posh Larimer Square. Hidden behind the "front" of a pie shop, Green Russell offers handcrafted, artisanal cocktails in an intimate, 1920s-inspired space.

PEAKS LOUNGE AT HYATT REGENCY

Located on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver, the Peaks Lounge offers swoon-inducing views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown, along with 40 wines by the glass and a menu of appetizers and desserts.

D BAR DENVER

Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? The upscale D Bar Denver, owned by Keegan Gerhard, one of the nation's top pastry chefs, is just the ticket, with a menu filled with sinful treats like Cake and Shake (three-layer chocolate cake, manjari frosting, and a vanilla or chocolate milk shake or malt) or a Chocolate & Hazelnut Sitting in a Tree (chocolate soufflé, chocolate sauce, Nutella beignets and praline ice cream). Need we say more?

DIVE LOUNGE AT THE DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM

It's not 20,000 leagues under the sea, but it'll do. An upscale getaway in a truly unique setting, the Dive Lounge is located on the first floor of Denver's Downtown Aquarium, offering the chance to sip cocktails with your sweetheart while surrounded by beautiful marine life.

CRUISE ROOM AT THE OXFORD HOTEL

One of the most hidden and romantic downtown Denver bars, the art deco-style Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel was modeled after one of the lounges on the legendary Queen Mary, with original chrome and neon creating an unparalleled atmosphere. Order a drink from the classic cocktail menu or enjoy a handmade martini. 

TIPS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY IN DENVER

FLOWERS

No Denver Valentine's Day is complete without fresh flowers. Clueless about which bouquet to buy? Don't worry; Denver's expert florists have got you covered. The Highlands neighborhood is home to the flagship location of the trusted Lehrer's Flowers (3191 W. 38th Ave.), with a wide selection and a knowledgeable staff. You can also place your order through Lehrer's website and have flowers delivered. Visit Bouquets in Lower Downtown — they were named one of America's top 10 florists by Bon Appetit Magazine. Downtown's world-famous historic hotel, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa (321 17th St.) has its own flower shop, featuring exquisite designs and arrangements using flowers from around the world.

GIFTS

Perhaps you don't want to stop at flowers this Valentine's Day? You've got plenty of gift options. Sound of the Rockies Chorus will deliver a Singing Valentine to serenade your love by quartets formed from an award-winning chorus in the Denver area. Explore The Mile High City's vibrant art districts, which are filled with galleries, boutiques and craft stores. For stylish boutiques, head to Larimer Square in Lower Downtown or to the nearby Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall. Still on the hunt for that perfect gift? Cherry Creek North is Denver's premier shopping and dining neighborhood, boasting hundreds of independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas. Add to that the upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center, with an additional 160 brand-name stores, and together they create the largest, most diverse shopping district between Chicago and San Francisco.  

DINNER FOR TWO

Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse for an intimate, candlelit dinner. And in Denver you've got dining options galore. In fact, here's a list of particularly romantic restaurants in Denver. Almost every type of cuisine is available in the city; choose from traditional steak houses, tres 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 Highlands and the cozy Washington Park district.

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