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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. 

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ROMANTIC EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

FAMILY MAKE AND TAKE: GARDEN VALENTINES

WHEN: Feb. 7, 13 & 14, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Flowers and plants are used year-round to send messages of love, happiness and joy. Explore the different shapes, textures and colors of dried flowers, leaves and seeds and use them to decorate a Valentine's Day display to share with loved ones.

COOKING WITH CUPID

WHEN: Feb. 11–14 2021
WHERE: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts & Online

Join the chefs at Cook Street in-person or online for a Valentine’s celebration that’s guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes. This deluxe class sumptuous dishes guaranteed to spoil your palate and an optional wine tasting

ROMANCE UNDER THE SEA

WHEN: Feb. 12–14, 2021
WHERE: Downtown Aquarium

Looking for a unique dining experience this Valentine's Day? Take your sweetheart to the Downtown Aquarium for a decadent four-course meal, complete with two glasses of champagne and two Aquarium Adventure Passes.

DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN AT LA SANDIA CANTINA - NORTHFIELD

WHEN: Feb. 12–14, 2021
WHERE: La Sandia Cantina - Northfield

Celebrate Valentine's Day with La Sandia! This year, the restaurant will be featuring three-course dine-in and take-out specials.

DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN AT TAMAYO

WHEN: Feb. 12–14, 2021
WHERE: Tamayo

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Tamayo! This year, the restaurant will be featuring three-course dine-in and take-out specials. ¡Qué romántico!

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND SPECIALS AT TABLE MOUNTAIN GRILL & CANTINA

WHEN: Feb. 12–14, 2021
WHERE: Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, Golden

Bring your hot tamale to Table Mountain Grill & Cantina for a weekend full of tamales that will fill your heart and stomach! Dine in with reservations or pre-order your takeout feast by February 11th for pick-up on February 12 to 14. 

VALENTINE'S DAY AT HUMBOLDT KITCHEN + BAR

WHEN: Feb. 13–14, 2021
WHERE: Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

Celebrate an evening of romance with a chef-prepared three-course Valentine's menu. The full food and drink menu will also be available. 

THREE-COURSE VALENTINE’S DINNER AT SU TACO DENVER

WHEN: Feb. 13–14, 2021
WHERE: Su Taco Denver

Celebrate love (or just your love of tacos) with Su Taco's three-course Valentine's Menu, which includes chocolate strawberries, a margarita or champagne for each person, two salads, two entrées and a dessert to share for just $80! 

THREE-COURSE VALENTINE’S DINNER AT SPRUCE FARM & FISH

WHEN: Feb. 13–14, 2021
WHERE: Hotel Boulderado

Dine in or take home a decadent Valentine’s Day dinner from the Hotel Boulderado's Spruce Farm & Fish.

SURPRISE FOR YOUR SWEETIE

WHEN: Feb. 13, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Join chefate for a virtual Valentine's Day cake-stuffing party! We’ll be creating pinata cakes that hide a delightful surprise in the middle. The best part is that no matter how fancy or messy your finished cake looks, it's guaranteed to be delicious and reveal your love.

CUPID & COCKTAILS PAIRING DINNER

WHEN: Feb. 13 & 14, 2021
WHERE: Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse

Enjoy a special evening that's Cupid approved. Ironton's special paired and plated, three-course dinner returns! Your ticket includes live music, four full-sized cocktails, and three paired plates. Add an optional bouquet of fresh roses from local florist Daisy's Front Porch and they'll be on the table when you arrive.

LOVELAND VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Chapungu Sculpture Park

Loveland — it's right there in the name! The group wedding will include a romantic ceremony, keepsake photos, a lock couples can use to "Lock their love" on the famous LOVE sculpture or HEART sculpture in Loveland, gift bags, signature wedding cupcakes and a chance to win a huge gift basket.

VIRTUAL VALENTINE'S DINNER DATE

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Denver Urban Gardens is excited to host local food hero Chef Biju Thomas for an intimate night in with a virtual Valentine's cooking class! DUG will provide everything, including custom cocktails, live music from lovebirds Niki + Luke of The Dollhouse Thieves and all the ingredients you'll need to whip up your romantic meal of fattoush (z'atar) salad; winter vegetable roast with chicken, falafel or crispy tofu; and wildflower honey and butter-poached pistachios in pastry with cinnamon cream. 

A VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER | LOVE, SUSHI, AND OTHER DRUGS

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Sake Co.

Indulge in beautifully crafted sushi sake pairings prepared in collaboration with Denver Sushi House. Some of the featured courses will include a sushi duet of steak and lobster and a dim sum tasting.

VALENTINE'S DAY COOKING AND WINE PAIRING

WHEN: Online/Virtual
WHERE: InVINtions, A Creative Winery, Englewood

This virtual Valentine's Day package includes a live streaming cooking class and four bottles of wine! Make soup, French steak, classic French gratin and chocolate mousse for dessert, all while enjoying great company and expertly paired wine. Chef Lucas will be instructing live from Italy for a Valentine's dinner you'll talk about for decades to come.

DILLON ICE CASTLES  

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: Dillon Town Park

This award-winning frozen attraction is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, ice-carved tunnels, frozen thrones, slides, fountains and more. 

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.

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 at Sipping n' Painting Hampden (6300 E. Hampden Ave.).

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

'A KISS IS STILL A KISS'

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Kick off Valentine's weekend with this steamy streaming performance. This is definitely NOT your parents' romance novel! 

CANDLELIGHT: 'VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS'

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2021
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Whether you're looking for a beautifully unique classical music performance or a romantic candlelit experience, this performance is for you. You don't need to know all things Vivaldi to enjoy the evening — simply sit back and savor the stunning, candlelit atmosphere as Velveteen Ensemble Denver takes you into the clouds with Vivaldi's most treasured masterpieces.

'ALMOST, MAINE'

WHEN: Feb. 12–13, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Town Hall Arts Center proudly presents a staged concert version of “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, streaming from the safety and comfort of your home. The play is a series of loosely connected tales about love — relationships begin, end or change beyond recognition. Strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. On one cold and magical winter night, the citizens of Almost experience the life-altering power of the human heart.

COMEDY & CONCERTS @ THE LAKE HOUSE PELICAN BAY

WHEN: Feb. 12–14, 2021
WHERE: The Lake House at Pelican Bay, Greenwood Village

This Valentine's Day weekend, enjoy three nights of music and comedy at the Lake House at Pelican Bay, located at Cherry Creek State Park. The lineup includes Louis Johnson & A Girl Named Sethe on Friday, Kevin Fitzgerald & Jacob Larson Band on Saturday, and Phil Palisoul & Dotsero on Sunday. 

DENVER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

WHEN: Feb. 8–17, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

The 25th annual JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Denver Jewish Film Festival will showcase 21 feature films and 10 shorts, including Israeli and Jewish cinema from 14 countries.

COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

WHEN: Feb. 12–21, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival is an exciting, inspiring and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films by local and foreign filmmakers with representatives from local and national organizations. True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film. 

BOULDER BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL

WHEN: Feb. 12–21, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

This selection of short films will appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everyone in between. Streaming begins at 6 p.m. on February 12 and can be viewed anytime, multiple times until the end of the day February 21. A portion of ticket sales benefit Community Cycles, a non-profit bike shop and advocacy organization. 

BOULDER SYMPHONY: 'TRUE LOVE'

WHEN: Feb. 13, 2021
WHERE: Boulder Theater

Celebrate music from the last hundred years to today that brings the greatest love stories to life. All tickets are sold in tables of four or eight and include two drinks (beer, wine or well). Additional beverages, food and upgrades will be available for purchase at your table. 

'OPERA AMORE: VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT'

WHEN: Feb. 13–15, 2021
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

Boulder Opera presents a concert of romantic arias, duets, trios and quartets by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, Mozart and more. The program explores different aspects of love, all in a socially distanced cafe-style setting! 

DENVER YOUNG ARTISTS ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 'CHAMBER SERENADES'

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

This virtual Valentine’s Day concert spotlights the Young Artists Orchestra divided into several chamber ensembles and performing Aaron Copland’s "Fanfare for the Common Man," Samuel Coldrige-Taylor’s "Novelletten," Igor Stravinsky’s "Symphony for Wind Instruments" and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s "Serenade for Strings," to name just a few.

'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, SWEET LOVE!'

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Join Augustana Arts for their second Culinary Concert featuring jazz musicians Neil Bridge and Karen Lee Bridge and guest chef Andrew Hudson. “What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love!” is the perfect way to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your family, spouse, friend or partner.

QUARANTINE CABARET WITH ADRIANE & MARCO ROBINSON VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Join Golden's Miners Alley Playhouse this Valentine's Day for the latest (and most romantic) installment of their ongoing Quarantine Cabaret Series.

'UNTIL THE FLOOD'

WHEN: Thru Fall 2023
WHERE: Online

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on police brutality and discrimination. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large.

MUSEUM & ART EXHIBITIONS

THE 19TH CENTURY IN EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART  

WHEN: Opens Feb. 7, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The 1800s were a pivotal time in Europe and America, marked by incredible change and upheaval. View about 85 artworks from the museum's collection by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Berthe Morisot, Édouard Manet, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Childe Hassam, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others that tell a story about one of the most important times in art history. 

EXCLAMATION POINT.

WHEN: Thru Feb. 13, 2021
WHERE: Union Hall

The work included in Exclamation Point. explores play, joy, rigor and what it means to make a "painting" in 2021. Though all the artists engage with questions of painting, none work primarily with paint, and some don't use paint at all. From credit cards to faux fur, each artist begs the question, "What isn't an art material?"

CITIZENSHIP: A PRACTICE OF SOCIETY

WHEN: Thru Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: MCA Denver

This exhibition posits art making as a critical civic act and exemplifies how artists act as citizens. Many of the works address specific political crises, such as the opioid epidemic and Flint, Michigan's battle for clean water. Others highlight specific legal issues that shape American society. 

FLAGS OF HOPE: BANDERAS DE ESPERANZA

WHEN: Thru Feb. 15, 2021
WHERE: Denver's Art District on Santa Fe

Boulder-based Latinx artists Alejandra Abad and Roman Anaya have a vision: to reclaim flags as a symbol for the hopes and dreams of all people. Enjoy this free, outdoor public art installation on Santa Fe Drive!

ARTMORE 2021

WHEN: Feb. 5–27, 2021, Fridays & Saturdays
WHERE: Space ANNEX

This juried exhibition features the work of three artma artists: John McEnroe, Katharine McGuinness and Mami Yamamoto. Proceeds support The Morgan Adams Foundation, a local organization dedicated to raising money and awareness of behalf of children battling cancer.

COLORADO ABSTRACTED: FIVE ARTISTS CAPTURE THE TRANSCENDENTAL EXPERIENCE OF NATURE

WHEN: Thru Feb. 27, 2021
WHERE: Littleton Museum

This group exhibition features Patricia J. Finley, Annamarie Mead, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist and Cyncie Winter celebrating the Colorado lifestyle and environment: the expansive blue skies, the magical quality of light at high altitude, the abundant sunshine, the clarity and dryness of the air, and mountain adventures.

DENNIS LEE MITCHELL: SMOKE DRAWINGS

WHEN: Thru Feb. 27, 2021
WHERE: William Havu Gallery

Dennis Lee Mitchell captures elusive and ephemeral smoke on paper in his unconventional drawings by applying acetylene torches directly to the surface of archival paper, creating rich brown-blacks and faint gradations left by moving smoke. The resulting imagery evokes natural forms such as landscapes and plants, yet remains captivatingly abstract.

COMING HOME

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: Vicki Myhren Gallery

Coming Home showcases works recently acquired by the University Art Collections at the University of Denver (DU). Celebrating the creative legacies of DU-affiliated artists across multiple mediums, this exhibition highlights former faculty and distinguished alumni. 

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: Denver Theatre District

These billboards on Champa Street feature a triptych of images depicting three interpretations of a town hall meeting portrayed in Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Freedom of Speech painting. In this series of photographs, the artists situate modern-day citizens within Rockwell's composition to reflect the diversity of American identities today.  

LOVE... OR SOMETHING LIKE IT

WHEN: Feb. 12–28, 2021
WHERE: Core New Art Space

Love embraces a broad range of strong emotional states, from the most sublime to the simplest pleasure. We love at first sight, fall in love, become addicted to love. Romance looms large in our natures. This open call exhibit has a variety of mediums and was juried by Dana Cain.

WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

In works combining watercolor with historical photography, news clippings and text, Denver-based artist Adri Norris highlights women who've made history. 

RAÍCES Y RAMAS | ROOTS AND BRANCHES 

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Raíces y ramas explores the Chicano experience in U.S. culture, highlighting the role of place and landscape in connecting community. 

Y/OUR DENVER 2020 ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 

WHEN: Thru Mar. 1, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Local photographers were asked to find and photograph their favorite areas of Denver. The call was open to all forms of architectural imagery and from photographers of all skill levels. 

THE LIGHT SHOW

WHEN: Thru Mar. 7, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The Light Show features more than 200 objects drawn from the museum's nine curatorial departments that explore both physical and symbolic representations of light in art. 

ANA MENDIETA: SUSPENDED FIRE

WHEN: Thru Mar. 7, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This immersive installation features two films created by Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. The two films portray the primordial element of fire. Active as an artist throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mendieta used her body as a way to explore ideas of identity and displacement and its connection to the earth.

NEW YEAR/NEW VIEW

WHEN: Thru Mar. 14, 2021
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

To celebrate moving into a new year, Kirkland Museum will feature newly-acquired and never-before-seen works from the Colorado & Regional Art collection.

PRIMA LINGUA: FIRST WORDS OF THE EARTH

WHEN: Thru Mar. 14, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Aspen-based artist Jody Guralnick explores the intersection of science and art, bringing to light the microscopic and often unnoticed structures of lichens, mushrooms, molds and more. For her, these tiny organisms are comparable to the first words of the earth — the building blocks of nature's language. 

ZANELE MUHOLI - SOMNYAMA NGONYAMA: HAIL THE DARK LIONESS 

WHEN: Thru Mar. 20, 2021
WHERE: Metropolitan State University of Denver - Center for Visual Art​
CVA is proud to present Zanele Muholi - Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, organized by Autograph, London and curated by Renée Mussai. In more than 80 self-portraits, celebrated visual activist Zanele Muholi (South Africa, b. 1972) uses their body as a canvas to confront the deeply personal politics of race and representation in the visual archive. 

THE LATE WORKS: CLYFFORD STILL IN MARYLAND

WHEN: Thru Mar. 21, 2021
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

This exhibition explores Clyfford Still's later paintings and drawings, made after his move to rural Maryland in 1961. This marks a particularly fertile period for Still, during which he made more than 375 works on canvas and more than 1,100 works on paper (nearly all in pastel) before his death in 1980 at the age of 75. 

SENGA NENGUDI: TOPOLOGIES

WHEN: Thru Apr. 11, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This collection is composed of more than 70 abstract and conceptual artworks by the internationally recognized artist, a prominent figure of the 1970s Black American avant-garde and Black Arts Movement.

SUE: THE T. REX EXPERIENCE

WHEN: Feb. 12–Apr. 25, 2021
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Step into the world of SUE: The T. rex Experience to uncover the mysteries about the life of this fearsome fossil and her nemesis, Triceratops. Experience a unique multimedia show transporting you to the Cretaceous forest. Learn how the fossil was unearthed, and how scientists continue to make discoveries about SUE, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered.

APRON CHRONICLES 

WHEN: Thru May 9, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Apron Chronicles features photography, personal narratives and one-of-a-kind aprons. While the storytellers' recollections were each prompted by an apron, they're not about fabric. Sharing a depth of emotion and social complexity both intimately personal and universally relatable, the exhibit reminds us that we're all in this together and even lets visitors add their own stories to the experience. 

DREAMS IN BLOOM: PHOTOS BY FARES MICUE

WHEN: Thru May 16, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Photographer Fares Micue creates dreamlike self-portraits that integrate natural and surprising objects in vibrant hues. Set against a dark, mysterious ground, her images document the hope and positivity of the human spirit. Micue's first solo exhibition, Dreams in Bloom celebrates the individual beauty of the human form and the universal creative optimism within.

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

WHEN: Thru May 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin has collaborated with iconic brands and artists from Puma and Nike to Max Mara and Kendrick Lamar. This interactive multimedia installation features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.

ENDURING IMPRESSIONS: DEGAS, MONET, PISSARRO, AND THEIR PRINTMAKER GEORGE WILLIAM THORNLEY

WHEN: Thru July 17, 2021
WHERE: Longmont Museum

Impressionism is one of the most well-known movements in the history of art. This unique exhibit features original paintings, charcoal illustrations and prints by iconic impressionists like Claude Monet, Edgar Dega, and Camille Pissarro. All three painters produced copious amounts of stunning lithographs in collaboration with printmaker George William Thornley. This exhibition is among the first to examine these remarkable relationships and to showcase the works that emerged from this influential moment in time.

GREGG DEAL: PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE

WHEN: Thru July 31, 2021
WHERE: 
History Colorado Center
What does America mean to a person whose ancestors were insulted in its founding document? Gregg Deal of the Pyramid Lake Paiute leads an Indigenous exploration of what democracy means in Indian Country through his unique, dynamic works. 

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.

SPORTING EVENTS

DENVER NUGGETS V. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2021
WHERE: Watch on Altitude Sports or listen to KKSE 92.5FM

Cheer on the Denver Nuggets as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver's Ball Arena

DENVER NUGGETS V. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Watch on Altitude Sports or listen to KKSE 92.5FM

Cheer on the Denver Nuggets as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Denver's Ball Arena

For more events and activities, see the Denver 365 event calendar. 

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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