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Itinerary for a Romantic Mountain Getaway

In winter, there’s nothing like getting away for a romantic stay in the mountains.

Estes Park is the perfect mountain getaway, with cozy and romantic lodging choices, invigorating outdoor recreation,  shops to explore, and delicious and elegant restaurants with intimate evening music.

Unlike many of the mountain towns along the I-70 corridor that revolve around alpine skiing, Estes Park will be less crowded in winter, but more beautiful with the dramatic peaks of the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park towering above town.

If you can choose to get away during a full moon, the Park and snowy peaks are magical under the moon’s light!

Lodging recommended for a Romantic Getaway to Estes Park.

Plan

  • Plan your weekend by selecting luxurious lodging with a wood burning stove and outdoor hot tub or in-suite spa, and a kitchen.  Winter specials keep the cost down for affordable luxury.   Look for packages too.
  • Lodging suggestions:  For luxury and great views into the Park, Wildwood Inn on Fall River Road is near the Fall River Entrance Station.  For luxury and walking distance to downtown Estes Park, check out Fall River Village with beautiful new townhomes and condos.
  • View the Estes Park calendar for weekly happenings going on around town that you might enjoy.  On Martin Luther King weekend Estes Park holds their annual Winter Festival and Winter Trails Day in the Park.
  • Check the weather forecast.  Falling snow makes the woods soft and quiet, but high winds will make it harder to spend time outdoors.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Head to Coffee On The Rocks to start your morning.

If you’re up for some outdoor exercise, pack up your daypack and gear.  On your way to the Park via the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station, stop by the Scratch Deli & Bakery on High Drive and add a sandwich and drink for lunch.

Winter Hiking recommendations  or Snowshoe Trail recommendations in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Depending on the weather and snow conditions, check out loaner snowshoe equipment from your lodge, or bring your own slip-on microspikes for winter hiking boot traction, and head into the Park for a snowshoeing adventure.

If you need to rent equipment or buy some new layers to keep warm & dry, stop by The Warming Hut which is on the left side of the street after Coffee on the Rocks.

After your day in the Park, soaking in a hot tub feels great – it will relax you and warm you up!

Now,  how does a cozy evening by the fire sound?

Day 2:

Sleep in!  Enjoy coffee or tea and a pastry in your room for breakfast.

Head out and find a great place for lunch along the Riverwalk  – Poppy’s Grill is a locals favorite.

Stroll along the Riverwalk and through downtown Estes Park and explore the shops and galleries.  Stop at MacDonald’s Bookstore and browse.

For a real, old-fashioned ice skating on a pond experience, head to Dorsey Lake near the entrance to the YMCA of the Rockies.  You can rent skates and get a Day Pass at Sweet Memorial Building.

For dinner,  if you like Italian food, Dunraven Inn is a favorite with a fun, unique atmosphere.  Looking for mountain lodge elegance, try the Twin Owls Steakhouse at Black Canyon Inn.

Many restaurants and bars in town have live music to set the mood.  Choose jazz ,country, rock or blues.  This Estes Park calendar lists who is currently playing.

End your day with a soak in an outdoor hot tub under the stars.

Day 3:

You’ve reconnected and just enjoyed your time together…  now it’s time to head home with memories of your special time in the mountains!

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