Romantic Dates in Denver, CO
Lower Downtown (LoDo) in Denver is generally a pretty romantic spot at night, especially around Larimer Square. Although you could make a night of cruising the streets beneath the twinkling lights, take romance a step further by enjoying a meal at Bistro Vendome. This culinary hot spot features creative yet classic French cuisine served in a cozy yet sophisticated setting. The moules (mussels) in a white wine sauce and steak frites are unbeatable, as is the Salade Nicoise. The wine list is reasonably priced and thorough, and they also offer some unique signature cocktails. If you can, sit on the patio (often called the best patio in LoDo) for the ultimate romantic atmosphere.
When you cruise the streets of Historic Downtown Louisville northwest of Denver, you can almost imagine the coal miners settling this little town back in the 1800s. While the downtown area has certainly been updated, Louisville has maintained its original charm and quaintness. Bittersweet Cafe & Confections may be a coffee shop but it's definitely not just any old coffee shop. The friendly staff will whip up one of the best gourmet coffee drinks you've ever had (complete with barista art in the foam) before you cozy up to one of the many intimate seating options. The pastries are outstanding and many of their products are locally sourced. The menu does include some sandwiches, bagels, juices and smoothies but the coffee and pastries shine. Bittersweet Cafe & Confections is open late and often hosts live music. It's a fantastic spot for a casually romantic date.
In the heart of downtown Denver, you may be surprised to find a quaint, uber-romantic Bed and Breakfast called the Capitol Hill Mansion. Book one of eight elegant rooms for the night and treat your sweetie to a unique and memorable experience. The restored mansion is a gorgeous turn-of-the-century masterpiece that beckons you with a welcoming porch and intricate architectural details. although the accommodations are stellar, the highlight of your visit may just be the food. A healthy, gourmet breakfast is provided each morning and wine service, featuring Colorado vineyards, is offered each evening. Check out their site or call to find out about the latest packages, which may include an intimate 3-course candlelight dinner. When you want to venture out, some of Denver's best restaurants and sights are just minutes away.
For a truly unique romantic date, rent the photography studio at the Denver Darkroom. Pamper your date with a mini-makeover and make her feel like a super model as you capture her beauty in pictures. Whether you are a skilled photographer or just curious about the art, you'll have everything you need to create gorgeous photographs at the Darkroom. Studio rental includes an 18 x24 foot shooting space, lighting, a variety of backgrounds, seating, props, a make-up station and use of a kitchenette and dressing room. Rental rates are $25 for an hour or $75 for four hours. Professional assistance with lighting is available for an additional charge.
Denver's Downtown Aquarium is always a great date destination. Whether you want to spend some time with a special child in your life or with the love of your life, the Aquarium has it all. With over 500 species of animals, over a million gallons of underwater exhibits and a variety of dining options, you and your date will have plenty to explore. Don't miss the Romance Under the Sea event, which takes place February 12, 13 ad 14. It includes entrance to the Aquarium, live entertainment, a 3-course dinner for two at the Aquarium restaurant, champagne and a rose. Reservations are required so plan ahead and enjoy!