Post # 1
We are thinking a late summer Colorado Honeymoon. We’ve been to all the tropical sites and are tired of it. We thought we would try a romantic mountain getaway!!! Any tips on great places to stay or go without breaking the bank!?
Post # 3
Hmm….late summer you can usually find a great deal in Breckenridge. I’ve always been a big fan of Breck, especially in the summer! Pagosa Springs is a great small town, but a warning…it is small…and it’s far away from any major city, but it has the small town mountain charm. Manitou Springs is also a fun little town with a lot of history. I’ve never been to Estes Park, but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. I would check vrbo.com for any of the above towns for some great deals. My family used to go to Breck all the time for Labor Day and would get a 3 bedroom condo for about $175 a night…which is a fraction of the cost of what it would cost in the winter time. I could go on and on and on about Colorado, so if you want any more details or have questions, feel free to shoot me an email!
Post # 4
So I might be a WEEE bit biased (b/c we got married there) but I LOVE Steamboat Springs, pretty much any time of the year. It’s a great town with tons of different lodging options and tons of great stuff to do from hiking, biking, hot springs, shopping, etc. It’s a bit off the beaten path from the main Summit county resorts like Breck, Keystone or Vail, but it has a great local town charm and is a really great getaway. The ski resort itself has some great loding options, but there are also a lot of time-share owned resorts that rent off their unused units for SUPER cheap. My parent’s friends stayed at the Highmark resort this past September and got a 1600 sq ft, 2 bedroom, gorgeous condo for less than $120 per night.
Post # 5
Estes Park is great. There are some really nice cabins. It’s my favorite place in the state because of the access to Rocky Mountain National Park. Breckenridge is also a beautiful place. I second the vrbo.com recommendation. I’ve found a couple amazing, luxurious vacation homes in Breckenridge on that site, and I had such wonderful times there. I would recommend the specific houses, but they’re pretty big – they sleep 10-12. What a great time of year to honeymoon in CO!
Post # 6
My fiance took me to Telluride to propose. We had the time of our lives. There is excellent food, hiking, rafting, horseback ride. I grew up in the mountains and still found Telluride to be exceptional. It isn’t your normal mountain town. I would also second Steamboat. If you go, be sure to head to Strawberry Hill at night. It is this isolated natural spring with the most incredible view of the stars! Bring a flashlight because it is pitch black. Apparently it is clothing optional, but everybody I have seen is wearing a suit. Have a great honeymoon!
Post # 7
I only lived in CO for 2 years, but I think Estes is super cute! there is a fun microbrewery in Lyon as you drive up, called Oskar Blues ? I know they have a lot of cute b&bs and I think even some rooms where you get your own hot tub.
man, my memory is failing me, tho!
Post # 8
I dont have any recommendations, but i just wanted to say I love colorado! I only went there once in the winter to visit my fmil, but I had the best time! Its sooo pretty, everyone is nice, and Its just way more “cozy” then Los angeles where I live. Hope you find some great places to go!
Post # 9
Breckinridge is super cute! The Cordillera is absolutely fantastic. The rooms can be on the small side, but their breakfast is amazing and it’s got FANTASTIC views. It’s a good chill out place and it offers lots of things to do. Try to go to a rodeo or cattle drive while you’re in Colorado-it’s super fun!!!
Post # 10
I forgot to mention that the Cordillera is actually in Edwards, CO. You can find pretty good deals on http://www.luxurylink.com/luxury-hotels/lodge-and-spa-at-cordillera?clid=3526 Way under market value and it usually comes with meal passes and/or spa credit! Way cheaper than booking through them and it’s a legit site, my dad uses it all the time!
Post # 11
What do you want to do?
For mountain biking, go to Fruita. Not a lot of great or romantic lodging there, but great biking. Also, there’s a bike and wine festival there in September.
For hiking, well, just about anywhere. For hiking with cute towns nearby, Breckenridge, Keystone or Vail, as most people have said. Most ski towns have killer deals in the summer. A bit further afield—Aspen, which is close to Glenwood Hot Springs, as a bonus.
For amazing geologic occurences, go down to the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Monument. Valley View hot springs is there too—clothing very much optional hot spring, but no pressure if you wear clothes, too. Have to be a member to get in on weekends only.
For history, head down to Four Corners and Mesa Verde. You can grab the Silverton railroad while you’re down there. Ouray isn’t too far either—a cute little swiss-like village, with great wildflowers and mtn biking.
Wildflowers are usually blooming from early July, at hiking-type elevations.
Also, be aware that CO is in the midst of a severe pine bark beetle infestation—this won’t affect your travel or enjoyment, but you will see large stretches of ‘red’ (instead of green) pine trees.
Post # 12
Yeah… it would be pretty hard to go wrong in Colorado. All of Ostara’s suggestions are great ones. How far off the beaten path do you want to go? Are you thinking luxurious or rustic?
Post # 13
Romantic Rustic would be the best way to put it! 🙂
Post # 14
I second the Cordillera in Vail (which is Edwards)! So beautiful. We go up there for weekend getaways quite frequently.
If you are looking for Romantic Rustic, I would suggest Vail or any other ski resort in CO such as steamboat, breck, telluride, crested butte, or aspen. Honestly, I would stay away from staying in Frisco or Dillion as they are a little rundown. A great thing about honeymooning in the summer in the mountains is that it is off-season. Basically any ski resort will offer you great deals. Plus, (I can’t believe I am saying this as I was a ski instructor in college) I enjoy the mountains much more in the summer. There is so much to do….biking, horseback riding, rafting, golfing, hiking!