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Valentine’s Day in Denver: 50+ events and fun family celebration ideas

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My husband and I are celebrating 18 years of wedded bliss on February 15. Before we were married, I told him our anniversary, Valentine’s Day and my birthday (all of which fall within a week of each other) are three separate and distinct occasions and should be celebrated as such. Yeah, right. I now have sympathies for all those with December/Christmas birthdays.

We wanted to go big for a recent milestone anniversary and finally do our dream vacation to Nepal. Yeah, right. Then, that was changed to a childhood best friend’s wedding in Mexico. Yeah, right (still in mourning over that). Do you know what we ultimately decided? To pay off medical bills and finally build a deck. When did I turn so dastardly practical?

So, even though we’re not going on a big, whimsical vacation this year due to COVID, I still want to make this Valentine’s Day and anniversary memorable for our family so here are some ideas.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY IDEAS

Family Make and Take: Garden Valentines

Flowers and plants are used year-round to send messages of love, happiness and joy. On February 7, 13 and 14, 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 at the Denver Botanic Gardens

HEART ATTACK

Last year, I decided we would take the “Heart Attack” to a new level. Instead of just cutting out hearts and decorating the house with them, we sat down and wrote what we appreciated about each other. I knew it would be a great practice in recognizing each other’s strengths but I will never forget the looks on my kids’ faces as they shared what they love about each other…one of those priceless parenting moments. We then taped the hearts all over the house for decoration and I have a few still hanging in my office.

BALLOON MEMORIES

Last year for our anniversary, I purchased 17 mylar balloons (spring for these instead of latex because they’ll stay afloat longer). I bought nine cute notecards and wrote my favorite memory from every year we’ve been married. I attached them to the balloons and surprised my husband with them.

VALENTINE’S DAY BREAKFAST

We traditionally do fondue for our Valentine’s Day dinner so I like to mix things up for breakfast. In the past, I have made heart-shaped pancakes, crepes with strawberries and whipped cream and last year, I shaped cinnamon rolls into hearts and baked them. This year, my kids are into red velvet so I can’t with to try Something Swanky’s Red Velvet Scones with cream cheese frosting. They’re super easy to make and will be a hit.

COUNTING DOWN TO VALENTINE’S DAY

We count down to Christmas so why not for Valentine’s Day? Crafting blog Makes and Takes made counting down to Feb. 14 even more memorable with their 14 Acts of Love (or, do a 7 days of love since we’re only a week out). Have a lovely heart on one side and an act of service on the other. They are placed right where everyone can see and one member of the family picks out a heart and everyone does the service for each other. As a bonus? They have provided the printables for you so all you need to do is print them out and assemble them. Tip: Personalize the acts of service for your family.

HEART-SHAPED HAIR

There are so many fun things about having a girl and doing their hair is one of them. Last year, my daughter got invited to a Valentine’s Day party so we did her hair up in hearts. They turned out darling and were a huge hit. Divide the hair up into three side ponytails, twist each of them up, intertwine, use a lot of bobby pins to help them stay in place and tie them off at the bottom.

CINNAMON BUN CARAMEL POPCORN

Last year, we made cinnamon bun caramel popcorn with almond bark drizzle, whipped up some valentines, packaged them up and gave them to our neighbors and teachers. This recipe from Best Bites is easy and everyone begged us for the recipe. This time around, we’re adding cinnamon hearts to make them even more festive.

HOST A CHOCOLATE-MAKING EVENING

I’m not sure who tied Valentine’s Day to chocolate but for them, I’m eternally grateful. If your kids are chocolate lovers, I thought this party seemed like a darling idea. You’ll need chocolate for melting, chocolate molds, lollipop sticks, pretzel rods, marshmallows, various sprinkles and a lot of patience for chocolate-covered messes.

VALENTINE’S DAY FONDUE

If cheese is your love language, we have a recipe for you. We love fondue for Valentine’s Day and growing up, my family ate strictly meat cooked in broth or oil. A few years ago, my sister-in-law found the most delicious cheese fondue recipe and we’ve never looked back and now we have two delicious fondues every Valentine’s Day.

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

Candy cards are out this year, and non-treats are definitely in. Don’t miss our 20 fun non-candy valentine’s day ideas for your kids. 

Romantic Events and Activities

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 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. 

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 VALENTINES 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.

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.

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.

‘CELESTIAL CHAOS’ 

WHEN: Mar. 4–21, 2021
WHERE: EXDO Event Center

Experience a four-ring circus performance of otherworldly delight. “Celestial Chaos” combines the talents and expertise of theatrical circus artists with the artistry and creativity of the immersive and visual arts to bring audiences into the clouds and beyond. 

‘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

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. 

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. 

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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