B&Bs offer candy, flowers, a touch of mystery and pampering at Colorado's finest. A trip to one of these Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado member inns is sure to warm any Valentine's heart. by Sallie Clark, Owner/Innkeeper at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn and Marketing Chair of Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado, the statewide B&B association. Read the association Blog and become a fan on Facebook.
Romance is alive during the month of February and what better way to celebrate with your loved one than at a beautiful Colorado bed and breakfast inn. Click here for more B&B Specials! Sign up for the Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado Inn-Spirations E-newsletter.
According to the website www.StValentines.net , St Valentine's Day may have been started in the time of the Roman Empire. In Ancient Rome, the date of February 14 was a holiday to honor the Queen of Roman Goddesses and Gods, Juno. Juno was known as the Goddess of women and marriage. On February 14, is was said that young boys and girls of the villages would write down the names of every girl and place their names in a jar of which each young man would draw a name of a girl and this particular maiden would be their partner for the duration of the festival. Sometimes these parings would last a year and occasionally end up in marriage. These rituals were banned as the Emperor Claudius believed that men would be reluctant to go to war if they had to leave their lovers or families. As a result, all marriages and engagements were canceled as a result Saint Valentine, a Roman priest who was said to have married many couples in secret. He was executed on the 14th day of February. The tale goes on to say that while St. Valentine was in jail, he fell in love with the jailers’ blind daughter. By a miracle or some say by the prayers of Valentine, she gained her sight and as a last farewell in a note, he wrote "From Your Valentine".
St. Valentine is now known as the Patron Saint of Lovers and on this day, romantics around the world mark this occasion as a day for sending poems, cards, flowers or candy, but bed and breakfasts around the state say the best way to celebrate is to stay at a Colorado bed and breakfast inn with a few offers to make the Valentine’s Day (or the entire month of February) one to warm your loved one’s heart. B&B inns across the state are preparing for the month of hearts and flowers with tantalizing offers, sure to light the fires of love. So let’s take a quick tour of some great red-hot candy specials.
Cascade’s America’s Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins is a rustic, elegant bed and breakfast lodge and also has two cabin rentals in the mountains at Pikes Peak and near Colorado Springs. As innkeeper Debbie Reynolds says, “We are nestled ‘away from it all, yet close enough’ to enjoy the many activities in the area”. The Lodge specializes in romantic getaways, family reunions, and weddings. To welcome guests during Valentines’ weekend, you’ll receive roses in your room when you arrive, chocolate truffles, a romantic 7-course "dinner of love" at one of Colorado's finest restaurants, the Black Bear Restaurant, including unending champagne and double desserts! All of this is just $175 plus the cost of the room or your choice. This special will be available all of Valentine's weekend... Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Early reservations are suggested as bookings will go quickly. Check out the inn’s blog for .
Central City’s A Hooper Homestead and Blissful Spirit Retreat and Spa is offering a great “Romantic Renewal” package. This Valentine’s romantic getaway include two nights’ accommodation in the Hidden Treasure Suite and features two 60-minute masses or spa treatments. Deluxe continental breakfast is included. Roses and a bottle of wine may be added for an additional $60. Cost is mid-week (Sun-Thur) $399 or Weekends $450, based on double occupancy and tax not included.
Colorado Springs’ Our Hearts Inn Old Colorado City features Victorian lodging with Western hospitality. This bed and breakfast is located in the heart of the Old Colorado City historic district with a charming cottage and B&B rooms. Quaint shops and restaurants are steps away in a picturesque walking area in the shadow of Pikes Peak Mountain. Guests will relax in guest rooms or a cottage, perfect for two with jetted tubs, fireplaces and private balconies. Innkeeper Pat Fedejelem says that she and her husband, Andy, are well prepared for the month of February. “With a name like Our Hearts Inn, you’ll find we are quite the place for hearts and flowers”, says Fedejelem. During the month of February, you’re invited to come make your own “Sweet Memories” for Sweetheart’s Day in Our Hearts Inn. Rooms are decorated for all sweethearts in the Heart’s filled rooms. Guests will enjoy an 18% discount with a two-day stay, celebrating the inn’s 18th year with a sweetheart’s deal.
Colorado Springs’ Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inntheme is “The Romance of the Past with the Comforts of Today”. This award-winning Victorian B&B boasts all suites, each with a private bath, oversized tub for two and gas fireplace. The inn provides a lovely full gourmet breakfast, served in the formal dining room each morning or in the privacy of your suite for an additional $15 per day. Innkeeper Sallie Clark says that the inn continues to cater to romantic getaways and couples and after many years of successful innkeeping, the Holden House has maintained the romantic touch. “After 30 years of marriage, my husband and I know that every couple needs a place to get away and we’ve worked to make the inn a haven for romantics”, Clark says. During the entire month of February, Holden House is offering a Valentine Hearts and Flowers Special to keep the fires of love lit all month long. Stay anytime during February and for just an additional $100 plus room rate of $145-155 per night + tax, you'll receive a bottle of French champagne and fresh flowers upon arrival, with a specially prepared full breakfast delivered right to your door on one morning of your stay. Each suite is beautifully appointed with a fireplace, tub for two (bath bubbles included!), TV, DVD and CD player, refrigerator, soft signature robes and private label amenities. A complimentary afternoon wine social is also available each evening with 24 hour coffee/tea and cookies. Read the inn's blog.
Denver’s Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens is offering several packages including a Casino Murder Mystery Dinner & Valentine’s Ball starting at just $49 per person on Saturday, February 13, 2010. You can partake of several different packages. ACT I is the Casino Night Heist and Comedy Mystery Dinner with 6 p.m. Poker, blackjack, roulette, dinner, and “Heist” with outrageous crime-solving fun ($37), ACT II includes the Valentine’s Ball at 9:30 p.m. with multimedia music, lights and romance. (ACT I+II=$49) ACT III features overnight Jacuzzi Rooms ($149-239) and breakfast. This historic inn is in close proximity to shopping, attractions, restaurants and more.
Loveland’s Plum Tuckered Innis in Colorado’s most popular communities during the month of “love” and with a name like Loveland, it can be beat for a sweetheart retreat. The Plum Tuckered Inn is nestled along the Buckhorn Creek within the Rocky Mountain foothills. West of town, the inn has tranquil bedrooms, a spacious common area with fireplace and a hot tub and is surrounded by picturesque wintry views. Breakfast is made fresh, homemade and served by amiable innkeepers. Valentine’s Day offers the perfect excuse for sweethearts to take time for each other and get away from the bustle of life. Plum Tuckered Inn invites Valentines to visit with a special rate of only $89/night. This exclusive rate is available February 11-15 only and includes a complimentary bottle of wine and hand-made chocolates. A delicious delight!
Manitou Springs’ Two Sisters Inn - a bed and breakfast was selected for Frommer’s 2010 Choice for “Best Bed and Breakfast in Colorado”. This charming B&B and cozy cottage has been welcoming guests from around the world since 1990. Caring and fun owners prepare award-winning creative and beautifully presented gourmet breakfasts, including the “Best Muffin in Colorado” (2009-2010). Innkeepers Sharon Smith and Wendy Goldstein say that bed and breakfasts are meant to be a sanctuary for their guests in these tumultuous times—a place where loved ones can connect again and reflect on their love. “Valentine’s Day celebrates all that we try to offer every day of the year”, says Smith. A Magical experience that shouldn’t be missed is the Valentine’s Day Special in the 2-FOR-1 FUN to celebrate both Mardi Gras “Laissez le bon temps rouler” (Let the good times roll) and Valentine’s Day “Celebrez l’amour” (Celebrate love) all in one weekend at the Two Sisters February 12-14, 2010 with a two-night stay. Cost is $320-365 (tax inclusive) based on double occupancy. Arrive Friday to a welcome package of “necessary items” for weekend fun. Saturday, arise to a “BIG EASY” breakfast, then on to downtown to sample gumbo at the 17th Annual Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off and revel at the 18th Annual CARNIVALE Parade. You are on your own Saturday evening. On Sunday, awake to the loving aromas of a heart-warming Valentine’s breakfast.
Nathrop’s Hahns Haven Bed and Breakfast Inn is surrounded by the natural beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains. It’s an ideal setting for any kind of getaway, whether you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s celebration for two, or a week-long vacation with family and friends. Innkeeper Melody Ann Hahn calls her inn a “true romantic original” where a romantic getaway on the banks of Chalk Creek offers a place where you and your sweetheart can relax to the sound of the water. “What could be more romantic than to share a hot home-made breakfast in your room or in the dining room at the time you’d like to be served”, says Hahn. Stay one night and book the next night for half price. Or stay one night with a 20% discount off regular rates.
Woodland Park’s Pikes Peak Paradise is truly an escape from reality with a setting at 9300 foot elevation in the middle of the Pike National Forest. Innkeeper Ron Pijut says that Valentine’s Day is the time to show your “Honey” that you care and want to take the time to celebrate your relationship. “We welcome guests to relax in our mountain setting with the best secluded panoramic view of Pikes Peak”, Pijut says. The Valentine special includes one night in any suite with a dozen roses, baby’s breath and vase, chocolate covered strawberries and complimentary Freixenet Sparkling Wine for just $295 or stay two nights in any suite with a dozen roses, baby’s breath and vase, chocolate covered strawberries and complimentary Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Champagne from France for $555.