Colorado is so much more than just a world-class ski destination. Boasting 300 days of sunshine per year, the state is heaven for nature enthusiasts. With four national parks, 27 hot springs and 58 skyscraping mountains, it’s easy to understand why Coloradans spend the majority of their time outdoors. The state capital, Denver, is also home to a thriving arts community and a burgeoning culinary scene. Colorado embraced local, seasonal food and microbrews long before they were trendy—there are 60-plus award-winning craft breweries at the base of the Rockies that make up what’s known as the “Napa Valley of beer.”
Start your honeymoon in Colorado with a stay at Denver’s ART Hotel. Part gallery, part luxury hotel and located in the heart of the city’s Museum District, the property is renowned for offering curated experiences, from its contemporary decor and vast array of artwork to its cuisine and highly personalized service.
From Denver, set your sights on Vail. With 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, it’s one of the largest ski resorts in the world. The Sebastian-Vail – A Timbers Resort is at once homey and luxurious, providing the perfect honeymoon experience. In the summer, The Sebastian offers access to free bicycles, and in the winter, you can take advantage of its base camp, which boasts ski-in/ski-out access from Gondola One on Vail Mountain.
To end your honeymoon on an adventurous note, visit a Colorado dude ranch. The state has over 30 working ranches where you can live the cowboy life, riding horses, fly-fishing, hiking and even learning how to line dance.
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—Jen O’Brien Clockwise from top left: Saddle up and embrace the cowboy lifestyle at a Colorado dude ranch; Head to Vail for hiking, skiing and luxe accommodations; Surround yourselves with culture at Denver’s ART Hotel; The Sebastian-Vail’s mountain-view pool is second to none; Save some time to cozy up fireside.