Weddingbells (Toronto) - - DESTINATIONS HOT HONEYMOONS -

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...

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