Valentine’s Day in Denver 2022: Romantic Dining, Gifts & Activities

Sure, you may be wishing you’re in romantic cities like Paris or New York City for Valentine’s Day but Denver has so much to offer for the holiday of love. Check out our tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Denver with your loved ones–from where to eat, buy flowers, and play together in collaboration with Visit Denver. Scroll down to the bottom for our guide to creating your own fondue and Valentine’s Day charcuterie boards as well as family-friendly activity ideas. 

Valentine’s Day in Denver 2022

GIFTS

Denver has plenty of  Valentine’s Day gift options. Sound of the Rockies Chorus will deliver a Singing Valentine to serenade your love by quartets formed from an award-winning chorus in the Denver area. Explore The Mile High City’s vibrant art districts, which are filled with galleries, boutiques and craft stores. For stylish boutiques, head to Larimer Square in Lower Downtown or to the nearby Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall.  In February, Dairy Block will Celebrate Lovin’ on the Block with a heart installation for those selfies, flower pop-ups, live music and decadent dinners.  Cherry Creek North is Denver’s premier shopping and dining neighborhood, boasting hundreds of independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas. Add to that the upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center, with an additional 160 brand-name stores, and together they create the largest, most diverse shopping district between Chicago and San Francisco.

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Still looking for ideas? Our popular  75 Best Gifts for the Holidays and Holiday Gift Guide has 50+ ideas that also work fabulously for Valentine’s Day (yes, Colorado-based Enstrom Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, we’re talking about you). Other local favorites include Colorado Crafted’s custom gift boxes and Phunkshun wear, a  Colorado-based company is committed to sustainably developing lightweight balaclavas and protective neck tubes that are all made entirely from recycled bottles that deliver uncompromising performance and protection for adults and kids.

Amazon has some great ideas if you prefer to shop online like a Homesick Scented Candle (with varieties in a number of cities you may long for from across the nation), a silicon pancake mold flipper to make heart-shaped pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns and even omelets, socks customized with something they love (like kids or your pet) and, on my wish list, a charcuterie board to make a beautiful Valentine’s Day spread (see our instructions below). 

DINNER FOR TWO

Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse for an intimate, candlelit dinner. Almost every type of cuisine is available in the city; choose from traditional steak houses, tres chic French bistros, adventurous fusion menus and much, much more. Lower Downtown (LoDo)  boasts countless great restaurants, but you might also want to check out the offerings in some of Denver’s other neighborhoods, including the buzzing Highlands and the cozy Washington Park district. Here are a few of our favorite picks.

COOKING WITH CUPID

WHEN: February 9-12
WHERE: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts 

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: February 11-14
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.

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND SPECIALS AT TABLE MOUNTAIN GRILL & CANTINA

WHEN: February 14, 2-10 p.m.
WHERE: Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, Golden

Bring your hot tamale to Table Mountain Grill & Cantina for a weekend full of tamales that will fill your heart and stomach! Dine in with reservations or pre-order your takeout feast by February 11th for pick-up on February 12 to 14. 

KACHINA CANTINA VALENTINE’S WEEKEND DINNER SPECIALS 

WHEN: February 11-14
WHERE: Kachina Cantina at Dairy Block

Kachina Cantina will be serving up delicious Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Specials from Friday, Feb. 11th – Monday, Feb. 14th, including a Butter Aged Ribeye Steak with mole negro, fire-roasted corn salsa and horseradish whipped potatoes for $31 and a Seared Duck Breast with brussels sprouts, yam hash and a cranberry glaze for $29.

VALENTINE’S DAY AT HUMBOLDT KITCHEN + BAR

WHEN: February 11-14, 5 p.m.-close
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. 

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND DINNER AT BRUTØ

WHEN: February 11 and 12
WHERE: Bruto

BRUTØ at Dairy Block will be serving a special Valentine’s Weekend Dinner created by Chef Michael Diaz de Leon. Enjoy 7-courses for $125 per person on Friday, Feb. 11th & Saturday, Feb. 12th.

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND AT FOR[A]GED

WHEN: February 11-14
WHERE: For[a]ged at Dairy Block

For[a]ged by Chef Duy Pham will be serving Valentine’s Weekend specials from Friday, Feb. 11th – Monday, Feb. 14th, including a Shrimp & Crab Roulade with tobikio, shisha remolata, preserved lemon and fine herbs and a Tomahawk for Two with confit potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and kosho herb butter. Reservations required.

VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT SPRUCE FARM & FISH

WHEN: February 14, 5-10 p.m.
WHERE: Hotel Boulderado

Spruce Farm & Fish at Hotel Boulderado will have delectable specials available on Valentine’s Day, including Monkfish Cacio E Pepe, Surf & Turf, Double Bone Frenched Pork Chop, and Roasted Tomato & Fall Vegetable Risotto, and for dessert, a Toffee Coffee Crème Brulee.

CUPID & COCKTAILS PAIRING DINNER

WHEN: February 12, 2022
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.

Other Denver Valentine’s Day Events

LOVELAND VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING

WHEN: February 14, 2022
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.Loveland vow renewal

FAMILY MAKE AND TAKE: GARDEN VALENTINES

WHEN: February 11-13
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Flowers and plants are used year-round to send messages of love, happiness and joy. 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.

DILLON ICE CASTLES  

WHEN: February 2022
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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Partner Paintings. 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.).Brown Palace Afternoon Tea

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.

THE OXFORD HOTEL A TASTE OF LOVE GETAWAY

Starting at $779/night, this package includes overnight accommodations, rose petals on the bed, $250 credit for dinner at Urban Farmer, a luxurious gift basket from The Oxford Spa and more. 

THE CURTIS HOTEL HEARTTHROB HYPER POP-UP ROOM

Available to book during the entire month of February, this Valentine’s Day-themed room includes over-the-top love-filled decorations and champagne, or adventure into the “love closet,” filled with a variety of 21+ sensual games, toys and more.

BOOK LOVERS NIGHT IN AT THE RALLY HOTEL

The Rally Hotel on McGregor Square is offering the perfect package to stay cozy this Valentine’s Day. Teaming up with local Denver bookstore Tattered Cover, The Rally has curated a book lover’s dream night in – custom cocktails included! 

THE CRAWFORD HOTEL’s VALENTINE’S GETAWAY

The Crawford Hotel’s luxurious overnight accommodations include a $250 credit for dinner for two at Ultreia, a beautiful in-room floral arrangement by Pickletown Flower Co. to keep, $500 gift card to Denver’s A-Line Boutique for a personal styling and shopping experience and more. Prices start at $1,159 per night. 

THE MAVEN’S TASTE OF DAIRY BLOCK

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block starts with wine & charcuterie at Blanchard Family Wines followed by a five-course dinner at For[a]ged and dessert & cocktails at Deviation Distilling, ending with a relaxing stay in a modern Maven guestroom.  All overnight guests also have the option to add on a special amenity of chocolates & flowers or rose petals & prosecco.

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 milkshake or malt) or a Chocolate & Hazelnut Sitting in a Tree (chocolate soufflé, chocolate sauce, Nutella beignets and praline ice cream). Need we say more?

GAYLORD ROCKIES RESORT ‘LOVE YOU MORE’ PACKAGE

The resort’s Love You More overnight package features a wide array of pampering including breakfast for two at Vista Montagne, a lovely sparkling wine and dessert amenity, a relaxing 50-minute soothing Couples Massage, as well as resort fee and self-parking.  The Love You More room package starts at $679 per night.

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.

 

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Best raclette grillRaclette Table Grill Fun

I received this Swissmar Raclette Table Grill for my birthday last year and it is such a fun way to connect with my family! We’re planning to add it to our Valentine’s Day festivities and our Swiss exchange student has loved sharing her culture with us. Basically, this grill involves an electric table-top grill with small pans (coupelles) where you melt slices of raclette cheese (or the cheese of your choice). The grill on top is a hot plate where you can cook meats and veggies. Two other great options include the CUSIMAX Raclette Grill or the AONI Electric Raclette Grill.

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Valentine’s Day in Denver 2022: Romantic Dining, Gifts & Activities