With gas prices soaring, there’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of some of the beautiful, luxurious, and interesting staycation spots our beautiful state has. From glamping to ritzy hotels to private cabins surrounded by the Rockies, here are 10 awesome staycation ideas within Denver (or at least a few hours drive).
The historic Brown Palace is Denver’s only 4-star, 4-diamond hotel settled in beautiful downtown. With over 200 distinct guest rooms and suites, and six bars and restaurants, it’s the perfect place for a luxurious staycation this winter. If you’re looking for a little culture during your stay, look no further than the bar that sometimes offers live music like jazz. They’ve even got their own well procuring up artisanal water that’ll make you feel like you’re somewhere in nature, and not in the busy, wild west of downtown Denver. We’re packing our bags right now. You can check their rates for when you’re planning your visit and make a reservation on their website.
Where: 321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
A breathtaking and serene vacation with the Colorado Rockies as your backdrop. Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs is taking reservations all winter long, so you can check their website for more details. The resort has everything you might want from a staycation with a full spa, a lake, a pool, and a fitness center. With so much to enjoy, this will likely be the perfect getaway from home if you’re in the need of some deep relaxation.
Where: 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Glen Eyrie Castle might be one of the most stunning staycation spots on this list, so we just had to include it on this list. Tucked away in beautiful Colorado Springs is this secluded English Tudor-style castle built in 1871 that’s warm-toned in the spring and summer and wintry white during the snowy season. It was previously built for General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, and now, it’s used to host private events, conferences, or for guests to enjoy. If you’re looking for something a bit romantic, why not book it during Valentine’s Day, when they’ve got a date night special that includes a carriage ride around the property and a Valentine’s Day dinner menu.
Where: 3820 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Dunton Hot Springs is described as a romantic 1800s ghost town and if that doesn’t sound like our idea of a great staycation idea, we don’t know what does. Dunton Hot Springs has it all in their community of private resorts and homes, with spas, dining options, and yoga if you fancy. Aside from all that, their standout offering is definitely their hot springs, which have properties suited for increased healthy blood flow. They’ve also got a few different ways to enjoy the hot springs, from their Bathhouse underneath the stars to their pool inside the Well House Cabin pictured above. Choose your preference and enjoy some ultimate relaxation.
Where: 52068 Road 38, Dolores, CO 81323
Did you know Denver Union Station has got its own hotel? The Crawford Hotel is luxurious, gorgeous, and the perfect place in the city to getaway. If you’re visiting from out of town, hop off the train and step into this elegant and historic hotel, complete with high-ceilings and stunning chandeliers. If you’re within Denver, head into Denver Union Station and book your stay, then enjoy the station’s various vendors where you can shop, eat, and drink (we’d recommend the Cooper Lounge for a cocktail) all without stepping outside into the hustle and bustle of downtown. Or if you prefer, pretend to be a tourist in the city. Either way, this is the perfectly situated hotel for a day full of fun.
Where: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Flying Moon Cabins is a staycation experience that’s gotten lots of hype for its vintage vibes. Reminiscent of the late 60s, early 70s, these cabins have actually been around since the 50s. These secluded cabins are quiet, private, and quaint, and absolutely perfect for a solo staycation or a romantic couple’s retreat. Plus, right outside your door is the beautiful wilderness of Idaho Springs. Sounds like the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you’re a fan of glamping, check out Vail Collective Resorts in Colorado. Sleeping with nature is great, but this resort makes sure you’re sleeping in style. During the day, guests can enjoy hiking or horseback riding in the beautiful surrounding Colorado wilderness of 4 Eagle Ranch. Or, if you feel like it, wine tasting. They’ve even got artisanal s’mores and farm-to-table gourmet dining. For information on booking, check out their reservations page.
Where: 4098 CO-131, Wolcott, CO 81655
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Outlook Lodge is the perfect little mountain retreat, situated up in Green Mountain Falls and surrounded by wilderness. The resort sits on the Ute Pass, which is the oldest documented trail in the west. Guests can enjoy one of their deluxe suits to relax in, or its possible to enjoy a nice hike around the resort. Guests can also sit back and enjoy the community fire, hot tubs, or outdoor BBQ pit. The rules and regulations might be a bit different than normal during these times, so if you have any questions, you can give them a call at (855) 463-2557.
Where: 6975 Howard St, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
9. Joyful Journey Hot Springs
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If you’re in the mood for a spa staycation, then check out Joyful Journey Hot Springs in Moffat, Colorado. A bit further from the city, but perfect if you’re looking for a quiet escape. Joyful Journey Hot Springs acts as a retreat for healing and rejuvenation through their hot springs, massage therapy, yoga, and art sessions.
Where: 28640 County Rd 58EE, Moffat, CO 81143
The Ramble Hotel is a 50-room boutique hotel located in Denver’s RiNo Arts District. The hotel has some really unique amenities, like their new restaurant with Denver’s acclaimed, Work & Class, or their partnership with Death & Co., the speakeasy from New York that’s now got their first outsourced location at Ramble. After enjoying all that the hotel has to offer, check out the arts district for some cool jazz bars, breweries, and art studios to enjoy.
Where: 1280 25th St, Denver, CO 80205
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