Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, providing the perfect opportunity to get away for a long weekend at a romantic destination. Elevation Hotel & Spa in Crested Butte, Colorado, is one such spot. Couples travel from near and far to enjoy its luxurious suites, gourmet dining and relaxing spa treatments, all set within a wintery wonderland. Plan a lovely vacation there for yourself and that special someone by following these insider tips.
Stay in a Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite
Once checked in, you may not want to leave this spacious suite with magnificent views of the nearby mountains and valley. It features mountain-chic décor, a king-size bed complete with pillow-top mattress and sumptuous bedding, and soaker tubs in the oversized bathrooms just waiting to be filled with bubbles. The suite's private patio and kitchenette also may tempt you to put out the "Do Not Disturb" sign and leave it there all weekend.
Enjoy a Relaxing Couples Massage at the Spa
Elevation has the only full-service spa in Crested Butte. Within its 11,000 square feet, there are private treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym, an indoor pool with hot tub, a steam room and sauna. Book side-by-side massages in the Couples Retreat, where experienced therapists use relaxation, deep tissue or hot stone techniques to soothe muscles sore from skiing or other recent physical activities.
Dine by Candlelight at 9380 Prime
The hotel's on-site restaurant turns romantic after the sun sets. Candles light the room, and delicious New American cuisine and an extensive wine selection make any evening a special occasion. The chef will offer a special menu on Valentine's Day featuring Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Stuffed Crab Beef Tenderloin as entrée options, with a special dessert of Chocolate Mousse Cake. You also will receive complimentary champagne and a fresh rose. After dinner, enjoy a hot drink outside on 9380's large outdoor deck that overlooks the ski lifts at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and stays cozy thanks to heaters and an outdoor fire pit.
Take a Romantic Moonlight Snowshoe Tour
The adjacent ski resort also offers snowshoe tours during the full moon, which happens on Valentine's Day this year to make this activity a memorable way to spent part of the evening. The tours fill up quickly, so ask the hotel to reserve your spots when booking your suite.
In addition to all of the above, Elevation is a favorite of couples who ski or snowboard together. The hotel offers the only ski-in, ski-out privileges on the mountain, allowing you to come off the slopes and not give gear a second thought until you need it next. And the lift lines are the shortest in the state, so you can get in more skiing than in nearby Aspen.
To Go: Convenient flights are available to Crested Butte from Houston, Dallas and Austin airports. Click here for more features about Elevation Hotel & Spa as well as Insider Offers for accommodations, including a special for Valentine's Day that comes with daily dining and spa credits, a complimentary bottle of wine and more!