Colorado will always hold a special place in my heart because although Desi and I grew up in California together, it was when he was living in Colorado that we really fell in love. We were lucky enough to get the chance to go back at the end of July to enjoy the places we love so much.
Desi lived in Colorado Springs and never played “tourist” so we thought that it would be fun to spend our first night in Downtown Denver. We chose The Oxford Hotel right across from Union Station which opened in 1891 and is home to the first bar to open in Denver post prohibition. It had such a cool retro vibe and you could just feel the rich history everywhere you went.
From the tassels on each room key, the typewriter to write a letter to your loved ones and the tile floor — we were hooked. The Oxford is a great place to stop in and take a peak or grab a martini from The Cruise Room. It’s always important to check out any packages or deals hotels may be offering at the time. We ended up purchasing the date night package which included complimentary valet, two cocktails and an appetizer from The Cruise Room for around $250 for the night.
The next day it was off to Colorado Springs! When I first went out to visit Desi for Valentine’s weekend he told me he wanted to take me to the zoo to feed giraffes, well with it being Colorado in February a snow storm rocked our plans leaving the giraffes to fend for themselves. This trip I made him fulfill his promise and let me tell you, it was one of the greatest afternoon day dates! The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and the grounds are breathtaking. It was so much fun walking around and enjoying it all.
The best surprise we discovered while at the zoo was the Will Rogers Shrine perched high into the Rocky Mountains. It’s about a 5 minute drive from the zoo to the top, and the view is breathtaking.
You can see all the way from the Garden of the Gods, out into the flat lands of Kansas, to Downtown Colorado Springs. The monument itself was a beautiful quite place to walk around too.
This was such a special trip for the two of us, as the craziness of summer can often become overwhelming. It was nice to take a break and reconnect with one another.
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