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Staycations are a great way to reduce the stress of planning, save money, enjoy more time to relax and perhaps explore some of the sights and attractions in your own area that tourists often visit but you haven’t got around to yet. When done the right way, it can leave you feeling just as rejuvenated as a typical vacation traveling hundreds or thousands of miles away, sometimes even more so without the hassle of flying or spending hours and hours on the road.
You’ll find plenty to do in downtown Denver while enjoying a luxurious base at the historic Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. One of the top hotels in Denver, it offers Old World elegance, here for nearly 130 years, while also providing plenty of lavish amenities that might make it tempting to never leave. Take advantage of the elaborate afternoon tea service in the eight-story atrium with house-made scones and finger sandwiches, and decadent spa treatments at the world-class spa.
One of Denver’s top luxury hotels, The Four Seasons Resort sits within a landmark 45-story tower, centrally located in the heart of the Theater District. Its urban chic design subtly reflects Colorado’s natural beauty while oversized windows provide fabulous eye candy with Rocky Mountain views. It includes a destination spa, fitness center and a premier resort-style rooftop pool terrace. On-site dining is enjoyed at the EDGE Restaurant, a contemporary steakhouse, and when the weather cooperates, guests can dine al fresco on the patio.
Thanks to its partnership with neighboring Blanchard Family Wines, The Maven in Denver’s historic LoDo neighborhood brings Sonoma County’s fine vino right to your room. Rooms have a loft-like feel with high ceilings and lots of natural light, varying in size and amenities. Suites have the best views and come with mini-fridges and wet bars. There are also unique bunk rooms that are ideal for couples and families. Wi-Fi is free as is the bottled water and impressive coffee setup. Guests also get discounts at the onsite restaurants and nearby Union Station eateries, along with a complementary two-mile radius car shuttle.
Boulder is home to the luxurious St. Julien Hotel and Spa, one of the best spa resorts in Colorado. Some rooms include balconies and deep soaking tubs. Services at the spa include an extensive menu of handcrafted spa treatments as well as salon services like makeup, hair care, manicures, pedicures and waxing. The surrounding area offers lots to do, including hiking on the scenic trails that skirt the famous Flatirons Mountains.
If you want to enjoy all the action on Pearl Street Mall and the scenic trails nearby for hiking and biking, this Airbnb home may be ideal. Great restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and more on Pearl Street are all within walking distance. And, as the name belies, it offers an industrial-chic style along with plenty of desirable amenities like a kitchen with an espresso machine and a living area with a SmartTV, Netflix and heated floors. It’s stylishly furnished with fun vintage and modern pieces, and guests also get the use of complimentary cruiser bikes.
If golfing is your game, the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is only a little over an hour’s drive south of Denver. A top all-inclusive resort in Colorado, room rates include most golfing fees, including unlimited tee times and cart rentals. Plus, set across 5,000 spectacular acres, it’s easy to social distance here. The five-star resort also hosts multiple restaurants and a wide range of outdoor activities in addition to golfing on three courses, from paddle boating to horseback riding and fly fishing.
If you’re looking for seclusion, privacy and gorgeous scenery, the Little Red Treehouse offers a unique stay in the small town of Lyons nestled in the foothills of the Rockies less than an hour from Denver. Ideal for a couples’ retreat, it accommodates up to two guests and is within walking distance of hiking, biking, river tubing, fishing and more. Enjoy fantastic views of the mountains and alfresco dining on the view deck as well as a large lawn, swing and picnic area below. As it’s located just off the road that heads to Rocky Mountain National Park it makes an ideal base for enjoying all that the park offers too.
The Ritz-Carlton Denver is located in the LoDo neighborhood and offers everything the luxury chain is known for while being within walking distance from popular spots like Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall. On-site is the upscale Elway’s Steakhouse and a swanky spa that features Colorado touches throughout, including Colorado-inspired facials. By booking a west-facing room you’ll get sweeping views of the Rockies in addition to luxe 400-thread-count Italian linens, a flat-screen TV, espresso maker, and an extra spacious bathroom with a soaking tub.
Located in the upscale Cherry Creek North neighborhood, Denver’s top shopping district neighborhood with 16 blocks of high-end shops, restaurants, spas, galleries and other businesses, the Halcyon is a design-forward boutique hotel with a resort feel. Especially ideal for couples seeking a romantic staycation, it boasts artsy modern decor, original art and retro touches like vintage record players along with a wealth of perks. There’s a rooftop deck and pool area, and a high-quality Italian restaurant with a sidewalk area for alfresco dining. Plus, if you’ve got a Colorado ID, the hotel often offers special discounts.
If you want to escape to the countryside without driving too far, how about a stay in a streetcar? Located in the Denver suburb of Wheatridge, this unique Airbnb offers accommodation in a historical trolley car just minutes from downtown. Cozy up to the gas fireplace and enjoy a private outdoor patio that overlooks a seasonal creek.
Located in the trendy LoDo district within walking distance of many tourist sites, including the 16th Street Mall, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and a multitude of microbreweries, the Westin offers many great amenities while putting guests in the heart of it all. Plus, by booking a room on one of the higher floors, you’ll get a fabulous view of the city and the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Guests also enjoy a complimentary breakfast, an indoor pool and a gorgeous rooftop pool, access to the on-site steakhouse, The Palm Restaurant, and a well-equipped gym.
Located in historic downtown Golden, less than a 30-minute drive from Denver, the Golden Hotel overlooks Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills. Enjoy dining at the on-site Bridgewater Grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of which can be delivered to your room if you want to just stay in and relax. It’s pet friendly, so you can bring Fido too. Other amenities include a fitness center and a market that offers light bites and beverages. If you want to get out and explore you’ll find miles and miles of scenic trails for hiking, and Coors Brewery is just down the road for tours.
While the Grand Hyatt is popular among business travelers, leisure travelers appreciate it too, with an ideal location just a block from the 16th Street Mall. It also has an amazing rooftop wellness area with an outdoor jogging track, sundeck and tennis court, along with a large heated indoor pool and gym. There are multiple dining and drinking options, including a restaurant and bar that serves craft brews, plus a Starbucks. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers – some showcase beautiful views too.
Less than 40 miles east of Denver in the tiny historic mining settlement of Blackhawk, founded in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, the Ameristar Casino Resort has long been a popular spot for Denver area residents and others throughout the state. You’ll have plenty to do right on-site, including testing your luck at the slots, dining at the Fireside Kitchen, Waypost Deli and Timberline Steakhouse, and swimming in one of the state’s best indoor pools. There’s an indoor hot tub and a spa to indulge in decadent treatments too. Rooms come with many luxurious features – book a spa suite for a double-sided fireplace, a whirlpool bath and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.