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Five Great Dates: Special Occasion Date


Whether you want hard-core romance and wine or to unleash a little magic, make this a night to remember.

While Bookcliff Vineyards offers great food and wine pairings all year, the chocolate and wine pairing weekend before Valentine’s day is a bit more decadent and includes live music by Phil Robinson. Make her smile, make the reservation. Don’t feel limited though, Your Place or Vine and Wine and Cheese both offer similar ambiance and great menus. At Your Place or Vine in Prospect, feel free to skip the wine and make it a cocktail tasting with cocktails featuring Vodka 14 and Leopold Bros liqueurs. At Wine and Cheese, try a flight of champagne with the gruyere voted “Best Cheese in the World” in the 2008 World Cheese Championships.

To really unleash a little magic and skip the cliches, the Butterfly Pavilion absolutely captures the princess fairy tale with Wings of the Tropics. Stop by the Water’s Edge for a little Under the Sea action. Bring a camera and avoid school days/times for the best results.

Follow up with stargazing at the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, but be sure to plan ahead for Friday night lights in good weather. Don’t miss out on the last months of holiday romance in Louisville with sparkly street lights, an ice-skating rink and free horse-drawn carriage rides. Still not enough? Schedule a hot air balloon ride with any of the dozens of local companies and fall in love with those purple mountains majesty all over again.

Your Place or Vine: 2020 Ionosphere St., Longmont, 303.834.8536

Tuesday and Wednesday, 4pm–9pm; Thursday–Saturday, 4pm–10pm; closed Sunday and Monday

Wine and Cheese: 14697 Delaware St., Ste. 1000/1100, Westminster, 303.452.4900

Daily, 11am–10pm

Bookcliff Vineyards: 1501 Lee Hill Rd., #17, Boulder, 303.449.7301

January–May, Friday–Sunday, 1pm–6pm; June–December, Thursday–Sunday, 1pm–6pm

Butterfly Pavilion: 6252 104th Ave., Westminster, 303.469.5441

Daily, 9am–5pm, last entrance at 4:15pm

Sommers-Bausch Observatory: 408 University of Colorado Boulder, 2475 Kittridge Loop Dr., 303.492.6732 or 303.492.2020

Check dates, but telescope observation usually begins Fridays at 8pm, weather permitting

WinterSkate: 824 Front St., Louisville, 303.449.3137

Monday–Wednesday, 2pm–8pm; Thursday, 2pm–10pm; Friday, 12pm–10pm; Saturday, 10am–10pm; Sunday, 10am–8pm

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