Whether you're embarking on a staycation or enjoying a leisurely getaway to Fort Collins with a special someone, we've curated the most enchanting recommendations to help you make the most of your romantic date and immerse yourselves in the delightful moments of life in our city.
Searching for overnight accommodations? Make sure to check out our local lodging options here as well as specials and packages offered at boutique hotels such as The Elizabeth Hotel, Edwards House Inn, and The Armstrong Hotel.
Enjoy A Romantic Sunset
Commence your romantic evening by capturing the beauty of a Fort Collins sunset. Here are some recommendations for prime locations to witness a breathtaking sunset in and around the city:
- Horsetooth Reservoir Sunset: Head to the classic spot of nearby Horsetooth Reservoir, renowned for its exceptional views. Experience the romance as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with vanilla and orange cream hues that gracefully meld into the reservoir against the backdrop of the western mountains.
- The View from The Sunset Lounge: Elevate your sunset experience at The Sunset Lounge, a chic rooftop venue offering unmatched vistas of Downtown Fort Collins. This sophisticated spot provides the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the spectacle of the sun setting over the cityscape.
Indulge in a Delicious Dinner
Immerse yourself in an extraordinary dining experience with an array of charming dinner options throughout Fort Collins. We've handpicked the following suggestions for their distinctive cozy atmospheres and romantically lit settings:
- Rare Italian: Known for its exquisite handmade pasta and locally sourced, gourmet steaks, Rare Italian elevates flavors through a unique dry-aging technique. The dimly lit interior creates a captivating atmosphere, perfect for a romantic dinner experience on your special date night.
- Sonny Lubick Steakhouse: Descend a flight of stairs into an intimate haven where you can savor a menu featuring delectable options such as a succulent bone-in ribeye, tenderloin medallions, or sea scallops nestled on a bed of sweet potato mash and shaved brussel sprouts.
- Domenic's Bistro and Wine Bar: Nestled in south Fort Collins, Domenic's is an upscale eatery ideal for special occasions like a romantic date night. Indulge in delightful Italian-inspired entrees paired with creative cocktails in an ambiance that exudes sophistication.
Treat Yourselves to Tasteful Cocktails
After your delightful dinner, indulge in expertly crafted cocktails or refreshing mocktails as Fort Collins showcases its prowess in liquid art through a diverse array of bars and lounges:
- Ace Gillett’s: Leave the day's cares behind and retreat to a cosmopolitan lounge reminiscent of renowned New York jazz clubs. Treat yourself to gourmet small plates, specialty handcrafted cocktails, and the allure of live music in this sophisticated setting.
- Social: Transport your love to a bygone era resonating with the vibrant sounds of big band, jazz, blues, and swing. Descend the stairs in Old Town Square to immerse yourself in the captivating world of this classic Fort Collins speakeasy.
- The Sunset Lounge: Revel in the finest drinks with an unparalleled rooftop view high above Downtown Fort Collins at The Sunset Lounge. The live jazz performances every Wednesday through Saturday from 8 - 10 p.m. add to the relaxed and sophisticated ambiance, creating a perfect setting for your evening.
- Elliot’s Martini Bar: Embrace a lively and upbeat atmosphere designed to foster connection and playfulness at Elliot’s. And, of course, the libations are sure to delight your senses.
Bonding Activities for Two
Experience a Live Show
Fort Collins boasts a vibrant scene of music, theater, and comedy. The Lincoln Center stands out as a hub for diverse entertainment, hosting a variety of shows ranging from musicians and inspirational speakers to theatrical and dance performances. Meanwhile, The Fort Collins Symphony consistently delivers captivating orchestral music experiences.
For theater enthusiasts, Bas Bleu Theater and OpenStage Theatre & Company consistently present outstanding performances throughout the year, ensuring a rich cultural calendar. And if you're in the mood for laughter, be sure to check out The Comedy Fort, where nationally renowned comedians take the stage, turning the club into a haven of uproarious amusement.
Learn a New Skill Together
- Cooking: Local legend Ginger and Baker’s Teaching Kitchen offers cooking classes that can teach you how to make their classic pot pies and so much more. See their full class schedule here.
- Pottery: Learn how to create a handcrafted treasure when you join a pottery class at Smokestack Pottery.
- Art: Sign up for an art class at Blue Moose Art Gallery, ranging from watercolor painting to quilting to photography.
If you're inclined towards lively competition and classic arcade games, Pinball Jones offers a nostalgic experience with favorites like pinball, Pac-Man, car racing, air hockey, skeeball, and more!
For those who prefer the combination of bowling and live music, make a date at 830 North. Experience Live on The Lanes, 830 North's live music concert series where you can enjoy live performances while having the option to bowl. Check out their calendar here and secure your tickets for an entertaining night out.
Escape To Somewhere Secret
Working together to solve a puzzle and “the greatest mystery in Fort Collins” found inside a local escape room is a sure way to bond. Challenge yourself at The Fort Collins Escape Room or The Somewhat Secret Escape Room, the highest-rated escape room in Colorado! Take the challenge and participate in this unique adventure with your partner for an unforgettable date night.
Stroll Around Downtown Fort Collins
Last but not least, simply stroll the streets and colorful alleys of our romantic Old Town. Explore the charm of Downtown Fort Collins, where an abundance of boutique shops and adorable cafes await your discovery, making it the perfect romantic conclusion to your ideal date.