Top 10 Ultimate Summer Staycation Destinations in Colorado

Summer is here and vacation is on everyone’s mind. Discover some of Colorado’s most interesting destinations, conveniently located close to home. From hot springs to tiny houses, explore Taylor Morrison Denver’s Top 10 Ultimate Summer Staycation destinations in Colorado.

With lavish amenities and stunning galleries, The ART is an experience you won’t want to miss this summer. Visit this iconic boutique hotel in Downtown Denver and be greeted by Leo Villareal’s undulating 22,000-light art installation, tour the high-end Portico Gallery, indulge in delectable, new-American cuisine at FIRE restaurant, and retire to rooms featuring spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains or dazzling Denver nightlife, whichever you prefer. The ARTTravel hotel provides an array of specials and packages, allowing you to create your own ideal staycation. Don’t forget your four-legged friends. The ART welcomes dogs, too, with pet-friendly packages and accommodations.

Looking for a getaway so you can relax and recharge? Wash your cares away at Indian Hot Springs. This water-focused retreat is sure to help bring the spring back into your step with its mineral water swimming pool perched beside tropical banana and palm trees. Unwind in one of the geothermal caves for a unique relaxation experience, or try the outdoor jacuzzis and indoor private baths, as well as Club Mud, for a purifying mineral-rich clay experience. Indian Hot Springs offers several overnight options, including the Resort, the Inn, the Lodge, and cabins, all with their own style of lush comfort or rustic charm.

Bank on Boulder. At the foothills of the Rocky Mountains sits Boulder, a bustling town perfect for an exciting Colorado staycation. Sample fresh, local foods at the Farmers Market or pick your own on the Boulder County Farm Trail. Hike the iconic Flatirons or along the peaceful Boulder Creek Path. Looking for more lively distractions? Skip straight to the fun part and explore the Boulder Beer Trail. Boulder is home to fabulous destination and recreation spots, from the historic Pearl Street Mall and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, to the refreshing Boulder Reservoir and the exotic Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Feel free to relax and explore this fun-filled town.

Refuel in the great outdoors at Estes Park. Accommodations here suit every taste, from cozy cabins to luxury hotels, and local restaurants offer a wide array of unique, authentic, and utterly delicious dining experiences. No matter your fancy, you’ll find the perfect way to celebrate summer. Hike, raft, off-road, or ride horses, the choice is yours. Visit a museum, enjoy an amusement park, do some shopping, or sample a local brewery. There’s no end to the options available in this scenic wonderland. Suffice to say, Estes Park has it all – plan your next staycation here, and you can too!

Looking for fun near Downtown Denver? Spend a weekend at Halcyon, a gorgeous hotel with 154 rooms and 11 suites to choose from, as well as a rooftop pool and hot tub. Here, you can plan for great shopping at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, while the complimentary Gear Garage at Halcyon will equip you for any adventure, providing everything from cruiser bikes and Piaggio scooters to cameras and board games. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, experience the three award-winning restaurants Halcyon has to offer with Departure Restaurant & Lounge, serving Asian fare, Quality Italian, and Elevated, a rooftop restaurant for those “seeking a new perspective.”

Ready for a tiny adventure? Go glamping in a tiny house in Lyons, the Gateway to the Rockies and home of WeeCasa, “the world’s largest tiny house resort”. These charming homes are 135-365 square feet, offering tranquil privacy and easy access to the Saint Vrain river. Once you’ve chosen your personal getaway from the two dozen charming house layouts available, you can start enjoying the outdoors. Hike Heil Valley Ranch Open Space, bike the Nelson Loop Mountain Bike Trail at Hall Ranch, or challenge yourself at the Warrior Playground. Then, embrace the local scene’s eclectic restaurants and brewery tours.

Want to put a little magic into your next summer escape? Step into a fairy tale at the Highland Haven Creekside Inn. Nestled in a scenic hideaway in Evergreen, the Highland Haven Creekside Inn is a magical place with just nine room selections to choose from, all with picture-perfect rustic decor and fabulous views of Bear Creek. The most wonderful of all may be the TreeHouse, a private, 850-square-foot paradise complete with a spa room, “champagne bubble” jacuzzi, and a custom iron-and-stone fireplace. Step outside and enjoy summer boating, art galleries, mountain-style gambling, or the Tallgrass Day Spa. Spend a weekend in the happily-ever-after cottage of your dreams.

Wish you could escape into another time altogether? Discover the historic Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Denver’s City Park. This Victorian-style beauty has nine elegant rooms to choose from, all lavishly updated with modern conveniences, including your own private outdoor hot tub. And the Capitol Hill neighborhood is rich with activities and attractions, so go out and explore! Visit the Golden Triangle Creative District, celebrate one of the many seasonal festivals at the Civic Center Park, and wine and dine like never before with the area’s vibrant nightlife. Try the Castle’s Tower Room to make your getaway truly unforgettable!

Feeling lucky? Try a staycation at Black Hawk, home to over one dozen casinos. Check in to one of the casino hotels, indulge in the luxurious Ameristar Casino Resort Spa and enjoy a flutter at the tables. Want a break from the games? Black Hawk offers an abundance of trails and campgrounds nearby. Visit Golden Gate Canyon State Park to breathe in some fresh air. Don’t miss out on Black Hawk’s many bars, buffets and steakhouses.

Keep it local at Omni Interlocken Hotel. Located between Boulder and Denver, Omni Interlocken Hotel is one of Broomfield’s most charming getaways. The hotel showcases luxury rooms and a visually-striking 27-hole championship golf course consisting of three nine-hole courses: Eldorado, Vista, and Sunshine. From this well-situated spot, a plethora of attractions are just a short drive away. Visit historic Downtown Boulder, the Denver Art Museum, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Estes Park, or the Cherry Creek Shopping District. This hideaway’s sophisticated design and convenient location make it ideal for your next Colorado staycation.

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