A Weekend of Love in Colorado’s Sweetheart City
Nothing says romance like Valentine’s Day and nothing is as romantic as spending time in Colorado’s Sweetheart City, Loveland.
Located just 45 minutes north of Denver and less than an hour from Denver International Airport, getting to Loveland is easy. Once here, love is quite literally everywhere in the form of art hearts and a larger than life sculpture of the word LOVE.
The City with HeART project, run by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, places 5 foot tall, 4.5 foot wide hearts around the city. A self-guided driving tour of the City with HeART project can be found at the Visitor Center. This makes a fabulous activity during a weekend getaway to Loveland and can lead to even more discoveries around town.
Loveland, Colorado’s Valentine’s remailing program is internationally known, but the Love Locks Sculpture is brand new. This is one of the largest sculptures of its kind in the United States. People from around the region and world are invited to place a lock on the sculpture that will be downtown during the inaugural Sweetheart Festival occurring on February 8-9, 2019.
Spending a weekend in Loveland is a chance to reconnect with your partner and to enjoy a town that has a lot to offer, especially today. Spend some time enjoying a Colorado-sourced spirit at Loveland Tap & Tavern or a high-end tequila at the city’s new tequila bar, Wicked. Both venues are located downtown.
A downtown dinner can be booked at a variety of places that serve up creative or downhome cuisine. Love steak? The Black Steer has been cooking up perfect steak since 1966. Slate has all the coziness and romance that an Italian bistro should provide. Door 222, kicked off the culinary scene in Loveland, introducing the town to tapas in 2012. They’ve been serving up creative dishes alongside excellent cocktails and local beers ever since.
Downtown isn’t the only place where weekenders will find a slice of love. In east Loveland, Chapungu Sculpture Garden adjacent to the mall is an excellent spot for a hand-in-hand stroll through the African sculptures. The outdoor mall, the Promenade Shops at Centerra, feature an array of dining options as well as an ice skating rink, state-of-the-art movie theater and of course, shopping.
West of downtown, lovers can enjoy a bottle of wine at Sweet Heart Winery and handmade candy at Sunny Jim’s. North of Highway 34, which splits the south and north side of town, visitors are welcome to polish their bowling skills at Sweetheart Lanes, a throwback bowling alley that’s a welcome reprieve in this hectic world. Love pho? Share a birdbath-size bowl at Pho Lan. Close to Sweetheart Lanes, it’s been a favorite of locals since long before the pho-craze.
Hotels are running specials for the festival in February. Go here to see the deals.