Five Reasons to Make Loveland Your Valentine’s Day Destination
In the nation’s Sweetheart City, Valentine’s Day is more than a day – it is a celebration of Everything You Love. Here, romantic heart-shaped love notes dot the streets. Art and sculpture take new forms and local craft brews are transformed into love potion. Here are five reasons that Loveland is your can’t-miss Valentine’s Day destination.
1. Fire and Ice collide at the nation’s largest Valentine’s Day festival: From Feb. 12 – 14, attendees can celebrate the passion of the season at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival where fire, ice, entertainment and fun collide. This free family-friendly event transforms downtown Loveland with Valentine-themed lights, stunning ice sculptures, live entertainment, spectacular firework shows, kids zone, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.
2. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind love potion – for craft beer and coffee lovers: Colorado is well known for its delicious craft brews and delectable, locally sourced coffee blends. This Valentine’s Day, Loveland is bringing together the magic of the season with our special seasonal craft beer and coffee blends, available only in Loveland. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, in collaboration with the valentine re-mailing program, creates a special Valentine’s Day beer called the Bleeding Heart. This year, raise your glasses and enjoy the 2016 brew, a rich s’more porter that will be available in Loveland locations, beginning Feb. 1. Additionally, the LoCo Artisan Coffee House, a local Loveland coffee company, produces our unique roast of Valentine’s Day coffee, also sold exclusively in Loveland.
Spoil your Sweetheart with an overnight stay in the Sweetheart City: This year, give your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day experience they will remember for years to come. My Big Date Valentine packages will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Hop on the NoCo Short Bus and leave the rest to us. The Brunch and Brew package takes you and your sweetheart to the best locations Loveland has to offer, including stops at the LoCo Artisan Coffee House, a VIP brunch at Grimm Brothers, tasting at Loveland Aleworks and more. For the spirits lover, the Spirits tour will take you on an afternoon tour of Loveland’s favorite distilleries and cidery, including Spring44, Origins Wine Bar, Climb Hard Cider and more. Grab your spot before they fill up, your sweetheart will thank you.
4. Love, and love notes, are in the air: There is a special feeling in the air during valentine’s season in Loveland – one that visitors must experience for themselves. From the giant red hearts with love notes hanging on lampposts, to the red and white twinkling lights lining downtown, Loveland transforms for this romantic holiday. Drive throughout town to read special love notes, or, order your own and search the city with your sweetheart to make the day extra special.
5. Experience the nation’s largest valentine program: For the past 70 years, Loveland has been the nation’s home for Valentine’s Day. Visit in early February and experience the internationally recognized valentine program for yourself. Bring your valentines to receive a special message from the Sweetheart City by one of our ‘angels on earth’ who lovingly hand-stamp valentines from all over the world each year. To learn more about this historic program while in Loveland, take a walk through the extensive Valentine’s Day exhibit at the Loveland Museum/Gallery to explore Loveland’s fun valentine history.
Love is in the air 45 minutes north of Denver in the heart of northern Colorado. Plan your love excursion now at www.VisitLovelandCO.com.