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Top Picks for a Valentine’s Day You Love in the Nation’s Sweetheart City – Loveland, Colorado

In Loveland, Colo., the nation’s Sweetheart City, Valentine’s Day is more than a day – it is a two-week celebration of Everything You Love. From the giant red hearts with love notes hanging on lampposts, to fireworks and love potion, Loveland is a fun, family-friendly destination for Valentine’s Day travel. Here are our top picks to experience where love lives in Loveland this February.

For Families

The Loveland Fire and Ice FestivalFire and ice collide at the nation’s largest Valentine’s Day Festival in Loveland. From Feb. 10 – 12, attendees can celebrate the passion of the season where fire, ice, entertainment and fun collide. This free family-friendly and open to the public event transforms downtown Loveland with Valentine-themed lights, stunning ice sculptures, live entertainment, spectacular firework shows all three nights, family fair featuring a carousel, brewing and distilling arts, fire dancers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.loveland-fire-and-ice-festival-fireworks

For Beer & Spirit Lovers

Brewing & Distilling Arts at the Loveland Fire and Ice Festival – New in 2017, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is launching craft beer and distilling arts section to add more fun and entertainment for event goers. This year, local craft breweries and distilleries will gather for a weekend of ice cold brews and crafty cocktails. Experience Loveland’s thriving craft beer with Grimm Brothers Brewing, Loveland Aleworks, Crow Hop, Big Beaver Brewing and more to get a taste of flavorful seasonals and local favorites.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Bleeding Heart – Exclusively available in Loveland for Valentine’s Day, the Bleeding Heart, a delicious chocolate cherry brown, from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is a one-of-a-kind love potion. Each year Grimm Brothers brews and taps a new Valentine’s Day beer the first day of February, making Loveland a great Valentine’s Day excursion for any beer lover. Get it while it lasts on tap in participating Loveland restaurants and bars, and in cans at participating Loveland liquor stores. Experience the romance and excitement of the holiday as you sip on a local crafted brew made with love.


Valentine Beer & Spirit Tours NoCo Short Bus will be offering a Loveland beer tour and a Loveland Spirits only tour on Feb. 11 & 12. A special combination Big Leap tour on Valentine’s Day will provide a special combination of a cocktail and distillery tour and a beer and chocolate pairing. The tours are perfect for visitors and locals, showcasing Loveland’s beer and spirit scene. At only $55 per person, the tours are a reasonable addition to any Valentine’s Day plans. The pick-up and drop-off location will be downtown at Lincoln Ave. and 3rd Street. Schedules, details and booking availability on the website.


For Coffee Lovers

Valentine’s Day Coffee Roast – This Valentine’s Day, Loveland is bringing together the magic of the season with our special seasonal coffee blend for 2017, a Spiced Almond Toffee Coffee, also sold exclusively in Loveland. Brewsworthy Coffee, a local Loveland coffee company, produces this unique roast for any true coffee lover to experience in the Sweetheart City. 2017 retailers are LoCo Artisan Coffee House, B Sweet Cupcakes and the Loveland Visitors Center.


For Romantics

Loveland’s 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Group WeddingLoveland’s 1st annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding will be a memorable experience for all. Held in the beautiful Foote Lagoon Amphitheater and lit be candlelight, this is an opportunity for romantics to renew vows or get hitched right in the Sweetheart City. Branden Sipes, a local singer/songwriter, will be playing classic romantic songs before and after the ceremony and all couples will have their certificate signed by an officiant. A photo booth will be available at the lagoon for photos. In the end, all couples will receive signature Loveland Wedding cupcakes, a gift bag for participating and the chance to be entered to win a larger gift package.

Photo: Jenny Sparks, Reporter Herald
Photo: Jenny Sparks, Reporter Herald

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch February Sweetheart Wedding PackageCan’t wait until summer to get married? Get married at Sylvan Dale in February and get a complimentary ceremony and take 10 percent off your buffet and site fee. Stay for the weekend and get 50 percent off your second night of lodging.


For Traditionalists

Valentine’s Day Remailing ProgramExperience the nation’s largest Valentine remailing program in Loveland this holiday season. For the past 71 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. Deadlines for mailing valentines are available through the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.


For Fitness Enthusiasts

Loveland Sweetheart Classic 4 Miler Race – On February 11th get out for a run by yourself, with a friend or as a couple. This year’s race around Lake Loveland is right before the sweetest day of the year. The race begins at 9:00 am. All kids 12 and under are free. A 400 meter (1 lap around the track) run for the kids is set to kick off at 8:30 am.


Stay in the Sweetheart City

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Sweetheart Get Away – Surprise your Sweetheart with a romantic getaway for only $348. Relax and enjoy a two-night stay in your cozy cabin. A fruit, cheese and sausage tray with a bottle of wine awaits your arrival. Spend a relaxing first evening by a warm fire and delight in your complimentary s’mores basket. Awaken to a chef prepared breakfast. Explore the outdoors and view the Big Horn Sheep. Challenge each other to a game of pool or ping pong in our game room. Settle in for a movie and popcorn. The second evening, savor a three-course dinner with a bottle of wine. Breakfast the next morning will complete this “Sweetheart” experience. Add in a trail ride or other ranch amenities for an additional fee.


Stonebridge Valentine Packages – Stay in any of Stonebridge’s Loveland properties, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites or Hampton Inn by Hilton during the first two weeks of February and get 10 percent off the room rate plus a $50 gift card to Bent Fork Grill at the Promenade Shops at Centerra.

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