The Perfect Couple's Retreat to Crested Butte
The landscapes in Crested Butte are breath-taking and can be extra special when enjoying a romantic day with your significant other. Whether you like to get outside and adventure or snuggle up in a cozy historical cabin (or both!) this list will give some inspiration for planning the perfect date to take someone's breath away.
There's nothing better than being outside and soaking in all the beauty around Crested Butte except to experience that beauty together. The giant snowcapped mountains will make you feel small, yet closer than ever. Spending a day skiing Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is my favorite way to start off a day with a loved one. Being able to share skiing brings you closer, whether you both love to push the limits or are learning something new together. While on the resort, stop at Paradise Warming house for lunch and enjoy the big sunny deck and the best Bloody Mary in town! Take a break at the Umbrella Bar to soak in some epic views at the top of the Painter Boy Lift.
At the end of your day, head to the Avalanche Bar and Grill for a delicious après cocktail and appetizer. They have a great scene at the end of the day, a place to celebrate the stoke of a great day skiing! On a sunny afternoon, ski right up to the Butte 66 deck to enjoy some sunshine and a great view of the peak and all the skiers cruising down for some last runs. Then it’s time to hit up the hot tub, so make sure you stay somewhere that offers one such as the Grand Lodge!
Crested Butte boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities to explore. The Nordic Center offers a bunch of cross country trails with great advice and rental gear. They also have an ice rink that will make you feel like a kid again with guaranteed laughs as you hang onto your date for balance. The Nordic Center is in down town Crested Butte and walking distance to historic Elk Ave. You can easily walk up and down this colorful street full of shops, restaurants and stunning art galleries. Paragon Gallery is especially one worth a peak, as it if full of upcoming local artists. A great place to get some hot chocolate or coffee and warm up is Camp 4 Coffee, famous for its delicious coffee and exterior design of licenses plates from people who have visited from near and far.
The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin is one the best spots for a cocktail before your dinner date. It's a cozy cabin right off Elk Avenue with delicious, creative and high-quality drinks. This place gives you the feeling of winter wonderland seclusion in a warm and personable cabin. Or you can check out our very own local rum distillery, Montanyas Distillery. They offer some insanely tasty cocktails, martinis and apps. If you and your date are more into hops, hit up the Brick Oven with their huge selection of beer on tap.
Crested Butte has so many restaurants that are super delicious and romantic for that perfect date, but here are a few personal recommendations.
For those of us who enjoy sushi, you can’t beat Lil’s Sushi Bar and Grill. They have amazing sushi and a lot of great grill options as well.
If you want to cuddle up in a booth and eat some well-priced burgers, sandwiches and pastas head on over to the Last Steep, which boasts great American food and a super friendly staff.
To really win over your date, the very best experience would have to be a sleigh ride up to Uley’s Cabin. What could be more romantic than cuddling up in a sleigh that takes you up the resort after it has shut down for the day and drops you off for a magical evening!? The dining experience is an exceptional multi-course meal that just can’t be beat. Be sure to make a reservation for this one by calling (970) 349-2275.
Spending time in Crested Butte can be magical. Remember to take in all of the amazing scenery and beauty all around you; especially that special someone!
- Kele Thorsen, CBMR Mountain Athlete