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Things to do for Valentine's Day in Colorado Springs 2023

January 27, 2023

We've updated our list of things to do for Valentine's Day in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region for 2023. We've added some new and exciting events and restaurants to make this Valentine's Day even more special. There are plenty of ways to show your love this year, from events, activities, and romantic dinners to unique experiences and special gifts. Whether you're new to the area or looking for something new to try, you're sure to find the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine's Day.

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FlowersRestaurantsFormal DiningFondue
SteakhousesHibachiDessertActivities

With all of these suggestions, If reservations are required, we highly recommend making those reservations soon so you are not left out!

Flowers Make the Day

Flowers are the classic way to kick off Valentine's Day by showing someone how much you care. Whether you choose a single rose, a beautiful bouquet of mixed flowers, a dozen roses, or a unique arrangement, flowers are always the perfect gift for this occasion. So, this Valentine's Day, don't forget to surprise your loved one with a special bouquet from one of our favorite florists. Here are five great options for a local florist.

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A Flower Girl's Dream

All of these florists have arrangements specifically for Valentine's Day but make sure you get your order in early so you don't miss out on that perfect floral gift.

Restaurants for Valentine's Day

We've divided the restaurants into different categories: formal, steakhouses, fondue, entertaining, and dessert. So, whatever type of restaurant you prefer, you'll be able to find the best restaurants for your Valentine's Day celebration!

Formal

If you're looking for a special, formal night out on Valentine's Day, these three restaurants are the classic go-to establishments when you're looking for an impressive experience.

Look no further than these celebrated Colorado Springs restaurants for a special dress-up evening on Valentine's Day.

  • The Peppertree is well-known for its pepper steak prepared tableside and expansive views of downtown Colorado Springs.
  • Carlos' Bistro is also a great choice, where you can expect excellent food and service; as the owner, Carlos oversees every detail. Reserve your spot early, as these restaurants fill up quickly
  • The Broadmoor Hotel is one of the Pikes Peak region's most notable hotels and a local favorite for a romantic weekend. Its elegant grounds provide the perfect backdrop for your special occasion. When it comes to dining, The Broadmoor falls into a unique category because of the variety of restaurants they offer, from formal to casual. Whether you're looking for an indulgent five-course meal or a more relaxed atmosphere, you're sure find the perfect spot to celebrate this special night.
  • The Marigold Café falls in between formal restaurants and casual dining. Located in the northwest part of Colorado Springs. This restaurant has a comfortable neighborhood feel with delicious meals and excellent service. Additionally, their baked goods and pastries are very popular.
  • Joseph's Fine Dining is a less formal experience than the restaurants mentioned above. Like the Marigold Café, Joseph's has a neighborhood feel, and both food and service are excellent.

Two more restaurants are not easy to pigeonhole, but the food is certainly at or above the level of some of the more formal locations we've talked about here.

  • Ephemera - Located in the upper level of “Coati Uprising,” Ephemera refers to Their dining experience as Punk Rock fine dining. Their menu is creative and adventurous, and this place is a foodie favorite.
  • Rabbit Hole - Located underground, you enter the Rabbit Hole through what appears to be a Subway terminal entrance. Once inside, the atmosphere is edgy but comfortable, the food is Upscale New American Cuisine, the drinks are innovative, and the service is excellent.

Fondue

We don't seem to be able to figure out why it is such a tradition for Valentine's Day, but it is, so here are our favorite places for it.

  • The Melting Pot - With its underground location and cozy atmosphere, It is a perfect spot for couples to share a romantic evening or for friends and families to have a blast. Enjoy a delicious fondue meal with all your favorite dippable's (is that a word?)
  • Mona Lisa fondue is located in the heart of Manitou Springs, and just like Manitou Springs is a little different than the rest of the area. This place is full of charm and character in the food is great. The staff is friendly, taking time to explain menu items and make recommendations.
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The Melting Pot

Steakhouses

A traditional steakhouse is a great place to celebrate Valentine's Day. From the warm, inviting atmosphere to the delicious steaks, it's the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.

Two of Colorado Springs' classic favorites are both located downtown and consistently on our recommendations list.

  • The Famous Steakhouse - This upscale steak house and lounge is located in the center of downtown. Spoil yourself with an exquisite steakhouse experience. Enjoy prime steaks, exquisite seafood, select wines, and a captivating piano bar, all of which create a luxurious ambiance.
  • MacKenzie’s Chophouse - Since 1997, MacKenzies has been a Colorado Springs favorite for an exquisite dining experience. This restaurant is the ultimate Valentine's setting, with impeccable service and delectable steaks paired with expertly crafted martinis and fresh seafood dishes.
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MacKenzie's Chop House

Two newcomers in the Steakhouse category provide a classic steakhouse experience to patrons on the north and south ends of Colorado Springs.

  • Prime 25 - A modern steakhouse located south of downtown with valet parking, warm decor, and copper and wood accents. This restaurant offers U.S.-sourced prime-aged beef and other high-quality selections, fresh seafood, and knowledgeable staff versed in wines and champagnes to elevate the dining experience further.
  • Cowboy Star - Located in the University Village shopping center off of N Nevada Ave. Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop is Colorado Springs' first steakhouse to offer a unique Neighborhood Fine Dining experience by melding contemporary American fare with a dash of western flair.

Teppan Grill, Sushi, or Hibachi-Style

Are you looking for something more entertaining, like watching someone cook for you? Try a teppan grill, sushi, or hibachi-style restaurant. Here are our favorites.

  • AI Sushi and Grill - With 3 locations around town, AI is a Colorado Springs favorite. They offer tempura, teriyaki, rice bowls, and hibachi dishes.
  • Kura Japanese - A Briargate favorite offers an impressive array of sushi and sashimi selections, savory tempura, bento boxes, and more. Guests enjoy classic sushi or try creative new rolls. At their Teppanyaki Grill restaurant, experienced chefs will dazzle diners with their skillfulness before elegantly serving up delectable dishes.,
  • Jun Japanese Restaurant - With two locations on the west side, and northeast Colorado Springs, Jun has served top-quality Japanese cuisine in Colorado Springs for over 30 years and has been recognized by patrons for their excellence.
  • Fuji Mountain - For those that live on the north end of the Springs, or Monument, Fuji Mountain in Monument, Colorado
  • Sushi Ato - A full-service Japanese restaurant with an All-star sushi bar located in the Northgate part of Colorado Springs. The restaurant offers an extensive array of Japanese fare, which diners can enjoy along with Japanese beers and sake. You'll especially enjoy a remarkable view of the Air Force Academy and the front range.
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Dessert

A great way to wrap up your Valentine's Day celebration is with dessert. From decadent pastries to creamy ice cream, you'll find a variety of delicious treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you're looking for something simple like a box of chocolates or something more creative like a custom-made dessert, you're sure find something that will satisfy your craving. Here are a couple of our favorites.

  • Munchies719 is a new restaurant opening in the old Michelle's chocolate building on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. Munchies719 is hosting a unique Valentines Day event featuring delectable cocktails crafted to accompany scrumptious desserts created in house by their bakery and kitchen.
  • Decadent Dessert Bar - This dessert bar, offers a delectable array of tempting treats at a great price. Check their website for some excellent Valentine's specials
  • Smallcakes Cupcakery - Located on N. Academy Blvd. Smallcakes bakes 12 fresh unique flavors daily, plus custom creations for special occasions.
  • Snowberry Bakehouse - This is one of our office's favorite bakeries. Quality and delicious baked goods, and conveniently located in the Lincoln Center, in the Roastery for Building Three Coffee. Check their website for some excellent Valentine's specials.
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Valentine's Activities and Events

Suppose you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. Why not explore some of our favorite local businesses hosting special events and activities here in Colorado Springs? Here's a list of some of the best options to make the most of your special day.

  • Sweetwater a Flower Market will host a charcuterie workshop, where attendees will craft a heart-shaped charcuterie board to take home, accompanied by wine, beer, appetizers, and a chocolate cake.
  • Wayfinder Coffee Company will host a "Day of Love Wine Tasting" with 5 courses paired with wines and a surprise.
  • The 4th Annual Bryson's Chase Queen of Hearts Casino Night, Auction, and Gala raises money to support families seeking mental health care. Guests are encouraged to dress in black, red, and white and will enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, and Texas Hold 'Em, Black Jack, and Craps with trained dealers. Tickets are $150 and include an open bar, dinner, an auction, and chips.
  • Visit COS Valentine's Mixer at WhirlyBall! Is a night of hoops and networking at Whirlyball on Thursday, February 16th! from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Tickets cost $15 and include appetizers, one drink ticket, and a lot of fun!
  • Four by Brother Luck is hosting a Valentine's Couple's Cooking Class. Learn to craft authentic pesto and hand-made gnocchi from scratch with Chef Ashley Brown and her special guest. This pasta class pairs a self-made dinner with wine selected by a sommelier and a dessert created by a pastry chef.
  • Goat Patch Brewing hosts "Bleating Heart Nights" in their Taproom on Tuesday evenings. By joining them on Bleating Heart Night on Tuesday, February 14th, every pint you purchase between 5 - 9 will result in a $1 donation to the Kids on Bikes.
  • Valentine's Self-Love Sound Bath - Gigi Turner PsyD leads a sound bath featuring Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls, Crystal Harp, and Zaphir Chimes, along with other instruments from all around the world to help people relax and meditate.
  • The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is a certified sanctuary that works to protect Mexican Grey Wolves and Swift Foxes through its Species Survival Program. The sanctuary is hosting a Valentine's event where guests can tour and view the resident animals on the Chinook Trail, where you will hear the story of "The Lovers." Included are snacks and seasonal drinks.
  • Painting with a Twist is hosting an Immersive Valentines Splatter Room - Looking for a unique way to spend Valentine's Day? Check out Painting with a Twist's Immersive Valentines Splatter Room! Get creative and explore your inner artist with a fun splatter painting experience. Not only can you paint your canvas, but you can also get messy and splatter the walls and each other! Just be sure to wear clothes you don't mind staining because the paint will stain!
  • Valentine’s Love is in the Air Date Night at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - This evening begins with an adult beverage, and once the stars have come out, you can stroll the zoo under them to observe the animals and their nighttime activities. This program is an adults-only event!

That concludes our recommendations for Valentine's Days in Colorado Springs for 2023. If you have any suggestions or want to add your event, please do not hesitate to contact us! We hope this was helpful!

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