It's A Date!

Celebrating an anniversary? Taking your crush on a first date? Want to rekindle the spark? Funky eateries, cozy hideaways, outdoor adventures, the perfect night in—we’ve planned for every occasion. We’ll leave the hard part (finding that special someone) up to you.

February 2012


The Birthday


A bit of throw-down fun—maybe off the beaten path—for a spirited celebration.


Check out some new places on the South Broadway circuit for a lively time. The Crimson Canary, which opened in fall in the old Mona’s space, is a “swanky hideout” with an Italian-American menu. But don’t expect the same old spaghetti and meatballs. Start with the baked burrata and move on to a sophisticated take on old favorites, like the pork osso bucco with escarole and pappardelle.

Next, scoot down the street to try the new Black Crown Piano Lounge. Be warned: This is no quiet, sip-your-vino joint. The two-story bar is nothing if not eclectically fun, from the diverse and exuberant clientele to the Victorian-baroque-contemporary decor to the entertainment (when was the last time you saw darts and Yahtzee at a piano bar known for its show tunes?). If you’re into the whole canoodling-in-dark-corners idea, Black Crown has plenty of nooks to park yourselves. Or, in the spirit of celebration, invite some friends to join later in the evening for an epic cocktail-induced sing-along as a grand birthday finale.

Make it happen: Crimson Canary, 141 S. Broadway, 303-284-9026, crimsoncanarydenver.com; Black Crown Piano Lounge, 1446 S. Broadway, 720-353-4701, blackcrownlounge.com; Custom Singing Telegrams, 303-931-8466, customsingingtelegrams.com

TIP: If you’re the kind of couple with a silly sense of humor, call up Denver-based Custom Singing Telegrams for an old-school way to invite your date out. Order a gorilla in a tutu or Tuxedo Tony and your character will show up with balloons and a slapstick ditty


The Wedding Anniversary


An intimate escape to focus on each other.


Splurge and book Evergreen’s charming Highland Haven Tree House along Bear Creek, a rustic, secluded villa wedged between two 60-foot blue spruces, which opened last May. Indulge in a steam shower or soak in the “champagne bubble” hot tub on the third floor. Then curl up by the fireplace or pop in a DVD from the library of romantic movies.

If you can drag yourselves away, Creekside Cellars winery in downtown Evergreen is within walking distance. Highland Haven guests receive complimentary wine tastings. Afterward, grab a bottle of Petit Verdot and the antipasto platter to-go, and enjoy your feast on the Tree House deck. Or, check out the French-inspired Kitchen at the Creek, Evergreen’s newest addition to its dining scene. And rest assured, you won’t go hungry in the morning with the inn’s mouth-watering house-made breakfast, made from owner Gail Riley’s cookbook Colorado Cravings, Recipes, and Romance.

Make it happen: The Highland Haven Creekside Inn, 4395 Independence Trail, Evergreen, 303-674-3577, highlandhaven.com; Creekside Cellars, 28036 Highway 74, Evergreen, 303-674-5460, creeksidecellars.net; the Kitchen at the Creek, 27845 Highway 74, Evergreen, 303-679-1903

TIP: If you want to go all out, ask the inn to deliver a Romance Tray ($85) to the Tree House: chilled champagne, imported chocolates, flowers, and a “cuddle blanket.”