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Splurge/Adventurous (above): If the flame of a candle can’t adequately express your burning desire, Crested Butte Nordic Center has a solution: a torch. Its Magic Meadows Yurt Dinners, every Saturday through March 21, feature a torch-lit, one-mile ski or snowshoe route that ends with a five-course meal and music under a domed tent. $75 per person; cbnordic.org
Splurge/Adventurous: Apologies to Billy Idol, but the whitest of weddings occurs on Valentine’s Day at Loveland Ski Area, which will host its 24th annual Mountaintop Matrimony mass wedding at the top of lift number two. You may kiss the bride on the way down to Loveland Basin (though that’s probably not safe), where cake awaits. $63 (two-for-one lift ticket); skiloveland.com
Splurge/Adventurous: There’s more than one way to get your heart pumping this month—like Cupid’s Undie Run on February 7. $55; cupidsundierun.com/city/denver
Splurge/Adventurous: The newly opened Studio Colfax on always-an-adventure East Colfax houses a diverse collection of (mostly) locally made goodies for your sweetheart. Think jewelry by Red Bench, Native Clutter, and Bruce, an accessories line unveiled by co-owner Sara Bruce in December. If you can’t find something for your valentine here, you might be beyond our help. studiocolfax.com
Splurge/Traditional: Boulder’s Flagstaff House will open at noon on Valentine’s Day to accommodate the crush of couples eager to feast on fresh fish, Maine lobster, or (for the locavores out there) Colorado lamb shank while taking in one of the town’s best views. Just make sure to tear your eyes away from the majestic scenery long enough to focus on a wine list that’s taken home Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 1983. flagstaffhouse.com
Splurge/Traditional: To some, love is agony. To others, it’s a fairy tale. With Tosca (Betrayal! Murder! Napoleon!) being performed by the Colorado Symphony and Cinderella (Rodgers! Hammerstein! Fairy godmother!) at the Buell Theatre this month, you can pick your poison—no, wait, that’s Snow White. coloradosymphony.org, denvercenter.org
Budget/Traditional: Relive your high school high point—or take a shot at redemption—at the Mercury Cafe’s Valentine’s Prom on February 7. The event is organized by Secret Agents of Change, a Denver nonprofit that believes young people are more apt to be philanthropic when a party is involved; the $7,000 raised at last year’s prom suggests they’re right. This year’s party will benefit Reading Partners. $30; secretagentsofchange.org
Budget/Traditional: If you’d like to serve your valentine a romantic dinner at home but your ambition (beef bourguignon) exceeds your ability (beefaroni), place an order at Spinelli’s Market. Each week, the specialty grocer’s chef offers two new, intricate takeout options (such as coq au vin chicken in red wine) and even recommends a wine to pair with your meal. $13.99–$14.99 serves two; spinellismarket.com
Budget/Traditional/Adventurous: Why pay $25 for a small bouquet when you can spend half that and get $80,000 worth of flowers spread across 10 gardens at the Colorado Garden & Home Show (February 7 to 15) at the Colorado Convention Center? $12; coloradogardenfoundation.org
Courtesy of Flagstaff House; Courtesy of Carol Rosegg; iStock; Courtesy of Colorado Garden & Home Show; Courtesy of Studio Colfax; Courtesy of Virginia Stiles; iStock (3)