By Abigail Golder
The idea of a perfect date varies for each couple. Busy schedules, family or active duty commitments, and personal needs can all get in the way of some much-needed quality time with your significant other. Whether it’s a relaxing dinner and the latest movie or an exciting night out on the town, Colorado Springs has something to offer for everyone. Here are some great suggestions for a fun date night Colorado Springs.
Date Night Colorado Springs
The Classic Date Night
While dinner and a movie might seem cliché, there are many ways to make the most of this time together. With all the different restaurants in the area and movie theaters with new innovative concepts, the classic date night has brought a new twist to the dating scene.
To kick-start the evening grab a burger and a brew from Colorado Mountain Brewery. Voted the best of Colorado Springs in 2017, this local eatery definitely won’t disappoint. Right across the street, the Hollywood Theater offers the latest in movie theater amenities including RPX, which is the newest technology in the theater experience, and reclining seats for the ultimate comfort. They allow seats to be reserved ahead of time, so there’s no need to rush through that last brew.
If your latest PCS brought you to Colorado Springs, there’s a good chance you’re ready to take advantage of the fresh mountain air, and there’s no better way to do that than to make it a date with your significant other. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or new to the tracks, the list of trails in the area is endless.
For any experience level of hiker, a great place to explore when new to the area is the Garden of the Gods. If the name doesn’t speak for itself, the area is beautifully adorned with natural features. The sandstone formations are a must-see for any new Springs resident, and with over 15 miles of trails, there are plenty of ways to explore. After a day in the sun, finish off with happy hour snacks and drinks at Johnny’s Navajo Hogan. The casual atmosphere makes it a great place to re-energize, and if you’re feeling especially revived, they host live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Money-Saving Date Night
Chances are if you’ve just gone through a move, you’re wallet is probably ready for a break, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on date night! Because Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base are such important facets of the area, many businesses offer discounts for military families.
One place to try is Sunbird Mountain Grill & Tavern. Grab your date and your military ID and this popular restaurant offers delicious eats at a 15% discount. Also, take advantage of Groupon for many discounts on movies, concerts, restaurants and more!
The Eclectic Date Night
If you’re looking for a unique, eclectic night out in Colorado Springs, venture down the rabbit hole, literally. The Rabbit Hole is a subterranean restaurant that offers fine dining in a rare underground setting. The entrance to the restaurant leads guests down a staircase, and the Alice in Wonderland themed menu will please any palate.
The Romantic Date Night
If you’re significant other deserves an outing to be spoiled and swooned, consider soaring 9,000 feet over the Rocky Mountains. Hot air balloon rides complete with breakfast, champagne and classical music will surely satisfy one’s romantic aspirations. It’s a great way to view the Colorado beauty at its finest, with over 36 14ers (peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation) visible throughout the flight.
The Overnight Date Night
Experience century-old architecture at The Broadmoor resort just north of Fort Carson Military Base. The resort offers an onsite movie theater, spa, golf course and over 20 restaurants, cafés and lounges to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing night with your significant other, or a fun-filled day and evening, The Broadmoor has something to offer everyone.
The Entertaining Date Night
For those looking for a date night to use up some energy, considering venturing to The Summit Interquest. This fun, interactive facility offers bowling, laser tag, an arcade and delicious food and drink options. It’s a one-stop-shop for all things date night whether it is some competition on the bowling lanes or some team work in the laser tag arena. Daily specials and happy hour are also offered.
If your most recent PCS has sent you to Colorado Springs, consider yourself among the lucky ones. The area offers the perfect location for those looking to explore the Rocky Mountains, indulge in fine dining, or relax and retreat. One thing is certain, neither you nor your significant other will be disappointed with date night in this city.
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PCSgrades Author: Abigail Golder is a senior studying journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She plans to graduate in May 2018 from the Cronkite School and Barrett, The Honors College. Abigail grew up in a small Colorado town called Montrose. She still spends much of her free time in the mountains hiking and skiing.