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Romantic Splendor

Romance is always in the air at the historic Cliff House in Manitou Springs.

With its spellbinding Victorian charm, the Cliff House, nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, has been dazzling star-crossed lovers for more than a century.

With its spellbinding Victorian charm, the Cliff House, nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, has been dazzling star-crossed lovers for more than a century.

Nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak, this Victorian jewel, glistening in four-diamond splendor, creates romantic memories to last a lifetime.

And Valentine’s Day is no exception.

From the moment you book your room, you can enhance your experience by adding special touches--from chilled champagne to fluffy stuffed teddy bears or huggable fat cats.

If you wish to create an experience that’s tailor-made for your Valentine, engage the staff.

Their creativity is legendary, and they will delight in becoming your co-conspirators.

“We’ll do whatever we can to create your most precious memories,” says Brian Groben, Assistant Front Office Manager.

Recently, a young man wanted to propose to his girlfriend and enlisted Groben’s help to make it a night to remember.

While the couple was enjoying a romantic dinner in the dining room, the staff tiptoed into their room, strew rose petals on the bed, and arranged champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on a table overlooking the mountains.

If you want to indulge that special someone, surprise her with the Suite Romance Package. In addition to the breakfast buffet and luxurious accommodations, she’ll receive a single rose on the bed at turndown, a $30 credit at the Cliff House Dining Room, and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered at precisely three p.m.*

The room you choose can also add sparkle to your experience. With 54 individually-appointed rooms—from studios to suites--you can hand-pick the décor that most appeals to you.

The Celebrity Suites are themed after famous guests who’ve stayed at the hotel and offer the ultimate in luxury. If you’re a history buff, choose the Thomas Edison Suite complete with an old-fashioned phone.

If you’re enamored with the wild west, check into the one-of-a-kind Buffalo Bill Suite. With its dramatic ceiling, you’ll swear you’re sleeping in a teepee on the High Plains.

“We have couples who come back every year,” says Paul York, General Manager, “and they’ve stayed in every suite.”

For an elegant candlelit dinner by the cozy fireplace, complete with shining crystal and damask linens, Chef Chris Lynch’s modern continental cuisine is sure to stoke your romantic fires.

His award-winning á la carte menu offers such delicacies as Broiled Lobster Tail with drawn butter and a duet of Scallops and Prawn Scampi. For the perfect ending to your exquisite meal, order the famed Grand Marnier Soufflé with a decadent orange crème anglaise.

The wine list—with more than 800 selections—is the largest in the region and accommodates every price point from a glass of sparkling wine to a bottle of Dom Perignon.

Available on Valentine’s Day only, Chef Chris’s romantic three-course dinner includes such tantalizing selections as Grilled Beef Filet, Salmon Oscar with jumbo lump crab, and a fork-tender Colorado Lamb Chop with a rosemary cabernet glace.

The sweet finale is a heavenly Raspberry Bavarian Tart, accompanied by a rich chocolate paté and a passion fruit coulis.

If you’d prefer pub fare and microbrews, head over to the Red Mountain Bar and Grill. Relax on plush leather sofas or snuggle around the outdoor fire pit while you enjoy such delights as fish and chips, sesame seared ahi tuna and quality burgers.

In the morning, a sumptuous breakfast buffet, with an array of delectable choices from eggs and bacon to waffles and handcrafted pastries, awaits you in the dining room. Or, for a more intimate tête-à-tête, order breakfast delivered right to your door.

As you relax in your thick fuzzy robes, toast each other with mimosas or Bloody Mary’s, while enjoying such á la carte items as Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon Napoleon or Stuffed French Toast, all made in house.

It’s no wonder that The Cliff House ranks as one of the “Top Ten” Romantic Inns in the United States by American Historic Inns.

Year after year, couples return, captivated by its old-world charm and romantic splendor.

* Please contact the hotel as blackout dates apply.

IF YOU GO: 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829, (719) 685-3000