You have a weekend full of activities to plan. Here is a selection of some of the city’s and state’s top destinations.

By: Dana R. Butler

MAKE LATIN–ASIAN FUSION YOUR OWN: Zengo and La Biblioteca in Riverfront
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Enjoy tequila and tapas in a variety of vignettes that fit parties from small to large. The wall configuration of these two Richard Sandoval hot spots lends itself perfectly to semiprivate spaces for bridal showers, cocktail receptions and next-morning brunch celebrations. Bonus: Bottomless brunch Bloody Marys. richardsandoval.com/zengodenver
and richardsandoval.com/labibliotecadenver

 

SMOKE A GOOD CIGAR AT YOUR BACHELOR PARTY: The Robusto Room in Lone Tree

Photography: Adam Larkey

Photography: Adam Larkey

At this paean to the tobacco leaf, you and a few close friends can experience an intimate single malt and cigar tasting. For a larger party, you can book the entire wonderland of rich leather and fine wood and enjoy cocktails both classic and creative. Bonus: At the reception you can impress people with your new knowledge of Scotch and stogies. therobustoroom.com

 

STIR UP SOMETHING DELICIOUS AT A COUPLES BACHELOR/ETTE NIGHT: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts in LoDo

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Your educational leanings meet your inner epicure at Cook Street, where you can schedule themed classes such as Bites & Brews or Steak & Spirits. Your group can learn to prepare—and then enjoy—a multicourse meal paired with craft beers or locally distilled whiskey. Another option is to invite your friends to join you for an evening
making and eating foods from your upcoming honeymoon destination (example: match a Mexican feast with a tequila tasting). Bonus: Leftovers! cookstreet.com

 

GET MARRIED AMID THE MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS: YMCA of the Rockies near Estes Park

Photography: Kayla Carlson, Freebird Photography

Photography: Kayla Carlson, Freebird Photography

Whether it’s a flurry of swirling snowflakes or sunlight glinting off a pristine (or rabbit-tracked) white meadow, few backdrops say “winter in Colorado” more aptly than a mountain wedding. With a focus on scenic beauty (over crowded ski slopes), you can claim the snowcapped peaks as your own. Don’t forget the hot chocolate! Bonus: Boast that you were married in the highest dedicated outdoor wedding chapel in the country. ymcarockies.org

 

ENJOY THE EASE OF AN ALL-INCLUSIVE GETAWAY: Wild Basin Lodge and Event Center in Allenspark

Photography: Visual Poetry by Meghan

Photography: Visual Poetry by Meghan

In addition to its stunning setting just outside Rocky Mountain National Park and overlooking the St. Vrain River, the Wild Basin Lodge runs like a well-oiled machine. The owners never schedule more than one wedding each day, so the place is yours alone, and the pricing packages include all the fees, taxes and other charges wrapped up in one per-person price. Bonus: The owners’ engineering backgrounds mean every detail is on point. wildbasinlodge.com

 

INVITE YOUR GUESTS TO A CHARMING FARM: The Barn at Raccoon Creek in Littleton

Photography: Drake Busch Photography

Photography: Drake Busch Photography

One of the newest wedding venues in the metro area includes a ceremony site next to a handsome, historic red barn (perfect for two-stepping the night away inside at your reception), which is part of the original Grant family ranch. Prewedding, the groomsmen can lounge (read: play foosball) in a loft above the barn while the ladies get dressed in the beautifully appointed bridal cottage across the way. Bonus: The barn is on the grounds of the Raccoon Creek Golf Course, where you can schedule a bachelor outing or day-after brunch and nine holes. thebarnatraccooncreek.com

 

KEEP THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE HAPPY: The St. Regis Aspen Resort

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The award-winning St. Regis Aspen Resort is known for unrivaled excellence in service and luxury accommodations—traits that well serve couples who choose it for their wedding. However, a new amenity is piquing the interest of mothers everywhere. Now available is a private mother-of-the-bride butler, devoted to Mom’s needs on the big day, from handling details to pouring drinks. Bonus: Speaking of drinks, the St. Regis also is introducing curated bar carts for the bride’s and groom’s respective prewedding suites, stocked for up to eight people with delicious spirits and mixers. stregisaspen.com

 

EMBRACE THE OUTDOORS ALL YEAR ROUND: Cottonwood Glen at Kiowa Creek

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The iron gate that welcomes you to Cottonwood Glen hints at the rustic elegance inside. The star of the show is the patio, complete with a massive stone fireplace and oversized checkerboard adjacent to the events lawn. Your guests will adore the native grasses and mature trees. Bonus: Make an entrance by arriving via carriage to your ceremony. cottonwoodglen.events

 

HAVE YOUR MAKEUP DONE IN A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE—WITH SNACKS: Aillea in Larimer Square
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Devoted to beauty products that are free of toxic chemicals, Aillea is your one-stop shop for truly clean makeup and body care. At a fun wine-and-cheese party, the store’s experts will ensure lasting perfection, so you and your bridal party are ready for any close up. Bonus: Learn how to fake an attention grabbing inner glow with highlighter and blush. aillea.com

 

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