Isn’t it romantic? |

Isn’t it romantic?

A couple relaxes in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Glenwood Springs was recently named one of the "17 Most Romantic Places to Spend Christmas in America" by Impulcity.
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association |

Christmas can be one of the most romantic times of the year. The lights, the joyful spirit, the cold weather serving as an excuse to snuggle up to your sweetheart — all of this contributes to an air of romance.

And according to Impulcity, a travel site founded in 2011 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Glenwood Springs is one of the most romantic places to spend Christmas in America.

Ranking at No. 11 on this list of 17 American cities, Impulcity writer Kathryn Negard talked up the Glenwood Hot Springs, the world’s largest hot springs pool.

“What better way to heat things up this Christmas than visiting Glenwood Hot Springs?” she said in the article. “Glenwood goes all out when decorating their accommodations, so you’ll definitely be feeling the Christmas spirit.”

“It’s really steamy and cozy, so if you’re a couple, you want to hold hands under the water or hang out in the therapy pool. It’s just a good place to be together.”
Vicky Nash
Media relations representative, Glenwood Hot Springs

Negard said she compiled the list — which also includes Colorado cities Estes Park at No. 15 and Tabernash at No. 2 — through heavy research, word of mouth and what stood out to her personally as beautiful Christmas spots.

“I tried to find places where you could experience a white Christmas, as well as alternative but equally romantic locations,” she said.

Vicky Nash, media relations representative at the Glenwood Hot Springs, said while the pool sees more families than couples during the holidays, she can see why it would be ranked as one of the most romantic places.

“It’s really steamy and cozy, so if you’re a couple, you want to hold hands under the water or hang out in the therapy pool,” she said. “It’s just a good place to be together.”

Lisa Langer, vice president of tourism and marketing at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, said Glenwood Springs is a great place for couples to visit year-round, but the holidays are especially magical. In addition to the Hot Springs Pool, she said couples have a range of options for enjoying the city.

“Couples can enjoy an array of romantic dinner options, including the laugh-out-loud dinner show at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue,” she said. “There are couples massages at several of Glenwood’s world-class spas, and the holiday lighting displays downtown, at the Hotel Colorado and Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.”

Nancy Heard, general manager at the Caverns, said Winter on the Mountain has brought a lot more couples up Iron Mountain then in previous winters. The whole experience is romantic, she said, from the gondola taking you up above the city lights, to seeing the lit-up Christmas tree at the top, to sitting down for a nice dinner at the restaurant.

She said the tree, which features music and a synchronized light show, seems to be the biggest contributor to an air of romance.

“As soon as the tree starts to perform, you start to see couples holding hands or locking arms,” she said.

Christmas may be better known as a time for family, but for couples who want to spend the special holiday together in Glenwood Springs, their options for a romantic experience are aplenty — and nationally acclaimed.

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