Updated: 8/7/2015

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1. Afternoon Tea

You can have fancy tea service year-round, but there’s something a little more special about that warm tea feeling when it’s cold outside. Find dainty tartlets, warm scones, Devonshire cream and other tasty tea treats at these places around the state:
Brown Palace Hotel in Denver
The Briarwood Inn in Golden
Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs
The Denver Tea Room
Dusty Rose Tea Room in Georgetown
The Lodge at The Stanley in Estes Park
The Queen Anne Tea House in Cañon City
Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder
Tea Bar by Teatulia in Denver
Historic Delaware Hotel in Leadville

2. Quiet Season at Colorado’s National Parks

Colorado’s four national parks fill up with thousands of visitors from May to October. Take advantage of the national treasures in our backyard before the rush of begins:

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park

- Discover solitude atop one of North America’s tallest dunes at Great Sand Dunes.
- See why Black Canyon of the Gunnison is considered a “dark-sky site” (very little light pollution), perfect for winter-sky stargazing.
- Imagine what life was like for the Ancestral Puebloans who called Mesa Verde home — and see how their ingenious cliff dwelling shielded them from winter storms.
- Take a ranger-led snowshoe ecology walk through Rocky Mountain National Park’s subalpine forest (through March 21, 2015).

3. Special Museum Exhibitions

When March deals out a blustery day, head inside for limited-time museum exhibitions. Three options:

- The Denver Art Museum’s Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, through Mar. 15, 2015
- Loveland Museum/Gallery's Xylem: Innovation in Botanic Art, through Mar. 15, 2015
Aspen Art Museum's Teresita Fernández exhibition, through Sept. 6, 2015
- The Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids, Mar. 20–Sept. 7, 2015
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's The Year of Georgia O'Keeffe, various exhibits through Dec. 2015

4. Mountain Mud Season Specials

The end of March and beginning of April typically offer some of the most economical stays in the high-country resorts. Squeeze in a thrifty mini-vacation at a luxe, mountainside hotel you might not otherwise consider during the peak season. With all the cash you’re saving, throw in a get-yourself-ready-for-summer (read: exfoliate!) skin treatment.

5. Ski & Snowboard in Shirtsleeves

This time of year is also great for scoring amazing deals on gear. If we’re graced with some late-season snow, you won’t have to wait until next year to try it out. Plus, you can savor that blessed end-of-season snow by swishing down the slopes in short sleeves — and shorts, if you’re that kind of hardy Coloradan.

Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service.