With a plethora of majestic views and our world-famously spectacular sunsets, Arizona is a fantastic place for a romantic getaway. After all, who could reject a proposal offered at the majestic rim of the Grand Canyon?
Interested in some other exciting ways to show your true love a great time? Here are some wonderful ideas for enjoying Valentine’s Day (or any special day) with your sweetheart.
Romantic GETAWAY #1
Start your day of romance early in Phoenix with Hot Air Expeditions! Enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride and soar over the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. Your journey begins with the viewing of the inflation of the balloon, where you will first get a glimpse of how large these gentle giants are up close and personal! Upon the conclusion of the inflation, your pilot will whisk you away in the basket for your approximate one hour flight. Upon landing you are greeted in the traditional manner with flutes of chilled champagne, as tables with linens and china magically appear, right in the heart of the desert – how romantic! If you’re romancing a music lover, you could make this a full day by adding a trip to the world renowned Musical Instrument Museum.
Continue on with your guy or gal to Spa Lamar which offers an island-inspired ambience in the middle of the Arizona desert. It’s a perfect oasis getaway for couples and it’s unlike any other spa you’ll find in the Phoenix area. It offers a wide range of services, excellent quality care, and amenities like a pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. When you book, be sure to order lunch so you can enjoy it together right at the spa!
Finish off your Romantic Valley Getaway with dinner and a view. Located atop the 15th floor of the Talking Stick Resort, the Orange Sky restaurant sets the senses ablaze with its signature dishes and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the best 360-degree views of the Valley’s signature orange sunsets — the inspiration behind its name.
Romantic GETAWAY #2
With scenery that makes your heart leap, Sedona is a perfect destination for anyone seeking a peaceful and exotic desert retreat. As the light changes, so do the incredible views of the famously colorful rock formations of Sedona. Who knows, you may even find the perfect quiet spot to drop to one knee…
Begin your day with an early morning hike to famed Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sights in Arizona, or select one of the many other popular hiking/walking trails of varying challenge levels. Trail information and maps are available at the Sedona Visitor Center. Be sure to stop by before your hike to obtain a required Forest Service Red Rock Parking Pass, for a nominal daily fee of $5. Remember to bring the essentials: plenty of water, a fully charged cell phone, a light picnic lunch or snack, and protection from the brilliant Arizona sunshine.
Known internationally for it’s beauty and harmony with nature, long considered a place of spiritual inspiration, and regarded as a sacred place by ancient cultures, Sedona offers truly unique vistas and overlooks. Consider taking all of this in with breathtaking clarity from above with Sedona Air Tours.
After stopping for lunch at one of the many highly regarded local eateries in town (Cucina Rustica, Dahl & De Luca Ristorante Italiano, or Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill to name a few) venture on with your mate to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village for some signature Sedona shopping amid the Mexican-inspired village setting that is truly the “best of everything.” From there, check out one of the many Sedona wineries, tours or tastings that have made Sedona a notable destination for wine connoisseurs.
After a fun-filled day with your love, settle in for the evening at Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa. With a wide variety of massage styles, including couples massage, you are sure to find the perfect spa experience to relax and regenerate. Right on the premises is Reds Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, where you can choose from an extensive wine list and excellent cuisine with an American flair.
Romance is of course personal. There’s truly something for everyone in Arizona: off-road adventures, performing arts, museums, festivals, custom scenic tours, stargazing, and so much more! If you don’t fall in love in Arizona, then surely you will fall in love with Arizona.
~ Serena Webbe, Editor