With its warm February weather, gorgeous natural beauty, and diverse landscapes, Arizona is ideal for a lovely Valentine’s Day getaway. Whether you prefer the vibrant nightlife of a big city or the quiet ambiance of smaller towns, you can easily find the perfect place to suit your mood. When you stay at one of many Arizona vacation rentals, you can look forward to enjoying spectacular natural scenery or urban diversity, as well as experiencing fine dining. Here are the top Valentine’s Day getaway spots in Arizona.
Your Phoenix vacation rental is close to numerous unique locales where you can spend intimate Valentine’s Day moments. Take a stroll along the wondrously beautiful paths in the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park. Enjoy an evening gondola ride while the gondolier sings an Italian serenade on a private lake at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. For an unforgettable thrill, several companies offer you a special Valentine’ Day flight in a hot air balloon over the desert. Nothing says romance like chocolate, and around Valentine’s Day, a number of chocolate specialists get together for the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, a grand display, and sampling of delicious chocolate creations. Treat yourself to some relaxation in the Phoenix area at Revive Spa, Spa Avania, or Spa at the Boulders, which all offer special Valentine’s Day offers and discounts. For a wonderful romantic dinner, feast on lobster and steak at the Roaring Fork in Scottsdale. If you crave excellent Mexican cuisine, head for Los Sombreros Mexican Restaurant. For less formal Valentine’s Day fare, try one of the Arizona Love Specials at the Tavern Americana.
During Valentine’s Day holiday weekend, the city of Tucson hosts the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. National and international dealers and museums assemble to showcase and sell superb examples of fine gems. Strolling and browsing through the seemingly endless displays is a fascinating experience, and the show provides a perfect opportunity to shop for special gifts for loved ones. For a combined theater and dining experience, where to go in Tucson includes the special Valentine’s Day programming at the Mystery and Magic Dinner Theater at the Five Palms. Along with a three-course meal, enjoy a lighthearted murder mystery comedy and dancing afterward. For a rustic ambiance that reminds you of the Wild West, dine at Saguaro Ranch’s McClintock’s Restaurant. If you’d like to have Valentine’s Day dinner outdoors on a romantic outdoor patio, try the Mexican-inspired cuisine at J Bar.
At 7,000 feet and surrounded by breathtaking mountains and forests of Ponderosa pine, Flagstaff provides a cool alternative to typical Arizona desert climate. If you enjoy side-by-side hikes amidst stunning natural beauty, this is the place for you. It’s also the closest city in Arizona to the Grand Canyon, so don’t miss a romantic side trip from your Flagstaff vacation rental to view this amazing wonder. The Grand Canyon Railway that departs from nearby Williams offers a Sweetheart Special discount if you travel on Valentine’s Day. When you need to relax after your physical exertion, head for Hands On Integrative Bodywork for full body massages. Where to go in Flagstaff for a pleasant wine tasting experience is the Wine Loft in the historic downtown area. For your Valentine’s Day dinner, check out the special menu at Josephine’s Modern American Bistro or Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Set with a backdrop of beautiful pine forests, Prescott is known for its western cowboy ambiance. Take a fun stroll hand-in-hand along the city’s famous Whiskey Row and stop in for a drink at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon. Prescott is the home of the esteemed Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, which offers a discount for couples for Valentine’s Day at the Zoo. The Amazing Foot Spa gives you an opportunity to soothe your tired feet by offering a discount when couples come in together. Relish a Valentine’s Day feast of Beef Wellington or Lobster Tail at Cork and Cuisine, or enjoy delicious ribeye steak at Prescott Wine Crush Cafe.
Yuma lies in the southwest corner of Arizona near the borders of California and Mexico, and if you enjoy warm weather and sunshine for Valentine’s Day, you can’t do better than this historic city. The big annual event around Valentine’s Day is the Yuma Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo, which includes a parade, bronco riding, bull riding, barrel racing, and steer wrestling. Don’t miss the exciting Rodeo After Party hosted by the Whiskey Road Saloon. For your Valentine’s Day dinner, enjoy a western-style barbecue meal at Famous Dave’s. Alternatively, marvel at spectacular views while you dine outdoors at the Patio Restaurant.
6. Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, set along the Colorado River in western Arizona, is renowned as a romantic getaway. Its most unique feature is the original London Bridge, which the city bought from the city of London, disassembled, shipped to Arizona, and reassembled to form an arch from the mainland portion of the city to an island in the lake. Now you can stroll along hand-in-hand over London Bridge in the warm February sunshine while you admire the surrounding beautiful scenery. Another romantic option is a sunset cruise on the lake. For a Valentine’s Day dinner with a stunning view of London Bridge and the lake, sample some great Mexican food at Javelina Cantina.
The city of Sedona is famous for the surrounding bright orange and heart-red sandstone formations, which make perfect backdrops for romantic Valentine’s Day hikes. In town, the shops at Pinon Pointe collaborate on a festive afternoon Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Walk. Alternatively, ride the rails for the Verde Canyon Railroad Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lover’s Romance on the Rails, which features an abundance of chocolate delicacies in every passenger car while you travel and enjoy the spectacular views. For an unusual and adventurous excursion, head for the M Diamond Ranch and partake of the Valentine’s Day Sunset Horseback Ride and Campfire Dinner.
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