Romance Through Arizona | Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona

When you visit Phoenix, don’t forget to spend time in Scottsdale. Only a short drive from downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale is a smaller city that makes a perfect home base. Stay in a retro hotel in Scottsdale and visit their renowned art museum, then make your way into Phoenix for great food, an adventure up in the clouds, and more. The Scottsdale/Phoenix area is sure to become one of your favorite destinations – you’ll soon be planning your next trip back.

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Hotel Valley Ho

Step back into 1950s America for romantic weekend! Located right outside of Phoenix in Scottsdale, Hotel Valley Ho is a luxury hotel with a mid-century style reminiscent of old Hollywood. Built in 1956, the hotel maintains its rich history and incorporates fresh design and pops of color. You and your love will experience the glamour of another era. Pamper yourselves with the Romance Package and enjoy Veuve Clicquot Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a breakfast credit.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Spend an afternoon at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, only a short walk from the Hotel Valley Ho. It features rotating displays of art, music, literature, film, and much more. Be sure to see the Betye Saar: Still Tickin’ exhibition, which features multimedia works with themes of nostalgia, memory, and mysticism and runs from January 30 – May 1, 2016. The museum also hosts events including author talks, comedy, and film showings.

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Pizzeria Bianco

Ready for some of the best pizza you’ve ever had? Pizzeria Bianco is an award-winning restaurant that uses fresh, local ingredients. Their menu is comprised mostly of simple, classic recipes, so you can be sure that anything you get will taste great. Stop by the downtown Phoenix location for a slice of the “Rosa,” which has red onion, parmesan, rosemary, and Arizona pistachios.

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Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum is an experience you can’t miss. The museum showcases over 6,500 instruments and sound clips from all over the world. Get up close and personal in the Experience Gallery, where you and your date can form a band and play the instruments yourself! Don’t miss the Artist Gallery, featuring instruments from stars like Taylor Swift, John Lennon, and Elvis.

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Japanese Friendship Garden

Visit the Japanese Friendship Garden, dedicated to the relationship between Phoenix and its sister city of Himeji, Japan. The garden’s Japanese name is Ro Ho En, a combination of three Japanese words. Ro refers to the White Heron castle in Himeji. Ho is the Japanese word for phoenix, and En is the word for garden. The ideal place for a peaceful stroll, the gardens feature an impressive waterfall, beautiful trees and flowers, a tea house, and a koi pond.

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Hot Air Expeditions

What could be more romantic than a hot air balloon ride over the desert? Hot Air Expeditions offers morning and afternoon flights that will take you up 5,000 feet, where you’ll see amazing scenery unfold below. After your time in the sky, you’ll sit down to savor an assortment of gourmet appetizers and drinks. It will be the perfect way to complete your trip.

Escape to Jekyll Island | Jekyll Island, Georgia

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Discover the serene shores, marshes, and forests of Jekyll Island, Georgia. The island’s beautiful ocean views, ten miles of beach, golf courses, tennis center, and campgrounds make it the ultimate vacation destination. Go horseback riding on the beach, or rent a bike to explore over 20 miles of paths across the island. There are also plenty of nature excursions such as bird watching, geocaching, or a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been a premier vacation spot for over 100 years. Some of America’s wealthiest families, such as the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, were among the members of the Club in the 19th century. Choose a room in one of the resort’s five buildings, each of which has its own distinct style. Have a delicious dinner at the elegant Grand Dining Room, or check out the casual poolside Beach Pavilion. Don’t forget to explore the putting green, croquet lawn, outdoor pool, fitness room, day spa, and lending library!

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Festive February Special

For a limited time only, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is offering a Festive February Special. From February 1 – 29, 2016 spend one night in Clubhouse or Traditional accommodations at a special rate, and wake up to breakfast for two. You can also upgrade your room for just $29 in honor of leap year! Throughout the month of February, the hotel will be putting on several fun events including a Big Band Dessert Reception, Big Band Dinner Dance, and National Sticky Bun Day celebration. Make sure you catch one during your stay!

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Girlfriend’s Getaway Package

Relax and reconnect with your friends at Jekyll Island Club Hotel! Enjoy wine delivered to your room daily and buffet breakfast in the Grand Dining Room. Spend an afternoon biking Jekyll Island’s wandering beach paths with free bike rentals and a picnic lunch. You’ll come back to afternoon tea and a massage! Book the Girlfriend’s Getaway Package for you and your friends.

Romance Through Arizona | Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff got its name when a flagpole was fashioned out of one of its tallest trees to celebrate America’s centennial. The San Francisco Peaks tower over the city, making Flagstaff a great setting for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike through the mountains and then take a stroll through the local shops and restaurants in town. Flagstaff is only about an hour and a half drive from the Grand Canyon – we know you’ll want to go!

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Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

Located right at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks, the Little America Hotel Flagstaff has ornately decorated rooms and many great amenities that include a hiking trail, fitness center, badminton, and heated outdoor pool. Book The Couple’s Romance Package for an extra special experience. Enjoy accommodations, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, a rose, and a $25 credit for breakfast to help you relax and rekindle your love in Flagstaff.

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Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

For an adrenaline-filled experience, check out Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course. Climb and swing your way through five courses that increase in difficulty as you progress. Race each other through rope swings, hanging nets, bridges, and more while ascending into the trees. But don’t worry, you’ll receive instructions and be decked out in safety gear before you start.

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Historic Downtown Flagstaff

Explore Flagstaff’s historic downtown, which has many fun shops and eateries like the local ones featured in the Old Town Shops. Most buildings were built in the early 1900s and retain their historic style. Hunt down the murals painted by famous artist Joe Sorren when he was a student at Northern Arizona University.

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Mother Road Brewing Co.

The beers at Mother Road Brewing Company are all brewed locally in Flagstaff. The brewery gets its name from author John Steinbeck’s nickname for Route 66. Visit their Tap Room and try the “Lost Highway,” a black IPA with flavors of espresso, orange zest, chocolate, and caramel. While you enjoy your beer, play some board games or visit their mini-library! Make it a date night and order in your dinner from a local spot.

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Humphrey’s Peak Trail

Did you know Native American tribes in the area consider the San Francisco Peaks to be sacred? The peaks are thought to be home to spirits, and to direct people to the holy site. Pick a day to hike up to Humphrey’s Peak, the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet. The trail starts out easy and gets very difficult near the end due to steep climbs and thin air. Pace yourself and get as far as you can – you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views and you may even be able to see the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Drive about an hour and a half north to see the Grand Canyon, Arizona’s most famous treasure. 277 miles across, 18 miles wide, and a mile deep, the Grand Canyon will definitely take your breath away. Visitors typically see the South Rim of the canyon, but don’t miss Horseshoe Bend on the east side, where the Colorado River curves around a magnificent butte. Feeling fearless? Venture out onto the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass-bottom walkway jutting out into the canyon where you can look down 2,000 feet over the west side.

 

Romance Through Arizona | Sedona, Arizona

Sedona lies about halfway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, making it the perfect place to stop on your trip. Known for its many art galleries, vineyards, and spa retreats, Sedona is also said to have a unique energy that attracted the earliest Native Americans and continues to amaze people today. You’ll know you’re approaching Sedona when you see the spectacular red rock formations that make the town one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in the country.

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Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa

For an exquisitely comfortable stay, book a room at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa. The Mediterranean style of the luxury rooms and suites gives way to views of Sedona’s sandstone formations right outside your window. The Wine & Dine package is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Enjoy a two night stay in a deluxe room with a welcome package of fruit and sparkling water, a $100 dining credit to enjoy delicious comfort foods at REDS, and a wine tour to local wineries and tasting rooms with a fun picnic lunch.

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Devil’s Bridge

The largest sandstone arch in the area, Devil’s Bridge can be reached via a hike on the Devil’s Bridge Trail. The hollowed-out arch makes this rock formation look like a bridge, and when you reach the top, you can walk all the way across! Bring your camera to take pictures of the great views along the entire hike.

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Relax among the views of Oak Creek Canyon at Grasshopper Point Picnic Area. Enjoy a quiet lunch and splash around all afternoon at the swimming hole. End the day with a glass of wine and watch the sunset paint the rock formations red.

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Trailhead Tea

For some refreshment after your outdoor adventures, head to Trailhead Tea to enjoy one of 130 types of teas from all over the world! Check out the daily samples and grab something to go from the “tea bar.” The friendly owners will help you decide which tea is right for you, so you can bring it home or buy it from their online store. 

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Sedona Star Gazing

They say the starts are closer in Sedona because of its high altitude and low pollution. Sedona Star Gazing tours are perfect for a romantic night out together. With professional astronomers and equipment, you’ll see and learn about stars, constellations, planets, galaxies, and more! Plus, they supply chairs and blankets so you can cozy up under the night sky.

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Verde Canyon Railroad

Located just outside of Sedona, Verde Canyon boasts some of the area’s most impressive views and is only accessible by train. Take the Verde Canyon Railroad, a four-hour trip through 20 miles of the canyon. At the depot, learn about the canyon you’re about to journey through and the history of the railroad. On board, passengers are served appetizers and champagne as they enjoy the views of the Coconino and Prescott National Forests from the rail car. Venture out into an open-air car to get a look at the wildlife of the canyon. Keep an eye out for the bald eagles that make their home in the canyon.

 

Romance Through Arizona | Phoenix, Arizona

The desert landscapes of Arizona offer a uniquely beautiful spot for a romantic getaway. Gaze at the stars in the desert sky or explore the Southwestern sophistication of Phoenix. Nature hikes, unique museums, major-league sports, and delicious local eateries offer perfect-for-two activities. For a vacation you won’t forget, start in Phoenix and make your way up to the Grand Canyon!

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Tucked into a wilderness preserve, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa will immerse you in Arizona’s natural beauty. Stay in a spacious suite or villa specially designed to feel like a comfortable oasis. You and your special someone have a choice of six great restaurants. Enjoy a couple’s massage at the spa, play a round of golf, or spend an afternoon at the water park. Book the Romance Package for the ultimate escape and you’ll receive a free upgrade, a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, chocolate covered strawberries, and a $50 credit for breakfast. You’ll feel relaxed, pampered, and ready to explore Phoenix.

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Desert Botanical Garden

Walk together along any of five different trails that meander past trailside exhibits at Desert Botanical Garden. Explore the cactus and succulent gallery, exotic gardens, an Agave Yucca Forest, and much more. Pick one trail or do them all, and you’ll learn all about the Sonoran Desert.

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Papago Park

Surrounding the Desert Botanical Garden (and the Phoenix Zoo!) is Papago Park. Take one of the many easy hikes for a fun afternoon. The park is full of sandstone buttes formed over six million years ago – don’t miss the famous Hole-in-the-Rock. Be sure to take a picture together to remember this timeless setting.

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Sit Stay

After your hike, check out Sit Stay, a restaurant specializing in unique twists on the classic hot dog. They throw in add-ons like mac and cheese and substitute buns for naan and pretzel rolls. Try the Bear dog, which has your choice of wiener with peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon, bbq sauce, and cracker jacks. If you’re feeling really adventurous, sample one of their distinctive cocktails or beer floats. The best part? All of their hot dogs are named after real dogs that the owners know.

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Heard Museum

The Heard Museum houses American Indian art, artifacts, and history. The Heard works hard to present Native art and culture accurately, and partners with tribal communities and artists. See over 40,000 pieces of beadwork, fashion, pottery, textiles, and more from various tribes in the Arizona area. Catch the We Are! Arizona’s First People exhibit, which celebrates Native American culture and features all of the 22 tribal communities in Arizona.

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 Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Driving north from Phoenix to visit Sedona, Flagstaff, or the Grand Canyon? It’s February and love is in the air! Take a detour and hit the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, an annual festival of romance and chocolate that takes place February 5-7, 2016. You’ll find chocolate makers from all over the country at this free event. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with not-so-traditional confections including sweet potato fries with chocolate, fried Snickers, and to-die-for berry chocolate kabobs.