Last minute romance with your lover in Arizona


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Last minute romance with your lover in Arizona

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According to a 2021 survey by travel site The Points Guy, Sedona is one of the 12 most romantic vacation spots in North America.

Popular with residents and out-of-state visitors, Sedona was selected along with Maui, Montreal, Santa Fe, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. But Sedona isn’t the only romantic place in Arizona.

Romantic couples can take a hot air balloon ride, spend the night alone deep in an underground hotel suite, or make a quick trip to wine country. Valentine’s Day is Monday this year, so think about a romantic weekend before heading back to work on Monday.

Here are some ideas for a romantic weekend getaway in Arizona.

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hot air balloon ride

Two hot air balloon companies operate in Sedona. Red Rock Balloon Adventures has daily flights throughout the year (lasting approximately 90 minutes), including champagne picnics and in-flight DVDs. Northern Light Balloon Expeditions also offers a champagne picnic after you land.

Both services include pickup and drop-off from many hotels. Both companies have experiences ranging from 90 minutes to 2 hours and cost $300 per person. Reservations are required.

detail: 928-284-0040, redrockballoons.com. 928-282-2274, northlightballoon.com.

Enjoy a sunset dinner while admiring the view

Treat your loved one with a sunset dinner or drink at Mariposa in Sedona. Reservations are required; ask for a window table at Chef Lisa Dahl’s upscale restaurant.

Open Table recently said it has one of the most scenic restaurants in Arizona. Finishes include naturally stacked stone, rusted sheet metal and window walls framed by shady patios. Since you’re dating, why not dress up for the occasion?

detail: Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, 700 State Hwy 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4444, www.mariposasedona.com.

sleep underground

If you’re the adventurous romantic type who really wants to get away from it all, book the Cavern Suite at Grand Canyon Caverns, the deepest, darkest hotel room in Arizona. With 22 underground levels, 200 feet wide, 400 feet long, and 70 feet high ceilings, it’s the largest dry cave in America to snuggle up with your significant other. At $1,000 a night for two, this one-of-a-kind experience is a splurge.

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detail: Grand Canyon Caves, Peach Springs. 928-422-3223, gccaverns.com.

Schedule a stargazing night

If you like romantic walks under the stars, Sedona is a great choice. The International Dark Night Society declared the city a Dark Night Community in 2014, which means you don’t have to travel too far from the city center to see the stars. If you’d like to see stars (and planets and galaxies) up close, get in touch with the professional astronomers at Nighting Sky Tours. Tours cost $117 per adult and $799 for private tours of up to 6 people.

detail: 928-853-9778, www.eveningskytours.com.

Arizona Wine Country

Three Arizona regions are known for their vineyards and tasting rooms: Willcox, Sonoita/Elgin and Cottonwood, and Verde Valley.

Several tasting rooms line the main street in downtown Wilcox, and the area is surrounded by wineries you can drive to. There are restaurants and chain motels.

The Sonoita/Elgin area southeast of Tucson is home to more than a dozen tasting rooms as well as several hotels and restaurants. Taste some of the best wines in the state, then dine at The Café in Sonoita.

The Verde Valley Wine Trail features 25 wineries and tasting rooms in Clarkdale, Cornville, Cottonwood and Jerome. In addition to an impressive wine selection, the area is also home to many good restaurants. Hotels and other accommodations are also easy to find.

detail: vvwinetrail.com, www.sonoitaelginchamber.org, https://willcoxwinecountry.org.

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Verde Canyon Railway

Check out the Verde Canyon Railroad’s special for chocolate lovers. Enjoy a selection of chocolates and pastries and hug your loved ones as you take a relaxing train ride through the scenic Cape Verde Canyon. Verde Canyon Railroad is offering its chocolate lover’s special tour, with first-class seating, appetizers and beverage service in vintage train cars. The outing lasts about four hours.

detail: February 11-13, Friday-Sunday at 1pm. Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 North Broadway, Clarkdale. $139. 800-582-7245, verdecanyonrr.com.

more: Ride the Verde Canyon Railroad through Arizona’s Red Rocks

Contact reporters at weldon.johnson@arizonarepublic.com. Or follow him on Twitter @weldonjohnson.

Arizona Republic reporter Nicole Luden contributed to this story.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Valentine’s Day 2022: Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Arizona

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