By Phoenix.org Staff
Arizona is for lovers, what with our statehood day falling on February 14th. With majestic mountains, stunning vistas, and of course the Grand Canyon, Arizona has so much to offer within a few hours driving distance from Phoenix. Forget the usual Valentine’s fair of chocolates and fancy dinnerm take your lover to one of these unique destinations for a sweet getaway neither of you will forget.
The Vineyards Bed & Breakfast
For the vino-lovers, why not escape to The Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Page Springs, Arizona. This adorable central Arizonan gem boasts a Southwestern experience paired with Midwestern hospitality. It’s hard to believe such a lush landscape exists in Arizona, but the Verde Valley is known for its fertile, grape-friendly climate. Perfectly situated on the Verde Valley Wine Trail, you and your love can enjoy a wholly Arizonan-wine tasting experience. And the intimate accommodations means you can truly escape.
1350 N. Page Springs Rd., Page Springs, AZ 86325
Beatty’s Guest Ranch
Escape with your sweetheart to a hidden-gem for nature lovers. Beatty’s Guest Ranch and Orchard in Miller Canyon is a small but delightful bed and breakfast. Renowned for its bird watching, particular hummingbird viewing, this little bed and breakfast is perfect for those who like to get outdoors. There are only-six units, but each one comes equipped with all the bare essentials like microwaves, coffee pots, dishes, and cutlery. Unplug from your hectic life and reconnect with your special one in this natural paradise.
2173 E Miller Canyon Rd., Hereford, AZ 85615
Grand Canyon Cavern’s Inn
Quite literally a hidden gem, the Grand Canyon Cavern’s Inn, will set the mood with its unforgettable accommodations. Located right off Historic Route 66, the inn is carved right into the earth. Undoubably one of the most unique hotels in the state. Despite its neolithic feel, each of its 48 rooms comes equipped with electricity, running water, A/C, and more. The Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the U.S. If you really want to surprise your sweetie, ask about the Underground Cave Suite. This 65-million-year-old cave is located 220 feet below the surface. The enormous cavern is 200 feet wide and 400 feet long, with a 70-foot ceiling. No need to worry about disturbing the neighbors!
115 Mile Marker AZ-66, Peach Springs, AZ 86434
Loews Ventana Canyon
Just two hours south of Phoenix is one of the premier resorts in the state. Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson rests in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The views are unparalleled while the grounds themselves put other urban resorts to shame. Enjoy a couples massage at the spa or hit the turf on the expansive golf course. Or you can lounge the hours away at the pool with your special someone, sipping mimosas and reading the latest bestseller. And being only minutes away from downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona, Loews Ventana Canyon is ideally located to enjoy all Tucson has to offer while still feeling like a vacation.
7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750
Jerome Grand Hotel
For those who love a bit of history and perhaps a bit of mystery, book your Valentine’s getaway at the Jerome Grand Hotel. The old mining town looks north down to the Verde Valley. Now an enclave of artisans and Arizona history buffs, you’ll get views unlike anything else in Arizona. The hotel itself was once a hospital. The last caretaker allegedly committed suicide in the 1980s. This hotel is perhaps the most haunted hotel in the state. If you and your boo aren’t afraid of no ghosts, then this could be a romantic getaway to get your blood pumping.
200 Hill St, Jerome, AZ 86331
Briar Patch Inn
Big fancy resorts not for you and your lover? Then Briar Patch Inn might be the answer to your Valentine’s Day getaway. 19 guest cabins spread out over 9 acres in oak canyons of Sedona give you the feeling of escaping to the Pacific Northwest — just only much closer! A German carpenter built his first home in the 1930s in what would come to be the inn in later years. When he saw Hollywood filmmakers using the Sedona scenery for films he saw an opportunity to make lodgings for casts and crews. From there the guest cabins grew. Today, the cottages are furnished Southwestern style, with fireplaces to keep you warm at night, and patios to sit out and sip your coffee. You and your boo can also enjoy a massage or facial right there in your own cabin.
3190 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Blending into the red rocks of Sedona, Enchantment Resort becomes one with the natural beauty of the canyons there. Although it’s tucked away in the mountains, you’re far from secluded. Enchantment Resort rests on 70-acres in Boynton Canyon. All around soar the unique red rocks that make this part of the world famous. Stay in one of the fully furnished casitas. Enjoy a rustic atmosphere, 5-star style. For the outdoorsy couple, there’s plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore. Plus the resort offers a variety of activities ranging from yoga to cooking lectures and classes, to art classes.
525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, AZ 86336
Mira Vista Resort
Looking to walk on the wild side this Valentine’s Day? Let it all hang out (literally) at Mira Vista Resort. This self-proclaimed “premier clothing-optional resort” is for the adventurous lovers who don’t mind showing a little, or a lot, of skin. Their motto? “Look at the View.” Mira Vista promotes what it calls “wholesome nude recreation.” And while you don’t have to spend your whole vacay in the buff, you definitely have the option! Like any quality resort, Mira Vista has plenty of pools, spa packages, and places to wine and dine. The hotel also hosts plenty of activities ranging from karaoke to themed dance nights. Nude disco anyone?
Mira Vista Resort
7501 N. Wade Road,Tucson, Arizona 85743