By Megan Marples
Every Valentine’s Day passes by in a flurry of chocolates and flowers bouquets, leaving behind romance for the sake of routine and convenience. For a more personalized touch this Valentine’s Day, check out some of these unique ideas.
Sphinx Date Company
Through Valentine’s Day
Sphinx Date Company is offering a special edition, heart-shaped box of its chocolate-covered Medjool dates. Customers can choose from a selection of dark to Amazon pecan chocolates. The chocolate-covered dates pair nicely with an Arizona wine or beer.
Sphinx Date Company, 3039 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.941.2261, sphinxdateranch.com, starts at $25.95.
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Venture around Old Town Scottsdale and sample local shops’ chocolate confections like cupcakes, cannolis, truffles and macarons. Patrons receive a plastic bag to save leftover treats, along with a water bottle and palate cleanser.
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale, 7045 E. Third Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.421.8868, chocolatetourofscottsdale.com, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., $45.
Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake
Travel aboard a classic steamboat for a romantic twilight river cruise. Guests can dine under the stars and enjoy seeing the local wildlife as they wind down for the day. The menu for the evening consists of tritip and bruschetta chicken with garlic parmesan potatoes and vegetables.
The Dolly Steamboat, 16802 AZ-88, Tortilla Flat, 480.827.9144, dollysteamboat.com, 5 p.m., $55.85 to $60.85.
Sassi Valentine’s Day Dinner
Indulge in a Southern Italian feast at Sassi in North Scottsdale. Couples can partake in a special four-course menu for the romantic evening. The dishes range from fresh mozzarella di bufala to decadent chocolate bomba. For the main course, guests can choose from a selection of entrees, such as the filetto di manzo or the eggplant braciole.
Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, 480.502.9095, sassi.biz, times vary, $169 per couple.
Valentine’s Super Love Jam Concert
Jam to some of the most romantic old-school tunes at Talking Stick Resort Arena with acts like The Jets (“Crush on You”), Zapp (“More Bounce to the Ounce”), The Moments (“Love on a Two-Way Street”) and Blue Magic (“Side Show”).
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, 602.379.7800, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7:30 p.m., $28.50-$49.50.
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