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Nataliia Kelsheva

Sedona makes an idyllic getaway for couples

Romance is woven into the very fabric of Sedona. At the turn of the century, the first postmaster, T.C. Schnebly, struggled to come up with an appropriate name for the young community along the banks of Oak Creek. Finally, he did the most natural thing of all––he named it after his beautiful wife, Sedona. Now it’s impossible to think of it ever being called anything else. With its otherworldly beauty, Sedona is the ideal place for a romantic getaway, whether for a weekend holiday or planning for the perfect wedding day.

Many flock to the fairytale wonderland of Sedona, attracted by its crimson buttes, windswept spires, dramatic canyons and the shimmering waters of the Verde River. Nestled in the quaint city is a secret gem that many covet for his and her picture-perfect day, and as it turns out, it’s surprisingly easy when you have a picture-perfect location.

Bridal magazines consistently place Sedona in the top 10 destinations in the country and world for location and scenery. In addition to national acclaim, Sedona is home to dozens of lauded wedding planners and event managers ready to assist with arrangements to create memories that last a lifetime. With all the pieces in place and all the support you need, couples can experience a stress-free day, whether it’s coordinating a honeymoon, organizing the ceremony or even just planning a romantic anniversary.

Imagine exchanging vows atop a high mesa, tucked away in a hidden canyon; honeymooning on the banks of a silver stream or beside a favorite formation bathed in the lush glow of sunset; or perhaps proposing to that special someone aboard a hot air balloon or helicopter. In Sedona, the possibilities are as endless as the star-studded skies.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and love, the city wants to make sure that the perfect day goes off without a hitch, with help from some of the most romantic spots in town. Here are just a few of the charming and bespoke options available to visitors seeking romance in the red rocks.

Butterfly Garden Inn

The Butterfly Garden Inn was established in 1945 as Don Hoel’s Cabins. Today, its bed-and-breakfast establishment is a local treasure, spanning 27 acres in the lush Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors will find romance between the forest pine trees, where couples can cozy up to each other in charming cabins.

Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge

Garland’s Lodge had its beginnings in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when most of Oak Creek Canyon was established as homestead land. Today, the premises still offer bed-and-breakfast style accommodations, with quaint scenery amidst the flowing river.

Canyon Wren Cabins

With cabins designed for intimacy and dedicated to couple’s enjoyment, Canyon Wren Cabins offers four different cabins for those looking to adventure to the Oak Creek Canyon woods. The property prides itself on its concept of “cabins for two,” so intimacy and romance is guaranteed with each visit.

Briar Patch Inn

The cottages, furnished with Southwestern charm and Native American decor, are designed for comfort in a casual atmosphere. Fireplaces, patios, and privacy lure couples to relax and enjoy the moment or take advantage of amenities such as massages in the comfort of their own cottage or in the creek-side gazebo.

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Couples Who Sweat Together Stay Together

Valentine’s Day is here and everyone is wondering how to make that day perfect. But what about beyond Valentine’s Day? How do you keep up the relationship? Studies and experts offer an easy solution – work out together.

So why does working out help the relationship? Becky Renner, owner of Orangetheory Fitness, and Michael Yasinski, a Valley psychiatrist, offer some easy answers for why working out is a great solution.

Both experts explain that a workout can be an easy way for a couple to set aside time to spend together to do something productive and healthy.

“It is similar to setting aside time to go to dinner or watch a movie,” Renner explains. “It is something you can do together and share a common interest. It is one hour of time to be together doing something that you both have a passion for.”

Not only is working out an easy way to be together, but Renner adds, “It keeps you healthy and fit. It makes you want to go home and continue to keep each other accountable.”

Yasinski expounds a similar theory.

“It is a conditioning response,” he says. “With the euphoria and endorphins that you get from working out and doing it together, then you associate those positive feelings with your partner.”

Another simple explanation to the workout theory is attraction.

“Not only will you bond emotionally when working out together, but your physical relationship is likely to get better, too. When you feel good about your body, you feel attractive, and you are more inclined to have a healthier sexual appetite that is vital in a successful relationship,” Renner says.

With long-term relationships, Yasinski says, the attraction can be lost and that going to the gym and seeing other people checking out your partner can help bring that desire back.

“A lot of it is about attraction and your sex life. Especially for men who tend to be more physically oriented, it is important to help the desire of the relationship,” he says. “When you are susceptible to seeing other people checking out your partner, then it can help recreate the original attraction.”

For these reasons, it is important to keep up some of the appearances in a relationship. Both partners need to be committed to staying fit and healthy because it helps show each other that you are not only willing to work on yourself, but on each other as well.

If you haven’t found that perfect someone, don’t despair. Renner says she sees all kinds of pairs coming into the gym to be workout buddies. Parents and their children, siblings, and best friends are great combos to keep motivated at the gym.

“It keeps you accountable,” she says. “I see an increase in the length of stay, the frequency, and accountable eating from people who come together rather than someone on their own.”

So what are some great couples workouts? Try going for a hike, run on the treadmill next to each other, try a Zumba or yoga class, or lift weights together. No matter what the workout is, do it together. Not only will you get a great burn, but you can spend time together, feel fit and happy and recreate that sexual desire.