20 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2020

Lifestyle | 12 Feb |

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of both romance and deep friendships, making it important to spend the day with the one (or ones!) you love. With the big day just around the corner, be sure to check out some of these spectacular Valentine’s Day activities, packages and special dining options around the Valley.

Royal Romance package at Royal Palms Resort

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale is offering the Royal Romance package this Valentine’s Day with luxurious accommodations such as a personalized welcome gift of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petal turndown service, daily full breakfast for two and dinner credit at T. Cook’s restaurant. T. Cook’s will also be offering a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu that includes one glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosè per person, and their choice of Smoked Beef Tartare, Caramelized Onion Buffalo Ricotta Agnolotti, Glacier Bay Bass, Duck Breast and more. For an extra special Valentine’s Day, visit the Alvadora spa for a specialty 50-minute Coconut & Milk Honey Wrap treatment. 

Romance in Paradise at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Sanctuary on Camelback Resort’s Romance in Paradise package is a great opportunity to spend a romantic weekend in the Sonoran Desert. Choose to stay in either a Mountain Casita, Mountain Suite, Spa Casita or Spa Suite, and experience dinner for two at Elements restaurant, a rose petal turndown, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne. The resort also offers beautiful outdoor romantic activities such as an infinity pool, garden, outdoor fire bowls and more. The Sanctuary Spa allows couples a chance to relax at the meditation garden, spa casita suites and a special Massage 101 class. 

Love Lavishly Getaway at Hermosa Inn

For three nights, Feb. 13-15, Hermosa Inn invites just one couple per night to stay in a luxury Deluxe Casita and experience the Love Lavishly Getaway. The package includes a private poolside cabana with exotic cocktails, a Fireside Couples’ Massage in the Spa Suite, a personalized dining experience for two, and more. For more information, visit hermosainn.com or call 602-955-8614 to book; the Love Lavishly Getaway must be booked at least 7 days in advance to secure a spot.

Valentine’s Dinner and Drinks at LON’s and LON’s Last Drop

Ranked the No. 2 Romantic Restaurant in the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona, LON’s at Hermosa Inn has created a special three-course menu just for Valentine’s Day that includes Red Wine Braised Short Ribs and Grilled Striploin, Hawaiian Snapper or Smoked Sonoma Valley Duck Breast. Bring your date for a delicious and romantic dinner, or invite either your partner or friends to LON’s Last Drop Bar to taste their unique Valentine’s Day cocktail, the pink Valentini. Dinner at LON’s costs $95, and the specialty cocktail at LON’s Last Drop is $14. Reservations are required for dinner. 

Sky Rock offers aura photos and astrological readings

There’s no better place to celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day than against the backdrop of the painted skies and majestic red rocks of the Sky Rock Inn of Sedona. On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m., guests can learn from Tonya Baird, aura photographer from Crystal Gratitude to learn what an aura is from one of Sedona’s best-known experts in photography. Aura readings will be offered on how to clear and ground your energy for a more balanced aura and life. Lovers can find out if their chakras are open, closed or balanced, and what this can mean in their everyday life. Additionally, Sky Rock will offer talks throughout the weekend about how your Zodiac sign can guide your relationship. Offering a 15% discount on all stays on Valentine’s Day weekend, Sky Rock provides everything lovers could crave. Reservations can be made online at skyrocksedona.com or by calling (928) 282-3072.

Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails 

Dine in the heart of Downtown Phoenix this Valentine’s Day at Blue Hound Kitchen. Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner with a welcome cocktail, three courses and dessert for $95 per person. Dining options include Scallop Crudo, Herb Crusted Lamb Rack or Squab, Apple Rose Tarts and more. You can also celebrate with your friends with their Galentine’s Week specialty cocktails available Feb. 9-13 including Don’t Call Me Sweetie with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry and lime and My Brunch Bestie with pomegranate juice, orange juice and Prosecco.

Poppy

Poppy, a new restaurant and rooftop bar on Roosevelt Row located at the Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix, is offering a six-course Valentine’s Day dinner featuring a tasting menu designed for sharing. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and a menu including roasted oysters, charred octopus, miso scallops, truffle risotto, wagyu for two, and a fondue and cheese plate for $55 per person plus $30 per person for wine pairings. Reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and can be made online at poppyphx.com or by calling 602-675-4108.

Chocolate Lovers’ Special aboard Verde Canyon Railroad

Enjoy breathtaking views and feast on appetizers, beverages and chocolate desserts by taking a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad with your special someone. First-class living room style seating and an adjacent open-air viewing cart provide guests with a rare romantic experience that allows guests to get a glimpse of nature while enjoying each other’s company. 

Galentine’s Day Spa at the Village

Celebrate friendship with all your Galentines this Feb. 13 at Village Health Clubs and Spas. Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while getting the spa treatment with manicures, massages, and fitness classes. Guests must be 21 years of age and over to attend at the three participating locations: Gainey, DC Ranch and Camelback Village Spas. 

Galentine’s Day Sip n’ Shop Event at The Scottsdale Quarter

This Feb. 13, celebrate friendship with your Galentines at The Scottsdale Quarter. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., guests can enjoy an evening of drinks, music, treats and giveaways. The event will take place outside in The Quad, an extension from the patio at Zinburger. Guests will have access to special offers, discounts and complimentary services from various Scottsdale Quarter retailers, including Sephora, lululemon, Kendra Scott, The Lash Lounge and more. Admission to the Sip n’ Shop event is free.

Dinner and After-Dark Party at Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho’s Valentine’s Day Dinner at ZuZu features a three-course meal with options such as Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup and Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops. Dinner is $99 per person and reservations are required. Add the Valentine’s Show-Stopper shake to your meal on Feb. 14 and 15 for $18. The shake has a strawberry cheesecake base and delicious cheesecake toppings that include graham cracker milk crumbs and a chocolate-covered strawberry. After dinner, attend the V-Day After Dark party for dancing and a live DJ. Tickets are $50 and include two featured cocktails and a selection of desserts.

Dinner, Sipping Seminar and Bath Butler at Mountain Shadows Resort

Mountain Shadows Resort will be serving a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner this Feb. 14 and 15 that includes three courses: Hamachi Crudo, Niman Ranch Prime New York Striploin or Mushroom Ravioli, and Red Velvet Cheesecake. Dinner is $85 per person, or $124 per person with wine pairings, and reservations are required. Resort guests can also upgrade their stay to include the Bath Butler Experience with a bubble bath, chocolate covered strawberries, wine and gorgeous views of Camelback Mountain. The Bath Butler Experience costs $150 after the price of a room stay. Book your stay at mountainshadows.com or by calling 855-485-1417.

Valentine’s Day Dining at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Chefs of the Ritz-Carlton will be preparing unique Valentine’s Day dining options at two of the resort’s restaurants, CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar and Cayton’s Burger Bistro. The CORE Kitchen will be serving a multi-course meal that includes options of Baja Sea Bass, Allen Brothers Prime Beef Tenderloin and Herbed Goat Cheese Ravioli. The Valentine’s menu will replace the restaurant’s usual menu on Feb. 14 and 15. The dinner costs $105 per person. Cayton’s Burger Bistro will feature a Valentine’s Day-themed signature milkshake in addition to its regular menu on both evenings. 

Rusconi’s Special Valentine’s Day Menu

On Feb. 14, Rusconi’s American Kitchen will be serving a specialized three-course menu crafted just for Valentine’s Day. Guests can choose from a number of options for an appetizer, main course and dessert. Menu options include lobster bisque, cocoa rubbed maple leaf duck breast, 21-day aged filet of beef tenderloin, salted caramel crème brûlée and more. The three-course meal costs $75 per person. 

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse Valentine’s Day Weekend Menu

Beginning on Valentine’s Day and lasting through the weekend, Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse in Carefree will be serving a special Prix Fixe menu designed for two, that features prime ribs and a lobster tail, as well as specialty cocktails for a romantic evening. Cocktails are $12 each and dinner starts at $69 per person. 

Chef’s Tasting at Quiessence

Quiessence at the Farm will be offering a four-course Valentine’s Day chef’s tasting special from Feb. 11-15. The tasting special features ingredients from the restaurant’s on-site garden and starts at $125 per person, with optional additional wine pairings starting at $60 per person. Upgrade the experience by reserving one of two available reservations at the Signature Brick Oven Experience, featuring five-course tasting options starting at $175 per person. 

Picnic in the Grove at The Farm

Take your Valentine out for a romantic picnic in the pecan grove at The Farm at South Mountain. The picnic will be available Feb. 8-16, and will be accepting a limited number of reservations each hour between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Each “Sweetheart” picnic basket includes two gourmet sandwiches, two farm fresh sides, two bottles of water and one dessert to share. Guests can choose to purchase additional beverages such as wine, beer, canned cocktails and more from The Farm Kitchen. 

“CraySEA in Love” event at Odysea Aquarium

The Odysea Aquarium will be hosting a “shrimp-ly” unique Valentine’s Day event this Feb. 14 for guests aged 21 years and over. The event runs from 6-10 p.m. and includes a five course strolling dinner with craft cocktails and adults-only access to the entire aquarium. Entertainment will include live music and humorous animal shows and talks. Purchase tickets online for $40 per person or $70 per couple, or at the door for $45 a person or $75 a couple. 

TheaterWorks presents Love at the Theater

Visit TheaterWorks in Peoria this Valentine’s Day for a romantic night of live music and desserts with your lover. Musical guest Michael Land will be performing popular love songs from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis and more. Tickets are $25 and include desserts and one glass of wine per person, or upgrade to one of six cabaret tables for desserts and a bottle of champagne for two for $65. Contact the box office at 623-815-7930 to reserve a spot. 

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