Romantic Vacations in Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona is famous for sophisticated shopping experiences, elegant resorts and spas, year-round golf, beautiful desert scenery, restaurants and nightlife. Its old-world charm makes it the perfect spot for a romantic Scottsdale getaway. There a variety of Scottsdale activities for couples.
Of course, you have to stop at the famous LOVE sculpture at the Civic Center Mall to have your picture taken in front of the iconic piece. Watch the world-famous Soleri windbells being made in their earth-formed workshops and foundry. Saunter slowly through historic Old Town, browsing its unique shops and boutiques, and art galleries. Relax in one of the many spas (some just for men and couples) for a little pampering.
Enjoy nature and a romantic Scottsdale sunset on one of the many area trails. Hike through the Desert Botanical Garden or head to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and end the day with a hike on scenic Brown’s Ranch Trailhead to Sunset Vista for an amazing sunset.
Things to Do
Take a scenic hot air balloon ride with Sedona Air Tours or Arizona Balloon Safaris. Or, try a horseback or stagecoach ride into the beautiful Sonora Desert at MacDonald’s Ranch. They offer moonlight tours, too!
For something more relaxed, the Western Spirit museum exhibits Western art, Old World artifacts and historic Native American objects while the Scottsdale Historical Museum is located in the historic Little Red Schoolhouse. Or, head to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for exhibits on contemporary art, architecture and design.
You can’t go wrong with Café Monarch in Old Town. With its old-world atmosphere, candle-lit courtyard and bubbling fountains, it has been voted one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers, one of the 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants and the most romantic Scottsdale restaurant in the U.S. according to Yelp. Evoking a by-gone era, House Brasserie, in Old Town, has a cutting-edge cuisine, hand-pressed cocktails and unique wine & beer list. Or for authentic tapas, and award-winning Catalonian, Basque and Andalusian cuisine, dine at Tapas Papa Frita. Enjoy live flamenco shows, Spanish guitars, Visit each restaurant’s website for reservations.