Romance in the Red Rocks: 5 Dreamy Dates in Sedona
The famous red rocks of Sedona, AZ, roll out family vacation activities from slippery fun at famous sliding rocks to enchanting trails that lead through towering woodlands to panoramic vistas. Sedona makes a special getaway with luxurious adventures that warrant adding a little extra room in the budget. A mild year-round climate makes the city an ideal destination whenever a getaway-for-two is in the works. Savor a bit of grown-up alone time with a romantic outing at some of the area's most memorable venues.
Dine With a View
Tuck beneath a canopy of sycamores along the banks of Oak Creek to enjoy a romantic fine dining experience with a view of the red rocks. Choose from two restaurants at L'auberge de Sedona (301 Little Lane, Sedona, AZ). Enjoy three- or four-course prix fixe fare at Cress on Oak Creek where you can savor seasonal menus crafted from fresh local ingredients. For a more casual experience, head to Etch Kitchen and Bar where the all-day menu of hot and cold dishes and hand-crafted cocktails makes an ideal choice to end a hike.
Give the Gift of Chocolate
Revel in a chocolate-themed massage for two at Uptown Massage (452 Jordan Rd., Sedona, AZ). The 90-minute customized massage rolls out views of the red rocks while your bodyworkers relieve tension and knots with chocolate body butter. Get a gift jar of the body butter and a package of Love Truffles to take with you when you leave. If you're not a fan of chocolate, don't worry. Uptown Massage has a menu of multi-step couple's treatments using sandalwood, sugar or other ingredients.
Rise Above It All
Enjoy the beauty of the red rocks from the unique perspective of a hot air balloon flight through one of Sedona's ballooning companies. Let the wind take you on a scenic journey through the unspoiled landscape of Sedona's western canyons, where the monoliths glow deep orange as the sun infuses them with golden light. After your 60- to 90-minute flight, enjoy a commemorative continental picnic before returning to your hotel.
Bike to the Sunset
Watch the red rocks glow in the setting sun's rays as you pedal along on trails and quiet neighborhood streets on a Big Park Roundup bike tour. You'll cover 15 to 20 miles in two hours, and the electric bike tours through Absolute Bikes Sedona (6101 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ) empower your stamina through electric pedal assist. Fat tires let you roll smoothly over any road debris and stabilize traction. The company lets you customize tours for two and has rides near the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Uptown Sedona.
Take the Night Train
Take a memorable ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad (300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ) that includes a dazzling sunset and starlit skies. See the red rock scenery turn golden in the evening sun and watch a colorful sunset at Perkinsville, the ride's halfway point. Get a first-class ticket and enjoy the ride at an intimate table for two in front of a picture window. Savor a buffet of wings and other snacks en route to Perkinsville along with alcoholic beverages from the cash bar. Step out on the observation car on the way back to watch for wildlife emerging from the forest after dark and steal a few kisses beneath the stars.
Indulging her passion for vacation vagary through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, travel funster Jodi Thornton-O'Connell guides readers to the unexpected, quirky, and awe-inspiring.