Phoenix may not immediately spring to mind when it comes to the world's most romantic destinations, but the Valley of the Sun is rich with romantic potential. World-class resorts, fine dining, and breath-taking sunsets are just some of the romantic amenities you'll find in this desert metropolis. If you're planning a romantic getaway to Phoenix, here we offer some suggestions designed to turn up the heat.
The Farm at South Mountain is a popular spot with couples. — Photo courtesy of The Farm at South Mountain
What could be more romantic than a leisurely stroll through a grove of historic pecan trees? This is what you'll find at The Farm at South Mountain, an oasis of country charm located just minutes from downtown Phoenix. The Farm is a unique combination of cafe, artist studio and working farm, as well as home to one of the city's most coveted breakfast spots. The Morning Glory Cafe is a specialty breakfast spot that serves homemade muffins and pastries, omelets, locally-made sausages, and various sides hand-picked straight from the farm's garden.
Follow up your romantic breakfast with leisurely stroll around the lake at Tempe Town Beach Park, situated just east of Phoenix. The two-mile long lake is surrounded by grassy areas, perfect for lounging with your significant other on a picnic blanket. Rent a paddle boat, or hop on a 30-minute boat tour of the lake. Excellent people-watching and a relaxed, scenic atmosphere make this a perfect destination for couples.
Have lunch at Coup Des Tartes, a charming French bistro that makes its home in 1930s converted farmhouse on what used to be a date and artichoke farm. Named "Phoenix's most romantic dining experience" by local publications several years in a row, Coupe Des Tartes serves contemporary American fare with a traditional French influence. The lunch menu is comprised of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and soups. Start with the Brie Brulee, a wedge of warm Brie topped with caramelized apples and served with toast points and seasonal fruit.
Experience romance at dusk with a late-day hike at one of the Valley's popular hiking destinations. — Photo courtesy of flickr/Martin_PHX
Sometimes romance is as simple as walking hand and hand to watch the sun go down. Phoenix is home to dozens of hiking trails that offer spectacular views of the Valley. One of these is South Mountain Regional Park, located at the southern edge of the city. Slip on a comfortable pair of hiking shoes and find a cozy spot to watch the sunset with your significant other. We recommend driving up the mountain to Dobbin's Lookout, a popular observation platform where you can watch the city lights come on as the sun sinks over the western horizon.