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Every February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day, with candy, flowers and gifts exchanged between loved ones. However, even when the February 15th inevitably rolls in, you don’t have to limit your love to just one day—make romance last all month long with these romantic spots right in the city limits.
Desert Botanical Garden: Chihuly in the Desert
What better way to get out and explore the city while also connecting to nature at its best? Ask your special someone to take a scenic walk through the desert botanical gardens where you can connect to specific ecological desert biosystems through a wide variety of accessible trails. This includes the desert discovery loop trail ripe with Palo verde trees, along with a mix of cacti and succulents from around the world, as well as the desert wildflower loop trail where you can feel the love surrounded by a swath of yellow, orange, pink, and purple desert blooms. In the end it takes time to linger in the Butterfly Pavilion, containing hundreds of butterflies’ native to the Southwest. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from your day surrounded by gorgeously curated landscaped gardens and beautiful glass artwork installations by renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, the house restaurant featuring a seasonal menu focusing on locally sourced ingredients. Expect to have your taste buds serenaded with a local inspired menu including green chili cheeseburgers, duck enchiladas, and lamb curry. Enjoy a cocktail and let the romance spell come to light.
Learn More: dbg.org
There is just something romantic about butterflies. Is it the transformation they take from caterpillar to spectacular designed and flamboyant winged creature? Could it be their glorious but short life that teaches us to take hold of moments of beauty when we can get them? If you get butterflies in your stomach every time you are wowed by the beauty, and genius of your crush, take them to where they fly out in the open—the largest butterfly conservatory in the United States. Butterfly Wonderland has opportunities for a gazillion amazing photo-ops as butterflies lazily land on you and your sweetie for a brief rest, that will make all your exes jealous. Along with admission, take a moment to feed the koi which dazzle in the water and voraciously swim to the surface at 9:30 am feeding time.
Learn more: butterflywonderland.com
Couples painting at As You Wish Pottery
What better way to connect to a new love or build closeness with someone you’ve loved for years than getting creative together. If crafting is something you love to do together or have always wanted to try, As You Wish Pottery should be compulsory. Paint with colors that you love with the person you love this Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s day the studio is offering a two-for-one studio fee for couples on Valentine’s Day but any day is a great day to get romantic and connect to the person you have heart eyes for, through art and expression.
Learn more: asyouwishpottery.com
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition
Van Gogh is a genius, mad man, and unrealized innovator of his time. While he may have suffered, today we all benefit from this amazing visionary’s images. Now you have a chance to enter the words he created via this unique experience and compelling storytelling. Many describe it closer to a film than a traditional art gallery experience. Whether you are there for the story or to simply squeeze your loved ones’ hand in the dark, enjoy the one-of-a-kind show with your partner on Valentine’s day and beyond. FYI, the Van Gogh exhibition offers a date night package, including an exclusive booth for your viewing experience, a cushion, chocolate, and candles.
Learn more: vangoghphx.com
What screams romance more than lounging on your own home patio? In truth, sometimes being prepared and staying safe in style is the greatest romantic gesture of all. In Arizona we know that any outdoor time means protecting yourself from the sun. That is why this is a great time to invest in CC Sunscreen Patio Shades and Window Screens. They block out 90 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays so you can lounge with your loved one by the pool without having to worry about what kind of damage the sun is doing to your skin. Call today to set up a consultation.