Sedona, Arizona is famous for being a place of stunning beauty and views, enlightenment and spirituality. Locals and visitors tend to feel more energized or grounded in Sedona.
Nestled among Sedona’s majestic red rock formations and sparkly blue skies are also an impressive number of beautiful places to stay, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, metaphysical and specialty shops, alternative healers, spas and more.
Here’s a list of eight of Sedona's most amazing types of experiences for you to explore as a couple that’ll take your breath away:
1. Enjoy Breathtaking Views with Awesome Photo Ops:
The nature, of course, is what's most magnetic to people here. A few of the favorite places to enjoy some of the most majestic views on the planet and create the most romantic couples' vacation photos are:
Cathedral Rock - capture one of the most famous rock formations in the Southwest, with its columns of sandstone spires and buttes, from the Red Rock Crossing. The water leads right to Cathedral Rock, offering an incredible setting for some artistic images.
Boynton Canyon - one of Sedona’s many gorgeous hikes that offers a luscious green scenery and a steady incline leading to stunning canyon walls. You may catch a glimpse of some wildlife while hiking, and, if you're lucky, you may encounter an older man who may just give you a heart shaped rock. He’s a legend here.
West Fork Trail - a stunning setting along a sparkly stream, with tall trees and canyon walls rising on both sides of water. This trail is located along the Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road.
2. Shop & Stroll
While there are many wonderful shops and specialty stores in Sedona, the most romantic place for shopping, strolling and grabbing a drink or food is Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-la-keh-pah-keh), known by many as the “art and soul of Sedona.”
Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, nestled under the shade of many giant sycamore trees on the banks of bubbly Oak Creek, is a charming plaza that offers numerous romantic and photo opportunities, the perfect spot for browsing, shopping and dining with your loved one.
Authentically modeled after the Tlaquepaque area of Guadalajara, Mexico, this is Sedona’s premier arts and restaurant district, located in the middle of Sedona.
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It’s a feast for the senses; as you and your special one walk through its impressive entryway, through vine-draped stucco walls and grand arched entryways, on cobblestone walkways - you'll be delighted by the sounds of sparkling fountains and a Spanish guitar, lively colors of flowers and various arts and crafts, and the enticing aroma of the delicious foods served at the many great restaurants.
If you're visiting Sedona between April and early November, don't miss another magical Sedona offering, "Flamenco Music in the Courtyard" in Tlaquepaque.
Flamenco Nights, weather permitting, are held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in front of El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano with an outdoor stage, seating and bar with light tapas & drinks. Enjoy the exquisite sounds of Gaetano and friends in the festive courtyard, and dance with your beloved under the romantic sycamore trees.
3. Explore Culinary Delights
One of the most delicious things for couples to do in Sedona, Ariz. is to enjoy a savory or sweet bite in a romantic setting. Here are two picks for some of the most romantic (and delicious) dining in Sedona:
The setting: A romantic Mediterranean ambiance, perfect to enjoy in any season.
Cuisine: Award-winning, with a menu that offers something for (almost) everyone. First, pique your appetite with one of their scrumptious appetizers, followed by their mouth-watering home-made pasta or, really, any other entree on their menu.
Plus, an extensive wine list to enhance your date night, a great West Sedona location, and wonderful staff all make Dahl & Di Luca a wonderful choice for a romantic Sedona place to enjoy.
The setting: Pastoral banks of the babbling Oak Creek in Uptown Sedona.
Cuisine: Conde Nast accredited, L’Auberge de Sedona offers redefined Arizonan cuisine, infused with French techniques, European influence and local ingredients.
Savor the culinary perfection at Cress on Oak Creek, toast to memories shared and beautiful memories being made, and indulge in luxurious flavors. Plus, you can book a private dinner at their Cress Veranda.
For a unique, laid-back Sedona food and drink experience, head on to Chocolatree.
Chocolatree Organic Eatery is your place to enjoy a delicious, nourishing dish or drink, relax, read, sing, meditate or play in their sacred garden oasis.
ChocolaTree offers vegan and vegetarian options, cooked and raw-live restaurant dining, and each dish is 100% organic, vibrant, gluten-free and entirely homemade.
Finally, you'll fall in love with their chocolate shop, featuring the largest selection of handmade, artisan, raw chocolates, which use organic, stone-ground, fair-trade ingredients. Such a delicious place to enjoy with your special one!
4. Sip & Relax
Yes, Arizona has a wine tasting region, and some lovely wine tasting rooms in Sedona and nearby region await you here.
There are many romantic wine tours you can explore, such as Verde Valley Wine Trail which takes you to four award-winning wineries in Luxury Transportation.
Here, you'll taste and sip wine, enjoy a charming lunch picnic, and see the production facilities and barrel rooms:
Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro
Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery
To experience a wine and music scene where many locals flock to, head to Vino di Sedona.
Vino Di Sedona, Sedona’s premium Fine Wine and Craft-Beer Bar, and Wine Store, with a worldwide selection of over 900 wines, including a vast selection of Arizona wines from local wineries.
Soak in Sedona’s vibes on Vino's large outdoor patio, enjoy their food menu that nicely compliments a bottle of vino, and sip your favorite wines (and craft beer) from family-owned, small production wineries (and breweries), and listen to some lovely tunes.
Locals’ favorite is Thursday Open Mic Night, where the local and visiting talent share their musical gifts. It's the perfect gathering spot to mingle with the locals as you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with your loved one.
5. Rekindle Your Romance Enjoying Sedona Sunsets
Enjoying Sedona sunsets together – watching the contrasts of green vegetation and red rocks, blue skies as a backdrop, and an explosion of colors as the sun goes down - will leave you and your loved one speechless.
Some of the local favorites include:
- Airport Mesa Road
- Vultee Arch
- Red Rock Crossing
6. Stargaze in Sedona
Sedona was awarded the prestigious designation as an International Dark Sky Community in 2014 and has been named one of the best stargazing destinations in the country.
The lack of big lights makes Sedona a perfect place for stargazing at almost any time of the year, other than during the “monsoon season” (July and August). While this is a beautiful season when we get blessed with rain, it can make it difficult to see the stars.
Here are some favorite spots for romantic Sedona stargazing - enjoying inky black skies sprinkled with the most brilliant stars:
Beaverhead Flat Scenic Overlook
- Aerie Trailhead
- Fay Canyon
- Merry Go Round Rock
Gaze at the magical Milky Way and the constellations with your sweetheart either by yourselves or by joining a one-hour Sedona Stargazing Tour led by professional astronomers.
7. Enjoy a Couple's Massage
When visiting Sedona as a couple you’ll have the opportunity to experience so much that is otherworldly: The views, the trails, spiritual practices and simply being in Sedona's energy. Why not experience otherworldly connection with each other, such as connecting through relaxation. Take time to relax and get pampered, away from life’s stressors, busy pace and worries.
Whether you're on a honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary, or simply seeking a romantic escape, a couple’s massage promises to be an unforgettable and intimate experience that rejuvenates your body, provides a feeling of relaxation, being pampered, and deepens the connection with your partner.
A couples massage with Good Medicine Massage in Sedona is an excellent means of connection. Experience an in-room, 60- or 90-minute massage while visiting your enchanting destination of Sedona surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty, by skilled massage therapists from Good Medicine Massage. Release the built-up stress stored within your body, calm your mind, open your heart and spoil each other in a shared Sedona couple’s experience.
Sedona is a magical setting for couples to elevate and reinvent their relationship. The stunning beauty and energy of Sedona provides the perfect backdrop for reconnecting and rekindling the romance in your life, and spending intentional time focused on each other in a couple's retreat can go a long way towards igniting a spark in your relationship.
No matter how close you already are, routine, stress and various challenges can invariably dim your relationship light.
"Hearts Aligned" retreats by Loving Partnership are designed to help you explore and tap into new ways of creating closer connection and elevating your love, whether you’ve been together for a year or for decades.
Choose from two signature packages, curated to target specific goals:
~ Weekend Retreats for Couples. Next Event: March 9 - 10, 2024
Ready to discover the best version of your relationship? Come reconnect, rejuvenate and reimagine your partnership at HEARTS ALIGNED couples retreats in magical SEDONA.
Sedona offers a wonderful mix of wildlife and wellness - from adventure and fun activities such as hiking, culinary and wine experiences, to romantic and well-being activities such as stargazing, meditation, art, massage, or a gift of an amazing couple's retreat – for you and your special one to indulge in as your ideal version of relaxation and excitement.
Ideally, spend at least three nights in Sedona so you have time to explore, relax and experience some of the fabulous things Sedona has to offer!
Ready to start planning your trip to Sedona? Keep in mind this is the desert so it does get hot in the summer, so if you’re looking to do hiking and other outdoor activities, the best time to come to Sedona will be spring or fall, when the weather is absolutely beautiful.
Whether you are celebrating an engagement, honeymoon, or anniversary, or you simply love getaways with your partner - rest assured Sedona is a perfect place to add spark and romance to your relationship.