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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it landing on a Tuesday this year, we get a few extra days to embrace the romance. Why not get out this weekend and celebrate the holiday of love with some fun dates that move a bit away from the standard dinner and movie? Prescott Valley and the surrounding parts of Northern Arizona have so many options to offer that there are date options for everyone.
Sporty Little Number
Super Bowl Weekend, WM Phoenix Open, and gorgeous cool temps are all in line for this coming weekend, and what a great time to do something a little sporty for your Valentine’s date. Take a hike on one of the numerous trails offered in the area. There are trail options for the novice hiker to the experienced hiker and everything in between. Want to go for a nice stroll and watch the birds? Prescott Peavine Trail by Watson Lake goes through a riparian area. Get in a little nature with some geology knowledge at the Highlands Center for Natural History Highlands Trail #442. Of course, these are just a couple of the options out there for the nature lover!
Hiking not your thing? That’s okay, check out Espire Sports for a little indoor sports fun! Indoor pickleball, a multi-purpose sports court, yard games, arcade, and bocce ball are just a handful of the options offered at Espire. In the Game in Prescott Valley offers other fun activities like mini golf, mini bowling, axe throwing, arcade games, and even laser tag.
After you’ve spent your weekend being active hitting the trails or playing games, end the weekend unwinding and relaxing while watching the Super Bowl LVII. While you’re at home watching the Big Game, consider enjoying one of the iconic Philadelphia or Kansas City recipes.
A Little Wine and Dine
It looks like northern Arizona is getting another beautiful weekend of weather, so why not spend the weekend before Valentine’s Day touring some great vineyards and tasting rooms in Prescott and Verde Valley?
Start locally at the Del Rio Springs Vineyard Tasting Room in Prescott for your wine tour. Wine offerings include locally grown, crushed, and created options like the 2019 Honey Crisp (Dry White), 2021 Joy Reisling, 2019 Obsession, and many other options. Tastings are offered at the Del Rio Springs Vineyard Tasting Room and reservations are not required. However, for a private tasting, reservations are definitely recommended.
Salt Mine Wine is a small family-owned vineyard and winery in Camp Verde. They offer wine varieties all made from grapes grown at the Salt Mine Wine Vinyeards or other Arizona based vineyards. Nestled in among pecan groves, pastures, small farms, and roadside produce stands, Salt Mine Wine specializes in growing Italian vareitals such as Malvasia Bianca, and Sangiovese.
Come taste locally grown wines at the Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery. Tastings and bottle sales are open for visitors and reservations aren’t needed. Owner Ignacio Mesa has a long-standing passion of using organic methods to grow healthy grapes and to make outstanding wines just for you to enjoy.
The Southwest Wine Center Tasting Room at Yavapai College is a premier wine industry and community resource offering comprehensive hands-on education from vineyard-to-bottle. Students learn about the art and science of growing wine grapes and winemaking resulting in the ability to serve excellent, award-winning student-crafted wines. Be sure to reach out to make a reservation in advance so you can experience a flight of five student-crafted wines grown and crafted at the estate vineyard and winery.
Dinner and a Show
Okay, this Valentine’s Date idea might seem a little more traditional but think about dinner and a show, with a twist. Instead of hitting a restaurant and then a movie, see a live show at one of the local theatres and check out a live band performing at one of the local establishments. This weekend places like The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, The P.U.B.Prescott, and Back Alley Wine Bar just to name a few are offering live music to enjoy either before or after you head over to the theatre.
This weekend, there are some great entertainment options at the Elks Theatre and Prescott Valley Performing Arts Center. Check out the shows you can catch Feb 10-12th!
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Piano Pumpin Rock & Roll Revue
Imagine the lighting-fast rockaboogie, piano playing of Jerry Lee Lewis combined with raw, powerful vocals and you’ve got Brady Goss! This high-energy concert features popular hits from rock and roll greats like Little Richard, Fats Domino, and “The Killer,” including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Tutti Fruitt,” and “Blueberry Hill.” There will definitely be a “Whole Lotta Shakin” goin’ on! Learn more
Albert Lee – Legendary Guitarist
Albert Lee is a 2x Grammy winner and one of the most renowned guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, and The Crickets over his long and illustrious career. Lee is known for his speed of playing and his technical virtuosity and is known as “the guitar player’s guitar player.” Learn more
ASU Symphony Orchestra – Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
If classical orchestral performances are more in line with your tastes then the 90-musician-strong ASU Symphony Orchestra is perfect for you. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the ASU Symphony Orchestra returns to Prescott to perform major classical masterworks written for the orchestra. Several of the university’s acclaimed soloists will be performing with the symphony. Get your tickets by calling 928-776-4255 and visiting https://www.ycpac.com to learn more.
Take a Tour
Even if you live in the area, it can be fun to play tourist for a day and take a tour of your area. Consider doing a local tour of coffee shops, museums, and local craft brewers/distillers for a fun an interesting Valentine’s date.
Get a little Jolt…of Coffee
One great thing about Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley is that there is no shortage of coffee shop options. In Prescott Valley get a great coffee at Flour Stone Café, Rafter Eleven, or Carlitos Coffee. In Prescott, you’ve got great options like Raven Café, The Porch, and Wild Iris Coffeehouse and Bakery and in Chino Valley, you can’t go wrong with Overflow Coffee.
Pick a starting point, relax, and enjoy your favorite coffee drink then check out your options and head off to the next spot. In a way, this could be like a pub crawl but with lots of caffeine!
Wine, Mead, and Whiskey, oh my!
There’s something to be said about visiting someplace local and trying out the unique creations they so painstakingly bring. From local wineries and meaderies to distilleries you are bound to find something great in the Prescott area. Back Alley Wine Bar is a great stop to consider with their “Taste of 3” Flight option before.
Thumb Butte Distillery offers Tours & Tastings throughout the weekend, but be sure to make a reservation in advance! If mead is more your speed, be sure to check out Superstition Meadery where you can get a flight of meads to try! Of course, on your tasting tour, you should be sure to check out City Tavern Taproom at Founding Fathers Collective where they offer a choice of over 65 beer, wine, or cocktail options on tap.
Get Your Local Culture On
Looking for a little culture and history of the area? Why not check out some of the museums in the area? Here are three great options to visit.
Museum of Indigenous People is the only museum in the Greater Prescott Area devoted to the culture and art of Native people. Check out pre-historic, historic, and contemporary examples of Indian cultural and artistic material from the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
Sharlot Hall Museum offers four acres of history with eleven exhibit buildings (six of which are historic) as well as beautifully maintained gardens and grounds. See historic buildings including the Governor’s Mansion, Fremont House, and Bashford House all originally built in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Sharlot Hall is where you will step into an Arizona History Adventure.
Phippen Museum has more than 17,000 square feet of space all dedicated to art exhibitions, workshops, special events, and art and heritage programming. Check out the visiting exhibit including Click: Western Focus – A Fine Art Photography Exhibition & Sale and Arizonarama: Artwork by R.C. Rodell. Permanent exhibits at the Phippen Museum include a Western Heritage Gallery, Arizona Rancher & Cowboy Hall of Fame, HIstory of the Cowgirl, and so much more.
No matter your choice of Valentine’s Date options, you’re sure to have a great time out with your special someone this weekend. Can’t pick just one? That’s okay. Who says you have to limit Valentine’s or date night ideas to just the few days right around Valentine’s day?
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