Valentine’s Day in Phoenix

With the end of January upon us, one can’t help but realize little reminders of red and pink springing up to harken the following month of love. Before it’s too late, plan ahead with these luxurious Valentine’s Day ideas around and about the Valley of the Sun for a perfectly romantic Valentine’s Day.

Come Away with Me: An Evening of Romance With the Phoenix Opera: Celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with favorite Broadway love songs on February 9 at 7 p.m. Turn down the lights and travel with the stars of the Phoenix Opera on a journey through the melodies and magic of musical greats such as Gershwin, Porter, Bernstein and Webber. Musical Instrument Museum, 480-478-6000,

Valentine’s Day Package at Hermosa Inn: Thursday through Wednesday, Feb. 9-15, indulge in a one-night stay for two in a remodeled Casita, Deluxe Casita or Grande Casita that includes a bouquet of one dozen roses in your room upon arrival plus $100 special menu dining credit A romantic bubble-bath turndown is also included with the Deluxe and Grande Casita with rose petals, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered after your return from dinner. Enjoy breakfast for two in Lon’s or through room service before you check out. Reservations required. Hermosa Inn, 602-955-8614,

“Feast for the Senses” Cooking Class at Four Seasons Resort, Troon North: Participate in an interactive demonstration and then dine on a romantic three-course menu prepared by chef Mel Mecinas on February 11 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The class tempts the five senses and features a menu meant for sharing and includes dishes like red beet carpaccio. A celebratory welcome cocktail and take-home recipe booklet are included. Reservations required. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 480-513-5085,

Valentine’s Overnight Package at Sanctuary: Sanctuary’s Valentine’s Overnight Package includes a two-night stay based on double occupancy, and a 60-minute spa treatment per person. A gourmet, four-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu is available at Elements 5:30-10 p.m. Feb. 14 with entree options like braised short ribs, lobster and roasted chicken. Reservations required. Available Thursday through Wednesday, February 12-23. Sanctuary on Camelback, 480-948-2100,

Kenny G:  The world-renowned saxophonist, known for hits like “Songbird,” “Forever in Love” and “Silhouette,” performs a Valentine’s Day concert on Valentine’s Day at 8 p.m at Celebrity Theatre. Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra are among the many artists Kenny G has performed with.

“Ladies Only” Valentine’s Day Fashion Tea at the Ritz: Ladies can sip tea and watch a fashion show courtesy of Ritz-Carlton tea maitre d’ Jeffrey Hattrick, who offers a new tea menu and wild-rose white tea. Vintage couture from Fashion by Robert Black is showcased. Reservations are required. Noon, February 14.

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