Think of it as a bonanza of romance with a Wild West tradition. From dude ranches and deserts to mountain vistas and the Grand Canyon, Arizona sizzles for lovebirds and superstars, who hightail down Route 66 to soak up the rays, bask in the privacy of the peaks and relax in the swankiest resorts on the planet. Visit www.arizonaguide.com
The original playground of the rich and famous, Scottsdale is steeped in Hollywood history. The retro-chic Valley Ho Hotel has oodles of vintage showbiz style and a guestbook that includes Betty Grable, Bing Crosby and Jimmy Durante who tinkled the ivories at the lobby piano. Teen idols Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood celebrated their wedding in the retro resort and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx checks in to escape the glaring eyes of Hollywood. Visit www.hotelvalleyho.com
Romance rules at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with its sun-washed stone and green cottonwoods and majestic cacti.
Wedding planners coordinate every detail of the big day from massages pour deux to golf tournaments for the groom and his guys. On the big day, nothing says romance more than a ceremony amidst the rose-filled Fragrance garden or at the relaxing Princess Falls. Check out the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Nicholas Cage and Patricia Arquette, honeymooned at the Arizona Biltmore and apparently he liked the eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts and Dream Catcher aromatherapy massages so much, he returned with wife #2 Lisa Marie Presley. Chef Rolando Cruz-Taura is celebrated for his famous Champagne brunch while dinner in Palme d’Or is the stuff of ooh-la-la culinary magic. For its 21st season of Winemaker Dinners, the Biltmore is uncorking California, French and Italian wines at monthly epicurean events through May 2011. Each features a scrumptious gourmet menu and a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue. Check out the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Give Thanks at the Biltmore
A sumptuous buffet will be served in the Gold Room on Thursday, Nov. 25 from noon – 5:30pm and on Sunday, November 28 from 10 am – 2 pm. Treat your sweetie to a feast of Thanksgiving specialties from roast turkey and cornbread stuffing to ginger cranberry relish and a delectable chocolate and strawberry mousse with almond praline. Adults $75.00 includes selected wines and non-alcoholic beverages. For more information, click on Arizona Biltmore
Make a Date
January 15 – March 27: ‘Celebration of Fine Art’ is an outdoor showcase featuring one-hundred artists.
March 11 – 13: Scottsdale Arts Festival at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall salutes the work of 200 jury-selected artists from across the country.