Love in the Desert: 6 Places for Quick Romantic Getaways in Arizona

By Teresa K. Traverse

August 7, 2023

The temps aren’t the only thing that’s hot. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend with your main flame, check out these six spots perfect for couples. 

The Hermosa Inn

5332 N. Palo Cristi Road in Paradise Valley

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The Hermosa Inn

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The Hermosa Inn is nearly hidden off the road in Paradise Valley, which only adds to the property’s secluded, luxurious feel. Being in a residential neighborhood, the inn is quiet and soothing. Each of the 43 rooms and casitas have a distinctly Southwestern feel that comes complete with wood ceilings, plush leather chairs, and artwork throughout. Each lodging option is outfitted with a single king bed, giving couples plenty of space to cozy up. 

The property also has an interesting history. The onsite restaurant Lon’s is named after the artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, and the Hermosa Inn was his private property. You can see his influence today as his art is still displayed throughout the property. The restaurant is in keeping with the Southwestern vibes, featuring high, wood-beam ceilings and plush chairs. Food-wise, look forward to fine American fare like braised short ribs and crispy-skin salmon. Lon’s s’mores candy bar—peanut butter mousse, graham crust, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate cremeux—is an upscale take on the classic campfire treat. Couples also can enjoy private dining at the restaurant’s underground wine cellar, or head outside to enjoy the gardens, pool, and outdoor patio that serves up views of Camelback Mountain. 

Romantic Grapevine Cabin in Mayer

Location revealed after booking on VRBO

If you really want to get away from it all, consider booking this cabin that’s about a 40-minute drive from Prescott in Mayer. You’ll wake up every morning in a cabin with a wood interior that’s surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. The cabin features a comfy bed, a dinner table, and a plush leather couch where you can curl up together. The views from the front porch are truly breathtaking. Nearby is Grapevine Canyon, which offers plenty of recreational opportunities. Arcosanti is a true architectural wonder and just a short drive away. 

Letson Loft Hotel

26 Main St., Bisbee

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Southern Arizona’s Bisbee is renowned for being a quirky destination full of charming boutique hotels, and the Letson Loft Hotel manages to stand out among them. The hotel features colorful yellow windows with blue trim on Bisbee’s bustling Main Street. The building dates back to 1883, and the rooms reflect that history. All rooms feature plush beds, hardwood floors, ceilings outfitted with crown molding, and skylights or ceiling fans. Some rooms include windows facing Main Street. When couples aren’t in their rooms, they can relax in the hotel’s sunroom. The hotel’s prime location makes it easy to walk to many of Bisbee’s popular restaurants and shops.  

Creekside Inn

99 Copper Cliffs Drive, Sedona

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As the name suggests, this bed and breakfast is right by Oak Creek. In addition to the creekside setting, guests can expect plenty of lush greenery at the secluded property. Creekside has gorgeous scenery, making it a popular wedding venue, as well. Rooms are contemporary and plush. Look forward to modern lighting, flat-screen TVs, high ceilings, and bathrooms with glass showers and deep soaking tubs. Guests also can look forward to daily gourmet breakfast. They also can book creekside massages and have seasonal flowers delivered to their rooms from a local florist. The inn is also a short distance from top area restaurants like The Hudson and Mole Sedona.

The Joshua Tree Inn

12051 W. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson

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Located on 38 sweeping acres, the Joshua Tree Inn (also called Posada) borders the Saguaro National Park and features stunning, expansive vistas all around. Guests can look forward to a luxurious experience where they’re surrounded by beautiful natural elements all around. Couples can look forward to bright, modern rooms that are individually decorated and perfectly Instagrammable. The Saguaro Suite even features a jungle bathroom that’s decked out in plants. Property-wide amenities include a rooftop lounge, yoga room, dining patio, a canyon pool, a hot spring tub, and a chef’s kitchen.

‘Tiny Timbers’ Airbnb in Williams

Location revealed after booking on Airbnb

If you’re headed to the Grand Canyon and staying in Williams, this tiny home dubbed “Tiny Timbers” can be a perfect place to spend some quality time together. The interior features a spacious sitting area with a leather couch and a tiny kitchen for whipping up home-cooked meals. The bathroom features a soaking tub that’s deep enough for two. At night, cozy up around an outdoor firepit. When it’s time to turn in, climb up a ladder to a lofted bedroom with space for one queen-size bed. If you’d prefer to not head upstairs, the downstairs also has a pull-out futon.

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  • Teresa K. Traverse

    Teresa K. Traverse is a Phoenix, Arizona-based writer and editor. Her work also has appeared in national print outlets including Weight Watchers, Bust and Parenting magazines and on sites like Tripadvisor, Wine Enthusiast, SFGate, Brides, Rachael Ray Every Day, Bustle, Racked, ForRent.com, WeddingWire, Refinery29, The Daily Meal, Oxygenmag.com, USA Today and Fast Company. She's the managing editor of Sedona Monthly. In her spare time, she loves hiking, reading magazines and spending quality time with her long-haired Chihuahua, Rocket. Visit teresaktraverse.com to check out more of her work.

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