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Valentine's Day in Albuquerque

Romancing the One

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Albuquerque has more options than you might imagine when it comes to romancing "the one" on Valentine's Day. Consider something a little out of the ordinary and you could find yourself on a carriage ride, pampered at a bed and breakfast or a resort, or even getting the ultimate massage. There's always chocolate, but if you're an adventurer at heart, travel above the city in a hot air balloon, and top it off with your loved one as you sip champagne. Whatever you decide, it's easy to make Valentine's Day special in Albuquerque.

1. Best Romantic Restaurants

When it comes to restaurants, Albuquerque has a wide selection for any occasion. For the romantic dinner, go to my list of best places to sit down with your special someone.

2. Spa Packages

Imagine the bliss of bubbling away in a hot tub, followed by a massage and chocolate. Life is good. Betty’s Spa in the North Valley offers a 90 minute Valentine’s Day special at $165, and a Love Thyself Special for $100. Imagine 75 minutes of bliss. A Great New Day Spa in the Northeast Heights offers a romantic couples massage for Valentine’s Day. This spa also offers ongoing monthly specials.

3. Carriage Ride

Picture yourself in a horse drawn carriage from a bygone era, on a leisurely ride with the one you love. Be sure to check the weather forecast before booking your ride. Contact the Stage Stop Carriage Service in Estancia at 505-384-1000.

4. Los Poblanos Bed and Breakfast

This unique and charming inn along the Rio Grande bosque offers a Valentine’s Day Package that begins with an in-room couples massage or a full day of pampering at Betty’s Bath and Day spa. The package includes a rose petal turndown and champagne with dessert for two in your room. Finish it all off with a gourmet breakfast in bed the next morning. Los Poblanos Inn has to be one of the most beautiful spots in Albuquerque, and I can only imagine how delicious breakfast is, made with the food grown right there by the Inn.

5. Tamaya Resort

The Amour package at the Tamaya resort provides a romantic getaway where you can relax with your special loved one in a romantic setting with plenty of pampering. The offer includes a full breakfast, dinner in the Santa Ana Café or in-room dining, and champagne with rose petals and chocolate fondue. Starts at $389.

6. Valentine Teas

The St. James Tearoom offers a Sweetheart Special from February 6 – 20. Enjoy the cozy teahouse atmosphere with your sweetheart while you spend special time together. Teas at the regularly scheduled times have extra romantic touches added, such as two red roses and a book of love poems. The tea also serves as a special Friendship Tea for spending time with someone near and dear to your heart.

7. Theobroma Chocolatier

Consider your love and a smile comes to your face. And while thinking of love, another thing to make you smile is chocolate. No one does it quite like Theobroma. Their Valentine specialties include valentine baskets, chocolate roses, a chocolate heart box, chocolate dipped strawberries and truffles, or chocolate covered cherries. You get the idea. If it can be made with chocolate, they have it here.

8. Hot Air Balloon Rides

Did you know you can get married in a hot air balloon and then lift off, both in marriage and in the balloon? Rainbow Ryders offers special rides and Valentine’s Day is no exception, weather permitting, of course. Or contact Sky Span Adventures, 250-2300, for their popular champagne flight, which lasts three hours and provides a unique aerial view of the Rio Grande Valley. At the end of your flight, celebrate with a bottle of champagne.

9. Sunrise Springs

Suppose you want to get away from it all with someone special. This 70 acre resort has it all: a serene setting, private casitas, a spa center, and the award winning Blue Heron Restaurant. Think about getting away without going too far. Near Santa Fe in La Cienega, north of Albuquerque.

10. St. Valentine's Day Lunch and Wine Tasting

Seasons is offering a Pre-Valentine's Day aphrodisiac lunch that has a five course tasting menu paired with wines. Reserve your spot for this special occasion on Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. What a great way to kick off the Valentine's Day weekend. Cost is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Or you can celebrate with a three course dinner on Valentine's Day. Seating times are at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a bottle of champagne, a custom flower arrangement and dinner in a private room. You can ask for something special to be whipped up if you call ahead of time, or enjoy the sumptuous choices on the menu, such as maple glazed salmon and strawberry trifle. Cost is $35 per person, and reservations are required.

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