Romance in Flagstaff
Feel the love all over town
With a coffee and martini bar called Rendezvous, the Monte Vista Hotel is a place to check out. You can go for an afternoon cappuccino tryst or evening martini, and then continue on to the cocktail bar for some live music on the weekends. (100 N. San Francisco St., 928-779-6971) If a nice glass of Chianti is more your style, meet in Brix. This cozy brick wine bar and restaurant has an extensive wine list, offering treats from Italy, France, Australia and Spain. (413 N. San Francisco St., 928-213-1021)
For a cozy winter dinner, head to Josephine’s Modern American Bistro. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. An old-fashioned bar, fireplace and lots of windows framing the garden outside, makes Josephine’s the perfect place on a cold evening. In the summer, dine on the covered porch with the fresh mountain air. (503 N. Humphrey’s St. 928-779-3400) Charly’s Pub and Grill doesn’t sound like the most romantic of places, but the massive brick fireplace dominating the restaurant does add a certain vibe. Not too mention being located in the historic Hotel Weatherford. If the ballroom isn’t being used for an event, you can wander through and out onto the balcony for a private moment. (23 N. Leroux St., 928-779-1919)
If you plan to make it a weekend of romance, choose the Inn at 410. This bed and breakfast offers nine elegant rooms and suites, each with their own fireplace. Each room is distinctive and themed, for example the Southwest is a two-room suite decorated with Native American art and with a Jacuzzi. The Conservatory offers some Beethoven themed musical romance. Bedding is heavenly, and the breakfasts are sinful. (410 N. Leroux St., 800-774-2008) If you need a private assignation, try for the Arizona Mountain Inn. Snuggled in the ponderosa pines, you’ll experience peaceful evenings full of nighttime stars. The Inn has a B&B, but better is staying in one of their cabins. Each one has a fireplace, but no television – perfect for just the two of you. (4200 Lake Mary Road, 928-239-5236)
Jacy Meyer is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, and spent about an equal amount of time in class and out hiking.