When you think of the most romantic places in the world you may envision overwater bungalows and luxury resorts next to the ocean, however, the mountain views and scenery offered by the Wasatch Mountains provide a number of romantic bucket list activities. While it may be tempting to visit some of the more popular, and crowded, destinations like Salt Lake City and Deer Valley, we invite you to check out a romantic getaway at the heart of Utah, Utah Valley.
Utah Valley is known for its dating scene, with dozens of locations where married and single people alike can find romance throughout the valley. Enjoy a spa session with your date at Sundance Mountain Resort, treat them to a nice dinner, or simply look over the valley and enjoy the sunset together. Here is our tried and true list of some of the most romantic places in Utah Valley.
Conde Nast Traveler named Sundance Mountain Resort the #1 Ski Resort in North America in 2019. You’ll want to plan a date and ski the slopes at this top-rated resort--consider night skiing for a romantic twist. The resort also offers a luxurious spa with couples massages, cross country skiing in a secluded area, and pottery and art-making for those who find it especially romantic to learn a new skill together. To end your experience dine at the most romantic spot in Utah Valley--The Tree Room. This rustic and intimate restaurant serves award-winning cuisine and wines, in an elegant candlelit atmosphere. Sundance also makes a great romantic spot in the summer with horseback riding and scenic lift rides.
For a romantic city option, try Taste. Whether it's for a tasting or just an impromptu visit for dessert, Taste is a great place to spend a romantic evening in Downtown Provo. They have weekly Afternoon Tea, Chocolate and Cheese Tastings, and Fondue for Two events. Schedule an event or visit any time to experience some of the best local artisan chocolate. They have a variety of desserts, from molten cake to brownies to chocolate mousse, as well as chocolate bars made at their shop. Make sure to try the Utah Valley artisan bars, which feature some must-see locations in Utah County.
3. Y Mountain
What could be more romantic than watching the sunset with views over the sprawling city? Y Mountain provides incredible views over Utah County and Utah Lake in the west, so going at dusk is a wonderful time to enjoy the sunset and then see the city lights. This is a popular spot for couples but is also spacious, so there is plenty of room to spread out and have alone time. Note that getting to the Y requires hiking up a steep trail, so be prepared to hike before you can see all the views.
The lighting, the atmosphere, the restaurants--this whole place just feels romantic and dreamy. With dining options from La Jolla Groves to Rodizio Grill to Happy Sumo, there are several sit-down restaurants to choose from that make the perfect date night. After dinner, wander around and enjoy the many shops and activities there. You can even catch a romantic movie at the AMC movie theater or make matching art ceramics at Color Me Mine.
When looking for romantic getaways in Utah, a local bed and breakfast is always a good choice. Hines Mansion is known for its incredible hospitality in a historic home converted into a bed and breakfast. The Victorian rooms each contain a jacuzzi hot tub and comforts perfect for romance. During your stay, enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast and eco-friendly amenities. This bed and breakfast is also in a prime location for exploring downtown, visiting sites like the City Center Temple or seeing a show at the Covey Center.
This romantic experience is somewhat DIY, so it's great for those looking to rekindle the romance on a budget. First, grab a delicious dessert to share from The Chocolate--they have decadent chocolate cake, pistachio cannolis, a variety of cookies, and much more. Then, hit the road and drive somewhere you can see shooting stars and constellations and gaze up at them to your heart's content. Some dark open spaces that would be good for this include the meadow at Big Springs up Provo Canyon and the west side of Utah Lake.
For couples who enjoy art galleries, a visit to Springville Museum of Art makes a wonderfully romantic destination. Admission is free and the exhibits offer a look into artwork from Utah, around the country, and around the world. Strolling down the halls of the beautiful Spanish Moroccan-style building while discussing the art is a lovely way to grow closer as a couple. After your time there, enjoy an exquisite meal from Magleby's. Make sure you stick around for dessert--their popular classic chocolate cake is divine!
Couples seeking a night of culture and refinement should consider a date at the Noorda’s Center for Performing Arts. UVU's new performing arts center is elegant and classy, perfect for impressing your date. Enjoying an evening there while watching a world-class performance will up the romance on any date. Relax to music and dance performances, such as ballets and operas, or be moved by a theatrical performance. Also see a variety of recurring performers, including the Utah Symphony. Make sure to contact the Noorda concerning current regulations, restrictions and event times and dates.
With all the romantic things to do for couples in Utah County, it should be easy to plan the perfect date night. For more date ideas, including fun dates and free dates, see our 50+ date ideas blog.
What's your favorite destination for couples, in Utah Valley? What do you think makes the perfect Utah Valley date night? Share your most romantic places in Utah County in the comments!