1 Soak in the feelings.
Let love wash over you with an overnight stay at Blackstone Hot Springs, in Truth or Consequences. “People come to Blackstone to be,” says Rob Stuart, who purchased and remodeled the property with his husband, Ralph, in 2005. “It’s very much a rehabilitative place.”
The rooms, inspired by classic television shows like The Jetsons, Golden Girls, and I Dream of Jeannie, include private baths. Guests may also book any of the three outdoor spring-fed hot tubs or a wet room with a large soaking pool and geothermal steam room. “If you give people a sense of well-being, that’s how they recharge down to their soul,” Rob says. “They go home and take that renewed energy with them. That has been our mantra.”
2 Create something beautiful together.
On a corner two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza, Tumbleroot Pottery Pub lets you work on your relationship—and show off the results. Draw romantic and creative inspiration from this pottery studio meets cocktail bar, where you can get your hands dirty while sipping craft cocktails served in cups made by local potters specifically for each drink.
“It takes the pressure off [a first date],” says Angela Kirkman, who owns Tumbleroot with her husband Jason. “It allows people to enjoy the art and focus on making.” Creative prompts help get things started, and the sculptural clay ($9 per pound) dries in just 24 hours and can be painted on the spot. When you’re done, put your creation in a little to-go box and head home for a nightcap.
Bonus: Attend a special Valentine’s Day chocolate-making workshop and drink pairing at Tumbleroot on February 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.
3 Skate into their arms.
Make your life feel like a rom-com with a spin around the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Built in 1936, the outdoor National Hockey League-regulation rink is surrounded by towering pine trees, which heightens a silver screen kind of magic. An ice-skating date might just be the best way to figure out if this is a crazy, stupid love or you’re just moonstruck. Then warm up afterward by spending some quality time in the Tub (Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, that is) with a Hoppenheimer IPA.
4 Shout it from the mountaintops.
Cozy up to wintry fun at Angel Fire Resort’s three-lane tubing hill—an easy alternative for nonskiers who want to add a little adrenaline rush to their together-time. Stop for some on-mountain après vibes at the Summit House, where expansive views extend north beyond Eagle Nest Lake and all the way to Colorado. Then, snuggle up with an overnight at the Lodge at Angel Fire, just steps from the Chile Express chairlift.
5 Wine and dine ’em.
Romance with the Rosewood
Just off the Santa Fe Plaza, the Anasazi Restaurant inside the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is offering a special three-course tasting menu on Valentine’s Day prepared by the chef de cuisine Oliver Cortez. Highlighting southwestern flavors and local ingredients, the menu features an octopus starter, pan-seared branzino, and a raspberry panna cotta for dessert.
Chef Andrea’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
Chef Andrea Armstrong hosts a Valentine’s Day pop-up dinner at Leo Suite Community Center, in Carlsbad. “I wanted to bring something on the fine dining side to Carlsbad,” Armstrong says. “Sophisticated palates are what I am all about. A fine dining experience lets people know they’re worth it.” The three-course meal includes a wedge salad, filet mignon and salmon to share, and a Biscoff cheesecake. Pianist Anthony Torres performs romantic musical hits to set the mood. Plus, each couple receives a professional photo to remember the evening.
Valentine’s Day Dinner at SkyFire
Thousands of farolitos add to the romantic setting at Bishop’s Lodge in the hills of Tesuque, where SkyFire Restaurant offers Valentine’s Day Dinners February 9 through February 14. Enjoy live music, cozy nooks by romantic fireplaces, and a lovingly crafted menu.
Groovin’ Valentine’s Dinner
Get your groove on in Socorro at a special dinner and live music performance at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center. The Groovin’ Valentine’s Dinner on February 15 celebrates love with soul food, a cash bar, and a holiday-themed photo booth.
Food & Flower Valentine’s Dinner
Keep the romance alive on February 17 at the Food & Flower Valentine’s Dinner at Lizard Tail Brewing, in Albuquerque. The evening includes a menu of THC-infused dishes and THC-infused cocktails made by 312 Mobile Bar and live performance by in die songstress Esther Rose.
Eat, Drink, and Be Mine
On February 14, Chef Ny of Corazon Restaurant prepares a four-course meal for Eat, Drink, and Be Mine at Enchanted Vine by Noisy Water Winery, in Ruidoso. Classical guitarist Tomás Vigil serenades lovers with a set of songs that will have you humming along. Best of all, diners get to spread the love—all proceeds go to the High Mountain Youth Project.