9 romantic spots in Utah Valley

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Make a date, set the mood, plan a grand gesture — whatever you’ve got going this Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to go far. These spots are as local as they are romantic.

1. Utah Lake

Mount Timanogos and other beautiful scenery is one reason to be grateful for living in Utah County. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Utah Lake is beautiful in both winter and summer. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

What is it about standing on the edge of a big body of water that makes us weak at the knees? Utah Lake is no exception. Head over at dusk with your significant other. Sit on the dock or wade in the shallows. Skip a rock as your heart skips a beat.

 

2. Harvest Restaurant

Few restaurants in Utah Valley have the ambiance of Harvest Restaurant. (Photo provided by Harvest Restaurant)

Few restaurants in Utah Valley have the ambiance of Harvest Restaurant. (Photo provided by Harvest Restaurant)

This Thanksgiving Point attraction will enhance attraction. If the elegant atmosphere doesn’t do it, the menu just might. It’s full of contemporary adaptations of classic comfort foods. And it’s delish.

 

3. Squaw Peak

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Squaw Peak is a great place to look out over Utah Valley.

Drive up to Squaw Peak Lookout Point for a spectacular view of Utah Valley. If you’re feelin’ youthful, “park” and stay a while. (Wink! Wink!)

 

4. Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Hines Mansion has nine different rooms with a variety of classic themes. (Photo courtesy Hines Mansion)

Hines Mansion has nine different rooms with a variety of classic themes. (Photo courtesy Hines Mansion)

There’s nothing like an overnight getaway to set the mood. Provo’s own Hines Mansion B&B offers cozy rooms with jetted tubs, complimentary bottles of sparkling cider and a delicious hot breakfast every morning.

 

5. The Y

Hiking the Y is not only a good way to get to know someone, it also provides a sense of accomplishment. (Photo by BYU Photo)

Hiking the Y is not only a good way to get to know someone, it also provides a sense of accomplishment. (Photo by BYU Photo)

It’s a bit of a hike, but the view from the Y is worth the work. Watching the sun set over the valley from this iconic spot is hopelessly romantic.

 

6. Stewart Falls

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The area around Sundance is lousy with romantic spots, but Stewart Falls is one of our favorites. This natural beauty is a natural choice for a proposal or just an intimate escape from the bustling world.

 

7. Art City Trolley

Located on Main Street in Springville, Utah Valley residents have been eating and bonding here for years. (Photo by Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureu)

Located on Main Street in Springville, Utah Valley residents have been eating and bonding here since 1994. (Photo by Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Snuggle up in a cozy corner booth in Springville’s Art City Trolley. Order one milkshake with two straws to up the romance ante.

8. The Shops at Riverwoods

The Shops at the Riverwoods provides a good atmosphere for a romantic evening stroll. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

The Shops at the Riverwoods provides a good atmosphere for a romantic evening stroll. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Strolling hand-in-hand down cobblestone streets beneath pretty lights? Sounds like a movie scene. Throw in some window shopping (or actual shopping, for that matter) and you’ve sealed the romantic deal.

 

9. LDS Temple Grounds

 

Attending the temple is great, but bringing your ancestors' names for proxy ordinances is even more enriching. Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.

The LDS temple grounds provide a peaceful and quiet area to be with your significant other. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Utah Valley is home to two (soon to be four) LDS temples and the grounds are lovely (and potentially lovey-dovey). Take your special someone to sit on the grass or snuggle on a bench in front of the elegant white structures and enjoy the glow of it all.

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Samantha Strong Murphey is a lover of greenery, glitter and goat cheese, an advocate of media literacy, human rights and karaoke for all. She earned bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University and is a former writer and editor at Utah Valley Magazine. Now, she works as a full-time freelance writer and blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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