Sweet Escape: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

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Escape toward Tucson with your sweetie for Valentine’s Day weekend in order to take advantage of some very romantic indulgences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, including a tantalizing dinner for two, lavish accommodations and other treats.

Leave the Valley behind for a few days to enjoy the scenic and secluded setting of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Located roughly 25 miles northwest of Tucson in the charming town of Marana, the resort is nestled into the foothills of Tortolita Mountains.

You and your Valentine can experience incredible views of the desert sunset while dining at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, which will be serving a special three-course Valentine’s Day dinner, available Feb. 12-14.

For the special menu, appetizers include roasted quail, rocket lettuce, Chanterelles, Anson Mills polenta and quail egg, as well as olive oil-poached Maine lobster, basil ravioli, toasted pine nuts and browned butter. For your entree, enjoy maple-marinated buffalo tenderloin, cornbread stuffing and mustard greens; and then for dessert, choose between (if you can) flourless chocolate bombe with strawberries and a raspberry float with ginger-thyme soda and raspberry sorbet. Delicious! ($75 per person for three courses; $125 per person with wine pairings; available 5:30-9 p.m. Call 520.572.3000 to make reservations.)

For couples seeking something just as decadent but a little less formal, CORE will also be offering a chocolate lover’s paradise in the form of the Chocolate Buffet and Valentine’s Champagne bar, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Ignite Lobby Lounge. Try chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate pot de creme, assorted chocolate truffles, chocolate fondue, coconut chocolate ganache cake, chocolate madeline and Mexican hot chocolate. ($12 per person.)

After dinner, retire to your luxe accommodations at the resort. The property has something to suit everyone’s tastes, outfitted with 209 Deluxe guest rooms (450-600 sq. ft.), 44 individual and casita suites (900-1,300 sq. ft.), The Ritz-Carlton Suite (2,100 sq. ft.), and multiple-bedroom casitas (1,700-2,600 sq. ft.) that take on the appearance of a village within the resort, tucked away in the Wild Burro Canyon. All rooms offer views of nearby mountain ranges and feature natural elements of dark Mesquite woods, richly hued fabrics, light stones and a touch of Southwestern flair. Not to mention, guests have all the modern comforts at their fingertips during their stay.

For couples planning a Valentine’s Day getaway, the Ritz is offering a Valentine’s 2011 package, starting at $359 per night. Included are one-night stay and the three-course dinner for two at CORE mentioned above. Package is valid Feb. 12, 13 or 14. The resort is also offering additional packages this month for couples looking to spend some quality time on the golf course or in the spa together, so check The Ritz’s site for more details and to book.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, is located at 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive in Marana 520.572.3000

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