Chocolate Lovers’ Festival
Posted by Teresa Propeck on January, 25 2019

Let Your Love Soar Aboard Verde Canyon Railroad’s
Chocolate Lovers’ Special

Big, wild Arizona views? Check. Cozy romantic seating perfect for snuggling? Check. Delicious beverages to suit all tastes? Check. Mated bald eagles soaring overhead? You bet. What could make Valentine’s Day even better? Perhaps something sweet … and lots of it. Let’s start with flowing fountains of chocolate, filling a vintage train car with a heavenly scent synonymous with love. Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular Chocolate Lover’s Special whisks lovebirds away on a journey of the senses, February 14, 15 and 16, 2019.

This popular Valentine celebration takes place in our first-class cars, featuring all of the amenities for which the train ride is known: magnificent views, comfortable living room-style seating, freshly-prepared appetizers and upscale bar offerings, including the Railroad’s private-label wines and brews. In addition to our anticipated pleasures, the Chocolate Lover’s Special includes gourmet chocolate excess, plated and served to each table, and a sumptuous Belgian chocolate fountain with marshmallows, bananas, strawberries and pretzels for dipping.

Long associated with this February benchmark and romance, luxurious chocolate is a Latin American concoction rooted in neighboring Mexico where the Aztecs believed it was a gift from the gods so cacao seeds were frequently used as currency. It was the Romans who anointed Valentine’s Day as a time to express affection and love for one another.  In America, the best Valentine tradition?  Arizona, which became the 48th, and last state added in the contiguous U.S. on February 14, 1912.

Spending Valentine’s Day in “The Valentine State” is a win-win for all who are lucky enough to ride Verde Canyon Railroad and become immersed in the train’s awe-inspiring riparian and romantic red-rock canyon.  February is a fine time to witness the romance and commitment of our resident raptors, as well as the migratory bald eagle and raptor population along the Verde River. Eggs are generally laid in late January and hatched in late February. Male and female eagles share the responsibility of nurturing their offspring until the eaglets fledge the nest in last spring.

Every passenger car has panoramic windows and limitless access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree views and spectacular photographic opportunities.  Just 25 minutes from scenic Sedona and 10 minutes from historic Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad is in the heart of Arizona’s Verde Valley, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations.

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It’s Not the Destination; It’s the Chocolate-Lovers’ Journey

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