If I had to describe Sedona in 3 words it’s stunning, spiritual, and relaxing. This isn’t the destination if you want to be boozy and hit on men. This is the place you go when you want to be a sophisticated grown up. It’s a place you relax with your gals or even consider a solo trip to.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Arabella Hotel. It wasn’t our top pick, but it was a very reasonable pick considering we wouldn’t be spending much time at the hotel. However, I would 100% recommend this hotel. From the front of the hotel there’s views of Sedona’s famous red rocks. There’s pools, fire pits, and nightly entertainment. They also host star gazing with telescopes that you’d think were stolen from NASA and in a prime location.
If you have money to burn and time to enjoy all of the super spa-like amenities that Sedona is known for then I’d also look into these spa retreat hotels:
- Enchantment Resort where you’ll have access to the Mia Amo Spa.
- L’Auberge de Sedona also has a lovely spa and amenities
What To Do:
Hiking & Vortexes
The vortexes are rumored to be super alive with energy. I’m stealing this wording from this site because well it totally captures the magic of vortexes -“The term Vortex in Sedona refers to a place where the earth energy swirls and draws to it’s center everything that surrounds it like a tornado. At these magical sites, trees often exhibit this swirling or twisting of their trunks due the powerful vortex energy at the core of a Sedona Vortex.” There are companies that do vortex tours, but don’t waste your money. They’re easily accessible and the only fee if you do it on your own is parking. Some of the sites state you need to pay for parking spots in advance, but all of the destinations I went to had machines to pay.
- Bell Rock – There’s a bunch of separate trails. I say, get lost and see what you find.
- Airport Mesa – I wouldn’t call this a hike. You literally can walk up and down in 20 minutes. However, the parking is super limited (maybe 10 spots) so you’ll likely have to park up the street and then have about a mile walk to and from to get to the Airport Mesa. I absolutely loved being up there. You have 360 degree views of red rock. I went early in the morning and there were few people there so it was super peaceful.
- Boynton Canyon
- Cathedral Rock
Pink Jeep Tour
The Pink Jeep Tour came highly recommended to go off road and experience the red rocks. However, we couldn’t fit it into our schedule. If you plan on doing this, book it in advance because the best times sell out. I plan on going back to Sedona one day because I missed this activity.
I came across 2 BBQ experiences that looked super fun:
- Blazin M – About a half hour from the center of Sedona, you can experience a BBQ for $44.95 per person and some cowboy entertainment
- Diamond Ranch – Horse ride (I had to correct myself, I originally wrote cowboy ride…), cowboy cookout, and live music for $120. You can skip the 1 hour horse ride if you wish and just pay $56 per person.
- Tlapeque Arts and Crafts Village – the cutest little shopping village you’ll ever see. So many boutiques for one of a kind items and the aesthetics of the village is so quaint and tranquil. Skip the Secret Garden restaurant though – not a fan.
- Psychic Reading – Across from the village is a new age center with plenty of psychics on hand to tell you your future
- Spa Day – Sedona is known for its luxury spa hotels
- Sedona Trolley
- Day Trip to Grand Canyon
- Breweries of Flaggstaff – Less than an hour away. A great place to stop on your way back from a Grand Canyon field trip
- Day Trip to Scottsdale- It’s about 2 hours and 15 minutes each way
Where to Eat:
These restaurants came up again and again in our search for being delicious and scenic. We loved Hudson so much, we ate there twice. I’d suggest reservations at all of the below keeping in mind restaurants don’t stay open all night.
- Hudson – American food / classy cocktails / beautiful views. You MUST try their peanut butter dessert and their chicken dish
- Mariposa – Latin food / beautiful views
- Salt Rock – Southwest native type food
Botch and Learn
- It’s smack dab in the middle of Sedona and Grand Canyon so you can build it into a road trip
- Things fill up fast here, so book it in advance
- You will need a car to get around and the car rentals are not cheap in Arizona
- 7/11 sells wine if you’re looking for a beverage to sip around the fire pits
- Make sure to star gaze in a remote area like the corner of a parking lot
- Things close relatively early, so plan for that
- Sedona is a day city, not a night city. So maximize your day by waking up early. That’s the best advice I can give you for visiting.