Sedona. How can I even begin to describe it? One of those utterly magical places that is so otherworldly in its natural beauty – incredible rock formations, sunsets to blow your mind, the quaintness of a small town. It’s such a hot destination right now, so there is a growing scene of amazing resorts, new restaurants and shopping. Even with the bustle of tourism, you can still get away from it all on a long hike or trail ride, allowing you time to recharge and connect with nature. I’m hooked on going to Sedona and can’t wait to experience more! If you’re in need of a unique place to visit this Spring or Summer, you should consider this gorgeous town, you won’t regret it!
The climate in Sedona is moderate year round, but spring and fall are the peak times to visit.
My boyfriend and I absolutely love Sedona. This past visit, I stayed at the Amara Resort and Spa, a beautiful and breathtaking Sedona resort. It’s located in a primo spot – walking distance of uptown Sedona’s shops and restaurants. Despite its central location, it feels tucked away and hidden from the busyness of town and features amazing views of red rock formations and its natural surroundings. The hotel’s two wings perfectly frame this view. Trails for hiking and biking, shopping, restaurants and other excursions are only a few minutes away. The hotel even offers a complimentary transportation service.
Southwestern decor mixes with a chic urban feel from the hotel’s lobby to the rooms. Artfully arranged Native American baskets installed on wood-paneled walls, rich textiles and modern takes on traditional motifs capture the energy of Sedona.
The lobby, with its vaulted ceilings and carefully curated decor, leads straight to the killer view of red rocks through a wall of windows facing the courtyard.
The rooms continue the modern / Southwest decor. Pops of aubergine and green mixed with turquoise, yellow and orange are a fresh take on colors on the region. Glass doors open to the outdoors, and each private balcony or patio is furnished with table and chairs. Bathrobes, a too well-stocked mini bar and yoga mat round out the in-room experience.
The Amara Resort features a ton of fun amenities, including an evening wine hour each night, complimentary coffee and tea service each morning, in-room yoga mats, a mountain bike you can borrow at any time, a convenient spa, pet services, a fitness center, heated saltwater pool (infinity-edge, overlooking Oak Creek and the red rocks!!), and hot tub (which we spent wayyyy too much time in the first night).
Here’s a look at the itinerary we (kinda) tried to keep while we were in Sedona. It’s a perfect long weekend schedule, in my opinion!
Start your day at Trailhead Tea. They have over 130 varieties of tea, tisanes, botanicals, and medicinals. I usually get the Matcha Latte with Almond Milk.
The red rock formations in the area, as well as Oak Creek Canyon are the main reasons to come to Sedona. A hike is the best way to really take in the views all around Sedona. A few hikes I really loved are ::
Brins Mesa :: This trail will take you up to a mesa that overlooks Soldiers Pass and Mormon Canyon. It’s a 1.5 mile out-and-back for a total of 3 miles.
Courthouse / Bell Rock :: The Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is so scenic and peaceful. It’s a 4.2 mile loop.
After you burn off some calories, grab lunch at Creekside. They have outdoor seating and great red rock views! The menu changes seasonally, but I love the Organic Cantaloupe Melon with Sea Salt and Lime, the Organic Baby Beets and Goat Cheese Salad, and a shared bottled of white wine.
Because the main attraction is the scenery of Sedona, a Pink Jeep Tour in the afternoon will get you back out into nature. The ‘Touch the Earth Vortex Tour’ give you a real Sedona experience.
Sunset is a major event each evening when the combination of red rocks and fading light continually changes the scene. The resort’s own Saltrock Kitchen is perfect for watching the changing night sky against the red rocks. The fire pit outside keeps away the nighttime chill, which makes this a perfect spot to relax and spend your evening.
The Amara’s Spa offers a yoga class each morning, which I would definitely recommend. It’s a perfect way to start the day.
Heartline Cafe is a great breakfast spot to catch the early morning light on Thunder Mountain. Sit out in the adorable outdoor seating area and share a Sedona Sunrise.
Sedona is a fun shopping experience. Here’s quick rundown of shops I like to hit up with I’m in Sedona –
The Center for the New Age is across the road from Tlaquepaque. Here, you’ll be able to delve into all the New Age culture you desire – photographs of your aura, readings, healers.
For Southwestern and Native American crafts and jewelry, visit the Blue-Eyed Bear.
No trip to Sedona is complete without massages and spa treatments. The Amara’s Spa is perfect for treatments! I recommend the Detox Wrap, the Moon Chasing Sun Facial, the Soleful Traveler Pedicure, and the Rain Dance Massage.
After cleaning up, head next door to L’Auberge de Sedona for a decadent meal overlooking Oak Creek.
A quick coffee at The Secret Garden Cafe to energize you for your last day in red rock country.
This is your last chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of the red rock formations. West Fork is my favorite trail in the Sedona area. Water, views, canyons and cliffs make the 6.4 miles of this hike so amazing.
Refuel at Indian Gardens Cafe and Market with a hearty Sedona Spinach Salad. While you’re there, check out Garland’s Indian Jewelry, which has work by Hopi, Navajo and Zuni craftspeople.
We truly enjoyed our Sedona trip, and especially enjoyed the treat of staying at the Amara Resort. We would happily return again! It’s an ideal destination for anyone!