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 warm place to visit to get through the rest of this winter, you should consider this gorgeous town, you won’t regret it!
The climate in Sedona is fairly moderate year round, but spring and fall are the peak times to visit. The highs range from the mid-60s to low 80s throughout these two seasons. Summer can be hot, but not nearly as hot as the rest of Arizona. Highs will reach the mid 90s, but it will still cool down at night. Winter is also a great time to visit, with only the occasional cold front bringing snow. The nights are chilly, so pack winter clothing!
There are so many nice resorts in this area, but I recommend El Portal. It’s small, only 12 rooms, so it feels cozy and intimate. You can bring your pets, which is a huge plus! Especially if you have a dog that likes to hike with you. You’ll be in the Historic Arts District and close to Oak Creek Canyon. Book rooms here :: El Portal
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. See more :: Trailhead Tea
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. See more :: Creekside
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. Find out more about the tours and destinations :: Pink Jeep Tours
Sunset is a major event each evening when the combination of red rocks and fading light continually changes the scene. Tii Gavo is a low-key Southwestern restaurant with great sunset views of Boynton Canyon. The bar offers Arizona-made wines and local craft beers. They have a fire pit outside to keep away the nighttime chill, which makes this a perfect spot to relax and spend your evening. Check out more information about the restaurant :: Tii Gavo
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. See their menu and hours :: Heartline Cafe
Sedona is a fun shopping experience. Here’s quick rundown of shops I like to hit up with I’m in Sedona –
- Tlaquepaque :: a Spanish colonial shopping plaza with 42 shops. Check out Isadora for unique handwoven clothing.
- 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. Mii Amo Spa has an extensive menu of services to customize your afternoon at the spa. I recommend the Sedona Clay Wrap, a Hydrating Facial, a Hand Brightener, a Foot Refresher, a Yoga Session and any Massage on the menu! Plan your day here :: Mii Amo Spa
After cleaning up, head to L’Auberge de Sedona for a decadent meal overlooking Oak Creek. L’Auberge
A quick coffee at The Secret Garden Cafe to energize you for your last day in red rock country. The Secret Garden Cafe
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. Indian Gardens
one of many gorgeous hikes
overlook on one of our hikes
I hope you feel inspired to visit Sedona on your next vacation. It’s like no other place I’ve ever been.