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“Sedona was RELAXING!”
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Rochester, NY
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298 reviews
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“Sedona was RELAXING!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2007

We just did an overnight trip to Sedona on our drive between Phoenix and Las Vegas. Next time Sedona will be the destination. I am not overly interested in desert-like locations unless there is a beach of some sort near by, but this was a definite yes. Sedona differs from much of AZ and NV because of the rich, rusty colored rock formations. We stayed at the King's Ransom Hotel on the main drag. You can walk to shops and to Thalapaque as well. Staff was friendly, rooms were big and clean, decor was out of date. The pool and jacuzzi were wonderful. We got up at 6:30am and relaxed in them (being from the Northeast with the time change, this isn't too crazy). Nice view, lots of construction right now, but it doesn't take away from the natural beauty of the place. We ate and drank at Oak Creek Brewery- beer was good and so was the pizza. Watched the sunset up at the Airport- can't beat the views! Did the Red Jeep Western Tours "Awakening the Spirit". I am fascinated by the vortex thing (my husband, is not) This was perfect for both of us, we got to see the sights and hear some of the history of the indigenous people and still soak up the great energy! The place has tons of art galleries and outdoor activities. Can't wait to go back!

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Melbourne
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Sedona visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2007

Sedona, what a wonderful place, easy going lifestyle with lots of "arty crafty " shops to look in. Has pleasant surroundings and of course the weather is great. Visited in the fall and the trees has magnificent fall colours!!!
(Vern, Melbourne, Australia

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new york
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Sedona”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2007

Only way to describe Sedona is Heaven. Truly the most beautiful place I have been. Recommend it highly. Im feel blessed to have gone there.

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NE
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5 reviews
18 helpful votes
“A wonderful anniversary trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2007

We spent 4 wonderful days in Sedona during the first week of September. The weather was perfect -- much cooler than Phoenix by 15 degrees! Driving up Hwy 179 and seeing the red rocks for the first time was stunning. Here are some of our recommendations:

Places to eat:

Picazzos – delicious Pizza and Salad

Wildflower Bakery – good for breakfast and lunch

Redstone Cabin at the Cowboy Club (at the back behind the main restaurant) – delicious steak and their salads are wonderful. Go for dinner and request to be seated at the outdoor patio when making your reservation

The Secret Garden @ Tlaquepaque Village – great lunch spot and their Margaritas are delicious!

Savanna’s – for authentic southwestern cuisine


Sightseeing:

On the drive up from Phoenix, stop at “Montezuma Castle” It is part of the national park service and is an excellent example of cliff dwellings by the ancient people. It cost $5pp to walk the grounds

Take the Broken Arrow route on the Pink Jeep tour. It’s 1 ½ hour tour, despite the juggling and jostling, the views are worth it. Another tour to consider is the Ancient Ruins (slightly longer). Don’t go in the heat of the day – aim for 4 pm for the Broken Arrow. The driver took our picture at chicken rock and gave us a lot of information about the area. The drive down the "Devil's staircase" was a little hair-raising, but the drivers are safe and responsible!

Drive up to the Sedona Airport. It's located on a Mesa in the center of town - just up Airport Rd. on 89 A West. There’s a parking lot and lookout at the very top. The food is also very good at the airport restaurant. We went to this spot during the day and again at sunset – Beautiful!

Drive south on Hwy 179 out of Sedona to Chapel Rd., follow the road to the end. There you will see the Chapel of the Holy Cross built in the red rock

Drive to the Crescent Moon Ranch picnic area. It will cost $8 to get in (Red Rocks Park pass won’t work here). Drive to the end of the parking lot. Walk along the path that follows the creek (20 minutes) for some excellent views of Cathedral rock). There are picnic tables and restrooms. A nice place to relax. We went in the morning (10 a.m.) and stayed for lunch.

Continuing west out of Sedona on 89A, a 20-min. drive to Cottonwood. Beyond this area is a town called Jerome. It was an abandoned mining town until artists moved there. Several quaint shops. At the very top of the zig-zag of streets of town is the “haunted hamburger.”

Flagstaff – is a 40 minute drive and is on the original Route 66. Drive up 89A through the canyon to get there. The downtown area is walkable and has interesting store fronts. We ate at the Mountain Oasis for lunch (on Aspen St.) and on the way back we drove through the Northern Arizona University campus. We stayed on I-17 on the way back and came up Hwy 179 through Oak Creek on the way back.

The Grand Canyon – is a 90 minute drive from Sedona. Take 89A hop onto I-17 briefly and then take I-40 West (to Los Angeles). Follow the signs and exit at Williams to go north on Hwy 64 to the Grand Canyon. There are airplane tours that will take you there from Sedona or you can drive. It will cost $25 to enter the GC park (they force you to buy a 7-day pass). Enter at the south entrance and drive along the South Rim. Stop at some of the lookouts to get spectacular views of the canyon. Stop at the Yavapai lookout. If you are good at flying in small planes, we recommend the air tour (50 minutes round trip) from the Grand Canyon airport with Grand Canyon airlines. It cost $119/person for “The Grand Discovery Tour” but was well worth it to see the canyon from the air. We found the lodging passable and the food overpriced and awful in the park. Go to the Tusayan village just south of the entrance on Hwy 64. We had a decent meal at the Coronada Room in the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn. I would stay at this hotel, it is the best of the lot.


Shopping

For art galleries – Tlaquepaque Village, Hillside shops and Main St. Sedona

Indian art/jewelry – the rest stop, up the Canyon road (89A) on the way to Flagstaff. Several Native Americans have booths set up.

Glass & kaliedoscopes– Jerome

Copper Jewelry – The museum gift shop in Jerome

Outlet Mall – one in Oak Creek and another in Anthem (just north of Phoenix)

T-shirts – gift shop next to the Pink Jeep tour office in downtown Sedona


Notes:
Get your hotel concierge to book your Pink Jeep tour and make restaurant reservations (for dinner on the weekend. Weeknights are relatively quiet if it's not peak season)

Red Rocks Pass – most hotels have a pass to loan out. Use it if you plan to go to any of the hiking/viewing areas (need it to park). There are several exceptions where you have to pay extra.

The Spas in the area are all good. Go for a massage or hot rock treatment.

Pick up “Sedona’s Best 2007/2008” booklet at your hotel for great maps and descriptions.

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California
1 review
2 helpful votes
“Beautiful place, great food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2007

Terrific place for a vacation. We went in August and it was not too hot. The scenery is incomparable and dozens of restaurants, hotels etc. have amazing views.
Highlights: 2-1/2 to 3 hour drive to South Rim, Grand Canyon. Talk about a must-see. Their web site has lots of info on things to do and how to get around in the park.
Excellent food: read the Tripadvisor reviews like we did and you'll be pleased. We thoroughly enjoyed the Coffeepot, Amara Cantina, Bistro Bella Terra, cafe at the airport (next to the best vista spot in town), and of course Coldstone! We were disappointed with the food at the much-lauded Cowboy Club. If you're after atmosphere and good company you might not notice the mediocre food there.
Activities: Two fantastic swimming holes on Oak Creek were Grasshopper Pointe, a more remote spot, and Rock Slide Park, very popular and populated. Yes, as other Tripadvisor members recommended, the jeep tour was great fun. We took the Broken Arrow tour with Pink Jeep Tours. Two adults, a 12- and a 15-year old all had fun.
We stayed at the Amara Resort, right in the middle of town. Excellent service, top-notch in-room dining. Nice pool.
What we didn't know was that to park along the highway in Sedona, you must have a Red Rock Pass. We wanted to try some fishing, and Oak Creek is stocked at all the bridges, but between the inconvenience of obtaining a parking pass and the sites not being easy to reach for us over-40 fogies, we let that one go.
Go for the scenery, shopping and R&R. Beautiful place!

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