Dramatic red rock buttes and canyons make a beautiful backdrop for Sedona’s dynamic arts and adventure scenes.
Sedona is a fairly casual trip, wardrobe-wise, but packing for your getaway might still prove to be a bit tricky due to the desert weather. With light breathable layers, you can add or remove at your leisure when the days become hot and the evenings quite cool.
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1. Hiking Trips
2. Easy Tailoring
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Nighttime temperatures can dip drastically in the desert from November to mid-March, so plan to wear a jacket or extra layer.
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The Perfect Day
Start off at Local Juicery for peanut butter and cacao gluten-free waffles and fresh fruit smoothies before making for the trails. Depending on your group, you can opt for the short-but-strenuous Cathedral Rock Trail, or the longer (3.2 miles) and more moderate Airport Mesa Loop. Both offer panoramic views of the iconic red rocks.
Refuel with bison burgers and cactus fries at the Cowboy Club, then make for the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. The 40-year-plus institution is a Mexican-style village filled with artisans and makers just like its namesake in Guadalajara, Mexico. Don’t miss must-see shops like Caravana Jewelry for sterling silver and turquoise treasures, and Cucina Sedona for handcrafted pottery and local provisions.
For dinner, make a reservation (in advance!) for Elote Cafe for Southwest and Mexican cuisine from James Beard Award-nominated chef Jeff Smedstad, and wow your tastebuds with agave-based cocktails like the roasted pineapple mezcal.
Fuel up for a day of adventure at the Red Rock Cafe, where you’ll find mouthwatering bites like blue corn huevos rancheros and a famous three pound cinnamon roll.
Afterwards, head straight out to the namesake Sedona red rocks with a Pink Jeep tour. The popular tour operator offers guided sight-seeing expeditions that start around two hours, with highlights from off-roading past iconic rock formations and canyons to exploring an ancient ruin and petroglyphs. In the summer months, save time in the afternoon to cool off at Slide Rock State Park. Named one of the top swimming holes in the country, Oak Creek is open for seasonal trout fishing and swimming. Don’t miss the 80-foot long Slide Rock, coated in a thin layer of algae that makes for a supremely slippery—and fun!—natural waterslide.
Wind down your epic day over tamales at Tamaliza, a casual, cafeteria-style cafe has outdoor tables and a dedicated kids’ menu.
For one of the best spas in the region, check in to the luxe Enchantment Resort, surrounded by sweeping red rock vistas and dramatic night skies. Start off with a Thai massage or soothing prickly pear butter wrap, then some time lounging in your private spa suite with its own fireplace and terrace.
Stay in your zen headspace with a drive through the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Make your first stop at Page Springs Cellars for a bite at the on-site bistro before taking a guided tour of the vineyard and finishing in the tasting room. Upgrade to the Reserve Flight for a taste of five limited-edition wines made on site. At Alcantara Vineyards, they have 17 tempting varietals, including Chardonnay and Viognier, for sample at their hillside tasting room.
Cap off the day with dinner at Mariposa, where the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows make for an unforgettable backdrop for delicious South American-inspired cuisine.
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