Howdy it’s your favorite Chief Travel Guru here with a super suggestion for a springtime getaway – stunning Sedona! (Yes – I used as many S’s there as possible to get your attention and give it some extra flair!) Not that I have to give Sedona extra flair! With a tagline like The Most Beautiful Place on Earth you can rest assured it is filled with flair – including picturesque red rocks, breathtaking views, amazing accommodations, world class dining and more.
And spring is truly a wonderful time to experience it all thanks to comfortable temperatures – think mid-60s to the low 80s and little chance of rain. And if you avoid weekends – Friday and Saturday nights – you can take advantage of lower weekday rates! Now I know all of this sounds appealing, but you may still be wondering, “Why should I choose Sedona as what just might possibly be my first trip since the pandemic started?” Well, I’m glad you asked! The best way to show you all Sedona has to offer is to simply spell it out for you!
S – Sustainable. Traveling to Sedona is truly supporting sustainable travel. In fact, in 2019 Sedona created a sustainable tourism plan that is not just about a healthy economy for its residents but also a healthy quality of life for them and their visitors as well. And of course, your Travel Guru totally loves this since it’s a very similar mission to Book Here, Give Here which is all about socially responsible travel. And - in addition to sustainable I would also add Safe here as well. Sedona is profoundly serious about keeping its residents safe and asks all visitors to take the Sedona Cares Pledge before they visit.
E – Environment. Sedona is one of those places where you can truly connect one on one with the environment and mother earth. Thanks to a variety of vortex sites there are ample places to experience that zen, calming, peaceful experience with the four most well-known vortexes being Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, Boynton Canyon and Bell Rock. In addition to the vortex sites Sedona as a whole exudes a holistic, spiritual and wellness atmosphere that can be felt as soon as you arrive.
D – Dining and Drinks. With over 50 restaurants you are certainly going to find one that suits your pallet and your budget. From restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs to steakhouses to Mexican fare to pizza to food trucks to organic and healthy food options – whew - the choices go on and on! And for drinks – a lot of people don’t know this, but Arizona has an amazing wine country. You can do opt to do a day trip to one of the wineries just outside of town or take advantage of one of the wine tasting rooms within Sedona proper. If wine isn’t your cup of umm – tea – there are also several breweries as well as martini bars you can try out instead.
O – Outdoor Activities. Sedona has all kinds of outdoor activities that range from soft adventures to those for the truly adventurous – as well as for all ages and all physical abilities making it a place that everybody can genuinely enjoy. For example – there are off roading and ATV adventure options as well as a couple of different Jeep tour companies in the area. Or you can opt to do some touring via horseback or even on a trolley car for a less bumpy ride. In addition, there are amazing opportunities via air such as helicopter tours and hot air ballooning. Sedona also has a whole trail system giving you the opportunity to hike and / or bike the area to get up close and personal and be one with nature.
N – Nature. And speaking of nature…there are two amazing state parks located in Sedona and one of them has something that I think everybody should try – a natural water slide. It is called – appropriately enough – Slide Rock State Park and thanks to the way the water comes in, it smooths the rocks making them like a slide. It is a super fun place to go and have a picnic and in addition to being family friendly there are places that are a little bit more flat and not as rugged so that people that might have mobility issues can still enjoy the park. Another option is Red Rock State Park – which is also awesome and to me I liken it to a Japanese feel thanks to the horsetail that resembles thin bamboo and the red rock that gives you that zen feeling.
A – Arizona. You may be wondering where exactly in Arizona Sedona is located. It is actually pretty much centrally located within the state which makes it easily accessible. It is just two hours north of Phoenix by car and for those that might be coming to the area from Las Vegas it’s around a four-hour drive – and a very scenic one at that. And if you fly into Flagstaff, you are just about a 45-minute drive away. Which ultimately means that it is quite easy to get to from three major southwestern US airports. It’s also a great drive destination from neighboring states like California, Nevada and Texas.
And there you have it – the A, B, C’s – oops – no – the S, E, D, O, N, A’s of Sedona! For more details on this amazing city check out our Destination Inspiration entry here and then be sure and contact Book Here, Give Here to book your mid-week spring getaway through May 31st and take advantage of great weekday rates!
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