Sedona is known as a haven for followers of the metaphysical, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the many trails and sports offerings, foodies delight in the vast array of Tex-Mex favorites and avid shoppers astound at the many places to browse.
If you happen to have only one day in this Arizona town here is a way to spend those twenty-four hours that will bring all of Sedona’s best assets together.
For a relaxing place to stay, the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is the perfect spot. Decorated in a tranquil Mediterranean style, the Sedona Rouge boasts amenities like a fitness center, heated pool, Jacuzzi and walk-in rain showers. Reds Restaurant and Bar is also located on the premise and offers a wonderful menu of modern cuisine. For those that can’t bear to part with Fido, the Sedona Rouge even allows dogs.
Begin the day with a relaxing massage. Sedona is known for vortexes, or locations of heightened energy that help produce a connection to the environment, one’s spirituality and the soul. The Spa at the Sedona Rouge is a great place to begin that journey. Whether you are a believer in the vortex energy or not, a hot stone massage will definitely help bring clarity and calmness.
After basking in the afterglow of your pampering, head out into Sedona’s famous Red Rocks. Pink Jeep Tours offers four different tours aboard a pink jeep. Try the original, and still most popular, Broken Arrow Tour to see spectacular up-close views of the Red Rocks such as Submarine Rock, Bell Rock and Chicken Point. Learn about history, culture and even a movie or two that was filmed in Sedona.
The two-hour long rugged jeep adventure careens over rocks and plateaus. But, don’t worry; the guides are as knowledgeable about everything Sedona-related as they are about driving. Pink Jeep Tours has been in business for over forty-five years.
After roughing it in the Red Rocks and working up an appetite, head to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, a shopping plaza modeled after a small Mexican village. For lunch, you can feast on Mexican or French-influenced cuisine. Or maybe sit at the quaint Secret Garden Café. Beer drinkers in the mood for premium ale brewed on site, can try the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill. Or if you’re in the mood to forego lunch and head straight for something decadent, try the homemade desserts at How Sweet It Is.
Next, enjoy a bit of shopping. Tlaquepaque means "the best of everything" and that’s exactly what you’ll find at this shopping village. Whether you are interested in clothes, jewelry or specialty stores, Tlaquepaque has over forty shops and art galleries. You may even see an artist at work in the outdoor courtyard.
After an afternoon of shopping, enjoy an unforgettable dinner at The Cowboy Club. Located in the center of town, The Cowboy Club is a casual place decorated in Country and Western décor including an impressive array of Longhorn horns. Get in a cowboy state of mind by ordering cactus fries or rattlesnake. Just don’t forget to try a prickly pear margarita before you leave.
End your day by returning to the Sedona Rouge. A peaceful night of star gazing on the Observation Deck awaits you. For a final nightcap as the temperature begins to fall, enjoy a glass of wine at the outdoor fireplace before you return to your comfortable bed.
What & Where:
Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa (2250 West Hwy 89A, Sedona; 928-203-4111; www.sedonarouge.com/)
Pink Jeep Tours (204 N. Highway 89A, Sedona; 800-873-3662 or 928-282-5000; www.pinkjeep.com/)
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village (336 State Route 179, Sedona; 928-282-4838; www.tlaq.com/)
The Cowboy Club (241 N. Hwy 89A, Sedona; 928-282-4200; www.cowboyclub.com/)
For everything you need to know about Sedona, either online or in person, visit the official Sedona Tourism Bureau.
Kerri Carpenter is a freelance writer who hails from the Pittsburgh area. She now lives in Arlington, VA. Besides traveling, she enjoys cooking, movies, Steelers football, accessorizing and candy corn.