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Destinations by Judy Mraz:
Sedona AZ

sun setting in sedona

Sun Setting in Sedona


Oh wow. Great experience. Every time I go through the pictures on my phone of Sedona I quickly check out prices to fly back. It’s that good.

I can sum up my entire fortnight in Sedona in one sentence, here goes – “Hike one day, spa the next, repeat.” Hiking can get kind of repetitive though, especially if you go on the same trails over and over but luckily Sedona has plenty of variety.

Me and hubby arrived in Sedona just looking to relax and it was really about time. We don’t know anyone in Sedona, which was a good thing, it brings back the honeymoon feel a little bit. We booked a cabin called Canyon Wren. Soooooo quaint! Quaint and cozy! So small and so far from your typical yucky hotel feel. Highly recommended, though it can be expensive during peak season. Make sure to book well in advance because space is extremely limited.

canyon wren

Canyon Wren

We stayed in the first day and just planned everything we wanted to do. On trips like these planning can go a long way but remember, in moderation. A lot of the appeal of Sedona is it’s beauty. Take time to wander off of the beaten path and enjoy it without stressing about being anywhere at all.

view from wilson canyon

The View from Wilson Canyon

It was particularly hot our first free day in Sedona so we went on one of the more shady trails, the Wilson Canyon. Unfortunately everybody else had the same idea and so the trail was extremely crowded. I still enjoyed the hike. I never went hiking before actually and it is extremely physically demanding. I was pooped after Wilson Canyon, and it isn’t even that long of a trail. Still the sights were absolutely amazing but by the end of it I was ready to eat!

I decided we should treat ourselves after our grueling first day and so we went to, what I’ve been told, is one of the best restaurants in the area, L’Auberge. I was actually planning on doing this one a little later in our stay, but whatever, I’m here to relax not stress.

I wasn’t in the mood for any fine dining mumbo jumbo, I just wanted some good food. L’Auberge did not disappoint. We were seated right along Oak Creek and we loaded up at the buffet which was filled with all sorts of goodies, nothing to in particular caught my attention, possibly because I just scarfed most of the food down without a moment’s thought about what it was.

Any way.

This was enough adventure and we called it a day.

The next day was about relaxing. We visited Uptown Massage to get one of the best massages in Sedona. Very excellent staff and very excellent massages. Great way to unwind, we visited Uptown quite a bit before we left Sedona.

We explored the city the rest of the day. A great way to break in a new city. There really isn’t too much to explore inside of the city on foot but Sedona is a great walking city nonetheless. Plenty of people on the streets and you feel completely at home just trudging along with no where to go.

Our stay was mostly about relaxing which doesn’t make for great stories so I’m going to stray from the norm and just tell you about the highlights of our trip instead of what we did every day.

One of the biggest highlights of the entire trip was going on a hot air balloon ride. It’s so amazing, beyond explanation. Sedona is so beautiful from the ground but it’s almost like it’s beauty doubles when you get up in the air, truly incredible. The company we went on our ride with was Red Rock Balloons. The way up is kind of loud but once they start turning down the flame then it becomes awesome.

We went on plenty of trails over the course of our trip. Some of the better ones were Cathedral Rock, Broken Arrow Trail, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Red Rock State Park, and Oak Creek Canyon. Every trail has something to offer. Just beware of crowds, hiking, at least for me, should be done with a very small group or even alone. Crowds can ruin your entire hike. Also make sure you have plenty of water. Sedona can get intense in the summer, don’t forget that your are in the desert.

Hiking is something new to me but if you are physically capable of doing a hike you absolutely need to. The views are so incredible, especially here. Being in tune with nature is very important to me, it helps my writing a lot. Nature inspires you, the inner you. Hiking is now one of my favorite things to do and I will be searching for more trails on my next adventure.

Sedona has a very good selection of restaurants. I was surprised to say the least. My top 3 are View 180, Rene, and Oak Brewery.

view from view 180

The View from View 180

View 180 was one of the best restaurants, scenery-wise, that I had ever been to. You don’t truly appreciate Sedona’s beauty except for right when you get to Sedona and right before you leave. View 180 is the perfect last restaurant. The food isn’t the greatest however though mostly very tasty.

We didn’t go out and do any thing fancy most of the nights. If Sedona wasn’t so touristy it would be perfect, but you can say that about a lot of places. If you come to Sedona try to isolate yourself. The crowds will always be there if you want them but if you don’t get free and enjoy Sedona by yourself or with a loved one then I don’t think you’ve truly enjoyed it.

Until next time. 🙂

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  1. Racheal says:

    Beautiful pictures.

  2. Yolandra says:

    oh man Sedona. I blew up my INnstagram when i went there

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