Sedona, AZ

April 21-23, 2023

“The beauty of Sedona is timeless.” – Unknown

I had always wanted to go to Sedona. So when I had a free weekend with nothing to do I hoped in the car with my pup and headed East. We stopped in Phoenix for lunch and to fill up with gas.  From Phoenix up to Sedona really is a beautiful drive and its just under 2 hours.

Sedona, Arizona is a picturesque city located in the northern part of the state. Known for its stunning red rock formations, Sedona is often referred to as a spiritual and natural oasis.  In addition to its natural beauty and artistic charm, Sedona is also renowned for its spiritual energy. The area is believed to have several vortex sites where people seek healing, meditation, and self-discovery. Many wellness retreats and spas offer various holistic treatments and therapies.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do in Sedona. Hiking trails abound, allowing visitors to explore the unique rock formations up close. Popular trails include Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Devil’s Bridge. Jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, and horseback riding are also popular activities in the area. 

Overall, Sedona is a captivating destination that combines natural beauty, artistic inspiration, and spiritual exploration. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, this Arizona gem has something for everyone to enjoy!

I booked a room at a picturesque little dog friendly resort called Poco Diablo Resort, it sits just 2 miles from downtown and is surrounded by red-rock monoliths.  I really loved this place they had a huge grass area in the center with games and sitting areas, a lovely restaurant with really good food and all the staff were so kind and accommodating.  I found myself just sitting on the patio taking in the view relaxing more often then not. It’s a really peaceful spot.

There is so much to wander around and see in Sedona.  From all the little shops, art galleries, yard art, hikes, and more.  You will have to go explore the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, an enchanting Spanish-style shopping center filled with boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries.  Be sure to stop in at Vino Zona Sedona and have a wine tastings.

I also love to walk around and check out all the interesting things at Son-Silver-West Galleries, Inc. It’s just off the main drag Hwy 179. It’s the most eccentric looking place. It even has its own little vortex you can sit in for a bit and read about. 

You also defiantly need to make the trip over to see Chapel of The Holy Cross. The chapel was designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was completed in 1956 and stands atop a red rock butte, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.  It is simple yet elegant and there defiantly is a sense of peace and reverence feeling while you are there.

Food Recommendations

Mesa Grill – American menu with lovely patio that over looks the airport runway.  Fun to sit and enjoy the planes as they take off and land.

Mariposa – Latin Inspired Grill upscale restaurant with gorgeous panoramic sunset views if you can get a table at that time. 

Hideaway House – Relaxed eatery featuring sandwiches, pizza & pasta also offers scenic creek & canyon views.

Butterfly Burger – This place has a really cool ambience with fabulous savory food. Best truffle fries I’ve ever had. 

View from Chapel of The Holy Cross

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