Summer is here and even if you’re not able to jet somewhere abroad, you’re definitely going to need a break from the 100-degree temperatures. Sedona is one of the most beautiful and easiest spots to travel to. Not only are the breathtaking red rocks a major tourist attraction, the slow-paced town and endless options for dining, exploring and relaxing make it the perfect getaway spot.
Where to Stay
L’Auberge de Sedona
This resort is your go-to for a luxurious and relaxing vacation — not only is the stunning hotel located right on Oak Creek, it has the best of pretty much everything, from dining to spa services. For an extra luxe experience, consider booking one of their creekside cabins.
If you want to make the most of your stay, the Enchantment Resort has no shortage of activities to make your stay as exciting as possible — from golf to yoga to mountain biking. Plus, their beautiful casitas are perfect for resting up for your next adventure.
Where to Eat
Etch Kitchen & Bar
Etch is L’Auberge Sedona’s more casual restaurant, but the dining experience is just as memorable as what you’d experience the hotel’s other signature restaurant, Cress, with a more approachable menu. Check it out for lunch or breakfast for a relaxing creekside dining experience.
ChocolaTree is a vegan, gluten-free, casual restaurant that embodies the free spirit of Sedona with its vibrant, health-forward menu and serene patio perfect for lunch or breakfast.
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Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill
Mariposa provides the best dining view in Sedona with an award-winning menu that’s equally impressive. The dishes, imagined by celebrated chef Lisa Dahl, include lobster, steak and even a triple queso mac and cheese.
What to Do
Hiking is basically a no-brainer when you’re visiting Sedona, because how else would you fully experience those legendary red rocks? For the most impressive photos, we recommend the Devil’s Bridge trail.
Take an Outdoor Yoga Class
While typically classes that usually mix hiking and yoga can be pricey, they are more than worth it for devoted yogis who want to experience the awe of a yoga class in one of the world’s most beautiful settings.
Explore the Shops
There’s no shortage of amazing shops in Sedona, especially if you’re in the market for crystals (this is a spiritual place after all) or local art.
Pink Jeep Tour
The Pink Jeep Tour might be one of the more cliche ways to enjoy Sedona, but it’s popular for a reason. Tour options range from sightseeing around the red rocks to driving a 10-hour journey to the Grand Canyon.
When in Rome, right? As previously mentioned, Sedona is a truly spiritual space, and if you’re ever going to trust in the powers unseen for advice, this is the place to do it by taking advantage of one of the many psychic reading opportunities.
What to See
Even if you’re not feeling brave enough to actually take the plunge down Slide Rock, it’s worth seeing the awe-inspiring naturally created slide down Oak Creek (as well as all the tourists!). If you do decide to enjoy, we recommend reserving a Ramada.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
This church is an architectural wonder regardless of your religious beliefs with its monumental cross wedged between a mountain of red rocks. If you’re really into it, you can tour the inside too.
While you can’t necessarily “see” a vortex per se, it’s definitely a must-visit to make the most of Sedona’s legendary healing energy — some people even claim to see colored orbs near these energetic anomalies.
What are some of your favorite spiritual spots in Sedona? Let us know in the comments using #FrayLife and #PhxFray.
Looking for some cool hikes? Check out our Phx hiking guide!
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