You are planning a trip to beautiful Sedona, Arizona, and you are wondering where to stay and what to do when you get there. Whether you are traveling alone, with your significant other, or with your family, Sedona.Org has the perfect rental for you. There are so many things to do in the Sedona area that you may have a hard time deciding what to do first. Here is a Sedona travel guide for the perfect summer or fall trip to Red Rock Country.
Day 1: Getting Settled
You have just arrived in town, and you are ready to have something to eat. Why not start with some Southwestern cuisine and a beautiful view of the mountains at SaltRock Kitchen? This upscale cafe offers an innovative menu of Southwestern cuisine. Many of the ingredients in the food here are found in Arizona’s Verde Valley. They are known for their mezcal drinks. Be sure to try the grilled corn appetizer or the fresh guacamole and salsa. They have a delicious chopped salad and a seared salmon entree. You will want to save room for an ice cream sandwich for dessert.
When you have finished your meal, it will be time to go check out your vacation rental.
Sedona.Org takes care to ensure that all our Sedona vacation rentals are clean, comfortable, and tastefully appointed with southwest decor and furniture. The first thing you will see when you enter any of our homes is a living room furnished with top-quality chairs and sofas. They surround a flatscreen television, so you can watch a movie or just keep up with the news. You will always be able to stay in touch with the office because we provide high-speed internet service. We can find you an all-inclusive private home or we can provide you with a stylish condo with such features as a community pool, tennis courts, and even a community room with games where you can meet your neighbors.
Once you have settled in, it is time to go for your first hike. There are many trails in town, but you will want to start out with one of the easier hikes, West Fork Trail. You will find this lovely trail in West Fork Canyon. You will see some interesting rock formations and you will cross West Fork Creek a few times. Unlike other hikes in Arizona, you will find plenty of trees and shade on this trail. It is a great hike to take kids with you, and you will be able to make your friends jealous with beautiful pictures of the tree-lined trail.
On the way back to your vacation home be sure to stop by Clark’s Market at 100 Verde Valley School Rd for some gourmet take-out, or something you can prepare yourself. The kitchens of our homes come with state-of-the-art appliances. We provide all the pots, pans, and dishes you will need to make a full meal.
When it is time for bed, you can take a nice hot bath or shower in your sparkling clean bathroom. We provide toiletries and towels for your convenience. You can retire to your bedroom where you will find a bed with an ergonomic mattress and high thread count sheets. You will have your own television so you can fall asleep to your favorite shows. The closets are huge and will have plenty of room for anything that you bring or buy.
Day 2: Grand Canyon Tour
The next morning you can enjoy breakfast in your dining room or on your deck and get ready for a jeep tour of the Grand Canyon from Redstone Tours. This company of trained tour guides is located in Sedona, but they give tours all over the Red Rocks area. They offer a fabulous, day-long tour of the Grand Canyon. The tour guides are experts on the history and geology of the State of Arizona. The Grand Canyon tours cost between $100 and $200. You will ride to the canyon in a luxurious Van Terra or Starcraft minivan. You should plan on the tour taking up most of the day, and the typical tour will leave early in the morning. You will get to see the painted desert and a Navajo Indian reservation on the tour in addition to the main viewing area. Some of the tours offer lunch and some do not, so snacks and water are a good idea.
Day 3: Fuel Up for More Hiking
Time to go into town and enjoy breakfast at one of the fabulous eateries, Café Jose. Whether you are looking for a hearty Mexican breakfast, a healthy morning bite, or the greasy goodness of American fare, you will find it at this fantastic eatery. They are known for their Belgian waffles that are served with whipped cream. If you prefer a savory breakfast, you may want to try the Huevos Garcia, which consists of sautéed onions, bell peppers, and home fries that are crowned with two eggs, cheese, and ranchero sauce. If you are a late riser, or if breakfast is just not your thing, you may want to try the Mexican combo platter. You will get to choose from several south of the border favorites but be sure to include a chile relleno on your plate. The avocado cheese crisp appetizer is another menu item that should not be missed.
Now that you have fueled up, it is time for a more challenging hike, and one of the best things to do in Sedona in summer. Cathedral Rock Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Sedona area, so it is always wise to hike it on a weekday when it is a little less busy. It is a 1.2-mile trail, but don’t let the shortness of its distance fool you; it can actually be very challenging. It is a little cooler in the fall and some people like to enjoy the trail at sunset. The trail goes along a lovely river and gives you some spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. If your dog is on vacation with you, you can bring them on a leash. However, you might want to leave them home for this one. It is very steep and there are points where you will have to crawl on your hands and knees. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and plenty of water.
Day 4: Connect with Sedona’s Spiritual Side
You are halfway through your trip, and it is time for a little spirituality, Sedona is known as a place where the affluent get their beatitude on. You can start your day with a stretch at the popular Aumbase Sedona Yoga. If you don’t feel like leaving your amazingly Zen rental home, you can also take one of their web classes. This studio specializes in yoga and consciousness evolution. Yoga is a workout for your body, mind, and spirit. They also practice sound healing at this studio, where a guide will take you to one of Sedona’s vortexes. A vortex is a swirling center of energy that can be found in the valleys of the canyons. People who visit them say that they gain energy and spiritual enlightenment after having spent time there. A sound healing journey includes a hike to a vortex where you will meditate to flute vibrations.
Now it’s time to have your chakra analyzed. Chakra refers to seven points of energy in your body. The concept originated in India. Chakra points control such things as intellect, imagination, sexuality, and confidence. You find several people in town who can tell you all about your personal chakra and how to improve it. You can also have your aura read in town. The readings go on for about 27 pages and are very involved. If you would rather have your fortune told or talk to a dead relative, there are psychics and mediums in the downtown area. If you would like to take some of your enlightenment home with you, you can find crystals at Sedona Crystal Vortex, located at 300 N State Rte 89A.
Day 5: Take Advantage of Your Rental’s Amenities
It is time to really enjoy that beautiful rental property of yours with a day spent at home; not all parts of our Sedona travel guide involve travel! If you have a place with a pool, you can start the day with a nice dip and lie in the sun until you dry. You can have a cookout in your backyard on the grill that we provide. You can enjoy your food on the picnic table on your deck or around the big dining room table in your home. Nature is a great thing, but every once in a while, you need an hour or two to just relax and be a couch potato. That is where we provide large TVs and Wi-Fi so you can enjoy a movie or binge on a favorite series. You can enjoy a big family dinner and make cocktails for the adults. You can sip those drinks while sitting back in a hot tub and gazing up at the stars or around the fire pit that many of our homes provide.
Day 6: Local Jeep Tours
It is time to enjoy a thrilling jeep tour of the hills. You will find many different companies that offer tours of the mountains. If you are not especially athletically inclined, these tours can take you to places you might not ever be able to hike.
Red Rocks West offers some fabulous tours of the hills and valleys of the area. The Canyon and Cowboys Tour will take you to the seven major canyons in the area. You will even get to see the old Van Deren cabin, which was used in the classic Western film, “Blood on the Moon.” The Soldier’s Pass tour takes you to the seven Apache Pools. The waters here are said to have healing properties.
Saturday is the perfect night to dine in one of Sedona’s nicer restaurants, Tii Gavo. This restaurant offers beautiful views, tasty food, and an elegant atmosphere. The knowledgeable waitstaff can recommend the perfect wine or cocktail to go with your meal. Everything on the menu is excellent, but you won’t want to pass up the Arizona Nachos that are made with black beans and charred corn. The baby kale salad is delicious and healthy, and the stuffed peppers are one of the most popular dishes. The seasonal fruit empanadas are the perfect way to top off the meal. The dessert cocktails will leave you with a sweet buzz at the end of the night.
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There is nothing more relaxing than an Arizona vacation as long as you have the proper accommodations to enjoy all of the things to do in Sedona in summer and fall. Our homes go fast, so give us a call today!