Sedona had long been gracing my bucket list for years and the time to visit came on a long holiday weekend but I would only have about 24 hours. I wasn’t sure I could do it in that time frame but I am always up for a challenge and often looking for unique things to do in Sedona. Turns out 24 hours was perfect!
Where To Stay:
I will be up front and tell you I picked my hotel based on its view. I have no shame in telling you that. I stayed at a Kimpton property called Amara, and the views are spectacular.
This view was taken from my balcony and just felt like I was living in a real life postcard. I found the entire property visually appealing, luxurious, detail focused on the area, and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful – sharing insider local tips.
Where to eat:
Because time was cut short and because I always like to try the food at the hotel I am staying at, We ended up eating our meals at Amara. The restaurant on property, SaltRock, is incredible. Serving up southwest style food, make sure and try the grilled corn. I know that sounds like a dish you can get anywhere – but I promise, it is different here! I was here 6 weeks ago and I am still talking about how good it was. No two dishes are created equally and this one was exceptional.
I would note – whatever the chef puts in his whipped vanilla cream on the waffle is addicting.
What to do:
The beautiful thing about Sedona is that there is no shortage of natural beauty! If you want to hike – there are plenty of options, if you want to drive around and marvel at the beauty – it never ends how beautiful the views are. We spent our day driving around to various spots in the city and walking around taking in all the views. One place I highly recommend is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The church is built into the rocks and its so incredible how perfect and equally stunning it is. If you have more than 24 hours, check out this weekend Itinerary.
One of the local tips we were given was to go see the overlook up at Airport Mesa. Clouds came in right at sunset so we were not able to see that view, but we went the next morning and its just breathtaking.
Tip: A lot of people go up there and they do charge for parking – there is not really anywhere to walk to get there. Parking is $3.00.
Additional Tips for visiting Sedona:
- Know the weather – during the summer temps are very hot and although it is dry heat, it can still take its toll
- Cooler months during the winter won’t bring such harsh temperatures
- Low season is usually during the summer months because it gets so hot – I went at the end of May and although it was sweltering hot, I had an amazing time!!
- ALWAYS have sunscreen and water on you
- Book tours in advance – I did not know I wanted to take a tour until I got there and they were sold out (poor planning on my end)
- Pay for the extra insurance on your rental car – there is loose rocks and you can encounter small falling rocks – better safe than sorry
- There are hotels for every price range and experience in the city
- Keep your cameras charged for those million dollar shots – because they are at every turn