As an Arizona girl I love traveling within my own state when I get the chance. Recently we headed north to Sedona for a weekend away. This time I decided that although we can't help going to some touristy places, that the goal was to try to visit some more local places if we could as well along with going on a new hike. It was a fantastic trip and I'm excited to share where we stayed and what we did.
We stayed at The Ridge on Sedona Golf course in Oak Creek and the views were so beautiful. This resort was great especially if you have a family and plan on staying longer because they have kitchenettes and you can also get adjoining suites. There are two pools and two hot tubs and of course the golf course. The rooms are a little outdated - you may want to bring an iPad or something because they don't have smart TVs, but we didn't go to Sedona to just hang out in our room. We spent the whole time out and about, and because this is a short drive to Sedona (Oak creek is right outside) it was nice being away from the big crowds full of tourists. Plus, the views over the golf course were amazing!
The first place we stopped was The Sedona Beer Company for lunch. I was excited to try out Sedona Beer Co because it's a smaller local place founded by a local couple. It's also a pretty sustainable company as well and have their initiatives with their partners listed on their webpage. I'm not a beer fan so I'm not much help in that department but my husband and in-laws all enjoyed the brews while I sipped on a diet cola and tried out the food. The deviled eggs were amazing with pork belly and pickled chilies. Nick got the Southwest cheesesteak and said it was good but the spice overpowered most of the other flavors (and he likes things spicy). I got the vegan burger and although it easily fell apart it was delicious!
Sedona is known for it's wineries and tasting rooms so we decided to try out Vino Di Sedona, I got some appetizers that were so good and also tried out a the special tasting they had going on. There were so many options to choose from and we ended up taking home a couple bottles as well! I highly recommend if you are looking to try out a tasting room that also accommodates those that are only beer drinkers as well!
The next day we adventured around town, and went to the ever popular Tlequepaque village. This is one of Sedona’s most popular tourist spots full of shopping and Art. The plaza itself is gorgeous and has plenty of shops to adventure through. Their webpage has an awesome directory if you’re a planner and want to check out what is there before you go.We always stop at the Sedona Candle Gallery for the coolest hand crafted candles, and Spirits & Spice for quality spirits. I have multiple candles from the gallery and they also make great gifts. When they burn the designs are so cool and glow on the inside.
Spirit & Spice not only had an insane variety of spirits, spices, and oils, but you also get to try them as well! Such a great way to make sure you enjoy the product before spending money on it. We had a great time trying out different spirits and ended up taking home one of their most popular sellers!
For dinner we decided to check out Dellephiane Burger who are known for their grass-fed Argentinian steaks, empanadas, and burgers. Nick got their steak, and I got an empanada and both were delicious! We also tried one of their specialty Margaritas and it was great! It is also close enough to the hotel that you can walk there.
This was our early anniversary trip so we ended up booking a couples massage at The Spa of Sedona, it was such a nice treat. It was so relaxing, the massage therapists were great, and we got to enjoy a nice snack tray once we were done with our massages. If you are doing this as a couple I highly suggest booking one of their couples packages for an enjoyable relaxation.
The last thing we did before we left was go on a hike to Devil's Bridge. This hike has been one I have been dying to go on but because of how steep the climb is to get to the final part of the hike (the bridge) we haven't been able to go because of the little one. The initial part of the hike is easy, it's also pretty short, we took the long route there because Nick wanted to explore but I believe it's only about 2 miles each way so about 4 miles round trip. There is a trail to go off roading that will get you there quicker but you would need a vehicle meant for that like a RZR or 4x4 decked out vehicle.
After the hike we cleaned up and snagged some coffee at a local shop called Firecreek Coffee, there are only four locations in Arizona and the one in Oak Creek/Sedona is one of them. It was great coffee and I even bought a bag of their brand to try at home.
Have you been to Sedona? What is your favorite thing to do? Or would you want to try one of these recommendations?