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Tour Sedona, Arizona

Travel Tips


Red Rockin' Arizona
Old West Meets Nouveau Chic


Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon
Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon

SEDONA, ARIZONA TOUR: DAY 3

You've done the shopping thing, you've explored Sedona's sights from above and below — now it's time to pamper yourself.

Start the day with brunch at Che-Ah-Chi, located at Enchantment Resort. Elegant Southwestern interiors add comfort and grace to 180-degree views of untouched Boynton Canyon through the restaurant's massive windows. (Make sure to call in advance for reservations to get past the resort's guard gate).

After brunch, consider a hike into Boynton Canyon (the trailhead is walking distance from the restaurant), which meanders at the base of towering red rocks and ends in a forested box canyon. You can also take a short drive out to Honanki Heritage Site, where an ancient cliff dwelling complete with rock art boasts 30 single and two-story homes formerly occupied by the Sinagua people from approximately AD 1125 to 1300.

Next, pamper yourself with a spa treatment at one of Sedona's luxurious, award-winning spas. Or consider attending a calming yoga class, explore Sedona's metaphysical side with an aura-reading or vortex tour, or play a few holes of golf at one of Sedona's beautiful courses. Whatever option you choose, relax and enjoy yourself — after all, you're on vacation.

If time allows, you may also want to head out to what's known as the largest ghost town in the US — Jerome. A National Historic District since the 1960s, Jerome was once called the "wickedest town in the west" because of all the gunfights and bordellos in the old mining town. To the delight of visitors, it looks like it's stuck in the late 1890s.

Page Springs Vineyards
Page Springs Vineyard

In the afternoon, head south from Sedona on Hwy 89A to Page Springs Vineyard & Cellars, located on Page Springs Road, about twelve miles south of town. Sample a flight of wines in tasting room, while enjoying views of the vineyard below surrounded by desert hills. Purchase a bottle of your choice, as well as a sampling platter of assorted cheeses, fruits, nuts and crackers, and head down to the creek-side deck to listen to the tranquil sounds of water rushing by. Look for blue heron, wild ducks and kingfishers near Oak Creek while enjoying Eric Glomski's handcrafted wines, followed by a walk through his spring-fed vineyards. If you are fortunate, Glomski will greet you in a wine-stained T-shirt to tell you all about his land, his plans for the future, his organic farming and how he keeps his soil rich with minerals. This is a wine expedition without attitude or pretension.

On your way back into town, stop at Red Rock Crossing located just off Upper Red Rock Loop Road, a favorite spot for both locals and tourists. Here, this area's natural icon, Cathedral Rock, is fronted by splashing Oak Creek, which makes this scene one of the most photographed sights in the country (see photo on Day 2). Hike around, dip your feet in the water, catch a fish, exchange vows, hop on a mountain bike, meditate, sketch the scene — anything goes, but do be sure to take a picture before you leave.

Dahl and DiLuca Ristorante Italiano
Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano

Relaxed and rejuvenated, clean up for a lavish dinner at Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano, where you might feel like you're dining in Tuscany with the ornate fabrics, warm lighting, handsome fountains and fresh-made pastas. All the dishes are made with the choicest ingredients, from the stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta starters to veal piccata and grilled pork chops main courses — and the pastas are fabulous.

After dinner, enjoy a cocktail at Reds Restaurant, located across the street at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa. This chic restaurant/bar offers interesting small plates and appetizers. If you're in the mood for creative, contemporary cuisine instead of Italian fare, opt for dinner at Reds as well. Executive chef Ron Moler cooks up dishes like the delectable bay scallop tacos with a red chili crèma or grilled ribeye with rosemary jus from a stylish exhibition-style kitchen.

End your evening by heading down the highway to West Sedona, where you'll find a handful of local watering holes spread throughout the area, each with its own style and entertainment.

Whether you come for outdoor adventure, world-class shopping, fine art, wine tasting, gourmet Southwestern cuisine or luxurious spa treatments, Sedona is sure to impress. Big-city amenities complement small-town charm, and spectacular red-rock views abound from just about anywhere in town.

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* Enchantment and Yavapai photos from www.enchantmentresort.com. Page Springs photo from www.pagespringscellars.com. Dahl & DiLuca photo from www.dahl-diluca.com.

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(Updated: 04/23/12 SG)

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