My Guide to Visting Sedona

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Boy oh boy has it been a LONG time since I’ve gone on an official vacation. At the end of April, I left my job as a SoulCycle instructor, which meant I finally had a lil free time to relax. I hadn’t taken time off in forever, so the first thing that popped into my head was: VACATION! I needed some time away from New York City reeeal bad.

It took some brainstorming and a good amount of researching, but I decided that I wanted to go to three places over the course of eleven days: Sedona, Joshua Tree, and Tulum.

The first stop was the beautiful Sedona. 

I chose Sedona because frankly, it’s gosh darn beautiful and also a spiritual place full of new-age mysticism. Sedona is known for it’s Red Rocks. These tall formations surround Sedona and glow red to orange depending on the time of day. They’re quite astonishing to see in person from afar.

Getting to Sedona was pretty simple. I flew from JFK to PHX, rented a car at Alamo, and then it was a two hour drive north to get to Sedona. Since Sedona is three hours behind NYC, I took a fairly early morning flight out of JFK to make sure I had some of the day left to enjoy by the time we got to our hotel.


WHERE I STAYED: 

L’Auberge de Sedona

301 L’Auberge Lane,
Sedona, AZ 86336

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I stayed for three nights at L’Auberge de Sedona, which was an absolute dream. L’Auberge is right along Oak Creek, and offers luxury cottages and lodge style rooms. I stayed in one of the creek cottages. Not only was the room gorgeous- comfy bed, fireplace, huge bathroom with a big tub- but there was and outdoor cedar shower, private deck, and when I opened the sliding glass door, we could hear the babbling creek. I feel like a dork for actually saying “babbling creek”, but IT REALLY WAS A BABBLING CREEK! 

The service of the hotel was impeccable from check in, to getting recommendations from the concierge, to the turn down service once we got back from dinner, to the cool lavender scented towels in the fitness center. I loved my time here and definitely will return next time I’m in Sedona.

 

 

WHERE I ATE:

Breakfast

Creekside Coffee

251 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336

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I stopped in to Creekside Coffee our first morning in Sedona. Such a cute spot! A brew with a view, as they like to say. Had a great latte and muffin while sitting in the cozy interior (unfortunately it was cool and a bit rainy our first day), but I was able to enjoy a view of the red rocks from inside.

 

Coffee Pot Restaurant

2050 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

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Coffee Pot Restaurant is definitely a must-do breakfast in Sedona. They serve an all American breakfast with over 101 omelette options! The inside is super cute with comfy booths, though we chose to sit outside on the patio since the sun was finally shining. Be sure to order some coffee so you can sip it from their big coffee mugs, which you can buy as a souvenir in the gift shop. 

 

Indian Gardens Cafe and Market

3951 N State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Absolutely loved having breakfast and this relaxing spot that’s a about a ten minute drive north of the main drag of Sedona. The food was delicious, but my favorite part was the outdoor seating in the back: patio style in a garden like setting with blankets on the back of each chair. I felt like I could sit there all day! 

 

 

Lunch

Tamaliza

1155 W State Rte 89A

Sedona, AZ 86336

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I came here on whim after visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and we were SO glad that we did. Tamaliza serves delicious Mexican food in a really cute environment. I got the Tamale Supreme and didn’t leave a single bite left on my plate.

 

Local Juicery

3150 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336

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So many people had recommended Local Juicery, so it was on my list to absolutely try. Local Juicery is all organic with an emphasis on super foods. I came here after a long hike and needed to refuel. I got two smoothies (Sex in the Desert and PB&J. Both tasty AF but PB&J was the winner!) and some Avocado Toast which, yes, I know it’s basic, but it was outrageous. It had this cashew chipotle cream on top which was SO good! Before I left, I grabbed a Magic Mylk for the road and hot damn, I am still dreaming about it.

 

 

Dinner

Elote 

771 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336

Hands down my favorite dinner. It was so. dang. good. Elote is Mexican & Southwestern restaurant, and is one of the most popular spots in town. They open at 5pm but people start lining up at 4:30pm to make sure they get seated asap when it opens since they don’t take reservations. I asked the waiter which margarita was his favorite, and turns out it was an “off menu one”, which I asked for after he described it. If you go, you must promise me that you get the Elote, Smoked Pork Cheeks, and Mexican Chocolate Pie. All to die for!

Tip: The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, which is a pain. I happened to be close by around 5pm, so we stopped in to see if we could put our name down for later. They said yes! Sure enough, when I came back around 8, we told them we had put our name’s down earlier and we were seated right away!

 

Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona

301 L’Auberge Lane
Sedona, AZ 86336

I had dinner at Cress on Oak Creek our first night, and it was exceptional. They use in-season and local organically grown produce when available with an emphasis on freshness and sustainability. The night I ate there, It was cold and rainy out, so I was bummed that I couldn’t sit outside along the creek, but that was the only disappointment! From the Asparagus and Burrata, to the Ahi Tuna, to Chocolate Ganache, everything was so delicious.

 

Mariposa

700 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Mariposa is a Latin inspired grill that has insanely beautiful views of Sedona’s red rocks. I made a last minute reservation the day before, and the only open tables they had were at 5:30pm and 8:30pm. I chose 8:30, but it was a bit of a bummer because I missed the sunset, which is definitely the prime time to be at Mariposa. If you have time in advance to make a reservation, be sure to make it a bit before sunset so you actually get to enjoy the unique and beautiful views that Mariposa has! I definitely enjoyed the food and drink (I got the Filet Mignon!) but between being there post sunset and the rather aloof service, it wasn’t my absolute favorite meal if I’m being super honest.

 

 

WHAT I DID

The Chapel of the Holy Cross

780 Chapel Rd

Sedona, AZ 86336

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The Chapel of the Holy Cross is considered one of the seven man made wonders of America, and is also at the center of a spiritual vortex in Sedona. It was built into the red rocks in 1956 by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s quite amazing once you see it peering out of the rocks as you drive towards it, and even more magnificent up close. It’s open to the public, so you can go inside the chapel, and also also enjoy the expansive views around it.

 

Hike Soldier’s Pass Trail and Brin’s Mesa

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Sedona offers an incredible range of hiking for beginners to advance hikers. I enjoy hiking, but I have to admit, hiking also stresses me out. The biggest reason is that I’m really terrified of heights, and I’ve had panic attacks before due to steep drop offs along trails. Because of this, I did a lot of research on hikes in Sedona. I wanted to choose something that would have great views, that would be a couple miles long, but not terrifying in terms of heights. I settled about Soldier’s Pass Trail to Brin’s Mesa. 

The beginning of Soldier’s Pass Trail is pretty cool because within ten minutes, you get to to see two things. First, Devil’s Sinkhole, Arizona’s most active sinkhole. It has collapsed many times in the 1880s, 1989, and 1995, and is about 50 feet deep. Next up is the Seven Sacred Pools which are seven pools of water that are always filled, no matter the season! The rest of the hike is beautiful, though the trail itself wasn’t super clear all of the time. Soldier’s Pass to Brin’s Mesa and back is about five miles. A lot of reviews of this hike that I read online said that the Soldier’s Pass section can get kind of crowded, but when we went, we only saw a few people.

Tip: the parking lot at Solider’s Pass can only hold about fourteen cars. If you drive and plan to park, you may have to sit in the car for a bit and wait for a parked car to leave. Abram and I decided to take an uber from our hotel so that we didn’t have to deal with parking.

 

Tlaquepaque Village

 336 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336

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If you want to check out art, clothing, jewelry, and crafts, take a walk around the Tlaquepaque Village. I didn’t spend a ton of time here because after about thirty minutes, we felt like we had seen mostly everything, but this is a nice spot to spend some time post lunch or in-between activities.

 

Crystal Magic

2978 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

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There are tons of places to buy crystals and stone’s in Sedona, but Crystal Magic was one of the most recommended. The shop is filled with so many different options, it’s really beautiful to just look around, read some of the descriptions they have of different crystals, and just see what you’re drawn to. I ended up choosing some ocean jasper (encourages deep relaxation), bumble bee jasper (helps your spirit in recognizing the direction it seeks), and aqua aura quartz (helps with mental clarity, amplifying your thoughts, and increasing communication).

 

Quiet Mind Treatment at L’Apothecary Spa

301 L’Auberge Lane
Sedona, AZ 86336

L’Auberge de Sedona has a an incredible treatment called Quiet Mind at their L’Apothecary Spa. Using flower essences, breathing techniques, facial acupressure points, and massage, the therapist will guide you into complete relaxation over the course ninety minutes.  I left this treatment feeling more relaxed that I have felt in so long. I wish I could do it everyday before bed because I’m pretty sure it would guarantee the most blissful sleep ever.

 

 

WHAT I WISH I HAD TIME TO DO 

I only had two full days in Sedona, and during our first day, we had on and off rain which was such a bummer! There were a bunch of things that I wanted to do, but didn’t have time to. Here are some of them, hopefully I can get to them next time!

Pink Jeep Tours

Offering everything from quick tours to to all day excursions, Pink Jeep tours drive off road through Sedona’s red rocks and beautiful scenery with expert local guides.

Hike Devil’s Bridge

Even though I am terrified of heights, I was willing to swallow my fear to attempt this. There’s is a short but steep hike up to Devil’s Bridge, which is largest natural arch in Sedona. From the photos, it looks like there is a narrow bridge with a super steep drop off and crazy views behind. Google it now, it looks insane!

Energy Vortex Tour

Sedona is as a place with heightened spiritual energy, and it is believed that there are a specific locations know vortex sites. There are tours that will bring you to these vortices so that you can connect, relax and focus your mind.

Until next time, Sedona!

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