When choosing a location for this trip we were scoured places all over the midwest to west coast. The criteria: a great place to stay, adventurous activities, warmish weather, and beautiful scenery. Sedona met all of these requirements. In fact, Sedona, Arizona is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever seen.
John and I flew into Phoenix and then took about a two hour road trip to Sedona. Usually I am not a huge fan of driving long distances after we have flown most of the day, but this road trip was delightful. We passed through so many different types of scenery from desert to hills with trees to the red rock canyons when we made it to Sedona.
We arrived right before sunset and the way the sun hit the canyons was spectacular! I was glad I had this picture in my mind because it rained for the next two days. It had not rained in Arizona for several months, but apparently we brought it from the East Coast. The locals were THRILLED!
We stayed at Enchantment Resort. I chose this resort because it is part of American Express Travel's Fine Hotels & Resorts.
We got all kinds of perks like free breakfast for two, $100 spa credit, early check in and late check out, and room upgrades if available. I will mention that Enchantment has Mii Amo Spa, which has been named the number one spa in the world, twice! I got a facial and it was phenomenal. Enchantment is nestled right in the middle of Boydton Canyon so whenever we stepped out of our casita we looked up to walls of red rock! I would 100% stay here again!
Our first full day we hiked to the highest peak in the area, Wilson Mountain. We opted to go with a private guide through Wildland Trekking Company.
We chose to go with a private guide so that we could go at our own pace since it was around a ten mile hike and supposed to take around eight hours. We ended up finishing in around six hours, partly spurred on by the rain that was getting stronger. Jen, our guide, really made our experience great. She was knowledgable of the area and even packed a lunch that was gluten and dairy free for me!
Our second day we enjoyed the resort amenities AKA we slept in and got room service for breakfast. We also explored Sedona a little bit and found Picazzo's, a gem of an Italian restaurant. Gluten free and dairy free options galore!
Later in the day we met up with Rebekah from R. Gonzalez Photography to get some photos of the scenery and hike Cathedral Rock. Rebekah is an absolute joy to be around and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with her. We also couldn't be happier with the moments she captured and we get to remember through her pictures.
On our last day, I went to Mii Amo Spa in the morning and we hiked up to the Vortex in Boydton Canyon that afternoon. Vortexes are the intersections of natural electromagnetic earth energy, also known as ley lines. People visit these vortexes to help them feel grounded and connected to the universe. Not really our thing, but the views of Boydton Canyon were beautiful!
We left Sedona feeling rested and rejuvenated which was exactly our goal for our long weekend away. If you haven't been to Sedona, it definitely needs to be on your bucket list!