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Updated: Mar 14, 2023

I get a lot of questions about Sedona so I want to have a post about it. 2021 was good to me and I actually got to go out here twice with my friend Rachel who introduced me to all the goodies I'm about to share. Sedona is one of the most incredible places I've been. The landscape is unmatched, the people are kind and the whole city is designed to respect the natural beauty it is a part of. If your planning a trip, here are the need to knows:

Where to stay:

Briar Patch Inn

3190 North State Route 89A

Sedona AZ 86336

This property is just a couple miles outside of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon. It is quiet, has an incredible staff and every detail of this property encourages rest & relaxation. The property is made up of individual cabins which each have a small kitchenette and wood burning fire places. The beds are extremely comfortable and each cabin has its own front porch. Owl is the cabin I had both times. I loved it! If you stay here, make sure you grab the breakfast before you head out for the day and swim across the creek to sun bathe on the large red rock.

Where to hike:

Cathedral Rock - (Energy Vortex) Top pick! Go early in the morning if you can. This moderate level hike has great views all the way up and offers a little bouldering which is fun. When you get to the top you'll see a sign that says "end of trail". Go to the left and hike a short distance around the back side of the stone. Do a little more bouldering up and then at the top, you'll catch the most spectacular view.

Sugar Loaf - Another great early morning hike. It's 1.9 miles and easy. Take journal up and watch the sunrise with 360 degree views.

Airport Mesa - (Energy Vortex) 3.3 mile easy loop trail. This is another one with spectacular 360 views. If you can find a parking spot right on Airport Road, this is a great shorter hike for the sunset. Then climb down to the lower platform once it gets dark and watch the stars. We saw the milky way here.

West Fork - This is a 6.6 mile easy hike with 13 river crossings. I did this one in October and the fall leaves agains the red rock was absolutely beautiful. If you like to hop rocks to get across rivers, this trail is for you!

Devils Bridge - 4.2 miles easy with a little bit of a steep up at the top but the experience of Devils Bridge is worth it!

Where to eat:

Meriposa - Top Pick! Be sure to make reservations here way, way, way in advance. The food is incredible but be there for sunset as this restaurant has a full wall of windows that allows you to watch the sunset agains the red rock.

The Vault Uptown - Great food, great outdoor seating.

Elote Cafe - Great food, drinks & desert

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