The picturesque town of SEDONA lies at the mouth of beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm. Sedona is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral, Bell and even Snoopy, because their massive shapes resemble these distinctive objects. Rising high above Sedona and its hallmark canyon is the Mogollon Rim, a 2,000-foot escarpment formed from ancient deposits of limestone, mudstone and sandstone. The rim serves as the southwestern boundary of the vast Colorado Plateau and is home to the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pine trees in the world. The 1.8 million acre Cociano National Forest essentially engulfs this city.
Sedona visitors can spend their time here Hiking, horse-back riding, bouncing in a Jeep on the trails and dirt roads that crisscross the area or enjoy its many shops, art galleries and fine restaurants.
Hans and I were here many years ago, but I do remember some things esp in Old Town Sedona. I was simply amazed though by how much it has grown, with so many new hotels, condos and shopping areas. I was almost a little sad though that it has grown so much. I don't think it's as charming and compact as it used to be. It's so much more commercialized.
I wanted to let you all know where some markets were at just incase you get a suite with a kitchen. I usually always try to get one, since I do try to save some money and provide some meals for my family, so we use our cash for sightseeing and not expensive food places all day.
NOTE - not all the roads are the same on each side of Hwy 89A
Safeway is located off of Hwy-89A and Rodeo Rd, although Shelby drive is just across for it. So beware of this ok. They do not always cross completely Hwy089A or Hwy 179 either.
2300 W. Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
BTW - Basha’s Market is off of Hwy-89A and Coffee Pot Dr., but Shelby Drive is right across from it.
We bought some supplies here for our room. My family has to have some snacks on hand at all times, plus I like to take some snacks while sightseeing incase some one needs some more energy. This was very nice market.
Coffee Pot Dr. & Yavapai Dr
160 Coffee Pot Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86336
Hours: 6 AM - 11 PM
I found a ton of coupons in the lobby of our hotel and believe me I used some. I have a family to feed….LOL. So, don’t be shy in using them, businesses well know its tough to vacation with a family or why would they offer them. Also, some of the businesses web sites my offer coupons that you can print out right from the web. I did this a time or two.
Sedona Dining Coupons
Maps to me are always essential when traveling. I know many like to wing it or think they know where they are going…yeah right….lol! Any ways, I map out everything so it doesn’t keep me guessing or get any of the family frustrated especially dad. Gotta keep the family happy!
You can find some good maps for Sedona here.
Click on the bottom and order you a visitors Guide, they are FREE!!
My cousin is a Real Estate agent in Sedona. If you are interested in checking out the Real Estate market or learning more about Sedona, please feel free to contact Dona Robins at Sedona Real Estate. She is SUPER NICE.
Fondest memory: Visiting with my cousin since it has been many years since I last saw her. She and her husband have a lovely home in Sedona.
The town is very pretty and should be visited by anyone in the Phoenix or Flagstaff area.
Sedona Realty website-
if you click on agents, click on Dona Robins and you can read her interesting story about how she and her husband ended up in Sedona! Be sure and tell Dona or Sedona Realty you read about them on my Virtual Tourist site. They will be happy to hear this.
6. Try & avoid the "peak times" if possible. Sedona is a very spiritual place but it's hard to "find yourself" with busloads of tourists elbowing you. Late January & February are great times to go.
5. Check the weather before you go. On day one in Sedona (we were there the last week of January) we hiked in our shorts and light jacket, yet the very next day it was bitter cold and snowing with snowflakes the size of golf balls!
4. Book your room in advance. You can save a bundle this way. We paid $62 a night for the Super 8 in Sedona. Ask for a room with a view or if any free upgrades are available when you get there.
3. Don't be afraid of the dark! There are no street lights in Sedona, just the gentle golden glow of a few shops and restaurants past 5 - 6pm. Drive cautiously and walk with even more caution.
2. Shopping. The galleries are beautiful, but it will break the bank. Some of the "new age" shops can be a little tacky, some are genuine, and the majority of them are overpriced. There is no "downtown Sedona" per say, but definately check out Tlaquepaque... a unique shopping experience... http://www.tlaq.com/ Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Much like anyplace else on earth worth spiritual value - people will always find a way to capitalize on it, thus cheapening it's original value. The American Indians (which my mother is) won't live in Sedona because it's considered too sacred. So, yes there is an aqua-green McDonalds arch, but alas - thank heaven there is no Wal-Mart here - yet.
1. Vegetarians rejoice! Of the grocery stores here, the largest one is a giant health food market and almost all of the restaurants have some vegetarian options on the menu.
And lastly, PLEASE DO NOT take anything from Sedona's mountains and her trails. Those rocks and sand are meant to be there - not back in your junk drawer. It belongs to Sedona - so please leave it be!
Fondest memory: There are some great places to shop and eat in Sedona. A great view can be had from the Sedona airport. Oh, man what a view. It's easy to get to and easy parking. The airport is used for small aircraft and of course the helicopter tours. Worth the beautiful drive up. It's located in town, just a short drive up the road. Just ask anyone where it's at. It's easy to find.
Well, there's plenty of stores in Sedona for shopping, many of them selling jewelry made by local American Indians. It is a small tourist town with many shops and restaurants, and some nice houses.
When visiting, if able, you should rent a bike and take it on some of the trails. The scenery is beautiful, and the trails range from easy to cheallenging...all worth the ride!
Basically, enjoy the natural beauty of this place. I didn't spend much time here, but that's my number one reccommendation. Second only to that is to enjoy the town itself.. the little shops and eateries. And, while touristy a bit, it can still be fun. ;) After all, if you visit a place, you are a tourist, right?
Fondest memory: My raspberry cheesecake
On your way from Phoenix to Flagstaff, an easy place to miss because you are in a hurry to get to the Grand Canyon is Sedona. The small detour from the main highway is barely a detour and certainly not wasted.
Fondest memory: The colors of the rocks are incredible; red, orange and yellow. The colors are even deeper at sunrise and sunset, it’s unbelievable. The site was used a lot in the old western movies. A good bet would be to get a place in Sedona instead of Flagstaff for the evening from Phoenix, arrive early enough to drive around, enjoy the sunset and dinner in town, wake up early to glimpse at the sunrise, re’zoom’ your journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to get there not to late in the morning.
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