This Bed and Breakfast Inn is highly overrated.
I do not know how they got the AAA 4 diamond star rating
- carpets and walls have stains
- towels are not very clean
- plumbing is very old with toilets overflowing without undue use
- choice of food at breakkfast limited, mostly sweet stuff, available only from 8 to 9 am
Unique Suggestions: - get a reduction in price
Fun Alternatives: - go to the "A Sunset Chateau" at http://www.asunsetchateau.com/index2.html
The gas station closest to the intersection of 89A and 179 charges about 30 cents more per gallon than anyone else in town. Travel west on 89A to find stations with regular prices.
Fun Alternatives: The GIANT gas station in West Sedona is always the cheapest.
Coming into town from the North you drive right into the tourist stores of Sedona trinkets. We had to walk through at least once and we did get suckered in bought some of this and that.
Unique Suggestions: At least score a Sedona T shirt for $5 like I did.
Although this is a nice little tidbit of a museum that explores the history of many wonderful westerns that were filmed here and pays tribute to Bob Bradshaw who was a famous stunt double for many of the celebrities of westerns made in Sedona.
BUT, this is a tourist trap, it is where Sedona Pines Resort tries to lure you into the ownership of a time share. I am not saying it is a bad resort, I am sure it is really nice, but this is how they try to get you. So beware!
271 Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
Motion Picture Museum
While going down the hill at the Holy Cross Chapel, we were surprised to see a huge recreational vehicle (RV) going up hill to the chapel. Apparently, the driver did not see the sign at the front of the drive way which says " No Bus or trucks".
The driver of the RV was stocked at the driveway of the chapel because he can't maneuver his RV. He has to go down on reverse as he can't turn around. His RV is so long and there was no space for him to even turn his RV!!!
Unique Suggestions: Make sure to read signs. Slow down.
Fun Alternatives: There's no alternative, really. If you are stocked at the drive way, then just slowly and safely reverse your truck down hill!
Make sure to use the bathroom at the first Information Center in Sedona.
Most of the stores in Sedona don't have public restrooms. They only allow their own customers. Not unless you buy, you can't use their restrooms.
If you have children, make sure to stop by at the first Information Center stop then head down to the town. Also, there is another Information Center inside the town.
I find many local businesses raise the price of goods sold much higher than you can buy them for direct from the manufacturer. Check to see if the maker of the product has a website and buy direct!
Fun Alternatives: I found beautiful gifts of Sedona in several stores. I noticed on the back of one of my gifts a website. www.innerpeacedesigns.net This company sells gifts of Sedona on their website and not seen in any stores. I found wine charms of the red rocks, pocket tokens with affirmations golf ball markers of the red rocks. I bought so many gifts for friends and family, everyone got something different !! Their website is a great alternative to driving endlessly for that perfect gift. Good luck!
Okay, I'm not sure if this should be in Tourist Trap or not; but there are numerous tourist shops along the main road in Sedona. There does not seem to be much difference in a lot of them except the people inside. I have no doubt the prices are higher in Sedona than you would pay for the same thing elsewhere. I don't know if the guy inside was named Joe but he did not seem that grumpy.
Unique Suggestions: Buy your Sedona specific souvenirs here and your general Arizona and Native American souvenirs elsewhere.
Fun Alternatives: It's fun to at least walk through the shops and look. The shop in the picture caught my eye.
Uptown Sedona (located on the northern part of Route 89A) is basically a tourist trap. There are some neat little shops and restaurants, but you won't find many locals there, unless they're working. My recommendation for shopping is to head to West Sedona and check out some of the shops there. It's fun to visit and check out the tourist traps (Uptown, Tlequepaque, etc) but save most of your buying for West Sedona. The only exceptions would be if there is a specific artist you are looking for, then your choices are limited. But for cool, crystals and new age items - head west!
Unique Suggestions: Just Browse, look around, take in the sites, talk to the people working in the stores and ask about the rock formations and then go - you should be outside anyway! There are some cute, reasonable shops for beads and jewelry making, but in 6 years of living there, I think that's the only store I regularly bought items in. The clothes are very expensive here, so be mindful. Walk around Tlequepaque - it's worth a visit and you can get a quick bite to eat there or ehad across the street to the Javelina Cantina.
There are some great art galleries, so check them out - there aren't many other options for art.
If you're staying at a resort like Enchantment - enjoy the views and the seared scallop salad for lunch, but save shopping for West Sedona.
Fun Alternatives: Shopping - West Sedona (89A)
Eating - West Sedona - especially the Coffee Pot - a regular for the locals and a must visit for tourists. Home to 101 omelettes, but they have about 300 other items as well, including some great, authentic Mexican food. Fast service, great prices, it gets packed for breakfast, but they're used to it, so don't worry if there's a little wait - it won't be long.
Best advice - talk to the locals and ask them where they go. They aere friendly and will tell you like it is.
I hate to say it... but if your definition of a tourist trap is "an enterprise setup in a prime location offering dubious goods and services at extremely inflated prices," then I would have to say that the entire town of Sedona is a tourist trap. Consider making it a day trip or be prepared to spend a lot of money.
There are a plethora of "welcome centers" and "information booths" up and down the roads leading to the 'Y.' Most of them, however, are fronts for time-share opportunities - most notably the Fairfield Resort. They'll give you some useful info, but don't expect any help with lodging, other than "I know a great place, and, if you act now, the first night's free..."
Go to the official visitor cener only. They have lots of great information. If you are interested in the vortices, don't spend your money on a pricey book; they have a handout explaining what and where they are - and it's free!
Don't get sucked into buying a timeshare at full price as there are many on the resale market at less than half the price.
Unique Suggestions: Take the "free" tour if you like and get your prize, but you'll take a big chink out of your day of enjoying Sedona.
Ihave no photo because I refuse to give credit to these places.
I know that millions of tourist love them and actually go to Sedona to do nothing but shop. However, I think that they are tacky
. Of course, not all of the stores are bad; some of the galleries and a few of the shops are worthwhile. Nevertheless, the majority of them are cookie cutter types and not attractive at all. They take away from the beauty of this lovely area.
Unique Suggestions: Avoid these shops. Be selective.
Fun Alternatives: Instead, go to the delightful shops and galleries in the authentic Mexican village atmosphere of Tlaquepaque Gardens Arts & Crafts Village. See the shopping tips.
Pronounced TEL-a-kwa-pak-ee, this place is a shopping centre in Sedona designed after a famous arts and crafts neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has about 40 stores and restaurants.
To us it had the feeling of a Mexico Disneyland, and once you get over the stress of trying to park, the crowds of tourists can be overwhelming. We stopped for look, but left quickly, after being almost trampled by eager shoppers wearing bermuda shorts, fanny packs, white socks, and sneakers.
It is worth a look if you're bored or curious as we were, I suppose.
Fun Alternatives: I found shopping to be a huge hassle in Sedona. You are probably better off shopping in Jerome, where the crowd control is a little better, and more parking is available. Parking is a total nightmare in Upper Sedona, where most of the shopping is.
I don't know why this place gets good ratings because the food was awful. If it were really inexpensive then maybe I could write it off as a good place to sit and pass this time. Like many restaurants on main streets in tourist cities, it gets by because of its location.
Unique Suggestions: The views from the front of the restaurant are really nice. If you feel that you must try this place, make sure you sit up there. They have a good selection of tequilas so have a margarita, enjoy the view, and maybe you won't choke on the food - but I doubt it.
Fun Alternatives: In contrast, El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano
was excellent. You can go there and enjoy great Mexican food right in Tlaquepaque.
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