I just wanted to give a quick report on our little getaway to Sedona since everything I planned was off of information I got on this forum.
We flew into Phoenix on Wed 2/1. After a hectic day with a missed connection our plans for a nice scenic drive were no more. We rented our car and it took us about 2 hours to get to Sedona. We arrived around 9:30pm and checked into L'auberge.
I'm so happy we chose L'auberge. The service was absolutely fantastic. It really sticks by the no tip policy. My husband tried to tip the valet and they told us they weren't allowed to receive gratuities. We had a Spa Cottage. I loved that we weren't surrounded by other rooms and had no neighbors to really contend with. The rooms were spacious, high end linens, fireplace, a beautiful bathroom, outdoor shower and deck. We also used the pool, which was heated, as well as the hot tub after hiking. The only downfall...they did advertise fresh scones and muffins with morning coffee in the lobby. They were so pitfully small..you couldn't rely on it for breakfast. The hotel bar was also tiny and drinks were outrageously expensive but we expected it. At night they had the fire pits on the deck lit and heaters so you could enjoy the creek. Again, I was so happy that I chose this place. Our runner up was Enchantment..after seeing that it was a little ways out of town, I'm glad we chose L'auberge.
Our primary activity was hiking. On our first full day we chose to hike Brins Mesa. It was a nice, pretty easy hike. We were some of the only people out. The weather was nice..layers helped as we did get warm in some spots. After that we went to Bell Rock and planned to do the Courthouse loop. One trailed head was closed due to maintenance. We found the other one. We climbed Bell Rock and then decided not to do the Courthouse Loop since there were tons of families, little kids running around etc and kind of crowded.
Our second day we hiked Boynton Canyon. We enjoyed it. It wasn't too cold, the paths were clear. I thought we might encounter some icy spots but overall a great hike. easy but longer.
Other activities or places we saw...took a ride out to Montezuma's Castle..I thought for some reason it was free..it's a $5 charge but it was neat to see. We also visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross..beautiful but extremely busy.
We also did a Pink Jeep tour. We opted for the Scenic Rim/Broken Arrow. If I could do it again, I'd skip the Scenic Rim. Broken Arrow was great. Only downfall...we were smashed into that Jeep with 4 other adults, one being a big guy. That took away from the experience a bit. We had to also keep rearranging the seating to distribute the weight and I was seldom sitting next to my husband.
Places we ate...Sedona Memories..such a good spot to grab a sandwich. Best turkey sandwich I've ever eaten! Elote- very crowded but we expected it. We waited for 45 minutes. We were up for bar seats or community seating which probably cut a chunk of time off that wait. Food was very good! We also made it to Harry's Hideaway. It was fun to find a little hidden gem that's off the beaten path. The food was great! We also hit the Wildflower Bread Co. for a quick breakfast and were happy with it. It reminded me of a chain we have out here called Panera Bread.
Overall, we loved Sedona. It's so beautiful and just so different from the East Coast. I think we hit it on the head with the hotel and places to eat and was just sad that we didn't have more time to hike and explore!