Staying in Sedona
A vacation is defined by where you sleep. It’s that simple. When you take to the highway, if you’re not spending the night (or better still, several nights) you’re only running errands. Where you choose to lay your head—an all-inclusive resort, romantic bed and breakfast or cabin in the woods—helps determine what kind of getaway you’ll have.
As one of the most popular destinations in the Southwest, Sedona has developed an expansive infrastructure of lodging options. They are as varied as the red rock formations themselves.
Sumptuous resorts occupy some of the premier real estate in town. You’ll find them sitting on the banks of Oak Creek and tucked away in private canyons. Spa treatments, guest-oriented staff and exquisite dining are all designed for maximum pampering. Styles range from Southwestern haciendas to Native American pueblos to a French country inn. Take part in daily activities or classes. Or dedicate your time to utter relaxation. Schedule a massage, followed by a healing wrap, then a facial. If you have time, indulge in a milk and honey bath. Remember, it’s okay to let go a bit, you’re on vacation.
Luxury hotels are furnished with stress-swallowing beds swaddled in sheets with a thread count so high you need a degree in theoretical mathematics to fully comprehend them. They’ll feel wonderful when you finally turn in after a full day of golf, tennis, biking or hiking. Lavish bathrooms may provoke a spiritual awakening, with walk-in tiled showers and oversized soaking tubs. Many rooms will offer private balconies or patios where you can unwind at day’s end and become a connoisseur of sunsets.
If you want to get clear of town, comfortable cabins nestle in the forests of Oak Creek Canyon. Perched in the shadow of soaring cliff walls or overlooking the tumbling stream, the rustic cottages make an idyllic getaway. Awaken to a chorus of birdsong or the cascade of water over stones. After breakfast on your patio, go explore the verdant woodlands serving as your back yard. Cast a fishing line in the creek or take a dip in your own personal swimming hole. If you start whistling the theme song from The Andy Griffith Show, you won’t be the first.
Sedona could very well be the bed and breakfast capital of Arizona. Something about the beautiful setting inspires innkeepers to create little masterpieces of lodging. You’ll find romantic settings with fireplaces and private hot tubs, architectural flourishes, unique décor and those artistic, personal touches that make it feel like you’re staying at the elegant home of dear friends. And someone whipping up a gourmet breakfast for you is not a bad way to start the day.
Stylish motor courts offer a charmingly retro experience that is easy on the wallet. Pull up and park in front of your door. When you walk into the room with the old-school charm, don’t be surprised if you flashback to your childhood road trips in the back of the family station wagon.
Of course, anyone interested in big, stunning panoramas will have no shortage of places to choose from. Rooms with a view are a Sedona specialty.