So my husband and I just got back from our one-year-anniversary trip to Arizona. And I just HAD to write up a blog post to let you know about its dreaminess in case you want to visit this beautiful place!
First, I'll let you know about HOW we took the trip.
Well guys, since John Paul and I decided that it is a priority for our family to vacation each year, we budgeted. That's number one! I find that a lot of people don't realize that they could feasibly vacation each year if they only planned financially. It is so doable! We also booked our hotel reservations on Black Friday (guys, this is a genius savings move, as most hotels have specials on this day!!).
Phoenix -> Sedona
So we flew into Phoenix, rented a car, and drove two hours north to Sedona. Sedona is a quaint little dream town in the middle of Arizona's red rock mountains and is a city with only ~10,000 inhabitants. A recent publication by Travel + Leisure voted it #1 in a list of the top ten most romantic getaways in the U.S. The good thing about going in the winter is that it is an off-season for Sedona, meaning way less people are in the town (They normally get millions of visitors each year!).
Well, it's got a charm of its own that makes you never want to leave the town. You can hike by day, go straight in your hiking clothes to a fancy dinner, and then sit in a hot tub under the stars at night as you hear literally NOTHING since the town is so chill and quiet.
Also, most people who want to go to the Grand Canyon stay in Sedona since Flagstaff (where the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is located) is quite uninhabited and limited in its hotel options. Since the Grand Canyon is a major attraction in the area, Sedona is home to the Pink Jeep Tours, a company that pretty much outperforms every other company in the area in its guided tours of the Grand Canyon and off-road excursions. They are simply TOP NOTCH and their tours are SO fun, informative, and very safe (for those of you who are like me and are terrified you'll fall in the canyon...). The guided tour to the Grand Canyon is an all day excursion that leaves early in the morning, drives you two hours away to Flagstaff, passes through a sovereign Navajo Indian reservation (you can buy some incredible reservation-made souvenirs there!), and drives you along 31 miles of the South Rim, stopping along the way for all the possible scenic views you can imagine!
The Grand Canyon
Guys, the Grand Canyon cannot be put into words. I used to think, "Oh, what's so interesting about it? It's just a massive whole in the ground." HA! What small-mindedness. Why should you see this wonder of the world? Because you will never feel so humbled, so overwhelmed by majesty, so convinced there is a Creator, and so aware of His Presence in your entire life. It is a display of beauty unlike I've ever seen. And the fact that civilization has chosen to protect it and leave it untainted is the best thing that we could have done. Because it is something we should never allow our human hands to mess up or tweak in any way. Reverently it is treated, and it should always be so. Go see it! You won't regret it.
Now, you foodies out there...this is for you!
Anyone who knows John Paul and I knows that we are MAJOR foodies. We do not go to a place for vacation without first making sure it is a place that has good food. Farm to table, made from scratch, local ingredients? Those are our standards. Not everywhere has it, but we try to find these top notch foodie attractions!
Which brings me to our major recommendation for food in Sedona: Elote Cafe.
Y'all, we were so obsessed with this place that we ate it two of our four nights in Sedona. Elote has such creative interpretations of food and the dining experience that compelled us to personally thank the chef, telling him we wish we could bring this home with us. Casual fine dining at its best, you can eat in your hiking clothes while you are served some of the best Southwestern interpretation of Mexican food you'll ever have. Get there before they open because the seating is limited and the wait time quickly adds up as you get closer to opening time! No worries if you do have to wait, though - they keep you stocked with seasoned popcorn til your table is ready! MUST HAVE menu items: elote dip (roasted corn, spicy mayo, cotija cheese, and lime? heck yes), any entreé item (literally every one is equally awesome), and dulce de leche corn cake (guys, trust me on this one...).
That's all for now!
I hope you guys enjoyed my little review of our vacay! If you have any other questions about Sedona, the Grand Canyon, or just life in general, shoot me an email! I'd love to connect more with you!
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