Get Out of Town: Sedona

Adventure chasers, this place is for you.
Relaxation seekers, this place is for you.
Sedona, Arizona is the destination to satisfy your craving for a little bit of everything. From yoga to spa treatments to hiking and 4WD jeep exploring, she has it all and looks pretty spectacular too.

Only two hours north of Phoenix, I couldn’t wait to see Sedona with my own eyes. I was drawn to this desert oasis knowing it was something completely different to the urban life I have been inhabiting for so long in New York.

And the drive into the town certainly didn’t disappoint. We were particularly lucky timing it to come in by the afternoon when the sunlight was bouncing off the rocks ever so elegantly.


Where to Stay
Hands down Amara Resort and Spa is the place to rest your weary head. It’s a modern hotel woven with native, rustic accents. There’s something about lapping it up in a luxurious abode while being so close with nature.

And the bath! Oh, the bath. It was huge

Where to Eat
It’s rare for me to stay and eat at the same place but considering I was staying at the same place that had Sedona’s best restaurants, I obliged and ate at SaltRock.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, whichever way you look at it, the second night was spent sitting in the pool enjoying free happy hour wine tasters and complimentary hor d’Oeuvres and then cocktails, into the late hours that dinner was missed entirely.

While the town attracts a wide range of people, the majority that live in Sedona are working their way into their golden years. You are out of luck if you are after something for dinner after 9 pm, and dominoes pizza is your best bet.

What to do
Slide Rock
Slide Rock is what the beaches are to me in Sydney. As an inland state, locals find alternative ways to keep cool in the summer. And that means packing up the car with all the kids, grandma, beer and music and hightailing it to this natural spring that has something for all ages.

Devils Bridge
If you are looking to test your height limits, then Devils Bridge is the trail to try. Classified as an easier trail, my legs still felt like jelly once I reached the top and the final outlook was a test in itself.

The naturally made arch will test your limits.

What I wish I did
I wish I had signed up for a Pink Jeep off-road adventure tour. It looks like a great way to see an additional trail within your time with the insight from a guide. Plus you still have both hands to take photos.

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