The aisles of the grocery store may soon be stocked with Halloween costumes and candy, but no one will be busting out sweaters any time soon. So, stop pining for pumpkins, and escape the heat with a little Arizona getaway.
Sedona is the perfect spot for a weekend escape, or even a day trip, if the dogs, kids, or budget make an overnight tricky. Just a two-hour drive from Phoenix, there’s no reason not to escape to the natural red rock beauty of Sedona.
Ready for a little forest bathing? Wind your way up the 89A to the West Fork trail, where you’ll meander through apple trees and berry bushes to a trail that traverses the creek eleven times. Tip: wear Velcro rubber sandals such as Tevas so you don’t have to worry about missing a stone or falling off a log and soaking your shoes. And take plenty of pictures. The scenery is stunning. Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, Soldiers Pass, and Boynton Canyon are other popular Sedona trails.
From grab and go to gourmet, Sedona has it all. If it’s romance you seek, the views from Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill can’t be beat. Drink in the red rock scenery along with a bottle of Argentinian Malbec and a selection of tapas. If you prefer to skip the fine dining and grab lunch on the go, stop by the counter service deli at the Indian Gardens Café & Market. Here, you’ll find a healthy selection of sandwiches, salads and wraps. Enjoy with a bottle of fresh-pressed juice on the lush back patio, or grab lunch to go.
The Tlaquepaque Art and Shopping Village is part of the Sedona experience. Browse art galleries and jewelry stores, crystal shops and candles. You never know what you’ll encounter as you meander around the village — perhaps a flamenco dancing group or a wedding party. Tlaquepaque also has a variety of restaurants.
If you enjoy your vino, Page Springs Cellars is a must-visit destination. Relax with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the vineyard or grab a bottle and a cheese or charcuterie plate and stroll through the property to the creekside deck. There’s plenty of space for the kids to explore the property or wade in the creek. Truly a little slice of Napa in Arizona. Join the Page Springs wine club and give yourself a reason to return to your happy place each time a new wine is released to club members.
If you’re staying the night, reserve in advance, as places tend to get booked up. Amara is known for its serene creekside swimming pool, L’Auberge de Sedona offers luxurious accommodations and a restaurant right on the creek (stop by the fire pit at night for a drink or dessert). Briar Patch Inn has a selection of cozy cabins along the creek, and a delicious B&B style breakfast that can be taken in the lodge, by the creek or in your cottage.
On the way out of town, grab some crystals from Crystal Magic or get a psychic reading at Mystical Bazaar. An aura photo will give you a visual representation of your energy field and comes with a 23-page analysis of your chakra.