"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Grandest of Canyons

Before we headed back to Scottsdale from Sedona, we took a small detour to the Grand Canyon.  Neither of us had ever been there - it would have been a shame to be so close and not see it.

It was breath-taking.  Simply awe-inspiring. Warning, there are a ton of pictures below.  I couldn't choose any to leave out.

One last thing about the Grand Canyon... If you ever go, please don't sacrifice your safety for a good picture.  I can't tell you how many people I saw climbing over barricades and stepping way-too-close to the edge just to get a good picture.  It was so scary to watch.

I also looked it up.  12 people accidentally die each year at the Grand Canyon while trying to get a good picture.  Don't be that person - the picture is so not worth it.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Arizona Getaway: Sedona Food, Lodging, and Attractions

The first stop on our trip was Sedona.  It's a cute little touristy town about 2 hours north of Phoenix, which makes it a fairly easy drive from the airport.  We landed at about 10am, grabbed our rental car, scarfed down some lunch and hit the road.

Orchards Inn 
We arrived in downtown Sedona around 1pm and headed to our hotel, the Orchards Inn.  This hotel was amazing!  (I am not being endorsed in any way for this review).  It's right smack-dab in the middle of downtown, easily walk-able to everything, the rooms are cozy and comfy, and the views from each individual patio are absolutely breathtaking.  It's also reasonable priced - you know I like that!

Cowboy Club
On day 1 after a day of travel and our first hiking adventure, we needed food.  Dinner was a necessity at that point so we walked across the street from our hotel to the Cowboy Club and sat at the bar.  I read many blogs about the authentic southwest ambiance of this place and it did not disappoint.  It was a real trip back in time with cowboys serving you and country music coming through the speakers.   Bellying up to the bar and eating bison was the perfect way to end our first day of adventures. The food was alright - not amazing, but pretty decent.  I think the cool vibe is what brings most people in.

Airport Mesa Sunset 
After a few hours of hiking we headed to Airport Mesa to take in the sunset.  This is supposed to be one of the best places in the country to see a sunset.  It was amazing and if you're in town, please go check it out!

In between hikes we needed nourishment and a great place to rest.  My friend had recommended Oaxaca for Mexican food and her recommendation was spot on.  It was reasonably priced and the food was very good!  It's also a short walk down the street from our hotel, right in downtown Sedona.
For our second and final dinner, we went to Mariposa.  After driving by the restaurant on our way to Airport Mesa we decided we had to give it a shot.  The food was phenomenal.  Our waiter was so nice and helped us pick drinks to pair with the food that we chose.   The latin-american themed dishes were so good.  Had we stayed another night, I just might have convinced my sister to go back again.

Downtown Sedona 
Make sure you take some time to walk around downtown Sedona.  There are adorable boutiques and shops that sell everything from turquoise jewelry to Arizona wines, wooden furniture and wonderful art and photography.

The area is also full of yoga studios, spiritual healers, psychics and palm readers.  If you're into it, this is the perfect place to give it a try.