I was lucky enough to be able to join my husband on a business trip this summer to Sedona, Arizona! Now, I have to be honest, when he asked me if I wanted to go to ARIZONA IN JULY, I was a little less than enthusiastic! First of all, Arizona was never on any to do list of mine. There are a lot of places I’d like to travel in my lifetime but I can honestly say that was not one of them, not even close!
Second of all, we would have to leave the kids home as they all had summer jobs. After a little hemming and hawing, this stay-at-home mom decided “Why the heck not?” Two of our three kids drive, they’re responsible and can take care of the house and the dog and each other. So off we went!
There’s something to be said for traveling as a couple when you’re used to traveling as a family of five. Even though our kids are older and quite responsible and independent, the mama bear is always on duty when traveling with the fam! When it’s just the two of us all I worry about is where the closest Starbucks is and what page I’m on in my book. Oh yeah…and properly sanitizing my area on a plane! The older I get the more of a germaphobe I become!
When you have a layover and it’s just the two of you, you don’t have to worry about finding five different food places to please five different palates, or watching everyone’s luggage while they go off exploring. You just sit and have an ice cold beer and watch the people around you struggling and stressing on their family vacations! Don’t get me wrong, we’ve been on tons of vacations with our family, and whether fun, crazy or stressful, I wouldn’t change anything about those memories!
We landed in Phoenix so we had quite a drive to Sedona. For the most part the drive was unremarkable, fairly desolate parts mixed in with some stretches of lush greenery that looked like we could be at home in upstate NewYork. Then, before you know it, it would turn to all scrub bushes and cacti.
When you get close to Sedona you certainly know it! All of a sudden we were surrounded by the most beautiful scenery! It is truly breathtaking and quite honestly so amazing that it looks fake! The entire time we were there I kept thinking that any minute we were going to hear someone yell ”CUT” and the mountains were going to roll away like on a movie set! I was so nervous driving up to the resort because our heads were on such a swivel looking at our surroundings.
Driving through the gates of the resort was magical. We stayed at the incredible Enchantment Resort (@enchantmentresort.com). The grounds were spectacular and the foliage is so drastically different from home. I would soon learn how special THIS guy (below) really is!
In my research before our trip I read that the signature drink was the Prickly Pear margarita. As soon as we checked into our room we walked around the resort and went into the main lodge to try one out! So delicious and pretty at the same time!
The first night we had reservations at the Sedona Steakhouse 89 to host some of my husbands clients and colleagues. They sat us in the private wine room which was beautiful! Our guests introduced us to some fabulous new wines, our dinner was delicious and a great time was had by all! The chef spent some time with us and offered a tour of the amazing kitchen. The restaurant picked us up at the resort by shuttle and brought us back at the end of the night.
We tried to see as much of Sedona as we could in between meetings and dinners. We were told the Vista hike was a nice, shorter hike (less than an hour) that we could get to right from the grounds of the resort. It was a great hike to squeeze into a small amount of free time!
One rainy day we snuck into town to try out a restaurant I had heard about. Holy cow! Craft margaritas and some of the best appetizers I’ve ever had! I highly recommend stopping in!!!(@saltrockkitchen)
That afternoon we also wanted to check out the Chapel of the Holy Cross. My parents had visited it previously and told us it was a must-see! We were so glad we went, what an amazing place!
The next day my hubby had meetings most of the day so I spent my free time reading by the pool. It was a beautiful day with crazy views! I must admit I don’t sit still much but this was glorious!
Our last day we knew we wanted to get in two more hikes that were highly recommended. It was sunny and HOT so off we went early with our water bottles and extreme fear of encountering snakes! It was a longer hike with all types of terrain, not too difficult until the top. I was determined to get my picture taken on Devil’s Bridge and my darling husband was all too happy to be my photographer as there was no way his vertigo was getting him out there with me! We were awestruck with the beauty of it all, and, admittedly, I was slightly terrified!
Last on the list was Cathedral Rock. We drove there after conquering Devil’s Bridge. The entrance was actually in a state park, where we had to pay to park in a picnic area where tons of families were surrounding a large swimming hole and picnicking on the lawns.
We made it into the wooded area about a hundred yards beyond where I took the above picture when my husband jumped and pushed me aside, and possibly expressed a few choice words. That was when a very large rattlesnake slithered by his feet!
Needless to say, we abandoned that hike and we were back at the pool with our books and cocktails faster than you can say “Prickly Pear Bellinis!” We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and reading before our last dinner at the Enchantment Golf Course.
I’d love to know if any of you have been Sedona? Did you enjoy it? We had such an amazing time and I highly recommend the trip! I know you’ll love it!
Next up on the blog…Ten years at Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine!