Whether you’re an amateur geologist, a lover of Native American history, a hiker, a mountain biker, or a devotee of the New Age movement, Sedona is a place you need to see. It’s also the kind of place you don’t want to overbook your time in: Let Sedona unfold and find you. But if you’re looking for a jumpstart, here are my top 10 admittedly subjective things to see, do, drink and eat (in alphabetical order).
This creekside luxury resort is a balm for the ears and the eyes, with the sound of rushing water 24/7. Reserve a creekside cottage and while away the hours, and dine at Cress on Oak Creek, one of Sedona’s best restaurants.
Trail House at Enchantment Resort offers guided mountain bike rides that should be on your bucket list.
Take a hike in the canyon that’s the poster child for Sedona’s red rock beauty. Access the trail from Enchantment Resort if you have a key, or from the trailhead just outside the property.
Commissioned by local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and built in 1956 by Richard Hein, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a simple and beautiful Catholic church set in the red rocks that welcomes visitors of all creeds.
There are many Mexican restaurants in Sedona, but Elote is, hands-down, the best for traditional Sonoran cooking.
This is the most luxurious red rock hotel in Sedona, tucked into Boynton Canyon and with key access to canyon hikes and featuring two of the best restaurants in town, Che Ah Chi and Ti Gavo.
The traditional Japanese Forest Bathing practice taught at L’Auberge de Sedona is one of the best meditative and relaxing activities you can partake in.
The destination Mii Amo spa may be under renovation, but you can still enjoy a world-class spa treatment here, and Myofascial Release by practitioner “Rev” (short for Reverend,” as she is a metaphysical pastor, is the way to go. (Yes, you can still get an aura reading, too.)
Pink Jeep tours are the oldest and most highly regarded tour choice in town, and the Broken Arrow Tour is its most popular for a quick immersion into all things Sedona. Expert guides drive you into thrilling red rock territory safely, while telling compelling, accurate stories along the way.
Visit a Crystal Shop
Any one will do! These lovely shops that punctuate the town of Sedona are filled to the brim with geological treasures of all kinds.