Sedona is a beautiful town that makes a great weekend getaway. I spent three nights there with a friend, soaking in the sunsets over Sedona's famous red-rock formations, enjoying the food and art, and even taking a day trip to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
We drove from Orange County (just south of Los Angeles), leaving early in the day, but arriving in time to check-in at our bed-and-breakfast and head out to dinner. Yes, it was a long drive (about seven hours), but if you enjoy road-trips, it's quite doable. Alternatives include flying into Phoenix and renting a car.
We stayed at Alma de Sedona Inn, a bed and breakfast where many of the rooms are their own little building. The rooms were very nice — with a fireplace and big tub. There was a swimming pool, and breakfast was included. We could even see the iconic red rocks from our balcony.
Eating in Sedona
There was only one restaurant that really made a big impression on our trip: Dahl and Di Luca. This locally owned and operated Italian restaurant came highly recommended, and was a perfect way to start the weekend.
Friday – Travel day. Seven hours driving from Orange County. Arrived in Sedona in time to check-in and head out to dinner.
Saturday – Visited the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a longer drive than expected, so I might be inclined to either save this for another trip. And I would definitely plan to stay closer.
Sunday – Jeep tour in Sedona, browsing shops. We booked with Red Rock Jeep Tours and had a great time. Part of the fun was riding the jeep trail, but the real star was the scenery.
Monday – Travel day. Breakfast at the B&B, then seven hours back to Orange County.
$690.81 – Lodging
$195.93 – fuel
$445.36 – dining
$178.00 – Jeep tour (two adults)
$20.00 – Grand Canyon National Park entrance
It was a little on the pricey side for a weekend, but we crammed a lot in, and we were meeting up with friends with children. Compromise was in order. 😉
Sedona makes a great weekend getaway, and three days is the absolute minimum I'd recommend spending there. Next time I go, we are planning to do more hiking, and visit Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon separately.