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Sensational Sedona

An April 2003 trip to Sedona by g.cookie

Quote: How do you begin to describe a place that is really undescribable? The views are fabulous in any direction where you look.

Sensational Sedona

Overview

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It doesn't get any better than being able to sit and watch a fantastic sunset each night. There's something soothing about looking at the vast Red Rocks. It was an eye opener to visit the Hopi Messa's and learn a different way of living for some people.Quick Tips: We found Sedona to be an expensive place to eat dinner. If you're wanting to eat some of your meals in, go to the Safeway grocery store. Stop at their customer service desk and get a Safeway card. We found it to be great to use on some specials they were running at the store. I was surprised to find that stores close each night by 6pm or earlier.Best Way To Get Around: You need a car to get around from point A to B. Take th...Read More

Wyndham Sedona Vacation Resort

Hotel | "Fairfield Sedona [RCI#5797]"

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Best Things Nearby:Red Rock.Best Things About the Resort:Beautiful view.Resort Experience:This is a fairly new resort and I was very pleased with the accommodations. Be advised this resort has no elevators. If on the second floor you have three small flights of stairs (14 steps total) to climb. Units 1100 and 1200 have a lumberyard in front, which you see and hear each morning starting at 6am. We got used to it as the view from our balcony more than compensated for that. What a way to enjoy your morning coffee! Unit Type: 1 Bedroom Activities: Excellent ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Wyndham Sedona Vacation Resort
1500 Kestrel Circle
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 203-1026

Coffee Pot

Restaurant | "Coffee Pot Restaurant"

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This restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch and is open daily 6am - 2:30pm. They list themselves as the home of 101 omelettes. If you can't find something you want on the menu, ask your waitress. You sure won't go away hungry as the meals are good size. The place was packed every morning of our stay, but the waits weren't long and were well worth it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Coffee Pot
2050 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-6626

Oaxaca Restaurante & Cantina

Restaurant | "Oaxaca Restaurant"

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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served each day from 8am - 9pm. You are served warm chips and salsa as soon as you're seated. Ask for the hot stuff if adventurous. Our meals were very good and the service was great. Try the small margaritas. They were great about substituting some foods. Sit by the window as the view is great.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Oaxaca Restaurante & Cantina
321 N. Hwy. 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86339
(928) 282-4179

Hideaway Restaurant

Restaurant | "Hideway Restaurant"

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Not a highlight of our stay. This place is known for their antipasta salads, so that should have told us something right there. My sister was the only smart one of us and ordered the salad. She had a meal for the next day just as big as when it was first served. The lasagna was greasy and spaghetti not much better.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Hideaway Restaurant
251 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona 86336
+1 928 282 4204

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Another frills restaurant with great food. Go in the early evening and when done eating, you can go down the road and see the sunset. Thursday and Friday nights are fish specials, and you will need to make a reservation as it gets packed. The night we went was beer battered cod and it was good, and the prime rib was not bad either. Save room for dessert as the chocolate fudge brownie was mmm mmm good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Sedona Airport Restaurant
1185 Airport Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-3576

Way of the Ancients Tours

Attraction | "Way of the Ancients"

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This tour was of the Hopi Messa's on the Navajo Reservation. It was hard to imagine people still live without running water and electricity, but that is some of their choices. The guides are all Native American who do the tours. Cameras are not allowed on the Reservation, so I was sorry we couldn't get pictures of the views. If you are looking for authentic pottery or a kachina doll, this is the place for you. We got to meet several of the artists when invited to their homes. Talked to a 93-year-old woman who is still making pottery using wild spinach plants and yucca to paint her pots. What a great gift for me to bring back home. The tours pick you up at your resort or hotel by 8am and bring you b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Way of the Ancients Tours
460 Andante
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-4345

Art Mart of Sedona

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This store is within walking distance from our resort and is a must stop. A little bit of everything is under one roof and all made by Native American artists. Prices were great on some pottery and turquoise jewelry. Some days they have different artists in, so you can watch them in action. I don't recommend having the store ship for you as it was too expensive. The post office is only two doors down and is much cheaper.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Art Mart of Sedona
2081 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 85336
+1 928 203 4576

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Attraction | "Tlaquepaque Village"

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Designed to resemble an old Mexican Mission, this shopping center was nice to walk around. They are open each day 10am - 5pm. The shops have a mix of everything. If looking for clothes, jewelry, etc. this is your place. The art work was fantastic as were the prices to go with it. We found the restaurants to be on the pricey side - didn't think any hamburger was worth paying $7 for. On the weekends they host dancers and other entertainment.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
336 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona 85339
(928) 282-4838

Sunset In Sedona

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A must see as the view from atop this mesa is hard to describe. Sunset was packed every night at about 6:40pm. Get there early as it's a mess of cars and people all coming for the same thing. Every night we were there, police came to help direct traffic. I got some great pictures. If eating at the Airport Restaurant, they will let you leave your car in the lot and you can walk down for the view. Bring a jacket as it was nippy at night.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Sunset In Sedona
Airport Messa off 89A at Airport Rd.
Sedona, Arizona

Authentic crafts at Oak Creek Canyon

Attraction | "Authentic crafts found at Oak Creek Canyon"

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There are two stops to make here. About a half hour drive from Sedona is the scenic drive of Oak Creek Canyon. Go past the Dairy Queen about 10 miles to the overlook at Coconino National Park. Booths are set up by the Indians and is regulated by the park service. This way you know whatever you buy is authentic and not mass produced. You will be given a certificate or paper on each purchase telling you the artist's name, tribe, etc. When done there, head back to the Dairy Queen as this is another stop set up the same way. It's a great excuse for dessert and shopping at the same time.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Authentic crafts at Oak Creek Canyon
4551 N Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 203-4177

A trip to remember

Story/Tip

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Sedona and its great views are for quiet reflection and down time. We found more things to do and see than our time allowed. It's definitely a repeat trip. Pick a couple things to do and don't sweat it if not everything is seen or done on the visit. Relax and enjoy the sights of Sedona and Red Rock. You can always use the excuse "but honey we didn't see everything and need to come back." This place has a way of sticking with you long after you are home.