Arizona Journals

Arizona Sojourn

An October 2004 trip to Arizona by chasindaylight

Hazy Grand Canyon Morning Photo, Arizona, United States More Photos
Quote: We visited the Grand Canyon and Sedona this past fall. We flew into Pheonix, rented a car, and drove up to the GC. We stayed there overnight and then drove down to Sedona, where we stayed for 5 nights. Superb scenery everywhere you look.

Hyatt Pinon Pointe

Hotel | "Hyatt Pinion Pointe"

Hyatt Pinon Pointe Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Grounds and room were clean. Fairly new property, with everything in good condition. A two-bedroom condo offers plenty of space. We had a full kitchen, kitchenette in the second bedroom, master bed, two baths (one with a walk-in shower), a Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, two balconies, dining room, and a living room with a fireplace. We were very comfortable, and the surroundings were quiet. The bedroom with kitchenette can be rented as an efficiency with an adjoining door, so if you want privacy, get the two-bedroom condo. We didn't use the pool, but it looked nice. They had a gas fire pit near the pool area that was lit each night—toasty warm! We had a red rocks view from both balconies. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Hyatt Pinon Pointe
1 NORTH HIGHWAY 89 A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
727-803-9400

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Don't let the name fool you. I was expecting that the rooms would be adjacent to the lodge. They weren't. The lodge part of it referred to the registration desk (there was a fireplace in that small room). I obviously didn't expect luxury accommodations at the GC, but the name was misleading to me, especially since I think Bright Angel Lodge at the GC is set up as a true lodge. The room we had at Yavapai was very, very basic. You could hear a lot through the walls, so it wasn't very quiet. The main door to the room was loud; you could hear when the neighbors left the room. Not a lot to do around there once it gets dark. There is a Yavapi Cafe adjacent to the lodge that serves food, and a gift shop...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Yavapai Lodge/Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
1/2 mile From the Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(303) 297-2757

Cowboy Club

Restaurant | "Silver Saddle Room at the Cowboy Club"

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The Silver Saddle Room at the Cowboy Club is an excellent upscale meal in Uptown Sedona. Located in the Cowboy Club Grille, the Room is just that, a room, so reservations are highly recommended. This is meant to be an adults-only, romantic experience. There are about 12 tables in the Silver Saddle Room. Most of them are cozy, suede-covered round booths, while others are small, intimate tables down the center of the room. The fireplace and dim lighting help create a soft, romantic feel. The decor is rustic and charming. Dress is dressy casual. Jeans are just fine here. The menu includes many unique dishes, such as cactus fries, rattlesnake skewers, and buffalo steaks. They also have traditional steakho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

Cowboy Club
241 North State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
928/282-4200

Shugrue's Hillside Grill

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Restaurant

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We tried Shugrue's Hillside Grill for lunch one day. We went here on a suggestion from a coworker, but it didn’t end up as well as we had hoped. This place is on a hillside, as the name suggestions, and has an outdoor dining area. It is located on the top level of the Hillside Shopping Center on Highway 179. The views of red rocks are great if you get seated by a window. Their menu is varied. They have a good selection of seafood dishes and lunch sandwiches. They also have a dinner menu. The service is slow and haphazard. We had to repeatedly ask for beverage refills. We were trying to work around a food allergy, and the wait staff/chef staff was less than helpful...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 17, 2005

Shugrue's Hillside Grill
671 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-5300

Bice Grand Café

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Restaurant

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Bice Grand Café is located next door to the Hyatt Pinion Pointe Vacation Club. This restaurant is owned by the Bice Group, which operates 24 restaurants around the world. The décor is warm and modern. Low-hanging lights cast a glow over the dining area. A small balcony is lit only by candlelight. The décor seems to imply that you need to dress up, but casual is just fine here. Most of the people dining the night we were showed up in business casual. Their bar seemed to be a popular place for having an after-work drink. We dined out on the small, open-air balcony. We had a front-row seat to catch the colors of the sunset and red rocks and then we enjoyed a candle-lit dinner. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2005

Bice Grand Café
101 Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86351
(928) 203-7771

Pink Jeep Tours

Attraction | "Pink Jeep Tours - Ancient Ruins"

Pink Jeep Tours Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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This was a very intimate tour, with only us and three other couples in the open-air jeep. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. The day was cool, so there were blankets in the jeep for us to use. The drive was about 45 minutes to the point where you hike to the ruin, but it didn't seem that long. The driver was able to answer questions about anything we asked. As we drove in the back country, she would pull off to the side to point out plant life and tell stories about the tribes that inhabited the land so many years ago. On this tour, there was a 15-minute hike to see the ruin. I would say it was an easy- to moderate-difficulty hike for a novice, due to some of the footing work needed. Once...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Pink Jeep Tours
204 North State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86339
(928) 282-5000

Day 2: From Phoenix to the Grand Canyon

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Cacti Photo, Arizona, United States
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Day 2: From Phoenix to The Grand Canyon Our day started at 6:30am as we walked outside and got our first daylight glimpse of Arizona. We drove north to Flagstaff, watching the sun illuminate the rocks in the distance. My husband enjoyed the 75mph speed limit right outside of Phoenix. Past Flagstaff, we saw what I think was a grove of birch trees, with yellow-gold leaves bright in the sun atop the long, skinny white trunks. A white-peaked mountain came into view soon after. Many people stopped off to the side of the road to snap pictures. I believe it was Kendrick Peak we saw. We then came across an area that had been damaged by wildfires. This was probably part of the damage ca...Read More
Hazy Grand Canyon Morning Photo, Arizona, United States
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The next morning, we woke up early and headed to the Maswik Café for the free breakfast that came with our room. There was much to choose from, but I settled on waffles and fruit. My husband went for the lumberjack breakfast of bacon, eggs, and hash browns. Definitely not bad food, especially for free! The atmosphere in the café is casual family with cafeteria-style seating. We left full and drove on, deciding to continue eastward instead of going back directly the way we came in. We took the Kaibab Trail to Desert View Drive, exiting the park at the east entrance and picking up Hwy 89 to Sedona shortly thereafter. We were driving along, and all of the sudden there was a canyon! The driv...Read More
Chapel of the Holy Cross Photo, Arizona, United States
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To get our bearings in town, we took a Trolley Tour. It was $18/person well spent. There are two tours available. One explores the town, the other goes minutes outside of town to explore the Dry Creek Valley. The in-town tour stops off at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and you are given some time to explore the chapel. There are plenty of opportunities for pictures. We learned about the history of the town and the driver gave us some good tips for places to visit on our own. The trolley also stops in the Dry Creek Valley for photo opportunities of the majestic red rocks. If you just want to take one tour, you can do so for $10/person. Get on the Trolley at the Depot...Read More