Red Rock Sedona

Mystical Red Rock Visit at the Summit Resort Timeshare


Sedona Summit

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by MaggieG on April 11, 2003

Best Things Nearby:
Close to various hiking trails and park. Car is needed to get around as Sedona is spread out. Sedona Summit is at the far edge.

Best Things About the Resort:
Views, fireplace, balcony, nice design and well-maintained.

Resort Experience:
There were several buildings - all nicely decorated and maintained (although a couple of areas on the fringe of the resort looked a bit desolate as there were some partially constructed buildings that were not currently being worked on - they said there had been a halt but that construction would be finished in some months). We had a 2 bedroom lockoff unit which worked great - my sister & niece shared the lockoff studio (bed & sofa bed with mini kitchen - everything but a dishwasher) while my husband & I had the main 1 bedroom condo. We left the connecting door open and all of us enjoyed the kitchen (excellently equipped) with a breakfast bar, living room with a fireplace, dining room, and balcony with wonderful views of the red rock bluffs. (The lockoff's balcony looked over the resort's greenbelt.)

Since there were several different hot tubs located throughout the resort, each building was near a hot tub. The pool was at the main lobby building (also the weight & game rooms and large gathering area). The main building also hosted several different activities such as the welcome breakfast and an Indian jewelry display/sale night. The staff were friendly and helpful and the concierge always willing to help with suggestions and/or reservations.

Sedona Summit Resort
4055 Navoti Drive
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
928-204-3100

Coffee Pot Restaurant

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by MaggieG on April 11, 2003

The Coffee Pot Restaurant specializes in omelettes - LOTS OF DIFFERENT OMELETTES. I guess they have other food, but I was so happy with the omelettes that I never even looked beyond that assortment (probably more than 100 different omelette offerings). This restaurant is on the road that points to the Coffee Pot red rock formation that really does look like an old percolator. The food is delicious, generous and service was fast.
Coffee Pot
2050 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-6626

Restaurants at Enchantment Resort

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by MaggieG on April 11, 2003

The resort at Boynton Canyon is luxurious and gated, but you can make reservations to dine at the more formal restauant or their bar/bistro. (Actually, we just showed up at the gate and the attendant called up and made the reservations for us - but this was Nov. and not high tourist season.)

The food was exquisite - tasted as great as it looked. (My sister fell in love with the prickly pear cactus drinks that we enjoyed on the patio). The bar's patio and restaurants have marvelous views of the canyon and bluffs, and you can watch the hikers moving the trail to ancient Indian cliff dwellings. The trailhead is at the edge of the resort.

Enchantment Resort
525 Boynton Canyon Road
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-2900

Train ride through Verde Canyon

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by MaggieG on April 11, 2003

A short & easy drive from Sedona takes you to Cottonwood where you can take the Verde Canyon Railroad. This train (with its engines painted bright blue with a painted bald eagle) takes you along the creek and into the Verde Canyon. It is slow enough to enjoy the scenery & catch sight of various birds (including eagles).

The train cars are restored classics and are interspersed with covered, open flatbed cars (with benches) so you could ride inside and enjoy the view through the windows or step outside to get a bit closer to nature. (Going through the tunnel while outside was nifty.)

You have the option of purchasing a luncheon or buying snack food from a deli car. We chose the luncheon which was nice and included appetizers plus dessert. We were able to order wine from our server.

We loved this day- trip and would take it again.

Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, Arizona, 86324
(800) 582-7245

helicopter over Sedona

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by MaggieG on April 11, 2003

This was our first helicopter sight-seeing experience and I loved it. The company is Skydance Helicopters (1-800-882-1651 or skydancehelicopters.com) There were several different routes and lengths of trips with different prices. Routes/prices ranges from 10-13 mins. for $40 to almost 45 mins. for $160. There are even some special tours that stop for a gourmet lunch or that fly to/over the Grand Canyon. We chose the half-hour for $100 and felt we really got our money's worth. Each passenger had earphones & a microphone so we could hear the pilot's comments as well as ask questions. The helicopter was only a 4 passenger copter (which means that only 1 person is stuck in the middle!). The pilot was friendly and knowledgeable about the area, wildlife, and history. (He also pointed out a couple of stars' homes and was polite and didn't invade their privacy by flying too near.) The scenery was stunning. A bonus was when he hovered even with and then a bit above some of the ancient Indian cliff dwellings so we could clearly see them without having a long hot hike up. (And a few are closed off from hikers.) The airport has one other helicopter company as well as a small open-cockpit plane for sight-seeing, but I don't know how it could be any better than what we enjoyed.
Skydance Helicopter
1225 Airport Road
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
+1 928 282 1651; U.S

Vortex Visit

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by MaggieG on April 11, 2003

Sedona is noted for its mystical vortexes (or is that vortices). The closest one is partway up the hill to the airport. The trailhead is well marked with a parking area, and it is a relatively easy walk up to the area where many people feel more connected to the earth, universe and their inner selves. Since this is so accessible, it is popular and also fairly crowded. I'm afraid that I didn't have any great "AHA" moments but enjoyed the hike and views anyway.

There are tours available where "vorticians" will take people to the different vortex sites, but we didn't take one of those. Some people we chatted with said that they had a marvelous time and really had a spiritual happening on a vortex tour.

Energy Vortexes
State Route 179 & Bell Rock Blvd
Sedona, Arizona
928/282-4119

Sedona Surprise--A Note on Weather

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by MaggieG on April 11, 2003

Having never been in the Arizona area, I didn't realize that Sedona was a higher elevation. For our first visit in March 2000, I had promised my husband a warm vacation (we had been going to cold spots for the previous couple of years). When we arrived at this most gorgeous red rock area, he shuddered and pointed - there in the shaddow of a bush was SNOW! Actually, although the days were mild, the snow in the deep shade never melted. And we had a huge snowfall the night before we left - he had to take the unit's broom to sweep several inches of the white stuff off of our car although it didn't last on the ground. Still, I fell in love with the area and didn't see nearly enough on our first trip so booked again -only for Nov. this time. (And spouse grumbled and muttered and prepared for blizzard conditions). We had delightful weather! (The staff at our resort said that some of the nicest weather is in Oct. and Nov., and I can believe it. Days were in low to mid 70s - not too hot to keep us from enjoying being outdoors. The evenings dropped to the 60s: perfect for enjoying the fireplace!

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