A week in Sedona and beyond

Our base was Sedona, but we took day trips throughout northern Arizona.

A week in Sedona and beyond

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by cgolden on August 8, 2003

Sedona is a great location to stay in due to its proximity to the Grand Canyon and other national parks and tourist attractions. The Grand Canyon is a must, of course. Other attractions worth visiting are Monument Valley, the Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki National Monuments, the Painted Desert, and the Petrified Forest.${QuickSuggestions} Buy Arizona for Dummies before you go and highlight what you want to do while in Arizona. It has great tips and accurate descriptions of attractions and restaurants.${BestWay} You definitely need a car, even in Sedona. Make sure the car you get has power to climb the mountain roads if you plan to make road trips.


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cgolden on August 8, 2003

Best Things Nearby:
If you like to go to spas, the Hilton next door to the Sunterra has a spa that you can use. It has a weight room, lap pool, fitness classes, spa treatments, etc.

Best Things About the Resort:
The rooms were clean, the pools were centrally located, although on the small side.

Resort Experience:
The Sunterra is not in the downtown area of Sedoona, which is a drawback if you don't have a car. It was about a 10-minute drive to get to Sedona. The one-bedroom was fine for two adults and two children, although the children had to sleep on a pull-out couch. The kitchen was big enough and adequately equipped. There was a washer and dryer, which was very convenient. The second floor units are better. We were located on the golfing range, so it had a large net in front of our balcony to block any balls that might come by (hardly unlikely, but nice to know the net was there just in case). It was okay -- we didn't spend much time on the balcony and the net didn't block the wonderful view.

We did not get involved in any of the planned activities, but they seemed to have plenty if you were planning on hanging around the resort. Most of the activities involved a cost.

Sunterra Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort
Sedona, Arizona, 86351

Red Planet Diner

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cgolden on August 8, 2003

I had read good reviews about this in RCI Community, so we had to try it. We were not disappointed. We had lunch. The decor was early alien and fun to look at while waiting for your food.

The menu was extensive. The smoothies were great. The hamburgers were cooked as requested. Mashed potatoes were offered as a substitute for french fries. The staff was friendly. We would definitely dine there again.

Red Planet Diner
1655 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86339
(928) 282-6070

Javalina Cantina

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cgolden on August 8, 2003

This restaurant was recommended by a tour guide and Arizona for Dummies as the place to go for Mexican food. The decor was well done. It has a balcony where you can watch the sunset as you eat. We made reservations for a weeknight, but it wasn't necessary. We did request a table with a nice view of the landscape, and our request was honored. Service was fast. The chips and salsa were nothing special, but the food was great. Entries come with the usual rice and beans. The margaritas are good, with a few varieties. It is a lively place, and we would definitely dine there again.
Javelina Cantina
671 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
+1 928 282 1313; +1


Member Rating 3 out of 5 by cgolden on August 8, 2003

Jerome is in the mountains, so be prepared for small, winding roads. It is about 25 miles southwest of Sedona. Visit the Historic Park, where you can tour the mansion that once belonged to the copper mine owner. The town has an interesting past. See the movie in the mansion that describes the history.

There are small shops and points of interest in the downtown area. Stop at the information booth to get a map of the town for a quarter. We ate in the Haunted Hamburger, which has a great view. Save room for dessert--the piece of cake they gave us was big enough for four people to enjoy.

Town of Jerome-National Historic Landmark
Top of Cleopatra Hill
Jerome, Arizona

Grand Canyon

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by cgolden on August 8, 2003

Don't miss this one -- one of the seven natural wonders of the world. We went to the south rim, which is easier to get to than the north rim. We parked as soon as we entered the park, since it looked like it might be crowded. We were able to walk along the rim trail, stopping to take pictures along the way (seeing a deer within 20 feet range) and ended up in the Grand Canyon village.

We ate in the Bright Angels Lodge restaurant. For the busy summer season, it was only a 10 minute wait. Many people were enjoying the ice cream from the nearby shop. There is a good gift shop in the lodge.

We took the Bright Angels trail down to the first rest stop (1 1/2 miles). It took us almost two hours for the hike. Don't do it unless you have sturdy shoes (good sneakers work) and water to drink. We listened to the park ranger talk about the condors in the area. Take the free shuttle back to the park entrance. On the way out of the park, we saw a male elk at the side of the road. It was a full day trip from Sedona, but a trip we will never forget.

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona, 86023
(928) 638-7888

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by cgolden on August 8, 2003

This is a pretty little chapel. It won't take long to see, but worth a stop. It's free, though donations are accepted. There is a nice gift shop downstairs.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
780 Chapel Road (east Of State Route 179)
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-4069


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