Sedona, Arizona, Visit

We enjoyed our 2-day visit to Sedona and wished we had more time to visit the area.

Southwest Inn at Sedona

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Travelingon on July 29, 2006

We had a very enjoyable 2 night stay at the Southwest Inn in Sedona. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There is a concierge on site that helped us decide what to see. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and there was a bottle of sparkling cider in our room waiting for us when we arrived along with a card signed by the staff.

Our room had 2 very comfortable queen sized beds, a gas fireplace, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, and desk. The room was spacious, very clean and decorated with a Southwestern theme. There’s a patio with table and chairs out the front door with a beautiful view of the red rocks. There’s an outdoor swimming pool and spa, exercise room, vending, and ice machines and an Internet café.

The variety of the continental breakfast was excellent. There were hard boiled eggs, toast, bagels, muffins, cereals, yogurt, and fruit. There were cups of batter and you can make your own Belgian waffle. For drinks they have coffee, tea and cranberry, orange and apple juice. The breakfast room is on the second floor and you can eat inside or out on the patio with the beautiful red rock view. The room is open all day and you can relax in the comfortable stuffed chairs and read anytime.

We wished we had more time to visit and this location was a great home base to see the sights. I would recommend this Inn to everyone.

Southwest Inn at Sedona
3250 W. Hwy 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-3344

Red Planet Diner

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Travelingon on July 29, 2006

This was a fun place to eat. My husband, our 15-year-old son and I really enjoyed it. The night we were there there was a good mix of people; couples young and older and many families.

The restaurant is decorated with the UFO theme including the sign "Earthlings must wait to be seated" when you enter the front door. There’s plenty to look at while your food is being prepared. The atmosphere is casual and our waitress was very friendly. The food was prepared quickly.

The menu is very extensive and it would be impossible not to find something that you liked on the menu. My husband had the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich with mashed potatoes and my son had hot dogs and French fries and they both said they enjoyed it. I had a turkey wrap that was huge and I took half of it home. There was plenty of turkey, tomatoes, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts and chipolte sauce wrapped in a spinach tortilla. It was delicious. I also had a pina colada, which was one of the best I’ve ever had. My husband had a beer and my son had a soda. The bill totaled $50 including the tip. It was a good time.

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

Ancient Ruins Pink Jeep Tour

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Travelingon on July 29, 2006

We enjoyed the trip on our Ancient Ruins Pink Jeep tour.

The total time of the tour from the pick up at our hotel to return was two hours. My only complaint is I thought $72 a person is a bit steep for a 2-hour tour. We shared our jeep with another family of 3 and there was plenty of room for six people. We were on paved roads for about 10 minutes and then we were on the dusty dirt roads after that. There is a cover on the jeep to shade you from the sun. I would recommend sunscreen, comfortable clothes and plan on getting dusty. The roads are bumpy and you do have to have your seat belt on, but I wouldn’t consider it a wild ride like the other jeep tours that are available.

The guide drove us to the remains of the Honanki Cliff Dwellings, which was a Native American civilization 700 years ago. There are some walls of the dwellings still remaining and a lot of rock art. There is an easy hike to get to the ruins and the guide did an excellent job explaining the history, rock art, geology, plant life and wildlife of the area. The guide offered to take a family photo, which I thought was very nice. After the hike, the guide offered us water and there were restrooms at the site. It was very informative and we learned a lot about the area.
We took the tour on a hot summer day so there wasn’t much wildlife to be seen except for a roadrunner that ran across the dirt road. The scenery is beautiful and it was fun to get out in the backcountry.

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

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