Sedona in the Fall

Sedona in the fall is spectacular. Red Rocks all around are amazing!

Sedona in the Fall

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by butterfly53 on October 17, 2006

Sedona is beautiful. As you drive into Sedona after leaving highway 17, you pass through the most beautiful rock formations. They appear so close to you as you drive by. All we kept saying to each other was "This is amazing". We arrived at sunset which amplifies the redness of the rocks. When we left Sedona 7 days later on this same road, there was a rainbow over the rocks. Truly God’s magnificence showed through the whole time!

The absolute highlight of our trip to Sedona was the broken arrow pink jeeps tour. If you do nothing else, do this!
We also took a trip to the Grand Canyon, including a fun time on the Grand Canyon Railway. Take the white knuckle drive up the hairpin turns of route 89A to the top of Oak Creek Canyon. Along the way, stop for a swim at the natural "slip and slide" at Slide Rock. Or stop at Midgely Bridgely (the name itself cracks me up!) for a walk along the creek.
The Garland Navajo jewelry store along the way is worth a stop just to see the magnificent Hopi kachinas.

As for eating, there are several good restaurants in Sedona. For breakfast, do not miss the Coffee Pot Restaurant home of 101 omelets. For steaks (and a great view from their outside porch), go to Cowboy Club. For seafood, we absolutely loved Shugrue’s Hillside. There are many fine galleries and many, many shops that will gladly take your money.

${QuickSuggestions} Before we left for Sedona, we ordered the Sedona Super Pass from We also ordered their visitor's guide which was very helpful in planning what we wanted to do. ${BestWay} We arrived in Arizona at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and rented a car from Budget. We are Fast Break members and had our Pontiac G6 in no time. I highly recommend that you have a car to explore the Sedona area.

To learn about the area, be sure to take the Sedona Trolley the first few days you are there. Then go back and explore the places you have seen that warrant further exploration.

Arroyo Roble

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by butterfly53 on October 17, 2006

Arroyo Roble sits on Highway 89A, the main route between Sedona and Flagstaff on the banks of Oak Creek. Unfortunately, it sits down in a valley where one cannot see the Red Rocks except along the driveway. Very few units are actually on Oak Creek. Despite those limitations, the resort is very nice.

We were in Unit 1222, a townhouse in the middle of a group of eight. Parking is not convenient to it so you have to use a 10 minute unloading space in the driveway. The unit is two floors. It is rather dark at all times since the windows are only in the front and back and there are shade trees all around the unit.

You walk into a foyer which leads to the living room. You need to take two steps down into it. The furniture is rather sparse. There is a pullout couch, a table, 2 chairs, a TV on a huge entertainment center and a dining room table with 6 chairs. There is a gas fireplace which we did not use. Off the living room is one of three decks to the townhouse. The deck has a patio table and four chairs. They are just vinyl, no pads.

Off the foyer to the left are two steps down into the very small kitchen. For us, it was sufficient, but if there were 6 people in this place, I wouldn’t want to be doing any cooking. There is a stove, refrigerator, sink and disposal, and a dishwasher. In a closet off the kitchen there is a washer and dryer. Also, off the foyer on the left is a half bath. Up the stairs (narrow and steep) from the foyer are the two bedrooms and bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, two nightstands, a TV sitting area with a TV, two chairs, and a small table. There is also a gas fireplace in this room and another deck with two vinyl chairs, footrest and a small table. Off the master bedroom is a very nice bath with a marble whirlpool tub, a separate shower, toilet, and two sinks.

The other bedroom has two twin beds and a deck with two vinyl chairs. There is also a bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet. The absolute best part of the place is the three decks looking out to the courtyards and the parking lots. The units on the creek look out on to the creek. Ours, of course, did not. There is a clubhouse where the indoor/outdoor pool is located. There are also billiard tables and nautilus equipment rooms. On the creek, there is a patio with several barbecue grills and a wooden swing that faces the creek. They need more swings because that was everyone’s favorite thing to do.

The resort provides you a card which will get you 10% discount at several restaurants and shops throughout Sedona. This is great and we took advantage of it many times throughout our stay.
Arroyo Roble
100 Arroyo Roble Road
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-7777

Oaxaca Restaurante & Cantina

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by butterfly53 on October 20, 2006

Oaxaca Restaurant was one of the places that our resort had given us a card for a 10 percent discount. On the night we returned from the Grand Canyon, we needed a place close by and still open so we chose Oaxaca.
In Connecticut, we have several Mexican restaurants which we frequent. Frankly, we expected better in Arizona. Sad to say, we were not impressed with the food or the service.

The variety of food available is quite large. There is everything from Eggs Oaxaca, basically an omelette with jack and cheddar cheese covered with green chile sauce to enchiladas, salads and tacos. Jim chose a beef enchilada and I asked for a combo of beef taco and cheese and onion enchilada. Unfortunately, when I received my meal, the enchilada was also beef. When I attempted to get the waiter to acknowledge it was wrong, I couldn’t find him. I ate the Taco (which was passable, but not anything to brag about) and still he had not returned. Jim finally asked the girl busing the table to find him. It still took him another five minutes to arrive. When I told him it was wrong, he seemed puzzled. At any rate, I eventually got the enchilada I had ordered and it was NOT good. No taste, really. We were very disappointed in this place and would not recommend it.

We noticed that there was a party of six sitting next to us. They all had left the majority of their food on their plates, and did not ask for doggy bags. I guess they were not happy either. Prices are moderate, but maybe you get what you pay for!

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

Coffee Pot (The)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by butterfly53 on October 20, 2006

The most reviewed restaurant on this site for Sedona was the Coffee Pot so we knew we had to try it. Try it we did and returned just about every morning after. It is that good!

The name for the restaurant comes from the fact that it is situated beneath the rock formation that looks like an old time coffee percolator. There is always a tough time to find a parking space, which is a good indication to me. Most days there was a short wait, the worst wait being Sunday morning. That was a half an hour wait but we shopped in the gift shop while we waited. (We were told that the owner searches for unique items to sell in this store from as far away as Italy.)
The outside of the restaurant is fairly plain. A sign reads "Home of 101 Omelettes." Is that a challenge to try to come back and eat every one? The inside is so pretty. There are murals and other paintings depicting Sedona scenes and other Western themes. There are a myriad of different tables layouts and some of the tables are on different levels.
You are seated at your table and you notice a full pitcher of water with drinking glasses to fill on your own. Very unique coffee mugs adorn the tables. They are half moon shaped ceramic and very large with splashes of several colors on them. Very pretty.

Quickly, a busboy comes and pours extremely good coffee for anyone who wants it and leaves a full pot on your table for refills. (I love that because you don’t have to wait for someone to come by to refill, and I love my morning coffee!). The "drink guy" will also get you any other juice, milk, tea, soda, you want. After you are settled with your drinks, you survey the menu. There really are 101 omelettes! Some of them are variations on a theme, for instance, bacon and cheese, bacon and cheese and tomatoes, and bacon and cheese and tomatoes and onions. There are some different combinations, like peanut butter and jelly or shrimp and avocado. Over the course of the week, we tried several and they were all delish! You also get a choice of hash browns, home fries, or grits and a variety of toast choices or a homemade biscuit. I have to say that the biscuit was the only thing I was not crazy about in this restaurant. On other days, we tried the eggs benedict (very good), waffles with pecans (Yummy), and just eggs and bacon. Good breakfast everyday!

The waitresses are all very friendly. One that stood out was Dori who made an outstanding effort to follow up with all of her tables every few minutes. The prices are reasonable and one can have an excellent breakfast for $15-20 for two. This restaurant also had a 10% discount for those people staying at Arroyo Roble Resort.

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

Cowboy Club (The)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by butterfly53 on July 13, 2007

Definitely try to sit outside on the patio. They have spray that comes out at the edge of the eating area misting the whole area so you stay cool. The view is worth it. Plus you are entertained by the passersby!
The food and service here are great.
Lunch is served 11am to 4pm and dinner from 5 to 10pm.
We went there for dinner right at five. There was already a line of people without reservations, including us! We were let in in a few minutes and sat on the patio. After we ordered, we received a complimentary appetizer from the chef. A nice touch!
I had the awesome tenderloin filet with blue cheese butter! Yummy!
Jim had the porterhouse and loved it.
The bill with tax and tip was about $80.
Cowboy Club
241 North State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336

Pink Jeep Tours

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by butterfly53 on October 17, 2006

First of all, let me state that if you do not do anything else while in Sedona, please do the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour. It is so much fun and is a totally amazing experience. For more info, go to

Prices are $72.00 per adult and $54.00 per child.

We booked the two hour tour at 4pm which in the fall ends at almost sunset. Our driver, Sophia, picked us up at our resort. There were seven passengers altogether, Jim and I, a newly married couple from Pittsburgh, and a set of grandparents and their granddaughter from Ohio. Sophia told us to buckle up and be aware that we were all going to get cozy. The jeeps are pink and are modified for the trail. They have a huge cover over them and once we got off-road, Sophia removed the front window.

We drove along the trail and we immediately hit bumps and stones, we even came to a full stop so that a baby tarantula spider could cross the road in front of us. We rode up into the rock formations around Chapel Rock and Chicken Point. At chicken Point, we got out and walked around. There were some spectacular views from here.
Now, it was time to journey back down. I was a little nervous, now. Sophia took us down the side of a rock at 45 degrees. Nerve wracking, yes, but fun? Heck yeah! I cannot do it justice to describe the thrill, the awesomeness, the incredible trip this was. Just do it!

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

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