A few months ago we packed our bags and headed to Sedona, Arizona for a little engagement getaway!
We flew into Phoenix and enjoyed the scenic views on the two hour drive up to Sedona. The time flew by, especially the closer we were. This Nebraska girl had never seen real cacti or red rock before – I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever.
November was the PERFECT time of year to go – the days were warm and the nights were crisp. It was never scorching hot, just perfectly comfortable. The fall trees paired with the desert color palette brought me so much pure joy.
We stayed at Sedona Real Inn, they took great care of us. This gorgeous town quickly became one of my favorite places, I cannot wait to come back!
Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite stops in Sedona, Arizona:
We spent a lot of time here. This is where we took our engagement photos and product photos. I HIGHLY recommend this spot for a relaxing adventure. It’s easy to access – there are two parking lots, and they can fill up quickly at busy times of day. You have the option to stroll around the trails or hike up a bit – no matter which route you take, you’ll see breathtaking views at every turn.
This is one of Sedona’s most popular trails – it’s a lot of fun! I will say it was a tad more difficult that I had anticipated, it’s a bit of a trek with some climbing included. The rocks do scramble in some places, so it’s crucial to have the right footwear. It’s worth getting to the top! Going early before the crowds come is the way to do it.
This is another iconic hike in Sedona. There are a few ways to get to the bridge – we took the longer scenic route which I would definitely recommend! You get to see all kinds of desert plants. When you get to the bridge, it’s likely there will be a line to walk across – if you’re up for it! Pro tip: there’s a side trail that will take you underneath the bridge. It’s WAY less crowded, and still a great photo opp!
Location: 1185 Airport Rd
We ate dinner and Airport Mesa and had a wonderful experience! The restaurant is near the Airport Scenic Vista overlook, the drive to get there is a fun experience in itself. The food was absolutely delicious. My favorite was the Kale Apple Salad – I would honestly go back right now just for this salad. If you go at night, make sure to look up at the stars!
5. Shopping at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village + The Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe
I would say these are the two main places to go if you’re looking to shop! I’m not a big shopper but I really really enjoyed walking through these areas.
The Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe | 101 N. Hwy 89A
Location: 101 N. Hwy 89A
When you’re driving X along 89A, you won’t miss this collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants. There are all kinds of fun things to look at, and it’s a great place to hang out.
Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village | 336 State Route 179
When I saw this shopping center online I wasn’t totally sold – but we were looking for a little something to do before the airport so decided to walk around real quick – It ended up being on of my favorite stops. It’s designed to look like a Mexican village, and it was beautiful. The shops are all so unique! We grabbed lunch at The Secret Garden Cafe and it could not have been more perfect.