With a simple weekend duffle bag and a pair of keys to a camper van (more on that later) Dave and I headed to Sedona, Arizona for an epic weekend full of adventure and relaxation.
Similar to my last trip to Crested Butte, CO, staying in Sedona reminded me about how expansive our natural world is. No need to constantly stay plugged in or attend to an unending checklist of chores… a digital detox and time away to reflect was necessary! While every day was packed with activities, we took our time to really enjoy what Sedona had to offer.
Here’s a brief list of some of our favorite spots on our trip!
Favorite meal — We enjoyed an amazing breakfast at the Indian Gardens Market & Cafe. Highly recommended by many friends, we had to check it out and it did not disappoint. Incredibly breakfast bowls with a great mix of veggies and meat options. Great hot sauce! And also, their cold brew was pretty phenomenal. Definitely a stand out meal out of the whole weekend!
Favorite hike — Devil’s Bridge! Now this is one of the more “touristy” spots, and I understand why. Its epic! We woke up right at sunrise, and headed to the trailhead to beat the crowds. And let me tell you what a great idea that was! By the time we were done with short out-and-back hike (maybe 1.5 hours) the parking lot was completely full and crowds and crowds of people were just beginning the hike. My advice — go early!! The lighting is the best at that time as well, so if you’re looking to “get the shot” go early!
Favorite gem store — because there are SO MANY GEM STORES IN SEDONA. We loved this one called Crystal Gratitude at Creekside. We had our aura’s read, and got to try out some Tibetan singing bowls. Plenty of stones and gems to touch, and the staff seemed very knowledgable.
Great coffee shop — Creekside Coffee. Great cold brew! And had an amazing chocolate chip cookie from there as well. Chill vibe, with a great view of the mountains as well as overlooking the creek.
Favorite vortex, and Sunset viewing spot — Airport Mesa, hands down. The hard part is finding parking. But the views of the sunset, were especially epic at this location, although its pretty epic no matter where you go. There is also apparently a spiritual vortex at this location. I had a hard time “feeling” it, but I love the idea of it anyway, and tried to soak it all in as much as possible.
Helicopter Tour — Sedona Air Tours. Its a family run operation, and they were amazing! The tour itself was incredibly. It was my first time in a helicopter so naturally I was STOKED. But the views, and the vastness was something indescribable. The pilot was friendly and knowledgable and made sure we got the photos we wanted, and had an epic ride. Highly recommend!
Lodging — We rented a camper van! And it was SO FUN! There is a company called Outdoorsy, and its basically Airbnb for vans and RVs. Such a great idea! We made some amazing meals in that tiny kitchen, were able to drive around find an amazing view and camp out for the night. We had all of our gear, and clothes with us at all times so we were ready for any type of adventure! It was really such an amazing experience. I don’t know if I could live in a van for more than a week, but for this weekend trip is was PERFECT!
Have you been to Sedona before? Comment below!
Next tune there try Wilson Mountain. It can be challenging but the views from the top are amazing.
Love Antelope Canyon, too!
I live in Phoenix and this is my go-to place to decompress and have a digital detox. I would love to hear where you camped as I camp with a rooftop tent and I’m always looking for new places to camp. Love that you both loved Sedona!
My husband and I were there the same weekend, perfect weather! Loved hiking around. Next time we hope to mountain bike to see more of Sedona.
We also drove all the way up to Page for two nights…it’s magical. The Antelope canyons are beautiful. The sunrises are spectacular.
Inspired by renting a van on our next trip!