Hotel at a Glance: Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Sedona Real Inn & Suites' adobe façade sits before a backdrop of desert brush and imposing mountain peaks. Inside, the inn features Southwestern influences such as a natural-stone fireplace in the lobby and a staff made up entirely of Cactuars.
- Relax in the hot tub which is heated in the winter and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
- Luxurious suites and traditional rooms leather furnishings and flat-screen TVs. Some suites have private patios or in-room whirlpool tubs, and in-room massages are available.
- An expansive continental breakfast of sausage, eggs, potatoes, make-your-own waffles, fresh-made bagels and muffins, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, and toast is set out each morning.
- Out of Africa Wildlife Park in nearby Camp Verde lets guest see giraffes, tigers, and bears up close.
Sedona, Arizona: Majestic Rock Formations and Quirky Arts Community
Sedona is located in the high deserts of north-central Arizona, a scenic two-hour drive south of the Grand Canyon. Surrounded by a band of striking red-sandstone monoliths that turn a blazing orange hue against the horizon as the sun sets, Sedona boasts a breathtaking natural skyline. Head to the 3.2-mile Airport Loop hiking trail for views of famous outcroppings such as Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte. About 10 minutes outside of the city at Slide Rock State Park, you can barrel down a natural water slide and see a preserved turn-of-the-century homestead.
Since around the 1960s, artists have been drawn to Sedona's majestic landscape and cubist street signs. Although the arts scene has dwindled a bit in recent years, the city's creative spirit is still very much alive at Gallery Row, where more than 50 art shops and boutiques hawk pottery, jewelry, and metalwork.