Hotel at a Glance: Bell Rock Inn
If you head along the Red Rock Scenic Byway, you’ll see towers of red sandstone rise up in clusters throughout the desert near Sedona. They draw countless visitors to central Arizona—artists such as Max Ernst have lived here solely to capture the dramatic landscapes, and many people in the New Age healing culture believe that the rocks hold certain spiritual powers. Bell Rock Inn huddles in the shadows directly below the red rocks, its adobe walls painted the same color as the hills behind it. From here you can explore the diverse landscapes of Coconino National Forest, which blends tundra, desert, pine forests, and mountains.
- Desert oasis complete with green plants, a bubbling fountain, and a landscaped walking path that winds around the property
- Outdoor adventure: Bike, hike, and horseback ride through the area’s otherworldly scenery.
- Soak in the warmth of two heated outdoor pools and one jacuzzi.
- Cozy up to in-room fireplaces in select accommodations.
Sedona, Arizona: Majestic Rock Formations and Quirky Arts Community
Surrounded by a band of red sandstone formations, 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.