Escaping to Sedona

By the time this trip rolled around, I was tired. Not physically tired, because let’s be honest, I can’t sit still for long. No, I was mentally and emotionally drained. We are having the best year we’ve ever had work-wise and I’m so stinking grateful, but I’m also so stinking worn out. I go to bed at night with to-do lists and client files swimming in my head and typically dream about problem files and those rare clients who think all I do is open doors and get paid millions of dollars. I need to get better about weeding those clients out – I need to only work with people who understand this is not a hobby and that it’s my passion & livelihood. Am I rambling? Sawwy.

I didn’t really intend on blogging about this trip, because I actually didn’t book it to write about it. I booked it to give myself a break from the craziness that has become my life. I wanted to go somewhere semi-remote and spend a few days not worrying with make-up or to-do lists or schedules. I’m an over-worked woman in need of escape from the gazillion emails, calls & text messages I receive on the daily.

Being the giver that I am, however, I felt like some of you should see what you’re missing out on by not having Sedona on your radar.

My obsession with this city started in the year 2000 when a certain song hit the charts and piqued my interest. I put it on my list of “one day” cities and it kind of got shuffled to the bottom when places like The Sea Glass Beach, Mt Rushmore, & Marfa were added. I mean, who needs Sedona when you can sleep in a yurt in West Texas, right?

This year, I decided to revive my enthusiasm for Sedona and make it a point to finally see this painted desert that Ms O’neal wouldn’t stop singing about. And, I decided to splurge a little on my accommodations to ensure tranquility.

Y’all, I don’t know how you can’t fall in love with this place. When I say that the scenery is gorgeous, I mean it’s GAWGEOUS! You can’t look in a single direction and not catch a glimpse of these beautiful rocks.

If you go, take time to visit some of the fun places around Flagstaff and Sedona. For instance, there’s a giant meteor crater about 1.5 hours outside of town that we didn’t make it to. Go do that for me and report back. We stopped at Montezuma’s Castle on the way in – It’s a National Park built around a native American settlement from the 1100’s. The entire community lived in the side of a cliff for almost 300 years. It’s pretty interesting to see.

We also ventured over to Chapel of the Holy Cross, a gorgeous church built among the rock formations.

Definitely book a jeep tour. We used Pink Jeep Tours and our guide, Andy had a British accent, which kind of made me love Sedona a little more. Everyone I’ve met here moved to Sedona after visiting. It’s like they couldn’t get the city out of their minds once they’d seen it. And, I totally understand that after being here.

Wineries galore surrounding Sedona. Choose a wine tour & get saucy!

There isn’t a hotel with a bad view in the area, but if you want to spend a little and upgrade, I LOVED staying at The Enchantment Resort. Our tiny casita was adorable (pics below). I even splurged on a spa treatment, which I never do.

Plenty of hiking. We hiked Courthouse Vista & Bell Rock Vista, but there are trails everywhere! So, just pick one and start walking. Bring hiking shoes – I was thankful for mine.

The photos don’t do it justice, but below are segments from our trip that I’m hoping will inspire you to go!

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Hiking near Bell Rock

Hiking near Bell Rock

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Our Casita. Loved this place!

Our Casita. Loved this place!

More of the resort

Obligatory pool shot.

Friends.

Friends.

Views like this everywhere you turn.

Views like this everywhere you turn.

I may not leave.

I may not leave.

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