In case you missed it, Josh and I got married in Sedona, Arizona last week! You can read about it here. The great thing about Sedona was experiencing with friends and family. For some, it was like coming back to an old childhood home. For others, it was brand new territory.
Sedona was chilly, but stunning. I love going to northern Arizona in the winter months because the tourist levels are down and the chilly air is the perfect temperature for enjoying the little town! For those of you who are looking for some recommendations of how to get the full experience of these red rocks, check it out below!
My family and I usually stay at Los Abrigados because it’s right next to (literally) our favorite square, Tlaquepaque. However, this time around, our friends stayed at The Ridge. It was great for a large group of people! Some other great hotels are below as well.
Obviously, restaurants are going to be part of everyone’s plan! The day before the wedding, we hit up Javalina Cantina with a few friends, which is a great sit-down Mexican food place. We had our wedding reception at Timo. It’s a local wine bar that would be great for a date night! A fantastic and popular restaurant is Oak Creek Grill in Tlaquepaque. Be sure to try their beers. Josh and I are huge coffee and tea drinkers. The BEST (seriously, best) latte I’ve ever had was at Creekside Coffee. Get their iced latte with caramel sauce and don’t forget to pick up one of their great locally sourced pastries! Lastly, we went to the Hideaway House with a few friends. Everything there (and I mean everything) is made from scratch and the people are incredibly friendly.
Since Sedona is so small, there’s only a couple local grocery stores. There is a Safeway, which is the large commercial go-to grocers in the west. Thus, be sure to budget plenty for exploring all the fantastic restaurants. I’ve listed the ones I mentioned plus more below!
We were a bit limited on time because, after all, we were there for our wedding! I absolutely believe the best time to visit Sedona is around the second weekend in December because of all the light festivals that happen. Here is what we did see while we were there. Be prepared for some amazing views!
Chapel in the Rocks (go on a weekday! Parking is limited and note that it’s a trek up the hill)
St. John Vianney Catholic Church (even if you’re not Catholic, check out the view; also, don’t go on Sundays)
Cathedral Rock (bring your hiking boots for this great hike with panoramic views!)
Oak Creek Canyon (get ready for a windy, scenic drive!)